Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Companies going green

April 29th, 2009

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A growing number of companies around the world are taking ‘green’ steps to preserve Planet Earth. These are just some of them and what they are doing.

Starbucks

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  • Came up with an environmental mission statement in 1992.
  • Partnered  a non-profit organization in 1998 to promote sustainability in coffee-producing  countries.
  • Since 2000, Starbucks has been selling certified organic coffee.

Hewlett-Packard

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  • All HP products are completely recyclable.
  • Has e-waste recycling plants to reduce computer debris into small pieces. This helps in the reclamation of steel, plastic, mercury and precious metals.
  • Audits its top suppliers for eco-friendliness (Source: CNNMoney.com)

The Coca-Cola Co.

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  • Invested more than US$60 million to build the largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in the world.
  • Increased the number of hybrid passenger cars and diesel-electric hybrid delivery trucks for sales and delivery.
  • Signed the United Nation Global Compact’s Caring for Climate: The Business Leadership Platform as a seal of commitment to reduce emissions from its operations.

Kiehl’s

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  • Through initiatives and sponsorship, it preserve and restore oceans, parks and outdoor spaces.
  • Whenever possible, labels are printed with soy ink.
  • Packaging made from from recyclable materials.

Tesco

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  • Has pledged to reduce energy usage in its British outlets by 50% by 2010.
  • Use of high-technology recycling systems, bio-diesel powered delivery trucks and wind-powered stores.
  • A website devoted to ‘greener living’.

Swiss Line

  • Force Vitale Alpine Ecology Cream protects the skin from environmental hazards like stress and pollution. It contains 97% natural ingredients and has been awarded the Biocosc sea, which imposes strict standards on organic ingredients and production methods that are environment-friendly.

Toyota

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  • Develop and market electric vehicles powered by motors, hybrid vehicles powered by an engine and a motor, and fuel-cell hybrid vehicles (FCHV) powered by fuel cells that generate electricity from a chemical reaction between hydrogen and the oxygen in the air.
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions in its production operations.
  • Promote the development of clean-energy vehicles and technology to achieve optimum fuel efficiency.
  • Develop easy-to-recycle materials.
  • Recycle and reuse materials from every stage of a vehicle’s life-cycle.

California Fitness

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  • Collect paper and used plastic bottles for recycling.
  • Gives members only two towels per work-out. Additional towels are charged and that funds collected are donated to carbon-offset schemes.

Elken

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  • SmartKleen range – Primo Cleaner, Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Laundry Detergent, Floor Cleaner and Concentrated Dish Cleaner is 100% bio-degradable and safe for environment.
  • Elken Spirulina is certified organic by the Chinese Organic Agribusiness Association in Taiwan. It is grown without harming the environment from its farming to waste management techniques.

Billabong

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  • Produces environment-friendly apparel, including t-shirts made from organically-grown thread, and water based inks for printing.
  • Produces eco-supreme suede, a 100% recycled polyester material made from recycled plastic bottles.

So, come! Do your part for a greener planet!

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Water works your body

April 27th, 2009

The UN General Assembly has designated March 22nd as “World Water Day” to draw attention to the critical lack of clean, safe, drinking water worldwide. When discussing a topic as pivotally important as water, we have to approach it with a sense of reverenceas there is something sacred in the very fabric of water. Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water and nobody knows what that is. Water, despite its simple constitution, plays an inordinately immense role in our well being. We simply cannot be separated from water and live.

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There seems to be never-ending, myriad ways in which water benefits our bodies. We ourselves in fact, are made of water between 55 and 75% water ( lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat) . The flow of blood, body fluid in our lympathic system, endocrine fluid, urinary fluid, the fluid represented by perspiration, saliva, tears, sexual secretions and lactation are all influenced by water. In fact, the myriad uses of water within our system are just too many to go without mentioning some of them below.

ACE PLUMBER

Yes, that’s right. Water is the numero uno plumber within your body. It’s the major ingredient in blood plasma, which transports nutrient and gases to and between cells. It also carries off the waste products of energy metabolism from cells and provides the fluid needed to get rid of the body’s wastes. That is why keeping yourself well hydrated wards off constipation. Know why? When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source and hence, constipation sets in.

Adequate water consumption can also help lessen the chance of developing kidney stones, plus it keeps joints lubricated and prevents or at the very least – decreases the severity of colds and flu. Besides this combo of the head-spinning benefits, water is also a necessary part of many other chemical reactions in the body.

DIGESTION STAR

You probably are unaware of just how much water is consumed by your body as it breaks down food in the digestion process. It has been estimated that roughly 25% of the TOTAL daily water intake of a sedentary person can be used for this process alone.

ENERGY GIVER

Even to form energy in your body, you need water. It has been estimated that each gram of glucose needs about 2.5 grams of water to form glycogen in the muscle and liver. And water is actually released when glycogen is converted to energy.

MUSCLE BUILDER

Did you know that our muscles are made up chiefly of water? Surprising, but true. Roughly 70% of muscle mass… that much sort after beefy bulk by many men is just water. And optimal hydration is essential for muscle function and tone. You see, muscles are controlled by nerves. The electrical stimulation of nerves ( the contraction and extension of muscles ) are the result of the exchange of electrolyte minerals dissolves in water. This means that to produce and use muscle, it is really important that you drink lots of water.

HEAT REGULATOR

All of us have ready made, built-in air conditioners within our system that constantly work to keep our heat levels stable. And those of you living near the equator, who bear the full brunt of the sun’s capacity to go beserk, are particularly  grateful for this process. But are you clued on how this work? Simply put, it’s the process of perspiration that actually cools us off and keeps us from boiling water.

BEAUTY AID

Beauty and skin experts have repeatedly stressed that water is the key to attaining healthy , glowing skin. The rationale goes that cells in your body including the ones on your face work on the principle that they only perform their tasks optimally if they are adequately hydrated.

Dr Howard Murad, a pioneer in the study of the link between water and skin care , backs up this fact. His studies confirm that the aging process is a direct effect of water inadequacy in the body at the cellular level.


Shake up your child’s breakfast

April 15th, 2009

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Breakfast provides food for the brain after a night of sleep. The nutrients consumed at breakfast gives your children the energy they need to concentrate while in school, that in turn enables them to retain what is taught.

But many kids skip breakfast in the morning because they are either in a hurry or simply not hungry. This is not a healthy move. These children should be made to consume a simple protein shake.

These shakes should ideally comprise milk  (soy, cow or goat), protein powder, ground flax seeds or flaxseed oil and fruits of choice like blueberries or bananas.