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Climate change adaptation costs in developing countries could rise as high as US$250-500 billion per year by 2050 according to UNEP. With the world grappling with climate change, we need sustainable solutions to save our precious planet. Air pollution, deforestation and contaminated waterways are major issues, and there is a lot of work to be done in these sectors. Luckily, there are individuals who are leading the pack in the fight to save mother earth. Below are some inventions that can help households to minimise their pollution footprint and save money in the long run.
Eco-friendly ethanol stoves
Still a large numbe of homes use firewood or charcoal to cook. When burned, the toxic fumes they produce can cause respiratory diseases and eye infections. Use of charcoal also leads to intense deforestation as trees are constantly harvested to meet the energy demands of the population. Now, there are ethanol stoves which will eliminate the risks of air pollution and deforestation.
Ethanol stoves burn cleanly and have the potential to reduce carbon emission by 100,000 tonnes a year. These stoves use bioethanol which is a form of renewable energy acquired from molasses a byproduct of sugar. These stoves are easy to use, their fuel is cheaper than charcoal, they reduce cooking time and don’t produce soot.
Energy from briquettes
People cut down 15 billion trees each year according to research published in the Nature Journal. In developing countries, a large chunk of these trees is used for fuel. By using an alternative source of fuel, there is no doubt we can drastically reduce this number and maintain our forested areas.
Briquettes are compressed blocks made from combustible waste such as sawdust, sugarcane waste, or coffee husks. It burns twice as long without producing smoke or odour thus making it perfect for the environment. It has low ash content, can work with any cookstove and the best part is that you get to save half of what you spend on fuel.
Cleaning is one of the household tasks that consume a lot of water. In most instances, water that could be saved goes down the drain. In waterless cleaning, you just have to select the right eco-friendly washing solution and place it in a can. All you have to do is spray the product on the target surface and wipe off the dirt using a microfiber cloth.
With this approach, you get to preserve a lot of water and save time without compromising the quality of the cleaning. This method is useful for green cleaning household components such as windows, walls, ceilings, upholstery, and carpets. By using natural cleaning products, you will have nothing to worry about contaminating the soil and air with chemicals.
To counter adverse climate change, we all need to play a part in preserving the resources in our planet. Saving our world is not that hard, and we can start now by making small changes to our lifestyle. By embracing green technology and incorporating it into your home, you are helping to save mother earth for the future generations to enjoy.