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Soda blues: What you’re really sipping

soda-full

  If you thought sipping a soda brought you happiness (like this advert on the link before implies), think again!  Here’s an interesting infograph posted by an insurance company on the effects of consuming soda.  This is worth drinking in. (Click on the image to zoom in) Via: Term Life Insurance   There are plenty of […]

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August 18th, 2012 | Posted in Chemicals,Green Consumption,Health and Wellbeing | Read More »

Flavourings: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings

Tweaking Tastes and creating cravings

By Bhavani Prakash Don’t most processed foods such as chocolates, crisps and beverages taste so addictively good? One of the reasons is because there’s a plethora of chemicals that is diligently researched and added to various products, so much so that we the customers are often fooled into believing that they taste even better than […]

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Food | Read More »

Soapberries: The eco-friendly cleaning solution

Dried Soapberries

By Preethi Sukumaran and Srinivas Krishnaswamy If you think that detergents are found only on supermarket shelves, then be prepared for a clean, green surprise. It grows on trees and has been cleaning clothes (and people) since the time of the Buddha! In fact, some sources also add the Buddha to its list of satisfied […]

July 14th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning | Read More »

Styrofoam: The Silent Killer

Say No to Styrofoam

By Cheryl Leo They say ‘no news is good news’  but is it always the case? For Styrofoam – which is actually a (successful) brand name of one manufacturer of the material, polystyrene (PS)- it is definitely not so. Most people are not fully aware of the implications of Styrofoam use because we hardly hear any […]

May 21st, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Food,Plastic | Read More »

How To Grow Fresh Air Using Houseplants

How To Grow Fresh Air by Dr B. C. Wolverton

by Bhavani Prakash Imagine the earth as a gigantic greenhouse. Plants and trees absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide as well as toxins from the atmosphere while releasing precious oxygen, thereby producing and maintaining clean air.  Logically speaking, the concept should apply to any closed environment such as an urban apartment or office building, or […]

May 4th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Indoor Air Quality | Read More »

Responses: How effective are Garbage Enzymes?

Garbage Enzyme picture

by Bhavani Prakash I’m very happy to note that the article on “How to Make and Use Garbage Enzymes” has stirred a lot of discussion and this has been an opportunity to clarify where the science lies. I had endorsed Garbage Enzymes enthusiastically as I have personally heard gardeners speak of the positively about the […]

March 4th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning,Composting,Recycling/Repurposing | Read More »

How to Make and Use Garbage Enzymes

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By Bhavani Prakash Update to this article on 4th March 2011. Based on the responses by readers and those whose opinions I have sought, I would advise readers to read the original blog entry below in the context of the next post:  ”Responses: How effective are Garbage Enzymes?” where I make the introduction based on […]

February 27th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning,Food,Recycling/Repurposing | Read More »

President’s Cancer Panel: Environmental causes of cancer underestimated

NATIONAL CANCER PANEL

By Bhavani Prakash A new report in the US that highlights the link between environmental factors and cancer is of particular relevance to the rest of the world. What are these environmental factors? What actions can individuals take? What are the cancer rates in Asia and should such a study be done here? The ”President’s Cancer Panel” specially […]

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Chemicals,Chemicals,Health | Read More »

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