Plastic bottles, especially those used for feeding babies, have raised environmental concerns in the past decade. The finding of bisphenol A or BPA, which could be leached to contents in plastic bottles, especially when heated, made mothers think twice before using plastic bottles to feed their young kids. Some experts suggest that glass bottles are much safer choice than the plastic ones. But of course the glass bottles have their own inconveniences as well. Today's blog discusses the advantages and the disadvantages of using plastic and glass bottles.
Safer than plastic bottles. No BPA could possibly be leached from glass bottles.
Preserve temperature better than plastic bottles.
Great for use at home where not much mobility is required
A lot lighter than glass bottles, making them highly portable. Plastic bottles are great to use when traveling or on the move.
Don't break easily.
More expensive than plastic bottles due to the more costly materials used in the making.
Heavy, unsuitable when used while commuting.
Might be unsafe to use.
The comparison above might not seem fair for glass bottles. But plastic bottles do offer a lot of conveniences. However, health concern is a major issue. Even if we can only find one single disadvantage of plastic bottle, it's a big disadvantage. Fortunately, BPA-free plastic bottles also exist nowadays! So if you want all the conveniences plastic bottles can offer while not endangering somebody's life, BPA-free plastic bottles are your best shot when traveling. Keep the glass bottles at home use and feed safely.
Monday Sales are expected to make an all time high this year.Across generations people are logging on to
make their Christmas shopping hassle free.In recent months online retail stores have expanded the cyber booty to
bigger and better discounts, which includes Free Shipping on some sites. In an
article by Jennifer Booton for Fox
Business, she indicates that there is an expected 18% increase over last
year, which includes online, and smart phone buys.These sales, popular on the Monday after
Black Friday, commonly known as Cyber Monday, are increasing because they are
more convenient than facing the crowds focused around Thanksgiving day sales.Popular incentives luring the scouting
proletariat, to wait in hours of long lines, clawing their way to the display
of $99 dollar, 50” TV’s advertised to be available only from 11:59 to 12:00am,
only to find that there was only ONE available!I mean the store did fulfill the sale, so no grounds for false
advertisement! These exhausting, panic
stricken accounts, that plague the Black Friday consumer like a gambler
deciding on his bet with a mediocre hand. More and more people are sacrificing face to
face discounts for the convenience of online values even if they are not as
good in order to avoid the ciaos; but how much of a discount is needed in order
for people to buy online opposed to shopping for it in brick and mortar stores?
how much of a discount should the online company offer in order to draw people
into their cyber store?Making an
educated guess based on last year’s response seems to be one way to progressing
online sales this year. Large and Small
online companies continue to compete in online sales, forcing smaller companies
to offer larger incentives or match those of big business.Some companies offer Free Shipping for online
orders, which seem to be a big draw this year; it seems people are ok with
paying a higher price for an item as long as there are not any additional
charges.Many companies marketing online
send me as many as 3 emails a day with the lure for us to click through and show
their enticing ways on ads with pretty colors, and BIG savings to stay and
spend our loot.Consumers need to
realize the major discounts are in the smaller coupons items, not the big
purchases.Various stores offer promotions
to get money back if you spend 50 or 75 dollars; this averages out to be a between
10-15%, which is basically like a regular sale.These sales varied from small discounts to huge discounts, but most
averaged around a 10-20% discount.Many
retailers offer free shipping but tend to increase the prices to offset the
loss or set a minimum purchase amount while others raise prices then offer
larger discounts to make you think you are getting a good deal. As I was
engulfed with all the ‘Great’ sales for this season, I realized the companies I
came across were all Large companies and big businesses, who have entire
marketing departments dedicated to drawing in the crowd for Black Friday!However, Big Business is not the bulk of
business in this country, but Small Business make up over 90% of business in
the U.S.Small companies struggle every
year to keep up with the big boys and offer discounts that match or give a
higher incentive to come into their establishment or online store and
shop.Many of these small companies don’t
have dedicated marketing departments to pull out and plan the latest strategy
on luring in the consumer, but American Express has created a great community
to celebrate being a small business and help them compete for Black Friday and
Cyber Monday sales, which is their annual Shop Small Business Saturday®
There was one place who we believe gives a
true incentive to shop small.American
Express has declared this Saturday, November 24th as Small Business Shop
day.Between Black Friday and Cyber
Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small
businesses and their communities.We here at Baytec Containers are proud to take
part in Small Business Saturday this year and we want to encourage you to Shop
Small® with us the day after Black Friday.Let’s make a difference and support our online and local small
businesses.Log in to www.ShopSmall.com , which will show
if you are a small business and would like to join in the Shop Small® community
just register your business at www.americanexpress.com/readyforsbs
; there you will receive logos, signs and instructions to participate in Small
Business Saturday, November 24th.
Traffic control is highly important at a factory, facility or any type of busy workplace. Choosing the right traffic control tools can determine better flow and upkeep of daily production. This is easy to do so long one is able to recognize what tools they need for each unique work areas.
These posts are especially great to maintain buildings, equipments and flammable materials from damage. Arrange the bollards so that forklifts, carts and other vehicles have their own traffic line apart from storage of materials, equipments and even pedestrians. Bay Tec has two types of post/bollard sleeves: 4.5 inch post sleeves and 7 inch bollard sleeves.
Designed for those with visual impairment, the pad is unbreakable with excellent slip resistance. It's useful to alert visually impaired workers to different surfaces and upcoming intersection. Traffic Cones
You must be familiar with these ones. They're used in traffic constructions as well as parking lots, etc.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you go camping, fishing, or mountain climbing? Do you stay at home and do gardening, making crafts, playing with your kids, watching TV or trying out new recipes? Have you ever stopped to think whether these leisure activities are environmental friendly? If they aren't yet, here are some activities that you can do creatively in your spare time which help preserving the environment.
Jewelry Stand from Plastic Bottle Cutout
Stop throwing away plastic bottles to the landfill. Reuse them or if you can no longer use them, create great things out of the bottles. Like this cute jewelry stand. Follow the DIY instructions here.
Seed Planter Out of Toilet Paper Rolls
Isn't it such a shame to throw away the perfectly shaped toilet paper rolls? But when the paper has been used up, why would you keep the rolls? Well, here is an idea to reuse them before finally tossing them up in the rubbish bin. Plant your seeds in them!
Styrofoam Block Printing
Did you know that Styrofoam couldn't be decomposed? One way to discourage the making of more styrofoam is to reuse it and turn it into something else. Why not make your own stamps from them? Get some disposable Styrofoam plates and make your own printing design, like shown in the picture below. Follow the complete instruction here.
CD Case Greenhouse
So you have the CD bag with lots of pockets. That's a practical way to contain your CD collection. But what to do with the CD cases? Take them to the recycle center and let them do their magic? That's possible and a great way to do it. But you can also make a greenhouse out of these CD cases? How? Check it out here.
Recycled Magazine Jewelries
If you like wearing/making jewelries, this could be a fun and cheap activity for you to do on weekends. Get some magazine scraps and let your creativity juice flows. Make cute jewelries (or even bag) out of the recycled magazine pages, like shown here.
Christmas Decorations from Old Christmas Cards
Do you still keep last year's Christmas cards you received? There's no better time than now to recycle those cards into something useful: this year Christmas decorations! No need to spend money on new decoration. All it takes is time, and fun one! Check out what you can do with the old cards here.
Sand Combs from Plastic Container Lids
In some places it might be too cold to even think about beach now. So perhaps save this idea until the time is right. Click here to see how to make your own sand combs out of plastic container lids.
Plastic Bottle Art Painting
The more plastic bottles (or plastic anything) get bad publication, the more creative ideas shared on the internet. Some offer positive sides of used soda bottles, like this cherry blossom painting, created from dipping the bottom end of a soda bottle onto the paint, then on the canvas. Easy art and pretty as well!
Lined Canvas Corrugated Box
What to do with the so many shipping boxes piling up in the garage after moving house? Make them pretty and reuse them as storage boxes. Problem solved! See instructions here.
Light Bulb Vase
Don't throw away your broken (inside) bulbs. Make them into vases instead like described here. A great way to spend Sunday, isn't it?
Aren't they superb time fillers? Let's try them out this weekend!
This is a smart video on how to make your own pond filter with the help of a square bucket and some other materials. If you want to save some dollars on filter, this is the way to do it. It's pretty simple too. Check it out!
DIY Pond Filter. Build a pond or aquarium fillter from a bucket and and a bunch of plumbing parts. The total price was less then $40. (not including the power head pump. I got that from ebay.) Took about 1 and a half hours to build. Not including the 2 hours spent looking for parts at the home building plumbing department.
Winter is coming soon. For some aspiring gardeners who live in colder climates, this couldn't be the best of news. Fortunately, one can always start a winter container garden to preserve some plants that can't self-seed after the frost leaves. Here is how.
You should see which plants can survive during winter and regrow as spring comes, and which can't. For those that are unable to take the cold wind, it's a good idea to move them indoors. You can either replant the whole plant in a big container or grow new plants from cuttings.
Choose the right container. It can either be the proper terracotta pot or simply a 5 gallon bucket or 30 gallon one. But basically the bigger the container, the better. That allows the plants to better protect their root systems.
Make sure there are proper drainage holes. Plants do need water in the winter, but they absolutely don't need to be soaked in cold water because there are no holes for the water to come out.
Place your container garden in a spot that is exposed to a lot of sun.
You may combine your herbs or vegetable plants with flowers. This will increase the appeal and lighten the mood in the house.
If you plan to put your container garden in the porch, you should at least make a simple greenhouse to help plants retain the heat and to protect them from harsh cold wind and frost.
When spring comes, you can replant the container plants back in your back yard or leave them in the pots to decorate the interior of the house.
Gardening can still be done in winter. All that thanks to the highly portable container garden.