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Did you know that August is Water Quality Month? Water is the source of all life on Earth, it is one of the major factors that make our planet unique. Humankind is in a position to impact this precious resource; the nature of the impact, positive or negative, is ultimately up to us. Here are 10 tips that will help you preserve water quality and shift to a sustainable lifestyle.

  1. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps because these contain ingredients, such as triclosan, that do more harm than good. Regular soaps aren’t as bad, but the detergents in them can disrupt the water’s surface tension, and the soapy residue that seeps into a water source can promote algae growth. Try using biodegradable soap and shampoo, they have the least negative environmental impact. If you can’t find something that suits you, try DIY!
  2. Always remember to turn off the tap when not in use. Don’t let the water run while you’re brushing your teeth!
  3. Install low flow shower heads and opt for taking showers instead of baths.
  4. Use non-toxic cleaning products in the kitchen, regular cleaners contain alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), these are surfactants that break down into more toxic compounds and do not easily biodegrade in soil and water. They also contain phosphates, which promote undesirable algal growth in water.
  5. Dispose of food waste in an organic waste bin instead of dumping it down the kitchen sink.
  6. Spruce up your car by taking it to a car wash instead of hosing it down yourself. The professionals flush down chemicals into the sewer as opposed to the storm drain.
  7. Instead of using chemical fertilisers/pesticides while gardening, use EMs They are better for your health and the environment.
  8. If you’re going camping, stay at least 200 ft away from water sources while washing and cleaning, keep this in mind even if you’re using biodegradable products. (Check out our guide to having a sustainable outdoor adventure here.)
  9. Always pick up after your pets and dispose of their waste properly. Waste from pets, such as dogs, can mess up the pH balance of the soil. If the waste gets washed into a water body, it will negatively impact the marine life as well.
  10. Don’t dump medicine down the drain. This can pollute the water, expose marine life to harmful chemicals and end up back in our drinking water. Here are options for safe disposal.

Now you’re all set to be a custodian of water quality this month. Remember to spread the message to motivate your friends and family to dive in with you.

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Renewables

16 April 2015 – The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back. Tom Randall. Read more.

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A decade from now, a company without an “energy and sustainability” department could be as unusual as one without a human resources department. Either that, or it might be out of business.    The sooner companies begin to understand and actively manage their energy use—and their energy sources, including possible ways to produce their own energy—the faster they’ll enter a more enlightened world, one with the potential for a number of advantages including significant savings, a better bottom line, greater customer loyalty, a cost-edge over competitors, lower business risk, and a company-wide awareness of sustainability that can rein in resource waste across the board.

by Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions

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