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New Plastic ‘Zeoform’ Turns Hemp Into Almost Anything

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What if today’s plastics could be made from materials that were not only sustainable but non toxic? Today, our plastics are made from oil which means not only are we putting toxic chemicals into our atmosphere, but we are also filling our environment with products that cannot bio-degrade.

A new company out of Australia has created a promising new product called Zeoform and it is made only from water and cellulose take from hemp plants. This means their plastic is not only eco-friendly in production but is also biodegradable!

As stated on their website:

Zeoform is a revolutionary material that changes everything. Made from cellulose fibre and water – and absolutely nothing else! Our patented process converts cellulose fibres into a super strong high tech moulding material capable of being formed into a multitude of products. ZEOFORM is 100% non-toxic, biodegradable and ‘locks up’ carbon from waste into beautiful, functional forms.

According to Zeoform, their product is very durable and relies only on the natural process of hydrogen bonding that takes place when cellulose fibre are mixed with water. No glue or bonding material is necessary because the bond created is already so strong. The final material can be formed into almost anything and can be cut, routed, machined, drilled, screwed, nailed and glued in the same way wood and wood composites can be. It can also be coloured/dyed, and finished in any way creators like.

The material is water and fire resistant inherently and can be enforced further in both categories with some small adjustments to ingredients. The product can be made into anything from car parts to paper, moulds, furniture, and even musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

Given the practicality of the product, the company hopes to expand their patented technology and begin offering manufacturing licensees to larger facilities around the world. Given the fact that there is a lot of infrastructure already set up where this type of product can be built, switching over from non-sustainable and toxic methods to methods Zeoform uses is very possible and should be a high priority given our environmental state. Sure it might mean disaster for big oil, but isn’t it time we put us and the environment before profit?

Also check out The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car Made From Hemp.

Sources:  http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/01/28/new-plastic-zeoform-turns-hemp-into-almost-anything/
http://www.zeoform.com/

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Homemade Clay Toothpaste

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Six simple ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of bentonite clay)
  • 3/8 cup boiling water (purified is always best)
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt (or any unrefined sea salt that you enjoy)
  • 15-25 drops Stevia (I personally prefer liquid, but powder is fine)
  • 10-12 drops Peppermint essential oil (Spearmint would be good, too)
  • 4-6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Directions:
1. Dump the powdered clay in a bowl, then add sea salt.

2. Pour in the boiling water.

3. Using a hand mixer (or a sticker blender would also work), start mixing the clay until it is well blended with the water.

The consistency that you’re going for is just thick enough to stay on a toothbrush, but still thin enough that you will be able to dip a toothbrush in and easily scoop some up. If it’s too thick, this gets harder to accomplish.

4. Start adding Stevia, and both the peppermint and tea tree essential oils. But, don’t put the full amounts in yet. Start with half of the drops first. This gives you the ability to taste it as you go and not end up with something sweeter/stronger than you will enjoy using.

Mix it well after you add the first of the drops. Then taste a bit on the tip of your finger. Go ahead and add more stevia and/or essential oils until it tastes how you want it.

That’s it!

Source: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/10/homemade-clay-toothpaste.html

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Bhutan: The Worlds First Organic 100% Nation

A picturesque hamlet where they grow potatoes and kale

Bhutan soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, hopefully paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale. Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley has made an announcement regarding the organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. It’s called the National Organic Policy and it’s concept is: ‘in harmony with nature’ will yield the most powerful results, keeping in mind human health and the environment.

What it really comes down to is that they will use no GMO, no pesticides, no herbicides, no fluoride-based spray products, no Monsanto and plenty of high quality food available for the average 700,000 citizens of Bhutan. In the statement to other policy makers, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley explained the move: “By working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.” Bhutan’s land currently supplies mostly corn, rice, fruits, and some vegetables and it’s perfectly positioned to begin developing 100% organic farming. This will be easy considering some lands in Bhutan have never been touched with harsh chemicals of any kind. Traditional techniques are utilized to produce high yields without GMO’s or GE food.

Australian adviser to Bhutan, Andre Leu, explains: “I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult given that the majority of the agricultural land is already organic by default.”

source:  http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2013/08/Bhutan-worlds-first-organic-nation.html#PyKs8A8xtTHYJA2c.99

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