Looking Good Means Feeling Good

Nature lovers like myself – no this is not to toot my own horn – are some of the most beautiful people in the world. We that dear the extreme, we that have adventurous fun with Mother Earth and not at her expense are a dime a dozen. When I am hitting the single-track trails on my fat mountain bike, or blazing the slopes on my snowboard – when I am scaling ballsy cliffs with nothing but a rope, or surfing the big kahuna waves, I also want to look good.

MIZZEI know I know – now this might sound a little on the superficial side, but you must admit, whether you’re in the States, Europe or South America, members of the Extreme Green Team, and you know who you are, are easily identifiable in a large crowd. Maybe it’s the wind-burned cheeks, the earthy natural fragrance, the rough leather skin, the tough Carhartts and Patagonia – occasionally you find the dread-locked hemp-loving hippy. We tend to have fun the same way, care about our planet and even have a similar fashion sense.

If you’ve never surfed Camel Beach in Haifa, Israel or explored the caves in the Judean Desert or the Arava, you’re missing out. Israel is a very beautiful place in terms of the people, the land and the unique fashion. Now if you can’t quite afford a plane ticket what with all of your holiday spending, you can at least bring some Sabra vibes to where you are – with a new designer line of jewelry called MIZZE.

The name of the line is a play-on-words, based on the Hebrew, ?? ??, it means, “who is it?” – perhaps questioning us about our identity… are you the nature lover, the spiritual type, the effortlessly fashionable? If so, then you’d look good in some of Mizze’s pieces.

They are available at a few stores outlets including Charm Jewelry store AmuletGifts.com

The jewelry is made at an independent studio in Israel. The work features traditional knitting and weaving techniques blended with ancient tribal symbols made of 925, sterling silver. Each piece is painstakingly hand-crafted and Mizze only uses environmentally sound all-natural materials.
See you on the trail.

Bamboo Clothing Makes Good Environmental Sense

Clothing worn by many people is often made from cotton, wool, flax, and other fibers, including animal hair, may either be allergenic or made from crops which require a great deal of effort and expense to grow. While some fabrics have been traditionally used for centuries, there is now an excellent alternative which is not only more friendly for health and environmental reasons, but is from a plant which could create extra income for farmers, and with very little expense on their part.

It be hard to believe, but a green plant many people have growing as a decorative addition to their garden may one day be one of main fibers for manufacturing clothing, linens, curtains, and other fabrics that are presently being made from cotton (a very wasteful pant) and various synthetic fibers. Presently a number of fashion designers and manufacturers are becoming interested in this plant that can grow in many types of climates and needs little or no attention. And that green plant is bamboo.

bambooBamboo is actually a type of grass, coming from the biological family poaceae. Although usually found in tropical and sub-tropical regions, it is also found in certain parts of the USA, and as far south as Chile and South Africa. Some types of bamboo grow as fast as a meter per day in tropical areas. An extremely environmental friendly plant (they absorb about 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide, a primary greenhouse gas, and produces about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees) bamboo has been used for centuries for making a number items, ranging from baskets and other utility items, curtains, sleeping mats and paper. It has been used in China for centuries, even for food. It’s only been more recently that bamboo fiber and cellulose has become so much in demand, that a number of clothing manufacturers are giving it increased attention. Some of these include Linda Loudermilk and Kate O’Connor, who use Bamboo fabric as a replacement for silk, rayon and other fabrics. After processing, bamboo fabric is found to be as soft and supple as silk and cashmere, and is preferable to many people since no animals or animal products are used in its manufacture.

While the plant itself is an ecological wonder, there are some aspects of the processing of various parts of the bamboo plant that should be noted, however. There are basically two ways to process the plant: mechanically or chemically: Mechanical processing involves crushing the bamboo stalks and using natural enzymes to break down the fiber into a pliable substance from which the fibers can be combed out and spun in yarn. Chemical processing is much more questionable from an environmental sake; as it involved using a number of chemicals and solvents such as sodium hydroxide (also known as caustic soda) and carbon disulfide, both of which can cause serious health problems.

Taking this into overall consideration, using bamboo fiber over petroleum based ones, fibers made from animal products, and cotton which requires a lot of water, fertilizers and human attention. The use of bamboo for making clothing and other fabrics will become more acceptable as newer, more eco-friendly manufacturing technologies such as the “lyocell process” which uses N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide to dissolve the bamboo cellulose into a viscose solution. Known as “weak alkaloids” these chemicals are more environmentally friendly than those such as sodium hydroxide.

Besides having an amazing softness, processed bamboo fabrics have a number of environmental and health benefits. They are 100% biodegradable, and are hypo-allergenic, making them wonderful for people allergic to wool and other animal fibers. The bamboo plant itself does not need chemical fertilizers, and by using photosynthesis, helps reduce carbon dioxide levels. The plant’s extensive root system also helps hold soil together, preventing soil erosion.

Green Peace for the Holidays

We use Peace signs to declare our commitment to the spirit of love and openness in the world. To show that we care, and that we haven’t lost hope in a better tomorrow.

Green Peace Charms Bracelet

This unique peace bracelet contains a silver Peace sign, alongside a green Evil Eye amulet, and a fish amulet. You can find this beautiful green bracelet at MostOriginal.com, an online hub for unique gifts. They also offer various holiday specials during December.

Rubbish Style

Recycling ain’t always easy. In fact, honestly speaking, it can be a pain in the ass. It takes dedication, and unless one is truly motivated, he won’t keep it up for long.

A great way to motivate your neighbors to participate in the recycling effort is to make their experience as fun and pleasant as possible. Yes, garbage can be fun! A Cambridge-based company offers large colorful stickers, designed especially for standard-sized urban garbage bins. It’s a minor change that can make big change. I’ll let them describe the product in their own words…

www.wheelieART.co.uk

Beautiful “full length” digitally printed bin stickers:

EASY to fit, NO cutting required. Suitable for any flat surface, or side of bin. Digitally printed on self adhesive, removable outdoor vinyl. Using specially designed UV cured inks that are fade, scuff and heat resistant, they are brighter and glossier than standard digitally printed outdoor stickers. Quality stickers that will last.

M.R.S.A. Infections and Tattoos

As the practice of tattoos and similar body art becomes more and more fashionable, so does the risk of contracting skin diseases, including a serious one called Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus which often results after having a tattoo applied under unsanitary conditions. Called M.R.S.A. for short, this bacteria induced skin disease is very serious because it has been found to be resistant to known antibiotics including Methicillin, Penicillin, Amoxicillin and Cephalosporins (for those who are allergic to penicillin based antibiotics).

Though not normally life threatening, M.R.S.A. is very difficult to treat once it infects the skin and begins to form painful and ugly abscesses on the skin, often following a tattoo. A serious cause can result in complications which can cause the bacteria to enter the blood stream and eventually cause severe damage to internal organs, as well as lung diseases such as Pnueumonia. The condition can be prevented though with sanitary precautions being made before and during a tattoo session, as well as afterwards, once a person is home. A tattoo piercing causes open wounds on the skin, which take several days to heal. Following a tattoo, care must be made to cleanse the tattoo and surrounding skin areas with a skin disinfectant like the ones surgeons used prior to performing an operation. If not available, a good quality soap and alcohol based disinfectant should be used until the wound caused by the tattoo is completely healed.

Other skin infections that are possible from a tattoo include Follicolitus, an infection in the hair follicles, and impetigo, a very contagious skin infection which causes boils and abscesses similar to those caused by M.R.S.A. infections.

Recently in the 1990’s, a different type of staphylococcus infection called CA-M.R.S.A. or Community Associated M.R.S.A. infection has begun to appear which is highly contagious as well as being resistant to most antibiotics. These infections are found to be more numerous due to the popularity of tattoos and due to more and more people developing weakened immune systems as a result of virus such as HIV/AIDS. Older people as well, whose immune systems are weaker, may also be at risk of catching an M.R.S.A. caused infection.

Many people are “carriers” of M.R.S.A. bacteria and other similar infections even they themselves my not have any actual sores or other symptoms. The carrier, when having a tattoo done can then transmit the bacteria to others, including the tattoo artist, if proper sanitary precautions are not made.

So besides being a “marriage for life” a permanent, needle induced body tattoo may also give persons something more than what they previously bargained for.