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EPA says no to warming up modern vehicles in cold weather

Niji Narayan

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that there is no need to warm up modern vehicles in cold weather. One just has to start the vehicle as usual. The warming up is a fuel-wasting exercise, according to the EPA.

The idea of idling was relevant when cars were fitted with carburettors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems and thinner synthetic oils, idling makes little difference.

EPA said: “When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up most car engines.”

“Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling is not required for today’s vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In most cases, idling longer than 30 seconds is unnecessary, even on the coldest days. The best way to warm up your car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. Remember, a vehicle gets zero miles per gallon when idling and the result is lower fuel economy and wasted money.”

EPA’s directive can be found in the free 80-page Car Care Guide for motorists published by Car Care Council, a non-profit organisation.

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Sustainability Deal – Gwyneth Paltrow & The Unscented Company

Betty Tűndik

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Spectacular-Looking Vegan Breakfast(Buddha Full Breakfast) - Charcoal Oat Waffles with Blueberries and Spirulina Yogurt - Photo Source: goop.com
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The Unscented Company also stated, smells, fragrances, essential oils, flower smells, or fruit smells are nice and good. I share this vision. Our senses are opened with the scents. However, personally, I am glad that there are more companies that are producing products without fragrances or scents. I am not a fan of smells. In the past years, I’ve used more organic products and natural, products, that I realized at a moment, that for me some products’ had too strong smells or my senses are different, now. Not to mention, that I have pets in my home, who, especially cats are really sensitive to fragrances, even if they are natural, some of them can even be harmful for them. I also started to use more fragrance-free products. The truth is I’ve seen this company’s website and I am delighted about the products. Those fragrance-free products are really great, and I think they are healthier as well. They use plant-based and biodegradable products, without testing on animals.

If I am delighted about those products, and as we can see, others like big names from the Film Industry, like Gwyneth Paltrow, too. She owns a company, which has also an online shop. Gwyneth’s goop company and her vision will probably suit well to this environmentally friendly company. At goof you can find and shop so many products, starting from beauty products, to food and recipes, lifestyle advises, and it is involved in wellness, travel, and spirituality as well. You can find detox ayurvedic products or sustainability starter kit for kids. The website clearly has made a decision to support sustainability, natural and plant-based products, advices for working women and interesting recipes.

I admit that, till now, I’ve been never heard about these two companies and their websites, and I am pleased to write about them, as I find it really amazing. Also, goof has an extraordinary openness to more niches and you can find, as a woman, everything you’d like to know, to buy, or to make some changes in your lifestyle and daily habits.

The Unscented Company have prevented through the years thousands of plastic bottles from entering into the circulation and markets. So this deal will help people who are shopping online from such websites like a goof to change their habits and to live more environmentally friendly.

Packaging Impact – Photo Source: theunscentedcompany.com

I would like to add here a Vegan Breakfast. I’ve founded on goof, and made me feel more flattered.

Charcoal Oat Waffles with Blueberries and Spirulina Yogurt

4 tablespoons flax meal
6 tablespoons water
3 cups oat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon activated charcoal
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups almond milk
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 cup coconut yogurt
1 cup fresh blueberries

 

  1. Combine the flax meal and water in a bowl and let sit to gel for 5 minutes. Add the oat flour, baking powder, charcoal, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until totally combined.
  3. Pour a ladleful of batter into a preheated waffle maker, set to desired setting, and let cook.
  4. Combine the spirulina and coconut yogurt in a bowl. Top the waffle with a dollop of the yogurt and fresh blueberries. (The Recipe is from goop.com – 3 Delicious, Spectacular-Looking Vegan Breakfasts)

 

References: goop.com

SOURCE: The Unscented Company

 

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Airstream announces public cleanup campaign Across America

Niji Narayan

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Photo Source: airstream.com - Airstream partners with National Forest Foundation to re-open campsites
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Airstream, the manufacturer of “silver bullet” travel trailer, has announced that it would conduct public campsite cleanup campaigns across the country The campaign, named Campsite Cleanup Campaign, will be conducted as a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

“Our forests were really impacted,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream President and CEO. “In addition to re-opening campgrounds, the NFF and Forest Service are hard at work clearing trees and trails, improving access, cleaning restrooms, and picking up trash. This campaign is about leveraging our strong Airstream community to help preserve our public lands and get families and friends outdoors.”

The Campsite Cleanup Campaign will direct contributions from the Airstream community and supportive public to the National Forest Foundation. Every dollar raised goes directly to the NFF to support the clean up of campsites and campground facilities and improve access to roads and trails impacted by the partial shutdown.

As part of its Leave It Beautiful program, Airstream will match donations up to $25,000 given to the NFF, which has the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator.

“Our National Forests and Grasslands provide recreation and adventure for millions of visitors each year,” said Mary Mitsos, National Forest Foundation President and CEO. “After a closure, it’s important that we redouble our efforts to ensure campsites, trails, and byways are accessible for families to see and explore. We’re thrilled to have the Airstream community as our partner.”

The Campsite Cleanup Campaign officially launched on January 30. Anyone interested in contributing to the campaign can visit:

https://www.airstream.com/blog/campsite-cleanup-campaign.

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Balloons: An eco-friendly way to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Niji Narayan

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Photo by Caroline Ellison / Pixabay
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Ever thought of celebrating the Valentine’s Day by sending a red heart balloon that has an “I love you” message on your sweetheart’s way?

No? Well, this is just about the time. You have the support and solidarity of The Balloon Council (TBC), a non-profit organisation made up of responsible retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that are dedicated to educating others about the balloons and their proper handling. The main reason is that balloons will not end up as litter.

“Millions of balloons are sold on Valentine’s Day, so this is the perfect time to raise awareness about the best ways to handle and dispose of balloon properly,” said Lorna O’Hara, Executive Director of TBC.

While you are at it, follow the tips from TBC’s national Smart Balloon Practices Campaign to keep you, your valentine and the entire universe healthy:

  • Do not release any balloons into the air—they can become tangled in power lines and turn into litter.
  • Keep balloons secured with a string and tied to a weight.
  • Children with balloons should always be monitored. Children under eight (8) years of age can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons.
  • When finished with balloons, pop them and properly dispose of them.
  • Despite the funny voice helium can give you, it should never be inhaled.

“Even though red is the primary color for Valentine’s Day we hope people will think ‘green’ when using balloons to celebrate,” said O’Hara. “Balloons are recyclable and biodegradable, but we all need to do our part and be mindful of these smart practices to ensure that balloons are a part of our celebrations for years to come. Just follow our motto, Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

The bottomline is simple: Let your romance warm the hearts, not the globe!

 

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