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We all know that staying up late tonight will impact us tomorrow.

However, an infographic by Health Central explores its long-term effects and higlights some of the chronic disorders. 

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When the days get warmer, our minds turn to fresh starts in our personal lives (hello, jogging, hiking, walking), our family lives (summer vacation for the kiddies!), and our business lives. In the summertime, many of us are able to enjoy a quieter time in our workplaces, whether it’s due to the academic year, the slowness of the season, or just those lazy, hazy days of summer! So why not take those slower days to work out some eco strategies for the office? Read on for five tips on how you can stay eco-friendly (and eco-chic!) at work!

Cut Down on Travel:

Depending on your career, you may be able to reduce your actual office time – thus reducing your career’s carbon footprint! How can this work? Talk to your superiors or colleagues about how this might be able to work for you. Can you work from home one or two days a week? Can you attend meetings online, rather than travelling? According to many recent studies, businesses can benefit from a four-day workweek, which means that employees add a bit of time to each day for four days, and then enjoy a three-day weekend. In fact, State workers in Utah have shifted almost primarily to a four day work-week. Not only do employees not drive to work on their off-day, but the offices themselves are closed, resulting in decreased energy use (a 13% energy cut, according to the Associated Press). Happier employees and decreased energy? Sounds great to us!

Treat Your Office as You Treat Your Home:

Many people have different standards at the office than they do at home – and it’s time to change that! Make sure your office has a recycling program, and only print items that are necessary and if you must print, use both sides! Bring some real plants into the office to give yourself some green – and better the air quality! Reduce your use of couriers (most items can be sent online) and make sure that unused appliances and office equipment are turned off when not in use! What could be easier than making sure your power bar is flicked off at the end of the day? Not only does it save energy, it also saves money – up to 25% of your electrical bill, according to a study from Berkeley University. Make eco-friendly choices in all aspects of your office life – from the coffee in your reusable mug to the major corporate purchases!

Be a Tech Queen (or King):

Use technology to reduce your paper waste and energy usage. A service that we love and would like to share with you is YouSendIt. We often have to send very large files to our partners – files that would be far too large to send by email. Along came YouSendIt. We use YouSendIt Pro which allows us to send files by email that are up to 2 GB in size! This service has cut our CD use and courier requirements substantially saving on the environment AND saving us money! Another great service is This service allows you to communicate with office staff from your home. Add a webcam and it will feel like you are in the office!

Buy Eco:

There are certain items offices need to buy, such as paper and ink. Make sure your office has a “shop green” policy. Recycled paper and toner cartridges are often cost effective as well as being highly efficient and great for the environment. Energy Star electronic products, energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs, fair trade coffee are all smart purchases.

Wear Green:

Just because you’re heading to the office doesn’t mean you need to wear polyester! Choose sustainable, organic clothing that still looks professional. This season, start fresh with functional items that are fashionable as well as earth-friendly. The crisp, professional-casual look of the Hornby Denim Belted Jacket is stylish and perfect for work – plus it’s certified organic! Match that with the Leaf in Fern computer bags made of 100% recycled microsuede – perfect for toting your laptop to and from the office!

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Talk to your colleagues and make sure everyone knows about your company’s eco-friendly efforts: it’s an important part of corporate culture. Feel good about going to work this spring – from what you wear to the changes you make. Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start – so bring your green lifestyle to work with you!

Article Source: wrote by Adrian Desbarats

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Kolkata – A species of mangrove grass, which has so far been left unused by islanders in the Sundarbans, can now be utilised to prepare a cheap and eco-friendly feed for freshwater prawns, a team of scientists from Kolkata has recently demonstrated.

To prove how floral feed can offer better aquaculture nutrition and eco-friendly prawn farming, a pilot project led by Calcutta University’s marine biologist Abhijit Mitra was executed at Swarupnagar village of North 24 Parganas district, few kilometres from here.

Mitra said the formulated feed from salt marsh grass Porteresia coarctata, available naturally in the Sundarbans, not only improves the aquatic health of ponds but also increases the growth and protein level of Macrobrachium rosenbergii, a species of prawn.

It is estimated that annually India produces over 30,000 tonnes of the giant fresh water prawn, the export prices of which range between Rs 500-600 a kg. Prawns reared on floral feed exhibit greater weights and redder colouring (both attributes with high consumer appeal), and grow more quickly than those surviving on commercial feed. Besides mangrove grass, the other ingredients of the scampi feed preparation includes soybean dust, muster oil cake, rice bran and wheat bran.
“If adopted by the people of Sundarbans, the technology can aid their livelihood. Presently they are buying an imported commercial feed which costs them Rs 52 per kg but this new herbal feed will cost them only Rs 28,” Mitra told. Besides using these feed at their ponds, farmers can also sell the feed itself to other aquaculture farmers.

“Our investigation also shows that prawn farming in the freshwater system of Indian Sundarbans is an economically feasible project and the return can be enhanced if specially formulated herbal feed is provided to the culture species instead of the traditional one,” says the biologist.
Other researchers in the project included scientists Sufia Zaman and Subhrabikas Bhattacharyya.

Besides being economical, the new herbal feed also has ecological benefits as it produces less waste and so helps to improve water quality.

“Commercial feed contains trash fish and shrimp dust as a source of protein. The residual commercial feed degrades water quality by increasing the organic carbon, nutrient load, biochemical and chemical oxygen demand, and total coliform bacteria,” says Mitra.

As the water quality of the pond is enhanced, it also removes the need to clear mangroves for wastewater removal systems such as canals and ditches.



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The advent of technology has had a lot of side-effects on the psyche of our society. But the effects are not limited to the culture and social fabric of societies across the world. E-waste, a largely unseen side effect of the tech revolution, has had a strong effect on the environment also. This has caused concern around the world and major governments have passes laws to regulate the disposal of electronic waste. Also, there has been a demand for eco-friendly technology and eco-friendly technology services.

E-waste: Numbers Don’t Lie

Half a billion computers were scrapped in the US between 1997 and 2007. The number of mobiles dumped into landfills is even bigger. According to the stats by EPA, 423000 tons of PCs were trashed in 2010, out of which only 168,000 were recycled. 152,000,000 units of mobile phones were disposed during the same time, out of which only 11% (17,400,000) were recycled. All the others were

What’s the Big Problem?

IT equipment is always changing, and users always opt for a newer version of hardware. This makes the existing IT equipment obsolete. Not much attention has been paid to eco-friendly technology, and most computer and mobile hardware end up in landfills, or it finds its way to developing countries where underage children strip the different components to find something useful, or to extract poisonous (but profitable) chemicals from the equipment.

Not only does the creation of monitors, mobiles, CPUs, CDs, DVDs and other IT equipment necessitate the use of precious natural resources, but getting rid of the same equipment once it is obsolete is also harmful to the environment. The best way to deal with all the e-waste is recycling; however, most of the times, the waste is simply thrown into a landfill.

High levels of chemicals like lead, mercury, and cadmium are present in all the IT equipment and they pollute the land and create problems for people living in the neighborhood. Even if the landfill is located in a deserted area, the chemicals may pollute the ground water.

Eco-Friendly Technology and Services

There is a simple way in which all the e-waste can be used for the benefit of humanity. There are four ways in which this can be done: reusing, refurbishing, recovering and recycling.

It is possible to use the discarded IT equipment. While one user may not be happy with a supposedly outdated version of a particular hardware, there are many other who would be happy to lay their hands on it. While it may not be possible to reuse a CPU that has stopped working, other equipment like monitors, mouse and keyboards can be easily reused.

Refurbishing is extremely important. Most top-notch IT equipment makers trash goods that have the slightest defect. The scrapped equipment is almost as good as new, and by refurbishing them, it is possible to make them perfect. There are lots of people in the market who happily buy refurbished products. Eco-friendly technology services can also help recover useable equipment from waste. These reusable goods can be recycled, reducing the amount of e-waste drastically.

Source: wrote by Trishna Shah

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EAT UP, the first full-length book about rooftop food production, has been released by Philadelphia-based author and green roof designer, Lauren Mandel. Published internationally by New Society Publishers (a carbon-neutral publishing house), EAT UP explains the practices and practicality of rooftop agriculture through case studies, interviews with industry leaders, and useful checklists. With over 60 percent of the global population now living in urban areas, innovative forms of food production such as rooftop agriculture are becoming increasingly important in addressing food needs while also appealing to those interested in growing fresh food close to home.

EAT UP culminates a three-year research and photography project for Mandel. The book consists of three sections: home rooftop gardening, commercial rooftop farming, and the rooftop agriculture industry, making it the most comprehensive guide to date on the subject matter.

The book was unveiled on April 25, 2013 at Philadelphia eatery Good Karma Café. The Roof-to-Table Launch Event celebrated literature, art, and food by featuring a book signing, 30-piece photography exhibition of images from the book, and seasonal food sourced from local farms, complete with food mileage labels. The Roof-to-Table Photography Exhibition consists of images of rooftop farms and vegetable gardens taken by nine photographers (including Mandel) in nine cities throughout North America. Each photograph is framed with “twice-reclaimed” lumber made from barn siding re-purposed as flooring, re-purposed again as framing stock. The Exhibition will hang in the launch venue (925 Pine St.) through June 29, 2013, and will then travel to Chicago’s Uncommon Ground restaurant (1401 W. Devon Ave.) where it will hang from August 20 – September 15, 2013, with a Midwest launch event on August 20. The exhibition is available for additional restaurant and gallery spaces from July 1 – August 1, 2013 and after September 23, 2013.

EAT UP is available in print and ebook from New Society Publishers (, Barnes and Noble,, and local book stores.


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