Thursday, June 24, 2010

I bet you didn't know this...

Textile manufacturing waste is a big issue.

Can you believe that 60,000 pounds is the average amount of excess fabric, trims, buttons, zippers, thread and the likes produced at ONE midsize garment factory each week!

Holy BIG WASTE Batman!

That would equal 7.5 Adult Female Elephants

240,000 bananas

13333.33 Ordinary red bricks

Ready for another mind blowing figure? 11.9 MILLION TONS or 238 BILLION pounds of textiles were put into the municipal solid-waste streams in 2007. Of that, just 16% was sent to a recycling facility.

This is what 1 Million tons of trash looks like:

That would equal about 1.5 million 16lb. bowling balls

57 Million Great White Sharks

14.8 Million Unloaded semi trucks

There are a lot of companies doing their part to reduce, recycle and re-use manufacturing waste. Send the textile industry a message by buying only recycled and organic products.

Below is a short list of some companies – please do your own research and support a cleaner Earth.

Go Green Sustainable Industries, LLC

Better For Babies




Loopworks; Sustainable Fashion Why Now, by Janet Hethorn
Natural Capitalism, by Paul Hawken, Armory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
Enviornmental Protection Agency
Fast Company July/August 2010.

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Three Favorite Tricks to Keep Cloth Diapers Fresh

1. The Sun
One of the benefits of living in a hot dry climate is the sun. Hanging your diapers to dry is not only economically and environmentally sound; the sun naturally bleaches out stains and odors. While the sun in Arizona is stronger then other states - you can still reap the benefits of sun drying anywhere in any climate.

2. Very Little if any Soap
I know you have read that you should use 1/4 of the recommended amount of soap when washing cloth diapers. I've seen parents make the mistake of adding more soap if their diapers stink. What happens then is that the soap actually holds in the odor instead of vice versa. If your diapers stink then follow our simple stripping guidelines After your diapers have been successfully stripped THEN use 1/8-1/4 the recommended amount of detergent to wash.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
You know how baking soda neutralizes cat box odors? The same principle can be applied to cloth diapers using a dry or wet pail. Just sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the diapers and it will neutralize the urine smell. For the freshest smelling diapers; add white vinegar in lieu of fabric softener.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Arizona heat has us losing our minds!!!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Five Things I Wished Someone Told Me While I Was Pregnant

1. Your doctor/midwife is NOT the absolute authority. If you don't want a procedure, say an induction, you have the right to refuse.

2. Breastfeeding can be challenging in the beginning. There are experts to help you with that called Lactation Consultants. There are also breastfeeding support groups mainly - La Leche League. Also it's normal to have sore cracked and even bloody nipples for the first week - you can and should nurse through it - it will go away quickly.

3. There are so many dangerous foods and health care providers don't always warn you. Make sure to ask what foods to avoid. Your health care provider should have the latest information on bacteria outbreaks and the likes.

4. You DO get a medal if you have natural childbirth. That medal is the health of both you and your baby. Additionally moms who have natural childbirth have almost no recovery time ***BONUS***

5. Newborns don't need all the vaccines that hospitals insist upon. I'm fairly certain that a newborn isn't at risk for Hep B - a disease spread through sex, needles or other bodily fluids. Do your research and determine a vaccine schedule (or non-schedule) that feels right to you.