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Sweden is setting an example to the world with the way they manage their waste by boiling it in more than 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit to help fuel more than 30 power plants instead of burning coal or gas, as four tons of garbage contain the equivalent energy to one ton of oil or 1.6 tons of coal. However, building a system like this in a city takes its time and planning. For example, the Swedish system was built decades ago first starting at the end of the 1950’s.
The Scandinavian country has also dramatical decreased the amount of trash sent to its landfills, with less than 1% of household waste ending up there, while the 49% goes to recycling centers and the other 50% being incinerated in power plants to turn it into steam that spins turbines to generate electricity. Energy from garbage is used to supply much of the heat during cold months for around 1.25 million apartments around the country and also electricity for 680,000 homes.
Using trash as an energy supply also helps reduce having to extract fossil fuels from the earth and having to ship it around the world only to burn it. This means a reduction of 467,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year by using a more efficient way to dispose of our everyday waste. Countries around the world should stop and look at what countries like Sweden are doing to help reduce greenhouse emissions.
We usually see stress as a negative sensation on our bodies as work deadlines pile up, conflict with friends and family appear or when trying to accommodate to busy schedules. That kind of meaning to the word stress is what wears us down both mentally and physically, but according to research there are actually two different types of stress with different implications to it:
- Distress: This one refers to negative stress, such as having extreme anxiety that ends up with people having trouble sleeping, eating or concentrating. Long periods of distress due to biological or external events increases the likelihood of chronic disease.
- Eustress: On the other hand, eustress refers to a kind of “positive stress” which can have some positive effects such as protecting us from aging and disease. This beneficial stress drives us to complete our daily tasks and life goals, and has a direct effect with our life satisfaction and well-being.
In small doses, stress can help us give meaning to our lives and keep us active. This helps us build confidence and skills that are important for our careers and how we build our relationship with people. A life without stress isn’t necessarily better, and healthy competition in life makes us feel proud of ourselves and helps us grow as human beings.
There are simple hacks we can employ to be kinder to the planet, from cooking to cleaning, to fashion and finance. We have gathered some tips that can help you lead a more sustainable life.
Adults today can spend anywhere from one to three hours in the kitchen per day. There’s plenty to do in the kitchen that will help you live a greener life and also save a few bucks on the way! Reduce food waste Begin to love your leftovers. As much as 20% of purchased perishable products end up in the trash bin. Keep track of what’s available in the fridge before you go out shopping for more. Reinvent the way you use food; for example, stale bread can be used to make salad croutons; cooked porridge can be used as part of the ingredients for baking bread!
When out shopping, it is better to get less and shop more often, than jumping into ‘buy 2 and get 3’ offers that can likely lead to unnecessary food waste at home. Keep track of where produce comes from and try to buy locally when possible.
A Cleansing Life
We spend a lot of time and energy cleaning, whether it is our bodies, our homes or clothing. Save the planet, your money and time with some simple tricks.
Wash less often. We need to wash all the time, especially with small children around but oftentimes we put a garment to wash if it has a small stain. Learn to spot clean and air-dry your clothes when possible.
Use biodegradable products. Many of the cleaning and cleansing products we use are quite detrimental to the environment. Start buying products that are as close to 100% biodegradable and make an instant positive impact on the planet!
Less plastic. Our products are not only wrapped or contained in plastic, they often have plastic inside them! Start discovering sustainable products that are wrapped in paper or biodegradable products, and research what is in your product to avoid adding more micro-plastics to the environment.
A Life with Fashion
We won’t tell you to stop shopping, but only to do it more consciously. Here are some tips.
Buy only necessary items. Before buying a new piece of clothing, ask yourself, will I wear this item at least 30 times?
Buy secondhand. Secondhand products can be as good as new and they are cheaper, so you reduce on the production footprint while saving money.
A Life of Finance
Finances can be a drag for many, but saving money while saving the planet can be easily recognized as a win-win situation.
Invest wisely. Instead of a bigger flat-screen TV, how about investing in water-saving devices such as rainwater harvesting or greywater recycling systems? Invest in environmentally-friendly solutions that also lower your monthly bills. Green money. Ask your bank and pension provider what funds you’re invested in and whether there is a sustainable or ethical option. It’s time to stop investing in fossil-fuels.