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Recycling

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07 February 2014

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Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Thus, recycling can benefit the community and the environment. In this post, recycling will be discussed and some ideas will be provided to boost recycling skills.

Recycling is the process of making or manufacturing new products from a product that has originally served its purpose. The process of recycling has been set in motion if these used products are disposed of in an appropriate, environmentally friendly way. By recycling paper, cardboard, metals, plastics, and glass, every person can help to reduce the harmful impacts associated with the extraction of the raw materials used to make these resources, including greenhouse gas emissions, oil spills, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.

Manufacturing products from recovered materials is less polluting than producing the same products from newly harvested or extracted virgin materials. Making paper from recycled fibers, for example, uses less energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than making paper from trees. And when there is a reduction in the amount of items bought in the first place, and reuse what can be reused, the environmental harm associated with acquiring raw materials and manufacturing is reduced.

Some interesting facts that are worth mentioning about recycling:

1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours;
1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes;
1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours;
70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials;

Here are some ideas that will boost recycling skills:
1. Shop smart! Packaging represents about 65% of household trash. On average, 16% of the money spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up in the garbage. As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
o Choose products that are made out of recycled materials;
o Buy in bulk as it will reduce the amount of packaging that gets thrown away;
o Recycle glass, paper, plastic and cans in your home and office;

2. Reuse! Many items found around the home can be used for different purposes. So before you throw those items away, think about how they can be reused. Carrier bags can be reused in the shops or as bin bags around the house. Paper bags make useful wrapping paper and twist ties can be used to secure loose items together, such as computer wires. By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends. Old clothes – can be made into other textile items such as cushion covers or teapot cozies.
o Compost food scraps to reduce the environmental impact. Eggshells and old tea bags are prime examples of waste that degrades and turns into compost that can be used to help your garden grow.
o Donate old clothing or to charities. Other people can reuse your unwanted clothes and books when you donate them to charity shops;
o Take advantage of manufacturer take-back programs for old electronics;
o Use reusable bags when going shopping.

For more ideas about recycling please check out Natural Habitats’ Facebook or Twitter .

 

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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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