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Braun Was the First Electric Shaver Company Supporting Green Grooming

With the world concerned about the increasing population and the resulting increase in landfill debris, Braun has been one of the first men’s electric shaver companies to embrace the green living concept. Living green means taking a minimum from the earth, and recycling what you don’t need. Green living can decrease greenhouse gases which have a negative impact on the earth’s ozone layer—that layer that protects us from the harmful rays of the sun. Decreasing our carbon footprint is important for our future generations.

Besides decreasing these emissions from small and large appliances and electronics, many cities have established recycling facilities where appliances are taken apart for their individual components, which are then sold back to factories for a low price.

As the best electric shaver portal reported, back in 2007, Braun was the leader in producing men’s “green grooming” products. Braun began by creating an electric shaver brand line that has Energy Star Qualified battery chargers. These chargers are more efficient, requiring less energy to run than the traditional older model of Braun shavers. Less energy to run also means a lower electric bill for consumers.

The Energy Star rating was originally created in 1992 by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Products must qualify in order to achieve this labelling. They must adhere to a special set of strict guidelines that have been written up by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.

Energy Star also means that the products have been designed with the best efficiency in mind. This can also include minimizing materials, which can make a shaver heavier, and thus cause an impact on greater energy consumption.

It’s not just the USA that has adopted the Energy Star label either. It is also Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the EU who have also adopted this program. It has also been proven that sales will be higher for appliances of this rating, as consumers are always looking for ways to save money on their hydro electric bills. You can find a list of manufacturers and countries online who support the Energy Star rating.

Braun is a well-respected engineer and manufacturer of men’s and women’s electric shavers and hair trimmers. They have been in business since the early 19th century, and began as a family-owned business that survived WWII. They have a high-quality line of products besides their shaver line, including small household appliances. They also have a popular line of oral care products.

Not all manufacturer’s shavers bear this “Energy-Star” brand either. The appliance must be marked as such. While there have been other products such as kitchen appliances or air purifiers marked with this rating, Braun has stepped up first among the men’s and women’s shaver lines.

Braun has achieved the Energy Star rating on virtually their entire US electric shavers’ line, whether men’s or women’s, cordless or corded, and rechargeable. However, this is only for products that are being sold for the US market. Braun will likely conform to other guidelines as they are implemented by other countries. Perhaps that will be coming in the future, as each country develops their similar line of energy-efficient products.

Braun has achieved this rating by engineering “Smart Plugs”. These plugs are used to charge up the men’s shavers and they use 64 percent less energy than their or their competitors’ line of shavers.

Here’s just an example that the impact of lower-energy consumption shavers can have on the environment. It has been calculated that over 12,308,744 pounds of CO2 can now be prevented from being emitted into the atmosphere annually from the Braun men’s shavers line. This alone is equivalent to removing 1073 cars from the road. It could mean the planting of 1526 acres of forest land or providing light for 5861 homes for a year.

Braun has had a history of leading the men’s shavers line with the best and latest technology and innovation. They are committed to providing a quality shaver to consumers, rather than turning a buck with a cheap shaver attitude that many other manufacturers seem to have. They continue to demonstrate that they are the company who promises to produce environmentally friendly products, and to contribute to global sustainability. Their efforts have been collectively gathered together, which has created a major impact, proving that small changes can have a big impact over time.

Braun has earned this green grooming label, and continues to produce a great line of shavers like the braun series 9 and all the personal grooming products for men and women that are popular with the European and North American markets. It will be interesting to see how many more manufacturers of personal grooming products will jump onboard and attempt to get their own Energy Star product labels over the next few years.

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In 2015 Clean Energy Kicked Oil to the Curb

When you’re the average consumer, it can be frustrating watching time and money invested in oil in the volatile Middle East, while there are plenty of clean sources of energy in our own back yards. But surprisingly, the efforts of 2015 have been tabulated, and apparently it was a great year for renewable energy, but bad for oil investments.

Oil and gas are two contentious topics for every country in the world today. Not only are they bad for the environment, but the UN—United Nations—had a huge climate change conference in Paris this year, requiring a commitment from major countries to curb greenhouse gasses and find clean sources of energy. On April 22, 2016, countries around the world signed a historic climate accord, which includes Canada, USA, and China, some of the world’s top greenhouse gas producers.

On top of that, there is great conflict in the Middle East, with many Western world citizens being hesitant in supporting the wrong side. In the US, New York state banned fracking, while Canada has been having her own battles with keeping pipelines from extending from the coastline to Alberta. In Alberta, there is an oil recession happening, as no one wants to buy the high cost containers, resulting in thousands of workers laid off.

Can it be that someone is listening? 2015 was definitely been a turning point in the fight against climate change.

The world’s consumption of good renewable energy increased in 2015 by about 8.3 percent, or 152 gigawatts, according to an Abu Dhabi-based non-profit organization: International Renewable Energy Agency.

Renewable energy has increased in markets around the globe, even though there were some lower oil and gas prices in 2015. It’s estimated that over $286 billion were invested in renewable energy resources in 2015.

These investments have sent a strong message to potential investors and policymakers around the world, renewable energy is not only important, it’s preferred. Costs have also been decreasing for renewable energy sources. Just look at how solar panels have decreased in cost, and even wind turbines.

There have been some alternate sources of energy explored. Solar energy has increasing becoming popular. This type of energy grew by 47 gigawatts last year, or over a 26 percent increase from the previous year. This was aided by the cost of photovoltaic panels decreasing by 80 percent.

Wind turbines have also required a second look, even though they’re a tougher sell. Consumption grew by 63 gigawatts or a 17 percent increase. Onshore turbine costs dropped a significant 47 percent since 2010, though people are still enamoured by solar energy instead.

Other potential sources of renewable energy include water energy, biological byproducts from food waste, sugarcane or farming, and geothermal energy. Apparently hydropower sources increased by 35 gigawatts last year, about 3 percent. Bioenergy rose by 5 gigawatts and 5 percent. Geothermal energy increased by 1 gigawatt or by 5 percent.

Even in the consumptive society of the USA, renewable energy resources in 2015 were about 68 percent of this new power capability. This was according a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

2014 and 2015 were both landmark years. In both years, renewable resources outdid fossil fuels in terms of new projects. A lot of the increase has also been due to better government support, as evidenced by the signing of the climate accord.

Many large businesses are also taking notice that there could be a strong business case for developing renewable energy. Not only could this become the fastest growing economy in the world, but it could also be what is need to give a boost to the economies of developing countries.