Cotton is the preferred choice in hospitals and birthing centers; it is very common to see your newborn being swaddled in cotton receiving blankets after birth. Being non-allergenic, it is an excellent choice of material for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies, or those who have sensitive skin prone to irritation. Pediatricians will sometimes suggest using cotton clothing and blankets for babies that have eczema or other skin maladies, before they will encourage using harsh steroidal creams. Dermatologists also recommend wearing and using cotton products. Cotton has high tensile strength therefore can endure high temperatures and be sterilized. It is the only fiber that gets stronger when wet, being highly absorbent for drawing moisture out, providing premium comfort and softness for a happier baby.
It is possible, with the increasing emphasis on global warming and using sustainable resources, that there could be legislation put in place in the future that will force businesses to recycle or make sure that they operate in an eco-friendly manner in as many ways as possible. Forcing recycling does not seem the way forward, but implementing schemes slowly will reward cuts in waste, as well as helping fund research into alternate energy and suchlike would be a good start. Making a ban on plastic bags, so cloth or other reusable sources would take over, seems a logical step and one that has already been moved towards, with many retailers now charging if you want a plastic counterpart. This is something that will help the public help the retailers reduce waste in the long run, so try your best to make sure that you use eco-friendly companies, and hope that environmental law change will come soon.
Among all the yoga mats available in the market, cotton mats are the most popular ones. Cotton yoga mats have many advantages over the others. They are thick and extra soft.
They provide a perfect non-slip surface, which helps in doing yoga without the fear of getting hurt. These provide a nice padding around the knees and ankles for the yoga exercises. These are easy to maintain, portable, durable, very light in weight and washable. They can be rolled or folded and stored conveniently in any corner of your house. Beautiful mat bags are also available to carry them to where ever you go. They are comparatively inexpensive, and are available in different shapes and sizes and in a wide range of pastel shades and bright colors. Cotton mats soak sweat so your grip remains intact on the mat preventing you from slipping even when you perspire. They are eco-friendly and non-toxic. Cotton yoga mats definitely have an edge above the others.
The greatest benefit here is that there are no pesticides and fertilizers used so it is not poisoning the environment or the people involved in production. Care taken over soil preparation allows it to retain the moisture and reduces the need for supplementary irrigation.
There is no doubt that Bamboo makes a great alternative. It is a soft and very comfortable fabric that allows air to circulate freely. It’s also antibacterial, anti-static and anti-fungal. It grows naturally without any need for fertilizers or pesticides and is 100% sustainable and 100% biodegradable.
Hemp is an incredibly soft and strong fabric that can retain its shape over many years. It is a fast growing crop that does not damage the land and has no need for pesticides or fertilizers. It is breathable; keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Hemp is 100% sustainable and 100% biodegradable.
Some plastics are biodegradable. These materials are manufactured with a chemical base that causes a rapid breakdown.
Traditional plastics breaks down in landfills, however it takes years to see any results. But, it takes only a few months to few years for biodegradable plastics to fully decompose. There are many ways to degrade materials. In landfills, microorganisms actually “eat” the materials. They are broken down by enzymes, and the rate of this process depends on the heat present and the amount of oxygen available. The material itself is the biggest part in deciding how long it takes for the biodegradable process to finish. Biodegradable plastic bags take about 2 to 3 months to decompose. When products that are used in bulk quantity add up, it is probable to have a lot of full landfills that is bad for the environment. Taking smart decisions about product materials will help out the environment and in a lot of cases you wallet too.
Jute is the second most important vegetable fiber after cotton.
Jute is one of the most versatile natural fibers that has been used in raw materials for packaging, textiles, non-textile, and agricultural sectors.
Jute is the most cheap vegetable fiber procured from bast of the Jute plant and it falls into the category of bast fibers (other bast fibers are Flax, Hemp, Ramie, etc.).
Jute has high tensile strength, and low extensibility.
Jute stem has very high volume of cellulose that can be procured within 4-6 months, and hence it also can save the forest and meet cellulose and wood requirement of the world.
The best varieties of Jute are Bangla Tosha – Corchorus olitorius (Golden shine) & Bangla White – Corchorus capsularis (Whitish Shine), and Meshta or Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) is another species with fibre similar to Jute with medium quality.
Jute, naturally. Unlike plastic, it’s not a byproduct of the global petrochemicals industry. And also unlike plastic, it biodegrades completely, to the benefit of the soil.
The holidays are finally over and we can hopefully begin slowing down and getting our lives back to normal. It is not too late to make recycling resolutions. New Years are a great opportunity to not only reuse, but to recycle. Almost all of the boxes and wrapping paper can be recycled. There are practically endless possibilities to reuse. Most of the ribbons that are used to pack gifts can be used for several years. A lot of boxes that hold the gifts can be used for packaging gifts the next year. Some stores even charge for gift boxes! Pretty little gift bags can be used for somebody else’s gift anyplace down the road. They are way too valuable.
If you use an artificial Christmas tree, you can fold it up and store it for next year. If you have purchased a live tree including the root ball and live in a warm environment, you can plant it in your yard and enjoy it for years to come. A lot of communities have some sort of recycling for cut Christmas trees. Some of them have curbside pickup to recycle the trees. Some communities use old trees to shred and cover trails and pathways through parks. This helps to reduce and repair the damage created during hikes. Some communities turn old trees into mulch and then provide it to the public for free. Think about getting a fresh start in the New Year and reduce your holiday effect on the environment.
Resolve to start recycling if you haven’t already. You can start small. If you already recycle, take it up a notch. If your curbside recycling service does not accept certain items, resolve to begin taking that item to the drop off facility near your area. Resolve to purchase more items made from recycled materials such as napkins, toilet paper, Paper towels, and other paper products that fall into this category. Resolve to purchase more items in bulk, consequently reducing packaging waste. Resolve to create at least one creative craft using something you might consider to throw away. This can reduce stress, and is a great way to spend some quality time with your family.