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Going Green Tips and ideas

Solar Soars ■ Solar power is predicted to become the dominant source of electricity globally by 2050.

■ The price of solar panels fell 70% in recent years and costs are expected to halve again this decade. ■ Deutsche Bank forecasts that solar will produce power as cheaply as gas in two-thirds of the world before 2020. ■ In the USA, solar jobs outnumber coal jobs. ■ The solar revolution was sparked by government subsidies, which attracted venture capitalists to fund innovation. ■ Experts say the next challenge to overcome is finding ways to store capricious solar power and to make it work with the grid.

AllNatural Air Freshener If you’re using store-bought aerosol fresheners, you’re likely spraying toxic chemicals in the air. Why not create your own natural air fresheners? It’s so easy. Mix an ounce of cinnamon sticks, a few whole cloves and some allspice. Take one teaspoon of the spice blend and mix it with one cup of water. Bring to a boil in a saucepan, and let it simmer to create a beautiful smelling potpourri. You can use this simple recipe to experiment with your favourite spices.

Beat the beads

A harmful new ingredient has been cropping up in products ranging from toothpaste to facial cleansers— polyethylene microbeads. These tiny particles of plastic are hardly visible to the naked eye and could flow from our sinks to pollute our oceans and food supply. There is also concern that they may find their way from Bermuda’s

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cesspits to pollute our groundwater and threaten our important freshwater lens. Local environmental group Bermuda Environmental Sustainable Taskforce (BEST) recently launched a campaign to persuade island residents to avoid purchasing personal care items that contain plastic microbeads. To identify which products contain microbeads, download the smartphone app available at http://www.beatthemicrobead.org and scan the bar code on the product packaging.

Going Green 2015/6

Going Green 2015  

Going Green is the important and widely praised publication packed with useful information and ideas to help protect and preserve our beauti...

Going Green 2015  

Going Green is the important and widely praised publication packed with useful information and ideas to help protect and preserve our beauti...

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