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6 Simple Ways to Contributing to Saving the Environment

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You’re probably tired of constantly hearing about environmental crisis and thinking that there is nothing you can do to contribute to saving the issue that gets bigger day by day, after all we get the same thought, what can one do in the face of all these critical issues?

Well, I can’t tell you that there a 100% effective solution but I can tell you how you can limit your own personal toxic contribution that harm the environment. It might not be much but it is something, the result might not appear in a day or two but on the long run, it certainly will.

Here are 6 simple ways to contribute to saving the environment:

1. Use Reusable Bags

The plastic bags you use for grocery end up in the ocean or landfills which can suffocate animals as they mistake them for food, that and in addition to bags taking a long time to decompose. Whether you’re shopping for books, clothes or groceries, use reusable bags instead in order to cut down on litter.

You can buy one paper bag and use it constantly when shopping, Metro supermarket started this initiative and you can buy the bag for 5 pounds only.

2. Print Less

It always bothered me as a college student to see the amount of paper used daily in printing, I remember how students printed each slide in a paper instead of choosing the option of printing several slides in one page. Try to print as less as you can, you can also try shifting to e-readers and choosing soft copies over hard ones, teachers care about the environment and would certainly understand your reasons.

3. Recycle

Recycling is easier and not as hard as many people claim, the least you could do is when you see a recycling bin, throw your garbage in its right category. You can also collect all of your plastic wastes and call a company to come collect them for recycling, that way you won’t be saving the environment only but you can also get cash!

4. Don’t Throw Your Notes Away

By the end of your semester, you end up with a ton of paper waste from all the notes, but instead of throwing them away, you can either contact a company to come collect your notes and books or simply give it to a student in need! There a lot of those indeed who could really benefit from your notes.

5. Save Water

Water scarcity is one of the most critical issues facing Egypt in specific, and contributing to saving this issue begins with you! There are so many ways for you to help starting by turning off the faucet while you brush you teeth, turning your shower on right as you’re about to get in and cutting down on long showers and limiting you water usage as you do the dishes.

6. Carpool

Owning a car is a necessity in Egypt but try whenever you can to limit using your car and carpooling when it’s possible, this will not only save the environment but will save you tons of money!

 

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6 Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

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If you’re reading this article and you’re in a hurry to get back to work, finish an assignment or a task, then let me ask you a question, when was the last time you have given yourself a break?

The early twenties is the age where we start asking the most disturbing questions, am I moving slow? Is this where I want or should be? Am I doing this right? Worst of all is that we start comparing ourselves and our steps to others, thinking that way behind. But you’re not! You’re right where you should be and you’re doing great.

Life and work are likely to start stealing precious moments from you, so make sure that every now and then, you face it with some time for yourself. Simply, give yourself a break to renew your thoughts and recharge your energy to continue.

How? Here are things you could start with.

Literally take a break

Don’t be hesitant to ask for some time off if you ever feel like you have reached a breaking point, we’re humans and we too get drained of our energy. Ask for some time off to enjoy your hobbies or even enjoy the nothing, it doesn’t have to be a week or two, even a day would suffice.

Just make sure that on that day, you truly disconnect with the things causing you distress.

Choose Your Followings Carefully

Social media is the worst of all, it will leave you comparing your life with others and can sometime set the bar high for you. So start choosing your followings wisely and go for artists! Those who will actually inspire your life with their thoughts and touch your life with their art. You will find that their work actually reflects what you feel, and nothing feels better more than knowing you’re not alone.

Disconnect to Connect

Instead of texting someone about your feelings, go out with them for a cup of coffee and pour all of your thoughts on the table. Ask your old friend out, that will bring back old feelings of comfort and normality that you need. Just make sure that you’re surrounded with people who recharge your soul not drain it.

Eat Healthy

I know you would think that eating freely can boost your mood, but changing your eating habits to healthier ones can actually help make your lifestyle a better one and you will surely feel so much better about yourself and body.

Keep a Journal

Not necessarily a diary with detailed information about your day, just a journal to write in how productive your day was to remind yourself of the amazing work you have been doing.

Praising yourself is important!

Make the weekend all about you

Make it about you! Not work nor friends. Want to hang out? Fine, go out and have fun! Want to stay in and Netflix and chill? That’s fine too, do it! Better yet, want to pamper yourself with spa day? DO IT! Just do what makes YOU feel relaxed the most.

We will leave you with this last reminder: Your body and mind are your most valuable assets, cherish them and treat them gently in order to get through each day in a good shape.

Trust me, give your mind its deserved time to relax and it will thank you in ways you didn’t expect.

 

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5 Pages You Should Follow If You Are An Environmentalist

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Remember last week when we reminded you of the big role you can play in order to contribute in saving the environment? Well, if you have started applying our tips on how to help the environment and are eager for more ways, the following Instagram pages are the answer to your needs!

Some of the below pages just help in spreading awareness about the environment, while others actually do the solving and then there are some that help by providing a specific service.

Either way, following these pages will surely help you as you take your baby steps towards saving the environment!

1. Greenish

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ليه ODP مش حل؟ على الرغم ان الشركة بتدعى انه تم اختباره بشكل خاص ووجد أنه قابل للتحلل في المحيطات في مختبرات في فرنسا و المملكة المتحدة ووفقًا لبعض المعايير الأمريكية للمواد البلاستيكية التي تتحلل في البيئة من خلال مزيج من الأكسدة والتحلل الحيوي، الا انه لا يتوافق مع المعايير الأوروبية! ودا بيرجع لان من الناحية النظرية ، جميع المواد تقريبًا تتحلل في النهاية حتى في البيئة المفتوحة باستثناء الصخور والمعادن. ولكن لا يمكن تطبيق النظرية دى على تحلل المواد البلاستيكية كوسيلة للتخلص من التلوث، الا لو التحلل حصل فى مدة زمنية "معقولة". وعشان كدا مجموعة واسعة من العلماء والمؤسسات الدولية والحكومية ومختبرات الاختبار والرابطات التجارية لمصنعي المواد البلاستيكية والقائمين بإعادة تدويرها توصلوا إلى أن البلاستيك القابل للتحلل بالأكسدة غير مناسب كحل للنفايات البلاستيكية أو الاستخدام طويل الأجل أو إعادة التدوير أو السماد. شكر خاص لدكتور راجية و أعضاء ائتلاف مصر تمنع البلاستيك على مجهودهم فى هذا البحث المصدر: https://bit.ly/3aeMKkt OBP companies claims that it has been specifically tested and found biodegradable in the oceans in France, the UK, and according to some American Standards for Plastics that Degrade in the Environment by a Combination of Oxidation and Biodegradation, But It is not compliant with European standard! As almost all materials ultimately may biodegrade even in the open environment excluding rocks and metals, though some will do so only after sometimes hundreds of years or more. Looking at biodegradation of plastics as a mean to avoid pollution hence only makes practical sense if this is linked to a “reasonable” time frame. That's why a wide range of scientists, international and governmental institutions, testing laboratories, trade associations of plastics manufacturers, recyclers and other experts have therefore come to the conclusion that oxo-degradable plastics are not suited for solving plastic littering, long-term use, recycling or composting. Special Thanks to Dr. Ragia and Egypt Ban Plastic Coalition members for their efforts to do this research. For References://bit.ly/3agNp4Y

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‘Greenish is a social enterprise spreading awareness & education about the environment.’ They do cleaning events (which requires volunteers), they hold up-cycling workshops and panels.

How can you help? Well, for starters you can follow their page for informative posts about the environment, second you can take part in their cleaning events or if you’re a true environmentalist with a strong background, you can join as freelance facilitator to develop and deliver workshops for schools, NGOs and businesses.

2. Green Pan

 

Now, this is a pretty interesting and beneficial initiative that your mothers should actually be the ones aware about! Green Pan is an initiative offering a green and safe waste cooking oil disposal service, what they do is collect used bottles of cooking oil from housewives and in exchange, they provide them household products. So its a win win situation for both you and the environment!

3. Go Clean

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Go clean is collaborating with “Banque du caire” to save our planet ! And create a better world for everyone This fish sculpture is here to raise awareness about the damage done by plastic materials to our beloved marine. Allowing everyone to dispose their plastics/paper/metal waste in it. Go Clean will collect & recycle them straight away . Most importantly, According to the weight of the recyclables inside the fish , donations will be given to those in need . This is how you can save the planet and help others with Go Clean and “Banque du Caire” Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. You’ll find the fish in Bianchi, lavista & Haciendas Bay ‏go clean تتعاون مع "Banque du caire" لإنقاذ كوكبنا! وخلق عالما أفضل للجميع. هذا المجسم السمكي موجود هنا لرفع مستوى الوعي حول الأضرار التي تلحقها المواد البلاستيكية ببيئتنا البحرية. تسمح للجميع بالتخلص من نفايات البلاستيك / الورق / المعادن فيها. سوف تقوم ‏Go Clean بجمعها وإعادة تدويرها على الفور. الأهم من ذلك ، وفقا لوزن المواد القابلة لإعادة التدوير داخل السمكة ، سيتم تقديم التبرعات للمحتاجين. هذه هي الطريقة التي يمكنك بها إنقاذ الكوكب ومساعدة الآخرين عن طريق Go Clean و "Banque du Caire" وحدنا يمكننا أن نفعل القليل جدا ؛ معا يمكننا أن نفعل الكثير. ستجد الأسماك في بيانكي ولافيستا وهاسيندا باي

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Go Clean is a recycling solutions company aiming to increase awareness towards the environment by including the consumer inside the recycling process and they are rewarded with several incentives. So basically, all you gotta do to help save the environment is save your waste, contact them and actually get a reward in exchange!

4. Save Egypt’s Water

 

Water scarcity is one of the most crucial issues facing Egypt and the effort put in this page to help combat the issue is quite impressive! They provide followers with tips on how to save water and their posts are informative, detailed and thorough.

How can you help? Simply follow their advises and live by them.

5. Banlastic Egypt

Another critical issue worldwide is plastic waste and this page aims at banning single use plastic in Egypt by offering alternative green products and spreading awareness through workshops and organizing beach cleanups.

How to help? Use their alternatives for plastic bags or join them in one of their cleanups!

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The Facebook Groups That Will Help Your Small Business Flourish

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Starting your own business in the digital age is no longer a challenge, it might be hard at first to get your business kicking but social media platforms have certainly opened so many doors for your creativity and business to kick in!

We have talked before about the Facebook groups of women supporting one another emotionally, now Facebook groups are aiming at supporting the businesses of women whether small or big! It’s quite simple actually, have a talent hidden and a business to introduce? Share it with the rest of the group.

I make this‘ and ‘Today I did’ are both platforms for women to share their businesses on, in ‘Today I did’ you don’t have to own a huge business, you might be good with crafts and you might find members interested in your work so again, all you have to do is share with the rest.

Meanwhile, I make this group is a bit more professional as members do share their existent online businesses but the rules are quite simple and as follows:

1. Clear description of what you do.
2. Sample pictures of your work.
3. Clear Prices. 
4. A link to your Facebook page/Instagram account.

So, if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who’s afraid of taking risks, you can actually depend on these platforms for publicity and reaching your target audience.

Again, we’re quite impressed and proud to see women empowering each other and placing themselves on the road to success.

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