Archive for May, 2009

Say No To Traditional Disposable Diapers…

…And yes to Nature Baby Care diapers.  Why? …

If it isn’t common knowledge by now, each year of an individual infant’s lifetime usage of diapers averages  a half ton.  To have something to compare that to – the Empire State Building weighs approximately 370,000 tons and it is 1,250 ft tall.  Imagine 1,250 feet of diapers…of dirty diapers.  And not dirty because they have pee and poop in them, but dirty because they’re made with plastics and oil and they take about 500 to 600 years to decompose.

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This is why products such as the Nature Baby Care diapers are so important.  They are eco-conscious based on a patented green-technology.  These diapers are made chlorine free without oils – only natural, breathable materials that’s kind to your babies hindquarters.  Even the packaging they come in are corn-based and 100% compostable.

For more details about disposable diapers check out these two sites: SheKnows.com and BorntoLove.com.  New Moms…isn’t this just a great gift for your new Dad’s this Father’s Day?  Yeah…we think so also.

Peace!  ecosumo

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May 26, 2009 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

Bigger Better Bottle Water Bill

In 2002, the New York Public Research Interest Group (NYPIRG) began a campaign to reform recycled bottle legislation in New York…and recently they won this uphill battle.   This means that, “starting June 1st, 2009, all bottled water sold in New York under a gallon in size will require a 5-cent deposit.   In addition, beverage companies will now have to transfer 80% of the unclaimed deposits they collect to the state.  Finally, the new law will improve the infrastructure for collecting and recycling bottles and cans, making it more convenient for people to return their empty containers.”

This is a great triumph, especially because it “increase(s) funding for recycling and other environmental programs by requiring beverage companies to turn over the millions of dollars in unclaimed bottle deposits that they keep each year to the state.”  Let’s hope the State does right and manages that money for what its meant for – recycling!

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As well, as a prod from ecosumo, we’d like to make a suggestion – how about the state uses that money to get behind a comprehensive plan to force providers of disposable water bottles to 1) reduce waste in production of disposable water bottles and 2) create programs to encourage consumers to stop buying water in disposable bottles and use tap water in reusable water bottles.

You can read more at the NYPIRD effort here: NYPIRG Scores Landmark Environmental Victory with Passage of Expanded Bottle Bill.

Congrats NYPIRG

May 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

Eco-Friendly Travel Tips For Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming up.  Lots of you will be hitting the road with your family to visit family, friends, and/or familiar or new places.  We figure since we’re always shaking our fingers at people to think Green and eco-conscious in everything they do, we’d shake it at you before you hit the road or the sky.

1. Bring reusable water bottles.  You can fill them up with tap water (tap water is held to stricter standards than disposable water bottles), fill up at a water fountain, or from a friend’s sink.

2. Plan your trip carefully.  Going off the beaten path is exciting, sure, and we’re not trying to discourage that.  We just know that having a map with quality directions means not getting lost which equals less wasted fuel and a whole lot less steering-wheel punches.

3. Make certain your tires are properly balanced.  Properly balanced tires = more even gas consumption which mean less wasted fossil fuels and less smog.

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4. Don’t stay in hotels that don’t practice Green methods…. (more…)

May 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

The Combover bag

The Combover bag is a flawless practical, and stylish, addition to the on-the-go lifestyle.  If you’re moving about – as a mom, business consultant, bicycle messenger, software developer, and so many more – you’ll want a sturdy sack with a crisp, clean style to stuff your goods into.

From diapers to laptops to folios, the Combover has a certified organic cotton canvas body, an open area underneath the flap in the front helps sort pens, tire gauges, Pixie Stix, etc.  The compartment is sealed by a metal zipper with PET bases (PET=recycled plastic bottles) with innards including a radically cushioned section for your laptop and pen holder.

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Side compartments can hold your reusable water bottles, flashlight, or any other myriad of objects you need.  [Dimensions in inches: (height x width x depth x volume) 12 x 13.75 x 3.25 x 537 in3].

And don’t forget Father’s Day coming up next month – Papa always needs a brand new bag.

May 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

An Anthropologist’s View of Disposable Water Bottles … From the Future

We found this video about how a future civilization would look back upon our behavior of using disposable water bottles.  It’s a bit cheeky, but makes a great point  – how is it we make such bad decisions in the present-tense when we can project how unhealthy, inefficient, and downright dumb they are.  Use REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES!!!  Our tap water is held to higher standards than the bottling industry (we wrote about this in our previous post Bottled Water and Tap Water – The Differences and Similarities.)

If you don’t have the 2 1/2 minutes to watch the video, here’s is the big idea to take away: it takes almost a 1/2 liter or oil and 3 8oz bottles of water to make one disposable plastic bottle…so that we can get 8oz of hydration and then throw away precious resources.  Not smart.

May 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm 1 comment

Bottle Water and Tap Water – The Differences and Similarities

Right up front, you should know this: bottled water is no safer nor cleaner that tap water.  This has been verified by the established and venerable Natural Resources Defense Council and you can read the details on this specific topic in their published report 1999 Bottled Water Report (fueled by 4 years worth of research.)  Why is bottle water not cleaner or safer?  “…bottled water regulations are inadequated to assure consumers of either puirty or safety, although both the federal government and the states have bottled water safety programs.”

So, in ecosumo’s ongoing campaign to stop waste, eliminate the use of disposable water bottles, and save the environment that all organisms NEED to stay alive, we’re giving you a heads up about another angle on the issue of disposable versus reusable water bottles – Tap water versus Bottled Water.  Below are some facts:

  1. Bottled water quality is regulated by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while drinking water systems follow State and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Being that their standards are not identical, it is important to look at who has standards more “in-line” with health issues of the population and the interests of the environment/
  2. The perception that disposable bottle water is safer and cleaner is a managed perception in the developed world.  You should read about “perception management” – its dangerous stuff.  People’s perception is managed due to the use of “clean” and “safe” images embedded in disposable bottled water companies advertising such as glaciers, waterfalls, and children consuming their product.
  3. Disposable bottled water is required to be tested less frequently than city tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants.
  4. Disposable bottled water rules allow for some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform (which indicate possible contamination with fecal matter), contrary to tap water rules, which prohibit any confirmed contamination with these bacteria
  5. There are no requirements for bottled water to be disinfected or tested for parasites such as cryptosporidium or giardia, unlike the rules for big city tap water systems that use surface water sources

Check out this chart below published in the NRDC report.  Educate yourselves, your family, your neighbors and anyone who will listen – disposable bottled water is not only a crime against the environment, but tap water is regulated with higher standards for your health.

Peace…ecosumo

NRDC

May 12, 2009 at 11:44 am 1 comment

Peak Oil…What Exactly Does that Mean?

You may not have heard of Peak Oil…because lots of media outlets that reach the majority of brain cells (tv and radio) and government agencies are not talking about it.  Peak Oil is the concept that planet Earth has a finite amount of oil, that this finite amount of oil is being used by a growing global human population, and, right about now historically, the amount of oil available for human use has reached a peak – from now on, there will be less and less oil and it will be more and more expensive.

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(Big up tohttp://elainemeinelsupkis.typepad.com/ for the above image)

Peak Oil is not a new idea – it was conceived by Marion King Hubbert in the 1950’s while he was working for Shell Oil.  There are lots of books about it, especially written during the last eight or so years, but lots of people dont have time to read.  So…the first thing is this: do not panic.  The world as we know it will not collapse.  HOWEVER, the world as we know it will change A LOT over the next few decades.  Communities will need to rely upon themselves at an increasing rate for staple items such as food, water, shelter, electricity, security, and many other wonderful things we take for granted.  Urban centers will be populated more because the supply chain will more steadily end therein due to – you guessed – lack of fuel to ship products to outlying suburban and rural areas.

We will talk more over the coming years on this blog about Peak Oil and how you can positively affect your lifestyle and the environment.  Some issues we will discuss:

1. Alternative fuels

2. Community building

3. Co-operative gardening

4. Preparedness (food stuffs, water, seeds, energy, shelter, et cetera)

We endorse the video below for you to watch for greater details.  ecosumo strongly recommends you begin thinking about these issues – the planet isn’t asking what we want, it’s just telling us what we’ll have to deal with.  Think globally and act locally will become more than a Green movement Mantra.  (And a final tip – all those disposable water bottles we don’t like soooo much?  They need petroleum to be created.  Reduce waste = increased planetary health.)

May 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm 2 comments

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