Monthly Archives: August 2014

Eco-friendly Children’s Lunch Products

Market these days seems to have all kinds of products for children’s lunches were flooded. Free of BPA, free PVC, phthalate freedom …… but the problem is that many companies have replaced bisphenol A and BPS, they found the same dangerous, sometimes these are not likely to lurk in the product the only thing. For example, I found some “green” sites neoprene insulation lunchbags ads because they are free of BPA, PVC free and Lama Lama Lama.

Then I looked neoprene, it is designed to last forever petroleum-based synthetic rubber. Oh, yes, it was originally proposed by DuPont – separate fact is, almost enough to make me avoid it. Upon further investigation, I found some information released gas volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and heavy metals as well as mentioning the article. Oops!

Then I decided that I would take this approach is to find lunch bags and containers must be zero, with minimal synthetic materials or recycled synthetic materials, made a statement, because if you want to have a wipeable inner surface of some synthetic materials is unavoidable , but that does not mean the whole thing indestructable synthetic rubber has been built.

However, I have been in sandwich bags to those without synthetic lining, because I’m just upset polyurethane coatings and whatnot, regardless of claims. You’ll also notice that although I was a big fan of glass storage of food, I omitted it in this article. Of course, a small mason jar would be great lunch bag, but if the glass container lock work for you, then you can easily find them these days at the local TJMaxx or Marshalls cheap. Since this article focuses on the children’s lunch, though many people may be comfortable packing heavier glass in a child’s lunch, I decided to hone more lightweight products. This reminds me of my number one choice of food storage.

Biomass is Currently One of the Latest Sources of Renewable Energy

Biomass Energy

Biomass Energy

Biomass is currently one of the latest sources of renewable energy. Together with solar energy and wind power it makes a convincing argument for not using fossil fuels anymore and rather reverting to natural processes to obtain the energy / power that we need. Biomass consists of plant matter that is specifically grown for its ability to generate heat or electricity. Mostly this would mean that Biomass consists of dead plant matter, but plants that are still alive can also generate heat and are therefore also included in the term Biomass.

In order to produce the heat or electricity, the biomass needs to be directly incinerated and fed fuel to keep it burning. This means that biodegradable waste can therefore also be included if it is able to burn and generate heat or electricity. Unfortunately fossil fuels also fall in this category as they are traditionally used to burn in order to generate electricity.

Biomass Sources
The main purpose of investigating biomass energy is to find sustainable, renewable energy in order to eliminate the usage of fossil fuels for the purpose of generating electricity. In the following sections we will explore what biomass energy is, how it works, its sources and it potential. It is always important to make decisions such as these based on facts rather than emotional arguments.

What is Biomass?
When looking at biomass, it is important to remember that biomass consists mainly or dead or even living biological matter. In the context of biomass energy this biological matter is usually plant-based. It is carbon based and consists of molecules of hydrogen (as well as small amounts of oxygen), nitrogen and various other smaller molecules of other chemicals. Although biomass is generally plant-based, animal matter can also be included for the benefit of the chemical molecules that it can contribute.

Why use Biomass?
One of the biggest advantages of using biomass is the fact that it is a renewable energy source. Making use of biomass energy means that the carbon emissions usually associated with burning fossil fuels are drastically reducing, thereby diminishing the carbon “footprint” left behind. This also means that it can contribute to reducing the so-called greenhouse effect, as well as the production of the so-called greenhouse gasses. All of this in turn helps to prevent and minimise global warming.

Biomass Energy
When using biomass for energy purposes, the carbon produced when burning is turned into carbon dioxide when it combines with the oxygen around it. When emitted into the air, the carbon monoxide is �inhaled’ by living plant matter. This, in turn, then results in oxygen being released into the atmosphere, reducing the carbon production that the burning of fossil fuels causes. This means that biomass makes more biological and environmental sense when thinking about sustainable and renewable energy.

Types of Biomass
Scientists recognize four types of biomass:

Wood and agricultural products: This consists of so-called �home-grown’ products such as wood logs and chips etc. It is important to note that almost any biological matter can produce biomass energy. Agricultural biomass come from waste products such as fruit pits, corn cobs etc.

Solid waste: This is everyday waste / �garbage’ that can be used to produce energy. It is easily burnt and many plants are already using this method of generating energy.
Landfill gas: This is methane gas that is produced during the decaying and rotting process of biological matter. Landfills are artificial environments for these processes to take place, but are just as effective in generating gas that can compete successfully with the so-called �natural gasses’.

Alcohol fuels: Liquid fuels such as ethanol and methanol are produced using biological matter such as wheat, corn and potatoes. Once again, this is done during the decaying and fermentation processes.