Anti-bottled Water Campaigns Market the Tap

I recently wrote about an attack campaign against bottled water that used slogans like "Bottled Water: 98% melted ice caps, 2% polar bear tears." The statements were obviously false, but in the fine print of every ad were the words, "If bottled water companies can lie, we can too."I have since been alerted to two other campaigns against bottled water -- which has faced not only increased criticism from environmentalist groups, but also questions from congress over the fact that bottled water is less heavily regulated than water from the tap. A New York company has been bottling local tap water and selling it, openly and proudly. But first and foremost, Tap'd NY encourages people to drink from the tap whenever possible, and to buy its product only "when tap isn't convenient." The company describes its product as "the anti-bottled-water bottled water." (h/t U.S. Food Policy)And the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department is launching a new advertising campaign promoting local tap water. An earlier campaign earned threats of legal action from Nestle Waters North America. The campaign included radio spots with statements like, "Bottled water is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Tap water is. That's why you always can be sure Miami-Dade tap water is superior. Stop wasting your money!" Trending News Google Cloud Outage Missing Connecticut Mom Virginia Beach Shooting Protester Interrupts Harris Nestle Waters called such statements "false and misleading," but of course, such lack of regulation was precisely the subject of a recent hearing by a House subcommittee.Regardless, the new campaign is apparently focusing more on singing the benefits of tap water and less on explicitly attacking the bottled water industry.But the attack is still implied. And when you throw in the economic pressures against bottled water, I'd say it's not the best industry to go into right now.Related stories on BNET Food:New Strategy Against Bottled Water: SatireBottled Water Faces New ScrutinyIs Environmentalism Killing Bottled Water, Or is it Just the Economy?

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Plastic-Free Water: Coming to a Grocery Store near You?
The United States boasts the world's largest bottled water consumer market and growing. In 2016, sales amounted to approximately 12.8 billion gallons with two brands generating more than 1 billion in U.S. sales each. Convenience and a healthy zero calorie beverage option lead the reason to its positive trajectory. Last month, the world's first plastic-free supermarket opened in Amsterdam as apilot program. Can America catch up?Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, is stocked with over 700 plastic-free products ranging from meats to fresh fruit and vegetables so it's no surprise that it'd go one step further and now offer plastic-free water.Bluewater , which designs and manufactures water purifiers, is responsible for contributing a unique public hydration station that delivers on-demand pure drinking water free of micro-plastics and other contaminants ranging from lead to pesticides and gender-bending hormones."Micro-plastics are today found in over 80 percent of the world's tap water according to new research, while other studies indicate pollution of drinking water by pervasive gender-bending chemicals and hormones is leading to lower fertility rates and hormone disruption in young women and men," says Anders Jacobson, President ofBluewaterand co-founder and CEO of the company's holding company, Blue.Microplastics are those tiny plastic fibers and fragments that don't break down and pollute our waterways. Not only do they pose an issue for ocean wildlife, they're infesting our world's drinking water, too.According to Jacobson, Bluewater's patented water purification technologies and delivery solutions effectively remove gender-bending chemicals found in cleaning agents, cosmetics, and contraceptive pills as well as the microplastics found in our tap water around the world.This isn't the first time I've written about the health impacts of plastics in the world's oceans. Last summer, I wondered how effective restaurants would be with their straw-free business tactic. Chicago's Shedd Aquarium was supporting the effort and is usually the case with these movements, the plastic-free aisle initiative was spurred by international environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, a grassroots movement geared to turn off the plastic tap.Ekoplaza plans to roll out plastic-free aisles across its 74 branches in the Netherlands over the coming 12 months, with the next one scheduled for The Hague in June.Bluewaterplans to provide Ekoplaza customers in the Dutch port the opportunity to drink plastic-free water as they shop shelves also devoid of polluting layers of plastic.I, for one, will drink to that. Now we need to expand the initiative across the pond and get the United States on board, too.
Homemade Tap Water Filter - Nice Way to Purify Drinking Water
A homemade water filter is a nice way of purifying the tap water. One major advantage is that you make it yourself so you know exactly how it works. Its unlike a good looking commercial filter which claims a lot but stops functioning after a certain interval of time.A homemade filter will always work because you know how it works. In case it doesn't you will immediately open it up and set up everything right. You can make one yourself at a fraction of the cost of a commercial one. There are even more advantages. Those electronic filters are in no way better than one you can make yourself if you get the right instructions.The major advantages of using a self-made filter are:You know how it works.No need to spend thousands on a commercial one.Have multiple ones at various places in your home instead of just on in the kitchen.Make it work better than the ones which only look good.Takes very little time to make yourself using a good guide.Lasts for several years so you won't have to build one every year.Filters lots of water unlike the conventional ones.The water supply systems in various US Cities are more than a century old. There is an increasing amount of lead coming into the drinking water resulting from corrosion of water pipes. Even there is greater risk of pathogens, toxic chemicals and other contaminants. You must know how to clean your water yourself and not depend upon the water supply systems. You can't expect them to do 100%.Especially people with weak immune systems, young children, pregnant ladies and elderly people are more prone to diseases and infections due to polluted or contaminated drinking water. Imagine you are able to make a water filter which works better than the ones you buy from the market. Check out Make A Water Filter Guide and find out yourself whether it's the right thing for you or not.
Portable Water Filter - Water Container That Turns Tap Water into Safe Drinking Water
If you are constantly on the go and are very much concern about the quality of the drinking water, there is one good news for you. It takes away the added expense of bottles, on top of that, it give you the best of both worlds: clean, great tasting water. This sport water filter device simply provide you with the inexpensive convenience of high quality, filtered tap source H2O. Just fill the sports bottle with tap water, and it will remove lead, chlorine and other chemical contaminants for healthy water in seconds! Besides able to hold 20 oz filtered water, the bottle is durable, economical and is perfect for the gym, office, school, or anywhere else you are traveling.The mobile water device is just not a drink container as it appears to be. It has one filter that can effectively remove chlorine, led, chemical contaminants, bad tastes and odors, from household water supply. So, you can just replenish your drinking water from any tap source you can find to your convenience. One single filter can purify 40 gallons of household water supply, or will last you 60 days of use. When you purchase, this mobile water device comes with 3 water filters or cartridges and cost less than a dinner. So, that is a 120 gallons of pure, clean and well-taste drinking H2O. In the effort to assure you of the reliabilities of the portable water device, it gives you 100 days warranty from the date of purchase.It is made of Low Density Poly-Ethylene. With the unique replaceable filters, any contaminants in the tap supply which are harmful to your body will be removed. You are assured of pure, clean, odorless and tasty drink prior to consumption. The special design and size make it conveniently for bringing it with you virtually everywhere you go. You can clean it easily by just rinsing it under the tap, or if you are too lazy, you can clean it with dishwasher. So, this provide you with pure and safe drinking water irregardless where you are as long as there is household tap supply.This portable water filter not only remove lead, chlorine and chemical contaminants for every 40 gallons or it will last you 60 days of usage, it also allows you to use any tap source and the end result is great tasting, healthy and pure drink. There are no risk in buying this portable water unit as the company is giving you 100 days warranty from the date of purchase. If you are not entirely happy with the performance of this portable water filter unit, you just inform and return to them, and you get your money back.For those who travel frequently or always on the move, I would recommend you to get a unit of this portable water filter instead of buying bottled drink as drinking bottled drink is not as safe as you might think. Simply spend the cost of a meal, bring it along with you, especially if you are traveling to some countries where you are not sure about their quality of tap supply. Believe me, you will have complete peace of mind irregardless where you are with this portable water filters. It can just turn any source of household tap supply into a clean and pure water which can be safely consumed.
How to Make the Perplexing Raindrop Cake
This year's answer to the cronut is an edible breast implant. Well done, humanity.OK, it's actually called a raindrop cake and it's essentially a half-sphere of colourless, flavourless jelly that's supposed to look-and taste-like a large, freshly fallen raindrop. It's jiggly, smooth and delicate. When bitten, the raindrop yields a soft, melty texture that falls apart rather than giving off a chewy, bouncy, Jell-O-like texture. After 30 minutes or so, the whole thing is supposed to disintegrate. Yum!The dessert has been making the rounds across international media outlets for the past two months, spurred on by New Yorker Darren Wong , who started selling it for $8 a pop at a Williamsburg (of course) food market called Smorgasburg in April. Since I refuse to spend $8 on flavourless jelly, I sought to make my own.But first, a backgrounder. The cake first went viral in 2014 when Japan's Kinseiken Seika Company made a clear version of its shingen mochi, a soft mochi rice cake topped with roasted soybean flour and syrup. Wong, who works at a digital marketing firm, got the idea to bring it to the States. This month, Australian Japanese restaurant Harajuku Gyoza got into the action by making their own sweetened version.By now you can find online recipes on how to recreate the raindrop cake at home but I wanted to get some local help. I asked chef John Placko, a molecular cuisine instructor, for some raindrop cake tips.He says the key is getting the right balance of water and agar, a jellylike substance derived from seaweed, to achieve that delicate effect so that when you tap it with a spoon, the cake collapses rather than bounces (much like a raindrop). "Gelatin gives a more elastic texture whereas agar will provide a more crumbly texture, which I think is the effect it's going for." Too little agar and the drop won't hold its shape, too much and it becomes cloudy and more silicone than raindrop. At his home kitchen in Mississauga, Placko made a version that uses 1/8 tsp agar, and added sugar and rosewater for flavour. He also topped a bunch of the cakes with gold leaf, mango puree, mint leaves and dehydrated avocados and raspberries. "It's a blank canvas. A very blank canvas," he says of the original raindrop cake.Agar can readily be found at Asian grocers (it's a staple in southeast and east Asian desserts) in the form of dried strips or powder. Opt for the powdered stuff as it's easier to measure and dissolve. Kitchen supply stores will also have silicone moulds to achieve the raindrop shape. If you don't want to buy a mould, a small rice bowl with a round bottom works wonderfully (the raindrop slides right out). Use distilled rather than tap water to achieve a perfectly clear cake-I realized this six cloudy cakes in.If you still can't find the necessary components, Placko himself has a retail line of equipment and powders used in molecular cuisine.Keep this recipe in your archives so future generations can wax poetic about grandma's homemade raindrop cake.Raindrop cake 1 cup (250 mL) distilled water 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) agar powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) superfine sugar, optional 1 or 2 drops clear extract like peppermint, orange blossom or rosewater, optional In a small saucepan over low heat, pour in water and sprinkle in agar. Stir until agar has completely dissolved. Sprinkle in sugar and add extract, if using. Stir. Bring to a gentle simmer, stir and let cook for one minute.Pour mixture into silicone hemisphere moulds or a small round rice bowl. Chill in fridge for one hour, or until mixture has set. Carefully remove from moulds and place on serving plates.Top with desired toppings like sesame seeds, fruit puree or maple syrup. Serve immediately.
California Sets Goal for Limiting Drinking Water Pollutant
The California Environmental Protection Agency has issued the nation's first public health goal for hexavalent chromium, the cancer-causing heavy metal made infamous after activist Erin Brockovich sued in 1993 over contaminated groundwater in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.At that time, the average hexavalent chromium level in Hinkley's water was 1.19 parts per billion (ppb). The new state goal was set Wednesday at 0.02 ppb, the level of the element that does not pose a significant health risk in drinking water, according to state officials.That means for every million people who drink tap water with that level of hexavalent chromium every day for 70 years, there would likely be one additional case of cancer attributable to exposure to the metal, state officials said.The new goal is not an enforceable standard, but "will be an important tool that the Department of Public Health will use" to develop one, said George Alexeeff, acting director of the department's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.Other state environmental officials offered reassurances that the new goal did not indicate any increased threats from hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6.California environmental officials have detected hexavalent chromium in the drinking water of an estimated 13 million people in 52 of the state's 58 counties, including Los Angeles.At least 74 million Americans in 42 states drink chromium-polluted tap water, much of it probably tainted with hexavalent chromium, according to studies by the nonprofit Oakland-based Environmental Working Group. They also found chromium 6 in tap water from 31 of 35 cities tested last year, with some of the highest levels in Riverside (1.69 ppb) and San Jose (1.34 ppb).Chromium 6 occurs naturally in some drinking water, and many people don't even know they are drinking it. More often, it enters the water supply from industrial contamination, leaching from sites such as the former disposal ponds of Pacific Gas & Electric's Topock Compressor Station in Hinkley, near Barstow. It can be removed using expensive reverse osmosis filters.State officials said the new goal reflected recent research suggesting that young children could be more susceptible to health risks from exposure to chromium 6. Mice and rats that drank water containing high levels of the element developed gastrointestinal tumors, according to a 2007 study by the National Toxicology Program.Environmentalists praised the new state goal, saying they hoped it would pressure state and federal officials to set enforceable standards for the metal and other drinking water contaminants. After California regulated another such contaminant, perchlorate, other states followed suit and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reconsidered its standard "It's better to know than not to know," said Dr. Gina Solomon of the San Francisco-based Natural Resources Defense Council of chromium 6 levels in drinking water. "We want to know about it so that water utilities can deal with it and get the levels down." California lawmakers passed legislation in 2001 requiring an enforceable drinking water standard for chromium 6 by 2004. State public health officials are still working on that standard . It will take at least 18 months to propose and 2 1/2 years to approve, according to Mike Sicilia, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Health.California environmental officials cautioned that until the standard is set, the state goal is "not a regulatory level for cleanup of groundwater or surface water contamination" and cannot be used to justify investigations where residents suspect their water is making them sick, such as in Hinkley or the San Joaquin Valley's Kettleman City The national drinking water limit for chromium is 100 ppb, but water system monitors are not required to distinguish what percentage of that is chromium 6 versus other less harmful ions such as chromium 3. But U.S. EPA officials recommended in January that water systems start testing for chromium 6, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said the agency will probably revise its standards soon.
"e" Is for Elephant--letter "e" Activities for Kids
We started with tracing both an upper and lowercase "E" on a worksheet that also included small "E" word pictures to color, cut, and paste to our "E." The problem with many of these online worksheets, however, lies in them not teaching the proper phonetic sound. In fact, NONE of the pictures included with this worksheet hit the mark--eel, eagle, earmuffs, easel, and earwig do not have the beginnings sound your children will practice in kindergarten. When learning the letter "E" in school, your child will be taught the "E" sounds like "Ed" or "elephant." Can you hear the difference? Unfortunately, when you're in a time crunch, it's easier to grab whatever free resource is available online, print it, and go! Otherwise, constructing your own worksheets with the proper phonetic sound would be optimum.Next, we transformed an uppercase "E" into an elephant for our on-going alphabet book project. When you're browsing for large bubble letters for this project, steer away from fancy fonts that add a lot of curls and swirls to letters--these do not resemble the letters your child will be learning in school. Expose your learner to letters with the correct formation. Sorry--I free-handed this elephant, so there's no template to share. If I can do it, anyone can!Elephant Facts Here are some facts you can discuss about elephants:Elephants love to swim.Female elephants generally one have one baby at a time, and can keep having babies until they are about 50 years old. If you think nine months seems like forever when it comes to gestation, pity the female elephant who carries her baby for 22 months before delivery!Despite the tough look of an elephant's skin, it's very sensitive and can detect something as small as a fly landing on it.Baby elephants are born blind.Don't tick off an elephant--they have great memories!Elephants have emotions and can even mourn lost loved ones years after their death.Elephants are scare of ants and bees, not mice like in the myth.The trunk of an elephant boasts more than 40,000 muscles.An Egg Is Quiet To reinforce our letter "E" along with its correct phonetic sound, we read the book, An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long. This is an excellent resource for the science portion of your learning time. This book presents many opportunities for critical thinking and observation. An egg is quiet --why is it quiet? Why would an egg need markings to camouflage it? Why do eggs come in different sizes? Eggs are textured --what does that mean? An egg might be fossilized--what are fossils? How is an egg giving ? When does an egg become noisy?Since our books also explains how eggs are artistic, we designed our own eggs and gave them a unique attribute. See how these learners made both a "pretty" egg and a "brown" egg.To continue our scientific exploration of eggs, we conducted an "eggs"periment that was deemed simply magical, judging by the squeals of delight that filled our kitchen! We made an egg float ! This is a study of density . Density is a measurement of how solid something is. Your kids can learn this concept hands-on.Fill a drinking glass full of water. Let one of your learners gently drop the egg into the glass. It sinks right to the bottom!Fill another glass half full of water and stir in at least six tablespoons of salt. Let your kids do the stirring--they love being involved! (Warning: anticipate minor spillage!) Once the salt is well-mixed, top off the glass with tap water. Let your child drop an egg into the glass. Voila! It floats!In the first glass, the egg was denser than the tap water. In the second glass, the salt water was denser, which is why your egg floated.For the math portion of our day, we focused on recognizing numbers one through five. For our little car lover, we used a fun number freebie . Each number looks like roadway--created for Hot Wheels, Matchbox, or other little cars to drive on. Each number comes with it's own little parking lot, so after driving the car on each number, the car can be "parked" into the corresponding parking lot number. Each number card can be printed on cardstock, cut out, and put into a small photo book for easy flipping during number review time. Our only issue with this freebie is it's a little small. Learners don't really get to experience correct number formation during the "drive." Regardless, it was free, and it was still enjoyed!
Nutrition News: Sparkling Water Safety, Parsing Probiotics, Eating and Reading
Eating and readingYou want your kids to eat healthy for all sorts of reasons. Here's a new one: It may make them better readers. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyvaskyla found that students' reading skills showed greater improvement between first and third grade if they ate a diet composed primarily of vegetables and fruits (especially berries), along with fish, whole grains and unsaturated fats, and ate very few sugary treats and red meats, HealthDay News reports. "The associations of diet quality with reading skills were ... independent of many confounding factors, such as socioeconomic status, physical activity, body adiposity [fat] and physical fitness," study author Eero Haapala said in a study news release. But don't worry too much if your kid is a picky eater - the study showed only a correlation, not cause and effect. It ... sparkles!Sparkling water - the blanket term for all fizzy H2O, whether it's seltzer, club soda or sparkling mineral water - is refreshing and delicious. But are there drawbacks to drinking it? The New York Times' Well blog recently looked into it and concluded, "Studies have not shown ill health effects from drinking seltzer or other plain sparkling waters." It's certainly way healthier than drinking colas and other flavored sodas, juices and sports beverages. As long as there are no additives, sweeteners or sodium in your sparkling water, you should be good. The acidity and carbonation won't erode your teeth enamel, research indicates, though you may want to avoid seltzers flavored with citric acid, which may. And you'll want to keep an eye on the sodium content of club soda. One expert told the Times the biggest issue to drinking sparkling water may be missing out on the fluoride you get from tap water, but if you make your own seltzer using tap water and a device like a SodaStream, that ceases to be an issue. So go forth and make bubbles! Probiotic inequityYour friend or family member swears by probiotics, claiming myriad benefits. So you try them and ... nada. What gives? The Washington Post notes that not all probiotics are equal and that different people respond to them differently. "We cannot predict who is going to respond to a particular probiotic strain," Johns Hopkins Hospital gastroenterologist Linda Lee told the paper. For instance, a research group led by University of Copenhagen medical professor Oluf Pedersen found that probiotics that seemed to work for people coping with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and travelers' diarrhea, which may have knocked their gut bacteria out of whack, did not work for healthy people. Pedersen says more evidence is needed to prove the efficacy of probiotics. The good news is that the FDA now employs new methods of regulating probiotics to ensure safety. So if you do decide to try them, "they probably won't hurt you," University of Maryland law professor Diane Hoffmann, who has studied the regulation of probiotics, told the Post. "Some people claim they do [make a difference]. But before you buy them, you really don't know. It's a buyer-beware situation."Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. A regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast and Wine Spectator, among others, as well as for Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer.
Is Tap Water Good for You and Are Tap Water Purifiers a Necessity? 2 Straight Answers
Is tap water good for you is a great question many people are now starting to ask, followed by are tap water purifiers necessary with today's advanced water filtering technology. When you finish reading this article you will know the answer to both questions.Question #1 Is Tap Water Good For You?Answer Part #1 - Let's start by taking a look at the good things about tap water. Tap water contains essential minerals that are very necessary for us to function. Would it surprise you to know that you can get up to 1/3 the RDA of calcium by drinking 8 glasses of water per day? And you thought calcium was only reserved for things like milk, and orange juice and broccoli. The harder your water is the higher the mineral content will be. Other essential minerals include magnesium, sodium, and fluoride.Answer Part #2 - Now the bad things about tap water. Tap water as mentioned above does contain beneficial minerals. However, tap water also contains many harmful pollutants. In fact, many tests have been conducted all over the USA by various consumer advocate groups such as the Ralph Nader group and tens of thousands of documents provided by The Freedom of Information Act have been studied. The results of these studies and documents show that nearly 2,100 toxic chemicals were found in tap water throughout the country. Many of these toxins have been linked to cancer and other health problems. A few of the really bad toxins include, lead, chlorine, arsenic, mercury, Cryptosporidium, and E coli to name a few.With all things considered both good and bad it's hard to say tap water can not be recommended as being good for you. The harmful toxins that are showing up in our water supply are alarming.Question #2 - Are Tap Water Purifiers Necessary?Answer - Many people consider tap water purifiers to be a necessary item for you overall health. Modern water technology has not kept up with the new chemicals that are entering the water supply daily. Most municipal water treatment facilities are out of date. While they do a good job at filtering out many contaminants, many like those listed above still enter the water system meaning tap water purifiers are becoming more and more of a necessity if you want to be safe.There are many types of tap water purifiers and it's important to know which ones are the best and which ones to avoid. Basically you want tap water purifiers that filter out all the harmful elements while leaving the beneficial minerals. The best type of filter you can buy is one that employs a combination of carbon filtration, ion exchange and sub micron filtration.When considering making a purchase make sure that the filter you are considering uses that type of filtering process. It is the best type of filter you can buy and is not expensive if you purchase DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER. They are easy to locate with a little effort as the company that manufactures them sells them direct to the public over the Internet. In the end it's up to you to answer the question is tap water good for you and are tap water purifiers necessary?
African Violet Care
Popular as houseplants, African violets thrive well indoors, and bloom throughout the year. Here are some tips to take care of this plant.African violets are perfect for those, who want indoor plants that require less space and minimal care. These plants do not need direct sunlight for their growth, and also like the temperature settings and humidity inside homes.Apart from the traditional variety with bluish purple flowers, African violets are now available in shades like, pink, white, purple, etc.Some plants produce double layered petals too. Even though they thrive well as indoor plants, you have to take care of their basic requirements, so that they stay healthy and produce flowers throughout the year.How to Take Care of African Violets African violets belong to the genus Saintpaulia in the family Gesneriaceae . These flowering plants are native to Tanzania and the genus is named after Baron Walter von Saint Paul-lllaire, who discovered this plant in this African country.The African violet is now very popular as a houseplant, and is widely grown in most parts of the world. While African violets are considered perfect as indoor plants, proper care has to be taken, if you want them to grow healthy.Soil These plants require loose, well-drained soil. You may buy some soil mix, fertilizer, and pots that are specifically meant for these plants. Otherwise, plant them in soil that contains perlite, moss, etc., for sufficient drainage.Sunlight Even though African violets cannot survive in harsh sunlight, they need at least eight hours of bright light for flowering. You may either place these plants on windowsills, where they get indirect sunlight; or provide them with fluorescent lights for 16 to 18 hours a day.Water Watering must be done only when the soil looks dry. Over watering can lead to mold problems and rotting. Room temperature water without softeners are good for these plants.If you want to use tap water, then keep it overnight, so that the chlorine and fluoride dissipate. Water them once in two to three days, that too if the soil looks dry. It will be better to avoid wetting the leaves. If there is excess water in the pot, you have to drain it after some time.Humidity and Temperature African violets need an average humidity, and a temperature range of 63° F to 75° F. During nighttime, these plants need a slightly lower temperature. However, never place African violets near air conditioners, vents, oven, cooking range, etc.Feeding Regular use of fertilizers is often recommended for African Violets. It will be better to use water soluble fertilizers that can be absorbed by the plant easily. Avoid feeding these plants during winters. However, this is not applicable for those grown in artificial light.Foliage Removal You have to remove the old and yellow leaves regularly. Even dead foliage has to be removed for the proper growth of the plant.Repotting When the plant overgrows the pot, repotting has to be done. It is recommended to use pots with a diameter that is one-third the entire diameter of the plant. You may also remove the suckers (as soon as they develop) to maintain the shape and size of the plant.Thesewere some of the basic requirements of African violets. Adverse conditions may cause harm to this plant and you have to rectify the problem, as soon as the plant shows symptoms, like drooping leaves.
Green Alternatives to Bottled Water - Cbs News
Carrying a water bottle these days is like carrying a cell phone, house keys and a wallet: You don't leave home without it. But few of us stop to think about the long-range impact of all those bottles we empty over the course of a year. Environmental activists are encouraging people to find alternatives to bottled water - and water bottles. Cities like San Francisco have banned city agencies from buying bottled water, even the big jugs for water coolers. They'd rather have folks drink tap water. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson calls bottled water "the greatest marketing scam of all time." He wants his city's employees to refrain from buying bottled water and fill up reusable bottles with tap water instead. The statistics leading up to the tap water movement are staggering: 37 billion bottles' worth in 2005. That number comes from Food and Water Watch, a Washington-based group that is behind a "Take Back the Tap" campaign. Trending News Google Cloud Outage Missing Connecticut Mom Virginia Beach Shooting Protester Interrupts Harris According to Jennifer Mueller, a spokeswoman for the group, an estimated 47 million gallons of oil are used to produce the bottles that Americans drink each year. Another downside is that bottled water generally does not have fluoridation, which is essential for young children. Oh, and then there is the expense; even the lowliest brand of water usually goes for at least $1 for the half-liter bottle. So, if the guilt is kicking in right about now and you'd like to make a positive change - but not be far from some H20 - what are your options? Sara Gragnolati, editorial director of Kiwi Magazine (www.kiwimagonline.com), showed Early Show viewers some alternatives to plastic bottles:Blue planet: www.blueplanetwater.com/q&a.htmlBiota (33.8 fl oz): (www.biotaspringwater.com) Born free: www.newbornfree.comSIGG: www.mysigg.comKlean Kanteen: www.kleankanteen.com/Thermos: www.thermos.comVOSS: (three glass bottles) www.vosswater.com/BuiltNY: www.builtny.com
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