Will Tom Cruise Be Composting On The Set Of Top Gun 2?

Will Tom Cruise Be Composting On The Set Of Top Gun 2?

When the news broke that Tom Cruise would be working on a followup to the blockbuster classic Top Gun, everyone began talking about it. The buzz has grown, and the sequel has the potential to draw a gigantic crowd. One area that often goes unnoticed is the production behind the scenes.

Movie sets generate an enormous amount of waste, and surprisingly a hefty portion of this can be diverted from the landfill. Companies such as Reel Green Media located in California are showing production companies how to reduce their impacts on the environment while actually saving quite a fair bit of money.

Tyler Weaver, a waste reduction specialist and founder of Crazy About Compost, has been pushing to popularize sustainability in the film industry. He states that “the film industry could be doing so much more when it comes to recycling movie sets and composting banquet sized sets on a near daily basis. I feel that if just a few celebrities promoted these efforts, it could quickly become a standard that benefits everyone.”

Composting is an activity that anyone can participate in, not just for the hippies and farmers of the world. Essentially all of your food scraps and materials such as paper products (a good portion of food packaging) are all excellent candidates.

It would be great to see Tom Cruise putting his leftovers into a compost bin, wouldn’t it? In fact, more and more cities in California are hopping on board with a residential/commercial composting program. They always seem to be at the forefront of trying sustainable initiatives, don’t they? So how’s Hollywood doing?

Tyler Weaver offers free information about how to effectively and conveniently create excellent compost while reducing costs on waste disposal at http://www.crazyaboutcompost.com.

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Plastics Stocks for Investing

Plastics Stocks for Investing

“I just want to say one word to you…just one word. Are you listening? Plastics…There’s a great future in Plastics.” – Mr. McGuire to Ben Braddock in The Graduate

The Graduate was released in 1967, but Mr. McGuire’s advice about plastics would make for some pretty good stock ideas in 2010.


Plastics play an influential part in our daily lives thanks to their flexibility and low costs. Plastics are used in everything from car parts to doll parts; from soft drink bottles to refrigerators; our homes, cars, televisions, mobile phones; and countless other products that we use on a daily basis.

Specialty chemical companies that manufacture plastics such as acrylics, polymers and resins are closely linked to the global economy. When the economy is expanding, these companies are growing. Conversely, if economic growth slows, these firms are some of the first to see sales decline.

Global Economic Recovery

During the recession, industrial firms reduced their plastics orders to levels that matched demand. They also reduced the amount of plastics inventory on hand to help reduce costs. When economic conditions began to stabilize and finally improve, those firms ramped up plastics orders to specialty chemical companies.

The economic recovery remains underway, and industrial markets around the globe continue to experience strong demand. This continued economic growth will lead to even more specialty chemical orders from autos, construction and technology, and plastics companies will continue to experience solid top-line growth.

Operating Leverage

Due to their economically-sensitive business models, specialty chemical companies were hit hard during the economic downturn. In response, the entire plastics industry underwent immense cost-cutting efforts to deal with large revenue losses. When conditions finally stabilized, many of these same plastics companies found themselves with vastly improved cost structures. More notably, the leaner operations are enabling these specialty chemical companies to generate substantial operating leverage.

In other words, sales are growing at a quicker rate than operating expenses. This results in higher profit margins and robust earnings growth. And with global economic activity gaining steam, specialty chemical companies should continue to enjoy strong top-line growth and even stronger bottom-line growth.

How to Profit from Plastics Stocks

We looked for specialty chemical companies that manufacture plastics with a Zacks Rank of #1 or #2 and are positioned to continue beating analyst estimates for the next few quarters. Below are four plastics stocks that we think could have great future in plastics.

Ashland Inc. (ASH)

Ashland Inc. operates as an international specialty chemicals company. This plastics company has five operating segments including Ashland Distribution, which distributes chemicals, plastics and composite raw materials.

The Ashland company implemented cost-cutting initiatives to combat the economic downturn. Those cost cuts appear to be sustainable. Meanwhile, this plastics company is now experiencing improving demand in its end markets.

In the last 30 days, there have been eleven upward estimate revisions versus three downward revisions. The 2010 Zacks Consensus Estimate is up 8 cents, or 2.1%, to .82, while the 2011 Zacks Consensus Estimate is up 13 cents, or 3.2%, to .23.

Ashland is scheduled to report second-quarter results on April 27. Given its recent track record — it has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the last five quarters by an average of 38.1% — the company should be in a position to deliver another strong earnings report.

The Zacks #1 Rank stock trades at a reasonable 17x fiscal 2010 EPS estimates and 15x fiscal 2011 EPS estimates.

PPG Industries (PPG)

The PPG Industries plastics company manufactures and supplies protective and decorative coatings. PPG’s plastics products are used in automotive and commercial transport repair and refurbishing, specialty coatings for signs, and sealants, coatings and technical cleaners for commercial and military aircraft.

PPG reported strong first-quarter results on April 15. It had sales of .1 billion, up 12% versus the prior year’s first quarter. PPG had earnings of .70 per share, topping the Zacks Consensus by 7 cents, or 11.1%. For the last five quarters, PPG has beaten the Zacks Consensus by an average of 22.0%.

The plastics company indicated that profit margins in its industrial coatings business have returned to levels not seen since before the economic downturn.

After the PPG company’s strong Q1 earnings report, analysts increased their estimates for 2010 and 2011. Since that report, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 is up 24 cents, or 6.2%, to .13, and the 2011 Zacks Consensus Estimate is up 17 cents, or 3.9%, to .59.

PPG Industries is a Zacks #2 Rank stock. It is trading 17x 2010 EPS estimates and 16x 2011 EPS estimates.

Stepan Company (SCL)

Stepan Company produces and sells specialty and intermediate chemicals. The company operates in three segments: Surfactants, Polymers and Specialty Products. Its products can be found in industrial cleaning products, lubricating materials and construction materials.

On April 20, Stepan Company reported solid first-quarter results. Net sales were up 5.9% with an 8% increase in sales volume. The company reported earnings per share of .76, easily beating the Zacks Consensus by .32, or 33.3%.

The company has beaten consensus estimates in four of the last five quarters. In those earnings beats, SCL beat the consensus by an average of 69.1%.

Stepan Company’s strong first-quarter results prompted analysts to boost their estimates for the next two years. In the last week, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 jumped 53 cents, or 12.2%, to .86. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2011 also climbed 46 cents, 9.9%, to .12.

This Zacks #1 Rank stock trades at 16x consensus estimates for 2010 and 15x consensus estimates for 2011.

Westlake Chemical Corp. (WLK)

Westlake Chemical manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers and fabricated products. It operates in two segments, Olefins and Vinyls.

The company reported fourth-quarter results on February 23. Sales increased 5.5% to 0.0 million. It also reported EPS of .19, matching the Zacks Consensus. In the previous three quarters, Westlake beat the Zacks Consensus by an average of 76.5%. The company is scheduled to report first-quarter results on May 4.

Even though the company hasn’t reported earnings in about two months, analysts have been lifting their earnings estimates. In the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus for 2010 is higher by 15 cents, or 15.0%, to .15, while the Zacks Consensus is up 11 cents, or 9.1%, .32.

Interestingly, WLK shares are up about 74% in the last year, but analysts covering the company are not bullish on the stock. There are 7 analysts covering WLK. There is 1 Strong Buy rating, 4 Hold ratings, and 2 Strong Sell ratings. The lack of optimism among the analysts suggests that EPS estimates for WLK may be too pessimistic, making it easier for the company to beat expectations.

Westlake Chemical Corp. has a Zacks #2 Rank. It plastics stocks trades at 26x 2010 consensus estimates and 22x 2011 consensus estimates.

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How to Turn Thanksgiving Turkey Into Fat Blasting Fuel

How to Turn Thanksgiving Turkey Into Fat Blasting Fuel

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is here…AGAIN! Don’t you just love the traditions? For me, I love to go to Mom’s house and watch football while waiting for the big bird to come out the oven. Oh, the appetizers, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing…people tend to relate this massive 3000 plus calorie meal with sinful excess and horrible food comas in the aftermath of this potential nutritional nightmare.

Now you can blame the stuffing, all the buttered-up mashed potatoes and gravy, maybe that extra piece of pie for all the extra calories and waistline invasion, but leave that terrific turkey out of it!

After all, turkey is packed with lean protein that simultaneously elevates metabolism and promotes fat burning and lean muscle growth. It is also a lean protein, meaning there is very little fat in it, as long as you remove the skin.

Protein is the PRIMARY macronutrient responsible for building, repairing and revitalizing your muscles (fat and carbs simply provide your body’s energy source).

More specifically, regular, quality protein intake is vital in accelerating the repair of muscle damage from high-intensity activities like strength training and cardio interval training (as you see in our boot camp program). In addition, adequate protein intake every two to four hours is essential in maintaining your current levels of lean muscle mass. This is important because the more muscle you have the larger your metabolic engine, thus the more calories (and fat) you burn on a daily basis since muscle tissue requires lot of energy to sustain itself. Protein is also the least likely macronutrient to be stored as body fat and the mere act of digesting protein requires more than double the energy to digest than carbohydrate and dietary fat.

So, what does all this mean? If there is ONE food choice that you can truly get away with overeating this holiday season, it will be turkey.

Another key benefit to eating turkey is that it is easy to prepare in bulk and thus will save you much needed time in meal planning and preparation during the busy holiday season. You can roast a big old turkey and then have tons of meal options for days.

Just think of what you can do with all those holiday turkey leftovers! (I love grabbing a few strands of cold turkey breast from the leftovers in the fridge, delicious!)

To inspire your turkey consumption efforts I’ve got some awesome Rapid Fire fat blasting recipes that you can create with turkey as your lean protein foundation. Enjoy!

Turkey Salad


– 6-8 oz. Turkey Breast chopped into small cubes

– 1?4 red bell pepper

– 1?4 green bell pepper

– 1?4 red onion

– 2 Tbsp canola or olive oil mayo


Mix all ingredients together and enjoy over a bed of greens.

Makes one male serving and two female servings.

Turkey Cranberry Cream Cheese Roll-up


– 6-8 oz. Sliced Turkey

– 1 Tbsp Fat Free Cream Cheese

– 1 Tbsp Dried Cranberries 1?2 Clove of Roasted Garlic Salt and Pepper to taste

– 2 Whole Grain Tortillas


Soak cranberries in water for 20 minutes or microwave until soft if you are short on time. Mash the 1?2 clove of garlic. Mix cranberries, garlic, and cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mixture into the inside of the tortilla(s). Add turkey breast. Fold up sides, roll up, and enjoy!

Makes one male serving and two female servings.

Turkey Medallions With Cranberry Glaze

Turkey Medallions:

– 6-8 oz. Turkey

– Non-stick spray Turkey Seasoning

Cut Turkey Breasts into small medallions, sprinkle lightly with seasoning. Reheat in a pan sprayed with non-stick oil on medium heat until lightly browned on both sides. Drip Cranberry glaze (below) over the medallions.

Cranberry Glaze:

– 1 Cups Dry white wine

– Turkey or chicken stock, as needed

– 1 1?2 Cups Dried cranberries

– 1?4 Cup of Pine nuts, toasted

– Pinch of Salt

Add 1?2 cup of white wine and 1?2 cup of turkey stock to pan. Add other 1?2 cup of turkey stock, cranberries, pine nuts and pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat until reduced in volume by half, about 4 cups.

Makes one male serving and two female servings.

Turkey Shepherds Pie


– 2 cups cubed cooked turkey

– 3?4 cup turkey gravy

– 1 small can whole kernel corn

– drained 1 cup of chicken stock

– 1 cup of water

– 3 cups steamed cauliflower

– 2 cups celery, chopped 2 carrots

– chopped 1 onion chopped 2 cloves garlic

– minced 1 bell pepper, any color

– chopped Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. First you must make the gravy. Take the garlic, 1 cup of celery, carrots, onion, bell pepper, chicken stock, water, vegetables, salt and pepper to taste. Add to a pot, boil until vegetables are soft and blend in a blender or food processor.

Next, you will take the steamed cauliflower and mash it, or place it in a food processor until the consistency is like that of mashed potatoes.

Next, in a baking dish, layer the turkey, gravy, corn, remaining celery and mashed cauliflower. Bake, uncovered at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Makes 2 male servings and one female serving.

Turkey Florentine


– 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

– 2 tablespoons smart butter

– 1 cup cooked whole grain fettuccine

– 2 cups diced, cooked turkey

– 1 cup turkey or chicken stock 1

– (8 ounce) package fat free sour cream and onion dip

– 1?2 teaspoon onion salt

– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

– Non-stick cooking spray


Cook spinach according to package directions; drain. Stir in smart butter. Place noodles in a non-stick sprayed baking dish; top with spinach. Combine turkey, stock, onion dip and onion salt and spoon over spinach. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Turkey Green Bean Casserole


– 1 bag of frozen green beans

– 6-8 oz. of cubed cooked turkey breast

– 1 can of organic cream of mushroom soup

– 2 cups Kraft all natural fat free cheese

– Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients into a casserole dish and bake for about 30 minutes or until completely hot. Makes one male serving and two female servings.

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Bottled Water vs. Alkaline Water: How Much Are You Paying?

Bottled Water vs. Alkaline Water: How Much Are You Paying?

How much money would you be willing to spend for the convenience of a bottle of water that does not necessarily contains any minerals that could benefit your body? How much would you be willing to risk your health to continue drinking bottled water? The cost of bottled water might not seem like much when you look at it on a daily basis, but what about the cost to your health? What about the dent in your wallet paying for bottled water makes over time?

We’re encouraged to drink 8 cups of water everyday at 8 ounces per cup. But these days, medical practitioners have increased that number to around 9 cups per day for women and 13 cups per day for men. Roughly, we’re advised to consume ½  a gallon of water every day. These numbers vary with age, level of activity, gender and environment but an average person needs to consume about 10 gallons of water per week.

Now, let’s compare the cost of bottled water versus alkaline water. Generally bottled water cost 2 dollars each, and a consumer will spend 130 to 780 dollars on bottled water per year, depending on whether it is delivered or if the consumer hauls the water himself. 130 dollars doesn’t seem that bad for an entire year’s worth of water considering that it’s convenient and clean, but what about over a longer period of time, like 40 years?

Over 40 years, the consumer will spend between 5,200 and 31,200 dollars on bottled water. Think about what you could buy with 5,200 dollars, or 31,200 dollars! You could buy a car just by saving the money you spent  on bottled water over 40 years.

So, how exactly do we save our money from spending unnecessarily on bottled water? Well, we can buy water filter to filter water from the tap so that we can get alkaline water instead. Generally, the price for filtered water can vary, depending on the type of filtered water system that you use.

You could spend 93 dollars on a plastic faucet mount, 150 on a pour-through pitcher, 330 on an alkaline system, 406 on Distillation, or 600 on a mid-range Reverse Osmosis system. It seems like a lot when you hit beyond 150 dollars, but over a long period of time, the initial cost is absolutely worth it.

330 dollars spent on an alkaline system doesn’t seem like much when you compare it to the cost of the system over 40 years at only 1,730 dollars. That means you spend only 1,400 dollars over 39 years on your water supply. That’s more than 3,000 dollars less than the cheapest bottled water you can find in the market.

Overall, alkaline water systems is not cheaper than bottled water but they are healthier  too as alkaline water takes out impurities like chlorine and many other harmful substance from the water, leaving you with good tasting water that benefits your health.

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Promotional Water Bottles – Advertising That Goes Everywhere

Promotional Water Bottles – Advertising That Goes Everywhere

If you want your business to be noticed but do not have the budget for a big time advertising campaign, then promotional items are one of the best ways to get your business noticed, or to introduce a new product, promote a new service, motivate your employees and thank your customers. From pens to mugs, pewter items and umbrellas, notepads, t-shirts and water bottles–it is all used as marketing and promotional reasons for a company. Promotional water bottles have great advantages that make them suitable for creating hype and buzz on your products and business.

One of the most common reasons for why custom water bottles are the most sought after promotional items is because it is oh-so affordable and won’t break a company’s budget. They are affordable and this is one important criteria you have to look into if you are looking to build buzz. While there are higher priced ones out there, you should go for cheaper types that really stretch your budget to the maximum since you want to make an impact at a very small price.

From polycarbonate water bottles to plastic and aluminum, these bottles cost so much little than the marketing and promotional outreach it does. If your intent is to get your logo seen everywhere, then you want a low-priced and very visible promotional item. But promotional water bottles offer more than economy. These items are some of the things that people use on a daily basis and are carried along anywhere or kept in their office table, in cars, in bicycle bottle holders and almost everywhere else people need a drink, when they cycle, or when they go jogging, when walking, when they go to the park or the beach or just about anywhere. That means that wherever the person goes, your logo or message will travel with them, and be seen everywhere they take your promotional sports bottles.

With the amount of space on the bottle, you can not only show your logo but your promotional message, company contact details and even shop location. In fact, depending on the style of custom water bottles that you choose, you can print on the entire bottle surface. Choosing the right bottle for your campaign is essential. First of all, look for convenient features in the bottle. The more practical and useful the features, the more it will be used–keep that in mind. Think of things like, does the bottle have a carabiner hook and can it fit properly to a hand?

After you’ve chosen your features, next comes the style with which you want your personalized water bottles to be in. This style has to be versatile to fit from the bicycle bottle clips, to cup holders in the car. The more versatile, the better the chances of your bottle being carried everywhere. Of course, with style comes unique designs. Pick bright designs and those that are easily identifiable with your logo. If you logo has yellow, pick a color in a different hue of yellow and it should be a contrast so that you logo is outstanding.

Amin is the author of Discountmugs.com. If you would like more information about Water Bottles please visit http://www.discountmugs.com.

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Promotional Sports Bottles

Promotional Sports Bottles

Using promotional items to up the brand name or to simply gift to attending audiences is a terrific method to advertise the company name and its contact details. Among such items, promotional sports bottles stand out since they are versatile gifts that have no age limit, no gender preference and are perfect choices for corporate as well as the general public. These items are promoted mostly in outdoor events such as sports meets, marathons and other kinds of outdoor activities. However, this does not mean that they cannot be given to working men and women. Promotional Sports bottles come handy to anyone. In today’s fitness minded world, most adults exercise on a daily basis. To them a sports bottle is the best promotional gift. Anybody who goes out for a walk or bicycling or running will always carry a sports bottle along. If this happens to bear your company’s ad, then the people that they will meet along the way shall also get to know of you. Gifting these items to corporate customers is also not a bad idea since everybody can use them regardless of whether they exercise or not. These bottles serve as potent memorabilia because they will always remind the recipient of the particular event where he or she received it. One significant advantage of using sports bottles for promotion is the fact that the entire surface of the bottle is available for advertising. Unlike T-shirts and bags, sports bottles can have a large logo etched all over the body without making it look odd. The choice in color and design are enormous and so is the chance to customize promotional sports bottles. One can either choose to go all out and colour the whole bottle or stay sober and put in a small logo. The only thing that one has to keep in mind when designing these things is to cater the design as per the requirements. For example, if a company is sponsoring a marathon, then it can go all out and advertise its logo on these things, however, if the bottles are gifted in fairs and conferences, then the design should preferably be toned down and maintained as per the context of the event. The shape of the promotional sports bottle also plays a key role in its success. Using squeezable plastic bottles for track meets and outdoor activities is all right but, for conference use, aluminum or steel bottles preferably thermal ones work best. Investing a little extra on multi-utility bottles, which have more than one opening and will fit a bicycle strap as well as a cup holder is a neat idea. Using bottles that have straps or small hooks on them is a splendid idea because these bottles will be easier to carry around. Regardless of the shape, promotional sports bottles will serve their purpose of advertising since many people use more than one bottle. In fact, many people keep a stock of such things since they shall come handy in the future.

Businesses that want to market to fit active people will often create promotional sports bottles. Another popular product which is similar is a promotional bottled water, which is reusable and therefore a bit more eco friendly.

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Be Green; Save Green

Be Green; Save Green

Copyright (c) 2008 Virginia Ginsburg

In the current economic climate, it seems as if everyone is looking for ways to save a little more money. While many people think that “Going Green” means spending more, it really doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, if you think about it, some of the “Greenest” activities that you can undertake are free or lower cost than their alternatives. So, consider some of the many ways that you can cut back on your budget while simultaneously improving the positive impact you make on the world.

We’re going to focus today on the first two sentiments of the classic environmentalist call to action: Reduce; Reuse; Recycle. It’s an oldie-but-goodie when it comes to being green and saving green.

One of the biggest impacts you can make on the Earth is to reduce the number of items you consume on a daily basis.

First, drive less. It is quite fashionable today to drive less, given the + cost-per-gallon of gas. To support this economical and Earth-friendly practice, look for easy ways to cut back on your gas bills by taking public transportation if it’s available. Carpooling is a great idea, but even if it doesn’t work every day, try to share a ride with friends or family once per week when you’re out and about. Also try to minimize your shopping trips. For example, if you currently visit the grocery store four times per week, commit to creating a shopping list, and you can cut that down to just two times per week quite easily.

Second, buy less. With the holidays right around the corner, it might be hard to imagine buying less, but a truly Green consumer weighs each purchase based on how it impacts the Earth. For example, you must consider the environmental costs involved in growing, harvesting, producing, packaging and transporting all items. From a green perspective, you need to take all of these issues into account when making a purchase, but from a budgeting perspective, you should also consider the very first question a true environmentalist should ask: do I really need to buy this item? Many things that we buy for ourselves and others end up cluttering our personal space, and then ultimately are discarded to clutter a landfill Instead of adding to this problem, double- and triple- think every purchase before making it.

Once you have made the decision to purchase an item, before discarding it, consider the ways in which you might be able to re-use it. Here are five easy ways to reuse items:

1. Instead of purchasing containers for storing your leftovers, wash out glass jars from pasta sauce and plastic yogurt container and reuse them.

2. Save Ziploc bags used for storing bread, keeping crackers fresh, and other dry items and use them again and again for the same purpose. Most of the time you just need to shake out the crumbs and you’re ready to go again!

3. Dry out your produce bags after each trip to the grocery store and then put them in your shopping bags (you do reuse your shopping bags, right?!?) so that they are ready to go next time you visit the store.

4. If you use a paper towel to wipe up a small water spill or for any other light job, simple put it off to the side and use it again later in the day for a more serious (or another light) job.

5. If you forget to bring a shopping bag, or simply can’t avoid getting a plastic bag at the check-out, be sure to re-use the bag a few more times. Then recycle it – most grocery stores have a receptacle in front that is specifically for plastic shopping bags.

Virginia Ginsburg writes about sustainable products, green living, and her quest for a socially-conscious lifestyle. She is founder of Green Baby Gifts (http://www.greenbabygiftsonline.com), which offers beautifully-wrapped baby gifts made of bamboo fiber and packaged in completely recycled and recyclable packaging.

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    Going New Green Earth

    Going New Green Earth

    Our planet is in peril. It’s in the news and folks all over the planet are becoming kinder to our world. I know how to save the globe. Heck, get all the top scientists in the top scientists in the world together and they can’t even agree on ways to save the world, but they are going to agree that something needs to be done quickly.

    Can one person save the Earth? No, but one person and another and another and so on can reserve it. So, why not be one of those people.

    Be Green for the Good of Our Planet

    We all should hold our government and big industries to their part in initiating green action. Industries absolutely need to stop polluting. Government wants to support clean alternative energy. Communities all need to work on every level to promote waste reduction. People can make massive gains toward a greener and cleaner world.

    Do any of us expect regimes, communities, and industries to modify overnight? No. Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t making some of these changes to your lifestyle overnight.

    Anything you do to decrease the amount of the Earth’s resources that you use helps to reduce consumption helping you to guide a more sustainable life.

    One of the simplest, yet most useful, paths to help our Earth is to buy items with less packaging. Look for the double rolls package. If each this, the savings in packaging would be astronomic. The energy that companies use to create that packaging might be cut in half and the world would breathe a little easier.

    Recycle the toilet roll cardboard tubes and, when you open the package of toilet tissue, just slit it on the top and then use the empty package as a liner in a small trashcan.

    You may use the cold water for drinking water or to water plants, but allowing it to go down the drain is not helpful to the environment. This is a straightforward way to be kind to our planet.

    Remember, it’s up to all of us to help create a new green earth. Little things that we do on a daily basis can help ensure the survival of a new green earth for generations to come.

    G. Donald Ttoca Is an avid internet user and currently runs a number of video based website built with Video Blizzard, a software platform that creates instant video websites. http://heroapps.com

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      How Will You Cope With The Global Economic Collapse?

      How Will You Cope With The Global Economic Collapse?

      In every continent, within every country, state, and town, conversations such as the following take place on a daily basis… John asks, “Are you prepared for when the SHTF (Shit Hits the Fan)?” Scott replies, “No, and I don’t think anything will happen. Life will continue as normal, and your just wasting your time and money!”

      I am sure you have heard or read this dialogue several times a week, either from family, friends, or online blogs. In fact, you may even have the same ideologies as John, or perhaps even Scott. Regardless of which group you belong to, even if you are apathetic, we can ALL agree that no one seems to have the answer! Who do you believe? That is the big question.

      In this article, I will try to present examples from past economic events, compare and contrast those with today’s crisis, and explore that ever lingering question in the back of everyone’s mind, “Should I prepare for the future, or live life as usual?”

      Many individuals ask this question on a daily basis. In fact, many are so bold as to predict when this collapse may happen, and to prepare accordingly. However, have you really thought about what a global economic collapse involves?

      The most predominate economic collapse that everyone thinks of, when the subject is brought up, is the Great Collapse of Wall Street during the 1920’s and 1930’s and the subsequent “Great Depression”. Yet, little does anyone take into account that more damaging, previous collapses took place.

      Previous collapses within western societies trace their roots all the way back to the age of antiquities within the Mediterranean. Many historians regard the collapse of the ancient Roman Empire, within the fourth and fifth centuries, a result of poor leadership. Although it is difficult to reach a conclusive verdict on why the Western Roman Empire fell, suffice is it to say that it was a long and complex process, made more difficult to understand by the patchy nature of proceeding decades of turmoil (War with Goths, Franks and Alamanni).

      If there was a simple answer, the Romans would surely have found it. The institution itself was not at fault, but the support it received from its commanders-in-chief, the Emperors, was often lacking.

      It is interesting to note that our “commander-in-chief”, President Barrack Hussein Obama, along with our nation’s most important institution – Congress, have often been lacking and have failed to support their constituents (as of March 15th, 2010, Rasmussen reports that 71% of Americans believe that Congress is doing a good job, while only 26% of Americans strongly approve of President Obama’s decisions).

      Our “modern-age” is no different when juxtaposed with the nadir of the Roman Empire. The French Revolution of 1789, the economic collapse following the War of 1812, the Panic of 1873, etc. can all be attributed to one commonality – debt exceeded revenue. The only factor that was missing from those eras, which our modern society is at the mercy of, is globalization. Thus, if one country falters a ripple effect can and will affect all others, including the so called “prosperous” nations.

      If we take a look at global debt it is truly shocking. Spending our way into prosperity first and foremost will not work, and will in fact lead to decades of pain. In fact, for year’s world renowned economists such as Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, Nouriel Roubini, and others, have been warning us of fiscal implosion due to Federal debt monetization with subsequent government controls in the form of Treasury bond interest, manipulated COMEX markets (recent former Goldman Sachs employee, turned whistleblower, has indicated for every ounce of tangible Silver, 100 ounces of paper has been issued – they simply cannot meet the demand if a large scale “call” was made), and other forms of capital control. Many may question the validity of this argument and the accuracy of the aforementioned economists. Yet, a simple browsing of Main Stream Media will show that they have been correct.





      Foreclosures on the rise, insolvent banks, third party bond and market “pumping” through the Fed, and un-employment are just a few aspects that they have correctly forecasted. This is especially true with un-employment. A country cannot regain prosperity if no one is working to buy the commodities that are either produced locally or are imported in.  Job cuts accelerated in March of 2010, surging to 61% with employers announcing plans to cut 67,611 jobs in March, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Simply put, without tangible “jobs” America CANNOT rise out of the ashes and once again lead her people to prosperity.

      What is even more disturbing is that the government has now taken control and ownership of auto manufacturers, national health care, and the student loan industry effectively removing banks and cutting revenue at around Billion dollars. However, the governments take over and control has not ended there. No, recently enacted Treasury laws have now closed the loop hole on expatriated money. Newly altered Internal Revenue Code, Chapter 4, Sections 1471-1474, has effectively implemented Global Capital Control enforcement for United States citizens.

      So severe is the current regimes law changes, that some pseudonym financial correspondents, such as “John Galt”, have indicated the following, “The precursor to most major shifts within western civilization have always been the restrictions placed on the flow of capital. Without going off into woo-woo land on you, all I can say is that this is a warning shot that something major is about to occur which further restricts the freedoms of the citizens of this once great nation. When I did my radio show, I warned that this one event, a key moment or marker in any nation’s history was something to be taken deadly seriously. In my opinion it means that a currency realignment or change or outright revocation of rights taken for granted was certain with a 90 day, maybe if we’re lucky, 180 day window.”

      As previously mentioned globalization is the “monkey wrench” in the economic machine. Historically, when a nation falters or defaults on its debt, the butterfly effect is tremendous, and defaults occur in waves.



      Let’s return to the question posed at the outset of this article, “Who should you believe, and should you be concerned?” The answer to this question is, “Yes” – you should be concerned, and believe the data as presented by key financial institutions and watch groups. With this in mind, preparing for the future is not only a wise but sound decision.

      How do you prepare? This question is tougher than one may think. An immeasurable amount of combinations are at play within a SHTF scenario. Should I invest in Gold or Silver? How about weapons, food, seeds, fiat money, and on and on this scenario plays out. A wise decision would be to have a small segment of each of the aforementioned items. Here is a small, but essential, list presented that you may find helpful from a Sarajevo war survivor, and though things may not deteriorate to this extreme, you must remember that anything is possible:

      From a Sarajevo War Survivor:

      Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a civil war, or economic deterioration – death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

      1. Stockpiling helps, but you never know how long trouble will last, so locate

      near renewable food sources.

      2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

      3. After awhile, even gold can lose its lustre. But there is no luxury in war

      quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.

      4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to

      do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

      5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without

      heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of

      the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs

      enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in

      bulk. Spam shelf life is 50 years.

      6. Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more

      valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival

      guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll

      have a lot of time on your hands.

      7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many

      people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of

      toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to

      lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

      8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches.

      As economic conditions continue to worsen, you can also expect an increase in desperation among your fellow humans. Protection in the form of weapons, money, food, and supplies, no matter if life continues as normal, is not a bad investment. Food and supplies continue to go up in price each day. So in reality buying a little extra today could actually save you money in the future. Plus, in the event that a catastrophic storm or even global economic meltdown occurs, you will have the necessary supplies to continue to live in the event of looting and mass chaos, as was seen in recent years – Katrina.

      So, how will you cope with the global economic collapse? It is our hope that you hope for the best, but prepare for the worst!

      Here are 100 items that Guns, Grub and Gold recommends that you have available to you, in the event that an “unforeseen” incident takes place. Regardless, preparation and reliance on yourself should remain key and within the forefront of your families survival within ANY event.


      1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)

      2. Water Filters/Purifiers

      3. Portable Toilets

      4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.

      5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)

      6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.

      7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.

      8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.

      9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar

      10. Rice – Beans – Wheat

      11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)

      12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)

      13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.

      16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.

      17. Survival Guide Book.

      18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)

      19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.

      20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)

      21. Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)

      22. Vitamins

      23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)

      24. Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products.

      25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)

      26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)

      27. Aluminium Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)

      28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)

      29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).

      30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

      31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)

      32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)

      33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)

      34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit

      35. Tuna Fish (in oil)

      36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)

      37. First aid kits

      38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)

      39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies

      40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)

      41. Flour, yeast & salt

      42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first

      43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators

      44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)

      45. Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts

      46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns

      47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)

      48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)

      49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc

      50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)

      51. Fishing supplies/tools

      52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams

      53. Duct Tape

      54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes

      55. Candles

      56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)

      57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags

      58. Garden tools & supplies

      59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies

      60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

      61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)

      62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)

      63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

      64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc

      65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats

      66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)

      67. Board Games, Cards, Dice

      68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer

      69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets

      70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)

      71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)

      72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

      73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)

      74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

      75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soup base

      76. Reading glasses

      77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

      78. “Survival-in-a-Can”

      79. Woollen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

      80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog

      81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)

      82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky

      83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

      84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)

      85. Lumber (all types)

      86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)

      87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s

      88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

      89. Lantern Hangers

      90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts

      91. Teas

      92. Coffee

      93. Cigarettes

      94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)

      95. Paraffin wax

      96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

      97. Chewing gum/candies

      98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)

      99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs

      100. Goats/chickens


      Guns, Grub and Gold March 2010 News Letter



      Financial planner / writer / computer scientist / survivalist

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      Cosmetic Products Packaging is a Highly Technical Field Involving the Latest in Industrial Science and Space Age Technology

      Cosmetic Products Packaging is a Highly Technical Field Involving the Latest in Industrial Science and Space Age Technology

      Azusa, CA – Businesses use a wide range of packaging on a daily basis but what most companies look for more than a simple plastic bottles manufacturer is a packaging company that will provide business solutions and innovative packaging at fair and competitive pricing.

      The variety of cosmetic products packaging takes on all kinds of shapes, sizes and functionalities. The list is endless; airless bottles, atomizers, foamer bottles, jars, tubes, sprayers, triggers, cans, canisters and droppers. The right package to hold a particular product has become far more complicated than in the early days of the industrial revolution when most liquids had to settle for a simple packing glass bottle container.

      The plastic bottles manufacturer industry is a very competitive business these days and the need to be a step ahead of the rest of the pack makes being innovative and knowledgeable in the newest technologies and chemical compounds a requirement for being successful. Changes in packaging materials along with fluctuating costs equates to a manufacturer being up to date in their development department as well as have the ability to maximize effective methods for producing highly sustainable products.

      Adding to the mix of fiscal management and manufacturing efficiency is the need to incorporate more green technologies in the every day products. One such company that has been successful at balancing the many levels of the industry is Arminak-Associates.

      A leader in plastic bottles manufacturing and cosmetic products packaging, Arminak has introduced an elegant line of Cosmetics Packaging made from a renewable, biodegradable polymer. This new green process significantly lowers the carbon foot print when compared to more traditional petroleum based plastic resin and provides for a better recyclable product that still maintains its high sustainability.

      “You don’t have to compromise aesthetics or performance to satisfy customer demands for environmentally friendly packaging.”

      Everyday millions of consumers lift, tote, and carry a huge selection of plastic containers with an equal variety of items inside. Since the introduction of plastics in the early 20th century people have been relying on the different kinds of packaging that plastics can be formed into. Each year new polymers are discovered and with each new application comes a new challenge for both the manufacturing industry and the products company that uses them.

      But without the innovative resourcefulness of companies like Arminak & Associates the world of convenience and simplicity would become a battle ground over how to provide cost effective packaging without hurting the budget or sacrificing the planet.

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