Category Archives: Environment

Shower Head Changes Color to Save Water

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A new shower head system will be out in the market early 2014 that changes color to alert the person that they have spent enough time in the shower. When the water is turned on, the Uji shower head is green and it gradually changes color until it becomes red, which indicates that its time to turn it off . The prototype is currently set to “hit red at seven minutes”, but since it’s still a work in progress the inventors are considering making a version that allows you to set your own time.

The water wouldn’t suddenly turn off because the time is up. It’s like setting an alarm clock, it’s just there to notify you. Shower time, according to one of the co-inventors Brett Andler, has decreased by “12 percent.” It’s priced at $50 and Uji makes sure that you will save “about $85/year installed. It’s great for families with smaller hot water tanks or teens who take too long in the shower.” I can’t wait until this is sold in the US and hopefully soon in Kuwait. It will save water, time and money.

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3 Plastics to Avoid

I always knew that there were different kinds of plastics, but I never knew that the recycling symbol on it indicates what kind it is. So, to avoid health risks from chemicals leaching from plastic, stay away from plastics with the recycling codes 3, 6 and 7.

Jeffrey M. Smith from the daily green explains why:

plastics 3 6 and 7 to avoid

Plastic No. 3

Found in condiment bottles, teething rings, toys, shower curtains, window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows and piping, No. 3 plastics are at risk of releasing toxic breakdown products like phthalates into food and drinks. Also, the manufacturing of PVC is known to release highly toxic dioxins into the environment.

Plastic No. 6

Better known as polystyrene or Styrofoam, No. 6 plastics are found in disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles and compact disc cases. You should particularly watch out for insulated Styrofoam cups which, when heated, can release potentially toxic breakdown products like styrene into your coffee or tea. Number 6 plastics have also become notorious for being one of the most difficult plastics to recycle.

Plastic No. 7

The so-called “miscellaneous” plastic, No. 7 is a catch-all for various types of plastics, including those found in baby bottles, three-gallon and five-gallon water bottles, ‘bullet-proof’ materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers and nylon. Number 7 plastics are made up of various resins, which fit into no other categories; while some are safe, some are suspect. Some contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that could disrupt the human hormone system, causing various health effects.

In addition to avoiding specific plastics, use reusable cups and cutlery, carry a reusable bag, look for minimally packaged products, and otherwise avoid plastic whenever possible. And, of course, recycle all the plastics you can, and urge your community to expand recycling programs for all plastics.

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Life Skills

I used to have a Canadian teacher once that used to say that us Kuwaiti’s lack life skills. I am not here to say that he was wrong because he wasn’t. Kuwaitis aren’t taught basic life skills like cooking or building or even sewing. Each person grows up in a different environment, so they’re taught different things as they grow up. I have always wanted to learn new things in life, but I don’t know where to start. What are things that you’ve always wanted to learn?

Sharpen Your Skills

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Parks in Kuwait

We have them. No one uses them. When I say no one, I’m referring to most people in Kuwait. I don’t get it! Why don’t people go to public parks/gardens? I know that the first reason people would give me is that the weather sucks. Well, it does most of the year, but what about those few weeks where the weather becomes perfect. We have those days and people don’t cherish them. Why not go out there and enjoy your time? Ride a bike or have a barbeque. Another reason people would give me is that they’re not “pretty”. That is not true. Some of them are a bit small and aren’t in a good condition, but a lot of them are well kept. The next time the weather becomes better, go to a park because it’s not just an activity you do when you travel. It can be found right here.

Regent Park, London

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