Tuesday, December 14, 2010


 Yeah, you have read it absolutely correct, our planet needs help, so people from different sections of society have started giving a thought over the slogan “save the planet”, masses in large numbers are now-a-days getting conscious about their lonely planet, which has been found by a recent online polling where people actively participated. You might be familiar to the fact that everything we perform in our daily routine has some or other impact on our sensitive planet. The occupation we indulge in to earn our and our family’s bread and butter to the comfortable ride we take, everything sets to deteriorate our planet’s health.
Each of our acts imposes a heavy burden on the environment. Human beings are the one who love their freedom be it the freedom of speech, freedom to move anywhere or anything else. Yes, they also love the freedom of traveling, they move anywhere or everywhere, but this travel costs a heavy expense, not to the human beings, but the environment. The environment has to go through the adverse conditions. This ground reality was in the past an unknown myth to everyone, you too are conceding to this fact.
But today, conditions are not the same as they were before. Today, quite lot commuters are very well familiar with this bitter truth; they are becoming more and more conscious of the consequences of their activities. Perception of the travelers has evolved over years. They are willing to choose a different course of action to rectify their mistakes and the main reason behind this change is the consciousness to protect the environment.
The recent online polling of more than 24,500 consumers from 144 countries, conducted by the guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has ultimately come out to a conclusion which says that the number of people willing to consider offsetting carbon emissions has increased. Visitors understand the outcome of their actions, might be they have understood the famous phrase “Precaution is better than care.” Therefore they have left the alternative of airplane and adapted to the least affecting transport. They have come up with new innovative ideas like using annual personal carbon allowance, lessening usage of air travel or by chance if they are in extreme need for its usage, then they pay more for that by means of usingcarbon tax. So, this awareness has helped in a massive way because people have turned skeptical in discourse of their actions because they don’t want that there actions should be paid by the caring environment.
There are some people in the society who find rail-travel as unreliable because it consumes a lot of time as well as it is costly. People are putting off by the high price of tickets. But, there exists some people who are comfortable with rail travel and find it an appropriate option. However, I appreciate the efforts bestowed by the people who are ready to compromise with easy but rather dangerous modes of transport. Hence the efforts endowed by the travelers for positive results give a way to ray of hope that we may be successful in our joint initiative of saving the planet earth.

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Monday, December 6, 2010


Don't throw away your old newspapers. Try making your own recycled paper!
Recycled paper can be made from old newspaper, following the instructions below. Recycling paper uses cellulose (plant fibers) over and over again, it uses less electricity, less water, a lot less pollution, and it saves trees from being cut down!You will need:
  • a food processor or an old blender
  • an electric iron
  • an old wire hanger
  • an old pair of panty hose
  • newspaper or other paper, torn into 2-inch squares
  • white glue
  • water
  • an insect screen or strainer (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • a big sink or tub filled with 4 inches of water
Make sure you have a place to work where you can make a big mess!
Step One:
Make a frame out of the coat hanger. You'll need a frame for each piece of paper you make. Stretch the hanger and bend it into a rectangle/square shape. Take one leg of the panty hose and stretch it carefully over the hanger frame. Make sure it is tight and flat.

Step Two:
Put a handful of the torn up paper and some water into the food processor or blender. Blend the mixture on high until it becomes mushy. Keep adding paper and water until you have a big gray blob. You may have to add a little more water to keep things moving smoothly. Keep the food processor on until all the paper has disappeared. Then leave it on for 2 minutes.
For some color, add a handful of brown or red onion skin (not the onion itself, just the papery outer skin).

Step Three:
Put 2 tablespoons of white glue in the sink water and add all of the paper pulp you just made. Mix it really well. Use your hands.

Step Four:
Scoop the frame to the bottom of the sink, then lift it slowly. (Count to 20 slowly while you are lifting.) Let the water drain out for about a minute.

Step Five:
Hang the frames on a clothesline or put them out in the sun. Wait until they are completely dry with no dampness at all. You can then gently peel off the paper.

Step Six:
Use the iron, set on the hottest setting, to steam out your paper. You can keep making paper until the pulp is all strained out of the sink. Mix up the sink every time you make a new piece.
Try other things like using in insect screen over a wood frame, or a strainer instead of the pantyhose and hanger. Try adding lots of food coloring, for colored paper, or try adding lint or leaves to the food processor. Your paper will have an interesting texture.
Making your own paper can be fun, and it's a great way to re-use old paper. You can recycle all kinds of paper for re-use. Sometimes paper printed from color-inkjet printers will run, that is, the color will bleed off and become part of your new paper, but that can make for an interesting effect! 











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