The Mixed Reputation of Trash compactors among Canadians

Today, more households and businesses in Canada are working to lower the amount of pollution and waste that they generate. In other words, they are looking for ways to implement greener waste management programs. One of the top waste management methods that are now widely accepted in Canada is the use of trash compactors.

Trash compactors have found huge acceptance in the recent past owing to the averseness of the Canadians to pay for waste management by private contractors. A wide range of trash compactor models have been developed with advanced cleanliness and odor removal capabilities.

But is trash compactors a worthwhile investment?

Variety of features

Today’s trash compaction equipment are coated with special antimicrobials to prevent the growth of odor-producing bacteria, and can therefore help you reduce the risks of exposure to potential health hazards. Some models are also equipped with extra features such as safety locks to ensure safety and curb accidental operations. Solar powered trash compactors are also fitted with a number of solutions to help the user lower waste collection frequency, lwaste collection and fuel use costs, and ensure greener and cleaner environment.

More eco-friendly

Compacted waste solutions implies that you will need less trips to the landfill, which in turn lower transportation costs and the carbon emissions that may result from such trips. Additionally, waste management and recycling companies that use trash compacting equipment and promote related waste management methods can significantly improve their reputation among consumers as more people favor green lifestyles.

Might not cater for all types of trash

Not all forms of trash can be placed in a trash compactor—glass, bottles, and jars can cause damages to most compactors and are often avoided. This calls for additional or alternative waste disposal solutions. Nonetheless, there are compactors that include receptacles for collecting glass, bottles, and other recyclables.

Incompatible with regular trash Bags

Regular trash bags are not recommended for trash compactors because the bags are not designed to withstand extreme pressures that are used to compress trash in most compactors. Special trash bags are, therefore, recommended which means you will be required to purchase specific size that matches your compactor model.

In a nutshell, like other waste management methods, trash compactors have mixed reputations. So what will determine whether or not to invest in this type of waste management is basically your lifestyle and preferences. If you are environmentally conscious, if you prefer not to make endless trips to landfills, or if you want to lower the amount of trash bags that you use in your home or business premise, then going for a trash compactor or partnering with a waste management company that favor waste compacting technology is a worthwhile investment. You can find more info at the Rotoble Compaction website.

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Improve Your Garden in Only One Step

Do you want more out of your garden? Do you long for overflowing flowers and bountiful fruits and vegetables? Many people overlook one simple but vital step in establishing a successful garden – a dedicated space for gardening and equipment. Storage sheds are a great solution to keep tools organized, within easy reach, and in top working condition. They save time and money. Furthermore, storage sheds for gardening present space to work, dream, and create.

Organization and Efficiency

Don’t let your tools get shoved into a cramped corner of the garage, basement, (or worse) the back corner of your yard. Declutter your gardening equipment with a storage shed. Use pegboard on the walls of your storage shed to keep small tools organized. Plastic totes with lids make great containers for potting soil and mulch. Hang shelves to house planting containers and small knick-knacks. A compact workbench will furnish you with room to work, whether you’re sharpening a chainsaw or repotting a houseplant.

Safety and Protection

Storage for gardening tools also provides safety. The obvious aspect is to keep trespassers from stealing away with your expensive tools and equipment. A locking shed will also store dangerous chemicals, weed killers, and sharp tools out of reach of farm animals, pets, and small children. Additionally, a shed will protect your tools from the tyranny of scorching sun and harsh weather, both of which cause tools to warp and breakdown, costing you money for replacements.

Creativity and Extension

Refresh your gardening and creativity with a storage shed. Use the space to design your garden, start seedlings indoors, and maintain your equipment. Extend your growing season by starting seedlings in your shed. You’ll have a head start on Mother Nature. Tune up lawn equipment in late winter in your storage shed, then, on the first nice day you can spend more time actually gardening instead of preparing equipment.

Whether your shed is a Man Cave full of power tools, a She-Shed full of blooms, or somewhere in-between, a gardening shed will enhance your gardening experience. Your gardening will be more organized and efficient with tools that are in good working order and safe from the elements. You will be more organized and creative with your gardening, and you will be allotted a longer growing season. All of these factors combine to give you a more enjoyable, plentiful, and successful gardening season in just one step – a storage shed. It may transform your entire gardening experience! For those of you interested, there is more information available at NorthSheds.

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The Environmental Trend for Shopping Bags

Today the earth faces a lot of challenges. These include global warming, pollution, the destruction of natural plant and animal habitats and the consumption of natural resources well past the breaking point. If people want to fend off these dangers to preserve the earth, human behaviour must be altered. One way this has been accomplished recently has been through a move towards the use of resusable shopping bags.

Traditional Shopping Bags

To understand the benefit of reusable shopping bags, you must first understand the risks posed by the traditional shopping bags that were used for decades in grocery stores and retailers. As you probably well know, there were generally two choices, paper or plastic. According to Waste Management, humanity uses and then throws away approximately 4 trillion plastic bags a year. You should be aware that the production of plastic requires chemical processes that release pollution into the environment that is harmful to plants, animals and human beings.

The amount of paper bags that are used each year is also extremely large. All this paper must come from somewhere. Typically, that occurs via the clearing of portions of forests even in parts of the world where endangered species are threatened such as the rainforests of South America. While recyclable paper is a more environmentally friendly alternative, the production process required to recycle still can create a significant carbon footprint of its own.

The Long Term Risks of Traditional Shopping Bags

However, it’s not only the production processes of paper and plastic bags that are wasteful. They also pose long term risks. Deforestation, for example, that is required to create millions of paper bags may eventually make life on planet earth unsustainable due to the fact that trees do much of the work of converting carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen for animals an human beings.

The long term risks of plastic are also significant. Unlike other substances, plastic does not biodegrade. It could take a thousand years for a plastic bag to disappear in a landfill entirely. Plastic also poses significant risks to animals that can be suffocated or poisoned if they come into contact with plastic in the wild.

The More Environmentally Friendly Choice

Thankfully, certain people were aware of how much waste is created simply to make shopping bags that were later disposed of. This led to the advent of resusable shopping bags. Unlike traditional shopping bags, these are not constructed from paper or plastic. Instead, they are made of cloth, most often cotton, which requires a less strenuous production process than plastic and does not require any trees to be sacrificed.

Even more important is the fact that reusable shopping bags are not thrown away. They are used to transport groceries or other products to a person’s vehicle. However, they are designed to be sturdy enough for constant reuse. A person can use the same reusable shopping bag for many years without having to purchase a replacement.

While the use of resusable bags has been steadily increasing, it is still much lower that the use of plastic and paper bags in the marketplace including in Canada. However, if the adoption rate of reusable shopping bags became 100 percent, the positive impact on the environment would be immediate and significant indeed. Visit IceGreen if you would like to learn more.

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Urban Trend News: Fixie Bikes

Regal Fixie Bikes

A recent study released by Statistics Canada reported that fewer than 20 percent of Canadians get the amount of exercise they need to live the highest possible quality of life. It’s easy to understand why. Schedules are busier than ever, and it can seem difficult to squeeze in time to get the exercise we need. However, oftentimes we are lying to ourselves. Let’s face it. Workouts can be painful, and there are likely other things you’d rather be doing with your time. However, there’s a great way to burn calories while having a good time with Fixie bikes.

Creativity Encouraged

Fixie is short for “fixed gear,” and it’s designed with one gear fixed to the rear wheel that prevents the rider from coasting. Since continual pedaling is required, you can best ensure a proper workout during your time biking around the city. As you do this, you can portray a unique style as riders commonly paint and decorate their bikes to display their personal style for the world to see.

Aside from getting an enjoyable workout in during the day, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to meet others with a passion for this style of biking. In fact, social media sites such as Facebook have platforms dedicated just for Fixies. Here, you can interact with others, share ideas and photographs, and get the latest information regarding how to increase the quality and appeal of your bike.

Environmentally Friendly

In addition to getting more exercise, another one of those things we want to do more of but often don’t is reduce our carbon footprints. When you choose to use your Fixie as opposed to your car the next time you go to the store or run across town to run a quick errand, you can eliminate your contribution to the harmful exhaust fumes that are not only causing a variety of illness but also effecting the environment in a negative way. Many cities are implementing bike lanes to accommodate those choosing this more responsible transportation option.

Making Your Fixie Your Own

There are numerous ways in which you can let your personality truly shine through your Fixie. Just a few include:

Color matched rims and hubcaps
Leather saddles
Quill stems
Motorcycle grips
Flat bars
Disc wheels
Personalized stickers

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Penguin Sweaters

Penguin Sweater Penguin SweatersTo be clear, this post is about tiny sweaters for penguins such as pictured on the left.  I am not writing about sweaters for humans with penguins on them such as this one from Chanel pictured on the right.  It’s cute but not exactly an environmental call to action!To be clear, this post is about tiny sweaters for penguins such as pictured on the left.  I am not writing about sweaters for humans with penguins on them such as this one from Chanel pictured below.  It’s cute but not exactly an environmental call to action!

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Of course the real question is why would a penguin need a sweater?  A recent oil spill in New Zealand (check it out in the Guardian here) has left the penguin’s habitat in shambles.  At least 50 tonnes of oil have been jettisoned into the waters absolutely destroying the area for the more than 85 species of seabirds.  The oil gets all through the penguin’s feathers which the penguin then tries to clean off by preening.  Unfortunately, these cleaning efforts can prove fatal because of the ingestion of oil.

Hence, the sweaters.  There is a call to action for knitters worldwide to make these tiny sweaters in 100% wool.  I’m not a knitter but urge anyone who is to get involved in these efforts.  The New Zealand yarn store Skeinz is organizing efforts and has a “how-to” guide on their site to help create these adorable, life saving sweaters.  Apparently these types of sweaters are very useful in oil spill situations involving the penguins and have been used in other instances.

Penguin Jumper in 8ply – Must be 100% Wool Yarn
1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular
Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times. Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)
Continue until work measures 15 cms.
Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.
Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)
Leave on needle.
Make second side the same.
Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.
Cast off.
Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic okay.

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Enjoy Saunas Safely


Taking saunas, or a steam bath, is an ancient custom enjoyed by men, women and children. Sauna is a Finnish word which means bath, but it is also the name of the structure. A sauna is a permanent small building. It normally includes a changing room, perhaps a shower area and the next room that is for sweating. A modern trend is to install a sauna inside of a home.

The Process

Clothing is removed in the changing room. The shower area is entered next. Here, both before and after taking a steam bath, the person rinses off.

The hotter room is next. It has high and low benches. The lower benches feel cooler than the higher ones. Water is poured onto hot rocks which creates steam. The intensity of the heat is determined by how much water is poured onto the heated rocks. After sweating and relaxing as long as desired, leave the hot room then enjoy cooling off. Jump into a lake, roll in snow or more commonly, take a shower. Saunas are taken alone or with company and are taken anytime throughout a year.

Health Benefits

Taking a steam bath helps reduce stress and increase relaxation. They are invigorating. A steam bath helps increase circulation, improve the heart, strengthen immunity and remove toxins out of the body. Saunas are a wonderful experience. Here are ways to take full advantage of it.

When to Take One

Don’t hurry through the process. Create a leisurely experience for yourself. Fit it into your schedule before work, after work, after exercising or after sport games. The important thing is to not rush.


Instead of a full meal, a light one is recommended when eating before entering the steam room. Then wait awhile before going in. Let your system digest and settle down after the meal.

What to Leave Behind

Wearing clothing may be uncomfortable in a steam bath. Do not wear anything made of metal like earrings, necklaces, watches or bracelets into the steam room. The temperatures in a steam room heat the metal. Do not wear glasses or contact lenses.

Take Along

Towels are important. If you don’t want to sit on wood, bring a towel. Keep another one close-by for wiping off perspiration.


Pour small amounts of water onto the heated rocks at a time. Wait for the steam to circulate throughout the steam room before creating more steam. Allow the heat to gradually build.

If you are on a higher level and begin to feel dizzy, immediately move to the lower level. If you continue to feel dizzy, leave and cool down.

Move Slowly

Keep movements to a minimum. Inside the steam room is not a place for energetic activities.

Special Health Conditions

While saunas have many health benefits, it is best for pregnant women to limit the time in a steam room, and consult with their physician before taking one. Anyone with a specific preexisting health issue, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should consult with their physician before taking one.

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Air Conditioning Specialists Keep Your System In Tiptop Shape

Air conditioner

No matter what type of air-conditioning system you currently operate, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to maximize efficiency and get better performance, while reducing your impact in the environment. Your quest may have even led you to ask your air conditioning specialist about eco-friendly or ‘green’ systems. Green systems are all the rage nowadays, and apart from their eco-friendly benefits, they generally offer the added advantage of lower operational costs. If you are still on the fence about eco-friendly air-conditioning systems, a closer look into their features and capabilities should give you a better idea of their worth.


Because of their increased efficiency and better performance, eco-friendly air-conditioning systems place much less demand on the power grid than standard systems. Many green systems are even designed to provide optimum performance even while being operated for shorter periods. These benefits translate to lower energy costs, while at the same time providing the benefit of reduced impact on the environment.


Here are some suggestions on how to make your air-conditioning system more eco-friendly:


Consider changing out your current system for a new one. Ask your air conditioning Whitby specialist about available options in eco-friendly air-conditioning systems if your present system is more than three or four yours old. New models come out all the time, with each offering increased efficiency and better performance than earlier systems.


Plan a schedule for replacing your air-conditioning system. You don’t necessarily want to throw out your system every time a new model becomes available on the market, but you should definitely plan an upgrade every few years. Although this may seem exorbitant given the cost of a new system, consider the benefits of better performance, increased efficiency, and reduced operational costs. With a well-planned upgrade path and judicious investment, periodic upgrades might actually be a better and more cost-effective option than holding on to your present system past its recommended shelf life.


Alternatively, you may also look into aftermarket additions and customization options that will enable you to squeeze a bit more performance out of your current system. This is generally a more feasible option than outright replacement if your present system is less than a couple of years old, but has been superseded by a newer model. By opting for a selective upgrade or aftermarket modification, you may be able to get your present system up to current standards and get a few more years of use out of it.


Keep your air-conditioning system in proper working condition with periodic inspection and maintenance. A well-maintained air-conditioning system will perform much more efficiently than one in which the vents and ducts are clogged with grime, and in which perceivable faults are unaddressed. Ask your air conditioning specialist if he provides such services or if he can make a referral. By keeping your system in tiptop shape, you will not only get better performance out of it, but reduce its environmental impact as well.

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Eco-Friendly Luxury Custom Homes


Luxury homes typically are not what come to mind when people think about eco-friendly homes. In fact, they are often criticized for being wasteful, having a big carbon footprint and ostentatious. However, many luxury homes are being constructed to include eco-friendly features. and below are some of the features that eco-friendly luxury custom homes often have:

Solar Panels
People who live in a sunny climate often use solar panels. Solar panels are devices that can be used to convert sunshine into energy that people can use in their household. Solar panels not only protect the environment, but they can help people save money on their energy bill.

Water-Conserving Devices
There are a number of devices that can be used to save water. Energy-efficient water heaters, low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets are examples of some of the water-saving devices that people use. These devices are often placed in custom-made luxury homes. Like solar panels, water-conserving devices also help people save money. People are able to reduce the amount of money that they spend on their water bill by using a water-conserving device.

Energy-Efficient Lighting
Many luxury homes today have eco-friendly lighting. They often use compact-fluorescent light bulbs. These light bulbs last longer and use less energy than the incandescent light bulbs. Additionally, some homes have light switch sensors that will automatically turn off the lights when the room is empty.

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning
Air conditioners use up a significant amount of energy in the home. However, many of today’s units are very energy efficient. An air conditioner is considered energy efficient if it has a seasonal energy efficient ratio of 14 or greater. Many luxury homes have an energy-efficient air conditioner.

Energy Star Appliances
The appliances in one’s home also use up a significant amount of energy. That is why many luxury homes have energy star appliances. Energy star appliances use up to 40 percent less energy than the standard appliances.

Low-Emittance Windows
Low-emittance windows help keep the home properly insulated. They also keep the home cool in the summer time by blocking out ultraviolet rays from the sun. Ultraviolet rays also damage the home.

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Outfit Your Porch With Custom-Built Adirondack Chairs

adirondack chairs

Looking for the last finishing touch to your porch that will make it just perfect? Adirondack chairs are excellent additions to any porch, deck, or lawn, and their comfort and style are undeniable. Better still, Adirondack chairs can be built surprisingly easily, if you have even modest woodworking experience.


The traditional Adirondack chair design features a curved backrest and wide armrests that provide superior comfort. Beyond this basic design, you actually have a lot of leeway with regard to size and wood material. Cedar is a great choice for Adirondack chairs, due to its light weight and resistance to rot. If you want maximum strength, 1” stock is a good choice. For most uses however, ¾” is more than sufficient.


To hold the individual components together, use 1½-inch wood or drywall screws. Countersinking the screws makes for a more elegant and professional look, and plugging the holes with cedar plugs glued into place will further ensure a seamless finish. You might also want to look into carriage bolts (¼” diameter bolts will work best) to secure the slanted legs to the vertical legs and also to set the armrests into place.


If this is your first time attempting a project of this scope, it is a good idea to cut out a pattern on paper first and assembling a prototype. This is a much less risky approach than cutting out your sections according to a list, as it will enable you to keep a close eye on how each piece fits as you build.


Cut the two vertical and two slanted legs first of all. The first cut out of each pattern should be used as the pattern for the second cut. This will ensure that all the legs are identical. Take the vertical legs and attach them to the front of the slant legs with the use of screws or carriage bolts. The armrest support knees should be attached to the outer edge of the vertical legs using two screws for each leg. The legal assembly can now be attached to the bottom of the backrest with the use of two additional screws for each side.


Next, cut out the support section for the backrest and attach the armrests to it with the use of two screws. You will also need to cut out five pieces for the back support, and six pieces for the bottom. The center backrest connects to the top and bottom section of the backrest. The armrests can now be attached to the vertical legs and the support knee of the armrest. Now is also the time to ensure that the armrests are perfectly angled.


After the armrests are positioned, you can affix the pieces of the vertical backrest to the support section of the backrest, keeping an equal distance between each slat. The bottom pieces of the chair should be spaced equally as well. At this point, you can connect the front trim panel to the slant legs’ front edge. By now, you should see the classic form of the Adirondack chair, at which point you can simply disassemble the chair and sand the pieces down for maximum smoothness.

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Organic Bug Control Techniques That Really Work

Pest Control

When getting rid of bugs around the house, chemical-based pesticides would seem as if they offer a feasible pest control solution. While chemical products may be effective at helping you reduce bug populations and even eliminate them entirely, there is often a significant tradeoff in terms of health risks to people and animals present on the premises, and even in terms of lasting negative effects on the environment. For this reason, it is often better to utilize organic methods for bug control.

If organic pest control solutions give you the impression of being somehow less than effective when dealing with stubborn pest infestations, it might be worth your while to consider a number of methods that are no less effective and provide the added benefit of being much friendlier to the environment besides. A number of these solutions have been put to good use by various civilizations over the centuries, and adapted to the demands of modern-day pest control efforts, they can be just as effective as commercially-available pest control solutions while reducing the risks associated with chemical-based products.

One of the simplest, and yet most effective ways of getting rid of bugs that infest your plants is spraying them with a mixture of water and chili pepper juice. Similar to the pepper spray used by law enforcement personnel, albeit in a much more diluted form, this homemade pepper spray serves as an irritant to many pests, and can be amazingly effective. Although you will have to be careful about keeping the spray bottle away from children and pets, this solution is much less safer than any commercially-available pest control spray you can buy.

Another pest control method you can experiment with is the placement of glue traps at strategic locations around your home. For bugs that infest your home infrequently and in relatively small numbers, this method can be surprisingly effective. Furthermore, glue traps are inexpensive and easy to use, and they do not cause any adverse effects on the environment.

Speaking of traps, there are a number of traps sold on the market that aim to reduce specific species of bugs. Although most commercial pest control firms have moved away from using traps over the years, they are becoming more and more popular nowadays given the increased emphasis on environmentally-friendly pest control methods. Like glue traps, these solutions are easy to implement, and they come with the added benefit of causing much less harm to the environment than chemical-based solutions.

Certain plants can also be quite effective for discouraging bugs and/or reducing their populations. Basil and a number of other herbs can serve as irritants to mosquitoes for example, and having a few of them around your home can work wonders for discouraging mosquitoes from congregating around your home. If you don’t to handle these rodents yourself, you can also call an eco-friendly pest control Markham company to get rid of them.

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