Thursday, April 30, 2009
Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam.The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milkworth 70 points or none at all.One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages.
1.) It is perfect formula for the child.
2.) It provides immunity against several diseases.
3.) It is always the right temperature
4.) It is inexpensive.
5.) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.
6.) It is always available as needed.
And then, the student was stuck! Finally, in desperation, just before thebell indicating the end of the test rang, he wrote:
7.) It comes in cute containers.
He got an A.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
There has been much debate over the impact of disposable diapers and cloth diapers on the environment. The pro-disposable diaper advocates say that the extra water used to wash cloth diapers is just as much of an abuse to the environment as the production and disposal of disposable diapers. But taking into consideration the following estimates you will probably agree that disposable diapers are much more harmful to the environment than cloth diapers.
It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone. Although some disposables are said to be biodegradable; in order for these diapers to decompose, they must be exposed to air (oxygen) and sun. Since this is highly unlikely, it can take several hundred years for the decomposition of disposables to take place, with some of the plastic material never decomposing.
The untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers is also a possible danger to contaminating ground water. Pro-disposable advocates say that cleaning cloth diapers uses more energy and contributes to the load on sanitary sewer systems and potential water pollution. This view really makes no sense if you think about it. The amount of water used per week to wash cloth diapers at home is about the same amount consumed by an adult flushing the toilet four or five times daily for a week. Also, the greater amount of water and energy being used by diaper service companies to wash large amounts of cloth diapers multiple times; the per diaper impact on energy and water supplies is actually less than home washing.
Finally, when flushing solids from a cloth diaper down the toilet and washing the diapers in a washing machine, the contaminated, dirty water from both toilet and washing machine go into the sewer systems where they are properly treated at waste water plants. This treated waste water is much more environmentally friendly than dumping untreated soiled disposable diapers into a landfill.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.
According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)
According to the industry publication Modern Plastics, Taiwan consumes 20 billion bags a year - 900 per person.
According to Australia's Department of Environment, Australians consume 6.9 billion plastic bags each year - 326 per person. An estimated 0.7% or 49,600,000 end up as litter each year.
Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.
Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade - breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.
As part of Clean Up Australia Day, in one day nearly 500,000 plastic bags were collected.
Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month.
According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone "from being rare in the late 80s and early 90s to being almost everywhere from Spitsbergen 78 degrees North [latitude] to Falklands 51 degrees South [latitude]."
Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.
In 2001, Ireland consumed 1.2 billion plastic bags, or 316 per person. An extremely successful plastic bag consumption tax, or PlasTax, introduced in 2002 reduced consumption by 90%. Approximately 18,000,000 liters of oil have been saved due to this reduced production. Governments around the world are considering implementing similar measures.
July 2003, ReusableBags.com goes live, advancing the mainstream adoption of reusable shopping bags.
Each high quality reusable shopping bag you use has the potential to eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bags over its lifetime.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today's tip: Reusable water bottles and powder drink mix or juice concentrate. These are really simple tips. If you love bottled water just get a refillable bottle and a filter pitcher. It will also save you money. Another thing to think about is the amount of trash from drink bottles and containers. We use refillable bottles for us and the kids. I am trying to get better at this and not buy juice boxes at all so we just refill their bottles to take to the park or on trips. Zoe actually likes her bottle better than a juice box cause it's Tinkerbell! If you love soda consider buying a 2 liter and filling a bottle to take with you instead it will save on how many bottles go to the dump.
The advent of bottled water sent our already wasteful consumer culture into pollution overdrive and it’s a tremendous task to put the brakes on the momentum of this waste. Here is a list of plastic bottle fun facts that put the magnitude of this pollution into scope.
Plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting
90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
80% of plastic bottles are not recycled
38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles
The average American consumes 167 bottles of water a year
Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water
Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States
Although it can be easy and convenient to pick up bottle beverage products the end cost to the environment is staggering. So be mindful when you drink…and remember, friends don’t let friends drink from disposables!
On Saturday we went to the Kite festival or as Zach started screaming as we approached "the kipe fesable". He got really excited and was running after all the kites. Most were on the ground cause there wasn't much wind :( But Zoe and Zach loved playing the kids games and getting prizes after. Zach took the longest picking his "boingy bouncy" ( half a ball that you flip and it bounces really high). We stayed long enough for Jerry to get tired out after chasing Zach around everywhere (the plan was to tire out Zach). Zach loved the music on the stage and "danced" (ran in circles and shook) for about twenty mins off and on. Zoe was excited to see the kites and disappointed there was no wind. I broke her heart to learn that her parents can not control the weather :( She got over it when we told her we would go home and pop pop corn and watch a movie, she choose Enchanted or Little Vampire or Harry Potter I can't remember she has watched them all for two weeks.
Sunday we went to Enterprise and took some fun pics out in the back. I am going to try to set up some sittings there and was looking to see where we could shoot.
The clothes line pic is also from Enterprise.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Later that afternoon (after a nap) we took the kids to our playground for some fun in the sun. It was great weather and they all loved it. I also wanted to get a new logo shot for my sewing company and was inspired by the leggings on the grass. Zoe got out of her skirt as soon as I was done and had fun climbing with her brother. Lucas loved the swing and was full of smiles as usual. I love the pastel colors of spring they look so cute on them.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
|Make a Smilebox slideshow|
What do you think? I am hoping to finish my site by the end of the week so I will post an update then.
When Zach was a baby we called him Hurcules cause he would pull apart all the baby toys but maybe we should have called him "Kal-El"!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
So this year we decieded to let Zoe do a science experiment. We talked about her options she was decieding between testing diapers cloth verses disposible, ice melting, food decaying and I sugested oil spil clean up. She decieded she wanted to test soaps for cleaning up oil. We gathered up the stuff and layed out a plan. She dunked the toy in oil then cleaned it up. We used Ajax and Dawn. And the winner is.........DAWN of course it was inspired by a commercial saying that they use it to clean up peguins after oil spills and I guess that sometimes what you learn on tv is true. She was really pleased with her first experiment and I was proud that she chose something that she was interested in and wasn't really the easiest choice.
She won 2nd place! She was so excited and proud of her self and so were we!