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Answer the Call of Nature: 5 Surprising Little Things That Harm the Planet

Most people think they know precisely how to minimise their carbon footprint. If you think the same, chances are you’ve made attempts to walk instead of drive, reduce, reuse, and recycle, and turn off the lights and other electric appliances when you leave the house.

switch and plugThing is, everyone (yes, you included) unintentionally makes everyday choices that harm the environment — choices that give Mother Earth a tough time.

Here is a look at things that are causing for harm than you think:

1. Using Regular Lights

You probably use incandescent lights in your home. Most people do, despite the many greener alternatives. If you really want to go green and save the planet, start investing in more energy-efficient products, such as solar lights and solar panels.

2. Patronising Denim Clothes

Studies show that some clothing companies use about 3,000 litres of water to produce one pair of denim jeans. If you own seven pairs that you wear almost every day, then your efforts on saving the planet are going terribly wrong. Denim is beautiful and versatile, so stick with just a few and junk the excess.

3. Being a Beauty Junkie

People all over the world dump beauty products into waterways, lakes, streams, rivers, and public water systems each year. Cosmetics that contain parabens specifically affect reproduction in wildlife and marine life. Almost all personal care products on the market contain diet hanolamine as well, which can cause cancer in both humans and animals.

4. Using Disposable Chopsticks

Whether they are made of plastic or wood, the chopsticks that come with your Chinese takeout negatively affect the environment. Plastic does not decompose in landfills. Wooden chopsticks, on the other hand, are just as bad considering the millions of trees cut down to manufacture them.

5. Leaving Your Computer Monitor On

Leaving your computer monitor on standby mode uses less energy than turning it on and off every time you come back. Leaving it on for more than 20 minutes, however, would be more harmful, so it makes more sense to just turn the monitor off.

The hard truth is that almost everything you do and the decisions you make all throughout the day has a hidden environmental impact. Always think twice about the things you use and the things you do. Focus on small changes so you can truly reduce your carbon footprint.

 

August 29, 2014 at 3:02 amiTech Services

Securing Success: Three Tips on How to Be on Top of Your Game

Success is not a destination, rather, it’s a journey. Before we knew incandescent lamp, Thomas Edison tried approximately 10,000 ways, creating the electric light bulb. His success story was not on the day the bulb finally lit, but it started much earlier. It was on the day he decided in his heart that he would do it.

shake handsFor young professionals, here are a few tips on how you can be successful in your chosen field:

Be confident

Confidence brings out your natural talents and skills. Confident people can do anything simply because they know and believe that they can. An effective confidence exercise is reminding yourself about your worth.

Part of embracing confidence is taking care of yourself. If you’re a professional, it is important that you observe personal hygiene. Studies say that nice, white teeth have a direct, positive effect on interactions in the workplace. It pays to schedule a regular visit to your dentist. Say you are a yuppie from Western Australia, you might want to visit a Murdoch dental centre and consult about proper oral hygiene.

Gaining confidence is a learning process. Know yourself and be confident about who you are.

Be passionate

Passion should be your primary motivation in your career. If you love what you do, it will never be a burden and you don’t have to drag yourself to work. Look at dull days and mundane tasks as steps closer to your success. These things happen to test how determined you are to reach success. List down your career goals to keep track of your improvements as a professional.

Be positive

Edison never saw failure. He viewed his 10,000 attempts as opportunities to innovate ways. Sometimes it is your perspective that clouds your judgment. Have a positive outlook on life and career. It will be helpful if you will surround yourself with people who create positive vibes.

There is no easy way to success. It doesn’t happen overnight; it surely doesn’t come to those who just lay on their couch at home, watching television all day. If you want success, you have to work for it. Remember, it starts within you.

August 28, 2014 at 2:42 amThe Marketing Section

A Not-So-Typical Mother-Daughter Bonding: Decorating the Bedroom

Mothers, you very well know that kids are a big ball of excitement. You take them to the playground and see them enjoying the seesaw and next thing you know, they’re on the football field, trying to steal the ball from the tallest teenage player. You may also want to try diverting your kids’ energies into a project that will improve their personal spaces at home and at the same time spend quality time with you: decorating their own bedrooms.

bedroomFirst step: plan the project

Before shopping and picking out that baby pink bed linen you’ve always wanted for your daughter’s room, talk to her about the things she wants to have in her room. Talk about what theme/motif she likes for her personal space. You can offer options or suggest styles so that she can have an informed decision in the end. Surf through the Internet and show her pictures of rooms that will suit her age and preferences.

Talking to your daughter about these things will let her feel that she is involved in the project. She will have an ownership of the whole process and will appreciate the project all the more once she sees the product of your shared work. At the planning stage, you can also talk to her about the importance of preparation in every work or task. She will understand this value more deeply because she sees it for herself and experiences it with you.

Second step: hit the stores

When you shop, it is important to keep in mind that as you settle for final choices of wallpapers, bed linens and cabinets, you have to stay within the budget. The stores are full of cute, colourful glittery stuff that are not in the plan. She may convince you to buy impulsively. Don’t give in. Make her understand that you are sticking to the plan and budget. With this, she will learn that money must be valued and spent responsibly.

Third step: make it more personal

Once you move in the pieces you ordered from the stores, make your daughter’s room a more personal space by spending time crafting DIY decorations. Encourage her to do it with you. This will not only create a unique bonding experience for the both of you, you can also unleash her artsy self.

Create unique experiences that will allow you to bond with your kids. Remember to make every moment with your children count.

August 25, 2014 at 11:40 amLifestyle