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Growing up, we heard our parents say this to us as they tucked us into bed at night. Bed bugs were as mythical as the monster under our beds. Actually, bed bugs are real–these parasitic insects bite and in extreme cases, can cause anaphylactic shock. According to a recent article in The New York Times, “Treatment, including dismantling furniture and ripping up rugs, is expensive. Rather than actively hunting for bugs, hotels and landlords often deny having them.” So what CAN you do to protect yourself? Carbonfund.org partner, GBS Enterprises offers affordable mattress protectors in a variety of sizes. If you’re sleeping away from home–whether in a college dorm, at sleepaway camp, or in a hotel–GBS mattress protectors will protect you from potential bed bugs, allergens, dust mites and incontinence that may be lingering on the mattresses. GBS mattress protectors are also CarbonFree® Certified. 5 scary bed bug facts:
  • Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed only on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They are also known to feed on bats or household pets.
  • Bed bugs are 6-10 mm in length and take on the appearance of an apple seed. Immature ones appear colorless. Bed bugs develop a reddish brown color and become easier to see after they feed.
  • Bed bugs are not known to spread disease, but getting rid of them from a home is tough.
  • The tiny insects avoid light and attack in the middle of the night. They hide behind headboards, light switch covers, or in mattress seams during the day.
  • Because an adult bed bug can survive for months without a blood meal, bed bug infestations sometimes require multiple exterminations.
Friday, 24 September 2010 17:35

NIKA Water Now Available at Whole Foods

NIKA Water, which is CarbonFree® Certified, is now sold at several Whole Foods stores in Southern California. NIKA hope to bring a voice to the world’s poor who lack the basic right to clean water and simple sanitation through the sale of its water:  100% of their profits support clean water projects in impoverished countries, and NIKA has pledged that for every bottle of water it sells, it will ensure another plastic bottle is recycled. To accomplish this, NIKA is partnering with schools located in states that do not have container deposit laws to host recycling drives. Click here to learn more about NIKA.
Motorola, Verizon Wireless and Carbonfund.org have announced the Motorola CITRUS™, a sustainably designed and feature-packed smartphone. Designed on the popular Android operating system, Motorola CITRUS is an affordable, entry-level smartphone with a compact design that is also good to the earth. The phone is CarbonFree® Certified through Carbonfund.org's rigorous certification program which involves a product life-cycle assessment. The phone's housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and is PVC and BFR free. The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Motorola then balanced the CO2 emissions required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone to achieve certification by supporting third-party validated renewable energy and reforestation projects. Geared to new smartphone users, CITRUS™ lets users make a lasting impression through a well-designed smartphone, while leaving a smaller footprint on our environment. CITRUS comes preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps and delivers a PC-like Web browsing experience with quick access to Web apps and services such as Facebook, Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube. The touch panel located on the back of the smartphone enables users to navigate and scroll through websites, home screens, e-mails, music and more without obstructing the display. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's certification program and Motorola's other certified products by clicking here.
Starting today the Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Certified Motorola CITRUS™ smartphone is available in stores and online. Priced at $49.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) Motorola CITRUS is an affordable, entry-level smartphone with a compact design that is also good to the earth. CarbonFree® Certified means that Motorola has offset the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone during its lifetime through investments in third-party validated renewable energy sources and reforestation. Also, the CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, the packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Verizon Wireless customers who purchase Motorola CITRUS will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Users can subscribe to a Verizon Wireless nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a data package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150 MB). Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon account online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
Delegates from around the world are traveling to London for the First International Conference on Ethical Certification, which begins today. Event organizers at InSource have teamed up with Carbonfund.org to mitigate the environmental impact of this important conference entitled Certification, Consumption and Change (CC&C) for thought-provoking discussions on the future of product certifications. The CC&C conference will be a carbon-neutral event, supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Carbonfund.org supports several projects around the world from forest conservation in the Amazon to the Nez Perce Reforestation Project in the United States that reduce emissions and help protect the environment and biodiversity. A few weeks ago a HuffPost article listed London as one of the most polluted cities of the world. So this is a great start, hopefully one that other events and conferences follow toward a healthier, cleaner planet.
At any given time, half of the hospital beds in the developing world are occupied by people suffering from water-related illnesses. The average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day, according to NIKA, while those living in poverty use less than 5 gallons per day. NIKA also mentions that an investment worth $9 billion would achieve universal access to clean water and sanitation. That’s less than what Europe collectively spends on ice cream every year—shocking, right? Through the sale of its premium water product, NIKA hopes to bring a voice to the world’s poor who suffer without the basic right to clean water and simple sanitation. By donating 100% of profits to support clean water projects in impoverished countries, NIKA will provide the basic tools and critical assistance to help thousands of families improve their lives in a meaningful way and end the cycle of poverty. NIKA’s ethical consciousness does not stop at the community level. NIKA is certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org and as a part of certification, the company supports the third-party validated Return to Forest reforestation project in Nicaragua.