Mobile phones and the environment. How can we contribute to this problem? What is planned obsolescence? How are we manipulated by our favorite brands?

According to the eMarketer Mobile Media is today greater than Desktop and other Media. Why is that surprising when our phone is actually a pocket computer. Unfortunately the most common used technology has the shortest lifetime. One of the reasons is that brands are encouraging us to always strive to have the latest model.

How many spare phones do you have in your house? Did you know that, like plastic bags, mobiles and other electronic devices can take up to 1000 years to break down?

Searching the Internet there is a common term called planned obsolescence. It claims that mobile phones are programmed by producers to have 2-3 years lifetime so you always have to renew your device. There are thousands of people on the Internet who had complaints about their phone breaking right after the 18 months contract.

Throwing away your old phones is extremely dangerous for the environment because phones are mainly made of toxic materials such as arsenic, lithium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc. These poisonous substances may leach from decomposing waste in landfills, reach the groundwater and contaminate the soil. Metals that are found in the soil can enter the food chain and in sufficient presence may cause health problems.

But throwing your old phone is not the only danger for the environment. The production of new mobile phones also leads to climate change by using up energy and virgin materials, which release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

How can we contribute to minimize this problem?

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Wool is cool

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People were using wool as clothing material since the Stone Age because of it’s various advantages. Wool is absorbing water vapor when humidity rises and falls, that is the reason why it works like a natural insulator. Wool can also serve as a UV protector. Since it’s a natural fabric, it’s in harmony body mechanisms and it isn’t causing allergies. It absorbs moisture and keeps skin dry. Wool lasts very long, much more than cotton or other material, and it is comparatively stronger than steel. The biggest wool producer in the world is Australia; on the second place is China.

Using wool is environmentally friendly because it is reusable and biodegradable.Once a year sheep must be sheared anyway and the most important thing is that there are no killings or victims in order to take something useful from animals as usual. Besides clothing, wool can be used to replace insulation, which causes much less energy consumption. It is also sound proof and fire resistant. One sheared sheep can bring you 5 new sweaters or 70 pairs of socks.

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Natural sources of energy

Even though I’m Tesla’s fan, Thomas Edison had some smart moments in his life. He believed that the Sun is an inexhaustible source of energy and if he could invest his money in something, neither more or less it would be the sun. So far, the researches confirmed his story.

Since carbon dioxide is the number one enemy of air pollution, carbon and petrol as the most common pollutants used for producing energy must be replaced.

Scientists are finding the best solution over the past decades to build renewable, inexhaustible sources of energy by using what nature gave us: sun, water and the wind. I am mentioning “only” these kinds of energy (even though using only one of them is enough to supply the whole world with energy) because they are the smallest emitters of carbon dioxide.

Then come the questions -:

“Why don’t we use then these sources of energy instead of using the ones that are harmful for our planet?

Why do we pay for the electricity when there is plenty of it in the nature?

Why the government doesn’t use these sources of energy for their countries?

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Air pollution

Why the mask? The air is everywhere around, we can’t hide from it or avoid it. It is the number one living “tool”. And guess what? It’s polluted like crazy. And if we don’t change something, everybody will wear masks eventually. Considering that, gas mask industry will grow rapidly in the eyes of moneymakers.

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One step forward, two steps backwards

In the nature of human beings is to react when it’s already too late. For example, sometimes we do things for which we know that they’re not good for our health, but we continue doing them thinking the problem won’t hit us, it always hits someone else. Until it hits you. And what then? The problem already occurred and it’s already late to fix it. Now you have to make twice more effort just to go back to your normal condition, instead of just respecting your health and reducing the harm.

It is same with our planet. It seems that we will start to act and understand the problem of pollution when it’s too late, when next generations will wear gas masks on the streets on regular basis. It’s already happening in China and it will come soon to all parts over the world, mainly because we all pollute this world like crazy and partly because China is replacing their industry wherever it can. They already bought a lot of land in my country (Serbia) in the industrial area, because our current politicians will sell even their souls to get an extra coin and there are a lot of countries out there with politicians like that. Usually those types of countries don’t have any rules and regulations about recycling, ecology or anything with that topic on governmental level. Beautiful opportunity for some more unsupervised sources of pollution.

Well there is a red light, this is the last opportunity folks, to contribute on daily basis, to help this planet and to save our souls and make a safe place for future generations, for our kids. Only together we can make a trace and a result.  But there are few problems we are facing:

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Introduction

 

For someone old fashioned like me, who likes to use pen and paper I am finding really hard to type on the computer as a way to share information with you. However if we want to be sustainable we need to get used to things that we may not find always practical.  The question is what is more sustainable? Writing or typing? For writing we need a pen and paper that is made out of trees and certainly doesn’t sound ecological at all. But if you look closely, computer, phone and other gadgets need up to 1000 years to break. But since almost everyone has a computer nowadays it is nonsense to use both non-ecological things, so use only one – the computer. If you don’t have one, use a pen and paper but in that case you will not read this blog probably ever.

Back to the blog. This blog is mainly about ecology. Fashion and meaningful images are the first things that will stick to your eyes, but that is the point, no? It is hard to grab people’s attention who are not interested in certain topics as in this case ecology is, therefore in the world different ways are used to promote some subject mostly using nudity, powerful images and even using things to be considered as deviant art. In this case the mainstream is fashion, which I have used as my weapon for grabbing attention.

Expectations.

This blog will promote and lead you to ecological brands and actions. This blog will teach you about ecology and the importance of being environmental friendly today.

From this blog you can expect lots of interesting texts and facts about ecology, easy ways of showing that everyone can bring a little contribution to the environment daily, things that you may not know, and hot topics about our planet such as: pollution, endangered species and dangers that new technology causes. Today is nearly impossible to live totally environmental friendly and nobody expects that from us, but we can contribute as much as we can and that is enough to make a balance and reduce the pollution using very common words in practice: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Later in this blog there will be examples, there will be a word about clothing and cosmetic brands, about hot topics about environmental issues as I mentioned before, as well as taking actions and challenges. I will try my best to bring you this subject closer trough different stories, interesting facts and artistic images.

There are dozens of ways to contribute to the environment and this blog will show you how. I am doing researches in order to share you the information at one place and to make you this topic more interesting and closer. In the next chapter “One step forward, two step backwards” I am explaining why ecology as a subject and why it should be the hottest topic above all to speak about.

 

Word about the author.

Why Become Nika? Well I was playing with words a little bit, word “become” contains two important words in it, which are “be” and “eco”, and NIKA is an abbreviation from my name – Katarina Nikolic. NIKA in this blog is a role model that gives an effort of showing the whole concept of what “eco friendly” is and why is it important. I am from Belgrade, Serbia, a small country that is situated in Southeast Europe, or should I better explain it if I just say ” the birthplace of Novak Djokovic”? 🙂 Here I finished High School for Photography.  Afterwards I went to Switzerland were I studied hospitality and event management and gained a Bachelor Degree. Currently I work within my family’s business, which is wine making and wine tourism.  (Instagram profile: @vineyards_nikolic, facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/vinogradinikolic)

Cooking, traveling, fashion, ecology, photography are topics that I’m interested in and there will be a word about all of them.

Specifically I’m interested in ecology since 2011 when I had my first ecology action and research. My mother is an Sanitary- Ecological Engineer and this whole blog was actually her idea, she is helping me a lot with the material so there will be also some links that will lead you to her own researches, but I will try to make it simple. My best friend Dušan Tepavčević is making all the nice pictures and videos of this blog and half of the ideas that you will see are his work. 🙂 You can contact him through his e-mail: dusantepavcevic091@gmail.com

Let’s make this planet a better place together.