Monthly Archives: March 2012

Your phone might be smart, are you?

Smartphones are so convenient when travelling. No more printing out emails, hotel itineraries, maps, Air and train tickets – you have them all digitally in the palm of your hand.

Think of all the paper and other resources that  can be saved by simply deciding to adopt this alternative. It isn’t only good for our environment, but also saves you time and hassle; not to mention the last minute panic when you realise you’ve forgotten that printout.

When you’re planning that next trip, look up and see if the hotel/airline/train company already has an app or the possibility to have your reservation delivered in the digital format. You already have that Smartphone, why not put it to good use?

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Reuse rather than Recycle.

Ever realised how just about everyone seems to go on about recycling, while the term reusing is almost never mentioned? Is recycling really the best way? In my opinion recycling is overrated; reusing should be the new buzzword.

Recycling is extremely energy-intensive, requiring a lot of energy to extract at the most about 80% of the material, which is then transported back to factories, where they are processed to create more finished goods.

Reusing on the other hand entails either extending the usage of the product, or finding new uses or user for the same product. In today’s world, there’s almost always someone who could find use for things we might find useless.

Why then do we not hear anyone talk about it? Simply because that would result in lower consumption, translating into less profits for corporations

The Water Tax

It’s ironic that our most priceless commodity costs us the least and is taken for granted and given so little thought when wasted. Yes, we pay our basic water bill to the utilities every month, but that’s a ridiculously paltry sum and doesn’t take into account your misuse or wastage of water.

Since we now live in a world that appreciates nothing without a price-tag, the best way would be to ensure you have to pay for water taking into account how much of it you use.100% of this tax could go towards funding R&D in the areas of water management and innovative methods to desalinize salt water, making it drinkable.

We pay taxes for oil and electricity, so why not for ensuring the continued availability of our far more precious water?