By Suhini, Al Nakhla Residential Resort
These are some of the concerns you see in social media today. All sensible people will agree that climate change is real, and the consequences of not acting will be devastating. But what we do not realize is that it starts with much simpler steps. Here are 5 things you can do to cut down your carbon footprint in your daily life:
- Every time you need to go to the grocery shop or restaurant near you, opt to walk rather than take your car or a cab.
- Carry your own cloth grocery bag. Keep it handy and always with you so you can say no to plastic bags.
- Keep some containers in your car. Every time you go out or want a takeaway, opt to give your own containers, rather than use plastic take away boxes or cardboard boxes.
- Get a flask. Coffee addict? Always keep a flask with you and say no to plastic takeaway cups.
- Whether you live in a house or an apartment, planting some greens indoors or outside is a quick and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint and refresh your air.
Meanwhile, Al Nakhla Residential Resort has embarked on a journey to minimize its environmental impact and carbon footprint by implementing innovative sustainable practices.
DID YOU KNOW?
- A single recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours. It also creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than would be created when making a new bottle.
- If we add the amount of solar energy that is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans every year, we end up with approximately 3,850,000 EJ (exajoules).
To put it in more understandable terms, this amount of energy is equivalent to:
– 8 000 times the total energy consumption in the whole world.
– About 40% of the energy that is required to heat the entire volume of water we have on Earth by 1°Celsius
Recycling & Waste Management
The waste reduction goal is to advance best practices and engage associates to reduce, re-use, donate and recycle waste from the resort and corporate facilities. Our waste management program has been designed to divert a wide variety of materials from landfills while seeking responsible, innovative solutions for handling non-recyclable items. Across Al Nakhla, we are committed to recycling commodities such as paper, food, construction material, glass, oil, metal, plastics and unique materials such as batteries, carpet, cork and electronics.
Solar Energy System
Al Nakhla’s solar panel installations were created to power different sections of the resort, offsetting the costs of all energy-intensive operations such as water heating over 20 outdoor pools at the resort. The management also has plans to install solar panels on each villa and apartment complex to help minimize electricity use.
For more information about Al Nakhla Residential Resort and how to be a responsible & sustainable resident in this Western Compound, visit their website on www.alnakhla.sa