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Green Fuel: Coffee, the Fuel of Tomorrow?

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By: Michael Banks | Green Sustainability Contributor

Montréal, Canada (LUXORR MEDIA) – How many times have we heard friends and family members say ‘don’t bother or talk to me until I have had my coffee in the morning? Coffee for many, is their fuel or energy to get their human motor running. There are people who literally swear by their coffee fix in the morning that aids them in being able to work throughout the day. The health benefits of black coffee no sugar or milk is known to have few calories, many antioxidants in it therefore very can lower the risks of cirrhosis by 80%, excellent for the nervous system and possibly in lower the possibility of Alzheimer’s and coronary heart disease in women.

It is interesting to note that 2.25 Billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world. The United States consumes 400 million cups per day. While 90 % of the production of Coffee is in South America, the Industrial World is the main consumer. Sustainability in the Coffee industry is important because of the number of people as consumers, growing the crop, the land use and the problem of waste also. As coffee is the drink of choice for a large part of the population efforts have been made in finding disposable cups, straws, coffee machines that are energy efficient and buildings are more ecologically friendly.

Waste management is becoming very important as landfills are filling up, very costly and Co2 emissions causing pollution. Coffee pods unless biodegradable is an added waste, therefore, more and more coffee companies are making recyclable pods. With coffee consumption constantly on the rise, the subject of what to do with all the coffee grounds after being used came to the forefront.

Biomass waste is an agricultural waste, wood shavings etc an animal waste also. Coffee grounds can be transformed into coffee oil and mixed with other biofuels which are a renewable energy source. Biofuels come from plant, animal biomass and organic materials.

Coffee grounds of 20% and 80% of mineral fuel is used to run some London buses. The Coffee grounds from Restaurants and Cafes are taken to a Recycling Factory and dried and then coffee oil is extracted. This method could in the future be used in Cars. Shell Company has been involved in looking at alternative energy sources and recycling and renewable materials. As the world population increases and so does consumption, energy use, and land use.

As Climate Change becomes a major problem companies and consumers are looking for ways to find solutions. As we see starting a morning with a coffee entails more responsibility now in order to leave the next generation a better world.  

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An ever-increasing ‘Circular Economy’ will sustain our environment and our future

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By: Michael Banks | Green Sustainability Contributor

(LUXORR MEDIA) – In keeping with the World Financial Discussion board, a Round Economic system is an industrial system that’s restorative or regenerative by design and intention. In different phrases, it replaces the notion of the tip of life idea.

Day by day from the time we rise up to the time we go to mattress we create waste and throw issues away by behavior. Presently most of us are by-products in behavior of a ‘Linear Economic system’ which is the place we take assets, the place merchandise are produced, then used till they’re sooner or later discarded as waste. A ‘Round Economic system’ entails a worth proposition retention of minimizing waste whereas making use of our assets so long as attainable after which reusing it for different usages. In different phrases, lowering supplies wants and waste, reusing merchandise and merchandise elements and at last recycling supplies.

Biodegradable supplies are sometimes utilized in a Round Economic system. The thought is to get again to nature and restrict injury to the atmosphere. Batteries, technological gear, and digital merchandise may also be utilized in a round financial system by giving them new life in a brand new manufacturing cycle and a perhaps completely different utilization that may s innocent to the atmosphere. The thought is to make reuse of things that had been as soon as discarded is turning into extra frequent as we grow to be conscious of the chances that what was thrown away has the potential for use as soon as once more. Zero waste is the aim in order that landfills won’t be an possibility.

The European Union produces greater than 2.5 Billion tonnes of waste yearly, simply think about if we may scale back this in time to half that quantity and perhaps sooner or later nearer to zero. Waste administration is the middle of a round financial system. Dwelling in a purchase and eat society has made it in order that we can’t proceed down this path any longer.

Just a few examples of proactive firms which are concerned in a Round Economic system idea that’s making a distinction is Johnson Controls. A Firm that has managed to design a battery that’s 99% sustainable by encouraging shoppers of standard batteries to recycle, the corporate acquired sufficient supplies to stop lots of of thousands and thousands of poisonous batteries going to landfills. One other instance is Pharrell Williams together with his clothes firm ‘RAW for the Ocean’ which recovers plastic discovered on the shoreline into wearable vogue corresponding to denims, t-shirts and even kimonos. The plastic is damaged down and was a wearable clothes fiber referred to as Bionic Yarn. A Finnish firm ‘Aquazone’ upcycles wastewater into fertilizer, The handled water for irrigation, and likewise recycled into ingesting water whereas the sludge is used as an natural fertilizer. The time has come to ´scale back, reuse and recycle. The subsequent time you go for a stroll sporting Timberland sneakers, remember that the outsoles are constituted of the tip of life tires which are made right into a rubber sheet crumb. Pleased strolling.

The long run shifting to the brand new methodology of a ‘Round Economic system’ simply because the World Inhabitants explodes and the variety of shoppers will increase.

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HOW LED LIGHTING REDUCES ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WHILE PROMOTING ECO-SUSTAINABILITY

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By: Elisa Wood  | Green Energy & Technology Journalist

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Corporations like LUXORR TECHNOLOGIES are striving to set a higher bar by achieving greater corporate governance policies to impact strong eco-sustainability and accountability standards even more so marked by Kyoto Protocol limits.

Sydney, Australia (Associated Press) – With the growing emergence of LED lights (light-emitting diodes) or solid-state lighting) it is almost everywhere we turn and the question remains, what is the meaning of how LEDs play a factor in “Environmental Impact Technology”, and how does this translate to the importance on a worldwide scale and what factors impact the earth as a whole.  This relates to consider issues surrounding the over-consumption of natural resources, pollution and contamination to water sources, polluting agents and waste, impact from the very beginning of the production system to the recycling process and waste disposal.

The ecological-compatibility of LED light sources drives its own composition.  LEDs operate in compliance with US/Canadian/EU and global standard directive RoHS (the acronym for Reduction of Hazardous Substances Directive) which strictly enforces the eliminating use and disposal of products containing polybrominated biphenyl, hexavalent chromium, mercury, chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, ethers and most importantly lead.

With regard to measuring sustainable development, the use of this new technology makes a strong pledge to significantly reduce the environmental impact on the planet while producing an extremely significant reduction of gas emissions such as CO2 (or carbon dioxide) with no use of mercury which greatly contributes to water/soil contamination. The impact of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere results in a catastrophic increase in “the greenhouse effect” contributing to the rise in the global average temperature. This, when measured to a combined global reduction, has enormous effects, since lighting is a bare necessity which otherwise leaves us unable to function.  A general climate warming has led many countries to sign the Kyoto Protocol: an agreement in which Nations officially agree to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A significant player in the reduction of carbon emissions has been LUXORR TECHNOLOGIES, which is involved in the manufacturing of industrial long life LEDs which reduces waste 6X compared to the average LED tubes and 10X compared to that of fluorescent tubes.  That possess significant savings and waste reduction.

Vickar Kahn, CEO of LUXORR has taken a strong approach to what he refers to as “creating a revolution of sustainability” for greater impact towards a global movement of change and awareness.  With their creation of their “Clean Energy Offset”(C.E.O) LUXORR TECHNOLOGIES is hoping to make a massive impact as a responsible global corporation with a truly significant impact of a green footprint towards our planet.

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THE NEW GREEN: URBAN SUSTAINABILITY AND CITY DWELLERS

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By: Michael Banks | Green Sustainability Contributor

Montréal, Canada (LUXORR MEDIA) – Today more and more people worldwide are moving to urban centres.

According to the Urban Development Data from the World Bank, they predict that by 2050, 70/100 people will live in Cities. One of the main reasons is in seeking a better quality of life and services. With this migration, this is going to put more pressure on urban planners and City Officials to facilitate its citizens to partake in different areas of aiding in ecological environmental sustainability projects.

More discussions and resilient actions are taking place to bring to the forefront ideas in which to improve Green spaces and air quality in order to filter pollutants from the air as climate change has come to the forefront in people’s minds. Rising urban temperatures, rainfall leading to flooding and forest fires and rising sea levels are causing more havoc in and around cities.  

Ecological groups and citizens are taking more decisive steps than ever before to change trends on shopping and eating. Today consciousness of thinking green with a  local homegrown attitude of ‘how can I make a difference’ has become the new norm. In many ways, people are trying to become self-sufficient even in growing their own herbs and vegetables. Community gardens, balconies, green rooftops and walls are more and more being seen in different neighbourhoods.

Cities have a role to play in aiding their citizens to contribute to diminishing climate change . Green roofs aid in decreasing the runoff after a rainfall that can diminish flooding and contamination of a City water supply.  Also like urban gardens that purify air quality by filtering out pollutants and keeping buildings warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. Residential and Commercial green rooftop growing is also a way to sustain the food chain in urban areas. Climate Change has impacted a change people’s perceptions and you are now seeing more and more people, residents, using their balconies, rooftops and walls to grow flower, herb and vegetable green spaces.

Global food demand will increase by 60% by 2050 and also meat consumption alone will double as the population grows. Unfortunately, carbon emissions associated with meat production increase more than making or growing food.   

With the severity of different disasters seen in recent years, this has pushed people to appreciate the space around them and to become more implicated in making a difference.  It is becoming more practical to buy and grow local without damaging the environment. Also, the planting of trees in open areas has become commonplace in many cities to rid of ‘hot spots‘ that were once asphalt or cemented areas.  Montréal, Canada, for example, has planted more trees in its city centre and on Mont Royal Park as well as natural gardens in different boroughs to satisfy Bees and Monarch Butterflies. Beekeeping has become the new norm by residents, restaurants and Commercial Growers. It’s a well-known fact the 60 % of fruits and vegetables worldwide are pollinated by Bees. This has pushed Cities to ban many pesticides especially, Neonicotinoid that is known to kill Bee colonies. The biodiversity of Bees and insects are important in the makeup of our food chain and wildlife. Urban beekeeping is becoming better than in countrysides as the floral diversity is much richer in cities and the banning of pesticides more rigorous. Urban gardening and beekeeping are two ways that people are getting involved to contribute to urban sustainability in which they participate in an ecological and environmental way against climate change which goes hand in hand. Saving energy and bringing the food chain closer to home and where we live cuts down on the irritants of carbon dioxide and brings our relationship to insect and nature much closer. In my opinion, the only way sustainability can make a difference is by implicating urban dwellers to be a major player

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