Top Changes in Healthcare in the New Millennium

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Environment News, Green Goods | 0 comments

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Every time a new millennium begins, there can be an expectation of greater things to come. It is human nature to be innovative and to create new technologies and products to make life better. This is also true when it comes to healthcare. The vast changes that were seen in the 20th century were simply amazing, but many wonder how healthcare is changing now that the 21st century is wholeheartedly underway.

Millennials Attitudes
One of the major changes in healthcare is the attitude of the younger generation. In the past, people took advantage of whatever healthcare was available that they could afford. It was seen as a blessing to be able to get proper healthcare. However, today, we have amazing health care resources available, but it seems the younger generation isn’t so quick to use these resources. As explained by USC, millennials seem to be most focused on how much health care costs and not so much concerned as to if they need it or not.

This attitude isn’t really restricted to the younger generation, though. People of all ages worry about the cost of healthcare, which has been steadily rising for years. It isn’t enough to have high-quality health care. People have to be able to afford it, or they won’t get the care they need. This change to concern over cost is becoming a major issue in healthcare in this millennium.

Impact of Technology
The world of technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the new millennium. This has led to many new innovations in healthcare. Technology has enabled better global health management. It is has introduced diagnostic processes that enable diseases to be discovered and treated earlier. As explained by UC, it has also led to a greater spread of health information, which enables better healthcare across the board. Advances in technology have made a huge impact for providers and patients, making care more readily available and improving the quality of that care.

Laws
Perhaps the most volatile area of healthcare in the new millennium has been health care policies and laws. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has seen its share of debate since it was enacted in 2010. The future of the ACA is uncertain. It has led to some major issues, but it has also been praised for some great benefits. The way the law is changed will greatly affect healthcare, but the uncertainty creates issues in the meantime. It is unlikely that the ACA will be the last health care law on the books, so there are sure to be more changes in the law that will continue to impact the industry throughout the new millennium.

The new millennium is something that we will get to watch unfold. Part of the things we are sure to see change is the health care industry. Advancements may help to wipe out diseases, increase patient care and bring new innovations that can change people’s lives. However, until major issues, like cost, are resolved, it isn’t clear how much this industry can really grow or how beneficial any growth will end up being for patients.

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How Eco-Friendly Industries Are Generating Jobs

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Earth Friendly Activities, Green Goods | 0 comments

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The eco-friendly movement is growing bigger every day as more people realize the importance of renewable resources, recycling and minimizing waste. It’s helping us fight climate change, but it also has a huge impact on the economy.

As demand grows for green products and cleaner technology so does the need for skilled green collar workers. These are the workers that fill jobs within the environmental sector, but their presence is growing in other industries. It’s one of the biggest emerging markets in recent history and offers a lot of opportunity – if you have the right knowledge, skills and mindset for the job.

Gaining Education for Green Jobs

Creating a workforce that can get green jobs done is the first step in creating a more sustainable world. The educational centers themselves are creating jobs by offering programs and TAFE courses that teach people the vital skills needed to get green jobs. There are many specialties to choose from, each with their own specialized training.

Conservation and Land Management is just one example of a traditional Technical And Furthering Education (TAFE) course that can be used in the environmental sector. Building & Construction is another industry that is dramatically changing due to new green techniques and requirements. Understanding these latest eco-friendly techniques and best practices will help you set yourself apart from other applicants because you’ll bring additional value to the business.

If you’re looking for job security and interested in working within the environmental sector you’ll need to find the proper training program. Some green jobs will require certain degrees and certifications before you can even apply.

Types of Jobs Needed in Eco-Friendly Industries

In the U.S., where the government has led a green jobs initiative since 2010, green collar workers have had an easier time finding work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that in 2011 green jobs grew four times faster than all other industries.

Green workers are needed at all phases of production from analysis to planning to implementation. Below is just a small sampling of in-demand green jobs.

Green IT

This is one of the fastest-growing green sectors today. Many people don’t realize the impact that IT systems have on the environment. Servers, equipment, and devices eat up a lot of energy – much of which is generated using oil and coal. Green IT workers are needed to design more energy efficient solutions and to incorporate them into businesses and buildings.

Green Building

As noted above, the construction industry offers tremendous opportunity for green workers. From developing green building products to using them on a construction site, there is a long supply chain to work within in the construction industry. The demand here is particularly high, because homes use a substantial amount of energy every year and the construction industry generates a massive amount of waste.

Solar Panel Construction and Installation

Solar panels are one of the most in-demand green products on the market. Solar cells are getting more powerful and cheaper to produce, which means more people are beginning to invest in solar systems.

Horticulturists and Eco-Friendly Landscapers

Home gardens, lawns, and landscaping add value to a property, but they can also significantly increase your eco-footprint. Drought conditions have also made water conservation a serious issue in many parts of the world. Landscapers and horticulturists are playing an important role in creating more sustainable outdoor spaces.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Factor

If you’re wondering why so many businesses are looking for green workers these days the answer may be corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. More and more businesses are implementing CSR initiatives in an effort to become more eco-friendly and to show customers that they are playing a part in protecting the environment.

Here again is another job opportunity for workers with the right training. CSR consultants are needed to help businesses create a cohesive plan that will effectively reduce their carbon footprint. 

With the world now united in the effort to clean up the environment, reduce carbon emissions and use more efficient resources, green jobs are expected to increase in coming years. Even jobs that aren’t in a “green” industry can easily fall under the eco-friendly umbrella. Workers that prepare now will be in the best position to secure top green jobs well into the future.

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Myths and Facts about Paper

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Green Goods | 0 comments

We’ve always read articles on how recycling paper products help our environment but do we really know the myths and facts behind paper production and the recycling process? Here is an infographic on how this process works.

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What Color Are Your Sales Receipts?

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Earth Friendly Activities, Environment News, Green Goods | 0 comments

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It’s likely you can fish a crumpled sales receipt out of the bottom of your purse or your back pocket on demand. These slips of paper are a part of our daily lives. Not many people may know, however, that white thermal receipt paper is likely to contain BPA or similar chemicals that are known endocrine disrupters. Fortunately, there is a newer alternative thermal paper that can show shoppers your store’s true colors. Here’s more about this socially conscious choice.

What Is It?

The traditional white paper strips that come out of a cash register, credit card machine, or calculator likely contain phenols, which are acids used as developer on the paper. The alternative is vitamin C thermal paper that uses a different formulation to achieve the same effect as paper that is not phenol-free. How can your customers tell the difference? The vitamin C receipt strips are yellow, a natural result of the components in the paper.

Why Does Color Matter?

The yellow color of phenol-free thermal paper is a visual giveaway to customers that there is something different about the receipts your company provides. It likely will prompt them to ask about it, giving you and your employees a chance to explain the difference and why you’ve made a better choice for the health of your clients. Even if they don’t inquire about the unusual receipt color, you can feel better knowing you haven’t provided additional phenol exposure to customers or your employees.

Is It Worth the Cost?

Vitamin C thermal paper may be slightly more costly than traditional receipt tapes, but the benefits are many. Studies in recent years have shown that an increasing number of consumers are willing to pay more to patronize businesses they know to be socially responsible. The percentage of people who indicate this preference rises each year. When you set your company apart from the competition in visible ways, you can connect with this group of shoppers. The added expense of yellow receipt paper can easily be offset by an increased customer base of consumers happier to buy from you. Plus, thermal paper is something you likely purchase in large quantities, so you can take advantage of bulk pricing.

In the world of business competition, it can be difficult to differentiate your company from your competitors. One simple and socially responsible way to do that is by switching to vitamin C thermal paper. The health of your customers and your company can benefit in the long run.

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5 Ways to Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Earth friendly fashion, Green Goods, green living | 0 comments

It’s quite difficult to completely change your everyday routine and move towards 100% green consumption all at once. However, by changing one small part of your lifestyle and consumption habits at a time, you can contribute to making a huge, long-term change. Start with something small but meaningful, like your beauty routine, and make an effort to use only natural and eco-friendly products wherever possible. You’ll find that these small changes will help foster a sustainable lifestyle and change your attitude towards consumption, not to mention that your skin and hair will appreciate the tender loving care.

To get you started on the right path, try these five tips to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly.

1. Mineral makeup

mineral make up, beauty routineWherever possible, avoid cheap and generic makeup brands; opt for something from eco-friendly speciality stores like Biome, who stock 100% natural cosmetics and mineral makeup ranges from leading brands. Use a mineral makeup brand that is high quality, safe, not tested on animals and made in Australia from natural ingredients. Many options are available online and in stores, so do your research, read labels and think twice before purchasing standard, supermarket makeup next time your supply is running low.

2. Organic skincare

Much like makeup, many organic skincare products are available that are made according to the Australian organic standard, which is recognised as one of the most stringent in the world. A cosmetic product that received the Australian Certified Organic Stamp must contain 95% certified organic ingredients, and the remaining 5% must be natural. You would be surprised at the amount of chemicals that you put on your face every day. Choose an organic skincare product that suits your skin and keep your skin free of harmful chemicals. Use an organic skincare range to cleanse and tone your face and neck morning and night, before you put on your makeup and when removing it.

3. Natural soaps

organic soapWhether it is your basin soap or the shower gel you use daily, it’s not hard to find a product that you and your skin will love. Natural soaps are becoming quite popular on the green beauty scene, so look to specialty stores who can offer you advice on which brands are best suited to your skin. Natural soap comes as bars, lotions and many different bath products.

4. Hair treatments

Next time your shampoo and conditioner runs out, replace them with a natural and organic alternative that is made from plants not petrochemicals. It is also a good idea to consider hair treatments that are free from all chemicals, preservatives and synthetic fragrances if you really want to look after the environment and your hair. It may cost you a little bit more initially, but you’ll find quality eco products will make a big different to your hair.

5. Personal Hygiene

Your beauty routine stretches beyond your face and hair to include your whole body. Always seek the most natural, chemical-free personal hygiene products, and you’ll be surprised at the difference they can make. Did you know there are green alternatives for female sanitary products, deodorant, exfoliation products, body scrubs and nail polishes? You can always choose a greener option!

By replacing each of these five products with a greener option as your current supply runs out, you will eventually find yourself using a host of products that are good for the earth and your body. Your beauty routine will benefit from using natural, toxin-free products. And, once you have settled into a routine, you will be able to add more eco-friendly products to use in another part of your lifestyle.

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Why Eco Friendly Radiators Are Ideal For Modern Family Homes

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Green Goods, Home Essentials | 0 comments

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We all want to create a healthy environment for our families in today’s technology driven world, and ensuring a home uses green heating technology is vital for achieving this.

Electric radiators may not sound as if they should be associated with green living, but modern electric heating technology can now create a home heating experience that no other can match in efficiency.

Just by replacing the wasteful and unsightly night storage heaters that many homes still use with a trendy modern radiator, a home will lose a large amount of its carbon footprint while ensuring a clearer environment for everyone.

What are night storage heaters?

When night storage heaters became popular in the 1970s, little was known about their long term usage. Manufacturers and customers alike were more concerned with selling an easy to use system that kept costs low.

Night storage heaters are now regarded as outdated model of heater unfavourable to the environment. This is because they release small amounts of carbon, which gradually has a significant impact on the atmosphere over time; adding to the crisis of global warming.

Harmful to human health

Night storage heaters can also have a detrimental effect on human health as well due to the carbon dust release affecting our respiratory systems, with cases of soreness and inflammation in the lungs being linked to storage heater use.

Children are particularly at risk of being affected by carbon elements, as their immune systems are not developed enough to completely fend off hazardous materials.

Although this certainly doesn’t mean that adults aren’t affected too. Asthma sufferers of all ages are at risk from carbon release, causing them to experience increased asthmatic symptoms.

What can electric radiators do different?

Today’s radiators are more efficient than past designs because they utilize cutting-edge technology that requires less energy to run without threatening the environment.

Such technology includes the popular Magmatic Heat Retention design which relies on the use of unique tablets that stores the generated heat in order to gradually release it after the radiator automatically switches itself off. This works as a modernised equivalent to storage heaters, only without danger to human health or the environment.

As they need less energy to function, electric radiators have the dual benefit of decreasing costs while reducing the electricity required.

Safer for the home

Electric radiator designs are far removed from the clunky appearance of old storage heaters as they are compact, stylish and safe. These Radiators can be wall mounted or stored in safe areas that keeps them out of reach of young children, such as being situated behind furniture or shelving.

The position of a radiator won’t cause a loss of heat because 21st century technology allows for heat to be distributed evenly around a room, even when the radiator is surrounded by objects in the home.

Make your family home stylish

The other great benefit of modern electric radiators is that they are very stylish; a far cry from the old storage heaters of yesteryear. These new designs can match the contemporary home décor of any room in a home thanks to sleek designs that come in a variety of different colours, with a different shade for each room if required.

Safer materials

Modern radiators also have the benefit of being crafted with strong materials like chrome and nickel, which not only cut down on the inevitability of radiator corrosion, but also make the sound of a radiator’s internal mechanics quieter, preventing disruption around the home.

When you switch to an eco-friendly radiator you will make your home a safer place for your family while reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

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