Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bottled Water & Literacy for Youth

 -- Quote of the Day --

"In life decide whether or not you 
are going to be honorable or not 
- never follow always lead."

~ Phil Kammer

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

In honor of Youth Month (May), Ina Hillebrandt and Lillian will be discussing the various issues and positive programs for childhood literacy. Ina is the author of Pawprints - an an uplifting collection of short "tails" about close encounters of the furry kind. This book project grew into a literacy program that began as a workshop for the Jane Goodall Institute. Ina is also the president of Pawpress and founder of the Pawprints Literacy Plus Organization. Join us today by clicking on the show title link: Pawprints Literacy Plus

...And check out the comment section for today's episode to find related interviews that have aired in the past on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show. 

 -- Bottled Water --

May is also Water Month and there are many water awareness activities going on right now. However, one of the issues with water is finding clean, pure drinkable stuff - not filled with chemicals, or agricultural runoff or uranium from the surrounding terrain... We think that when we buy a bottle of water we are getting pure stuff, and are being healthy - but this is far from the truth. The plastic itself is unfriendly - leaching toxins and leaving a plastic taste to the water, especially if they have been exposed to sunlight. The bottles are a huge issue for the environment. And the water - the water itself is  not clean! 

Did you know that some bottled waters in Europe actually contain up to 60 micrograms of uranium per litre? That’s about 40 micrograms too many – Believe it or not, 20 micrograms of uranium per litre is considered “safe”! Studies have also revealed that testing of the various bottled water on the market reveals things like sewage, fertilizer and animal waste – and nitrates can be very unhealthy for humans.

We are all better off to install a filter system under the kitchen sink - the family saves money, reduces waste and stress on the recycling system as well as reducing the shopping that they will have to do. It just makes sense... Sure, take water with you - in a reusable stainless-steel bottle. Or if you must, reuse another bottle instead. Try to stick with plastic numbering 2, 4 and 5 - they are considered the safest.

We invite you to consider keeping a jug or two of the water in your fridge for drinking, and one in the freezer for emergencies.  Placing a few jugs of water in the freezer when it is fairly low on contents will help it run more efficiently. Taking one of these along with you in the cooler when camping or doing outdoor activities will keep the cooler cooler ( lol ) and as the jug of ice melts, the water becomes very cold drinkable water for you or your fur companions.

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