Review: Smart Power Strips save Energy and have other Advantages

Review: Smart Power Strips save Energy and have other Advantages

My mechanical timer failed and I had to look for a replacement. And so I (finally) discovered smart power technology.

Smart power strips save energy. And because the sockets can be controlled independently of each other, I have discovered even more advantages.

At the moment I don’t have much smart power technology at home. What functions well does not have to be discarded the minute we want something else. But some devices will definitely be replaced in the future. It is both good for my long-term sustainability and my wallet since the price of electricity has risen considerably in Spain.

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Sustainability at Home is Made Utterly Impossible

Sustainability at Home is Made Utterly Impossible

Sustainability at home is not just a major challenge. It is utterly impossible. Governments do not offer any serious support and the industry doesn’t care. This means that serious sustainability at home is our own responsibility and a daytime job when you take it very seriously, as we do.

To illustrate my point, I start from the 5 sustainability principles: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. These 5 principles give us at least some guidance when deciding on what is sustainability at home and what is not. When we apply these principles consistently, they are supposed to support a more sustainable lifestyle.

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A Greenhouse is not Eco-Friendly. Though Some are and do Well.

A Greenhouse is not Eco-Friendly. Though Some are and do Well.

If you fly to Schiphol Airport in the evenings, there is a good chance that you will pass over the horticultural area ‘t Westland. That is not to be missed because the greenhouses light up like a Christmas tree.

Horticultural greenhouses in the Netherlands consume 80% of agricultural energy consumption. So the conclusion can quickly be that a greenhouse is not eco-friendly. Certainly not, as the pesticides used in the monocultures in those greenhouses are often far from environmentally friendly either.

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Slow Cooking with a DIY Solar Cooker can be so Much Fun

Slow Cooking with a DIY Solar Cooker can be so Much Fun

How slow cooking with a DIY solar cooker brought my mind back to my childhood? I have no idea.

But did you also have such fun as a child with a shoelace and a magnifying glass? It was fantastic to try to light the fire by burning the lace with the sun shining through the magnifying glass.

I never thought about that fun again until I started researching solar cookers. Not that we need a magnifying glass for a solar cooker, but the sun is definitely needed.

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Water Conservation Management is Crucial for a Sustainable Agriculture

Water Conservation Management is Crucial for a Sustainable Agriculture

Water conservation management is, of course, not only crucial for sustainable agriculture. Any agriculture needs proper water conservation management. However, for various reasons, with sustainable agriculture, water conservation management requires much more skills and attention. Even our kitchen gardens require water conservation management.

Today it is 37 Celsius. The sun burns all day. There is hardly any wind. When the sun no longer shines in the kitchen gardens, our irrigation system waters the plants for 10 minutes. First, the one where the herbs grow, next, the one where we try to grow tomatoes and zucchini.

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Sustainable Agricultural Practices Prevent Excessive Soil Erosion

Sustainable Agricultural Practices Prevent Excessive Soil Erosion

We support sustainable agricultural practices, such as ecological and biological agriculture and permaculture. Many farmers oppose sustainable agricultural practices.

They argue that sustainable agricultural practices are unable to feed the world population. Even though they are never able to back up this claim.

Fortunately, there are many ways to counter excessive soil erosion. It is no surprise that sustainable agricultural practices are at the top of the prevention and restoration list.

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9 Tips on How to Recycle E-Waste Safely and Sustainable

9 Tips on How to Recycle E-Waste Safely and Sustainable

E-waste, short for Electronic waste, means all your leftover electronics. With technology progressing so fast, many people have tons of old TVs, computers, cell phones, and other old stuff just lying around the house not being used.

How to recycle e-waste? As long as it is still in the cupboard drawer or a box, e-waste can do little harm. Although it is of course a pity that it is uselessly waiting for a destination.

Worse, many of these old devices end up in nature or in illegal dumping grounds. While there are plenty of good solutions for e-waste that save nature and can even provide us with money.

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5 Eco-Friendly Reasons why we Should Buy Recycled Toilet Paper

5 Eco-Friendly Reasons why we Should Buy Recycled Toilet Paper

In our quest to be an environmentally conscious consumer, we probably consider to buy recycled toilet paper, don’t we? In this article, I want to explore the pros and cons of recycled toilet paper and some alternatives.

Some might have the wrong idea of recycled toilet paper. However, I can reassure you, it’s definitely not recycled from other toilet paper but rather other paper products. There really is no yuck factor! 🙂

Recycled paper is either made from paper previously used for magazines, posters, printing paper, and the like. This is also called post-consumer content. Or it is made from cutting waste from paper manufacture.

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