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Going Organic- Benefits of Organic Baby Clothes

The modern world is so much dictated by technology that we have almost forgotten what being close to nature really means. It is a sad reality considering that nature has inspired the world as we see it today. With all sort of technological advancements, textile industry has like many other major industries, seen a transformation. We are talking about synthetic fabrics, nano textiles, pesticides, fertilisers and dyes. This would have been a good thing if they were’t so toxic. It is a deadly compromise that we have to live with- enjoy new, convenient, colourful fabrics or protect our selves from health and economic losses. Fortunately, it is not as bad as it sounds and really we can have more than a compromise. We just need to go back to basics and get closer to nature again.

Let’s talk about organic clothing. It has been assumed by many, myself included that organic clothes are expensive and its unnecessary effort but really this is a very counterintuitive way of thinking. The truth is, organic clothes are way more affordable and because they have been through less stress in production last even longer. They are gentle to our skin, to the farmers and to the planet in general.

For instance,  when shopping for newborn babies we need to be as natural and careful as possible because they are as natural as they come- we all know this because their immune system is delicate and they haven’t developed resistance to chemicals as we adults do but also for other reasons to be covered in this article.

Organic Baby Clothes  are the most cost efficient choice while shopping for baby clothes as they eliminate the future cost associated with serious health issues and sensitivities children develop as a result of inhaling toxic harmful chemicals.

Benefits of Organic Baby ClothesOrganic clothes keeps the baby’s soft skin and health system closer to nature protecting the baby from chemicals present in pesticides, fertilizers, GMO seeds and other toxic substances used to dye the fabrics.

Organic cotton production is safer not only for the baby and your family but also for the farmers, their families, the factory workers who sew the clothes and the planet in general. It means that with a little effort, forward thinking and careful thought we can all wear clothes that are free from chemicals such as formaldehyde which is used to finish clothes (to keep them looking new) which can never be washed out as they bind to the fabric at a microscopic level.

There are numerous manufacturers, distributers, entrepreneurs and individuals who are going back to the basics and providing affordable organic products such as BubblyBaby – 100% Organic Baby Clothes whose online store stocks only organic affordable baby clothes.  Like most progressive businesses who are focusing on going back to the basics, we too can do something to change the course of things in the fashion industry by keeping our families away from potential allergenic, carcinogenic substances and save us a lot of money and pain in the future. Because, lets face it- we all want clothes that last and that keeps us safe so that we can stay away from the hospitals as much as we can and concentrate on having fun and living fully.

Tell me areas of your life where you’ve had to go back to the basics and your opinion on Organic Baby Clothing and you could be in to win a TEDx talk entry ticket in your city.




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Environmental Decision Making: Making sense of the theory

Decisions regarding environmental resources are not like the resource use choices we make as individuals. They are social decisions that impact on a wide range of people who have widely differing preferences. Individual decisions in the market are based on personal interests, welfare and happiness. However, environmental decisions involve decisions concerning environmental goods and services that are not necessarily marketed and decisions about whether to introduce a reform or give a go-ahead to a project that will make the society better off and not worse off amidst the fact that definition of the society is not always clear. Furthermore, as Harding notes, in his paper Environmental Decision-Making: The roles of scientists, engineers, and the Public, environment is made up of interconnected components, processes and feedback mechanisms that make the environmental decision-making processes significantly differ from the individual market decisions.

Unlike the individual decision-making where the interests of the individual dominate, as described by the notion of the classical liberalism, environmental decision-making has a crosscutting impacts that need to be taken into account to ensure that the society is better off necessitating collective action. Therefore, the decision-makers, the decisions they make and for whose benefits the decisions are made play a key role in dictating how, who and when these decisions are made.

Environmental Decision Making
By assuming that the ‘greatest happiness for the greatest number, represents what is good for the society the framework does not incorporate issues of equity, fairness and distribution

Ramsay provides a theoretical explanation arguing that individual’s decisions are best explained by the classical liberal philosophy which holds that people are best suited to seek the best means to satisfy their own interests leading to improved social welfare albeit through pursuing different interests and any collective action to decide and meet these interests is unwarranted. By assuming that the ‘greatest happiness for the greatest number, represents what is good for the society the framework does not incorporate issues of equity, fairness and distribution that often arise when making decisions about access, ownership and use of natural resources.

In addition, the classical liberal philosophy is based on the foundation that in the market the property rights are clearly defined, defended and tradable. However, most environmental goods and services are public goods for which collective decision-making rules are necessary to make sure that they continue to advance the welfare of the society. By ignoring the social, environmental and cultural context in which decisions are made, liberal philosophy proponents assume a narrow view of the society yet broader and complex interconnected relationship between environmental, social and economic elements occur. As a result the decision-making framework offered by the classical liberal philosophy does not depict the true nature of the often non-marketed environmental goods and services that need collective action.

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The role of well funded Environmental Impact Assessment regulatory Reform in the context of a devolved government system in Kenya

The general goal of EIA regulatory framework is not only to predict the impacts of any development project or policy on the environment and society but also to promote consultative and participatory processes where decisions on alternatives and implementation strategies are shared equitably. Public participation in EIA presents a bottom-up approach to the environmental management where the concerns, interests and needs of the affected individuals and groups of individuals are given an opportunity to have an input in the decision-making process. But, considering that environmental impacts are externalities that can have far-reaching consequences to the general public, public participation depending on context should also involve the general public. Knowing the budget constraints that go with EIA both from the government side as a monitoring institution as well as the proponents, this presents a major threat to the Kenyan environmental conservation and development efforts. Stemming from the agency principle, the public need to feel that their respective government is pursuing the interest through the existing regulations and allowing regulations that allow for public participation are considered a measure good governance. As Kenya is working on strengthening the county governments, the policy makers need to realize that budget allocation for EIA and mutual partnerships with monitoring agencies as well as the proponents should be on top of the agenda for the counties as well at the national government level. This is because well-implemented public participation approaches can allow the public to take control of environmental decisions and gain more confidence in taking up development agendas. From a policy perspective, public participation in EIA can enhance the policy and regulatory outcomes to create fair solutions to environmental, economic, social and cultural challenges faced during environmental assessment process for a more sustainable development. In addition, public participation can be an effective tool for promoting good governance, legitimizing decisions, building public trust in both the government and investors as well as promoting active citizenship and innovation. These are key elements to the success of a devolved governance system.


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Landfill versus Incinerators Part 2

Waste Management should be at the top of every government’s development agenda because as we develop we create more waste and what we need is to turn this waste into products we can use and finally safely dispose what we can’t use.
What is better: landfills or incinerators? or even better landfills, incinerators or reuse?

Sustainable Waste Management

Most of the waste produced in Europe and in USA has been sent to landfill for the last 50 or so years. In the past it was easy to dispose of waste this way, as it was cheap, and space was often available in old quarries. Space approved for landfill is set to run out in the next five to ten years.

In the UK about two-thirds of land filled waste is biodegradable organic matter from households, businesses and industry. In 2007/08 about 15.5 million tonnes of municipal waste, most of which is household waste, was sent to landfill. Other waste sent to landfill includes inert materials; for example, from construction and demolition. Biodegradable materials such as paper and card, textiles, food and garden waste decompose and release the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide.

This would sound like a sustainable option for waste management in Nairobi especially as we produce…

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The Power of Mentorship

Most of us will agree that one of the most important resources we have as a society is social capital. Social capital is the power that is found in relations, in the norms and values that we hold and the resulting social networks. Social capital is especially important in participatory resource management where the value of the communities social capital can be used to generate fair, equitable use of natural resource while maintaining the integrity of these resources.

Closely related to social capital is the relational power that each of us hold usually cultivated through interpersonal characteristics such as ability to interact with others, ability to be in a group and ability to break social barriers and interact with people who hold different values among others. It is also cultivated through intra-personal skills such as the ability to bring people together, to mediate and to empower others through such processes such as mentorship. Mentorship allows these skills to be passed from one generation to the other, from one community to the other and from one group to the other in an effort to achieve positive outcomes.

In The Power of Mentorship Rehema Abdul, a marketer and a writer based in Kigali, Rwanda writes about the role of mentorship especially for young people who are looking to develop and support their social capital, develop skills and benefit their communities.

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The critical role of minimum-wage laws

The effect of minimum wage laws to unemployment has received both political and academic attention over the years. While most developed countries such as the United States have had federal laws on minimum wage as well as different state laws, some countries such as Australia have managed to stay behind in enacting such laws. Introduction of minimum wage laws and implementation have impact on the demand and supply of labour and subsequently on the working hours. Young people are usually most affected by the impacts of minimum wage laws because of their tendency to work part-time usually because they study. Although, there have been temporary loss of employment from the introduction of minimum wages legislations world over, studies show that this is only temporary and in some cases unemployment from these legislations can be disputed.

When the minimum wage rises, the quantity of labour demanded by employers declines while the labour supply increases as more people are willing to work for a higher pay. What happens then, is that the invisible hand of the market as described by Adam Smith takes over to offer equilibrium where both employers and employees find the balance. This balance is usually more beneficial to employees who can have greater benefits from their work. The employers tend to prefer full-time employees when the minimum wage is higher and so employers become more open to discuss more stable working terms for the previous part-time young people and mothers. Unless, the federal and state governments intervenes to introduce and make minimum wage laws, the labour markets would not normally start the process and so the need for legislation.


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