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Save Time & Money With e-cloth!

You can’t get anymore sustainable, organic or green than these e-cloths!

I just received my e-Cloth Home Cleaning Set in the mail last week. The set comes with 8 pieces:

  • Kitchen cloth
  • Stainless Steel Cloth
  • Range & Stove-top Cloth
  • Bathroom Cloth
  • Window Cloth
  • 2-Glass & Polishing Cloths
  • Dusting Cloth

I have only used them a couple of times so far and I can already say, I LOVE THEM!! They have saved me time & money because there is no need for cleaning products. They work with just hot water, which means I don’t have to spend a fortune on harmful, chemical laden, products & I don’t have to carry around bunch of cleaning products to clean the house.

Every morning after my husband & I are done washing our face and brushing our teeth, I wipe down the bathroom sink. I have always just used a regular cloth and then once a week I would give the whole bathroom a thorough cleaning. Now, with e-cloth, when I wipe down the bathroom sink, IT’S CLEAN!! No having to go back and clean it again 😀 I wipe down my glass shower doors using the Window Cloth along with the Glass & Polishing Cloth at the end of the day, after the last shower has been taken, to keep them looking clean & clear. While the Bathroom Cloth keeps the shower walls squeaky clean.

It’s the same with my kitchen counters. Everyday I wipe down my kitchen counter at least 3-4 times. Then at night after washing our dinner dishes I would spray the counters down and give them a more thorough cleaning. Now, I don’t have to do that, using the Kitchen Cloth, my counters stay clean all the time, it’s a miracle!! The Range & Stove-top Cloth along with the Glass & Polishing Cloth has kept my stove-top looking shiny & and practically brand new.

Because I only need to wipe down the surface of my furniture, without have to drag out a bunch of cleaning products, it’s much easier to keep the dirt and grime from building up. I use the Dusting Cloth to give my furniture a quick swipe and I’m done and can move on with my day, making time for other, more important, FUN things!

I highly recommend getting a set of e-cloths. They really do save time & money and even though I have only used them a short time, I can already tell the difference. If you are skeptical like I was, I have added links below so you can read about the science behind these cloths and how they have such remarkable cleaning capabilities, removing 99% of the bacteria in your home!! WHAT?!

e-cloths have 3.1 million fibers per sq in. 480,000 fibers per cubic centimeter. By combining this unique fiber technology with water, the cloths break up, lift and hold grease, grime and bacteria, which normal cloths leave behind.

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Caring for your e-cloth is as simple as rinsing it with hot water in your day-to-day use. To ensure your e-cloths perform at their best you can machine wash them up to 300 times!! You only need a small amount of detergent, then either hang or tumble dry. That’s it!! I use Soap Nuts by NaturOli, you can read about them here.

Why choose e-cloth?

Research undertaken by Siliker (a leading scientific research organization, with 45 laboratories worldwide) has proven that e-cloths remove over 99% of bacteria. Get full details here.

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With Love,

Sindy <3

 

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Holy Community Gardening

We love the idea of community gardening! A few months ago, Hoss had the opportunity to donate one of our Wheel Hoes to the Community of Jesus – an ecumenical Christian community made up of monastic Brothers & Sisters, along with married couples, families and single adults located in Orleans, Massachusetts.  This community of 230 members, strong in their commitment to their faith and way of life, are also master gardeners!

Brother Andrew Smith is, as we have come to know, the chief gardener of the community gardening.  He oversees three main gardens plus two potato patches – in all, the Community has about 2/3 of an acre under cultivation.  We felt the members of this Community would greatly benefit from one of our Wheel Hoes – not only to take the strain out of gardening but to help the members really enjoy planting and harvesting their vegetables and fruits and get the most out of their crops.

At Hoss Tools, we are huge fans of sustainable gardening, and the Community of Jesus does an incredible job.  Oh, and we have to mention the fact that the Community also has cows, chickens and goats!  A true working farm with both plants and animals  – coming together to provide for community members.

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Apartment Composting

When I was growing up, my family compost pile was a mound of stinking black earth decorated with vegetable peelings, nutshells, and denuded, forgotten apple cores. Teeming with worms and other wriggling digesters, the pile took six months or more to transform our jettisoned detritus into the fragrant loam my mother would later scatter at the base of her peonies.

The pile was not something that could ever work in an apartment.

But not all composts are created equally, and if you have ever rejected composting because of a less-than-spacious abode, think again. Today’s composters are streamlined and odor-free, offering options to accommodate even the smallest of apartments. Is it time for you to get on the composting bandwagon?

The Benefits of Composting

While you may not have peonies demanding a steady diet of nutrient-rich fertilizer, composting has other benefits. Not only can apartment dwellers use that black gold to feed house plants and patio containers, you can also reduce household waste and save yourself a trip to the dumpster.

Food scraps
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food is the biggest ingredient in American trash. Currently more than 35% of the average garbage can is filled with kitchen scraps—scraps that could be diverted from the landfill altogether.

And diverting those scraps is important. When tossed into landfills, organic waste generates methane gas, something that doesn’t happen when you compost. Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas that increases the rate of global climate change. In fact, municipalities like Seattle, San Franciso, and New York City operate curbside collection and composting programs and get a carbon credit for their efforts. Despite this, about 95% of food scraps in the US are still thrown away.

To help reduce emissions and divert your share of organic waste, apartment composting is the answer. Luckily, there are several great ways to compost in an apartment. The type you choose will depend on your situation.

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Superior Cannabinoid Rich Hemp Oil

What is Hemp oil?

Superior is the result of a collaborative effort to develop a novel, 10x bio-availability optimized hemp oil extract using exclusively natural, plant-based ingredients in a complete botanical formulation.

Balance In A Bottle

Our Superior formula:

  • Balances the Nervous System
  • Balances the Musculo-Skeletal System
  • Promotes Mental Clarity, Focus & Memory
  • Supports Calm & Relaxation
  • Supports Healthy Immune & Stress Response
  • Supports Healthy Inflammatory Response
  • Provides Anti-Oxidant Support
  • Supports Healthy Energy & Stamina

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Cannabidiol is extracted from the hemp plant and has no euphoric properties whatsoever. This formulation offers all the health benefits of hemp oil without the feeling of being “high.”

Superior hemp oil nourishes the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. A decrease in the functioning of the ECS can lead to chemical imbalances throughout the whole body. Our hemp oil acts on the ECS to increase its function and promote total body health.

In addition to faster absorption, our special formulation synergizes hemp oil with other medicinal herbs used in ancient medicine. This is a potent concentration inside of a small travel size bottle.

No other product in the marketplace uses this finely extracted, optimized cannabinoid matrix, using production that meet high end specifications, using only natural ingredients in its processing. Integrity is key.

Key Ingredients & Why Superior Hemp Oil Works:

Western medicine likes to synthesize and compartmentalize compounds. But the phyto-nutrients contained in whole plants are complex and complete. While identifying active principles is a useful research tool, evidence supports the superior therapeutic value of the naturally-occurring synergistic chemistry of the whole plant. In other words, whole plants or mixtures of plants are more effecteive than than isolated compounds. It’s about treating your health as a whole.

With the assistance of HERBOLOGIE’s master formulator and a veritable  alchemical magician,  we have actively mixed, tested, and finally formulating a recipe that looks to traditional medicine such as the ancient Chinese and the bees  Superior Hemp Oil‘s profile aims to enhance, regulate and support a long healthy life.

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1 solar power plant. 775,000 panels in the Chilean desert.

 

Still under construction, the Atacama 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant is a symbol of the shift from dirty fossil fuels to a cleaner, smarter way to generate electricity in Chile which is leading the charge for solar in Latin America thanks to its expanses of wilderness and some of the most intense sunlight on Earth.

Following the global climate change deal signed in Paris earlier this month, the $1.1bn project is a source of hope because it demonstrates how far renewable technology has come. But – amid reports of its Spanish owner Abengoa’s financial difficulties – it is also a reminder of how the energy transition is increasingly challenged more by financing uncertainties than engineering obstacles.

The main structure – which is already taller than London’s Gherkin or New York’s Trump Tower – is almost finished. The next big challenge will be to lift one of the heaviest slabs of steel ever made – the 2,000-tonne solar receiver – to the top with hydraulic jacks. This will be used to heat a pool of 50,000 tonnes of molten salt up to temperatures of 565C during the day so it can continue to drive turbines through the night. All that is needed after that is to polish the 10,600 heliostatic mirrors so that they can reflect sunlight up to the tower. The end result will be the dream of sustainable energy supporters – a solar facility that can provide baseload power generation of 110 megawatts (MW) for 24 hours a day.

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Sustainable Organic World: Solar Load Calculator

A critical step in sizing a solar PV system is understanding the electrical load it needs to be able to supply.

Our new, free online Solar Load Calculator displays a running total of your average daily Watt-hour usage, which helps determine the size of the solar system you’ll need.

If you click the submit button at the bottom of the form, your results will be sent to the email address you provide so you’ll have your own record. Clicking “submit” also emails our solar technicians with a copy of your results so that they can look up your information if you call them with questions (800-919-2400) about your system as you get

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Portable Prefab Homes by Coodo

Another day, another prefab company trying to lure you into the out-of-the-box home dream. This time, Coodo from Hamburg, Germany, shows off its newly completed project, a 720-square-foot “Coodo 64,” installed in Bielefeld, Germany.

With rounded edges (also seen in the Alupod prefab concept from Hong Kong) and sleek, contemporary fixtures, this Coodo 64 is on the larger end of the company’s offerings, which also sells modular pods as small as 100 to 170 square feet.

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Sustainable Organic World: Soap Nuts

Hand-Sort Select Soap Nuts

Sun-dried, De-seeded Soap Berries

USDA Certified Organic

I had never heard of soap nuts before, also known as soap berries, until I saw them on Pinterest. I was intrigued because I am always looking for green, organic, sustainable products to use in my home. So I found them on Amazon by a company called “NaturOli” and decided to try them out.

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Before I tell you how they worked, let me give you a little soap nut background. Soap Nuts (Soap Berries) are a gift from Mother Nature, a sustainable, natural resource that grows wild from the sapindus trees. The fruit is picked & dried and it’s the dried fruit that produces the “soap” (saponin). Making it the ultimate 100% natural laundry detergent and cleanser!

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Now let me tell you how they worked. They come with a little pouch that you put 4 or 5 nuts into. Then, because I use cold water to wash my clothes, they recommended to soak them in hot water before using them. So, while I gathered up my clothes I soaked them. It only took a few minutes and they were ready to use.

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I poured the soap nut pouch in along with the soaking water, then, added in my clothes and let ‘er rip. That’s it, nothing else was added, when they were finished, I put everything in the dryer, including the pouch. They came out fresh & cleaned!! I used my initial 4 berries for 7 washes before I had to change them out 😀

I should say at this point that my laundry isn’t very soiled. I don’t do construction, lawn maintenance or anything that would be considered “dirty” work. I do, however, work in the garden and perspire. They are effective in removing soil and odors while leaving my clothes feeling soft. I even used them to wash my sheets & towels. The towels are very soft, while still being absorbent. Bathroom towels that aren’t absorbent is something I used to dislike about synthetic fabric softener.

The soap nuts were so gentle, they are superb for delicate fabrics. If you have allergies or are sensitive to commercial chemicals & fragrances and want to do your part to help create a sustainable, organic world, then soap nuts are the answer!

  • Hypoallergenic, fragrance free, Eco-friendly and biodegradalbe
  • Low sudsing – perfect for high efficiency (he) washers
  • Free of synthetic chemicals, fillers, toxins, dyes and perfumes
  • Ideal for cloth cotton diaper landering
  • Imported only from Fair Trade, Co-op suppliers
  • NaturOli Soap Nuts are cleaned, sorted & packaged in the USA

NaturOli Soap nuts are the highest grade quality. Only premium soap berries are harvested at the their optimal time to ensure maximum saponin content. They are then de-seeded by hand.

Along with my NaturOli Soap Nut purchase I was given a sample of “Extreme 18X” concentrate soap. I use it in my mop water to mop my tile floor and it works perfectly!! But, there are a plethora of green, cleaning uses – both household and personal care. Inherently healthy and nourishing properties will leave skin conditioned too. You can throw away those rubber gloves! Experiment and adjust amounts used depending upon your desired results.

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OTHER SOAP NUT USES:

Household:

  • Non-streak glass & window cleaner.
  • All-purpose kitchen and bathroom cleaner
  • Perfect for washing fruits & veggies
  • Gentle dish detergent. Not recommended for most dishwashers.
  • Excellent for stainless steel, polished granite, tile & counter tops.
  • High sheen jewelry cleaner.
  • Low sudsing carpet cleaner for ultra soft carpets & rugs.

Outdoors:

  • Wash water is excellent for watering yard & plants
  • Effective plant spray for a non-toxic pest deterrent.
  • Gentle car wash (wont remove wax).
  • Biodegradable soap – a camper’s dream. Even helps ward off insects.

Personal Care:

  • Gentle, non-irritating, chemical free washing & bathing.
  • Conditioning hair & skin treatments. Excellent for most with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dandruff, itchy scalp & other irritating skin conditions. An initial patch test is recommended.

Pet Care:

  • The ultimate pet shampoo. Leaves coat with a healthy sheen while leaving skin soft & nourished. Also helps deter fleas, ticks & other common pests.

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Sustainable Organic World: Circular Economy

There was a time in our, not so distant past, that recycling was just part of life. When something broke, we fixed it, period. Then the whole “New and Improved” era came along and changed us from, consumers, to, ultra consumers. Things started being “upgraded” before the original was even out the door. I, for one, think it’s time to bring back the old school ways!

Back in the day, there used to be such thing as rebuilding your car engine in your garage, bringing your coke bottle back to the store to get a deposit refund and actually putting a patch on a pair of worn out blue jeans. This was not considered radical or something “hippies” did, it was the norm. We were actually keeping stuff out of the landfills, we were living sustainable without even needing a movement.

So with that being said, it’s kind of funny running across the term “circular economy”. Which sounds a lot like old school ways to me. So, here’s the jist of it: Something gets manufactured, then it gets bought, then it gets used, then it either gets fixed by the consumer, reused as something else, refurbished to be something else or recycled. Companies are starting to take a look at using the circular economy model in their business. It’s not only cost effective, it produces jobs, helping the overall economy and it saves waste from clogging up our landfills. Zero waste, on steroids!!

circular economy

So if you’re a business owner, you may want to take a look at the ways you can use the circular economy business model in your company. By using this type of model, you may retain more value of the material, labor and energy inputs that go into your product.

Our throw away economy is overtaking us and we must find ways to eradicate waste—not just from manufacturing processes, but systematically, throughout the life cycles and uses of products and their components. If we are going to create a sustainable, organic world, we must solve the issue of waste at its source.

In a circular economy, the goal is for durable components, such as metals and most plastics, to be reused or upgraded in other productive ways, recycling through as many processes as possible. I would say that in the vain of what’s old is new again, it’s time to get back to basics and get away from the buy–consume–dispose view.

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This post was inspired by this article “Moving toward a circular economy

Make – Use – Reuse: Copper’s Role in the Circular Economy

A resilient and sustainable world is not easily created. As a global community, we must constantly innovate and collaborate to ensure a bright future for all.

As we build greener buildings and communities that turn into smart cities, it is important to consider the pathway we take to get there. The old model of industrial economies focused on a linear path – materials are extracted, used, and disposed. We must move to a sustainable and circular economy that reduces waste at every step and returns end-of-life materials to a usable state.

Throughout its infinite life cycle, copper’s contributions to the resilience, sustainability, and efficiency of a variety of products and industries make it a vibrant example of the circular economy and the guiding principle to make, use, and reuse.

 

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