Monthly Archives: August 2013

Make Life Easy During Menstrual Cycle

Green Menstrual Cycle

If this is the time to detox and give your body a break as it cleanses, it is also the time of physical pain, mood swings, and irritable behavior. A lot to experience in just a few days! This is the time of PMS or Premenstrual Symptoms. Symptoms typically start during the second half of menstrual cycle which is 14 days or more after the first day of your last period and go away 1-2 days after your cycle starts. What follows is the time of period itself! For a girl, this is one duration that leaves her and people around her tensed. Here are a few natural ways for a clean, hygienic and tension free Menstrual Period.

  1. Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, legumes, brown rice, raw nuts and seeds. Avoid white flour, sugar, pasta, caffeine and dairy. Load up on potassium with products like coconut water, onions, bananas, greens, strawberries and melons, etc.
  2. Incorporate any type of exercise like brisk walk, yoga, walk or run for at least 20 minutes a day.
  3. Use organic tampons or chemical and plastic free pads to reduce menstrual cramps and maintain healthy hygiene.

Environment Friendly- Paper or Plastic?

paper or plastic

After grocery shopping, you are puzzled as to take a paper or a plastic bag considering the former being preferred over plastic. However, if we look at the environmental disadvantages of both, it tells a different story.

Using a paper bag might not be a valid choice if you look at the following points:

1.Paper production causes 70% more pollution than plastic production. The process also results in 50 times more water pollutants than making plastic bags. And the amount of trees that get cut in the process!

2.Making paper consumes 4 times as much energy as making plastic bag. Also paper bag takes up 3 times amount of water it takes to make plastic bag.

3.In terms of recycling, 91% more energy goes in recycling a pound of paper than a pound of plastic.

4.Paper bags generate 80% more solid waste and that in landfills, paper doesn’t degrade all that much faster than plastic.

If paper has some shocking facts, then plastic is not far behind:

1.Plastics are littered everywhere and are an eye sore. Besides, plastics can be deceptive to birds and wildlife and mistake it as food. As a result, animals die of starvation and intestinal problems.

2.Plastic photo-degrades rather than biodegrades. This process takes place in presence of light and it can take up to 500 or even 1000 years in landfills.

3.Although plastic takes less energy to recycle than paper, plastic bags are a frustrating cycling process. They can damage the plant’s machines.

These factors have made the question of paper being more environment friendlier than plastic, mind boggling. While the question remain unsolved, both paper and plastic are causing damage to the environment. As we don’t have a proper choice, the only thing that can be done is to diligently reuse them.

Green Exercises for the Hot Season

Exercising

You look at yourself in the mirror and have no idea about what to do with those extra kilos you have added by giving way to temptations. It is 40 degrees outside and that has given you another reason to sulk. But worry not, turn the heat up on yourself with the following exercises that makes you shed, feel fit and are absolutely environment friendly!

  1. Plan a camping trip to state or national parks or private parks. This involves lot of physical exercises and brings you close to nature.
  2. Hike! Pack your gears and go hiking. You can also carry your mountain bike and go for expedition around the areas.
  3. Gardening. Yes, this is a form of exercise that helps you to stay fit as it involves lot of strength and muscle movements.
  4. For your grocery shopping or to meet a friend, walk the distance. You save money on gas and create no pollution.
  5. Remember those glider shoes in your closet? It is time to dust off, put on and you can either skate around or jog in those shoes and get some exercise out of it.
  6. Clean your neighborhood. Gear up and set to make your surroundings hygienic. You can sort garbage in different categories and use recycle bins for paper or plastics.
  7. Cycling. Participate in events that are set up in and around the city or have your own route plan and exercise your muscles.
  8. Move your workout exercises outdoors. This put a greater emphasis on body resistance exercises.
  9. Mowing. Do you know that mowing the lawn for half an hour will burn over 200 calories?
  10. The most beneficial exercise to stay fit and de-stress is Yoga. Sit with an exercise mat on a soft space on ground and exercise. You can also indulge in swimming later to feel rejuvenated.
  11. Feel free and fit this summer with these eco-friendly exercises for yourself and the earth.

Eco-friendly Ways for Hygienic Swimming

Swimming HygieneThe swimming pools give a satisfactory respite to all. Swimming is both a good physical exercise and a relaxing activity. The most important thing is to clean and maintain the hygiene of the pool. Traditionally, we use chlorine or salts to get rid of the many pollutants that infect the pool. However, studies have proven that these chemicals have health consequences.

There are many techniques to disinfect the swimming pools and maintain hygiene. Pool ozonation, one of the widely used techniques is 3100 times faster and 1.33 times more powerful than chlorine. In this technique, oxygen from air is concentrated and applied to ozone generator. This unit then converts oxygen to ozone. This ozone is mixed in water using ventury. Pool ozonation is safe, hygienic and eco-friendly.

Another way is to use eco-friendly Ultra Violet water purification systems. It is similar to using sun’s rays and is the most natural method. The UV system does not eliminate the total use of chlorine. But it reduces the level of chlorine by-product Chloromines that means no more eye and skin irritation, fresh and clean water.

You can also install solar heating panels near the pool which processes warmth from the sun and makes the water disinfectant.

Besides these, constructing a Natural Swimming Pool or Eco Pools is one of the best methods to maintain hygiene and use all natural ways to disinfect the pool. It is like an ecosystem in its own way. The plants absorb nutrients for its growth leaving nothing for the algae to live on. This leaves pure, clean water behind for swimming. Also the water is highly oxygenated which controls mosquito larvae. These plants are constructed near the pool just like a garden and are linked to the pool either through small streams or underground pipes.

Maintaining an ecological pool doesn’t need weeding, watering, mowing mulching or fertilizing. This eco-system method keeps the water clean and clear of all disinfectants for a safe swimming experience.

Acton- Boxborough Regional School saves Energy with their Power Down Project

green power down

If you thought saving electricity could not do much for the environment, then you might be mistaken. The students of Acton- Boxborough Regional School District, Massachusetts collaborated to work on energy conservation. Under the supervision of Energy advisor, Kate Crosby, a group of students first gathered information about the energy usage in the school for a time period and on basis of that information, initiated ‘Power Down Project’ which aimed at bringing down the the energy usage. Continue reading