Reusable Shopping bags in; store’s plastic ?T-shirt bags’ on way out

Reusable Shopping bags in; store’s plastic ?T-shirt bags’ on way out

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The single-use plastic bag could be an endangered shopping species. The thin plastic bag with handles is under pressure from municipal bag bans and a growing number of retailers who are encouraging shoppers to bring your own reusable bags.

Anew industry has sprung up that’s churning out reusable bags made from recycled water bottles and other more eco friendly materials, and is poised to profit from the passing of the traditional plastic bag.

Dan Sabbah, president of global Design Concepts in New York, is one executive predicting the days of the plastic bag are numbered. “Plastic bags are quickly going the way of extinction,” Sabbah said.

“Retailers are getting ahead of this curve, Sabbah said. “I don’t believe anyone thinks this is going to go away. This is going to be the wave of the future.” Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest grocery and retail chain, has pledged to cut its plastic shopping bag waste by 33 percent- or 9 billion bags a year- by 2013. This year it began a bag-free trial in California, eliminating them at three stores there. Swedish furniture company IKEA and organic grocer Whole Foods Market Inc. stores banished them in 2008.

Target Corp. in April handed out 1.5 million reusable bags in honor of Earth Day. The discount retailer gives shoppers a 5-cent rebate for every time they use one of their own reusable bags instead of a new plastic one.

An organization that represents plastic bag makers argues, however, that the future of plastic bags will be one of rebirth and recycling, not R.I.P.

“Reports of the death of the plastic bag are greatly exaggerated,” said Shari Jackson, director of the Progressive Bag Affiliates, an association representing the major U.S. makers of plastic bags and plastic-bag recyclers.

“There’s another side- the recycling side- that is just not being told, and it’s growing,” Jackson said. The PBA has set an industry goal to achieve 40 percent recycled content in all bags made by its member companies by 2015. In 2008, Jackson said, more than 832 million pounds of bags and other plastic films were recycled and most retail chains have bins for recycling bags. Recycled bags are being used to make composite deck materials, fencing, shopping carts, containers and new bags, she said.

Supporters of the reusable bags say they hold much more than the typical t-shirt bag and because they are woven out of recycled plastics, they also can be tossed in a recycling bin when they wear out. Most retailers sell the basic reusable bags for about . Wal-Mart jumped on the reusable bags bandwagon in a big way in 2007, cutting its bag price to 50 cents.

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Real World Self Defense – Using the Ninja’s 5 Primary Weapon Types in Your Shopping Bag!

Real World Self Defense – Using the Ninja’s 5 Primary Weapon Types in Your Shopping Bag!

One of the most important lessons that you could ever learn about real-world self defense can be found in the Ninja’s unorthodox self-protection methods. It’s the skill of thinking and acting “outside the box!”

This article focuses on the ability to see anything as a potential weapon in your own defense. So, read on and join me for a day at the grocery store. Ninja-style!

Can you imagine being out at the store on your day off? The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day, when suddenly there he is… the mugger who wants your money!

What do you do?

You’ve got your gun in the glove compartment, and your shuriken back at the dojo. All you have in your hand is a grocery bag full of food!

Follow me through the recesses of your grocery bag, as we back up to create necessary space and time – put the bag down, and begin to employ surprising examples of the Ninja’s 5 primary weapon types.

The first thing we do is pull out a loaf of sliced bread and pull back as if to use it as a club. As soon as the attacker stops to figure out what he’s looking at, we quickly tear the plastic open and help ourselves to several slices.

As he recovers from his surprised disbelief, he begins to move in again, only to find that he is being hit by bread shuriken – slices of the bread in your hand that you are launching at his face like the Ninja stars – projectile type weapons – they resemble!

This gives you the needed time to reach back into the bag and pull out that bottle of soda you were going to enjoy on the way home.

Now, with fury at the fool that you made of him with the bread, your assailant comes in at you with a clothing grab to take control of the victim who thinks he’s a comedian. Except that as soon as his hand grabs your shirt, he feels the splintering pain shoot through the back of his hand and up his outstretched arm.

As he starts to let go, the pain moves to his head, as the bottle is suddenly slammed into his face and the side of his head. As he reels from the brain-jarring attack, and tries to contain his dizziness from the plastic, soda filled bottle – an example of a stick or clubbing type weapon – he turns back to you, only to be met by the explosive spray of liquid coming from the now charged bottle you just strategically opened in his direction!

You move to pick up your remaining groceries and get out of there, when you feel the grip of his massive arms wrap around you from behind.

As you drop the bag, you hold onto the bunch of celery that was waiting it’s turn inside. Then, using the vegetable’s leafy end you reach over your shoulder as if to dust off his face – attacking his eyes with what he will soon find is an example of a combination weapon type. Because, as he flinches back from the assault on his eyes, his grip loosens enough for you to shift to the side and slam the club-like bunch of celery into his groin.

While he is doubled over, you look into the bag and look at the lone pack of lunch meat, sealed in that thick, plastic wrapper that takes super-human strength to open. You’re still looking at it, when you suddenly realize that he has upped the rules of the game, and is lunging at you with a knife.

Sidestepping the attempted stab, and bringing the serrated edge of the lunch meat wrapper across his cutting arm, opening him up with a cut of your own with your make-shift blade-type weapon, you quickly cause him to drop the knife in his now wounded hand.

Undeterred, he reaches out and slaps the small package from your hand. Then, with a warning yell that speaks of his pain, frustration, and humiliation…

…he makes a final attempt to do what he set out to do. Except, as his fist flies out to smash into your face, you slip by his moving arm to use the bag in your hand like the flexible weapon that it is. You deftly parry his arm to the side far enough to catch his head with the bag stretched between your hands.

As soon as you know you have his balance, you shift into position for a rear hip throw and, using the bag as a rope, you shift out – causing his head and neck to crash into the pavement – rendering him unconscious!

And, that’s how we Ninja are always “armed.” Except now you’re out of weapons…I mean food!

I guess it’s back into the store to refill your grocery bag for dinner…

…or the next unsuspecting criminal who has no idea who he’s choosing as a target!

Are you serious about mastering the art of ninjutsu – about having the power, confidence, and control to handle any attacker – any situation?

Read my newest ninja training book, “Becoming The Master.” Get your free copy at: http://www.warrior-concepts-online.com/becoming-the-master-subsc.html

Jeffrey Miller is a master-teacher in the centuries-old art of Japan’s ancient shadow warrior. Each month he shares his 30+ years of training, research, and knowledge – combined with his years of real-world experience using these teachings on the dangerous streets of our modern world – with literally thousands of students from all over the world. Shidoshi Miller says, “If you really want to learn ninjutsu, and become a master of the Ninja’s arts, then I can show you the secrets for developing the power, confidence, and control of a true Ninja warrior!”

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The Eco-Chic Collection by Remanika

The Eco-Chic Collection by Remanika

GREEN is the NEW BLACK and Remanika shows you the way to do just that. Making a bold statement this season is Remanika’s all new Eco – inspired – chic – Green collection, AW09 – PLAN IT EARTH.

Trend observers and the fashion fraternity are becoming more eco conscious each day, demanding more organic and eco-chic clothes, with the approach in their mind, ‘the better and healthier we will be, so will be our planet’. With Remanika’s new collection you can go green without comprising on great style. Open your doors to the world of Green Chic, which would not only keep you in vogue but also help you contribute in the fight against global warming.

Offering vibrant eco colors, incredible prints and captivating silhouettes, Remanika’s AW09 – PLAN IT EARTH collection reveals that being chic and saving the planet aren’t mutually exclusive. The collection takes the concept of eco-chic to an entirely new level. Soft and bold colors as well as unique and interesting patterns are combined to adorn this collection. Jumbled prints, exaggerated trims, layered textures, and unexpected color combinations symbolize the impact of environmental degradation. Modern, eye-catching, uniquely crafted elements combine smart style with sustainability. The result: Fresh, inspiring designs.

Embrace the fabulousness collection of the Plan It Earth and to Look gorgeous and a amazing wardrobe  GREEN CHIC – AND EASY WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
– Ditch bottled water: refill a sassy thermos.
– Pop little purchases in your purse, not a shopping bag.
– Choose cashmere, not acrylic.
– Let your hair air dry for a while before you blow dry: less frizz, less energy consumed.
– Unplug (and put away) unsightly cell phone chargers.
– Opt for quality over quantity in everything you buy.
–  Limit your consumption of anything packaged in plastic.
Take a step towards saving your planet earth, take a step towards Remanika.

Available – At Exclusive Business outlets at Atria Mall, Worli; Inorbit Mall, Malad, Vashi; Infinity Mall, Andheri; R Mall, Mulund ,ISKON Mall Surat and A’bad, Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, Lifestyles, Centrals and Reliance Trends

Pricing – On Request !

About Remanika – In 1998 remanika launched its first store in Mumbai, the fashion capital of India. Then, if you were hip, young, stylish, with loads of attitude, there was only one place where you could find clothes to match – remanika in uptown Mumbai.

With a customer base that has since grown manifold. Today, the remanika brand can be found in close to 100 outlets across 28 cities, In Exclusive Business outlets, Pantaloons ,Shoppers Stop, Lifestyles, Centrals and Reliance Trends. Also coming up in two new format stores Named “Store 1” launched by India Bull Retail

Stylish, sexy, unexpected; remanika brings the joie de vivre and vibrancy back to fashion. Carefully blending western cuts with traditional Indian embellishments, remanika offers its customers casual wear, club wear and accessories with a distinct style and attitude.

Every quarter, customers look forward to fresh collections from remanika that help them stay in sync with the latest trends and styles. The typical remanika customer can be identified as a young woman between 18 –30 years , bold, independent, stylish and full of beans. Interestingly, almost 70% of India’s population will be in this age bracket by 2010.

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Recycling for Residents

Recycling for Residents

Are you doing your part in the recycling effort? Home recycling requires a small amount of time, yet offers significant benefit to you as a homeowner as well as helping the environment. Recycling is a great way individuals can make a difference, both locally and globally.

Did you know paper takes up the majority of landfill space, and every ton of recycled paper can go towards saving around 20 large Fir trees? Newspapers and cardboard can soon mount up, just from buying your favourite newspaper every day, shopping, and receiving mail. It’s very easy to recycle; sort them into separate piles, newspapers, cardboard, magazines and envelopes, etc. and stack them neatly.

Don’t put anything that is dirty or smelly into your recycled products as these won’t be taken, or appreciated! When you put it outside for collection make sure it is covered and can’t get wet as this is also no good when it goes to the recycling plant.

Plastic is another product that you should be recycling as it doesn’t break down in landfills, however it can be put to further use in the production of all kinds of goods. Not all plastics are recyclable, so next time you go shopping take a close look at the packaging to see if it has the symbol for recycling. Buy yourself a cloth shopping bag and stop using the plastic grocery bags provided by most stores. Also, think about where you buy your take-away food, and what it comes in; most take-away containers are made from polystyrene which doesn’t biodegrade.

Save your glass jars, bottles and containers as nearly all of them can be recycled and reused to make new items. You’ll notice at the recycling bins that glass is sorted into colours – green, brown and clear. Take off the tops, wash them out and leave the labels on, they will be removed once they arrive at the centre.

Aluminium cans are in demand for recycling, wash them out and ensure the lids are off as you don’t want any sharp edges jutting out. Flatten them and you will be able to fit in lots more. Recycling for the home doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, once the systems are in place it is simply a matter of putting the items in the right containers.

Just take a look around your home and it’s guaranteed you’ll be able to count at least 10 electronic appliances. As technology advances so does the number of electrical products we buy to make our life easier and get things done quicker. They may be making our lives easier now, however if not disposed of correctly they will cause harm to the environment, and affect the health of our children.

If you have a new laptop or computer and don’t use the old one anymore then consider giving it away. Selling it probably isn’t worth the effort but there is going to be someone out there who can’t afford their own and would appreciate a freebie. Give it to the local school, children’s home, or a charity.

Some companies will actually take away your old computers, printers and cartridges and other unwanted hardware, they may give you money or coupons that can be used for future purchases.

With people buying a new mobile phone every time an updated model comes on the market there is a big demand for recycled products; look online and you’ll find plenty of companies that will take them off your hands. They’ll either take them away for free or give you a set amount based on the model and how much the phone is still worth.

Disposing of e waste has to be taken seriously, there are companies to be found in most areas that can help you recycle your electrical products. As well as coming to your home to collect it, they’ll take it to a suitable recycling unit where it will be re-used or recycled for future use. Check out your nearest waste menagement facility for information and further advice on e-waste and skip bins Australia.

Michiel Van Kets writes articles for Bill Wright about Veolia Environmental Services, one of the industrial leading waste disposal Sydney company offering unrivalled and efficient solution for collection, removal and processing or recycling of all waste streams. Veolia also provides the most extensive industrial cleaning Melbourne and skip bins Sydney has to offer, covering a broad range of solution oriented services for domestic and commercial clients.

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