Most of us don’t know how much we add to pollution each year by choosing to wear synthetic wear or wear that uses lots of chemicals during processing and dyeing. Washing these with conventional detergents create micro plastic which in turn create havoc in marine habitats. Organic or Natural wear is made from organically farmed cotton, hemp wool etc. Cotton is one of the pesticide sprayed crop in the world and just using cotton is not enough, it must be organically farmed using natural pesticides. The dyeing should be done with natural dyes. Organic wear now comes in the latest fashion trends for men, women and kids.
Throwing a thanksgiving party that is eco-friendly may not be as complicated as it seems. Just stick to the rule of Reduce, reuse and recycle. You can lessen the amount of wastage being made by only buying items that are needed. You can also reuse a lot of things for the party. For example, you can reuse the decorations that were used last season. Eco friendly decorations are another good idea to celebrate the thanksgiving season. Remember to carry jute bags or paper bag when you go and do some shopping. You can use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins that can be washed and used again. Make it a point to recycle all metal, waste paper and other items.
A study on the life cycle of three types of disposable bags i.e. compostable plastic, paper, and single-use plastic showed that both paper bags and compostable plastic needed more material per bag in the manufacturing process. This meant higher consumption of raw materials in the manufacture of the bags and greater energy in manufacturing of the bag and greater fuel usage in the transportation of the finished product. The added requirements of transport and manufacturing energy for the compostable and paper bag systems far exceed the raw material use in the standard plastic bag method.
Use long-lasting, durable containers that will last years rather than disposable fruit salad, chip bags, sandwich wraps or pudding cups. Stop using disposable napkins and instead opt for washable, durable cloth napkins that will not wind up in a landfill. Use a high-quality water bottle to bring a drink instead of disposable containers. Thermal-insulated bags will even keep your drink and food as hot or as cold as when you packed it.
If you are planning on attending Halloween costume parties this Halloween, then make it a great experience by choosing a costume that will be comfortable to wear. If you have found a mask that is a full-over-the-head mask that is made of latex, take into consideration the ventilation and whether or not you could modify it to be more comfortable without losing the visual effects. While some of the best looking costume masks are made of latex and full-over-the-head, these masks can get unbearably hot, and if not vented well, they can also be hard to breathe in. There are many full masks that also come as three-quarter or half masks with a burlap material or cloth on the back part of the mask, making it a little ventilated and cooler.
Normally you would only think about place cards when planning a seating chart. However you would never really consider them as favors. An interesting new option is plantable place cards. These seating cards are biodegradable and when a guest plants them in their garden, they will produce a variety of plants from the seeds hidden inside of them. These are great for a green and eco-friendly option for a bride who does not want to waste paper and since they are customizable, they can be a great way to promote a favorite ecofriendly or green organization. Asking for promotional gear from your favorite charity is a great option for the bride looking to save money on favors while championing their favorite causes. You can make an agreement to promote the charity if they can provide the necessary items either for free or a reduced cause. Charities are always looking for ways to promote themselves. If you are really behind one take the opportunity to use your wedding.
Putting on an extra layer of clothing can mean that you take a little longer to turn the heat on, or that you leave the heat on at a lower thermostat temperature. Every tiny bit that you can avoid cranking the heat saves you fuel usage, which isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also good for your pocketbook.
Eating what’s in season instead of supporting fuel-wasting and non-environmentally friendly importations of non-seasonal produce can have a huge impact on the planet. Agriculture is one of the most planet-destroying activities around in its current scale.
Before winter hits, take time in the fall to check your window, door, basement and attic insulation. The more you can keep heat inside of your house and cold outside of your house, the less you’ll need to rely on your heating unit. Check off all of the places your home should be insulated to make sure everything is in check!
Fall is one of the best seasons of the year, but it also can be the start of some non-eco-friendly habits. Take a moment to check yourself before fall is in full swing and make environmentally conscious autumn decisions
A few years ago, what might have been considered a fad, is now a well-established trend in the fashion industry. Bamboo, jute, vegan leather, even candy wrappers and rice sacks are being turned into functional, fashionable handbags. These bags are chic and smart at the same time. Jute is a natural sustainable fiber spun into coarse, strong threads. Handbags have always been a necessary accessory. Whether out on the town or running errands with the kids, handbags complete the outfit and, at the same time, keep you organized. Designers are now successfully combining the function of handbags with environmentally friendly materials to create accessories that are not only smart but sexy. After recycling the same tired trends over and over, the fashion industry is now exploding with creative ways to use recycled materials. From high end creations to the fun and funky, this is no longer a fad. Eco friendly fashions are here to stay, and it goes beyond just handbags.
Kenaf is still not a household name. Recycling is king but not kenaf, nor any of the other plant fiber alternatives to wood pulping for that matter. We recycle, but we pay very little attention to finding the ultimate alternative to using trees for making paper products. There has been very little progress in telling the world about this crop and its myriad uses. And that is a real shame because the benefits derived from growing, distributing and making paper products out of kenaf are so obvious that even consumers who are not researchers or specialists cannot dispute them. Nowadays, there is an even greater urgency to find the best possible solutions to our ever-worsening environmental situation. Just as alternatives to fossil fuels are being aggressively researched, alternatives to wood pulping for paper products must also be pursued with equal commitment. Raising awareness, governmental support, and funding that could change habits, perspectives and attitudes are all required now.
Many people are shockingly still not aware that wood and wood products come from living forests. From the cutting of huge tracts of forests to the poisoning of the rivers and streams with chlorine and dioxin run-off from paper mills, making paper from wood just does not make a lot of sense, especially in this day and age. If people were aware that they could have a high quality paper product that would not become brittle or yellow with age, that could be made cheaply and would do less harm to the environment, real changes might begin to rumble through the papermaking industry. The word needs to be spread. The idea has to take hold. People need to be educated first, and then encouraged to act on their knowledge and convictions.
Today, research continues in a number of countries as industries and organizations explore the effects of kenaf cultivation, pulping and paper production. Companies that make 100percent kenaf, acid-free paper, chlorine-free, and tree-free, or products from these environmentally friendly alternatives have been springing up. With a little bit of effort a consumer who wants to buy “green” can now find greeting cards, stationery, paper, and a lot of other products all made from 100percent kenaf.
Non-wood plant fibers have been used to make paper for centuries. Nowadays jute, kenaf and other similar fibers are cultivated in Southeast Asia and the Far East. Kenaf is one of the allied fibers of jute and shows similar 22characteristics. Kenaf was long used for pulp production in Bengal and came to the attention of the West probably in the late nineteenth century when it was noted as a strong fiber, that was superior in strength to even the paper from which the Bank of England notes were made. The kenaf plant has been selected from 500 other plants as the most promising non-wood fiber alternative for the manufacture of paper. While kenaf has been traditionally used for sacking and packing material, it is becoming increasingly clear that it can be a fine paper alternative too: specialty papers, high-quality writing paper and newsprint can all be made from kenaf.