Fun & Ecofriendly Uses for Plastic Bags

Fun & Ecofriendly Uses for Plastic Bags

Plastic bags find themselves reincarnated in a million different ways. So here’s a list of uses, not necessarily in any sort of order of usefulness.

1. Make a purse out of them by sewing a bunch of them together
2. Use them as small trash can liners
3. Use them as containers for soiled diapers
4. Use them as containers for used cat litter
4. Use them as a container for dog poop retrieved out of the yard by turning the bag inside-out, putting your hand in it like a make-shift glove and grabbing the poop. Once you’ve grabbed the poop, use your other hand to turn the bag right side out and the poop will magically be inside the bag. Be sure to use a bag that doesn’t have any holes in it!!!!!
5. Use them as mattress stuffing
6. Use them as pillow stuffing
7. Use them as packing material in lieu of the dreaded white foam peanut
8. Tear a piece of the bag off and use it a seal before screwing a cap back onto a bottle or jar that might decide to leak
9. Use them as a food-stain-proof cook book cover
10. Use large plastic bags to keep lawn furniture covered
11. Use them as small-but-handy lawn clean-up bags
12. Use them to store wet beach towels in
14. Use them as luggage when traveling. Use the Wally World smiley-faced bags as matched luggage for that extra designer touch…
15. Use them as you would a rubber glove when you don’t have rubber gloves handy
16. Use them to carry large amounts of mail in
17. Use them to help make a credit card or other magnetic stripped card swipe when the card by itself won’t swipe by putting it inside the bag. Not sure why this one works but it does. I see people do it in truck stops constantly.
18. Use them as a kite to keep a kid (or yourself) amused
19. Use them to catch stray paint droplets when you are painting
20. Use them as flags
21. Use a solid white one tied onto a pole as a truce flag
22. Use a solid white one tied to your car antenna or rolled up in a road-facing window when you are parked on the side of the road in case your car breaks down
23. Use them as rubber boots to keep your feet dry
24. Use them as back packs for kids by putting their arms through the handles
25. Use them as socks
26. Use them as a doggie bag when you are in a restaurant and want to take a piece of chicken home with you in a purse or pocket
27. Use them to store dirty clothes in when you are traveling
28. Use them as a shoe-horn when trying on shoes at a garage sale
29. Use them to protect the plaster cast so you can take a shower after you break your foot
30. Use them as diapers
31. Use them as bandages
32. Use them as freezer bags
33. Use them to wrap up leftovers to keep them from drying out in the refrigerator
34. Use them as bread bags for homemade bread made in an electric bread maker
35. Use large ones to cover clothes in a closet or while traveling to keep the clothes clean
36. Use large ones to slip over ceiling fan blades when cleaning the blades to catch the dust and keep it from falling on the floor
37. Use them as a toy parachute
38. Use them as handy sick bags when someone is sick to their stomach…
39. Use one to wrap your lunch sandwiches in to keep it from getting soggy in a cooler with other items that might sweat
40. Use a small one as a rain bonnet
41. Use a big one as a raincoat
42. Put them on your wiper blades and mirrors in the winter to keep them free from snow and ice
43. Use them as a cheap collectable — nearly everyone seems to collect plastic bags either in their home or car or both
44. Use one to hold your clothespins when you are hanging your clothes out to dry
45. Use them as a trash can
46. Store your shoes in plastic bags when you have them inside your suitcase to keep from making the rest of your clothing stink like your smelly feet
48. Use one to carry popcorn in
49. Store wet paint brushes in them after you’ve washed out the paintbrush
50. Use them to store rags in
51. Use them as inexpensive home insulation
52. Use them when re-upholstering boat seats between the foam padding and the vinyl upholstery to make the seats semi-water proof
53. Use them to put used oil filters in to keep them from contaminating the rest of the trash
54. Use them as flexible molds for the spray foam that hardens to fill in holes in walls, etc.
56. Use them as a porta-potty liner
57. Use them for emergency toilet paper
58. Use them for emergency tissue paper
59. Use them to carry your purchases home…
60. Use them as emergency socks
61. Use them as emergency underwear
62. Use them as an emergency barf bag
63. Weave them into an inexpensive rug!!!!

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Eco-friendly and Land Use of Policy Issues on Floriculture in J&k

Eco-friendly and Land Use of Policy Issues on Floriculture in J&k

 

Agricultural Production has entered new era of competitive-low-cost production oriented enterprise. The cost-benefit ratio decide the mode of Farming. Global marketing needs some charges at base level. Farmers have to be cost conscious and need new strategies of mixing various farming option like Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock husbandry and Floriculture activities. A new model for incorporating all these fields in a co-friendly mode is discussed.

Agricultural research and development in current millinium has assumed global prospective. Our farm productive strategies revolve around new themes as :

More economic Agri-Production farming rather than increased production.

More sustainable and eco-friendly Farming rather than what was chemical warfare Farming of yester years.


Thus new concerns are:


Eco-friendly land use. This advocates mixed farming ,

i.e a combine of :


Crop

Livestock

Agro-forestry

Aquaculture

Horticulture

Floriculture


and allied farming sectors. Farming akin to land and agro-climatic conditions. Farming with limited pressures on water, land and environment of the area. This is why floriculture is important.


Needs:


 

Appropriate mixed technology in tune with natural resources. An agricultural mission for efficient Resource management, bridging gap between current farm yield and potential Farm yield. Use of bio-technology and bio-informatics for identification of economically viable cropping options and combinations. We should talk of Eco-conducive-germplasm-base instead of high productive – germplasm, uncompetable to our natural resources.


Economic Farming means cost effective use of


 

Soil, Water resources, Without air/water pollution

It would sustain productivity of natural resources, crop rotation and integrated use of plant nutrients, may too be accommodated in cropping ventures. The chemical fertilizers are to be replaced by use of agricultural waste materials, Plant residues, Dal weeds, left out materials, post harvest wastes, green manure, rainy season weeds or abundant vegetation, green weeds, city drains, human excreta, animal manure, forest wastes, agriculture left out substances, bio-mass, bio-fertilizers, stall wastes & even pigeon beats etc.

Nutrient cycling system has to be evolved by Analysis of each agro-climatic zone lands. The integrated nutrient management system, has to be evolved.

A new, refined, Govt-agri policy is needed. New Institution support system, excellent marketing networks are to be proposed. For efficient land use we must wed traditional wisdom with improved technology, farmers training and profitable endproducts. This would plead for:

Use of information technology to increase profits from overall farming; cropping, animal aquaculture etc. Analysis of available data on processing, production and its documentation for use in project preparation, policy formulation is a basic necessity. A new sensitive laboratory facility is envisioned for input and output quality assessment.

Agriculture of today does not mean more production at environment cost but efficient and economic production, within environmental safeguards.

Our 65% population employment base is agriculture & its allied sectors like livestock etc. The needs are:

Food and environment security

Employment generation

Economic and asthelic taste.

We are in a phase of cultural and economic transit. This transformation Process brings,

New livelihood options,

New production & utilization system

Changed life styles & cultural habits

I do not know how many of us know about USDA’s national Arboretum of Washington DC A 444 acre arboretum now has dropped pesticide use by 75% during 1992-96. They call it new land scope pest Management (NL PM).

It was simple spot spraying i.e spray right where it is needed, i.e on diseased twig or branch or plant and only if it is needed.

This shift from blanket spraying to selected sprays saved 75% of pesticide cost, other saving were through reduced labour cost and eco-risk factors. We need safe equipments and labour health monitoring and analysis of data.

Another area which need attention is use of less toxic pesticides. We call them bio-rational pesticides. They reduced cost by 12-32% and consists of Horticulture oils insecticidal soaps ,insect growth regulators and predators.

Planning for less use of chemical pesticides is called landscapes integrated pest management. LIPM is different from IPM as garden has more plants by species. Their age, health-differs from monocrops like paddy or maize etc.

In a landscape garden, small-hundreds of plant species exists compared to single species, many plants in corn farm or paddy farm. Here in landscape 1 PM thrushold is aesthetic not economic. It is personnel and lovable flowers who need care. The hobby keeper pain thrushold is involved here yield or economic is on bottom line.

Here longevity of problem is a concern and consideration like off season disease, cull plants are to be considered. Here livelihood gardens are not involved like nursery owners. Therefore, more vigilant system is to be used like


Scouting, Consultants, Use of predators— 20-50 mites, Or eggs

 

Few examples

Conifers have less pest problem but more management is needed through Scouting pruning, Removal, Replacement or Oil sprays release of predatory mites. New floriculture introductions like Bonsai have Low-to-non-existant threshold because they live under stress so more vulnerable to pest damage. Now other important aspects like medicinal plants need technological refinement and improvement. We have some species needing improvement like patris (Aconilum heterophyllen), Bazer bharg Hyocyamus negar, Kambai (Solanim nigrum), Datura (straminium spp.), Kahzaban – (Arenebia benthami), Bunafsha- (viola indica), Nunposh -(vodovata), Thethvan- (artemisia maritime), A.absinthuim Handh (Taraxacum afficinale), Koth (S.lappa) (Rhizoma) insect repeller , Isbandth (Peganim harmale), Kawdach (berberis lycuim cholera), wan wangun purgative (rhizone). Nunar (Portulaca oleraca) Lissa (chenopoduim botrys), sotsal (malva neglecta) sazaposh (alcea rosea). Another important aspect perfumes like kuth (sansurea lappa), rhizome (Ater salix aegyptiaca) male fower essence, gogal dhup (jurinea ceratocepra) (roots), kandij (morina longi folia), kasture (pedicularis breviflia), rhizomes (cyperus rotundus), are important medicinal plants.

We talk of trainings for Information analysis, monitoring disaster, Management floods droughts. Use of remote sensing and Global positioning system is needed. We in developing countries in future will have Industrial expansion, economic security. We need improved varieties, their rapid propagation through biotechnological use.

This is where we talk now of molecular farming, using biotechnology for more transgenic flowers, commercial floriculture, modification of flower colours.


Floriculture extension needs:


Farmer’s professional envisioning

Empowerment and ownership

Assured and quick profits

What is need a kit package

Social profiling of

Problems, Area , Appropriate tools and Feed back.

We need Analysis of Life philosophy, Cosmic relationship, Cultural practices

Moral Revitalization, Caring and sharing, RRL Introduced some. New varieties of Bacopa mo “Celery” Apium spp.

More studies on Cercis siliguastrujm, Judas tree cutting is needed.ICAR Horticulture Institute has 40 hybrids hippeastrum, 35 gerbera spp, 12 orchids, 130 Gladiolus, 4 Marigold and other lilium etc.

What have we done except some preliminary work on gladiolus application of growth regulation on Rosa damascera.

We said Maximum flowering production Flower weight was more.

Fox glove NPK studies, 75 : 25: 25 kg/ha gave maximum foliage. Gladiolus 100 : 50 : 50 kg/ha, Gave better floral characters.

Skill and knowledge are to be developed and spread, for more Economic success. We need to have propriatory and patent rights of our flowers, scents and species.

We need more discoveries, writings, artistic workers, product designers.


New issues in science are:


Patent writing (Haldi /Basmati). Research needs to incorporate Farmers,

Industry, Business houses in patenting our products.

Develop data base for patent formulations.

We need replacement of top down planning with gross root planning. More farmer’s participation reduced risks losses, healthy environment.

Research in past centered on improved seeds, irrigation, chemical use. We witnessed green revolution, freedom from hunger, but harmed environment.

Extension has to be First ranking scientific persuit. Our polity should be Independent and self conscious farmers, with records of annual balances, gains and losses, risks and benefits


Challenge:


Bring self- reliant proud farmer trained & Well versed in Agri-business.

I do not profess any revolution overnight on floriculture sector in J&K but what is needed at the moment shall be gross-root and top down interaction i.e Farmer- scientist – field –farmer- interaction.

NGO – policy maker awareness which is what we have aimed by proposing training programmes in SAMETI.

 



Abstract:

Prof. M. D. Wani is Director Extension Education, SKUAST – K, Shalimar Srinagar and Director SAMETI, J & K.

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8 Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

8 Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

Today I was in a local toy store and saw a lunch box for children with a sticker price of …honestly, what’s that all about?  Do people really pay for a lunch box?  I don’t care if that lunch box lasts me all year; I’m still not going to pay for it! 

Truth be told, if we all take a step back in our own homes, we will find a few different options we can use right there to pack lunches every day; we just need to get creative!

FYI-follow these tips for money saving and eco- friendly lunch packing tips:

1-Reuse baskets, tin cookie containers, gift bags or small coolers as lunch boxes.

2-Purchase small ice packs to keep lunches cool and from spoiling OR freeze water in a plastic water bottle, leaving ½” head room, and use to keep lunch cool.  The extra bonus is the ice will be melting and will provide your child with fresh and cool water at lunch.

3-Instead of plastic baggies, purchase wax eco-friendly bags, or reusable nylon snack or sandwich bags.

4-Utilize a small, flat plastic container or Wrap-n-Mat for sandwiches or wraps.

5-Small glass jam jars work really great for everything from cut vegetables to yogurt to trail mix.

6-Send along a cloth napkin for use as napkin and/or placemat.

7-Stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottles replace the need for juice boxes or sugared drinks.

8-Send a little love note from home in your child’s lunchbox.  If he/she can’t read, a small picture or smiley face will do the trick.

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Nichi Hirsch Kuechle supports moms during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond as a health coach, craniosacral therapist and birth & postpartum doula in Minneapolis.   She publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter called Natural Family, which offers tips, ideas and resources for naturally raising your children.  She also teaches a variety of live and virtual workshops.  You can get Nichi’s New Parent Tool Kit, for free, by going to: http://www.myhealthybeginning.com

 

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Demand for eco-friendly items is still on the rise

Demand for eco-friendly items is still on the rise

Comparison-shopping for just the right product now includes a demand for the lowest carbon footprint.

When shoppers are given choices, for example, many say that eco-friendly products are a meaningful way to make an individual contribution to the good health of the planet.

“If that many people come together and act on their convictions to reduce chemicals and contaminants from reaching landfill, it’s going to make such a difference to protecting our land, air, and waterways,” says Steve Matyas, president of office supplies retailer, Staples Canada.

Recycling is a continuous service at Staples where handy, in-store bins for used ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries and unwanted cell phones, make it easy to discard these toxic items.

“And in keeping with this commitment, our stores have also stocked the shelves with at least 2,000 eco-friendly products,” Matyas continued. “As a low-cost retailer, it’s important for us to weigh value alongside our environmental impact. The answer was to give Canadian shoppers a lot of choice in sustainable products and supplies.”

Details about these items are available online at www.staples/environmentfrom/community. Here’s a snapshot of just a few:

• Eco-friendly notebooks by Staples, made from 80 percent bagasse, a sugarcane waste by product. The bagasse line also uses eco-conscious vegetable and water-based inks for printing.

• Exercise books by Hilroy are made from 30 percent post-consumer waste and environmentally friendly ink.

• Scissors byWestcot KleenEarth have green handles made from 70 percent recycled plastic. And, the microband handles also have antibacterial protection against the growth of germs.

• Eco Easyreport covers by Staples are not only reusable, they are made with a starch-based cellulose and that makes them biodegradable.

• Chipboard binders by Avery are made 100 per cent recycled chipboard.

“Perhaps of equal importance, our company goal is to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all brand packaging by the fall of 2010,” Matyas said. “Customers tell us they want the most eco-friendly products available, so this year we’ve taken the initiative to develop PVC-free packaging. Once in place, shoppers can be confidant about this environmental contribution with any Staples item they buy.”

Comparison-shopping for just the right product now includes a demand for the lowest carbon footprint.

When shoppers are given choices, for example, many say that eco-friendly products are a meaningful way to make an individual contribution to the good health of the planet.

“If that many people come together and act on their convictions to reduce chemicals and contaminants from reaching landfill, it’s going to make such a difference to protecting our land, air, and waterways,” says Steve Matyas, president of office supplies retailer, Staples Canada.

Recycling is a continuous service at Staples where handy, in-store bins for used ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries and unwanted cell phones, make it easy to discard these toxic items.

“And in keeping with this commitment, our stores have also stocked the shelves with at least 2,000 eco-friendly products,” Matyas continued. “As a low-cost retailer, it’s important for us to weigh value alongside our environmental impact. The answer was to give Canadian shoppers a lot of choice in sustainable products and supplies.”

Details about these items are available online at www.staples/environmentfrom/community. Here’s a snapshot of just a few:

• Eco-friendly notebooks by Staples, made from 80 percent bagasse, a sugarcane waste by product. The bagasse line also uses eco-conscious vegetable and water-based inks for printing.

• Exercise books by Hilroy are made from 30 percent post-consumer waste and environmentally friendly ink.

• Scissors byWestcot KleenEarth have green handles made from 70 percent recycled plastic. And, the microband handles also have antibacterial protection against the growth of germs.

• Eco Easyreport covers by Staples are not only reusable, they are made with a starch-based cellulose and that makes them biodegradable.

• Chipboard binders by Avery are made 100 per cent recycled chipboard.

“Perhaps of equal importance, our company goal is to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all brand packaging by the fall of 2010,” Matyas said. “Customers tell us they want the most eco-friendly products available, so this year we’ve taken the initiative to develop PVC-free packaging. Once in place, shoppers can be confidant about this environmental contribution with any Staples item they buy.”

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Eco-Friendly Trade Show Displays: Easy Ways To Be Environmentally Conscious At Your Next Event

Eco-Friendly Trade Show Displays: Easy Ways To Be Environmentally Conscious At Your Next Event

Eco-chic isn’t just a trend; being kind to the earth has an enduring effect that will last much longer than your current trade show displays. Although going green is a great idea for all aspects of life, it’s also a great selling point for current clients and new customers alike. When you show them how green your company is, they’re more likely to want to buy from you. The key is to take small steps to become more ecologically responsible, and then think of creative ways to show that at your trade show exhibits.

Eco Consciousness Begins With Packing Your Trade Show Exhibits

One of the most wasteful parts of a convention is the amount of packing material used in the shipping process. Although shipping can be hazardous for any unit, the waste generated by unpacking and doing nothing to reuse or recycle the materials is much more hazardous to the environment. If your company regularly uses packing peanuts and cardboard to ship your stands, there is a lot that you can do to reduce your impact.

First, you can almost always recycle your packaging. Even if you just bring a big box to store all your packing peanuts, it’s a good first step. Remember, you’ll need that packing material again to ship everything home. Why not save it? The same goes for your cardboard. You can continue to reuse these materials for your next trip. There’s no reason to throw them away.

Eco-Friendly Giveaways At Your Trade Show Displays

Another big waste comes in the form of most giveaways. Much as they’re a great way to increase publicity for your trade show booths, they’re also a big drain on the environment. This fix is a simple one: get them from a company that uses recycled, sustainable materials. You’d be surprised how many products now have a green version, and common convention giveaways like bags and pens are no exception. You may pay a slightly higher price per item, but in the end, the extra expense will be well worth it. Your customers will enjoy knowing that their chosen business partner is also helping save the planet.

Consider Renting Trade Show Booths Rather Than Buying

In some cases, purchasing trade show displays rather than renting them can have a negative impact on the environment. The obvious exceptions are trade show booths which are made from sustainable materials, like bamboo. For most other units, however, sustainable craftsmanship isn’t really an option yet, and just the process of making them takes a lot of resources.

For these types of exhibits, green companies often choose to rent rather than buy. If you are particularly eco-conscious, renting an exhibit might be the best decision for you. However, if you are looking for a more permanent option, see what can be done to make your display more sustainable.

Think Outside The Box

Part of being eco-friendly is finding new ways to change things so you’re doing the right thing for the environment. While this guide offers suggestions, it’s ultimately up to your company to find new, innovative ways to make these ideas your own. Don’t think about what visitors will see when they come to your trade show exhibits; think about what will actually make a difference. When being green really becomes a philosophy, your visitors will notice, and your numbers will improve accordingly.

Chris Harmen writes for Skyline, the local distributor of trade show displays in Miami. Businesses love how durable and stylish Skyline’s Miami trade show booths are and how eco-friendly they can be.

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Is your Home Office Eco-friendly?

Is your Home Office Eco-friendly?

Most of us are pretty diligent about recycling every week. For some of us, the kitchen scraps go to the composter, and glass, plastic and cans are all separated. That’s great for the kitchen, but what about the rest of the house? What most don’t realize is the home office offers a huge opportunity for eco-friendly living, but largely goes ignored.

Many don’t think twice of using high quality non-recycled paper, or tossing ink cartridges and old electronics in the garbage. Leaving a computer on overnight seems innocent enough until you multiply that energy use by millions of households.

The three main home office offenders are energy waste, paper consumption and hazardous waste. Here are some tips to make your home office a little more eco-friendly.

Put your electronics to bed at night. Connect your computer, speakers, fax, printer, etc. to a power bar and turn them all off with the flick of a switch at the end of the day. It’s a common misconception that you should leave a computer on all night. There is a peak in the power when you turn it on, but nothing compared to what it uses over a 24 hour period.

Opt for a laptop. Not only do these have the benefit of being portable, laptops consume one-eighth the power of a desktop computer. Imagine if everyone in a household all had their own computers, they still wouldn’t use the energy of one bulky desktop.

Go for the flat screen. An LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or flat screen monitor uses less than half the energy of the traditional CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors. Not to mention that they are easier to read, lighter and cause less eye strain.

Reuse & recycle. I had a friend who used to save any of her junk mail that was still in good condition and when doing simple printing jobs, she would use the blank side of those pages. It was such a simple concept that made so much sense, and worked great for those quick map or recipe print outs.

Save and reuse paper clips, elastics and push pins, and use rechargeable batteries and refillable toner cartridges.

For your garbage paper, keep a recycling bin next to your desk for handy use. Keep another bin nearby for expired rechargeable batteries, old inkjet and toner cartridges, or electronics. Once you have a collection built up, take them back to any Staples Business Depot for recycling.

Dead batteries should be saved and dropped off at your local waste depot for safe disposal. That corrosive acid they contain will seep out into the environment if left in a landfill site.

When buying paper, read the labels. What most people don’t realize is that much of the paper we use every day comes from old-growth forests. When you read the labels on the packages, look for: 100% recycled ( your 1st choice); or minimum FFC certification, which means the paper was made from trees grown in a sustainably managed forest.

Switch to fluorescent bulbs. A fluorescent bulb uses 2/3 less energy than a common incandescent bulb. When you add up all the bulbs in the house, that energy savings translates into saved dollars!

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Go Green With Eco-Friendly Sports Bottles

Go Green With Eco-Friendly Sports Bottles

Medical professionals and health care experts always tell us to hydrate and that is to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Most of us are all on the go whether at school or at work and even at home. Most people today are always on the move here and there so it’s easy for us to not drink the recommended amount of water daily. That is why most people carry water bottles with them so that they can quench their thirst even while waiting in line at the bank or at the supermarket or just sitting in the office. Today, water bottles not only come in trendy designs and cool utility functions, they are also made to be eco-friendly. Eco-friendly sports bottles are increasingly becoming popular as they are reliable, durable and green compared to plastic water bottles.

Some of the most trusted brands in eco-friendly sports bottles is Nalgene. Nalgene is a US made, reasonably priced sport bottle that is ever popular among sportsmen women, as well as among office workers and soccer moms. Nalgene has a new line of sports bottles that are BPA free. Among the bottles, the Tritan Wide-Mouth Everyday bottle is the hottest selling in the line and it can hold enough water to keep you hydrated on a coast-to-coast flight or for a full day at the office. The mouth of the bottle is large enough to accommodate ice cubes and Nalgene sells a variety of accessories such as pop-up sports cap. The bottle retails are .50.

Another innovative design in sports bottles that are environmentally friendly are the Camelbak Better bottles. These bottles are designed to not spill thanks to its “flip, bite-n-sip” design, even when the flip lock is left open. These types of bottles are ideal for situations where there is a lot of movement such as driving or drinking while on the move. The Camelbak is also made with BPA free plastic and has a sporty design which comes with a bottle-top loop that can be clipped with a carabiner to a backpack. Consumers have a choice in colors and patterns such as argyle and hounds tooth for a more urban feel. This bottle retails for to depending on its liter.

Some companies have taken the humble sports bottle to a whole new level by incorporating hip designs and cool extra features and the Sigg Traveler takes the cup. Sigg, is considered hip as it is the popular choice among celebrities and eco-stars such as the Dave Matthews Band. Sigg is from a Swiss company and they have been in the business of making lightweight, recycled-aluminum bottles for a hundred years. The Sigg is lightweight and has a coating that prevents aluminum from secreting the contents. Up to its name, the Sigg Traveler is uber- trendy and lightweight and comes two sizes and a variety colors. The designs range from classic to simple steel. Unlike the Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth, the Sigg Traveller has a small opening that cant fit in ice cubes but is great for warm beverages as the sports bottle is metal. Sigg offers a carrying pouch and even a new hot-beverage Sigg as well as a specially designed brush and cleaning tablets for cleaning. The price retails at .99 (0.6 liter); .99 (1 liter).

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Eco-Friendly Fashion Trends 2010

Eco-Friendly Fashion Trends 2010

Eco-friendly fashion is a hot trend. And you don’t have to sacrifice style or pay an arm and a leg to get eco-friendly trendy clothes. In this article we will talk about what is eco-friendly fashion, some eco-friendly fashion trends and designers that are offering stylish and affordable eco-friendly fashion clothing.

Different people define eco-friendly fashion differently but some of the key elements to eco-friendly fashion are materials and processes used by designers and manufacturers that are friendly to you and the earth. This may include materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, flax and hemp, among others that are biodegradable. Or use of processes that are organically safe and eco-friendly. For example, organic cotton production processes do not use pesticides that can harm your health or the planet’s health. Eco-friendly fashion trends also include packaging that is eco-friendly.

The benefits of eco-friendly fashion are not only long term value to the environment but it could have short-term health value to the user. Conventional clothing dyes and garment finishes can cause a wide variety of health problems from skin rashes, headaches, nausea and fatigue. Symptoms could include red cheeks and ears, dark circles under the eye and learning or behavior problems.

What’s hot in eco-friendly fashion? Use of eco-friendly silk, organic cotton and bamboo is hot. Although what gets branded as organic and ethical for silk depends on the type of silkworm used, and whether the silk-worm is killed as a by-product of the harvesting. Increasingly eco-friendly fashion designers are using natural color cottons, wools and other material to create outfits or vegetable dyes that are safer to make and use. Bamboo organic fabric is becoming quite trendy. Clothing made of bamboo organic fibers are robust and durable as denim even as it is soft and smooth as fine silk. Bamboo organic clothing can provide other benefits such as removing moisture and bacteria from the skin.

Talking about eco-friendly designers, Shubrah Designs at shubrah.com is solely focused on eco-friendly fashions. Designer Shubhra Chandra seeks to blend east and west seamlessly into a trendy line of casual tees and evening looks. She believes in natural fabrics and responsible and sustainable business practices.

Natalie Portman has teamed up with Tony Shoe Line to create designer shoes made of alternative materials. As she says, “This collection offers a great selection without compromising quality or style”. Stella McCartney has created a collection called “Green Collection” using only organic materials. She also tries to use eco-friendly material and processes throughout her various collections.

All-in-all, eco-friendly fashion trends are becoming more mainstream with each passing day. Countless haute couture designers are already successfully incorporating eco-friendly designs into their catwalk shows and my bet is that this trend is here to stay.

To know more about various eco-friendly designers, please search for eco friendly fashion online! You can find more details on Shubrah Designs at www.shubrah.com and you can read her blog at http://shubrah.blogspot.com/.

Lisa Seth has been involved with the apparel industry for last few years. Organic clothing is an exciting part of the apparel industry and is being promoted because it’s our responsibility to use & promote environmental friendly clothing range.

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Making our skies eco-friendly with more carbon offsets and energy-efficient techniques

Making our skies eco-friendly with more carbon offsets and energy-efficient techniques

Does your environmentally-friendly conscience prevent you from enjoying your trip? If you’re worried about all the wasted energy and CO2 pollution taking place during travel, think again. Although we are a long way off from planes being powered solely by solar or wind energy, there are still ways to offset the negative effects of flying. The good news is that you can help make your trips as “unpolluted” as possible, from beginning to end, by following a few simple steps:

Try booking direct flights. They may be a bit more expensive but a giant energy saver since the most amount of fuel is utilized during takeoff and landing. Think of all the extra time you’ll be saving as well by avoiding layovers.

Chose airlines which make significant efforts towards green travel whether by utilizing newer, energy-saving airplanes or working towards cutting flight times.

Do your best to always pack light and remember to put the travel size toiletries into reusable containers instead of packages. When you have too many bags not only do you waste more time checking in during departure and at baggage claim upon arrival, but the extra weight on the plane engages the engines that much more, thereby causing it to utilize more fuel. Our goal is exactly the opposite.

Consider taking public transportation to and from the airport instead of your own car or taxi. A bus is like carpooling. It saves cash, pre-trip aggravation, and most importantly energy. It also gives you the opportunity to pass on your green-travel ideas.

Water is always a must so precisely for this reason plan to invest in a water bottle. It will come in handy during air travel. Ask the flight attendant to refill your bottle en-route instead of using plastic cups.

Forming a bond with your destinations and becoming loyal to them will ensure their future. Make plans to revisit your favorite places. Your support will help keep them just as they are.

At the end of each trip, think about ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Become a member of a tree-planting project, start investing in wind energy, purchase a carbon calculator, sponsor green activities and donate to eco-friendly causes. Impart useful information to your fellow tourists. There’s plenty of time before, during, and after your trip to discuss ways in which you’ve contributed to saving the environment. Set an example for others and this too will be a part of your carbon offset.

Caring about the environment does not have to impede your travel plans in any way. Now that your conscience is clear go ahead and book your next getaway. Plan ahead and make the right decisions before and during your trip and aim to reduce your carbon footprint afterwards. So relax, visit your favorite place, and spread your positive, eco-friendly influence all over.

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Eco-Friendly Nappy Use: Nappies – 3 Ways to Use Disposable Nappies in an Eco Friendly Way

Eco-Friendly Nappy Use: Nappies – 3 Ways to Use Disposable Nappies in an Eco Friendly Way

Eco-Friendly Nappy Use: Nappies – 3 Ways to Use Disposable Nappies in an Eco Friendly Way

Can disposable nappies ever be eco-friendly?

Eco-friendly Nappy Use: How ‘green’ are the nappies your baby wears?

Yes! When using disposable nappies you have choices that will reduce the carbon footprint of your family. A ‘hybrid’ stash will ease your eco-conscience – easily! In a moment we’ll look at 3 ways of using disposable nappies in a more eco-friendly way. (+1)

Of course you don’t think about landfill when using a disposable nappy on your baby; however we all know that this is less than optimal. When you roll out your wheelie bin full of smelly nappies, your eco-conscience does a little cringe…

As we are all busy, we don’t always have the time to research our options, and your Mum said that cloth nappies are such hard work, right? How can you reduce that environmental impact of using disposable nappies, and easily?

Let’s Consider 3 Ways to Use Your Disposables in a More Eco-Friendly Way.

1. Pre-cycle Your Disposable Nappies.

Pre-cycling is simply preventing excess waste coming into your home. When Using disposable nappies, the best way to do this is to buy in bulk! Bulk buying means less packaging waste, less to and fro shopping trips and the added benefit of a discount or special price.

2. Use Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies.

Yes, there are disposable nappies you can bury in your garden to turn into rich soil. There are varieties you can add to a worm farm or compost. Others have ‘earth friendlier’ components. Still more can be ripped open and flushed down the toilet. What if you bought a bag of more eco friendly disposables now and then?

3. Empty Wet Nappies into Your Garden.

Simply, the guts of each nappy is a gentle fertilizer. Emptying the nappy and scratching it in, covering it with mulch actually adds the same water retaining crystals that you can buy to help drought proof your garden. Then, a fraction of the usual waste amount goes into the bin. What if you did this with one each day? Watch your garden grow. If you are feeling squeamish, think of all that manure or blood and bone you add to your soil, use gloves and wash your hands!

What’s the +1? Hybridising Your Stash, Starting With 1 Modern Cloth Nappy.

A hybrid stash includes regular disposable nappies, eco-friendly disposable nappies, and modern cloth nappies. Just like a hybrid car, it combines old and new, mixes different types to give you the most flexibility, and best of all, the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint. The ‘modern’ cloth nappy is different. It is shaped, it has simple fastenings, it doesn’t need soaking, and you have control over how big or small its environmental impact is. We have washing machines these days, too. They are simple to use. Especially if you start with just one. One ‘green’ nappy...

With a hybrid stash, you can begin your baby’s life on a foundation of growing sustainability.

As you discover more, all the tips and tricks, you’ll naturally raise a ‘lower carbon’ baby. Your conscience will earn great eco karma, and you will encourage those around you to start with one green nappy too.

Here’s your challenge:

If you acted on one of these ideas, which would be the best for your family? Buying your next lot as bulk disposables, grabbing a bag of eco friendly disposables each month, Emptying the occasional ‘convenience’ nappy under the bushes in the backyard and covering it with mulch, or Looking into hybridising your nappy stash, starting with one washable, reusable, modern cloth nappy?

And now Charndra invites you to win a modern cloth nappy on My Green Nappy, by registering to play in the regular giveaways held on this informative and popular site.

You’ll discover great tips, secrets to finding bargains, and everything you need to know about green nappies and using any sort of nappy in a more environmentally friendly way.

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