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More people in fewer houses?

Hi again! Earlier I wrote about the Wikkelhouse, and how it can be a smart idea to make living easier and greener. I kind of stayed in that thought for a bit and had it in my mind for a while. Now I’ve bumped in to minimalism, which rhymes well together with my philosophy of less garbage and less pollution. I came over a fun pair of guys who calls themselves The Minimalists. Very minimalistic name, indeed. They talk about living with fewer things and therefor get an easier and more simpler life.

With this thoughts, I started thinking about the Wikkelhouse again, and where I live there is currently a housing shortage. It has been like this for a few years now, and there seems to be hard to solve it. I mean, you want the people to live somewhere but it’s really expensive to build more houses and flats. However, I came up with this idea to build a minimalistic flat/apartment house. In here, there can be a lot of smaller apartments and more of them, instead of building this huge flats with five large rooms. Smaller apartments gives more apartments in the same space.

So, my thought is basically that if more people could live more minimalistic and be happy with less things, there would be a lot of possibilities to build smaller apartments. If you only have a few things, like only the things you actually need and use then there would be easier to live small. It would be much easier to live in a smaller place, and you would not have to build a lot of apartments with three or more rooms.

A lot of the people that lives alone could benefit from a small but cheap apartment where they can live more minimalistic. You might be able to fit a lot more people people in to one equal sized building if the residents have less things, are more open to live smaller, and agree to have smaller apartments. I really think the world would benefit from having a more minimalistic way of living. It contributes to a more relaxed life and it decreases the world’s consumption of unnecessary things – decreasing pollution. As The Minimalists says: use things and love humans – not the other way around.

Bottled water

bottled water

Some inventions is both great and bad at the same time. Take bottled water for example. In some countries they are essential since you can’t drink the water from the taps and definitely should not do it, but in other countries they are polluters which contributes to littering nature, unnecessary power consumption and emissions from transports.

In Sweden the tap water is of good quality and drinkable. Still, many people buy bottled water instead of drinking tap water. That’s because some people want sparkling water or flavored water. Another reason to why we consume a lot of bottled water is that we buy water when we are out in the cities instead of filling our own water bottle at home and bring it with us.

The high prices at bottled water doesn’t seem to discourage people from buying it. But it has come an invention that reduce peoples need of buying bottled water: carbonating machines! By purchasing a carbonating machine you can produce sparkling water at home out of your tap water. You can also purchase flavor essences if you want to flavor the water.

Today carbonating machines can be found in many swedish homes thanks to smart functions and great design. Earlier I think the carbonating machines was kind of ugly and big, now you can buy slim machines in great design that you aren’t ashamed of to place on the sink. Look at the brand Sodastreamer for instance, they sell really good looking carbonating machines. By using such a machine you can get the sparkling water, even make your own soda with it, without having to bring home a lot of plastic bottles.

There are a lot of reasons to avoid buying bottled water, that they are bad for the environment is just one of these reasons. Another is that they aren’t that healthy as you think they are. Bottled water often contain much more bacterias than the swedish tap water. Sometimes they also contain to high levels of substances like flour and sodium. So if you have the possibility to drink tap water of high quality, that’s the best alternative both for you and for the environment.

Soda machines is just one thing that can make people drinking tap water. Great water bottles that you can bring with you and use over and over again is another thing that can make people buy less bottled water. Also there has been more and more commercial on the television that are trying to make people think about bottles and the environment. Really great i think!

Recently I saw a smart design of a water bottle. It was flat like an envelope and you could buy it in different sizes. I think this was a really smart idea because it’s not always you have space for these traditional round water bottles in your bag. I like smart design that solve peoples needs, and I think more smart products will lead people into buying less bottled water and other environmentally harmful products.

Ecological lifestyle

live ecological

When we speak about being environmentally friendly individuals we often talk about shopping less clothes, buying ecological food products, save energy in our homes or choose more climate-friendly alternatives to cars and buses. Next step is to think about our whole lifestyle and apply an environmental perspective in all our activities, from our hobbies to our vacations or restaurant dinners.

We need to encourage more companies to think about the environment. Take restaurants for example, start to favour the ones that works hard to reduce their environmental impact. This can be done by serving locally produced food and organic products for example. In the future I also want to see more restaurants using eco-labeled furnitures, foam soap and water-saving taps in the toilets.

With foam soap you use about 50% less soap than if you use traditional pump soaps, which is great.

Water-saving taps, toilets, shower mixes and foam soaps is also something hotels need to think about. So next time you shall stay at a hotel, choose a hotel that cares about the environment and have a environmental policy.

In Las Vegas you can find very advanced luxury hotels with great environmental commitment. I think one reason to this is that they are located in the dessert and need to be restrained with water. In Vegas you can find hotels with both water-saving taps, but you can alos find hotels that cleans the greywater from the hotel and uses it in fountains or for watering.

There´s also examples of hotels in Vegas that saves energy with the help of technology that switches off lights and other energy consuming devices when a guest leaves the hotel room, The casino & hotel Aria is one of the hotels in Vegas that uses this technique and they have been awarded with the LEED certificate, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and other awards during the years since they opened in 2009. You can read more about their work for the environment at their web page.

Casino and poker is two of my interests and I always tries to choose hotels and casinos that are highly engaged in sustainability issues and that implement energy and water-saving technique when I am away from the hotel room. But traveling often causes emissions and instead of traveling to much I play a lot over the Internet at casino sites nowadays. In this way I reduce my impact on the environment. You can read more about online gambling here.

By travel less or use more environmentally friendly transport alternatives you can do great for the environment. Choose environmentally friendly hotels ant other facilities you use to visit and you are contributing even more to a green planet.

Golfers for example can do a lot to make the world a greener place. Use biodegradeble pegs and buy golf balls at second hand shops. Another thing you should be aware of is how environmentally conscious your golf club is when it comes to watering and lawn care. Look for golf clubs that takes action to reduce their environmental impact.

This is just a few tips about how you can live a more eco friendly lifestyle and also how you can affect companies to think more ecological. If you want more information about online gambling, look here at casinoomega.com.