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Change the World Wednesday – 10th

Good morning good bloggers.

Getting my first coffee at 6:00 this morning I was reminded of Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam.

Yes, Oh God, it’s early.

Ready already for my second cup.

Update

My first beefless week was no sweat, I didn’t even miss it unless I thought about it. No beef in the fridge, no temptation. Even Lixo didn’t mind, he loves chicken as a meat supplement.

Last week’s challenge was about CDs and DVDs, etc, which is not really a problem for me as I don’t buy them, I download them.

I was taken by surprise in a comment on last week’s CTWW from Ecogrrl:

Cloud data storage

Cloud data storage

“Note – it’s important to remember that going digital doesn’t mean you’ve eliminated your environmental impact – you’re just transferring it to a different form – smaller yes, but still destructive. Internet use and storage takes up SO much – data centers are springing up all over my state of Oregon, on the eastern (dry) side of the state, where they are using up all the precious water to keep them cooled so that people can store their stuff online. There is definitely a negative to all of our internet use, so we need to think of the “invisible” storage of our digital files as well.”

I had never thought about that, less even known about it. Having given it some thought, the only online storage that I use is my blogs, images for my blogs, and a humble collection of mainly “Lixo” clips on YouTube.

I have no faith at all in this cloud storage nonsense. So I will never be a threat to environment and water usage there. But it is an aspect that one should include in the calculation of your water footprint if you store a lot of data on line as some people do. It would be worth finding out how much water is used to store, say, 1tb/month or year.

I use some CD ROMs for storage, more recently I have been using large capacity pendrives and I am currently exploring the value of investing in a USB external drive.

With a view to recycling, data/media storage, I found this idea.

CD holder toilet paper dispenser

CD holder toilet paper dispenser

So instead of buying dispenser packs of tissues, just buy a cheaper soft toilet paper for the same job. Cuts down on unnecessary packaging and production. Although we try to cut down on on the use of paper towels, etc in favour of washable reusables. If you’ve got a runny nose or a child with one, this could be useful.

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Let’s move right along, this week’s CTWW.

This week, test out Eco-friendly cleansers. You can buy “green” versions or better yet … make your own. Use Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide or search the Internet for other natural, homemade options. If you’re currently using something which contains toxins (typically identified by the long list of ingredients on the label and warnings about skin irritation, breathing problems, etc.), consider switching to a safer version.

 

OR …

If you’ve already made the switch to safe cleansers, please share your tips, suggestions and recipes.

Scrub-Sponge-300

Used scour pad

I don’t use much in the way of household cleansers. A simple scourer for the toilet combined with a hard brush does the trick.

Also, I reuse my scour pads from the kitchen, they get recycled to the bathroom.

*Little interruption here* Lixo has come in and  decided it’s breakfast time and I need more coffee…

There, Lixo has his breakfast and I have my coffee.

Smells sweetly of coconut

Smells sweetly of coconut

I have reduced my use of dishwashing liquid. Instead, I am now using a simple bar soap and finding it much more effective, lasts longer, has more suds and is considerably cheaper.

So those are my efforts for the challenge.

There are some cleansers, amongst other things on my Apothecary page.

If you have some ideas that could/you would like to be included there with a link to you blog, please leave me a comment with the link. I am always on the look out for ideas.

 

 

Change the World Wednesday – 6th Mar

baldLast week’s CTWW had me thinking about the apparently innocent soap that I use. I am not one for fancy cleansing products, I just buy plain and simple… or so I thought. I don’t even buy shampoo; even when I had hair, I didn’t buy shampoo. I just used soap.

Brazil is a third world country, despite what the blonde bimbo (president) says.

To find things like eco-friendly products is all but impossible. Here eco-friendly means you put ‘eco-friendly’ on the same old shit and you sell more.

Equally, it is hard to find ingredients to make your own.

So I am stuck with using my ‘simple’ soap.

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Rolling right along to this week’s CTWW.

This challenge is not difficult for me. It’s part of my life.

This week, before tossing anything out, consider alternate uses. For example, could the item be composted or used for another purpose? Could the item be given away and used by someone else? And here’s a “biggie”: could we avoid the item in the first place thereby eliminating the need to toss it out? The idea is to think before tossing anything and end up with less trash at the end of the week.

Fancy jar

Yesterday I finished two jars, one was a fancy schmancy jam jar, and the other was a jar of requeijão. I don’t buy stuff in plastic containers.

The fancy schmancy jar is drying after washing and removing the label and will become part of my tea-bag jar collection. They are just the right size to hold 25 tea-bags, and perfectly sealed so the tea doesn’t deteriorate.

The Itambé Requeijão jar has already become a kitchen drinking glass.

I have enough of these glasses that I will give a set of six to my ex, for her to use at home.

itambequeijoSo nothing gets chucked unnecessarily.

I even save the tops. They make handy little trays for mixing oil paints when the mood so takes me as to paint, which I do from time to time.

Outside I have a stack of wood pieces that I have scavenged, they may come in handy one day; coils of old telephone wire will eventually become clothesline or go along the wall for passionfruit to grow on. There are also pots for plants that my neighbour was chucking out, they will get used eventually, some already have.

There are plastic jars on top of my fridge from chocolate milk drinks, and I have a cupboard full of jars awaiting a new life.

I have a policy bad habit of saving anything that may/might become useful in the near or distant future.

Change the World Wednesday – 27th Feb

I got the hint from SF in her CTWW round-up that my beer had less than the required six ingredients…

So assuaging all vestiges of guilt.

Panic attack over, I have no fear of purgatory.

Last night’s dinner was a left over. The previous day I had cooked some chicken pieces in a cream sauce. A simple as recipe:

  • ½kg (1lb) diced chicken
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chicken stock cube
  • Fry that lot off until golden.
  • Add fresh cream (in that it comes in a box)
  • Healthy splash of soya sauce

Done, eat and enjoy.

It makes enough for two, so when cool put the rest in the fridge for a quick reheat like last night when I arrived home at 9pm.

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This week’s CTWW, hmmm, soap?

This week review the body soap you are currently using. Please include such information as how the product performs, how it was packaged and the ingredients. Perhaps do a little research on the ingredients to determine if they are all environmentally and personally safe. You may include the name of the soap or not … your choice. You may also post your review on any platform, including a comment here. The idea is for us to take an honest look at the soap we’re using and share information so that we all learn.

I categorically refuse to buy anything packaged like this

My criteria for buying soap is simple: cheap!

I usually buy what is on special and I have given scant regard as to what’s in it. It’s an area that I have never considered.

The brands are usually Lux or Plamolive; I’m not fussy about brands. Currently they run around R$.89 cents a cake (USD.45c+/-). Anything over R$1 is off limits, I have said that I live frugally, and I refuse to spend a fortune on such things as soap.

My soap comes in a wrapper and I won’t consider these hand dispensers and anything like plastic tubes. They are expensive and a total waste of natural resources. My opinion is that they should be banned.

But what is in my soap?

Good question… next! (My answer to everything my students ask that I don’t have an immediate answer for).

Palmolive_Soap_Original_4x125gWhat are the ingredients for Palmolive Original?

Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Sodium Palmate, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Elaeis Guineensis, Olea Europaea, Pentasodium Pentetate, Cellulose Gum, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. – Answers.com

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OMG, just look at that list!

Sodium Tallowate – is the saponified beef tallow. Saponification: To convert (a fat or oil) into soap. Free Dictionary

Sodium Palm Kernelate This is a natural salt derived from palm kernel oil, which is in turn derived from the kernels (seeds) of the oil palm.

Aqua – I can’t find anything but a band called Aqua. (Music is crap, songs like I’m a Barbie Girl)

Sodium palmitate – Is commonly obtained by saponification of palm oil. To this end, palm oil, rendered from the coconut palm nut.

Parfum – Perfume (non-specific)

Sodium Chloride – Salt

Glycerin – Glycerol

Titanium Dioxide – whitening agent (There are some health concerns)

Elaeis guineensis – is a species of palm commonly called African oil palm or macaw-fat. It is the principal source of palm oil.

Olea Europaea – Olive oil

Pentasodium Pentetate – a chelating agent used in cosmetics and beauty products “prevent various mineral components from binding together and negatively affecting the formulation” (Source).

Cellulose Gum – a stabilising agent (Safe)

Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – an anti-oxidant, considered low risk, used in many cosmetics.

So there doesn’t seem to be anything sinister in the soap base that I use; despite some evil sounding names, get a load of that last one, the name is almost a complete sentence.

The most evil aspect is the proliferation of ‘palm oils’ used. The extraction of palm oils is one of the major causes of deforestation in places like Africa and Indonesia.

What is the problem with palm oil?

Palm oil only grows in the tropics, where, if cultivated in an unsustainable way, it can have negative impacts on people and the environment. These include indiscriminate forest clearing, habitat loss for threatened and endangered species, poor air quality from burning forests and peatlands, and threats to the rights and interests of local communities.WWF

I imagine that it would be difficult to find a soap, unless homemade, that doesn’t have palm oil or palm kernel oil.

But the exercise has been enlightening, I am now more aware of what I am washing with.

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