“These kids come from the whole range,” said John Reganold of Washington State University. “Some have farmed for generations and want to learn organic, maybe shift part of the family operation to organic.”
Every day we are committed to:
Reducing waste and save energy
Our fabrics are made with recycled plastic bottles
Eliminating toxic pesticides, protecting our water supply and shrinking unhealthy farming practices.
We only work with partners who have sustainable business practices.
Building our economy, create jobs, and foster community.
Our products are manufactured entirely in the U.S.A., decreasing our carbon footprint.
Our products travel locally with less freight time and more efficiency
Educating the healthcare industry
Significantly shape institutional policy by working with hospital green teams
- Realising Man’s Innate Connection to Nature (edmortimer.wordpress.com)
Check out some of the latest sustainable offerings for boys and girls heading back to school this fall.
If you’re planning on adding some of the latest back-to-school fashions to your kid’s closet, you don’t always have to choose between what’s in and what’s gentler on the earth. Try some of these eco-friendly trendy fashions for the fall.
- Summer Trend: Oversized Tees (beso.com)
- Cub Tees (babyccinokids.com)
- First Look! Emma Stone On Sesame Street! (perezhilton.com)
- Roundup: Organic Cotton Accents (casasugar.com)
- Celebrity Chic on the Cheap: Rachel Bilson Blazes in Her Blazer (collegecandy.com)
- Can Smartphones Change the Way We Learn? (mycricket.com)
- Brewing up a storm with Masala Tee (fashionethnographer.wordpress.com)
- Make the Most of Summer Sales! (poshandswagger.wordpress.com)
- Trend Spotted: Denim with Zipper Details (beso.com)
Sprouts need warm and humid conditions to grow — precisely the same conditions required by bugs like E. coli and salmonella to thrive. And raw sprouts have been blamed before in food poisoning outbreaks, in the U.S. and a large outbreak in Japan in 1996.
German officials said Friday that sprouts caused the deadly outbreak there, although they don’t know which kind. The organic farm linked to the outbreak grew a wide variety, including alfalfa, onion and radish.
Sprouts are grown in water from seeds, which are rinsed daily. They can be grown from numerous kinds of vegetables and are often eaten raw in salads and sandwiches. (more…)
A school’s yield is the percentage of admitted students who opt to enroll in the program. At Kansas, 176—or 82.2 percent—of the 214 accepted students chose to attend the school in the academic year beginning in 2010, narrowly edging out the University of Nevada—Reno School of Medicine, where 62 students, or 81.6 percent of the 76 accepted, enrolled last year.
Of the top 10 most popular medical schools, only one—the University of Washington School of Medicine—placed in the top 10 of U.S. News‘s rankings of medical school research programs. Only two—Washington and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill School of Medicine—of the most popular schools cracked the top 50 of that ranking. (more…)
Blue Manatee Boxes combines children’s inspiration from a simple cardboard box with themed literacy. We have all experienced the creativity of children as the box a gift has come in becomes more exciting and longer sustaining of play than the actual toy it contained. Blue Manatee makes the box and its packaging an essential part of the experience.
We were sent an Eco Box to review:
When they’re not busy hugging pets or boxes, young kids are tree huggers, enchanted by the natural world. Nurture the next generation of naturalists with books celebrating the backyard and beyond.
Our box featured three great board books:
I love how Manatee Boxes inspires imagination, including the composting peanuts that are part of the packaging. These peanuts can be turned into little people or great science experiments. You can also create your own box if you don’t want to select one of the ready-made themes.
Would I buy this product? Maybe. Although I love the concept behind Blue Manatee, I feel the price is a little expensive. The three board books would total about $21. When added to shipping and packaging costs, the $30 Blue Manatee price is reasonable, but that’s why I would look for these books in a used bookstore or a local shop. We have no shortages of cardboard boxes around my home, and I don’t need a company to remind me of the joy of playing with one. My children do that naturally.
By: Rachel Fields
Every year, certain ambulatory surgery center specialties grow and others diminish as CMS approves new procedures and reimbursement rates change. Here three ASC industry veterans discuss five specialties that will likely see increased profitability and adoption in surgery centers in 2011. (more…)
LNJ Denim, a unit of Rs 5000 cr LNJ Bhilwara Group’s, flagship textiles company, RSWM Ltd (NSE: RSWM; BSE: 500350) Wednesday announced a new range of denims, which were in keeping with the growing demand from its local and international clients. LNJ Denim supplies Denim fashion fabrics to some of the best brands in the world across Europe and USA and they include Diesel, Gap, ZARA, Lee, Levi’s, Debenhams, Ralph Lauren, Marlboro Classic, Mustang, C&A, J Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, Gymboree, Jack & Jones, Wrangler, Polo, etc.
“By responding to the rising global demand of new denim range and bringing in concerted R&D, we have achieved an impressive growth in last one fiscal year and going ahead, we see tremendous opportunities,” said Mr AK Churiwal, Managing Director, RSWM Ltd. He added, “Rising income levels, globalised cultural amalgamation, and growth of an aspirational class glued on to good things in life have given a new impetus to the apparel industry including a shift towards ready-to-wear (RTW) garments. Denim Jeans is picking up due to all this. We are also aware that Mumbai has been at the forefront of a fashion push in the country and certain that this will continue.” (more…)
In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing the creation of an integrated global strategy, managing all global partnerships and major sustainability projects, while setting “high-level goals and commitments”.
Perez will head up a team to form the company’s newly created office of sustainability, which will integrate Coca-Cola’s current sustainability initiatives concerning water, climate protection, packaging, recycling and community. (more…)
This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality
On Monday, the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine released the study “How Long Can Intensive Care Units Maintain Zero Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections?” The article found that Michigan hospitals participating in MHA Keystone: Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a collaborative of the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality, eliminated central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) for up to two years or more. Of the 80 participating ICUs, 60 percent went one year or more without a CLABSI and 26 percent achieved two years or more. These findings indicate that extended periods without infections are possible when a comprehensive initiative focused on reducing CLABSIs is implemented. This is the first known large-scale study to demonstrate that CLABSI prevention is sustainable. (more…)
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale‘s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.
The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA’s state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.
The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.
A Brief History of National Nurses Week (more…)
By James Johnston
Published on Wednesday 20 April 2011 04:21
HOT dogs are helping slash heating bills at an animal hospital.
Body heat from the poorly pets and their owners is being channelled to help save energy costs from spiralling.
The sophisticated system at the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) PetAid hospital, in North Hylton Road, Castletown, utilises body heat and surplus energy from electrical equipment to power the building.
As well as helping to warm consulting rooms, offices and operating theatres, it also plays a part in heating the centre’s water supply.
Now the £1.6million hospital, which opened last year, has been honoured at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards, beating tough competition to win the sustainability category.
Newcastle-based Anthony Keith Architects incorporated the energy-efficient system into the design of the hospital, which means it does not need a traditional boiler.
A heat pump extracts warmth from the outside air, which is boosted by a second pump, captured body heat and solar panels.
A computerised management system then transfers heat to parts of the hospital where it is needed most.
“When it comes to body heat, the animals do help,” said architect Anthony Keith. “It all goes into the mix. We can move the heat around and water is also heated as is the floor, because animals lie on the floor.”
The Wearside hospital employs six vets, eight nurses, five receptionists, four veterinary care assistants and three animal care auxiliaries and treats animals whose owners are on benefits and can not afford to pay.
It includes a waiting room, six consulting rooms, two operating theatres, a dental suite and x-ray facilities.
The award judges singled it out for special praise.
“The PDSA Hospital building represents an evolution of design,” they said.
“Through the clever use of available technology, the building makes the most of heat generated by the users of the building to store and re-use energy, providing a sustainable source of hot water and warmth, and removing the need for a main energy supply to the building.”
Two other Sunderland-based projects were recognised among the region’s top developments at this year’s RICS North East Renaissance Awards, which were presented at Newcastle Civic Centre.
Transforming Hendon took the top prize in the Regeneration category, while the £7million refurbishment of Sunderland Station was highly commended in the Design and Innovation category.
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According to Yvon Chouinard, “There’s no such thing as sustainability. It’s just kind of a path you get on and try – each day try to make it better.” At PACT, we’re committed to operating in as sustainable a manner as possible while still running a viable business. On our journey putting this company together, we’ve made numerous, carefully considered decisions about how we can best accomplish this goal. Each of these decisions was made for a reason, and with that in mind, we’d like to share with you exactly what ingredients go into making your PACT underwear. We know we aren’t perfect, but sustainability is a journey, not a destination. We’re in this for the long haul, and we know we are going to continuously adapt to reduce the impact of the underwear we sell and be a vehicle for social and environmental change.
- Pact Wants You to Protest Coal … in Your Underwear (marieclaire.com)
- Change your underwear (gabyingreen.wordpress.com)