Plastic Drinking Cups With Straws

Plastic Drinking Cups With Straws

Road trips call for preparation, so our car trunk always holds an emergency kit with extra clothing, space blankets, and food snacks. The cup holders below the dashboard always hold water, even on half hour trips – and that’s where this story begins.

Drinking Cups for Road Trips

We used to carry bottled water in the car, refilling the bottles at home. Then we learned too much: about the rapid growth of bacteria in those bottles; about the leeching of plastic into the water; etc. We decided to replace the bottles with drinking cups.

The options were not good, however. Some drinking cups didn’t fit cup holders. Other drinking cups didn’t hold much water. Some didn’t allow for quick sips. Others didn’t close tightly. Some were much too heavy!

We needed light, plastic drinking cups with straws.

The Discovery

That’s when we found Tupperware drinking cups. More specifically, we found Tupperware plastic drinking cups with straws! The company makes a variety of drinking cups that work for car trips. Each one, of course, has a virtually liquid-tight seal on top – and each one is dishwasher safe, so no bacteria!

Some of their drinking cups are more for picnics or hiking, with seals (lids) that have no opening. Those are great in backpacks, even if they tip over. Other Tupperware drinking cups make provision for drinking without removing the lid, and were just what we needed for road trips.

1. The “Insulated Tumbler with Drip-Less Straw Seal” was our choice. This 24-oz. drinking cup has double-wall construction to keep beverages cold or hot for hours. It fits the console cup-holder, and doesn’t tip over. The great “Drip-Less” straw lid minimizes leaks, even on sharp curves. We loved the fact that you use disposable straws in it, so no worry about hygiene there! You don’t have to hand-wash a special straw, or risk putting it in the dishwasher. Any standard straw fits, so you can always stop in a convenience store for more. Of course, the drinking cup itself is dishwasher safe.

2. The “On-the-Go Tumbler” would be great for children on long car trips. This even larger, 32-oz. drinking cup has a tapered base that fits most vehicle cup holders, and the seal eliminates spills. The “On-the-Go Tumbler” has two designs, each with a different picture on the side. One design features a hinged pop-open drinking top. Children don’t have to remove the lid to drink. They simply flip the top open or shut. The other design features a seal with “drip-less” straw opening like the one in the insulated drinking cups with straws that we chose. The liquid-tight lid has a hole for a disposable straw. It would be worth taking these into a fast-food restaurant, and pouring the children’s beverages into them.

3. If you take babies or toddlers on your road trip (those days are gone for us), Tupperware’s “Sipper Seal Set” would be a good choice. For that matter, these drinking cups would be great at home, too. On a trip, you could pack all four, filled and sealed, in a cooler. When your baby (over 6 months) or toddler wants a drink, you simply change out the storage lid for a sipper seal that lets children drink without spills.

The Guarantee

Although I cannot guarantee you will like Tupperware’s plastic drinking cups with straws as much as we do, I can assure you that Tupperware guarantees the products. If you get one of their drinking cups and it gets damaged in normal use, they promise to replace it free of charge for the lifetime of the product. I’m not sure if the drinking cup’s lifetime will be as long as yours, but the guarantee sounds good to me.

If you love road trips as we do, or if you just like to be on-the-go around town, you may want to look into Tupperware’s plastic drinking cups with straws. If I weren’t so busy, I might consider becoming a Tupperware consultant so I could sell them.

By: Anna Hart

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So What if you Have an Organised Kitchen? ? Part 2

So What if you Have an Organised Kitchen? ? Part 2

Nowadays, many kitchen models boasts of spaciousness: spacious cabinets, spacious cupboards, inexhaustible drawers. We just can’t get enough of space. And yet, what we didn’t know is that we have all the space we need in our kitchens if we only knew how to maximise them.

Here’s part two of things you can do towards a kitchen you won’t lose your way in.

1. Keep them Contained!

Admit it, the first thing that comes to mind: Tupperware. Although of course, there are now lots of sorts of resealable food containers in the market today, stackable, watertight, and airtight, and in a wide variety of colours to complement your kitchen.

Obviously, your pantry is where foodstuffs are kept, so your main goal is to store them in such a way that they last longer. But keeping them from spoiling is one thing; making them accessible is another. Often, we store foods so well that we eventually forget them, and only remember when they’ve expired and inedible already. This of course defeats the purpose of storing foods in the first place.

Store each item then so that it is easily visible and reachable. Group them together whenever possible (you can enlist your kids’ help on this one), and have their labels, especially for canned goods, up front so that they’re easily read. Finally, discard foods that have passed their expiration dates or are more than a year old.

2. Use Jars, Bottles, Nooks in Walls, Ceilings to Your Advantage.

Store gravy packets, seasoning packets, etc. in a small, clear plastic or glass containers for easy access.

Line up boxes with their sides facing front. If possible, store the most often used items at eye level. Store heavy items, such as boxes of ‘long life’ juice, milk, and cordials on a lower shelf.

Choose a lower shelf for paper storage, cling wraps, foil etc. If you have school-age children who take their lunch to school, create an area in your kitchen for lunch making. Stock it with lunch boxes and/or brown bags, plastic wraps/bags, thermos containers, drink bottles and small food containers. For after school and weekends, create a snack shelf of parent-approved treats for children.

If you have extra wall space, consider storage hanging hooks, a notice board, and other helpful organising items.

Purchase handy space saving products such as stacking containers, and sturdy baskets for onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Organise spices which you use most often in the front row. If you have a shallow drawer near your stove, consider laying all of your small spice jars in there. Place them label side up so it is easy to view them all at once. Most dried spices lose their flavour in six months.

Any miscellaneous items can be stored labelled shoeboxes and use them to store items such as biscuit cutters, candles, appliance accessories, matches, batteries, and smaller items. Square containers take up less space and fit more efficiently on shelves than round ones. Place hooks inside a cabinet door to small utensils on. This will help to clear drawer space.

Anything that is still in good condition and can be sold, auctioned, or given away. If you feel that you have appliances that are in ‘as new’ condition and too good to throw out, consider OzFreeOnline.com. Log on and check out their free classified section where you can advertise anything you no longer have use for. Feeling generous then donate all the stuff you are no longer using by giving them to the salvos.org.au, or auctioning them off at OzFreeOnline.com

Barbara Thorp recommends Ozfreeonline Classifieds, online ads posting site and more!

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Best Quality Plastic Products

Best Quality Plastic Products

Plastic containers are very versatile. They are used by Filipinos for all kinds of storage. Food storage is but one of the things which concern most Filipinos. This concern is attended to by the many varieties of plastic food containers which come in all sizes and shape to cater to the different types of food and quantity of food one would like to store. It is then safe to assume that Filipinos and plastic containers are inseparable as a Pinoy\’s life can not be seen without the use of plastic—in any form.

There are many uses for plastic molds. The most popular of which are used in the food industry. Despite its popularity to the food and food service industry, plastic molds can also be used in industries such as arts and craft, and even for the medical field. The importance of plastic molds in the food service industry is unmatched because of its versatility, as well as its economical and convenient use.

Plastic model making is not limited to individual scale models, as dioramas or landscaped scenes made to recreate a specific time and place are also very popular among hobbyists. Plastic model dioramas are built around an individual scale model. The practice before is to drink from plastic containers using a plastic straw. Nowadays, with the emerging popularity of plastic cup use, more and more Filipino vendors turn to plastic cups as containers for their drinks. Perhaps this can be contributed to the Filipino fast food restaurant culture.

Some of the popular plastic manufacturers in the Philippines are Orocan© and Tupperware©. Both of these two are known for their plastic products which dominate the food and service as well as the household industry. Because of the Pinoy\’s extensive use of plastic products, there are even smaller plastic manufacturers which produce cheaper plastic goods.

For more information On Plastics visit the website, http://plastic.com.ph

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3 Frugal Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

3 Frugal Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Every year when the weather starts to get warmer, we like to plant a backyard garden. We enjoy planting a variety of lettuces, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, radishes, green peppers, tomatoes and onions. We look forward to harvesting time, just so we can create some wonderful summer salads.

To go along with our salads, we prefer to make our own homemade salad dressings. The following recipes are really easy to prepare and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days in an airtight container.

Classic Blue Cheese

2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vinegar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 ounces Blue cheese, crumbled

In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients until well blended. Stir in the crumbled Blue cheese. Pour mixture into a glass jar or pourable plastic container. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Creamy Buttermilk

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients together until well blended. Pour into a glass jar or pourable plastic container. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Classic Country French

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup salad oil

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients in the order listed. Mix until well blended. Pour mixture into a glass jar or pourable plastic container. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.

Shelly Hill has been working from home since 1989 in Direct Sales and is a Manager with Tupperware. You can visit Shelly online at: http://www.classybusinesswomen.com or Shelly’s Recipe Blog at http://wahmshelly.blogspot.com

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Going Green is Simply Going Back to Basics

Going Green is Simply Going Back to Basics

Although, “going green” strategies have gained much popularity in recent years, many people still wonder what the big fuss is all about.  The majority of consumers are not ready to make changes.  

It is very difficult to make a change unless you understand that “going green” is not a change after all, it’s just going back to basics. 

One day, it all came to me.  I realized I’ve been living green all my life. My parents didn’t call it being “eco-friendly” they called it being poor.  Later on in life, my husband would call my practices being “cheap”.  Now, I am trendy and “eco-friendly”.  I love this new way of thinking.

Going Green takes no effort after all.  All we need to do is mimic the ways of our parents or grandparents. If we think about how things were done 20 years ago, you’ll realize “going green” efforts is nothing new.  Going back to basic practices can make such a difference in our environment and in our pockets.

Growing up, my father will constantly reprimand us for leaving the TV on while not in use, or not turning off the lights when leaving a room.  The air conditioning was like gold; it was a sin to leave the outside door open for more than 3 seconds.  My mother used to line dry, as it was too expensive to use the dryer. The dishwasher was used as storage space. Paper towels, that was for the rich!  We used rags for everything!  We had designated rags for cleaning the kitchen, the bathrooms, the glass, and the wood. She’s probably still using the same rags.  I don’t think my parents ever bought plastic tupperware, as they will just reuse empty jelly jars or other glass containers for storage.  Disposable diapers, absolutely not! I don’t think that was even available.

I definitely, didn’t continue all their practices. Times have changed, and I just can’t see myself not using the dryer, or discontinue the use of disposable diapers.  There are some modern things that are just too convenient to let pass by. We can, though, re-condition ourselves to going back to basic practices. “Going Green” is easy. It’s just committing to make a couple of small changes in our own household.  Just imagine the difference it will make in our environment, if each household in the United States (population of over 300 million) made a commitment to go green in just one way.

Here are some simple ways To go green that don’t take lots of effort:

Using Reusable Bags
Use hand towels instead of paper towels
Buy a filter, stop buying bottled water
Clean dishes by hand sometimes, the dishwasher uses lots of electricity
Use products such as baking soda and vinegar to clean
Purchase items in large quantities, cut down on packaging
Use bar soap instead of liquid soap ( too much plastic)
Wash clothing with cold water
Raise temperature of AC while not home
Secure Air leaks around home
Keep window shades shut while not home to block the sun  from heating the inside
Maintain lights, tv’s etc… turned off while not in use
Change bulbs to high efficiency lighting
Use the front and back of paper
Purchase products that have been recycled and or recycleable
Don’t abuse on running water
Pay bills on-line to reduce paper
Lastly, please recycle

Ana Lorenzo is the founder of The Bag Movement,LLC. The organization is designed to eliminate the use of plastic bags while generating money for charities.

For more information on how you can help please visit www.thebagmovement.com

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