Archive for May 14th, 2009

Protecting Your Family By Going Green

My journey to Go Green started when I noticed that my son was getting sick more often than he was healthy. We already had him tested for allergies and were well aware of his cat, dog, pollen and ragweed allergies. We had addressed those issues, placed allergy free pillows and pillow cases on his bed and yet he still suffered from unexplained headaches, sniffles, coughs and occasional sneezing.

What’s a parent to do? I scrubbed and disinfected my home, only to find that his symptoms had not lessened, they actually seemed to increase. Could my home be the culprit? Could I be sitting in a toxic quagmire and not even realize it?

The truth of the matter is yes and no, my home itself was no more toxic than my nieghbors home, than the local school, hospital or daycare. But something in my home was most definitely causing his chronic illness. So what was causing my son this level of physical distress?

After a process of elimination I started to read the labels on my everyday household cleaning products. WOW, have you ever taken a look at them? The brands you know and have probably used since childhood are chock full of chemicals. Your carpet cleaner, your window cleaner, your bathroom cleaner, your dishwashing detergent, your laundry detergent, your multi-surface cleaner. These chemicals can be affecting your health and the health of your family.

I found a way to convert my home into a chemical free haven and in the process found that we were actually helping the environment, along with our own health. This began the process of our home GOING GREEN. Besides the obvious change of removing all of the chemical based home products, we also switched to things like a water purifier instead of bottled water. We use bamboo fiber wash cloths and towels. We conserve energy by lowering the thermostat, taking shorter showers, and we are sure to RECYCLE every single item that we can.

By Going Green you can not only help the environment and future generations, you will be improving your own health and that of your families. Converting your home is easy with the right information. Visit my website and sign up for a free Go Green webinar to get the information you need to do a total home conversion. It’s the best gift you can give yourself and your family. http://www.gogreenwebcast.com/goodecruiser

About The Author
Sherry Goode is a business owner and mother of two children. She is passionate about environmental issues and believes that we all can and should convert our homes and go green to make a difference.

Next-Generation Recycling Using Industrial Waste Paper

The Mighty I Biodegradable Packing Peanuts

Biodegradable Packaging
StarchTech’s biodegradable packaging material, The Mighty I packing peanut, can be re-used, composted or simply disposed of by dissolving it in a sink or bath tub. The Mighty I biodegradable packing peanut eliminates the negative environmental impact of polystyrene peanuts or plastic shipping materials. It is also nontoxic, and as such, will not harm children or pets that may come into contact with the material.
Product Protection; Environmental Care
This biodegradable shipping material is designed to cushion and protect your product as well as the environment. The world of tomorrow depends upon what we as consumers throw away today, so make sure your retail packaging is packed with the Mighty I biodegradable packing peanut, a choice that reflects your company’s concern for both consumers and the planet.
An Eco Friendly Packaging Option
Plastic bags, bubble wrap, polystyrene, and even paper products cannot match the environmentally friendly packing solution that StarchTech’s Mighty I biodegradable packing peanuts have achieved. From the manufacturing process to the consumer’s home, these biodegradable packing peanuts minimize their environmental impact at every step.
Packing Peanuts Fill Every Niche
From electronics to tooling, from toys to body products, StarchTech’s Mighty I biodegradable packing peanuts fill in right where they are needed. The unique design of the “I” shape creates an interlocking cushion of packing peanuts, filling every corner and keeping your product from shifting during the shipping process. This biodegradable product provides a packaging service that offers a green packing solution.

To find out more about Where to Buy Biodegradable Packing Peanuts. http://www.starchtech.com/index.html

Green Means GO!

Going green is transcending the trend line and becoming a standard. Eco products were always standing on the sidelines of the healthcare field, but now they are center stage and everyone is looking to get a little more green on their team. To understand the environmental movement, you need to know the how’s and why’s so that then you can make the best decisions.

No surprise that the healthcare industry is a leading consumer of cotton products and that 99% of the cotton is conventionally grown. Unfortunately, this means it is laden with toxic chemicals: insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, defoliants, fertilizers. In order to maximize yields on nutrient depleted land, conventional cotton farms rely on intensive and exponential inputs: more chemicals, more water, more fertilizers to make the same amount of cotton, every year. Currently is uses about 2 lbs. of chemicals to produce 1 lbs. of cotton. All signs point to a healthcare industry that is poised for an organic cotton takeover and it’s about time!

Organic Cotton uses natural fertilizers only, crop rotation, green manure crops and compost, to increase crop yields year after year. This chemical free organic cotton is better for you and your family, but equally important to remember: when you support organic products, you are also supporting the regions where growers and their communities are free from exposure to cancer causing chemicals and many random toxins that long term effects remain unknown.

Another big buzz acronym: GMOs. Genetically modified seeds are used extensively in conventional cotton production. Again, GMOs long term effects remain unknown and these chemicals turn up everywhere cottonseed oil is found- so everywhere! 40% of the cotton boll is fiber, the remaining 60% is made into cottonseed oil, an ingredient in many foods like cookies, chips, popcorn, salad dressing and…livestock feed. Cottonseed oil derived from conventional cotton contains trace amounts of toxic chemicals that enter the food chain. Organic Cotton, on the other hand, increases food and water security and safety. Farms switching to organic cotton production (a field has to be chemical free for 3 years to be considered organic) encourage healthy ecosystems and biodiversity.

Finally the fascinating, cyclical story of organic cotton is eclipsing the unsustainable practices associated with conventional cotton, as many poor conventional cotton farmers will tell you.

Most healthcare companies have added some sustainable products to their line-ups. This is great news for you, the consumer, just remember to stay savvy. A small amount of bamboo fiber mixed with a large amount of cheap polyester, dyed and sprayed and starched, then dunked in formaldehyde and shipped across the world, is just a trend chasing, novelty that you are being up charged $10 for. Buying more more more shoddy scrubs that don’t last is the ultimate environmental (and cash flow) blunder. Investing in good quality, certified organic products to help you stay healthy and modern is the way to go!

About The Author
Cassie Dee is a fashion designer who works out of her studio in Vancouver BC. She designs eco-friendly work wear apparel using premium organic and sustainable fabrics. More information can be found at http://studioscrubs.com.

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