Environmental Friendly and Biodegradable Products
Environmental Friendly is a firm that specializes in product reviews of eco-friendly, biodegradable products and ideas. The different product lines and industries we look at include:
1. Solar Energy
2. Solar Water Heating
3. Recycled Paper
4. Recycled Glass
5. Recycled Plastic
6. Wind Energy
7. Geothermal Energy
9. Ethanol Fuel Mixtures
10. Natural Gas
11: Nuclear Energy
The term biodegradable is associated with environmentally friendly products. What exactly does this mean? The meaning of biodegradation is breaking down of organic substances by the help of other living organisms such as bacteria and microbes. It helps out greatly in waste management and keeping the environment clean.
Now the trend of being eco-friendly is booming all over the world. Small and big companies are trying to contribute towards this cause. Going green is the new mantra. Eco-friendly products are becoming popular in the industrial as well as the corporate sector. These products not only help in promoting effective campaigns but also help in spreading the word about the company’s social awareness and values. There is lot more benefits attached to it!
Eco-friendly products provide the imprinted brand related message also; this in turn elevates the brand image and reflects a positive impression amongst existing and potential customers, along with the repeated exposure of your logo.
Going green does not make money for you; but it saves your wealth, that’s for sure. So it wouldn’t be a foolish decision at all. These biodegradable products are not only meeting high standards of quality, durability and beauty, but they are also cost effective. There are compost able products like compost able plates, straws, containers, hot cups, cold cups, soufflé cups, bowls, etc.
Biodegradable party supplies are those products, which can be thrown, in the regular garbage. The compost able plates, straws, containers, hot cups, cold cups, soufflé cups, will naturally biodegrade over time. These biodegradable tableware products replace non-biodegradable plastic and Styrofoam products that will NOT biodegrade and will fill our landfills forever.
Biodegradable tableware is as affordable and safe as it is environmental friendly. When disposed off with a commercial compost facility, biodegradable tableware takes only 50 to 100 days to completely compost. Disposable tableware is made from sugarcane fiber leftover after juice extraction. Normally, this residue is burned after pulping, thus creating air pollution. But this sugarcane fiber can be re-used – by being made into disposable products normally made from plastic or virgin paper. The tableware has no plastic or wax lining applied to it and can be used for both hot and cold items. Though, the tableware is soak proof, hot items will cause moisture/precipitation to form at the bottom of the tableware.
The best thing is that biodegradable packaging can reduce the amount of litter. All around the world, biodegradable packaging is moving into the mainstream. Progress in biotechnology means that plant based starches, for example sugar cane and corn, can be used as a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional, petroleum based plastics.
If you are concerned about the durability of biodegradable shipping supplies, do not be. These types of shipping supplies may be biodegradable, but that does not mean that they are of a lesser quality and construction than shipping supplies that are not biodegradable. Biodegradable packaging is packaging that after use simply biodegrades harmlessly back into the earth.
1. Solar Energy: Radiant light and heat from the sun, has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation, along with secondary solar-powered resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass, account for most of the available renewable energy on earth. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.
2. Solar Water Heating: (SWH) systems comprise several innovations and many mature renewable energy (or SHW Solar Hot Water) technologies, which have been accepted in most countries for many years. SWH has been widely used in Turkey, Israel, Australia, Japan, Austria and China. In a “close-coupled” SWH system the storage tank is horizontally mounted immediately above the solar collectors on the roof. No pumping is required as the hot water naturally rises into the tank through thermo-siphon flow. In a “pump-circulated” system the storage tank is ground or floor mounted and is below the level of the collectors; a circulating pump moves water or heat transfer fluid between the tank and the collectors.
3. Recycled Paper: Is the process of recovering waste paper and remaking it into new paper products. There are three categories of paper that can be used as feedstocks for making recycled paper: mill broke, pre-consumer waste, and post-consumer waste. Mill broke is paper trimmings and other paper scrap from the manufacture of paper, and is recycled internally in a paper mill. Pre-consumer waste is material, which left the paper mill but was discarded before it was ready for consumer use. Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use, such as old corrugated containers (OCC), old magazines, old newspapers (ONP), office paper, old telephone directories, and residential mixed paper (RMP). Paper suitable for recycling is called “scrap paper”. The industrial process of removing printing ink from paper fibers of recycled paper to make de-inked pulp is called de-inking.
4. Recycled Glass: A wide variety of products are made from recycled glass, ranging from glassware to paving materials. In fact, many of these products are not necessarily specifically labeled as being made with recycled materials, because glass recycling is an ancient practice. For almost as long as people have been making glass, this material has been melted down and repurposed as individual items outlive their usefulness.
5. Recycled Plastic: The process of recovering scrap or waste plastics and reprocessing the material into useful products, sometimes completely different in form from their original state. For instance, this could mean melting down soft drink bottles and then casting them as plastic chairs and tables. Typically a plastic is not recycled into the same type of plastic, and products made from recycled plastics are often not recyclable.
6. Wind Energy: The conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electricity, wind mills for mechanical power, wind pumps for pumping water or drainage, or sails to propel ships. At the end of 2009, worldwide nameplate capacity of wind-powered generators was 159.2 gigawatts = GW (By June 2010 the capacity had risen to 175 GW. Energy production was 340 TWh, which is about 2% of worldwide electricity usage and has doubled in the past three years. Several countries have achieved relatively high levels of wind power penetration, such as 20% of stationary electricity production in Denmark, 14% in Ireland and Portugal, 11% in Spain, and 8% in Germany in 2009. As of May 2009, 80 countries around the world are using wind power on a commercial basis.
7. Geothermal Energy: Thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth. Thermal energy is energy that determines the temperature of matter. Earth’s geothermal energy originates from the original formation of the planet, from radioactive decay of minerals, from volcanic activity, and from solar energy absorbed at the surface. The geothermal gradient, which is the difference in temperature between the core of the planet and its surface, drives a continuous conduction of thermal energy in the form of heat from the core to the surface.
8. Biogas: Typically refers to a gas produced by the biological breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas originates from Biogenic material and is a type of Biofuel. Biogas is produced by anaerobic digestion or fermentation of biodegradable materials such as biomass, manure, sewage, municipal waste, green waste, and plant material and energy crops. This type of biogas comprises primarily methane and carbon dioxide. Other types of gas generated by use of biomass are wood gas, which is created by gasification of wood or other biomass. This type of gas consists primarily of nitrogen, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide, with trace amounts of methane.
9. Ethanol Fuel Mixtures: Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and methanol (methyl alcohol) are two types of alcohol fuels. The use of pure alcohols in internal combustion engines is only possible if the engine is designed or modified for that purpose. However, in their anhydrous or pure forms, they can be mixed with gasoline (petrol) in various ratios for use in unmodified gasoline engines, and with minor modifications can also be used with a higher content of ethanol. Typically, only ethanol is used widely in this manner, particularly since methanol is more corrosive to standard engine components than ethanol.
10. Natural Gas: Consisting primarily of methane, typically with 0-20% higher hydrocarbons (primarily ethane). It is found associated with other hydrocarbon fuel, in coal beds, as methane clathrates, and is an important fuel source and a major feedstock for fertilizers. Most natural gas is created by two mechanisms: biogenic and thermogenic. Biogenic gas is created by methanogenic organisms in marshes, bogs, landfills, and shallow sediments. Deeper in the earth, at greater temperature and pressure, thermogenic gas is created from buried organic material.
11: Nuclear Energy: The United States produces the most nuclear energy, with nuclear power providing 19% of the electricity it consumes, while France produces the highest percentage of its electrical energy from nuclear reactors—80% as of 2006. In the European Union as a whole, nuclear energy provides 30% of the electricity. Nuclear energy policy differs between European Union countries, and some, such as Austria, Estonia, and Ireland, have no active nuclear power stations. In comparison, France has a large number of these plants, with 16 multi-unit stations in current use.
12. Biomass: Renewable energy source is biological material from living, or recently living organisms such as wood, waste, (hydrogen) gas, and alcohol fuels. Biomass is commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat. In this sense, living biomass can also be included, as plants can also generate electricity while still alive. The most conventional way in which biomass is used however, still relies on direct incineration. Forest residues for example (such as dead trees, branches and tree stumps), yard clippings; wood chips and garbage are often used for this. However, biomass also includes plant or animal matter used for production of fibers or chemicals. Biomass may also include biodegradable wastes that can be burnt as fuel. It excludes such organic materials as fossil fuels, which have been transformed by geological processes into substances such as coal or petroleum.