According to recent estimations, the typical American will throw away nearly 70 pounds of clothing and textiles every single year. That’s bad news for the environment, as old clothes tend to pile up in landfills, but it’s also bad news for the thousands of needy families that could benefit from those clothes if they were only donated instead of tossed away and forgotten about inside a dumpster.
Luckily, a leader in clothing recycling has some good news to offer. Jackie King, the executive director of SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles), says about 3.8 billion pounds of donated clothing each year goes on to be recycled. But why is this good news? After all, can’t those threads be used to help folks on the lower rungs of the economic ladder?
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The Saxons gave us the word fflaken, meaning to float or fly in the air, which later become flag. While many people used flags to communicate on the battlefields, today decorative flags have begun to adorn homes and gardens everywhere. Whether you are looking for artist flags, decorative holiday flags, or flag accessories, you can find a huge selection with some preliminary research.
Finding the perfect seasonal garden flags or decorative mailbox flags is a little bit like going on a treasure hunt. When first beginning the process, you may want to use online bookmarking sites to browse through different collections of gard Continue Reading
Luxury living need not be so expensive. It’s quite possible to afford cheap luxury apartments on the same city living budget you’re currently on. The key is to redefine your idea of what luxury living is. It’s not caviar in Paris or yacht tours around the Mediterranean–luxury living is surrounding yourself with quality people, things, and experiences.
The first thing to do is to appreciate the luxuries you already have. While you may not have the most high-tech smartphone or state-of-the-art laptop, you do have a computer, or else you wouldn’t be reading this. That’s a luxury. Appreciate it. In your own way, you’re already luxury living. You just have to wake up and notice it.
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Next to securing food and water, finding a place to live and store that food and water is probably the most important priority a person can have. After all, your safety and well-being are directly dependent on being able to stay off the streets at night and out of the rain. Finding a place to live and finding the best place to live are two entirely different things, though, and both are certainly easier said than done. There are several things a prospective tenant must take into consideration when apartment hunting and when sizing up a potential home. Here are three useful tips for would-be renters when apartment hunting:
1. Live Within Your Means
One of the most important things to remember when apartment hunting is that the rent you see now will be the same rent you’ll be asked to pay half a year Continue Reading
When you update, decorate, and customize your home the way you want it, you have plenty of options available to you. One style that’s growing in popularity in the United States is the use of Shoji screens–that is, Japanese style sliding doors and dividers. These doors are a trendy and cost-effective way to divide the rooms of your house and upgrade your decor, not to mention they offer a visually pleasing aesthetic to your living space.
Shoji screens and doors date back to the 16th century and are used in both older and modern Japanese homes. Today, in addition to using them as doors an Continue Reading
An estimated 15% of Americans get their water from private sources that are not regulated by the government. These sources include water wells, and other forms of private water collection for personal use that are not filtered by the water authority.
As a result, many sources of our drinking water contain contaminants that may be hazardous to our health. Chlorine in drinking water is a suspected cause of breast cancer. Studies show that women with breast cancer have an estimated 50-60% more chlorine in their breast tissue than those without breast cancer.
Water filtration systems use advanced filtration technology to reduce industrial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, turbidity, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), microorganisms, and bad tastes and odors. Hyper filtration, produces clean water by Continue Reading
Despite the rising costs a college education, millions of students continue to enroll in college each fall. In 2013, more than 6.8 million freshman enrolled in four-year colleges across the United States, and the number of students beginning college each year doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
In addition to the record number of undergraduate enrollments, more students than ever are deciding to enroll in graduate school. As a result of the increasing popularity of graduate school, more than 574,000 master’s degrees are rewarded by U.S. colleges each year. This seems to reflect a sentiment that the master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree, as bachelor’s degrees are becoming almost as common as high school diplomas were 50 or 60 years ago.
Regardless of the latest trends in college and graduate degre Continue Reading
We all know that getting a good night of sleep is not only important for living a healthy life, but helps us to feel better, be more productive and more energetic during the day. Unfortunately, some of us struggle to get a good night of sleep — whether it’s struggling to fall asleep, or waking up with pack and neck pain, getting a solid night of rest is easier said than done. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association estimates that 80-90 percent of the American population suffers from back pain. There’s a number of different things that can negatively influence your sleeping process, here’s a list of some common solutions to help you sleep better, so you can wake up experiencing less pain, and feeling rested and rejuvenated.
1) Try elevating your head or feet. When we sleep, sometimes our head or feet aren Continue Reading
For many Americans testing the housing market, those who have the financial means may find that moving into custom built homes, which are either newly built, or built to their specifications, is the best solution. New home builders provide a wide variety of options and specifications for their clients to chose from, in order to have the house they’ve always dreamed of. So, if you’re struggling with the decision of building or buying, here are some benefits that new custom homes provide:
1) Custom homes floor plans: Investing in a newly built ho,e allows you to choose from a wide array of layouts and custom homes floor plans. Choosing the layout you desire allows you to find a floo Continue Reading