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Today, every which way you turn, you will be aware of the many usage of plastic in our life. Just about everything we use has plastic in them. They are also the many source of problems that are plaguing the environment nowadays. When Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite in 1909, he could not have realized what a profound effect this and other plastics were going to have on the future of earth. The very virtues that make plastics so useful (strength and durability), are also the what make them such appalling problem. The problem is that we use plastics (long-lasting materials) to make objects which we promptly throw away. E.g. take-away carrier bag ~material used can last for centuries but we discard it right after we reach home. We have many plastics objects that have useful lives that are measured not in hours but in minutes or even seconds(foam polystyrene). Although all plastic is similar, chemically they may be as different from me and you. So….what is plastic ?

Here’s a quick breakdown of plastic resin types:

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#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) = Product examples: Disposable soft drink and water bottles, cough-syrup bottles

#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE) = Product examples: Milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) = Product examples: Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, plumbing pipes

#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE) = Product examples: Cling wrap, grocery bags, sandwich bags

#5 polypropylene (PP) = Product examples: Syrup bottles, yogurt cups/tubs, diapers

#6 polystyrene (PS) = Product examples: Disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers

#7 other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources) = Product examples: Baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers, medical storage containers

Safer Plastics = #2HDPE, #4LDPE and #5PP

These three types of plastic are the healthiest. They transmit no known chemicals into your food and they’re generally recyclable; #2 is very commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs, but you may have a more difficult time finding someone to recycle your #4 and #5 containers.

#1 PET

#1 bottles and containers are fine for single use and are widely accepted by municipal recyclers. You won’t find many reusable containers made from #1, but they do exist. It’s also best to avoid reusing #1 plastic bottles; water and soda bottles in particular are hard to clean, and because plastic is porous, these bottles absorb flavors and bacteria that you can’t get rid of.

PLA

PLA (polylactide) plastics are made from renewable resources such as corn, potatoes and sugar cane and anything else with a high starch content. The starch is converted into polylactide acid (PLA). Although you can’t recycle these plant-based plastics, you can compost them in a municipal composter or in your backyard compost heap. Most decompose in about twelve days unlike conventional plastic, which can take up to 100 years.

Plastics to Avoid

#3 PVC

#3 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is often used frequently in cling wraps for meat. However, PVC contains softeners called phthalates that interfere with hormonal development, and its manufacture and incineration release dioxin, a potent carcinogen and hormone disruptor. Vinyl chloride, the primary building block of PVC, is a known human carcinogen that also poses a threat to workers during manufacture.

#6 PS

Extruded polystyrene (#6 PS; commonly known as Styrofoam) is used in take-out containers and cups, and non-extruded PS is used in clear disposable takeout containers, disposable plastic cutlery and cups. Both forms of PS can leach styrene into food; styrene is considered a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It may also disrupt hormones or affect reproduction.

#7 PC

#7 Polycarbonate (PC) is found in baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, water-cooler bottles and the epoxy linings of tin food cans. PC is composed of a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A, which has been linked to a wide variety of problems such as cancer and obesity.

Source : National Geographic ‘s The Green Guide

What prompted me into writing this article is the many messages I’ve gotten regarding cancer and also melamine. The term “melamine” may also be used to refer to the plastic melamine resin. The recent milk scare and just about everything that contain milk has gotten alot of people work up. Women are advice not to leave their water bottle in car under the sun because according to singer “Sheryl Crow” she got cancer by drinking water from plastic container that she left in her car. Then the scare of “BPA” especially used to make drinking containers and also milk bottles. Hence, the research on explaining the difference types of plastics. Is plastic a good invention ? I believe the answer is “YES” but the reason for it’s bad reputation to the environment is because human did not think of the consequences when they used the substance to create other objects like plastic bottles, bags etc.

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Some fast facts about water bottles

  1. 1.5 million barrels of oil are used every year to make plastic water bottles for bottled water. This is enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars for a year.

  2. 36 billion bottles are sold each year, only 7 billion make it to recycling. The other 29 billion bottles end up in landfills, incinerators, litter in streams, oceans and rivers.”

When you throw away your plastic product, those that are buried which contain cadmium as pigment will get wash away by rain water into groundwater that may end up in the public water supply. Even in our homes, building materials do contain plastic like PVC that gives off vinyl chloride gas that are found to cause liver cancer. Rubbish burning or some that catch fire can sometime burn for weeks aspecially if PVC and polystyrene foams are involved. Anyone who has breathed the smoke from this 2 substances knows how acrid it is (hydrogen fluoride), very poisonous and contributes to acid rain. Getting rid of plastics is not so easy. As long as we use petrol in our cars, plastics will be with us. The sooner we learn to reduce or refuse, reuse then more prudently and find some way of re-using(re-purpose) them, the better our life will be.

POSITIVE ACTION : How to cut down on waste plastic

  • Don’t buy fresh food pre-packed in plastic

  • Refuse plastic containers for takeaway food

  • Choose natural materials in clothing

  • Avoid disposable plastic in the kitchen

  • Ask for biodegradable packaging

Doing research for this post was really an eye-opener for me in term of the devastation of plastics to the environment. Education is key. Teach the young about the pros and cons of plastic products so that they may in future think before they create a short-life product using plastics.

Bottomline : as long as there is demand, there will be supply. greed will destroy this planet.

” THE WORLD CAN FEED EVERYONES NEED, BUT NOT EVERYONES GREED.” `~ GANDHI

green witch 😉

Below are some photos of plastic products being reuse or repurposed.

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I use my plastic waste mostly in the garden.

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Plastic bag turn into a ball.

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Below are more professional looking products by designers and artists who embrace the RE-CREATE, RE-DESIGN, RE-PURPOSE and incorporate them in their work. Enjoy.

1. http://www.ryterdesign.ch/recycline/frame.htm

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2.http://miwa.metm.org/PET_project/
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3.http:// http://www.michellebrand.co.uk
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4. Studio Verissimo
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5. http://www.dezeen.com/2007/12/12/drop-chandelier-by-stuart-haygarth/

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Reuse, Recreate & Repurpose!

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For the past 2 weeks, we’ve been seeing all sort of reports and stories after the death of Michael Jackson the Entertainer, King of Pop at the age of 50. I grew up listening to his songs. I cannot say that I’m a hardcore fan but I must admit that I do like a few of his songs and the message in those songs. Whatever he was during his lifetime, he was a true entertainer and that is one thing that no one can dispute. To me, he was a grown kid who likes to play and thus the reference to Peter Pan and Neverland. We laugh at all  jokes about him and the weirdness but I think weird is only a word that means DIFFERENT. People are always fearful of difference or not norm. Love him or hate him, I’m glad that he has gone to a better place where none will judge him for being weird or different. May you find peace now, when it eluded you when you were still alive. RIP Michael Jackson.

Thank you for all the songs and the messages you try to give to earth but sorry that earthling refuse to listen.

Enjoy Earth Song.

green bitch

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I’ve been a fan of Nickelback for quite a while now and would like to share with you all this song by them. Why the title “If everyone cared!” ? Mainly because someday when you wakeup, you just feel as if the whole world is against you. You wonder if a small insignificant “little you” can do any changes at all. Take for example the planet earth where you can keep on harping about greening the planet, don’t burn your rubbish, recycle, do 3R, etc. Then you come across a song like this one and you truly wish that everyone will really care about the things that matter and not what’s the lastest fad.

Here is an inspirational quote to make you feel -hey…. I can make a difference.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Dalai Lama XIV

IF EVERYONE CARED BY NICKELBACK

If Everyone Cared lyrics

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you’d be mine
But here we are, we’re here tonight

Singing Amen, I, I’m alive
Singing Amen, I, I’m alive

[Chorus:]
If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we’d see the day when nobody died

And I’m singing Amen

Amen I, Amen I, I’m alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I’m alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We’ll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen, I, I’m alive
Singing Amen, I, I’m alive
(I’m alive)

[Chorus x2]

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we’d see the day when nobody died
When nobody died…

[Chorus]

We’d see the day, we’d see the day
When nobody died
We’d see the day, we’d see the day
When nobody died
We’d see the day when nobody died

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

green witch 😉

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In a few more days, many people the world over will be celebrating Christmas, eating, drinking, merry making, exchanging gifts, being with families and friends. At this beautiful time, spare a thought to those who might not be so lucky and give thanks that we are all at PEACE. Here I would like to share the lyrics to John Lennon’s song title Happy Christmas (War is Over). I personally think that this is a very powerful Christmas song. Although we are not at war here, we still want to maintain PEACE in this country. We also want to take care of our surrounding, not throwing things all over the place. GIVE EARTH A CHANCE.

Happy Christmas (War is Over)
by John Lennon

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas

For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so happy Christmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over
If you want it
War is over
Now…

Below are some of the preparation I have been doing for Christmas. Reusing papers and gift wrappers to make boxes and old clothes to be made into christmas stokings.

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For those of you who’s still too buzy to put out your Christmas decoration or are a little tight with this year christmas budget, have no fear. A little DIY and MIY will still work. RE-USE all your stuffs and come up with a new and unique Christmas decoration. Forget about cutting a tree or buying a plastic one (eerrr…) Below is an easy magazine folded Christmas tree. (along with simple instruction)
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Hopefully this will get your creative juice starting. I’ve also put together a few recycled crafts collected around the net for your viewing pleasure. Who knows…. you might get inspired. Don’t just do the decorating yourself. Share with love one. Remember…. Christmas is about sharing and giving.

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Hanging mobile christmas tree, magazine wreath, keyboard tree deco, cinnamon stick tea candle deco….

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….felt trees, chainring tree and recycle newspaper with glitter tree.
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Another alternative is to support companies that recycle your waste and reuse/repurpose them.

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Wishing everyone the whole wide Earth… HAPPY Christmas.

green biTch/wiTch 😉

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Another 3R post that encourages reusing items from e-waste which you have laying around your house like old computer monitors, keyboard, mouse, cpu box etc. i dismantle a few of the keyboard I have. figuring out a few ideas to used the keys for maybe fridge magnet or jewelery. This of course is prompted by Christmas being round the corner.  Here’s a little heavy reading for those of you who wanted to know more about e waste.

FACTS :
Electronic waste, “e-waste” or “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” (“WEEE“) is a waste type consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic device. Recyclable electronic waste is sometimes further categorized as a “commodity” while e-waste which cannot be reused is distinguished as “waste”. Both types of e-waste have raised concern considering that many components of such equipment are considered toxic and are not biodegradable. Responding to these concerns, many European countries banned e-waste from landfills in the 1990s. As the price of gold, silver and copper continue to rise, e-waste has become more desirable.

Some activists define “Electronic waste” to include all secondary computers, entertainment devices electronics, mobile phones and other items, whether they have been sold, donated, or discarded by their original owner. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal. Others define the reusable (working and repairable electronics) and secondary scrap (copper, steel, plastic, etc.) to be “commodities”, and reserve the use of the term “waste” for residue or material which was represented as working or repairable but which was discarded by the buyer.

Debate continues over the distinction between “commodity” and “waste” electronics definitions. Some exporters may deliberately leave obsolete or non-working equipment mixed in loads of working equipment (through ignorance, or to avoid more costly treatment processes for ‘bad’ equipment). On the other hand, some importing countries specifically seek to exclude working or repairable equipment in order to protect domestic manufacturing markets. “White box” computers (‘off-brand’ or ‘no name’ computers) are often assembled by smaller scale manufacturers utilizing refurbished components. These ‘white box’ sales accounted for approximately 45% of all computer sales worldwide by 2004, and are considered a threat to some large manufacturers, who therefore seek to classify used computers as ‘waste’.

While a protectionist may broaden the definition of “waste” electronics, the high value of working and reusable laptops, computers, and components (e.g. RAM), can help pay the cost of transportation for a large number of worthless “commodities”. Broken monitors, obsolete circuit boards, short circuited transistors, and other junk are difficult to spot in a container load of used electronics.

Until such time as equipment no longer contains such hazardous substances, the disposal and recycling operations must be undertaken with great care to avoid damaging pollution and workplace hazards, and exports need to be monitored to avoid “toxics along for the ride”.  ….Read more

I’ve just started with using the plastic in the keyboard chip ?(don’t even know what it’s call) and turn them into cover for my notebook.

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cool right ? more photos collected from around the net where computer parts are being put to used.  Re-use, Re-craft, Re-purpose, Re-create. 4R ?

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See don’t throw away your cpu box or the monitar. Hamster home, satay grill even a MIY side table.

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Remember all those diskettes laying around being use as frisbee or coaster ?

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if crafting or making things is not your cup of tea, that’s OK. maybe this christmas try purchasing recycle craft as gifts. There are a few website, local and international that features very attractive recycle crafts. Below are afew.

eco-basket from Salaam wanita

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Signing off , make full use of your e-waste before you trash them. If you can’t make use of them, try recycling them. There are afew places that accept e-waste.

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No…. I am not talking about qualification. In this case, it’s paper that everyone take for granted everyday. Why would I like to talk about paper ? Do you know how much paper on average every single person on earth uses ? Can you list out all the paper products you see around you at the moment ? I am sure everyone knows where or what paper are made from. The more paper you use, there more tree needs to be cut down to make the paper that you need.

Some facts for you to ponder on :

1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees

1 ton of 100% virgin (non-recycled) newsprint uses 12 trees

A “pallet” of copier paper (20-lb. sheet weight, or 20#) contains 40 cartons and weighs 1 ton. Therefore,

1 carton (10 reams) of 100% virgin copier paper uses .6 trees

1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets

1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!)

1 ton of coated, higher-end virgin magazine paper (used for magazines like National Geographic and many others) uses a little more than 15 trees (15.36)

1 ton of coated, lower-end virgin magazine paper (used for newsmagazines and most catalogs) uses nearly 8 trees (7.68)

(to read more go to here)

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What’s the alternative ? Recycle paper ?

So before you reach for a piece of paper, Re-think the way you use paper, Re-use paper cups, paper plates, newspapers, magazines and other paper products and recycle every other paper products that you don’t use. Paper products can be RE-purpose for other usage.

Below are afew craft items I have made. This holiday season maybe you can craft some items, remember, it’s the thought that counts.

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Colored paper printout that I used for corresponding but since I mostly do email now, kept it but finally decide to turn it into my mini notebook. Inside are used paper (printed on 1 side)
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See, just staple them together and waa-la you got yourself a notebook to write your thought or even your groceries. Remember, use both sides of the paper, well, you have repurpose it to be a notebook. More ?
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Using recycled craft paper, some leftover chinese new year angpow paper, folding origami or even cut out shapes from magazines.
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Even can use paper measuring ruler given free from Ikea hahaha.
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Cover to my crafting ideas notebook.
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Cover for my sewing notebook.

I’ve always like origami.
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My homemade paper crane earring, using magazine paper which has beautifully printed colors. Paper beads anyone ?
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Roll magazine or even newspaper and you’ll be surprise at how beautiful they might look.
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What to put your gift in, why not made your own box. In this case, I used junk mail, leaflet, flyers. They are so colorful.

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Just roll newspring or even newspaper and you got yourself a coaster. I painted and also drew on them. Use your creativity. It’s fun to get your hands dirty once in a while. Bring a smile to someone by giving them a gift from the heart. This are some of the crafts I’ve experimented. Will show more and link you to the whole web of recycled crafts.  Stay tune.

“One man junk, is another man treasure”

Green bitch
Greening the earth one person at a time. A little slow but will get there somehow.

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Yup…. blog recycling, anyway, I wrote this piece quite sometime back in my other blog which I haven’t been updating much since I started on this green blog. Thought I would share this with you all. Doesn’t matter if you are an artist or not.

So what do you think about this poster I found. Interesting right ? I found that I had done most of the things suggested on the list. So does that mean I’m a true GENUINE ARTIST ? hahahaha

stay loose. learn to watch snailshuh ? ok…can do that gardening got lots of snails, probably will smashed them with my spade – not a very green thing to do huh ?

plant impossible garden umm… does planting weed that can be used as herb considered impossible garden ? or even planting poisonous plant considered IMPOSSIBLE garden ?

invite someone dangerous to tea – I don’t do tea and who can I invite that’s dangerous ? my father-in-law ? the reaper ? ummm….

make little sign that says yes and post them all over the house i think i tried that last christmas

make friends with freedom, uncertainty – been there and done that, freedom only in the mind and uncertainty is the bread and butter for artes

look forward to dreams – wow… love my dreams

cry during movies – this is one thing I can’t stop even if I want to, so embarassing

swing as high as you can on a swingset on moonlight – always love swing and swinging in moonlight makes you feel like interacting with the fey

cultivate mood – boy, do I have alot of mood swing, part of my personality

refuse to be responsible – well, easy peasy, swing low and forget everything

do it for love – love makes the world go round

take lots of naps – ya… yawn…

give away money. do it now.the money will follow – give to charity, the more you give the more you receive, what if you got no money huh ?

believe in magic – yup…. the keyword is believe…. that’s what give you imagination

laugh a lot – my favourite exercise

celebrate every gorgeous moment – now this remain me of the phase ” life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take you breath away”

take moonbath – love doing this especially for courting couple and also old married couple hehehehe “sai yit kong”, “jemu bulan ?”

imagine yourself magic – always had very wild imagination and wanted to be the fairy queen/ witch

giggle with children – I’m a giggling idiot most of the time. guess I’m more a kid than most kiddies

listen to old people – oooo…. must I, seems to be doing alot of that my whole life oops…I’m also turning into one of them…eeeee

open up. dive in. be free – I am born FREE

bless yourself. drive away fear – I always refer to this quote ” never let FEAR stand in the way of your dream”

play with everything. entertain your inner child – I am a toy’r’us kid ok ? so I NEVER grow up lor

you are innocent. built a fort with blankets – umm… still do that sometimes, kinda fun until it’s wash day

get wet. hug trees – i love riding or even walking in the rain, makes you feel human and hugging trees are my thing man…. i am a true blue tree hugger

write love letters – writing love letters is really about expressing oneself totally and I do have a journal take I write in constantly, more of love letter to god

checkout if you pass the whole list. something to look through during a rainy evening or just for kick. There’s a little creativity/imagination/artist in everyone of us. Cultivate it, because the mind is a beautiful thing.

Have a wonderful weekend. Smile and the whole world smile with you. 🙂

green artist

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