In addition to saving the earth, there are a variety of ways that individuals and companies who practice sustainable technology are able to save money. In fact, many sustainable technology practices are even economically profitable in certain situations. Whether through conservation on the consumer level or companies gaining a profit through alternative renewable energy sources, there are certainly economic benefits in the use of sustainable technology. Continue reading »
When considering many of the common substances in use for life today, often they come with a high ecological cost. While the space age was excellent for developing useful products, the concern for the environment in the development of these products was not necessarily of top consideration. Plastics, paints, even pharmaceuticals are derived from fossil fuels and are often culprits of pollution, waste, and non-sustainable technology.
Green Chemistry (or sustainable chemistry) is the focused effort whereby scientists and engineers develop ways to create sustainable versions of consumables while producing them in a sustainable manner. From renewable resources, using renewable energy resources, and implementing sustainable processes. The goal is to eliminate–or at the very least reduce–hazardous substances and the negative effects that humans have on the environment by using these chemicals and substances. Continue reading »
A form of farming which relies on systems such as crop rotation, biological pest control, and compost usage is referred to as Organic Agriculture or Organic Farming. Particularly in relationship to fertilizers and pesticides, organically grown foods only use resources which are considered to be “natural” rather than chemically created by humans. This produces crops and livestock which are thought to be healthier for the humans consuming them as well as for the environment.
Various methods for organic farming exist, but all forms exclude the use of synthetic fertilizers, particularly in the form of petro-chemicals because they are, of course, made from fossil fuels. Other exclusions from organic agriculture include plant growth regulators such a hormones, use of antibiotics in livestock, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Health, safety, independence, and sustainability are the main reasons for the limitations placed upon organic farmers. Continue reading »