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WYSI™ The Ecofriendly Green Wipe

For anyone travelling, alone or in a group an essential thing to have in our cars would be wipes. Everytime I use a common wipe or paper towel I feel guilty about adding to the landfills. With Wysi one gets a product which is biodegradable and reusable.

The Wysi Wipe is a multipurpose wipe made of 100% pulp free fibre, is scent free and biodegradable! Each wipe is about the size of a nickel and shaped like a tablet.   All you do is add your liquid of choice and the wipe expands to the size of a large wipe.

 

Wysi™ closes the gap between a paper towel and washcloth. Yet Wysi™ is soft enough for the most delicate skin; 100% natural; contains no alcohol; and has no added chemicals; and zero scents. Plain and simple Wysi™ is a pure hypoallergenic wipe suitable for all skin types. Even the oxygen based whitener H2O2 has environment benefits.

The only additive is the liquid you chose! Try refreshing clean water from your bottle, stream, lake, kettle, tap or hose. Splash on a tablespoon of liquid and watch it grow! Wet & unroll an absorbent, practical, multipurpose, baby soft, scent-free cloth.

  • Ideal for traveling!
  • Use indoors or out.
  • Walking, hiking, backpacking, camping or even at a family picnic or barbecue.
  • Compacts are compressed making them fabulous when space is at a premium. Like in a RV, boat, shop, cabinets, purse, etc.
  • Absorbent to soak up messy spills in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Instant antibacterial wipe when moistened with disinfectant
  • Kid friendly and pet friendly in the home or on the go
  • Hypoallergenic, super-soft and gentle on sensitive skin
  • Convenient laptop screen wipe at home or at work
  • Handy automobile wipe or gym wipe
  • Perfect as a heavy duty industrial hand wipe
  • Disposable yet reusable, can be rinsed many times
  • Finally One wipe is everything you need it to be!

Price : 12 pieces in a packet is priced around 10$

A box 40 resealable bags in a box  100$

Anywhere. Everywhere. Green and Clean The biodegradable Wysi™ brand of wipes and cloths!

Check it out HERE

Ciralight’s Suntracker: Green Commercial Daylighting!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a working sustainability program in place and which keeps adding new green products to lessen its impact on the environment. In one of the updates we receive at the zoo about what was being done to lessen its Carbon foot print, a green product caught my eye – Ciralight’s Suntracker daylighting system – The speaker introduced it as “Skylights on Steroids!”

The zoo has installed Suntracker systems in the warehouse and the before and after pictures were stunning! Check them out below:

I found it very interesting especially the difference in the lighting, and the positive impact it would make on the environment. Once I got home it was one of the first things I looked up on the web.

What is Suntracker?

Ciralight Global, Inc. headquartered in Irvine, California, aims at bringing natural solar day-lighting indoors using their patented “Intelligent skylight” concept that utilizes a GPS unit that tracks the sun and a lens and mirror design that tracks, captures and magnifies the natural light produced from the sun at a level of intensity and clarity that makes electric lighting unnecessary during daylight hours. The result is a FREE green natural light source during daylight hours, which will lower utility bills, save energy, improve customer and employee satisfaction and enhanced performance in schools, factories and businesses that use the system.

All large scale stores like Sams Club, Home Depot etc School Gyms, Indoor stadiums etc. any building that needs to have lights on throughout the day can benefit from the Suntracker. The Suntracker like the name suggests tracks and uses the Free source of energy “the Sun” – and the light sensors help to turn your electrical powered lights off during daytime hours allowing you to conserve energy, save money and meet today’s energy efficiency standards. All buildings receive some amount of daylight, however, the term ‘daylit’ refers to buildings specifically designed or retrofitted to efficiently capture and distribute daylight as their primary lighting source. Up until now, that has been a very passive technique. Today, Ciralight has the innovative technology to bring daylight into a building in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

How does it work?

The Suntracker has a state-of-the-art solar powered GPS rotation control system to track the sun with a single mirror that effectively reflects sunlight into the building. The light passes through a thermal barrier, through a light well and a bottom light diffuser to effectively spread the light throughout the building.

The SunTracker tracks the sun from an hour after sunrise to an hour before sunset allowing the end user to turn the lights OFF during daylight hours.

Unlike the standard skylights the Suntracker Daylighting system keeps the light even throughout the day by tracking the sun. Compared to electric lighting, it produces illumination equivalent to 800 watts of fluorescent lighting, or more than a 1,000 watt metal halide lamp. Since it does not draw any line voltage, electricity costs for lighting drop to zero during the average of 10.5 hours a day that it reflects light indoors.

The combination of lumen performance, low operating cost, long life cycle and much lower heat generation is what makes the system so energy and maintenance efficient. The system is warranted for 10 years.

I am one of those who keeps up with the sun and grey skies make me dreary, so do dark rooms; love to keep windows open and the blinds pulled up, to let the sun in. Remember how there is always a tug of war for that corner cabin with windows! Scientific evidence shows that people feel, work and learn better with daylight than with electric lighting.

The zoo website reports that the environmental impact of the warehouse skylight installation is as follows:

The environmental impacts of this one project are:

  • Annual Carbon Emissions Reduction: 220,605 Lbs.
  • Annual Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emissions Reduction: 866 Lbs.
  • Annual Nitrogen Oxide (NO,NO2) Reduction: 425 Lbs.
  • Coal Burning Avoided: 47 Tons
  • Atmospheric Mercury Contamination Avoided: 2,227 Mg
  • Equivalent Acres of Forest Added: 27 Acres
  • Equivalent Number of Cars Removed From the Road: 19 Cars

The essence is that Ciralight Virtually eliminates the need for electric lighting during the daylight hours. Daylighting  reduces pollution and improves human output. Ciralight’s SunTracker high performance daylighting system produces up to ten times more light than a passive skylight and distributes light more evenly and over a wider area. Imagine what an impact it can make if a majority of the large store chains changed their lighting to Suntrack Daylighting systems! Green is the way to live.

Check out how it works here: Ciralight Demo
Check out a video about Suntracker from Ciralight Global

Sources:

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Sustainability Program

Ciralight Global Website

Heritage Solar Slate Roofing: Green And Visually Pleasing

Read about this new solar roofing tile from Heritage solar called “Solar Slate” which truly makes use of your roof space without taking away from the aesthetic appeal of your home. The slates are designed to not stand out, there by helping with planning permission and regulations. It can even be used in historic preservation areas. Solar slate is manufactured by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd: a UK based leading company in the field of alternative energy projects.

Snowdonia national Park in the UK has a traditional cottage called Y Stabal which has 340 panels of the solar slate installed in its roof.

Heritage Solar Slates are innovative roof-integrated photovoltaic solar slates.
They are efficient, reliable, fully weather proof and look just like regular roofing slates. Unlike traditional solar panels, they blend in with standard roof slates to create a virtually invisible solar panel roof. Heritage Solar Slates are ideal for use in conservation areas, on historic buildings, new builds, or renovation projects. They are very low maintenance and easy to install.

What makes Heritage Solar Slates better than competition:

  • Reliability: No moving parts
  • Aesthetics: At last a perfect match to traditional slates
  • Practically no maintenance
  • Feed-in-tariffs eligible
  • Easily meets planning requirements
  • Plug and play: painless installation

The company site has the Guarantee terms as follows: Guarantee terms include a 10 year roof integrity guarantee and 10 year minimum performance guarantee (subject to terms, conditions, and limitations).

Clean, reliable, sustainable, renewable and aesthetically appealing! Check it out when you think about a new roof.

Source –

Pictures and Data – Heritage Solar slate Website

World Architectural News Article – The Solar Slate is a challenger for the 2010 WAN Awards

Inhabitat article

gDiaper Earth Friendly Diapers: An Eco-Friendly Choice

My little niece is almost 2 and she goes through 3-4 diapers a day now! When she was a baby the numbers used to be much higher and my sister was always looking for an alternative which made sense economically and environmentally. She has used cloth diapers as a replacement and what we discovered was it made better sense environmentally to use the disposable kind as the cloth one actually created a larger carbon footprint than the disposable one!!(Check out the video at the end of the post you will be surprised at what you learn!)

My mom says it gives parents a pass to take their time to potty train their little ones, she says in her childhood with out the security of the diaper most kids were potty trained by the time they were walking! Cloth diaper manufacturers do claim their users are potty trained a year earlier than disposable diaper users.

Disposable diapers made there appearance in various forms in the early part of the 20th century. In 1949 Johnson & Johnson introduced the first mass produced disposable diapers in the US. Since then it has become a staple in every babies life growing up. The US diaper industry is valued at 3.2Billion dollars annually; which amounts to around 18billion diapers which head to the landfill every year! Each one has an outer layer of waterproof polypropylene and an inner layer of fluff made from wood pulp plus super-slurper sodium polyacrylate (SAP) that can hold a hundred times its weight in water.

Those 18 billion diapers add up to 82,000 tons of plastic a year (want to calculate the amount of crude oil??) and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp — 250,000 trees. After a few hours of active service these materials are trucked away, primarily to landfills, where they sit, neatly wrapped packages of excrement, entombed undegraded for several hundred years. In raw form sewage is illegal in land fills, some how with diapers it is kind of over looked too!

World over all countries now have access to the disposable diaper which is seen as a boon to new parents who then don’t have to worry about leaks and mishaps. Approximately 50million diapers are said to be ending up in waste dumps world!

The Great Disposable Diaper Debate from the Sustainability Institute makes for very interesting reading.

gDiaper the Green Diaper

Anyways coming to the Earth friendly diaper The gDiaper The most eco-friendly diaper available, gDiapers provides parents with a diapering solution that is good for babies, parents and the planet. You can have the flexibility of a disposable diaper with a 100% biodegradable gRefill, or opt for re-usability with super soft and trim-fitting gCloth inserts.

What makes them special?

  • g stands for green diapers. gDiapers are breathable, 100% biodegradable diapers you can flush, compost or toss. gDiapers are designed to keep your baby dry and comfortable and the planet a little happier.
  • Home compost, toss, or flush the biodegradable gRefill for the smallest footprint on earth. gDiapers break down in 50-150 days.
  • gDiapers are plastic-free, elemental chlorine free, latex free, and perfume free.
  • Comes in 2 options – Choose from two guilt-free options: biodegradable diapers with our biodegradable gRefills or reusable cloth diapers with our gCloth inserts.
  • The company also has machine washable and colorful diaper covers which they call gPants to use with the gDiapers.

The gpants which are 92% cotton, 8% spandex, no elemental chlorine, no perfumes, no latex and no guilt, comes in 3 sizes small, medium and large – priced at 101$ for a pack of 6 and are on sale now for$70.00

The grefills and diaper cloths are priced from 15-30$ depending on the size and number of pieces in a packet.

A really Cute g Pant

I find the product very interesting and am recommending it to my sister, it is nice to start a Green life style real early, and cotton am sure should be much more comfortable for my little niece 🙂 What do you think? Live Green!

Source for Pictures and Information on gDiapers, refills etc >> www.gdiapers.com

A Very Interesting and educative Video about the impact of Diapers on the environment from the National Geographic Do check it out 🙂

Mission Fake Chicken

Picture courtesy Time magazine

Going Vegetarian has never been easier. It is one of the ways to really go Green. If everyone would avoid meat once a week it can reduce the amount of green house gases by a good amount. These days you can pretty much find vegetarian alternatives to almost every meat favorite from soy sausages and “Fib Ribs” to Tofurky jerky and mock lobster. Most restaurants including fast food chains are providing vegetarian menus and veggie burgers too.

One of the things that have been missing has been Chicken! This spring, scientists at the University of Missouri announced that after more than a decade of research, they had created the first soy product that not only can be flavored to taste like chicken but also breaks apart in your mouth the way chicken does: not too soft, not too hard, but with that ineffable chew of real flesh. When you pull apart the Missouri invention, it disjoins the way chicken does, with a few random strands of “meat” hanging loosely.

Read the entire article here

Check out the video here

FYI – By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from misery.

And if you are planning to go vegetarian start with the birds and their eggs as they are smaller more of them need to lose their lives to feed a few of us.

If interested in going vegetarian check out go veg GO GREEN!!