Environmental Tips

Water consumption

Less than 1% of the earth's water supply is fresh, drinkable water accessible to humans. Much of the distribution of our suppies is uneven and leaving entire populations thirsty.

The cost of just one case of bottled water could supply a person in Africa with clean, safe drinking water for the next 5 years!

Your choice matters... It will make a difference...

How will you change the world today?

Read morehttp://thewaterproject.org/bottled_water.asp#ixzz1Evf5KOrQ

 

Carbon

• According to NASA, half of the oxygen we breathe comes from synthesis of marine plants.

• Carbon in the ocean is about 50 times greater than in the atmosphere.

• 48% of fossil fuel emissions are absorbed by our oceans, reducing the greenhouse gases that      could be part of the air we breathe.

What is Carbon Offsetting?

Each of our everyday actions consumes energy and produces carbon dioxide emissions e.g. taking holiday flights, driving our cars, heating or cooling our homes and offices. Carbon Offsets can be used to compensate for the emissions produced by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving somewhere else.

If you would like to find out how you can offset your family or business carbon footprint, please go to: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

 

Choose Your Fish Wisely

By learning about the various methods by which different fish are caught, you can make informed choices to help prevent environmental damage caused by harmful methods such as bottom trawling and gill-netting.  Armed with this information, you can help in the fight against:

• depleting fish stocks by overfishing

• damage to the seabed and marine habitat

• the senseless killing of dolphins, sea lions,                                                                                    albatrosses and other seabirds and mammals, which drown when caught as by-catch

You can download a free guide to which types of fish are caught by which methods at: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/-best-fish-guide

 

Clean Green Boating

Simple ways to reduce your boat’s impact on the environment.

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If your boat is equipped with a holding tank, know where the nearest pump-out station is and use it. If one is not convenient, check into mobile services that come to your marina. If your boat has a portable toilet, be sure to empty it at a dump station. Better yet, have your crew use onshore facilities prior to departure.

Water Use in the Home

The amount of water you use at home directly affects the amount and quality of water circulating in the ecosystem.  Unnecessary heating of water adds to carbon emissions.  Here are some simple steps to take to reduce your water consumption, carbon emissions and energy bills.

•    Take shorter showers

•    Insulate your hot water tank

•    Install a low-flow shower fitting

•    Reduce the amount of water used when flushing the toilet:

☛Use the newer type with dual flush function or…

☛If you have an older-style toilet, place one or more filled bottles of water in the         tank to reduce its capacity


Swimming Pools

 

Plastic Bags

In the US alone, 100 million discarded plastic bags end up in the environment.  They block drains and other waterways, entangle sea birds, choke marine animals and, as they disintegrate in the ocean, work their way into the food chain.

Recycling Plastic

Most towns and cities offer a recycling service as part of their rubbish collection.  Look for the numbers in the recycling triangles on all plastic packaging.  All plastics numbered from 1 to 7 are supposedly recyclable but there is only generally a market for plastics numbered 1 and 2.  Some countries, such as Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA, have recycling programmes for 3 (PVC).

 

Plastics Coding System in New Zealand

ACCEPTED

PET (polyethylene terphthalate)

beverage containers, boil-in food pouches, some shampoo and detergent bottles.

HDPE (high density polyethylene)

milk bottles,cream bottles, detergent bottles, oil bottles, toys, supermarket bags.

NOT ACCEPTED

PVC (polyvinyl chloride)

food wrap, vegetable oil bottles, blister packaging.

LDPE (low density polyethylene)

shrink-wrap, bread bags, garment bags.

PP (polypropylene)

margarine and yoghurt containers, caps for containers, wrapping to replace cellophane, bread bag tags.

PS (polystyrene)

egg cartons, fast food trays, disposable plastic cutlery.

Other

Other multi-resin containers.





Did you know?

Vampire Power accounts for wasted energy costs of up to $3.5 billion a year!

So what is it???

Vampire power is the energy expended by home electronics when they are not in use. The most common appliances sucking power are audio equipment, DVD players, and cordless phones.

Current estimates reveal that vampire power energy in the U.S. is equivilent to 5 nuclear power plants!!

Manage your energy consumption easily by plugging in your appliances only when you are ready to use them!

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