How to Reuse Plastic Bags

Using reusable bags has worked on with grocery stores across the country, but many other types of businesses are slow to catch on. At some point or another, you'll most likely be taking a plastic bag from some type of store. When you accumulate plastic bags, how can you reuse them?

Plastic bags become popular because they are a cheap, affordable way to bag groceries and goods. The bag could be thrown away after a single use. While it's convenient in theory, disposable plastic bags have grave consequences for the environment. A single plastic bag will never disappear. Unlike other materials, plastic does not biodegrade, it simply breaks apart into smaller pieces of plastic (which is actually far worse than larger pieces because they can not be collected).

Plastic bags:

  • Never biodegrade.
  • Cause animals to suffocate and die.
  • Use fossil fuels to create them, increasing our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Are an eyesore and get talk on car antennas, mufflers, and twisted into engines

Plastic grocery bags can first of all be recycled. Many grocery stores will accept plastic bags to be recycled (usually you'll find the receptacle near the entrance or near the can redemption center).

Recycling Plastic Bags vs. Reusing Plastic Bags

Recycling almost always uses more energy than reusing. By reusing, you'll be giving the product a second life. When your recycle something, you'll be using energy to turn that product into something else, which can use energy and produce emissions.

Five Reasons You Should Bring Your Own Bag

Plastic has a hugely negative effect on the environment, and also on our society. The cons far outweigh the positives of these disposable nuisances. Here are a few reasons you should consider switching to reusable bags instead of plastic:

  1. Bringing your own bag means you'll be carrying less to and fro. Most reusable bags hold far more than traditional disposable bags. Less trips back and forth from the car!
  2. Each time you use your own bag, you'll get a small credit back from grocery stores. It's usually between 5 and 10 cents, which can add up over time.
  3. Using your own bag reduces our dependence on foreign oil. Plastic uses fossil fuels, which are large found in countries that do not have the best intentions Western World. Cast your vote for locally made reusable bags instead.
  4. You will not have to worry about throwing away, recycling, or reusing your disposable bags. By reusing your own bags, you'll have less clutter and less trash.
  5. You'll be sending a green message to your children. When they see you using their own bags, they'll take notice and want to do the same in their lives.
  6. If you'd like to reuse your plastic bags , they have hundreds of uses.
    Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Bags

    • One of the most popular ways to reuse plastic bags is to use them as a trash bag.
    • Place them in small trash barrels in the bathroom, bedrooms, cellar, and near the cat's litter box.
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Why Organics Are No Longer An Option

Everyday we are exposed to numerous pollutants and it is inevitable some association is made between modern society and ill health.

As a nation we are better fed than we have ever been and yet when it comes to vitamins and minerals we are incredibly malnourished. Our over cultivated soils are depleted of natural nutrients and the widespread use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers as well as airborne industrial pollutants makes our crops a hazard to our health.

Did you know people are supposedly exposed to 50,000 chemical agents in their lifetime?

Appropriately –

About 1.5 billion lbs of pesticides are sprayed on wheat and vegetable crops.

The average apple has about 110 chemicals on it by the time you devour it.

In most cities there are 700 chemicals in the water.

Food is exposed to about 10,000 chemicals during preservation and processing.

I find that incredible. How about you?

Chemicals and toxins are everywhere and often we do not realize it. Until I suffered from mercury poisoning caused by my dental amalgam fillings I had no idea that the second most toxic substance on the planet was inside my mouth! You can read the full story in my book Autism, Amalgam and Me – Jodi's Journey Continues , but it just goes to show that maybe we need to ask a few more questions.

That shocking revelation led me to investigate further why my son has autism and I am convinced it is due to the toxic preservatives used in childhood vaccines. What insanity causes people to knowingly inject thimerosal (a mercury derivative), aluminum and formaldehyde (both toxic substances) into seemingly healthy very young children immune system is only just developing?

Almost 1 in 2 of all men and 1 in 3 of all women will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of death today and yet in 1901 the incident was recorded at 1 in 8000. So what's changed?

Some people will argue it's just because we live longer but just maybe it's more to do with the chemical revolution since 1940.

Everyday more and more chemicals are approved by the Environment Protection Agencies but never tested for long term health effects. We are living in a chemical soup.

Apart from being in our vaccines they are in our food, drink, household products, furniture, toiletries and cosmetics. Teenagers are particularly at risk. Puberty which causes rapid cell development makes tissues more vulnerable to external toxins. Beware of the dangers lurking in your bathroom and make-up. Infertility and Breast Cancer are big issues!

Nature provided us with an incredible planet, providing us with truly natural food and ingredients so why spoil it with synthetic chemicals?

The answer to this one is obvious – financial gain.The laws of economics mean that many people profit from the use of synthetic chemicals including the food industry, cosmetic industry, advertising, and health. The list is endless and unduputedly they are here to stay. However, more …

The Beauty of Decorative Mirrors

Simple things may already be considered beautiful but for many people, they need to see more in order to think beautifully. As for other people, their furniture must have something in it that is outstanding like the decorative mirrors in the bedroom, bathroom and other places in the house. It does not only make it look more attractive but most of these decorative mirrors are still useful. Thus, it is not only an accessory but a useful decoration inside your home.

If you are in a need for the decorative mirror, you have to start searching for one. You would not want to simply get the first decorative mirror that appeals to your eyes as this may be put to waste once it does not really meet all of your needs. It will also need careful planning and comparing of the possible options that you have.

The quality of the decorative mirrors available in the market may be different from others so you have to search for the one that is of high quality so that you will not have a hard time with the décor after buying it. Also, there are many kinds of mirrors and they can have various characteristics. It would be helpful if you will already lay out all of your needs before start searching so that you can easily spot those that fit in your needs from those that are not. You have a wide variety of options and you can be assured that there can be one that may be fitting to your needs.

You can have the chance to select a framed one or those that are frameless. You can also find a simpler one and turn them into your type of decorative mirrors through designing and adding some things to accentuate the look of the mirror. When you are already in the market, you will be exposed to many kinds of mirrors and their designs are various. You can choose among them and select the one that really is right for your needs. Your budget may be a factor but as mentioned, you have wide choices so you simply have to try finding the type that is affordable for you.

Additionally, you can also make the mirror of your choice something that would fit the theme of the room that you will put the mirror. You should always consider that the mirror should fit and make it more beautiful.

Decorative Mirror…

Home Sweet Home – Insurance Issues for Home-Based Businesses

Oh, the joy of running your business out of your home! As a sole practitioner consultant, I enjoy the benefits of working from home. No rent, no office politics, no standing in line for the bathroom. I also love my five-second commute, with no traffic to avoid except my dogs.

If yours is one of the many home-based businesses that seem to be growing in number with advancing technology, insurance may not always be at the forefront of your mind. You're not required to get building insurance, and you may not use your auto in business beyond driving to appointments. The reality, however, is that you have exposures that often are not considered and definitely are not adequately protected in your homeowners insurance.

I would like to raise your awareness in three areas of concern for every home-based business:

1. Liability

Are you a consultant or other professional who doles out advice or publishes information? You may need professional liability insurance. If you can be sued for the information you provide or the things you say and write, do not be covered without this coverage. I recommend no less than a $ 1,000,000 limit. Many companies specialize in this type of insurance, so contact a broker or check on the Internet. I warn you, it does not come cheap; However, neither does a lawsuit!

Do clients or vendors come into your home office? Your personal liability coverage is not set up to protect you for business-related activities. Depending on your business, a business policy (BOP) can often properly protect your liability at a small cost.

Let's talk about your auto. Even if you're only driving to meet a client off your promises, your business is exposed while you are behind the wheel. How? If you cause an accident while "on the job," and you're incorporated, your business will be brought into a lawsuit. If your business is incorporated, make sure you include Non-Owned & Hired Auto Liability on the General Liability portion of your BOP.

Please note – If you're not eligible for a BOP because of the type of business you operate from home, you can still get a General Liability policy.

2. Property

Every home-based business is going to have some business property. Whether you have products in your garage or furniture in your office, you need to insure business property outside of your homeowners insurance, which limits the value of business assets. You can adequately insure your computer, furniture, inventory, and artwork through the BOP mentioned earlier.

3. Life and Disability

Hopefully, your overhead is low and your income is up. Protect your ability to maintain that income with disability insurance and protect your family against the loss of your income with life insurance. Talk to your accountant about making these policies business expenses by paying for them through your business.

Believe it or not, you are more likely to become disabled than to die by the time you hit 65 years of age. Depending on the …

Dog Sense – How To Give Your Dog Freedom

I am a professional dog trainer. As such I have a very specific way that I view dogs and how I think about dog training. I refer to this as my ‘dog-sense’. When I encounter new clients I discover them with varying degrees of dog-sense. It is my responsibility as a trainer to inculcate as much dog-sense into my clients as possible.

Throughout my years of training I have found that the majority of dog owners lack dog-sense in one key and critical area. If dog owners everywhere were able to improve in this area it could very well put me out of a job.

Dogs have dozens of natural instincts. A great deal of these instincts act out in contrary to what the average dog owner wants. Dogs instinctively pee on rugs, jump on newcomers, bark at things, and chew on whatever feels comfortable.

It remains the responsibility of the dog owner to mold every dog behavior. It is your responsibility to determine how your puppy or dog interacts with your sofa, with your rug, with your guest, with your child, and with every part of your dog’s surroundings. This is where the average dog owner goes wrong.

The average dog owner merely hands over freedom to his dog. This is a mistake. Dogs need to earn their freedom through good behavior. You can’t allow your dog to be loose in your house until he has learned how not to go to the bathroom on the floor, how not to chew on your shoes, and how not to make a wreck of everything. Every time a dog owner gives a dog freedom too early he runs the risk of the dog taking that freedom and acting inappropriately with it. If you give your dog freedom and he pees on the floor what can you do? The answer is nothing. You can’t find a problem after the fact and do anything about it.

So what is a dog owner to do? The answer is that you are to restrict your dog’s freedom until he has earned it. Keep your dog with you. If you want to mold behavior you have to see behavior. If you want to see your dog’s behavior your dog has to be next to you. So keep your dog with you at all times. Don’t let your dog out of your sight until you can trust him. If you can’t keep him in your sight because you leave the house or are too busy, put your dog in his crate.

As your dog progresses and is reliable in the house you can give him more and more freedom. Don’t rush it. Take your time and you will see that your dog can learn to be a perfect pet in the home.…

5 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe Inside The House

Canines are truly curious beings that even when in the safety of a home, they still find trouble. They love to bite and chew just about anything that comes their way which is their way of exploring the world around them. However, most of the things inside the house are not edible and biting as well as chewing can be harmful to a dog’s health. To keep your furry friend safe inside the house, follow these simple dog safety tips:

Keep cupboards closed at all times

One of the most dangerous items that your pet can come across with in your home are household cleaners. Whether they are placed in the bathroom or in the kitchen, cleaners contain plenty of toxic substances that can poison your dog and cause serious complications to his health. Remember to keep cupboards closed at all times – use child proof locks if your dog knows your way around them. Better yet, keep the harmful cleaners out of your dog’s reach by placing them on high shelves.

Train your dog to keep away from electric cords

Electric cords are another threat to pets who live inside the house. Unfortunately, somewhat they are tempting to canines, especially puppies. Aside from going through the hassle of replacing a chewed-on cord (again!), cords can cause electrical shock or burns to pets. Keep your cords in bundles and out of reach from your furry friends as possible and teach them that chewing on anything electrical is a no-no.

Make your garage pet-friendly

The garage is another area in the home where dangerous chemicals for the car or for the yard are stored. For example, dogs are attracted to the sweetness of antifreeze but can be lethal to them when consumed. Keep these chemicals on high shelves if your dog spends time in the garage.

Know which house plants are dangerous to dogs

Holly and Easter Lily are holiday plants that can be poisonous to canines, among others. Do some research about pet-friendly house plants to place in your home if you have pets running around.

Keep the garbage out of reach

Pets have this habit of going through the garbage – sometimes out of curiosity and sometimes because they’re looking for food. Keep garbage bins out of reach from pets. Also make sure that your dog has daily scheduled feedings that keep his hunger at bay throughout the day to keep him from looking for food from other places.

Follow these easy dog safety tips to keep your pet healthy and happy inside your home!…

4 Popular Flooring Options for Homeowners to Consider

Before starting a flooring project, it is usually helpful to learn about the different types and their benefits. There are a number of options to consider, including carpets, ceramic hardwood, and vinyl. Each option comes with its unique costs, so it's up to the homeowner to choose the ideal type that fits into their budget and meets their interests. Some people may also consider having different floors for each room in their house.

1. Carpets

Carpeting is warm and soft and helps in soundproofing a room. It is an ideal option for bedrooms and other places with little foot traffic. The advantage of carpets is that they are easy to install and can adapt to uneven areas and old subfloors. They are also easier to match to the existing layout and theme of a home. The only problem is that they tend to build up dirt and dust, but they still make an ideal option for people who prefer a touch of comfort within their spaces.

2. Vinyl

Vinyl is another popular choice, and it is much more affordable than other options. With proper maintenance, it can last up to 10 to 20 years. Some people prefer vinyl because of its noise-cancelling property, and it can be installed in the laundry room or bathroom to add warmth. This flooring option also comes in a variety of styles, offering homeowners unlimited options for designing a personalized space that reflects their style.

3. Ceramic

This floor type is both inexpensive and waterproof, and this is why it makes a practical choice for bathrooms and kitchens. It is also an ideal fit for dining rooms as it can withstand accidents and spills. Ceramic tiles come in different textures, colors, styles, and shapes to allow for limitless interior designing. Some options, such as mosaic tiles, come in plastic mesh sheets to allow for an easy installation. It is advisable to choose the right texture for different rooms, as some options are very slippery for rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom.

4. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring never goes out of style, and it is a popular choice because of its durability and low maintenance. A homeowner has the option to install engineered planks or real wood strips depending on their budget. Engineered planks are usually moisture-resistant and boast exceptional stain and finish. These planks are ideal for the kitchen because they have a layer of plywood underneath real wood to withstand temperature changes and humidity. Hardwood is perfect for any room and comes in different sizes, finishes, and stains to meet different decor needs.

These are the top popular flooring options, but there are also other available choices such as laminate, concrete, linoleum, and other subtypes. A homeowner's choice depends on their budget and the style they envision. Some people may opt for a choice that will attract potential homebuyers should they consider a home sale in the future. Whatever a person's choice, it is wise to work with a professional contractor to ensure the …

Free Bathroom Remodeling Catalogs for Bathroom Renovation

When it comes to finding your dream home design, free bathroom remodeling catalogs are the perfect easy way to get inspired and find plenty of ideas for renovating your new bathroom design. You will get a sense of the best styles that matches your home size and the theme you are looking for.

That’s why nowadays when looking for a remodeling contractor, it is natural to first search around and collect your own gallery of favorite renovation designs to choose from. So after your contractor observes your house and gives you an estimated cost and timing, they can also take a look at your collection and help you choose the best design that matched your house.

Whether you find your remodeling ideas and photos online or on paper, it is helpful to collect the best ones that catch your interest. Even if you only like a certain part of a picture, you can cut that part and keep it in your collection. You will be surprised how a mixture from various photos will end up making your dream design.

Where Can You Find Free Bathroom Renovation Catalogs?

So when you are searching to collect your own photo gallery of favorite design ideas for your bathroom, here are a few top places where you can find free ideas easily…

1. Design Ideas in Offline Magazine

Have you ever taken a look at home improvement, interior design or architecture magazines? If you have, you know they are simply a goldmine of various fresh creative remodeling ideas for not only your bathroom, but also the kitchen, basement, living room, or even your backyard.

So next time you are passing by a bookstore with a home improvement section, feel free to browse through the magazines and pick up the designs that you enjoy the most.

2. Simply Search for Renovation Ideas Online

Are you looking for a simple remodel design? Or maybe a simple theme idea? Could it be that you are more interested in a cheap affordable remodeling solution? Either way, you can easily find a large collection of pictures and galleries by doing a simple search in Google.

3. Free Online Bathroom Remodeling Photo Galleries

After doing some search, you’ll be surprised how the easiest way to find a large photo gallery of the latest remodel trends, projects, designs and plans that you can view and save to your computer.

By checking out these free galleries, you can take a look at various bathroom renovation themes – from eco-friendly, antique, or modern… to Asian, contemporary and even abstract designs.…

Cleaning Services That Can Save You Time And Effort

Cleaning can be a tedious process, especially when you have a large space to cover. Whether you wish to keep your residential or commercial space sparkles, a lot of effort and time will be needed. With busy modern lifestyles, most people rarely have the time to spare to do some thorough cleaning. Luckily, companies have made it very easy for individuals and companies to maintain clean spaces by offering all kinds of cleaning services. Using these services, you can enjoy a neat home or office without the need for you to do all the tedious work and without putting so much of your time in it.

Carpet cleaning services – The carpet is an essential item in a home or even office, apart from keeping the home appealing, it also adds to the comfort. It is however also one of the items most exposed to dirt, allergens and dust. Regular cleaning of the carpet is important, yet it can be quite a challenge. Cleaning companies offer all kinds of carpet cleaning services including steam cleaning to keep this cozy rug in top condition.

End of tenancy cleaning services – This kind of service is available to property managers and owners as well as individuals who wish to clean after themselves when they move house. Cleaning a property after moving out ensures it is in good condition for the next interested tenant and it maintains the value of the home. Cleaning professionals offer thorough cleaning services that include cleaning of windows and walls as well as all other surfaces to have the house looking as good as new.

After builders cleaning – Building projects can leave quite a mess that can take all time and effort to clear. Cleaning companies have all equipment, tools and products to clean after builders so your house or office can have a pleasant overall look free from all the mess that comes with the building process. Because of the extent of this kind of job, you may be assigned a team of cleaners to hasten it and achieve the desired results.

Domestic cleaning – It touches on everything that your home may need. Using the professional domestic cleaning services, you can even have your appliances cleaned, your bathroom scrubbed and sanitized and even your windows and carpets cleaned. Upholstery cleaning services also fall in this category. The professionals will definitely transform every area in your home with their expertise. The services are packaged depending on what service needs you have meaning the charges differ depending on the extent of work.

Office cleaning – The cleanliness around your office can go a long way in keeping a positive image of your business. High traffic offices require regular dusting and cleaning and the companies offer all these services. You can schedule the service depending on the exact needs you have within the office to keep every section looking organized and tidy. Some of the cleaning experts will even offer office de-cluttering services when required.…

Bathroom Remodeling: Small Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Bathrooms are one area of the house that offer solace and comfort, which means they deserve a lot of attention when it comes to bathroom remodeling. A little planning will ensure the remodeled bathroom will suit the d├ęcor of your home and offer you a comfortable retreat. The key to creating a bathroom you love is combining creativity, style and logic. Looking at pictures of other people’s bathroom remodeling projects will give you ideas of how you can remodel your bathroom to make it more inviting and reflect your personality.

In order to achieve the bathroom remodeling effect you desire, you need to plan appropriately. You should decide on the theme or style that you want for the bathroom. Once you have chosen the basic design you can really customize the effects by purchasing the right accessories or fittings for the bathroom. In order to save money you may choose to use some of your old fittings, it’s certainly not required to purchase all new fittings if you can get by with your old ones. Part of the fun of your bathroom remodeling project is finding a way to get the project finished within the allotted budget, so have fun with it! Craigslist can be a great way to get beautiful household items at rock bottom prices.

One common misconception amongst people is that a small bathroom cannot be remodeled, or that there really isn’t much you can do if there is very little space to work with. On the contrary, you can easily give your bathroom a brand new look irrespective of how small it might be. You should get rid of any storage area in the bathroom since this adds to the bulky appearance of the bathroom. You should consider light colored tiles so that it makes the bathroom look bigger. If you do want to go in for darker shades of flooring and paint, you can strategically place mirrors to give the effect of a larger space. Be as innovative as possible and consider investing in modern accessories that help save space.

You will have to make a decision on whether you are going to attempt the bathroom remodeling project yourself or if you plan to hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor to ensure that the job is done correctly the first time. Using a good professional contractor can make the whole project a snap and save you lots of stress. Should you decide to use a professional for the job, your next step will be to hire a bathroom contractor who can give a shape to your creative ideas. One of the best ways to find the right contractor would be to get recommendations from your friends or family.

In Toronto, the preferred bathroom remodeling contractors are Mario and Rob from http://www.KitchenBathroomBasement.ca.…