3 Ways You Can Help the Environment that will be More Beneficial to Australia than a Carbon Tax

Over the last decade there has been a lot of debate about carbon’s effect on our environment, and coincidentally the whole Carbon Tax issue. Many awakened citizens don’t even believe that carbon is actually bad for the planet, and this whole debacle has been brought about by a shadow government intent on taxing us into servility and slavery (if we’re not there yet already). Corporations who are set to profit from the Carbon Tax Agenda (such as those owned by the infamous Al Gore) and the Controlled Media have been ramming environmental rhetoric down the throats of Australian’s since the early 2000s. Unfortunately a large proportion of the population here are too busy working 60-80 hours a week in a struggle to try and pay off their lifelong indebtedness mortgage, or too tied up watching the Hollywood’s latest brain-draining series to educate themselves on what is actually going on in the real world.

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With so much negativity surrounds the current state of Australian politics, and the overwhelming distrust of Tony Abbott and his one-step forward, two-steps back policies; the team here at No Carbon Tax have been discussing things we can all do to promote positive change. While the Carbon Tax issue will hopefully soon be over, we have plenty more to keep fighting for as our beautiful Great Barrier Reef is about the be destroyed so that Australia can exports gas that we poisoned and destroyed our very over prime farmland to extract from the ground. Let’s not go into that issue right now though. In an attempt to keep things on a positive wavelength here is a list of small changes you can make in and around your home to help maintain a beautiful Australia.

1. Change Your CFL Bulbs to LEDs.

Compact Fluorescent Lights have been marketed as a great way to save money on electricity around the home, but many people are not aware of the many negatives of CFLs. Promoted as using less energy and having longer lasting bulbs that traditional incandescent bulbs many people have been quick to make the switch to the newer technology lights.

Did you know there is an incandescent bulb in California that has been running for over 100 years? The Centennial Light was made with a thicker filament so that it would not blow so easily. Light bulb companies knew that if bulbs never blew it would reduce their profit margins so filaments were made thin and fragile so that light bulbs needed to be continually replaced.

Despite knowledge of this, quality incandescent bulbs have not been manufactured for almost a century, and CFLs have become the mainstay of lighting in suburban homes. This is a problem for us because CFLs contain mercury, so when they are discarded they contaminate the earth with this neurotoxic poison, and also because they produce Dirty Electricity which conflicts with our own electrical fields and interrupts the bodies ability to heal itself. One way to avoid these issues and save money on your power usage is by utilizing new LED light technology.

LEDs do not contain mercury nor do they produce dirty electricity. They are far more efficient than incandescent bulbs and because of their far superior running times (compared to the common weak incandescent bulbs) they will save you money in the long-term. New LED lighting technology means that no longer will whole bulbs need to be replaced when lights wear out, as single diodes can cheaply and easily be switched. This is great for the environment and for your wallet! Leaders in the development of this technology, are Australian LED Downlight specialists LED Arts.  Their team of engineers and electricians have been assembling LED lights from some of the big players in the lighting technology arena, like LG and Sharp, and they have been working to develop new way to improve LED lighting design and functionality.

I won’t get too technical with the details, but essentially if you have one of the next generation LED lights you’ll never need to purchase a new globe ever again. If I diode stops working you can just buy another and replace it yourself. This new technology if adapted by the masses will dramatically benefit the health of Australians and their environment. Do us all a favour and consider making the switch to LED downlights in your home or office today.

2. Install a Water Tank in your Home

This one is an obvious tip for those of you who still haven’t realized the benefits associated with collecting your own rainwater at home. Rainwater tanks can be installed easily, and can be picked up extremely cheaply, second-hand on eBay for those of you who have to allocate the majority of your monthly wage towards car registration, student loan payments, and home loan fees. There are numerous benefits from collecting your own free water from the sky, so until the Government decide to start taxing rainwater too (Don’t put it past them, they’ve already been thinking about it!), it makes sense to install your own tank.

When you have your own supply of freshly collected rainwater, you can filter it and use it for fluoride-free drinking water, or use it on your garden unfiltered. Either way you’ll save money on those ever rising water rates. Another benefit of having your own water supply is that you are not completely reliant on the system in the case of another drought, and you are helping the rest of your local area by contributing to the supply of water rather than being just another user. We spoke with a local Plumber in Brisbane about how simple it was to install a water tank.

“Once you’ve determined the best place to position the tank, all you need to do it put down a slab of concrete, drop on the tank and connect up all the downpipes,” he said. “We get the occasional job fitting water tanks in people’s houses, and more and more these days at commercial premises, but really anybody can do it. You can even get a local handyman to help you do the work if you don’t feel confident enough to take the job on. Plumbers will usually be happy to lend a hand with the pipework, but the cost for a qualified plumber can often be much more than the cost of a handyman or the cost of a carton of beer to give to your mates to help you out.”

So there you have it, a reasonably cheap and simple way to make a positive change to your local environment and also save yourself some money. If you haven’t already got a water tank installed in your home, what are you waiting for?

3. Reduce the Amount of Plastic Waste You Create

This one is fairly obvious, but many people do not even think about the amount of plastic waste they create each day. Once you start thinking about how much non biodegradable rubbish you are the cause of each and every day, it is very easy to start reducing it. Plastic bags and other plastic products are choking our oceans, and plaguing our landfills. They release toxic chemicals such as Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Dioxins into our waterways and soils and choke and poison our wildlife.

There are so many ways you can reduce the amount of plastic waste you produce, all you need to do it think about it. Here are some examples:

  • Reuse a water bottle (preferably a stainless-steel or BPA-free plastic one) instead of constantly buying water bottles.
  • Take boxes or reusable bags to the grocery store to bring home your shopping in.
  • Refuse plastic bags at the grocery store when only purchasing single items.
  • Use a glass or BPA-free to carry your lunch in, instead of using glad wrap or sandwich bags.
  • Recycle any plastics you can’t reuse
  • Refrain from buying products with excessive plastic packaging i.e. apples wrapped in plastic at the grocery store or toys with several layers of plastic wrapping around them.

Many businesses are attempting to reduce the amount of plastic wrapping used on their products by offering items in glass or wooden containers or even in paper bags. The owners of one business we spoke with who sell Educational Toys online said she had noticed a growing trend of people purchasing products that were made of more wood than plastic. “We can’t be sure if it’s because of environmental or health concerns, but my guess is both.” She said. “When searching for new educational toys we always look to stock products that cause less harm to the environment. While it’s not possible to only stock toys and games made of biodegradable material, we do our best to ensure our kids and the children of our customers get exposed to as few nasty chemicals as possible. Especially with young toddlers who often like to put things into their mouths.” You can view all the products sold by Tumble & Roll Educational Toys here.

Moving away from excessive plastic usage is a growing trend and one we would like to see continue. If you were faced with the horror of seeing what it’s like for the animals living near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge expanse of plastic and other waste products floating in the ocean, you would start to reconsider the choices you make on a daily basis.  Next time you go to make a purchase of any kind, please consider what your choices are doing to the environment and don’t give the Government any more reason to try and impose another ridiculous tax on us all.