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Wednesday Word Day – Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

Wednesday Word Day – Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

chlorofluorocarbons CFCs

  Today’s term is  chlorofluorocarbons /(ˈklɔːrəflʊəˈrəˈkɑːb əns/ Usually found in refrigerators and air conditioners, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are man-made chemical compounds derived from methane and ethane, and containing chlorine, fluorine and carbon. CFCs are used as refrigerants, solvents and aerosol propellants. They are avoided as much as possible due to their contribution to the depletion of the ozone […]

Wednesday Word Day – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Wednesday Word Day – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  Today’s term is  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) /ˈvɒləˌtaɪl ɔːˈɡænɪk ˈkɒmpaʊndz/ Organic chemical compounds that evaporate at room temperature and are considered hazardous to humans. VOCs can occur naturally and be man-made. They are common ingredients in most paints and solvents as well as certain building materials. Long-term exposure to VOCs, particularly through wall paint and furniture, is […]

Wednesday Word Day: Carbon Footprint

Wednesday Word Day: Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint of the World Cup

Today’s term is  carbon footprint /ˈkɑːb ə n  ˈfʊtˌprɪnt/ Measure of an individual’s environmental impact, expressed in units of carbon dioxide; amount of greenhouse gases emitted by an individual or a company’s actions. Note: greenhouse gases are a major and central contributor to global warming.  Do you have  a word you would like to submit to Green Queen? Write […]

Wednesday Word Day: Triple Bottom Line

Wednesday Word Day: Triple Bottom Line

Locally Grown Produce

Today’s term is  triple bottom line /ˈtrɪp ə l ˈbɒtəm   laɪn/ This term refers to a sustainable business philosophy that incorporates three key  overall performance indicator areas: financial, environmental and social. All three are used to assess a company’s growth, success and future areas of development.  Do you have  a word you would like to submit to Green Queen? Write […]

Wednesday Word Day: Energy Vampire

Wednesday Word Day: Energy Vampire

Energy Vampire

Today’s word is: energy vampire /ˈɛnədʒɪ ˈvæmpaɪə/ This term is used to describe electrical and electronic appliances that continue to use up electricity and/or remain in standby mode even after they have been switched off and are no longer performing their primary function. Ususally they tend to be appliances that have a) remote controls, b) continuous digital […]

Wednesday Word Day: Flexitarian

Wednesday Word Day: Flexitarian

Be a Flexitarian

Today’s word is: flexitarian /ˈflɛksɪˈtɛərɪən)/ An individual who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but will eat meat/animal flesh/fish occasionally; sometimes known as a semi-vegetarian. There are no strict rules as to how often or how little a flexitarian will eat meat/animal flesh/fish.  An individual who follows a mostly vegetarian on their own but who may consume meat/animal flesh/fish […]

Wednesday Word Day: Brownfield

Wednesday Word Day: Brownfield

Brownfield

Today’s word is: brownfield /braʊn)fiːld/ Abandoned, idle and/or unused land that is untouched because of perceived or real environmental toxicity and pollution; often previously used for commercial and/or industrial use for example land used for a dry-cleaning business, or toxic waste disposal or a gas station. The term was first coined in the early 1990s at […]

Wednesday Word Day: Greenproofing

Wednesday Word Day: Greenproofing

Wednesday Green Word Day

Today’s word is: greenproofing  the process of managing health and safety hazards  in living spaces and rendering them more eco-friendly: for example installing water filters on all kitchen, bathroom and shower taps; the advocating of greener lifestyle solutions and product choices to limit exposure to toxins: for example, recommending the use of, and educating clients about, […]

Wednesday Word Day: Greenwashing

Wednesday Word Day: Greenwashing

Wednesday Green Word Day

It’s Wednesday Word Day at Green Queen! Every Wednesday, Green Queen is going to post a new eco word/phrase and its definition in the hopes that we can all improve our green vocabulary. Eventually these entries will add up to create Green Queen’s very own Green Glossary. Happy Learning! Today’s word is: greenwashing (ˈɡriːnˌwɒʃɪŋ), verb

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