Posts Tagged ‘renewable materials’

ECO Tip – Disposable Biodegradable Tableware

As you are shopping for your Forth of July parties, think about buying disposable biodegradable tableware & cutlery.
Jaya Biodegradable has a great natural alternative for styrofoam and plastic silverware. Their forks, knifes, and spoons are made from sugar cane fiber that is a waste product of the sugar refining process. Their products are heat resistant to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, microwave safe, freezer safe and non-toxic. They also cut as well as any plastic fork.
EarthShell has an awesome alternative for styrofoam and plastic plates & bowls. Their dinnerware is made from renewable resources such as corn and potato starches and abundant limestone. Plus they are much sturdier than paper plates and microwave safe too.
Celebrate the Forth & the earth this July by buying biodegradable tableware.

Just What Exactly Is Bio Diesel?

Lots of people are unaware that Bio diesel even exists. This article is intended to shed a little light on Bio diesel and what a wonderful, non toxic, renewable fuel it is.

Natural materials are used to make Bio diesel fuel instead of the fossil fuels used to make conventional diesel. Bio diesel fuel is most often made from plant oils, then used in a normal diesel vehicle or machinery. Bio diesel fuel can be used on its own, or mixed with conventional diesel.

Here are some common facts about Biodiesel fuel:

* Bio diesel fuel produces no carbon dioxide
* Biodiesel fuel produces no carbon monoxide emissions
* Biodiesel fuel produces no benzene
* Bio diesel fuel produces no sulfur dioxide
* Bio diesel fuel produces no hydrocarbons
* Bio diesel fuel eliminates visible smoke
* Bio diesel fuel cleans and lubricates your engine
* Bio diesel fuel exhaust smells like popcorn.

Just what are the benefits of using biodiesel fuel?

1) Making your own biodiesel fuel reduces our dependence on fossil fuels.

2) Biodiesel fuel is cheap to make and the money stays in the country.

3) Biodiesel fuel is both renewable and non-toxic. It is even possible to drink biodiesel, though not recommended, as it tastes terrible!

4) Bio diesel fuel is basically carbon-neutral. Bio diesel fuel reduces the usual noxious emissions such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide that we’re used to from conventional vehicles.

5) Biodiesel fuel will also reduces engine wear by lubricating it. You can also blend biodiesel with ordinary diesel, even as little 2% bio diesel will make a difference. Bio diesel also flushes your fuel injectors and lines.

6) By running a vehicle on bio diesel fuel you will produce a smoother and quieter ride, and your car will have cleaner exhaust fumes.

So what are some of the down sides of using Biodiesel fuel?

1) If you want to run your vehicle on bio diesel fuel you will most likely have to make it yourself.

2) The fact that bio diesel fuel will clean your fuel injectors and lines, means that you should expect your first few tanks to flush out some dirt and grime. You may also have to replace your fuel lines if your car is older than fifteen years.

3) Biodiesel fuel might not produce toxic emissions, but it does produce NOx which may contribute to smog. by: Yasmin Wilde

Organic Clothing Store Lets You Send In Your Old In Exchange For New!

A revolution in clothes retailing is coming this spring 2009, which means more people will be able to afford to buy clothes made from organic cotton.

New green company http://www.recycleatee.com will not only sell beautiful, ethical and healthy organic clothing to the public but will also receive them back in any condition in return for store credits.

Organic clothing from http://www.recycleatee.com looks great, is better for you and allows you to frequently update your wardrobe by returning organic clothes in any condition in return for more organic clothing credits.

The innovative idea will mean that the recycled clothing can be sold on at a discount making it more affordable to those who would not normally be able to buy it, creating a healthier, cleaner future for everyone.

Organic cotton is considered to be much healthier and is kinder to the skin, in particular very young or sensitive skin, as it does not come into contact with any harsh chemicals either during the growing stage or during its manufacture.

For this reason organic baby clothes are increasingly popular and also make a wonderful, considerate gift.

Recycled clothes are set to become the new fashion trend as more and more people become concerned with the constant over-use of chemicals in agriculture and the textile industry and the associated effects on human health.

Recycled cotton is soft, clean and contains no chemicals and is the best choice for babies, children and adults alike.

Shipping and returns are always free at http://www.recycleatee.com. While you are waiting for stock to be added to the site, there are plenty of links to green news, articles and features to explore to help you live a greener life.

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Next-Generation Recycling Using Industrial Waste Paper

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.

Coffee and organic gardening

Every day across America, Asia and Europe, millions of pots of coffee and tea are brewed, and the millions of pounds of wet grounds, filters and bags thrown in the trash.  This is both wasteful and foolish.

Coffee by-products can be used in the garden and farm as follows:

  1. Sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the garden just before a big rain is supposed to come. This is a great way to slowly release some much needed nitrogen into your garden. This is great for nourishing your soil if you were not already blessed with fabulous soil conditions.
  1. To make a mild fertilizer, dilute half pound wet coffee grounds in 5 gallons of water and add to a spray bottle. Spray on your newly planted crops for some extra nourishment.
  1. Encircle vegetable crops like cabbage, Swiss chard, and radishes with a mix of your mild coffee fertilizer and egg shells, these work to repel pests like slugs which can chew leaves and do major damage to your crops.
  1. For vermicomposters, sprinkle some coffee for the worms to nosh on. Vermicomposting uses earthworms to turn organic wastes into very high quality compost. This is often an excellent way of composting kitchen wastes.

Outlaw Plastic We Have The Technology To Make Biodegradable Bags By: Thomas Husnik

The material Mater-Bi – What is it?
Mater-Bi is produced by Novamont, an Italian research company dedicated to environmental alternatives to polyethylene-based plastics. Mater-Bi is the first completely biodegradable and compostable bio-polymer ever invented. The processes are protected by more than 50 patents.
Mater-Bi™ really is a dream come true. It is a material that serves Sustainable Development, it combines environmental demands with those of Agriculture and Industry. The bioplastic developed by Novamont is the real response to the demand for convenience goods that have a small environmental impact. It comes from renewable resources of agricultural origin, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and the consumption of energy and non renewable resources, and it completes a virtuous circle: the raw materials of agricultural origin return to the earth through processes of biodegradation and composting , without releasing pollutants.

Mater-Bi™ comes from renewable raw materials of agricultural origin and from non-genetically modified starch. Novamont manufactures and sells various lines of biopolymers for a variety of manufacturing processes, all with the Mater-Bi™ trademark. The material is available in granular form.
All of the Mater-Bi™ grades:
Are completely biodegradable in different environments: in composting, in the soil, in fresh and in salt water;
Can be worked using the same processes as for traditional plastics and with similar output;
Can be printed on, using normal inks and printing techniques, without the need for crown treatment;
Can be colored in bulk, using biodegradable Master-batches;
Are intrinsically anti-static;
Can be sterilized using gamma rays.
Biodegradability is characteristic of natural substances and materials of being assimilated by micro-organisms, and thus introduced into the natural cycles. In effect, it is a concept that is familiar to everyone.
When natural organic materials go into the ground, they tend to decompose progressively, to disappear. This phenomenon is very important for the environment, which has to get rid of waste to make room for new life. Trees, plants and algae, meaning photosynthetic organisms, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and, with the power of the sun, the inexhaustible source of energy, use it to synthesize sugars, and a whole range of other substances present in Nature.
The flow of substances and energy passes along the food chain from the plants to the herbivores, and from these, to carnivores. However, this mechanism would quickly become blocked if the opposite process did not exist, that is, if it was not possible to release carbon dioxide from organic material. So, in natural equilibrium, the process of biodegradation is as important as that of photosynthesis, of which it is both the outcome and the starting point. An important role is played in biodegradation by micro-organisms, which are present in every environment, and which are fed by organic waste. Thus, organic material is transformed again into carbon dioxide, thereby completing the natural cycle.

BioBag is proud to be the best selling brand of certified 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable bags made from the material, Mater-Bi. We are also proud to be the first “bag from corn” to achieve national distribution of retail products through natural food stores across the country.
Recently, the city of San Francisco selected BioBag to promote their residential food waste collection program. The city is sending 100,000 rolls of BioBags to residents within the county to help educate consumers on the importance of diverting food and other biodegradable waste from entering landfills. San Francisco residents can now purchase additional supplies at over 100 outlets in the bay area. BioBag is proud to be a partner in this important effort.
Bio degradable bags that’s great now all that has to be done is outlaw plastic and get more companies to produce them. But what has to happen for this to become a reality does the government have to step in. The plastic company’s still have a lot of other things to make. Indian state outlawed plastic bags. Under a new law, anyone found even using a polythene bag could face up to seven years behind bars or a fine of up to 100,000 rupees ($2,000).
Politicians in the picturesque Himalayan state, a popular tourist destination, say polythene pollution is a major problem.
“We have directed all our officials to enforce the new law strictly,” State Environment Minister JP Negi told the BBC.
“Polythene pollution is not just an ugly sight in the hills; it has seriously damaged the environment by choking the soil.” Good example now it is our turn.

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