Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2000 year old Secret Benefits of Mineral Bath Salts finally revealed

What’s So Great About Bathing? 

The Benefits of Taking a Bath and Mineral Bath Salts....

Water has been seen throughout the ages as cleansing, refreshing, healing, and as a sign of renewal and a source of life. Our bodies are 85% water and it makes up 9/10s of our blood, saliva, plasma, lymphatic fluid, synovial fluid in the joints, and cerebrospinal fluid. It carries hormones, proteins, and helps deliver chemical messengers and signals from our brain to the rest of our body. It flushes toxic wastes, makes our cells big and healthy, and helps lubricate our moving parts.

What’s In It?Water is a universal solvent and it carries with it minerals that can be absorbed by the skin, which is why adding salts and essential oils to your bath can be beneficial. Additives like salt or oil can be absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream in as little as 2 to 15 minutes. The heat from water in a bath opens our pores to help absorb minerals and aids in dilating blood vessels, boosts circulation, and helps detoxify the body. The suspension of the body in water also helps bring relief from gravity’s pull on our muscles and joints.Bathing is so beneficial to our bodies that there have been types of therapy developed around using water to help heal the body. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat various ailments by using water’s physical properties such as temperature and pressure. 

It is a broad term and refers mainly to all forms of water therapy. It can help bring relief and aid to diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, and fibromyalgia, improve circulation, and help reduce swelling, aches, pains, and improve many other conditions.A type of water therapy, Balneotherapy is the treatment of disease by using mineral waters externally and is typically used at spas in the form of hot or cold baths, hot tubs, saunas, or wet compresses. Similar to Balneotherapy, another form of therapy using water is Thalassotherapy. It is the same concept, but uses specifically sea water and salt from various seas. Hydrotherapy is becoming more popular nowadays as people are looking for natural ways to help heal the body and as spas are becoming more common.There are a lot of physical benefits of taking a bath, but there are also some psychological benefits as well. 

As the water reduces tension on the body and relaxes muscles, the mind will also release stress and unwind. Baths have been shown to help people relieve stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, mild depression, and help people feel more positive overall.

Why Use Bath Salt?The types of salt used for bath salts are unlike regular table salt. Table salt has been bleached, iodized, and put through many other harsh steps that change its molecular structure and take out vital minerals, which is why this salt needs to be eaten in moderation as it can contribute tohealth problems. The right type of salt can be very beneficial to our bodies as it contains minerals we need that our bodies do not produce on their own. Salts used in bath salts or in Thalassotherapy (sea salt bath therapy) still contain all of their natural minerals that the body absorbs through water.

Of all the sea salts, Celtic Sea salt contains the most minerals and has the lowest amount of sodium. Once dissolved in water, it also has a very similar likeness to human blood and body fluids, which make it better for your body to absorb. Celtic Sea salt comes from the northern coast of France and is still harvested using a 2000 year old Celtic farming method. Harvesters of the salt use wooden rakes to scrape the layers of salt out of the sea and into piles. The reason wood rakes are used is because metal can change the molecular structure of the minerals contained in salt. This old Celtic far
ming method of using wooden rakes ensures the purity and balance of the minerals in the salt.

So what is in Celtic Sea salt that makes it so great for the body? A few of the types of minerals in Celtic Sea salt are chloride, iron, sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese, silicon, and fluoride. These trace minerals are important to your body. They act as facilitators for biological reactions meaning they help carry the brain’s messages throughout the nervous system, improve muscle response, and help the body absorb the nutrients it gets from food.Sodium and Chloride help regulate acidity in the body and sodium maintains pH balance in cellular fluid. Both are necessary for osmosis and electrolyte balance. Iron is needed for cell function and blood utilization. Magnesium aids in cell functionality and is necessary for muscle contraction and absorption of amino acids. Potassium helps stimulate nerve impulses and muscle contractions, stimulates kidney and adrenal function, and is also important for biosynthesis of protein. 

Calcium is used to build healthy bones and teeth, stimulates muscles and nerves, helps blood coagulation, and is necessary for regulating a healthy heartbeat. Zinc is beneficial for growth, development, immune system response, insulin synthesis, and can help prevent bacterial infections. Copper aids in the absorption of iron and vitamin C. Manganese is necessary for use of glucose, lipid synthesis and metabolism, and pancreatic function and development. Silicon helps with bone growth and formation, and may help keep skin young looking and keep hair and nails healthy. Fluoride keeps teeth enamel strong and helps the body absorb calcium.

Our body is made up of water from our saliva, to blood, to our cells and joints. The minerals in water help our bodies function. Bathing is a great way to absorb those minerals and has been used throughout the ages by the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians. Bathing today is seen as forms of hydrotherapy such as Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy or even just soaking in a hot tub with some bath salt.


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Friday, August 2, 2013

Nothing goes to waste


 After reviewing news and current articles about recycling, the one really stood out. The articles title  was very intriguing " Nothing goes to waste " and it definitely caugt my attention.It started with the premise:"Beverage cartons can be fully recycled into new paper and green roofs."
C.C. Lee holds up a piece of shiny corrugated board and gives it a couple of knocks. “It’s very hard, stronger than cement board,” he says, his eyes gleaming proudly. “We’re planning to call it ‘green roof’.”
It certainly is an apt name as the board is fully made of recycled material. Its reflective surface gives a hint of what it once was – beverage cartons. That’s right, those packet drinks which Malaysians guzzle down by the thousands each day can be saved from the dump site and transformed into a new product.
Lee’s company, KPT Packaging, started producing the construction boards in 2011 and it now makes 1,300 pieces each month. It may not be a huge figure but sales are picking up and he is in the midst of doubling his production capacity.
Beverage cartons are made of 75% paper fibre, 20% polyethylene and 5% aluminium foil. A carton typically comprises six layers – a layer each of aluminium and paper, sandwiched in between four layers of polyethylene plastic. This design is what makes them excellent packaging material for food and beverages, but it also poses a recycling challenge – the recycling process has to separate the different materials for reuse.
Full recycling of drinks cartons has long been dogged by insufficient volume and a lack of economy of scale. Factories need huge amounts of the waste to make investments in recycling machinery worthwhile but little of the discarded boxes has been retrieved. Attempts to recycle the packaging waste got off to a promising start in 2005, when an agreement was struck between Tetra Pak Malaysia and Pascorp Paper Industries which saw the latter extracting the paper fibre to produce new paper. However, the residual polyethylene and aluminium were still discarded.
Now, KPT is filling that niche. It is the only local company that is fully recycling the cartons, for aside from producing the boards from the plastic and aluminium components, it also turns the paper fibre into new paper. It joined the recycling business in 1995, picking up and sorting recyclables before sending them to recyclers. In 2005, after signing up as a collection partner with Tetra Pak Malaysia, it started fishing out drink cartons from the waste stream and sending them to Pascorp’s paper mill in Bentong, Pahang, which recycles the paper fibre in the cartons into paper.
Tetra Pak, which produces almost all the drink cartons sold locally, has been working with collectors and recyclers to set up a recycling chain for carton waste, and has even taken them on study trips to Thailand and India to see the processing of the material. It was such trips which convinced KPT of the viability of the business, and it started recycling the cartons in 2009, by buying over an existing paper mill.
C.C. Lee’s company, KPT Packaging, started recycling beverage cartons into construction and roofing boards in 201 1.C.C. Lee’s company, KPT Packaging, started recycling beverage cartons into construction and roofing boards in 201 1.
“We saw that it is a good and profitable industry,” says Lee, who is director of the company started by his father. In 2011, KPT completed the carton recycling chain when it started turning the plastic and aluminium components into the shiny boards. Now it processes about 250 tonnes of cartons each month – that’s about 17.5 million beverage cartons, based on the average weight of various carton sizes.
At the KPT factory in Kampung Jawa in Shah Alam, Selangor, the recycling process starts with hydrapulping – the cartons are thrown into a huge vat together with water, and blended into bits. The fine paper fibres will sink through a wire mesh at the bottom of the hydrapulper, separating them from the bigger pieces of aluminium and plastic. The paper pulp is sieved to remove impurities, then refined into a smooth consistency. It is then passed through rollers, pressed and dried, to form medium paper (the grade of paper used to form the inner, fluted layer of corrugated board). It takes about three hours after a carton is thrown into the hydrapulper, to be turned into paper.
Drink cartons are sought after in paper production as they contain virgin pulp. “The fibres are of long lengths and so, are of good quality. We don’t need to add chemicals to strengthen the paper,” explains Lee.
KPT uses a mix of 80% carton fibres and 20% old corrugated carton to produce medium paper. Lee says extracting the fibre for paper production is not a costly or energy-intensive venture as the process is similar to conventional paper production, the only difference being the extra 25 minutes spent at the hydrapulping stage. The process requires plenty of water but the water is filtered and reused.
Reusing poly-al
The polyethylene and aluminium components of cartons are commonly referred to as poly-al. After being separated from paper pulp in the hydrapulping machine, the poly-al is crushed into tiny bits, dried and packed into 20kg plastic bags. The whole bag then goes into a hot press where a temperature of 180°C melts the bag of poly-al and bonds everything to form a hard board.
Currently sold in hardware stores, the 1.2m by 2.7m (4 feet by 9 feet) boards can be used in construction formwork, ceilings, partition walls and roofs.
“It can be used in place of plywood as it is moisture-resistant. Compared with cement roof, the poly-al roof is tougher, has better impact resistance, and more cooling as it has lower thermal conductivity,” says Lee. He adds that making the boards is the simplest way to reuse poly-al and it does not require a big investment. “With the volume of carton waste that we get, this is the most practical way to recycle poly-al. Other technologies are more expensive.”
KPT Packaging processes some 17.5 million drink cartons eac h month.KPT Packaging processes some 17.5 million drink cartons eac h month.
KPT now processes only half of the 50 tonnes of poly-al generated at its factory each month into boards because of its machine capacity. The rest of the poly-al is being stored for now.
The other use for poly-al is in the making of plastic pellets, an option which KPT is now exploring. Thailand already produces poly-al pellets and these are used like plastic resin pellets: to manufacture plastic furniture and plastic ware such as pots, baskets, clothes hangers, broomsticks and containers.
“There is a market for the (poly-al) pellets,” says Lee. “Plastic recyclers say they can mix the pellets with virgin plastic resin. We foresee demand for the pellets as they are more versatile, and can be injected into various products.”
Lee believes that as long as the pellets are priced lower than virgin plastic resin, they should sell, but there are various considerations: whether the aluminium content might affect the quality of the pellets and costings. He remains optimistic, however, and has sent his poly-al pellet samples to plastic recyclers to try out. Also, a small portion of the aluminium content can be removed when the poly-al is being melted to form pellets, and this has a market, too.
Collecting enough
KPT’s venture is certainly helping to reuse a resource but recycling of the waste is still not extensive here. Last year, only 15.3% of the 1.5 billion drink cartons consumed by Malaysians were collected by KPT for recycling. Though the recycling rate has grown – it was 7.3% in 2010 and 10.8% in 2011 – it is still way below that of Thailand and India, which recycle 23% and 17.9% respectively, of the cartons consumed.
Some of the empty cartons – no one knows exactly how much – are believed to end up being mixed with other waste paper and recycled into paper. But some could very well end up in dumpsites. Which is a waste, really, as the whole carton is recyclable.
To ensure enough carton waste for its operations, KPT works with collectors all over the country as well as groups like Tzu Chi Foundation and Recycle & Reward, paying between 30 sen and 50 sen per kilogramme. It even had a short-term campaign last year where it offered RM1 per kg for the waste, just so that people will know the value of carton waste.
Drink cartons are fully recyclable — the paper fibre can be recycled into paper, while the polyethylene and aluminium (known as poly-al) can be turned into plastic products.Drink cartons are fully recyclable — the paper fibre can be recycled into paper, while the polyethylene and aluminium (known as poly-al) can be turned into plastic products.
“It is difficult to get the cartons. Recyclers tend to mix them with OCC (old corrugated carton) as it is too much work to separate them,” says Lee. However, its limited processing capacity sees KPT still sending between 25 and 30 tonnes of cartons to Pascorp each month.
Pascorp, on the other hand, extracts only paper fibres to produce new paper and discards the remaining poly-al. Because the mill blends the cartons with other paper waste during the hydrapulping process, the residual material is not pure poly-al – it is mixed with stuff like staples and tapes – and cannot be used, explains Tetra Pak Malaysia director of communication and environment, Terrynz Tan.
In order to obtain uncontaminated poly-al, Tan says, KPT was asked to pulp only cartons and not mix it with other paper waste. “We’ve also asked KPT to maximise its capacity and use as much of the collected cartons as possible.”
Tetra Pak prefers to see 100% recycling of its products and so, encourages segregation of drink cartons from other paper waste. It’s “Flip, Flap, Flat” slogan encourages consumers to flatten the carton – and preferably, rinse it – for recycling. It has conducted various programmes with schools and non-government organisations to raise the carton collection rates.
“When cartons are lumped together with mixed paper waste, you lose the 25% poly-al content,” says environment manager Manjula Murugesan. “We want to use as much of the poly-al as possible. If recycling of poly-al picks up, it is beneficial as it will add to the value chain. Recyclers can get a higher price for the carton waste and this will help sustain the recycling effort.”

Organic Food Shopping tips

How many times  have you heard this:

Eat healthier  organic, chemical free, cruelty free and locally grown.
It does indeed resonate with me , but now as I am  thinking about it  it is as equally important to me that I am  spending a bit more for organic produce because  it tastes better, provides more nutrients and isn't laced with poisonous pesticides.

The following are practical tips to help get the most out of your organic food dollar. Making 'green' choices when you shop can have far-reaching benefits.

Organic food is neither fad nor fashion – its about quality, family food at prices that don’t cost the earth.

Reports this month published a story on its investigation targeting which organic items you should buy and which are OK to skip. On the buy list: fruits and vegetables including apples, peppers, celery, cherries, spinach and strawberries. Also, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy.

Whether you’re shopping at a supermarket or a farmer’s market, here are the signs of a high-quality, healthy food:

  • It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
  • It’s not genetically modified
  • It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
  • It does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives
  • It is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option)
  • It did not come from a factory farm
  • It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
  • It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
  • If the food meets these criteria, it is most likely a good choice, regardless of whether it’s labeled local or organic.

The bottom line remains to look deeper than a label when it comes to your food. Most often, you will find foods that meet these high standards not at your local supermarket, but from a sustainable agricultural group in your area.

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Beer and Sangria Popsicles Cooling Off Overheated East Villagers, NY

One of the members of GreenPeople directory , a vegan restaurant in NYC, just received a write up. Please check this out and share :

If you're after an ice-cold beer on a steamy hot day, it won't come any more frosty than in popsicle form.

The Organic Grill on First Avenue near St. Mark's Place has begun freezing its organic beer and sangria and serving the frozen treats to customers.
"I just had the idea because I never seen anyone sell beer popsicles or sangria popsicles before," owner Julia Chebotar, 25, of her "aha" moment this summer that led the restaurant to start selling the popsicles.
The Organic Grill, which serves mostly vegan and organic products for lunch, dinner and brunch, is a family-owned business that has been around for the past 13 years, Chebotar said.
"The citrus lemon and lime brings out the beer flavor really well," she said.

Chebotar's creation — clocking in at $3.99 for each 4-ounce treat — is a little more complicated than just freezing products in plastic containers with wooden sticks.
"With our Samuel Smith lager I pair pineapple and lemon, and with the Pinkus Pilsner we pair raspberry and lime or strawberries," Chebotar said.

The mix is then put in a blender with a hint of organic agave and raw cane sugar.
For the sangria popsicles, the organic fruit soaks in red wine or rosé, which are also organic.
"We have a red sangria with black berry, raspberry, peaches and orange," Chebotar explained.
The organic rosé sangrai, from South African, is blended with prosecco, peaches, orange and pineapple, she added.
There are also non-alcoholic versions featuring just juice and fruit.
During the recent heat wave, dozens of restaurant-goers stopped in for the icy treats.
"Customers love it," said Chebotar.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mineral Sunscreen: Effective Natural Sun Care Solution

Remember the days when mom would slather a thick 
coating of sunscreen on us kids before heading to the beach?  We never worried about what was in sunscreen when we were little, but we now know the chemicals we put on our skin can affect our bodies and our well-being. 

Research is proving that synthetic chemicals in sunscreens can actually be more toxic than the sun’s rays. Mineral sunscreens can be just as effective in combating the harmful effects of the sun as chemical sunscreens without the added harmful ingredients or damaging effects.

Enviromental Working Group (EWG) weighed in on the benefits of mineral sunscreen as well, providing that “… mineral sunscreens have the best safety profile oftoday’s choices” .EWG notes that mineral sunscreens are stable in sunlight, do not appear to penetrate the skin and offer UVA protection, which is greatly lacking in most other sunscreen products.

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  • Mineral sunscreens use only natural ingredients to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays.  Here are some points to consider about mineral sunscreens:   

  • ·         Instead of absorbing into the skin, mineral sunscreens sit on the surface and form an actual barrier between the skin and the sun.  In comparison chemical sunscreens have to be absorbed into the skin to be effective via a chemical reaction with the UV rays.
  • ·         Mineral sunscreens are non-comedogenic, meaning that the ingredients are as non-irritating as possible and only necessary ingredients are used. This is important for children and people with sensitive skin.
  • ·         The UV protection ingredient or blocker in mineral sunscreens is zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide, both of which are natural minerals.
  • ·         Because the ingredients in mineral sunscreens are not absorbed by the skin, they sometimes can leave a slight white tinge to the skin.
  • ·         Mineral sunscreens stay on even when makeup is added to the skin and can last through strenuous activities that cause a lot of sweat on the skin such as exercise. 

  •   Mineral sunscreen adheres to the skin, doesn't slide off easily and is highly water-resistant. A good brand will tell you how long their product is water resistant and when to reapply. 
  • ·         Since mineral sunscreens sit on the surface and are not absorbed into your skin, you may have to reapply more frequently. 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Organic Cotton 101

What is "organic cotton?"

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.

Organic cotton is generally understood as cotton from non genetically modified plants, that is to be grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. In the United States cotton plantations must also meet the requirements enforced by the National Organic Program (NOP), from the USDA, in order to be considered organic. This institution determines the allowed practices for pest control, growing, fertilizing, and handling of organic crops.As of 2007, 265,517 bales of organic cotton were produced in 24 countries and worldwide production was growing at a rate of more than 50% per year.

Ecological footprint

Cotton covers 55% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 75% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop. Other  environmental consequences of the elevated use of chemicals in the non organic cotton growing methods consist of:
·         High levels of agrochemicals are used in the production of non-organic, conventional cotton. Conventional farming devours roughly a third of a lb of pesticides & fertilizers to produce enough for just  1 t shirt .
·         Cotton production uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop and accounts in total for 10-16% of the world's pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants).
·         Pesticides, the nine most common are highly toxic; five are probable carcinogens.
·         GMO used in 70% of US grown cotton. That requires intense irrigation .
          Chemicals used in the processing of cotton pollute the air and surface waters.
·         Residual chemicals may irritate consumers' skin.
·         Decreased biodiversity and shifting equilibrium of ecosystems due to the use of pesticides.

Organic system plan 
Producers must elaborate an organic production or handling system plan which must also be approved by the state certifying agency or the USDA. This plan must include careful explanation of every process held in the plantation, as well as the frequency with which they are performed. A list of substances used on the crops is also necessary, along with a description of their composition, place where they will be used, and if possible documentation of commercial availability. This inventory of substances is important for the regulation of allowed and
prohibited material established by the SOP.Organic cotton growers must also provide A description of the control procedures and physical barriers established to prevent contact of organic and non organic crops on split operations and to avoid contact of organic production with prohibited substance during gestation, harvesting, and handling operations . This production plan can also be transferred to other states as long as it has already been approved by a certifying agency.
Production requirements are specifically the set of changes that must be made to field and farming practices in order for a crop to be considered organic. To begin with, organic fields must go through a cleansing period of three years, without the use of any prohibited substances, before planting the first organic crop. Fields must also be equipped with physical barriers and buzzers in order to prevent contact of organic crops with any chemical substance product of surface runoff from crops nearby. Producers must also strive to promote soil fertility through cultivation practices while maintaining or improving the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the soil and minimizes soil erosion. Organic growers must also implement practices to support biodiversity. Such practices include integrated pest management (IPM), which consists of the manipulation of ecosystems that benefit both the crops and the 
organisms that live around it. In addition to these practices, producers may only apply crop nutrients and soil amendments included on the National List of synthetic substances allowed in crop production.
Handling procedures are all the processes related to product packaging, pest control in handling processing facilities among others. The SOP allows the use of mechanical or
biological methods for the purpose of retarding spoilage of products, but at the same time it prohibits the use of volatile synthetic solvents in processed products or any ingredient that is labeled as organic.
Since organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, it should contain fewer pesticides than conventional cotton. Pesticides used in the production of conventional cotton include orthophosphates such as phorate and methamidophosendosulfan (highly toxic to farmers,] but not very environmentally persistent) and aldicarb. Other pesticides persisting in cotton fields in the United States include TrifluralinToxaphene and DDT .Although the last two chemicals are no longer used in the United States  their long breakdown period and difficulty in removal ensures their persistence. Thus even organic cotton fields may contain them since conventional cotton fields can be transitioned to organic fields in 2–3 years.
Over time though, studies have been done to find alternatives to conventional pesticide substances. These nonconventional farmers have given up their land and its yields to the testing of different, more organic ways of pest control. Organic farmers argue that conventional farmers don’t know the long term effects of the pesticides they use, especially when the evidence is hidden under the soil. Some farmers in the US use composted tea leaves to act as a substitute for pesticides. Research continues to seek new environmentally, friendly ways to rid the soil of harmful pesticides. There has even been a study on using certain animal manure, like chickens, to decrease pest population.
 How is the apparel industry involved with organic cotton? 
Apparel companies are developing programs that either use 100 percent organically grown cotton, or blend small percentages of organic cotton with conventional cotton in their products. There are a number of companies driving the expanded use of domestic and international organic cotton.  
What kinds of products are made using organic cotton? 
As a result of consumer interest, organic cotton fiber is used in everything from personal care
items (sanitary products, make-up removal pads, cotton puffs and ear swabs), to home furnishings (towels, bathrobes, sheets, blankets, bedding), children's products (toys, diapers), clothes of all kinds and styles (whether for lounging, sports or the workplace), and even stationery and note cards.
In addition, organic cottonseed is used for animal feed, and organic cottonseed oil is used in a variety of food products, including cookies and chips.

Sources used in an article : Organic Trade Association , Wikipedia  

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