Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Guess goes green

June 10th, 2009

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Guess pays tribute to Mother Nature with its range of limited edition organic jeans. It’s available in both men’s and women’s boot cut fit and can be identified by several special details that only Guess Goes Green denim. These include an organic cotton, custom back patch as well as organic cotton pocketing and inside waistband facing. The wash/finish has been simplified to minimize chemical usage in processing and its impact on the environment. It consists of a simple rinse and softener. All hangtags will be made from 100 per cent recycled paper with words printed in soy-based ink.

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Cycle for health and mother nature

May 15th, 2009
first ride...

first ride...

Still remember your very first bicycle as a child? Or perhaps the one you used to ride during your college days? How many years has it been since you last glanced at it? For those of you who haven’t so much as given that old bicycle a second thought until now, you may want to brush the dust off it.

Cycling is a great way to get back in shape (if you’re trying to lose weight), tone up those flabby areas (to try and fit into that dress you bought) or simply get started on a fitness regime. Even better, take your spouse and children along and turn it into a family affair!

Regular exercise is strongly recommended to alleviate many medical problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and high cholesterol levels. Cycling is a great way to incorporate exercise into your life. It is a wonderful method to build endurance as well as work out various muscle groups. In fact, it has been found that just one hour of cycling can burn between 250 and 700 calories, depending on how intense the session is.

Take a look at how cycling may also have a positive impact on some of our body systems and organs. It’s no surprise that cycling helps preserve muscle and joint health. Regular exercise improves balance and posture, muscle strength and overall coordination. For those who suffer from arthritis, short sessions of light cycling can help reduce joint pain.

Regular exercise is also recommended to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moderate physical activity such as cycling, causes an increase in blood flow throughout the body and helps strengthen the heart. This also helps reduce blood pressure, particularly important if you have a risk of hypertension.

grab ya bike gals! Cycling is the new pink...

grab ya bike gals! Cycling is the new pink...

Regular cycling can also bring down cholesterol levels. For starters, excess weight tends to lead to a build up of low-density lipoprotein (the good cholesterol) in the blood. Weight loss and better lipid profiles brought about by cycling can also reduce the likehood of blocked arteries, which can lead to strokes.

Regular cycling can also help prevent diabetes, a condition that affects some 246 million people in the world. Obesity is a major cause for this condition and often the result of poor diet and a lack of physical activity. Seeing as how a family history of diabetes is the biggest risk factor for the disease, what better time for you and your family to bring out those bicycles and ride down the pathto great health?

One of the greatest things about cycling as an exercise work-out is that anyone can do it, regardless of age, gender or fitness level. You do not have to be in tip-top shape to take it up as you can vary the intensity to suit your ability.

my favorite bike

my favorite bike

It may sound obvious, but having a bicycle that is adjusted to your height is crucial. One that is too high or low can be difficult to control, making it a safety hazard. Check that you have a good helmet that meets safety standards. If you haven’t used your bicycle a while, make sure the tyres have enough air and oil the chains to get them moving smoothly. Just like your car, your bicycle needs to be serviced to make sure everything is working well. Have this done at least once a year. If you are cycling at night, make sure the bicycle lights are working and wear bright clothing. I prefer covered shoes for cycling than sandals or slippers. Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in the wheels and cause accident.

So, lets cycle for environment! Transport is the one of most polluting of all human activities. 17% of total emissions of acidifying substances are from road vehicles. 19% is the number of the increase of greenhouse gases in Europe between 1990 and 2000.

even Girl on the loose Pam Anderson cycles

even Girl on the loose Pam Anderson cycles

Cleaning up the green way

April 5th, 2009

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If anybody ever wonder why I’m writing in green well, lets just I specially dedicated this section for my home – the Earth. Today as I am doing the chores and I came across washing. Washing up  is a mundane task but some soaps and even washing machines we use are harmful to the environment. So, wise up with these tips because there’s a greener way to stay clean.

Have u ever heard of environment-friendly washing machine?

FRONT LOADING VAS TOP LOADING MACHINES

There are plenty of washing machines for us to choose from these days, and while a scrubbing board is probably the most earth friendly option but we all agree that it’s not one that is suited to modern life!

So which type of washing machine is the kindest to the environment? Let’s compare the two most common types of washing machine is in the market – top loading and front loading systems. Now, assuming the quality of two brands or models of washers is equal, it really boils down to two important factors:

a) The amount of energy  consumed

b) The amount of water consumed

WATER CONSUMPTION

A good quality front loader will use around 38 liters of water per full load compared to a massive 151 liters per full loads for top-loading washer.

ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

Approximately 85 to 90 percent of energy used by a washing machine is consumed through heating the water. This is where water consumption comes in again; the more water needed, the more that needs to be heated. Unless you are washing particularly greasy and filthy clothes, hot water is not needed; cold water works just fine. Even based on cold water alone, a front-loading washing machine still consumes less energy.

Based on the two factors, the front-loading washing machine is found to do well on both counts but of course when you purchase your washing machine there are no other factors you need to put in consideration. So, don’t be hasty and simply decide on a front-loader. You have to make it work for Mother Nature, you and your family in order for a long-term green living commitment!

Regardless of whether you choose to go with a front-loader or top-loading machine for your next purchase, just remember not to skimp and buy the best quality you can afford. It’s a big purchase so research thoroughly as there are good and bad brands and models in both types. Focus on the core features and specifications rather than novelty type options and the latest technology. A washing machine is a workhorse, not a show pony. A good washing machine will last you many years and that’s another great way to lessen environmental impact as the fewer machines you buy over your life, the less you’ll need to dump once they’ve finally given up the ghost.

EARTH-FRIENDLY SOAPS

Great smelling soap might stink up mother nature! A lot of us  aware that whatever that goes down our drains winds up in the environment. So, potentially nasty chemicals from seemingly harmless soap residue could often be the main culprit. Many of us use normal soap on a daily basis, so imagine the damage caused by millions of soaps being flushed down our drains every year! It’s truly an added threat to an already stressed aquatic environment. But before you start shrieking with regret, there’s still to make your wrong right.

There are so many different kinds of soaps available in the market. The two most popular types of soap involve a variety of fragrances and chemicals that have the potential to harm the environment, and those that carry the anti-bacterial label.

Who doesn’t adore great smelling soap? In fact, the scent would probably be the first thing we sought after and as we grow more health conscious we seem to be really fixated on anti-bacterial products too.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAPS

Some anti-bacterial soaps contain methylisothiazolinone ( MIT ) which some studies have found to be allergenic, cytotoxic and linked to nerve cell death. Another anti-bacterial chemical commonly used is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as being a pesticide and is believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems. Yet another agent is the similarly named tricloban. While triclosan and tricloban do play a role in professional health settings, residue from these substances continue killing bacteria once hands are washed, but at a low rate which can play a role in making bacterial more resistant.

These chemicals aren’t the type of things you want to risk using on your body unless absolutely necessary, let alone escape into our waterways. Even if the potentially toxic chemicals are in minute amounts and may not build up in our bodies, they can accumulate in our environment. But bear in mind, what goes around, comes around. We wouldn’t want those nasty chemical to somehow end up in the water we use in the future now, do we?

Anti-bacterial soap is really an overkill it seems. Normal soap dislodges bacteria, which can be then washed away with water. The common sense practice of hand washing with normal soap is sufficient according to many health authorities including the Center for Disease Control ( CDC ).

THE GREEN ALTERNATIVE

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Thankfully, there are more natural alternatives to using these chemicals cocktails. The answer it seems lies on vegetable soaps. This sort of soap contains no animal products, so they are also a great choice for vegans. Vegetable soaps are made with plant oils and natural fragrances only, and the glycerine is usually left in. Some other environment friendly cleaning agents are vinegar, pure soap, baking soda, borax and washing soda.

Vinegar removes mildew, stains and wax buildup. Use it to clean coffeepots, glass, paintbrushes, grout, windows and fireplaces. Pure soap cleans everything from dishes to car. Baking soda is the all-around champion. It cleans, deodorizes, scours, polishes, removes stains and soften fabrics. You can use it on plastic, vinyl, carpeting and upholstery, on silver and stainless steel, inside refrigerators or down drains.