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Commercial vehicle lighting, essential for any business whose employees are working in maintenance vehicles, emergency vehicles or otherwise at risk modes of transportation, has caught up with the times. It’s as cost effective and environmentally friendly as the nearest light bulb. Gone are the days when all commercial vehicle illumination involved high wattage light bulbs that lasted for weeks at a time – these days, a company can provide its vehicles with the brighter, longer lasting hit of an LED for pretty much the same money. Though in a welcome concession to the possible expense of refitting a whole fleet with different light shoes, most commercial vehicle lighting companies are also supplying original (albeit long life) bulbs too.
Question: is it more expensive to convert a fleet to using LED type bulbs, or to continue using the old style hot shoe bulb at a longer life rating? We’ve all become aware that environmental costs are not always measured in direct transfer. Sometimes, it’s actually more labour and factory effective, as well as cost effective, to retain the “old” equipment than to invest in new. Particularly if that old equipment still has a lot of life in it. What we’re asking here is this: if, for example, a company has a set of reasonably new trucks, is it better for them to buy commercial vehicle lighting to fit the standard old illuminations or should they scrap their existing fittings, thereby effectively making a waste of all the energy that was used to make them, in favour of new ones?
The answer, of course, depends on the situation. In circumstances such as the ones outlined above it would be environmentally unsound to discard the new fittings before they have lived a useful life. The energy it takes to make fittings in the first place has to be offset by their use otherwise they might as well not have been made at all. That’s why the better commercial vehicle lighting suppliers are deliberately not railroading their customers into buying only LED bulbs: quite sensibly, they’re allowing them to go through a period of adjustment, phasing out their old kit as it becomes obsolete rather than just throwing it away for no reason.
It’s heartening to see an industry actually making some sensible adjustments for environmental purposes, rather than just (as many of us have been wont to do) getting all hysterical and chucking away a load of perfectly good kit before it has reached its sale by date. Bear in mind that one is always being exhorted to waste less material. There can’t be a bigger waste of material than discarding serviceable commercial vehicle lighting fittings (the actual shoes that the bulbs sit in) just because they don’t support newer, more energy efficient products. Wait until the old has run out, then bring in the new. That way, all the energy that went into making the bulbs that still exist won’t have gone to waste without reason. That’s a solution that saves material, saves money and still lets businesses thrive.
Millions of people move each year. Boxes, paper, and bubble wrap can accumulate to literally a mountain size pile of waste. It is no surprise that people are exploring ways to “green their move.”
Cardboard boxes account for the largest waste contributor in a move. Brisbane removal companies can provide boxes made of recycled plastic rather than disposable cardboard. If these are not available, don’t go buy new cardboard boxes. Plan ahead and begin collecting boxes from friends and grocery stores. Save boxes from holiday gifts for moving day. Also,cut back on bubble wrap. Packing material can include newspapers, old towels and sheets.
It may seem evident that to be more environmentally friendly you don’t need to accumulate so much stuff in the first place. The less stuff you have the fewer boxes you will need and the less stuff that is moved will save on fuel.
Selling or donating unwanted items is a great way to reduce the impact of moving on the environment. Don’t add to already full landfills. Have a yard sale or look for a charitable organization that takes used furniture, appliances, clothing and other household goods.
When searching for a removalsist in Brisbane, look for one that uses biodiesal to fuel their trucks. Also research to see if any companies utilize hybrid vehicles. If you can’t find one and want to offset your carbon footprint on the planet, research the internet to “click on” sites. At these sites a donation is made is made each time a visitor goes to the site. Proceeds go to organizations that support renewable energy and reforestation.
Finally, no one moves without doing a lot of cleaning at the old place and the new home. Use green cleaners that do not contain harsh chemicals. These cleaners work just as well and do not contaminate water supplies and harm water environments.
Brisbane removals can be Earth friendly. Research movers and locate one that employs “green” practices into their companies philosophy. These removalists will fill the need and supply a growing number of customers with eco-friendly removal.
There are a lot of interesting statistics about traditional greetings cards and from an environmental point of view they make some pretty tragic reading. Research shows that each household in the United States receives about 80 cards a year. This seems an extraordinarily large amount but when you consider that there are over 1,500 large greetings card manufacturers producing over seven billion cards a year then it begins to make more sense. In the United Kingdom there are two billion cards a year bought and sent. All of these card companies go out of their way to try and make sure that there is a market for their products; they create birthday cards for pets, cards to congratulate people for passing their driving test, cards to congratulate not only for a new baby but also for being a new parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt and godparent. There are smaller niche companies that specialise in well targeted areas such as cards congratulating people on hitting their target weight loss, getting sacked from work or simply various low-volume sale cards for different religions.
The traditional greetings card is made out of relatively expensive cardboard. These products by definition need to look classy and expensive. Generally they are made out of wood pulp or rag pulp but there is an increasing market for more and more recycled materials in cards. Because these cards have to feel expensive the paper is bleached to make it whiter and then it is usually coated with a glossy coating to make it shiny. The inks used to print the cards are traditionally oil based though a lot of companies are moving towards soy based inks in which are a little easier to recycle and release less toxins into the air than the more traditional inks. Ultimately a huge percentage of the card stock paper comes from wood pulp from virgin trees and the ink used in whatever form does still release toxins.
However you look at it and however much recycled materials goes into these cards that is a lot of paper, a lot of printing and a lot of ink. There is also the huge cost of transporting them around the planet. If we take a low estimate of the weight of a greetings card and envelope as being 20g, then the 7 billion cards in the United States and the 2 billion in the United Kingdom weigh in at a staggering 180,000 metric tonnes of cards.
Thankfully, there is an alternative. The E Card is gaining in popularity and the good thing about the E Card is that it weighs nothing, uses no paper and no toxic inks and it doesn’t require any trucks, cars or aeroplanes to deliver. There are other advantages too, such as the fact that they are always up to date and topical and they are delivered instantly to a person’s mobile phone and create no waste to clean up when they are thrown away. E Cards make excellent sense, not just to the sender and the recipient but also for the environment.