Another 5-Letter Word for Solar? TESLA!

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has just announced the release of their solar roof designs and they are stunning! The tiles come in four functional varieties based on texture and look. With the options of textured, smooth, tuscan or slate, there is a solar roof design for almost anyone! The tiles are made of tempered glass and have been built to withstand impacts such as hail traveling at over 100 mph! With a lifetime warranty on the glass tiles and a 30 year warranty on the solar cells embedded within them, they are proving to be a great investment for any environmentally conscience household. The solar roof also allows homeowners freedom from “the grid” which gives back the power over the power to the owner and not the electric company.

Now for the real question…how much?!

Tesla states that its preliminary price for the solar roof is about $22 per square foot when mixed with traditional tiles or $42 per square foot for only solar tiles. Long-term payoffs are really dependent on the structure, location and size of your house and so Tesla has provided a price calculator that helps homeowners to determine if solar roofing leaves them with a return percentage on their investment over the course of the 30 year cell-life of the purchased tiles.

Now, as these preliminary prices seem steep for your average family who is not designing a luxury home, reports show that if Tesla can generate enough sales and return investments over the course of the next 5-10 years then costs of installation will surely go down significantly. This means we need to promote this “Green Scheme” design as much as possible and implement in our own lives if we have the means. The more sales we help generate, the brighter our future may look!

Check out more of these AMAZING tiles below:

-The Ecologist

An Apple a Day Keeps the Waste Away?

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So according to inhabitat.com, Apple has announced that they intend to use 100% recycled materials in all of their upcoming devices. This comes at a time when e-waste, which is defined as old, end-of-life or discarded electric appliances, accumulates about 60 MILLION metric tons in landfills yearly. Apple is taking a proactive stance on this staggering statistic by not only producing 100% recycled material products but also by taking the process one step further. The company plans to switch 100% of their product supply locations to run entirely on renewable energy and have their packaging sourced responsibly and from recycled paper products.

Their end goal is to no longer rely on mining to gather their raw materials which is a huge undertaking and just so damn admirable! Apple has not yet outlined a timeline for when they plan to make these immensely noble shifts but their 2017 assessment report states that they are surely working on it each and every day. With Apple taking a lead on this issue, the hopes are that this will push other companies to follow suit and do the same.

Apple certainly has their “Green Scheme” on point! Let’s all hope this is the beginning of the end of excessive e-waste!

Check out the full article on inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/apple-announces-goal-to-make-products-from-100-recycled-materials/

-The Ecologist

The Plastics of Occasions Past

For many of us, this past weekend was Easter weekend. This means that a ton of us humans from all around the world, went out and spent our money on clothes, candy, flowers, food and gifts. The National Retail Federation actually projected this year’s Easter spending to be a grand total of $17.3 BILLION DOLLARS! With the breakdown being- $3 billion on clothing, $2.4 billion on candy, $1.2 billion on flowers, $5.5 billion on food and $2.2 billion on gifts. These numbers are certainly striking but I am not really here to discuss dollars and cents as much as I am here to talk about the environmental impact of it all.

Now, for a majority of us celebrators of this holiday, a portion of the billion dollar Easter deficit is spent on things like plastic window clings for decorating, candy in plastic wrappers, candy in plastic wrappers in a bigger plastic wrapper, multicolored hollow plastic eggs, little plastic bunny and chick figurines, fake plastic “grass” for our baskets and rolls of plastic gift wrap to wrap it all up in. The overuse of such a persistent and  potentially non-biodegradable product is what is really alarming about this past holiday.  The image below shows just how long it takes for different types of plastics to decompose naturally or “biodegrade”. Today, we only talked about Easter so, can you imagine how much plastic we use just for global holiday celebrations annually!? I shutter at the thought.

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(Link for Nation Retail Association article: https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/nrf-says-easter-spending-will-reach-173-billion)

-The Ecologist