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A disturbing infographic showcasing the average Americans carbon footprint 
Dec 6, 2013

A disturbing infographic showcasing the average Americans carbon footprint 

Nov 29, 2013

Flashback time! Who remembers this exquisite dress created by Israeli designer Amit Ayalon? Drawing inspiration from the worlds of Moulin Rouge, Alice in Wonderland & Sherlock Holmes, Amit turned our humble bags into a masterpiece of fashion. How many Envirosax bags can you identify?

Nov 26, 2013

Envirosax detox juices for the post Thanksgiving blues! With many of us enjoying Thanksgiving feasts over the weekend there is a tendency to eat and drink to excess. These juices will leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed. 

Nov 1, 2013

Online Games That Teach Children About The Environment

Educating our children about the environment and the dangers facing it is important. With factors such as global warming, pollution and deforestation becoming a real concern it is up to us to teach younger generations to care for the planet. Thankfully there are several websites that make learning about the environment fun and interactive. We’ve compiled our favourites below, let’s educate today for a green tomorrow.

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1 Nature Games http://pbskids.org/games/nature/

Nature Games is a great resource offering a variety of fun, colourful and educational games aimed at fostering greener minds. Games cover flora and fauna facts as well as recycling, sustainability and saving electricity .

2 EPA http://www.epa.gov/students/games.html#games

The US Environmental Protection Agency hosts a plethora of educational games on their website. Focusing on puzzle based games the website offers kids the chance to really engage with environmental concepts such as climate change, water conservation and pollution.

3 NASA http://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/play/

NASA offers one of the best platforms for teaching children about the environment. With a focus on renewable energy, recycling, climate change  and living a greener life NASA has hit a homerun for environmental initiative and youth engagement.

4 Eco Kids http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm

Eco Kids has a wide variety of resources for both children and educators. Founded to celebrate and promote Earth day in Canada, the site is terrific resource.

 While learning online is a great way to develop environmental awareness in your children, nothing substitutes the real thing.  Take your children on a hike or a camping trip and instil in them precious joy that we as humans get from being surrounded by nature.  Next week we will talk about fun educational activities you can do outdoors with your children.

Oct 25, 2013
Oct 10, 2013

20 Tips For Saving Water

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Water is one of our most precious resources, however many of us needlessly waste huge amounts of fresh water during the course of our day-to-day lives.  To help you save water we’ve come up with a list of the 20 best water saving tips. Some of these are obvious and serve as a reminder, others you may not be aware of. Saving water is important so please share these tips with friends and family!

1. Washing dishes: If you wash dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Filling one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water helps to prevent unnecessary wastage.

2. Instead of getting drinking water from the tap keep a jug in the fridge. Not only will your water be nice and cool, every drop will go down your throat instead of down the sink.

3. When cooking food in water use as little as possible. While you might have to keep a closer eye on the stove you’ll save water and reduce the loss of nutrients in the food.

4. Do you wash potatoes under the tap? Rinse lettuce in the sink? Try doing it in a container then use the water on the garden.

5. Wash clothes in cold water. Flicking the dial to cold saves power and water, it’s also better for the longevity of your clothes.

6. Love those long showers? You could be wasting up to 1,000 gallons a month if you spend over 5 minutes in the shower. To reduce shower time try the Envirosax shower timer available at www.envirosax.com.

7. Think taking a bath saves water? Wrong a single bath requires around 70 gallons of water. Try saving bath time for when you really need to relax.

8. Double-check those leaky taps. Always make sure you turn off taps properly after use. This is a big lesson to instil in children who often get caught up in the excitement of life and forget to double check.

9. Summer is an exciting time for children and playing in the water brings incredible happiness and joy for the young and the young at heart. When doing so try to be conscious of water loss, don’t buy toys that require a constant flow of water.

10. Always keep an eye out for leaks. This is a great chore to get the kids involved with. Try making it out that they are detectives on the hunt for mystery leaks!

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11. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. If you only have a couple of dishes don’t be lazy, wash them in the sink.

12. Don’t lay turf or plant grass in areas that are hard to water such as slopes and isolated strips.

13. Compost!! Starting a compost pile is another great activity to instil a sense of responsibility in kids. By placing compost on your garden water holding organic material will help the soil to retain water.

14. Mulch your plants. Mulching helps to retain moisture around plants.

15. Get that perfect length. Lawn mowers should be set to a height of 1.5 to 2 inches. This is just high enough to shelter soil and roots, aiding in water retention.

16. Only water your lawns every three days in summer and once a week in winter.

17. Angle downspouts from gutters into a water tank or onto the garden.

18. When watering the garden always set a timer. The average running hose will eject 20 gallons of water every minute.

19. Water your lawns in the early hours of the morning or late in the evening. Doing this will reduce evaporation.

20. Wash pets and vehicles on the lawn so the runoff doesn’t go to waste.

Do you have any water saving tips? Share them on our Facebook page or Tweet us @envirosax 

Oct 1, 2013

Big Brands Not As Sustainable As They Claim

US-based company Cotton Incorporated recently published a consumer survey on the habits of its shoppers in relation to eco-friendly products. The companies findings showed that while most people support green products they won’t actively seek them. 70% of people surveyed said they would be angry if they found out that a product they bought was bad for the environment. Only 33% said they would seek out green clothes and be prepared to pay more for them. 

While more and more companies are pledging support to the environment, it is important to remember that it is up to us as consumers to make a difference. We are the driving factor behind any companies manufacturing and marketing choices. By Supporting eco-friendly products we can make a difference.

To read more about this issue and view the full US Cotton review read the source article:  http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-watches/article/1321447/fast-fashion-brands-launch-eco-initiatives-are-they 

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Aug 28, 2013

Eco Barge Clean Seas and the Importance of Marine Conservation

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At Envirosax we are always looking to spread the message of those organisations that are enacting real, positive change on the environment. Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. is one such organisation that is attempting to clean up the ocean around the Whitsundays in Queensland and protect the fragile habitat of the diverse marine life that inhabits the area.

Australia is a beautiful country with a reputation for beautiful vistas and golden beaches. Unfortunately the world’s oceans grow more polluted every year and Australia is no exception. With over 6.4 million tons of rubbish finding its way into the ocean annually, around 13,000 pieces per square kilometre, a devastating price is being exacted from marine life. Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. seeks to protect the fragile ecosystem surrounding the Whitsundays by removing debris and rubbish from the ocean.

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Like all environmental causes, success depends on community support and involvement. Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. utilises various community groups and volunteers to gather together and remove debris piece by piece. As well as actively removing pollutants, numerous initiatives have been implemented with the aim of educating the community and promoting eco-friendly practices in the region.

Strong community involvement and dedication to a cleaner ocean has resulted in a strong organisation, with over 300 volunteers working in various ways to clean up the area and protect the beautiful and exotic marine life that characterises the Whitsundays. Unfortunately the dumping of pollutants as well as irresponsible practice remains rampant. More support is needed to ensure the regions positive future, and guarantee the protection of marine life and habitat.

Check out their website to see how real change can be brought about. If you live by the ocean, find out about the health of marine life in your area. See if you can volunteer, do your part to make sure these beautiful environments are around for generations to come.

The evolution of the plastic bag
Aug 7, 2013

The evolution of the plastic bag

By getting together and spreading the eco-friendly message we can make a difference.  - The Envirosax Family
Jul 31, 2013

By getting together and spreading the eco-friendly message we can make a difference.  - The Envirosax Family

Jul 29, 2013
How bad is plastic? Share this Infographic and let’s reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, creeks, eddies, watering holes, billabongs, streams and puddles! A cleaner future is the only future!
Jul 25, 2013

How bad is plastic? Share this Infographic and let’s reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, creeks, eddies, watering holes, billabongs, streams and puddles! A cleaner future is the only future!

Jul 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013

Eco Barge Clean Seas and the Importance of Marine Conservation

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At Envirosax we are always looking to spread the message of those organisations that are enacting real, positive change on the environment. Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. is one such organisation that is attempting to clean up the ocean around the Whitsundays in Queensland and protect the fragile habitat of the diverse marine life that inhabits the area.

Australia is a beautiful country with a reputation for beautiful vistas and golden beaches. Unfortunately the world’s oceans grow more polluted every year and Australia is no exception. With over 6.4 million tons of rubbish finding its way into the ocean annually, around 13,000 pieces per square kilometre, a devastating price is being exacted from marine life. Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. seeks to protect the fragile ecosystem surrounding the Whitsundays by removing debris and rubbish from the ocean.

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Like all environmental causes, success depends on community support and involvement. Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. utilises various community groups and volunteers to gather together and remove debris piece by piece. As well as actively removing pollutants, numerous initiatives have been implemented with the aim of educating the community and promoting eco-friendly practices in the region.

Strong community involvement and dedication to a cleaner ocean has resulted in a strong organisation, with over 300 volunteers working in various ways to clean up the area and protect the beautiful and exotic marine life that characterises the Whitsundays. Unfortunately the dumping of pollutants as well as irresponsible practice remains rampant. More support is needed to ensure the regions positive future, and guarantee the protection of marine life and habitat.

Check out their website to see how real change can be brought about. If you live by the ocean, find out about the health of marine life in your area. See if you can volunteer, do your part to make sure these beautiful environments are around for generations to come.

Jul 24, 2013 / 2 notes

LA Bans Plastic Bags!

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Los Angeles, a city of 3.8 million people has become the largest metropolis to ban the use of plastic bags. Statistics show that the population of LA consumes over 2.3 billion plastic bags annually and the council spends millions of dollars on related clean up every year. The ban was brought about by the need to reduce pollution and contain the damage caused by plastic bags on the environment. The ban was imposed after a vote by the council of Los Angeles, which won by a margin of 11-1, an encouraging result that hints at positive outcomes for the future of the city.

Large businesses have until January 1st 2014 to discontinue the use of plastic bags while smaller independent businesses will have until July 2014. Failure to comply will result in hefty penalties and fines of up to $500 after the ban comes into effect.

In a further attempt to improve environmental awareness, a compulsory fee of 10c will be applied to every paper bag. The fee is intended to encourage people to bring their own bags and to avoid replacing one problem with another.

It is now up to more major cities to follow the precedent set by LA and implement plastic bag free strategies in order to put a stop to the wide spread use of this terrible commodity. Envirosax would like to congratulate the city of LA for passing this momentous ban, this is a huge breakthrough and a great step forward in ensuring a sustainable future.