Go Green: The Benefits of a Sound Toothbrush

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It is safe to say that over the years, the physical appearance of a toothbrush has not changed much. However, there have been some very revolutionary bits and pieces of technology. First, there were the bending bristles which was followed closely by the advent of electrical toothbrushes. But more recently, these have been surpassed by the sound or sonic toothbrushes. On the surface, there is not much of a difference between the electric and the sound toothbrush but under the surface, there are plenty of differences among them being the benefits that a sound toothbrush has to offer.

 

Better cleaning

The whole aim of having to brush at least two times a day is to get rid of plaque as soon as possible. Mentioning the effects of plaque requires an entire lesson but to scratch the surface, plaque is the cause of bleeding gums, bad breath, and even yellow teeth. So, now you have an idea why brushing is so critical. With a conventional toothbrush, getting most of the plaque is tricky. A sound toothbrush works at about 40,000 strokes per minute. Which makes the bristles more efficient and hence have a better cleaning effect. This also ensures that the bristles can reach the deeper areas where reaching the plaque would otherwise be quite cumbersome.

Better cleaning technology

Sound toothbrushes can clean your teeth and the surrounding areas in more than one way. The bristles are one, the other and perhaps the more beneficial one is by using the bubbles that are created by the pressure waves of the brush. The formidable rate of the brush helps to produce energy in the fluids that causes a moving motion. As a result, plaque stuck within the teeth is easily extricated.

Eco-friendly

If you have had a look at most of the sound toothbrushes, you might have noticed that a larger variety of them do not use alkaline batteries. They use rechargeable batteries which not only last longer but also have a lesser impact on the environment. One might argue that this would not be enough to save the earth but the little efforts added up together is what will save the earth and this is one of those vital small efforts.

Ease of use

There is a lot of effort that goes into operating a conventional toothbrush. With a sound toothbrush, the case is not the same with a sound toothbrush. Because of the many strokes, working the toothbrush requires less effort and even better, with better results. The vibrations that are produced by the toothbrush are the ones that get most of the work done. All you have to do is guide the toothbrush and it does most of the work for you.

In the event that you had not the chance to look at a sound toothbrush before, you have a look at the sound toothbrush reviews on Zahnpflegeland to see the different features that each of them has to offer and the benefits of having such features. If you’re serious about your dental health, then without a doubt a sound toothbrush will take you to the next level of brushing and keeping your dentals free of plaque.

Owning Pet Veiled Chameleons in Our Homes from Mother Nature

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Owning Pet Veiled Chameleons in Our Homes from Mother Nature

Chameleons are very interesting pets. However, before buying one, there are many things that should be taken into consideration. Remember: buying a chameleon means taking on a long-term commitment. With life spans as high as 9 or 10 years (sometimes more), chameleons are definitely not, and should never be impulse purchases.They are amazing creatures, but sometimes are not the best choice as pets.

That is because they are not for the beginner and their requirements are quite specific, and they are easily stressed. One should learn the fundamentals of chameleon care as the minimum prerequisite before purchasing one.They do not like to be handled so pass this reptile by if you want to be able to handle your reptile.

When selecting a chameleon, it is without question best to find a captive bred one. Wild caught specimens are usually extremely stressed, carry a heavy parasite load, and difficult to acclimate to captive conditions. Chameleons are not the hardiest nor easiest reptile to keep and starting with a stressed pet will only make matters worse (especially the veiled species of chameleons). In addition, the capture and shipping of chameleons (which fortunately is being more tightly regulated) results in the death of many animals due to stress, dehydration or starvation – many more die in transit than make it to the pet store. (The same can be said for many exotic pet species.) Observe the chameleon – it should be bright and active, able to change colors, and have a well fleshed body.

Some experienced chameleon keepers recommend a male, especially for the beginner, as their nutritional needs are somewhat simpler and they seem a little more hardy. Being territorial and solitary animals, chameleons should be kept singly. In any case, two males should never be kept together as they will be very aggressive with each other.

The Habitat of a Pet Chameleon

The natural habits of chameleons make them tricky to care for – they are arboreal, living exclusively in trees. They are solitary, and easily stressed. As a result, they need a cage with ample foliage for climbing and privacy. The enclosure must be quite large – for the larger chameleons a minimum of 3 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet tall should be provided – but the more space the better. Ample ventilation is required, and a cage screened on three sides is best, with poly mesh or vinyl coated wire preferred to prevent injury due to toes becoming caught. You can also check out reptile magazine for an awesome monthly read sent to your home.

Lots of branches of various diameters need to be provided for climbing and the bulk of the cage space should be filled with branches or live foliage. Ensure that the plants are not toxic, as the chameleon may sample the foliage. Some enthusiasts recommend avoiding ficus plants as well. Substrate made up of small particles (gravel, sand, bark, moss) should be avoided to prevent the chameleon from accidentally eating it while catching prey.

Several basking areas of various temperatures must also be provided, ranging from the upper limit of the species temperature preference to the loser end of the range, to allow the chameleons to thermoregulate.

Grow your own food – on your windowsill

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There is nothing more rewarding than growing something you can eat. It probably stems from the days when we kicked our nomadic ways out and settled down to farm. There is also something about the smell of soil and the sight of life developing before our eyes that stimulates our basic senses. The taste of your own tomato warmed by the sun, sprinkled with sea salt cannot be replicated by store bought varieties.

Not everybody is lucky enough to have space to plant anything more than good ideas. With the trend towards organic living, people want to find ways to grow something they can eat… anything. The myth that you can only grow something if you have “green fingers” should be treated with the contempt it deserves. If you follow a few simple steps then you will soon feel the reward of growing your own vegetables, whether you live in an apartment or something slightly bigger.

How to start?

You need sun: Vegetables aren’t happy if they don’t have a few hours of sun so find a spot where you can place your container. The general guideline is about six hours but three will do just as well.

 Container choice: Whatever is hollow can be used as a container, so you can design your garden

around your décor. Vegetables don’t like to be crowded so plan around the size of the containers.

Now for the big question: What do you want to eat?

What you plant will depend on the size and number of containers. Bulb vegetables like beetroot need space to grow so that limits you a bit. Think of tomatoes (also keeps flies away), radishes, salad selection, sweet peppers, chillies, herbs – chives, basil, cilantro, mint – micro- carrots and greens, string beans, spinach, green onions… the list goes on. The more you harvest leaf vegetables, the more they grow (cut the outer leaves and they will keep sprouting from the centre).

You can also decide if you want to grow from seed or start off with seedlings. Obviously seeds will take longer but if you want to plant with heritage (a.k.a heirloom) seeds, you will have enough seeds to give to your friends from just one harvest.

Now that you’ve decided on where you want to place your containers and what you want to plant, the next step is to prepare your pots with potting soil. Your local nursery will be able to advise you on the best one for your purposes and they will also be able to give you advice on your next steps. The seedlings available are seasonal so you don’t have to read a bunch of packets and calculate season and harvest time. Follow their advice but go armed with information so that you don’t buy too much or the wrong thing.

Scheduled planting: Non-leafy vegetables, the ones which are finished once you’ve harvested, such as tomatoes, should have a scheduled planting plan. For ongoing production, plan to plant about two weeks apart so that you don’t run out of produce.

Once your vegetables are growing (wonderful meditation to watch them grow), you can sit back and anticipate your first harvest. Throw a harvest party in the middle of the city!

How to Live a Green Lifestyle

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Nowadays, people are not satisfied with just turning off faucets and switching off lights and appliances not in use. They want to do more for the environment and their health. Things such as reducing pollution eliminate dependency on harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable plastics, save energy and conserve our planet the best way they can to ensure the preservation of the Human race. Although global warming may be a natural phenomenon, it’s clear that human waste, pollution and consumption have directly led to the increase in CO2 levels in our atmosphere, which produces a greenhouse like effect and is causing our planet to get warmer. This piece was written to help the average consumer become more green-conscious.

To begin with, we’ll follow the three Rs of ‘greening’ your life, Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle.

 

Reduce waste, energy and water consumption with aerators on all faucets, dual flush toilets, insulation of heaters and water pipes, ceramic cooking pots in the kitchen, energy-saving appliances and compact fluorescent lamps (CPLs) everywhere. It doesn’t even have to be life changing. Something small like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes can actually save a lot of water per year

 

Reuse just about everything you can from cloth bags to plastic containers to blankets to toothbrushes which are great for cleaning the refrigerator and hard to reach places, and kitchen scraps which you can compost in a bucket.

 

Recycle paper, grocery bags, tires, plastic bottles, furniture, car batteries, and bath water by having navy showers. Then, use or buy products made from recycled material; toilet paper, soap dishes, clothes, building material and wheat straw wood for kitchen cabinets.

 

Make sure everything you buy for your consumption is organic and local. Buying local saves energy and expenditure and ensures the product gets from producer to buyer in the shortest time possible, thus fresher produce. You can even grow and cook your own food. A small vegetable garden or mini container garden will do more than add a spot of green.

 

Commercial cleaning agents are toxic and their fumes can be hazardous to your health. Switch to biodegradable cleaning wipes or use vinegar, cream of tartar, baking soda, castile soap and lemon to put the gleam back in your house at no cost to your health.

 

Hybrid cars are now available like the Toyota Prius, which uses both electricity and gas, and others that run efficiently on solar, renewable energy or electricity, like the Tesla model S These vehicles are worth every penny.

 

You can buy your power ‘green’ too, from clean, renewable sources of energy and appliances that have the Energy Star rating which help in conservation and are environment friendly

Consider purchasing only from companies who embody the “Green” lifestyle from product sourcing to fulfillment.

Lastly, if you are into going green, then a green job would be a wonderful way to help protect and sustain the environment. Examples of people with green jobs are architects, scientific researchers, electricians, surveyors, ecology tour guides and nature photographers.

 

Rest Easy in an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

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It seems that when most people think of eco-friendly rooms, they often look to the living room or kitchen, rooms that use a lot of energy and are under frequent use by members of the household. The bedroom often goes unnoticed perhaps because of how little conscious hours are spent there. However, if you think about it, you spend a significant amount of your week in your bedroom: an estimated 49 hours per week are spent in your bedroom if you’re getting the recommended minimum amount of sleep each night. Spending so much time in the bedroom shows there is an importance to making your room healthier for you and the earth. Check out the tips below for ways to create an eco-friendly environment for your bedroom.

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  1. Check your bed

Perhaps the most obvious spot to begin turning your bedroom into an eco-friendly haven is the bed itself. Most of your time is spent sleeping on the bed so try to limit the amount of contact you have with potentially hazardous chemicals. You can look for a second-hand bed frame in vintage store or look for one made of recycled materials. This reduces the amount of resources and materials used to create a brand new frame. If you opt for a vintage frame, you can remove any old paint or varnish and replace it with a more eco-friendly option. Additionally, make sure to upgrade your sheets and blankets to those made of natural, organic materials, like cotton or bamboo.

 

  1. Use eco-friendly lighting

An easy option in this area is to swap out your current incandescent bulbs for LED or CFL bulbs.  These use significantly less energy than traditional bulbs by converting the energy it takes into light instead of heat. These also have a much longer life span, sometimes lasting nearly 75 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb. While these may be more expensive than a traditional bulb, keep in mind the benefits your wallet and conscious will see in the long run.

 

If you want to add more ambiance to the room with candles, look into purchasing those made with a lead-free wick. This will significantly reduce the amount of toxins you breathe in while still giving your room a beautiful glow. For an extra step, look for candles made of a sustainable, eco-friendly material (like beeswax or soy) and ones that use essential oils as fragrance.

 

  1. Use eco-friendly paints

If you want to add color to your room, make sure the paints you use are eco-friendly as well. The fresh paint smell you know so well are actually from chemicals labeled as volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) and these can cause some serious damage. VOCs can linger for months after you initially paint and are linked to a wide range of health effects, ranging from headaches to liver damage. Instead, look for paints that are low in VOCs so that you can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your room.

 

  1. Consider your air quality

Lastly, determine what your air quality is like in your bedroom: does the room appear fresh or stagnant? A simple solution is to open your windows on a regular basis and to run a fan to keep the air flowing in the room. This is a great way to circulate the air and prevent mildew from accumulating. Another option that is also aesthetic is to include indoor plants in your room which can create cleaner air in your room by consuming the carbon dioxides present. You can boost this effect by using plants known to clear out pollutants, such as Boston fern or golden pothos.

Eco-Friendly Things to Consider When Buying Wooden Furniture

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One of the instant benefits of adding wooden elements to your home decor is the warmth the material provides. The brown hues, textured grains, and the associations with growth and strength all make beautiful qualities for any home. Before you purchase your next piece of modern wooden furniture, consider these tips for a responsible and earth-friendly selection.

 

  1. Check out second hand and vintage

One of the easiest and greenest steps to take when adding wood to your home is to choose a piece of second hand or vintage furniture. A lot of resources go into creating furniture and not just the raw materials. Think of the energy sources needed to harvest materials, to power manufacturing plants, and to package and ship finished products. With secondhand and vintage furniture, the item already exists so additional resources don’t necessarily need to be used in order to create the product. You also get the benefit of owning a piece of history and, depending on the style and the era it was created, a unique vintage design.

 

  1. Look into reclaimed or recycled

Another way to incorporate the process of reusing products into your home is looking for furniture that uses reclaimed or recycled wood. This can include wood that comes from old houses (such as doors re-purposed into tables),wood with an industrial history (such as old shipping pallets), and even weathered woods found in lakes and reservoirs. Using wood from these sources not only provides a second life for old items but can add character to your home with unique look that can be difficult to duplicate.

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  1. Consider certified sustainable resources

If, however, you’re looking for something more sleek, modern, and new for your home, you can look into furniture that uses certified sustainable wood. These products come from selected trees in responsibly managed forests or even from tree farms in order to protect our current forests. Two labels to look for are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and SmartWood from the Rainforest Alliance. The FSC plays a huge role in promoting and supporting responsible harvesting of wood and protecting forests. The Rainforest Alliance also conducts similar work and is an additional verification that the wood was harvested in a sustainable way.

 

  1. Check the wood source

Finally, selecting or avoiding specific wood sources is another key component to buying eco-friendly wooden furniture. Aside from the methods listed above, you can also look into buying items that use bamboo. Although technically a grass, bamboo shares similar aesthetic qualities with wood, such as the color spectrum and grain texture. You will, however, want to avoid selecting furniture that uses tropical hardwoods, such as teak and mahogany, redwood, and Douglas fir. Unless they are in reclaimed forms or certified by the FSC or the Rainforest Alliance, these may be sourced from old growth forests susceptible to harvesting and can take decades to repair the damage.

 

Flower Allergies

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When people are allergic to pollen, many flowers will bring on uncomfortable and sometimes severe allergy symptoms. What was meant to be a lovely gift or a flowerbed filled with beautiful blooms ends up being a source of extreme discomfort and displeasure. Instead of foregoing gifts of flowers or avoiding blooms in the landscape, consider the following flowers for people with allergies. They are low-pollen varieties, and some make wonderful cuttings. Try these blooms for people with allergies, and enjoy the beauty of colorful flowers in and around the home.

Geraniums for People with Allergies in Zones Four to Nine

One of the best varieties of flowers for people with allergies is the geranium. When many think of geraniums they envision the red or pink variety most commonly sold in discount stores, but they are also available in blue, various shades of purple, and white. They come in many different varieties, and they can reach heights of up to two feet. Although they are not good for cutting and displaying in vases, the low-growing hardy variety makes a fantastic border or groundcover, especially for people with allergies. Some varieties even have double flowers, and they can be grown from seed.

Choose Beautiful Snapdragons for Zones Four to Eleven

People with allergies love flowers just as much as those without allergies, but those with an allergy to pollen want beautiful flowers that will not cause uncomfortable symptoms. Snapdragons are the ideal choice. Not only are they beautiful in the garden, but they are perfect for cutting and displaying in bouquets with other flowers. Although they love full sun, they can tolerate partial shade, and they are one of the best flowers for people with allergies.

Dahlias for People with Allergies in Zones Seven to Eleven

The dahlia is another fantastic choice for people with allergies in zones seven to eleven. They can be successfully grown in cooler climates, but they must be dug up for the winter. They are available in many different colors, and since they come in tall and lower growing varieties, they are very versatile bedding plants. They require full sun and soil that provides adequate drainage. They also grow well in containers on porches, decks, balconies, and patios. People with allergies can have close contact with these beauties without the fear of suffering pollen-related symptoms.

Plant Blue or Pink Forget-Me-Not Flowers in Zones Three to Eight

Forget-me-not flowers are very tiny, but their small blooms are bursting with color and timeless appeal. Since the blooms are very small, they are an ideal choice for people with allergies. Read the article entitled Forget-Me-Not Flowers for more information on their requirements and care, and take a look at the photo of these beautiful little flowers that grow wild in many areas of the United States. They can be grown by seed for very little expense, and they will reseed themselves year after year. Although I do not have allergies, they have always been one of my personal favorites.