The History of the Carbon Credit

The History of the Carbon Credit

If you stay up to date on current events, chances are you’ve heard about carbon credits. Hundreds (if not thousands) of companies are being founded every day to trade carbon credits. Many companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their carbon footprint, and EnviroCitizen.org has discovered that even individuals are now able to buy carbon credits to counteract their lifestyles. Surprisingly, Americans have only been buying, selling and trading carbon credits since September 2008. There are many variations of the …

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Stop Junk Mail

Stop Junk Mail

EnviroCitizen.org has discovered that a huge amount of household waste consists of unsolicited (junk) mail. Every year in the United States, 100 million trees are used to create junk mail. During the process of making trees become junk mail, 28 billion gallons of water is used annually. It’s hard to recycle junk mail, since the inks used have high concentrations of heavy metals. The transportation costs of junk mail amount to about $550 million each year. The average household receives …

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Carbon Credits

Carbon Credits

Fossil fuels are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases are generated by power, cement, steel, textile, fertilizer, and many other industries. The major greenhouse gases emitted are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and hydrofluorocarbons. They all increase the atmosphere’s ability to trap infrared energy. One carbon credit is equal to one ton of carbon. Many individuals are now taking an interest in their carbon footprints, trying to lower their usage, as well as trying different ways to offset their …

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How Does Green Building Improve the Environment?

Green building improves the environment in several ways. The atmosphere has been a topic of discussion a lot recently, since the atmosphere is where all of the carbon dioxide goes, which then translates into global warming. The materials are important, since according to the first law of thermodynamics, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only changes forms. That means that there is a finite amount of stuff on Earth. Finally, land is important because when humans alter the geography …

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How to Make Your Own Natural Cosmetics

Cosmetics have been used since ancient times, such as with the ancient Egyptians. However, EnviroCitizen.org has found that there are several things to look out for with modern cosmetics such as environmental impacts, toxins, allergic reactions and more. Information on all these things seems to change quite a bit. The good news is that you can eliminate this headache by making your own cosmetics. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it saves money and gives you the peace of mind …

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Chlorine Free Paper Products

Using Chlorine Free Paper Products

We all are fairly aware of how paper products destroy forests, but we also are becoming more aware of how the bleach in the new paper is toxic. When we choose to use chlorine free paper, it prevents the dioxins and other poisons created during the manufacturing process. When these accumulate in aquatic environments and in the air from they are known to cause cancer. Chlorine is used to give paper its whiteness and to remove the agent in wood …

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Thermal Energy

How Thermal Energy Impacts the Environment

How much does thermal energy actually impact the environment? The answer is, a lot. Thermal energy removes a large amount of stress from the environment by using a renewable source. This renewable source uses no fossil fuels, creates no pollution, and emits no greenhouse gases. An interesting concept to consider is that 25% of commercial business energy usage comes from cooling, heating, and ventilation. A full 50% of residential energy use is also from these things. Using thermal energy can …

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Eco-friendly Baby Food Utensils

Eco-friendly Baby Food Utensils

When it comes to meal time, it’s easy to see why plastic has been the common choice because it is easy to clean and reuse.  However, substances such as bisphenol A (BPA) used in polycarbonate plastic products, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and melamine (a hard, colorful plastic common in baby dishware containing formaldehyde) have all been linked to serious environmental and health problems.  Non-toxic dishes and utensils, such as PVC-free and BPA-free plastics, bamboo utensils, stainless steel products and glass dishes, …

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Brush Your Teeth to a Better Earth

Brush Your Teeth to a Better Earth

Toothpaste is a perfect example of the kind of thing that you can change easily, quickly and cost-effectively. There are a lot of problems with conventional toothpaste, such as the long list of dangerous chemicals found in the ingredients—diethylene glycol (an ingredient also found in anti-freeze), Triclosan (a registered pesticide), etc. As if the toxic chemicals weren’t enough to make you think twice about conventional toothpaste, there’s also the issue of the containers, which are made from plastic. Unfortunately, billions …

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Geothermal vs. Thermal

How Does Geothermal Energy Differ from Thermal Energy

Geothermal energy is energy derived from the heat stored in the earth. This is very different from thermal energy, which is energy that manifests itself from a change in temperature. Geothermal energy originates from the original formation of the planet, as well as from the absorption of solar energy which is absorbed at the surface of the earth. Geothermal energy is currently used for generating electricity. Geothermal electric energy is used for district heating, space heating, spas, industrial processes, and …

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