Composting Is Way Easier Than You Think. Here’s How.

Composting Is Way Easier Than You Think. Here’s How.

Julian Mackenzie, NRDC.org –

With minimal effort, you can turn those banana peels and apple cores into gold. Let us break it down.

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If you’re going to ask an environmentalist why you should compost, make sure you have a minute. Darby Hoover, NRDC’s senior resource specialist in the Food and Agriculture program—and master of the household compost heap—can reel off a long list of reasons for keeping your food scraps and other household waste out of the trash can. “Compost adds nutrients and organic matter back to soil, which benefits agriculture, reduces our reliance on synthetic fertilizers, diverts methane-producing organic materials from landfills, and improves soil’s water retention capacity so you don’t need to water as much,” she says.

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Swimming Safety: Tips and Considerations for Pools, Beaches, Hot Tubs, and More.

Swimming Safety: Tips and Considerations for Pools, Beaches, Hot Tubs, and More.

By  DOMO REMAX Estate Properties –

Swimming is a great activity that is enjoyed by many across the country. Whether it’s at home, the beach, or the lake, swimming is a great way to cool off during hot weather or to remain comfortable in warm climates. Swimming also comes with a number of possible dangers that people must keep in mind before they engage in the activity.

Water is everywhere, and that can make people think that it all functions more or less the same. Although people can drown in something as simple as a bathtub or hot tub given the right conditions, each body of water has its own risks and safety recommendations. Any water source can be a source of injury or even death if people do not take it seriously, particularly for infants and young children.

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Do Humans Need Sunlight To Survive?

Do Humans Need Sunlight To Survive?

The sun is the source of all heat and light energy on Earth. Aside from the obvious benefits of solar energy, and aside from our obvious knowledge that the sun is the source of all food on earth, how much direct or indirect sun does the human body need to survive, if any?

We know that all plants require a certain amount of sunlight to make food and survive, through a process called photosynthesis. We know that animals get their energy from the food they eat. However, animals would not have a food source, if it were not for the sun. For example, some animals that live deep underwater, where no sunlight exists, but they feed on organic matter (dead plants and organisms that sink to the ocean floor from the surface). This organic matter contains energy that was first produced by the sun.

Humans get our energy from the food we eat, and all of that food is derived from the energy of the sun. So, we need the sun to survive. But do humans need direct exposure to sunlight to survive, not counting our food and heat sources?

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, stated that humans need sunlight for vitamin D. The study shows that those with the lowest vitamin D levels have more than double the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes over an eight-year period compared with those with the highest levels of vitamin D.

Sunshine vitamin D may protect against a host of diseases, including heart disease, cancers, osteoporosis, prostate cancer and colon cancer. Sunlight vitamin D also has other health benefits, like protecting against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system. Submariners have gone without sunlight for periods exceeding 6-months, using vitamin D supplements.

It is unlikely, though, that an adult could die directly and exclusively from prolonged darkness. Most likely a person would become ill and die from a range of chronic diseases caused by lack of sunshine, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and tuberculosis.

So, yes, I would say that humans need sunlight to survive. Maybe it’s no coincidence that there are over 5 billion entries on Google under the search, “the sun.”

Can You Go A Day Without Using A Single Product Made With Petroleum?

Can You Go A Day Without Using A Single Product Made With Petroleum?

Before you answer, take a look at this partial list of products that use petroleum in some form or another.

Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of three-and-a-half gallons of oil and more than 250 cubic feet of natural gas PER DAY PER PERSON. 

Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Ammonia, Aspirin, Awnings, Antifreeze 

Bicycle, Balloons, Bandages, Bearing Grease, Boats, Ballpoint Pens, Basketballs 

Crayons, CD’s, CD Player, Curtains, Cold cream, Cortisone, Clothes, Combs , Candles, Car Battery Case, Cameras, Combs, Caulking, Credit Cards , Car Sound Insulation , Car Enamel

Dashboards, Dresses, Dishes, Drinking Cups , Denture Adhesive , Dentures, Dyes, Dice , Dishwashing liquids, Diesel, Detergent, Deodorant, Disposable diapers 

Enamel, Electric Blankets, Epoxy, Eyeglasses, Electrician’s tape 

Fishing Boots, Fan Belts, Folding Doors, Fishing Rods, Fishing Lures, Faucet Washers, Footballs, Football Cleats, Football Helmets, Food Preservatives, False Teeth, Folding Doors, Fertilizers, Floor Wax 

Glue, Guitar Strings, Gasoline, Glycerin, Golf Balls 

Heart Valves, Hand lotion 

Insecticides, Insect Repellent, Ink, Ice Cube Trays, Ice Chests 

Life Jackets, Linoleum, Luggage, LP records

Motor Oil, Model Cars, Movie Film, Mops 

Nylon Rope, Nail Polish

Pajamas, Pillows, Paint, Paint Brushes, Paint Rollers, Parachutes, Putty, Percolators, Perfumes, Purses, Plastic, Wood, Panty Hose, Petroleum Jelly, Purses 

Refrigerant, Refrigerators, Rubber Cement, Refrigerator linings, Roller-skate wheels, Roofing, Roller Skates, Rubbing Alcohol 

Sweaters, Soft Contact lenses, Sun Glasses, Shaving Cream, Shampoo, Shag Rugs, Sports Car Bodies, Shoes, Solvents, Synthetic Rubber, Speakers, Surf Boards, Shower Curtains, Salad bowls, Safety Glass, Safety Glasses, Shoe Polish, Soap 

Transparent tape, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tool Boxes, Tires, TV Cabinets, Tool Racks, Tires, Toys Dolls, Tents, Toilet Seats, Trash bags, Tennis Rackets, TV cabinets, Transparent Tape, Upholstery, Umbrellas, Unbreakable dishes

Vitamin Capsules, Vaporizers

Water Pipes, Wheels

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