Thursday, 19 January 2012
Spring and summer are favourite seasons for many of us and the one thing we all dislike is the mosquito invasion.
A good insect repellent is an absolute must, preferably one that is not loaded with questionable chemicals.
DEET, is the most commonly used insect repellent , it is a highly effective repellent that has been commonly used by since the 1960′s. But many people have sensitivities to this potent chemical and some studies have indicated it may be even be a weak neurotoxin! A very pleasant and effective alternative is now being made by a Fair-trade organisation, Lulu Life in the Sudan, it is wild harvested Shea butter with added lemon eucalyptus oil, a natural, plant-based insect repellent, which has been proven highly effective against mosquitoes.
Lemon eucalyptus oil, derived from eucalyptus leaves, is a natural mosquito repellent. It has been approved as effective and safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is recommended by the CDC as a means to prevent West Nile infection. A 2002 study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared different synthetic and herbal repellents and concluded that the herbal repellents that contain a high concentration of lemon eucalyptus oil were very effective.
Not only is Lulu Life Shea Mosquito Repellent a natural product that is made by a Fair-trade women's organisation it has a pleasant fresh lemony fragrance - and most importantly it works!
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Jute Paper- Creating a Balance Between Natural Systems, Our Economic System And Our Social System
Jute paper is a wonderful and unique example of a tree free paper it is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and therefore environmentally friendly. Jute is a hardy, rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides, good for the land. It is typically grown as an off-season crop that supplements growers’ income, good for farming communities
The Making Of Jute Paper
The jute is sorted by hand to remove unwanted materials and dust.
The sorted material is then chopped into small pieces.
Dyes and sometimes other materials are added to the paper
The pulp is then diluted in water and put in a vat.
Using a mold and a deckle the wet pulp is transferred on to a felt sheet building up a stack of interleaved sheets which are left to dry
When the sheet is completely dried the result is a beautiful, eco friendly jute paper from which jute journals and notebooks are manufactured.
Saturday, 07 January 2012
Paper manufacturing is one of the most environmentally damaging industries in the world. The major source of raw material is obtained from trees and huge numbers of trees are harvested annually .The industrialised process of paper making also involves other environmentally destructive practices such as the use of toxic chemicals including chlorine used to make the paper brighter . There are environmentally friendlier ways of making paper, ways which do not exploit natural resources and avoid the use of toxic chemicals . One of these is by making paper using elephant dung.
Why elephant dung is a brilliant choice for paper making.
Elephants are poor digesters more than 50% of the food they eat comes out as fibrous pulp. Paper is essentially fibrous pulp.
Elephants produce over 50 kg of dung per day on average. This is sufficient for making around 115 sheets of elephant paper per day per animal.
Elephants are a nuisance for farmers in Sri Lanka because they eat crops and threaten the farmers’ livelihood the income produced by the sale of elephant dung paper makes them a far more attractive beast to local farmers and they are less likely to harm them. The income also provides capital to support sanctuaries for the elephants.
Collect the elephant dung
Wash and boil
Add the colours
Sift evenly into frames
Dry the paper pulp using sunlight
Smooth the surface
Create eco-freindly journals, notebooks, cards etc