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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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Corruption and efficiency in solid waste management

When I started writing about the impact of corruption of the efficiency of service delivery in the municipal and city council’s solid waste management sector, I had no idea how much I would learn. Like most writers I brought my value system into the writing until I discovered that what I thought I knew was not exactly what it is on the ground. Other writers have argued that corruption can lead to more efficient allocation of resources because bribery and other corrupt actions can help navigate the highly bureaucratic systems mostly found in democracies.

However, majority of the research points to the fact that corruption leads to less than optimal positions as the transactional costs of corruption add to the general cost and especially to the cost the society has to bear when it comes to the public service sector. In solid waste management, no doubt that corruption is one of the major obstacles to achieving efficiency in the provision of waste collection, disposal and treatment services but is there more to corruption than just impacting on efficient  waste management?

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Shaping public opinion for environmental policies

The process of shaping public opinion is out of control of the government and yet the public opinion influences public policy. As a social process, it is characterized by a different range of stakeholders who represent different interests. Public opinion depends on who defines the issue, who has the right to speak and be heard and what are the acceptable solutions for consideration. This makes it difficult for the government to control and shape the public opinion.

In a democracy, different interest groups including formal and informal opinion leaders and the media influence and shape the public opinion. They set the agenda of what is discussed in the social arena by including some issues while excluding others. For example, the carbon emission reduction policy in Australia is being influenced by public opinion shaped by media, environmental groups and other interest groups. In an authoritarian society, the public opinion is easier to shape as the tools used to shape public opinion such as mass media can be controlled to greater length by the state.

The politicians take note of the attitudes, issues and concerns of the public in making policies because whether the government is elected or not, the support of the public is important in policy implementation. Politicians invest in professional staffs (spin doctors) that monitor the public attitudes, discontent, dissent or issues through opinion polls and media surveys. They then apply marketing strategies to shape the public’s opinion. Using this structured interaction, the politicians acquire public support.

If the politicians do not win the support of the public, the policy implementation process might be undermined as it needs to be enforceable, legitimate and should fit with the public’s interests. Public opinion can lead to success or failure of policy implementation. In order to define and protect the public opinion, there needs to be ways of protecting the power of the citizens so that the opinions of different interest groups can be expressed freely and be considered in environmental policy making.

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Are you parochial?

I pick up a book and it starts: This book embarks on a journey of our own, a journey in understanding that will, through the following pages, take us across the globe. We will be making stops along the way: visiting countries such as Australia, Laos, Nepal, the Arctic, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Africa. I didn’t know Africa was a country. How parochial!!

It reminds me of a scientist who reminds me every time that living on a planet you know nothing about is parochial and one should always try to learn what is going on around them.

Sometimes comments like: How do you say hello in Africa?, Which part of China do you come? (Directed to someone from Asia continent), Which part of Africa do you come from (directed to a South American) may sound like a joke but I have heard all of them.

“Little knowledge is dangerous” that is what Roger Beckmann, a lecturer at the Australian National University says all the time. It is true. Ask someone how much carbon dioxide is in the air now that global warming is raising alarm and you will be surprised.

As a challenge, ask yourself how much you know about people around you, about your country, about your continent, about your environment, about yourself and you will be surprised.

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The more you expand your knowledge circle, the more you know you don't know.
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Game Master

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When one masters the game, there is no motivation in playing the same game.

I have mastered the game. Mission accomplished. I am opening the window for a new one.

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Sin color GREEN!

Greed, lust, pride, ENVY, gluttony, anger and sloth.

I’ve been looking around – and I see a lot of people portray envy. With Envy, you want what someone has, what ever it may be, and feeling that way will make you depressed about it.

Not understanding the difference between envy and jealousy I went ahead to research more .

Envy (also called invidiousness) is best defined as an emotion that “occurs when a person lacks another (perceived) superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.

Sadly, we all commit one of the seven deadly sins at some point in our lives. Sometimes more than one at a time.

Which one is your favorite sin?

Is green your sin color?

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