Tag Archives: environmental issues

Up or Down?

1 Sep

I’m gonna start this post with an odd question: do you pull up or push down a toilet flush handle?


Under the insufficient lighting of the female toilet at the John Medley building in Melbourne University, there weren’t another soul except for myself, hence I found the time to take a closer look at the signage in the cubicle. It’s been 6 weeks at Uni and this is the first time I noticed that signage.

And indeed, under that dim lighting and the tiny fonts used, one has to bring her face closer to the sign in order to see it. I can’t imagine what the poor dears who forgot their eyeglasses have to go through to read it. I for one wouldn’t think of plastering my face any closer to anything in a toilet cubicle – it’s just way off and I’m not off my rockers. Yet.

Do you pull up to flush or down? I tend to pull down, and assume most people do likewise.

The tiny script there indicates ‘pull handle up for 30% water savings’ and ‘pull handle down for normal flush’. Typically, a half flush is 3 – 4.5L and a full flush is 6 – 9L worth of water. I could have saved more water for the Uni, but the texts were too tiny for any quick toilet goers to read, flush and buzz off. The eco girl has more to learn about Australia every other day!

Since we’re on the topic of toilets today, I randomly chanced upon a hot topic for folks in the northern hemisphere to figure out if the Australian toilet flushes the other way round. Don’t people have dinners to cook and friends to catch up with instead of wondering about these things? But anyways! If you have some minutes to spare, it might interest you to read a bit on it.


Holden and its New Green Baby

31 Aug

Green Car?

Perhaps the idea of a green still conjures up such an image. Being environmentally friendly and driving still does not go hand in hand for a lot of people. In an earlier post, I shared some car models that treat Earth a little better. Today, Holden just released news that they have upgraded their Commodore to a VE Series II, that runs on bio-ethanol.

What exactly is bio-ethanol? Apparently some people create it as fuel right in their household, although I wouldn’t recommend that for your car. Some good things about the Holden VE Series II Commodore, that any driver would be concerned about:

  • fuel-saving, up to 12% in improvement (of course a lot still depends on how you drive)
  • comes with Blue Tooth, wireless, cable and USB connections, to a music junkie’s delight
  • bio-ethanol fuel will be available from around 100 petrol stations by 2011

For drivers like myself, the big leap of faith will still be about the convenience that the vehicle can offer. After all, convenience is why one would get a car to begin with. I do foresee that with more stations providing greener fuel, it will be easier for people to make the switch to a greener car. What would get you to go on a greener car?

Greener Automobiles

6 Aug

With rising oil prices and decrease in the supply of petroleum (think BP and the spill, gosh!), the comeback of the electric car seems like the most ideal solution. Wait, did I say comeback? Yes. Apparently, the electric car did make its appearance during a period of car history but was eradicated after a short stint, and the big oil industry players were cited as the key culprits for the death of the electric car.

Thanks to technology and increased research and development, some key market players are pitching their markets and working towards increasing demand for electric cars. China and the U.S. are 2 major markets with huge, dense populations that are working hard at promoting the implementation of electric cars in a bid to reduce the impact of gasoline-run vehicles on the environment. It is such an important issue that China is willing to pump in $15 billion to promote greener automobiles.

If you’re planning on buying your ride, why not consider such a green option? In Australia, REVA is the only option at this point. Else, there are hybrid models such as the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Toyota Prius and the Lexus GS450h to consider.

If you’re still deciding or want to be part of a community of action-takers, join Plug In America or be part of Facebook’s electric car-loving community!