Ideas To Make Your Business More Green

 

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Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to keep their projects green, reducing their carbon footprint and protecting the planet. Regardless of the kind of business you run, there are many areas you can focus on to make things greener.

1 . Try green business apps

To help you to create a greener business, several apps may be able to help. For a few ideas, check out the following:

Forest: This is a top productivity app, it was designed to stop employees from getting distracted by their phones. First, you plant a virtual tree and next you try to focus on your work task until the tree is fully grown. The app works with ‘Trees For The Future’, meaning you can trade-in your digital trees for real ones, (helping to save the planet)!

iRecycle: With the help of the iRecycle application, you can discover recycling centers nearby, and get plenty of recycling tips. It’s important to recycle everything you can and adhere to the correct recycling laws, for instance, the laws concerning e-waste.

  1. Consider waste management

To go greener as biz it’s worth considering your waste management processes. An excess of waste will negatively affect your sustainability initiatives and your bottom line. It’s a good idea to improve your waste management processes, using a combination of lean principles and waste management software. Make sure that you don’t over-order resources, and train your employees on reducing waste. When you’re running a business, it’s important to reduce waste as much as possible.

  1. Simple adjustments

Going greener as a business doesn’t have to involve huge changes, there are many ways that you can make a difference, with simple adjustments:

  • Go paperless: Embrace the cloud for everything you do, and reduce the need for paper around the office.
  • LED lights: Ensure that you only use LED light bulbs, these are more energy-efficient and will also last longer.
  • Conserve water: Use water-saving appliances and reduce the amount of water you use.

 

  1. Consider solar energy

To reduce your carbon footprint, it’s well worth considering solar energy for your business. Solar power is the leading form of renewable energy, over the last few years, an increasing number of businesses have opted for solar power. Solar solutions use roof panels that are made with photovoltaic cells. Once you’ve made the switch, your business will make some nice savings on your energy bills.

  1. Train your staff

To get everyone on board with going green, it’s important to create clear policies and provide your staff with training sessions. With the right leadership, you’ll be able to get your staff to take green policies seriously. Taking your business to new heights is all about fantastic executive leadership. To learn more about executive leadership and expanding your business contact John Joyce.

With so many ways to help your business go greener, you’ll soon improve your sustainability efforts. It can help to set yourself a few goals, when you set goals it’s easier to monitor your performance.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Home Education Through A Pandemic

At a time when home-based learning is becoming more and more widespread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to think about other ways of learning at home. Generally, we think of homeschooling as textbooks and pens and paper, but it can be a lot more than that.

Some parents disregard the normal route and go for a particular method of homeschooling, called unschooling, which allows children to pursue their own interests and talents at their own pace. Other parents are looking at things like forest schools or online schools, or find a way to teach students in hybrid learning settings. There are so many ways to do this these days-there are options available for everyone.

Here, we are looking at how you can use your everyday life to teach your kids at home and make it fun and a great learning experience for everyone.

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Use the outside environment

In recent years, forest schools have risen in importance because more educators and parents are realizing the advantages that outdoor learning has for children. In it’s most fundamental form, it can be as simple as doing ordinary work outside perhaps on the beach or in the woods, but to get the best out of it, use the natural environment as inspiration for learning. Taking photos, building dens, looking at animal habitats, exploring leaves and geocaching are all great and educational activities.

Let them decide their own path

 

This brings us back to the argument we made about unschooling, but this is one of the best ways to really involve kids and give them control of their learning. If they demonstrate a particular interest in something, go with it – space, dinosaurs, cars, even toys. Look at how you can integrate it and what they can get from it into learning. They may be learning how to do deep algebraic formulations, of course, but if they have their heart set on being a curator of a dinosaur museum, they may not need it.

Make use of the art

Many homeschoolers enjoy using the theatre as their inspiration and imaginative starting point for a subject of homeschooling, and that is because it covers so many things-drama, art, music, language, history-there are countless possibilities.

Some theatres also use curriculum devices that go right with the shows they have. Theatre helps to engage in learning in so many dimensions.  A high degree of cognitive imagination opens up with music. When combined with the visual elements of the set and the storytelling produced by the performers to come to life, the elements of the production are different from any other teaching process.

As a starting point, you can also use music pieces, inspiring art pieces or even your favorite movie. Sit down with your kids and make a mindmap of all the stuff they might do related to that particular piece of art. A great resource for this is Pinterest.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Don’t let a stye stop you in your tracks! Here’s what you need to know

When you’re a busy mom, there’s very little that can stop you in your tracks. If you’re tired you simply power through, if you’re ill you just get on with it and continue to put your children first. You don’t have the luxury of throwing your schedule out of the window because you’re a little under the weather.

One condition that can prove difficult to carry on with, however, is a stye. These small red bumps form on the eyelid and can lead to swelling, discomfort, watery eyes, and pain. They look unsightly too. It’s not always easy to carry on with your day if you have an inflamed pimple-like bump growing on your eyelid. Click the link to find out what can make a stye go away.

As a busy parent, you need to treat these little, localized infections quickly so that you can get on with your day. So, here’s what you need to know about styes, where they come from, and how you can treat them at home. Read on to find out more.

What is a stye?

When the oil glands or eyelash follicles become clogged or blocked with dead skin cells, oil build-up, or even old cosmetics, bacteria will start to build in these small holes and develop into an infection. An infection that manifests itself as a small, red bump. Styes come with other symptoms such as pain and swelling, increased tear productions, soreness, and itchiness, all of which can make running around after the kids and completing errands incredibly difficult.

Why do I have a stye?

Believe it or not, if you’re a stressed, overtired mom (and let’s face it, what mom isn’t?) you might be more likely to develop a stye. Styes are caused by a blockage in the oil glands around the eyelids, so those evenings when you’re too tired to remove your eye makeup properly could lead to increased levels of bacteria. Not washing your hands as regularly or as thoroughly as you should, can also lead to a stye developing – simply because we touch our faces thousands of times a day. Sharing items such as towels and washcloths (something which happens often in busy households) can also lead to styes and other eye infections.

How can I treat my stye?

Thankfully, in most cases, you won’t have to visit your doctor because of a stye. This means less time off schedule and more time with your family. Here are the most effective home-based remedies for styes.

Use a warm compress: With styes come swollen eyelids, so take some time to sit on the couch with a warm (clean) compress on the affected area. This will help with the healing process and reduce swelling.

Keep your eyelids clean: Cleaning your eyelids is essential in treating your stye and preventing them in the future. Using a mild soap, and clean cotton pads, gently cleanse your eye several times a day.

And finally, avoid makeup and contact lenses: Avoid wearing makeup while you wait for your stye to heal. If you’re a contact lens wearer, switch back to your frames until your stye is gone.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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