In 1976, I owned a Triumph TR-7. But, my beloved sports car “died a horrible death” at the hands of an incompetent mechanic. A two-seater was no longer a viable option for my growing family, so I didn’t buy another. Now, in 2012, I wanted the classic car! My research didn’t find any TR-7s that were in running condition. Most were being sold for parts.
Then I found it! The ad on Craigslist stated that the car ran perfectly, the interior was in pristine condition, and the only cosmetic flaw was a small dent in the rear bumper. The detailed ad even stated that the electrical system was in perfect working order…a statement I thought might be an exaggeration. (The original Triumphs were known for their electrical system failures.) Actually, the whole ad sounded too good to be true. When I read that the chocolate brown sports car only had 32,000 miles on it, my skepticism rose to an entirely new level.
I made a preliminary phone call to the seller, and was impressed by his business-like attitude and extensive knowledge of the car. I like to think that I’m a good judge of people, and this seller, at first glance, appeared to be honest. But, I’ve been “conned” in online transactions before and was hesitant to pursue the purchase. I was especially wary of the claim that he was the original owner of the car.
Several of my acquaintances had made expensive online purchases before, but none of them offered a fool-proof answer for protecting their transactions. Most of them just said that they’d “been lucky.” I wasn’t willing to trust in luck. My brother-in-law, a retired police detective, had some experience with con men. He verified my worst fears…this was, more than likely, a scam to get my money. Then he told me about www.rmctrader.com.
I researched the online escrow service. After reading about their protection of both buyer and seller, I contacted the owner. I asked if he’d be willing to do the transaction through rmctrader.com. At first he was hesitant, an attitude that put up a red flag. Was I about to get “burned” on the car of my dreams? He stated that he was unfamiliar with escrow websites. He was concerned that a third-party company might be a “scam”; however, he would research it, as he was anxious to sell the car.
A few hours later, the seller called me back. He said that rmctrader.com looked like our answer. He was impressed with the services and transaction safety offered. We negotiated a selling price and delivery schedule, then contacted the escrow service. Their buyer protection service, especially title verification and repair/accident records, made me feel more comfortable about the pending transaction.
Two weeks later, the Triumph TR-7 was delivered to my office. It was exactly as described! Rmctrader.com finalized the sale and purchase to my complete satisfaction. The seller and I were thoroughly impressed with their fine customer service.
There is a conflict when on the beach to be eco-friendly and to be pampered by comfort. People might only have 7 days on the beach for their annual holiday and often the pyschology produces a mind-set that wants everything booked in advance with as much comfort as possible. After all, tropical beaches in Thailand, India, Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia and the South Pacific all are very hot. Air-con seems like a welcome relief. It is sandy and sunbathing means lots of oil. Thus people want a great bathroom, maid cleaning and fresh sheets and towels every day. Not knowing the language or the culture the safest thing to do is use taxis, book tours, take airplanes and otherwise pay to make the traveling as glitch-free as possible.
It is unrealistic to completely change your expectations about your holiday and give up all luxuries in order to help the environment and preserve local culture. However, it is not unreasonable for people to make some effort to dry and reduce their carbon footprint on a beach holiday.
At many beach destinations such as Zanzibar, Brazilian beaches, Thong Nai Pan, White Sands, Khao Lak, Phuket, Koh Samui in Thailand and Bali there is a range of accommodation options. Why not choose a resort where the rooms are not big so that there is a smaller space to air-condition. Morever, it is wasteful to leave the air-con on when you go out. Modern coolers take only a few minutes to cool a room. Also putting the thermostat down low doesn’t cool a place significantly quicker.
Why not eat out ocassionally in a more ’local’ spot. The kitchen set up of small local kitchens is much less carbon and resource intensive than a hotel that uses lots of power, wastes food and needs a large staff. And giving money to local businesses helps to preserve local culture, especially in often isolated beach communities.
Another tip is to see what other people are doing. You might find other cheaper options. Obviously public transport reduces carbon emissions from vehicles. Walking places can be pleasurable and culturally interesting. Why not unwind on holiday by taking the time to forego a few taxis?
Other eco-suggestions for beach holidays are:
- Drinking locally sourced bottled water, and re-fill if possible
- Turn off the shower when you are soaping
- Bring recycled beach bag
- Don’t urinate in the sea
- Stay cool down on the beach, rather than using the air-con in the room
- Find a hotel with a sea water swimming pool
Every little bit of water saved, carbon not emitted, money distributed locally, pollution avoided is finite and helps to preserve the beaches that you love. They are special places and deserve our respect.
Have you ever noticed the other shoppers whenever you are in a supermarket doing your weekly shop? It’s something that I find fascinating, especially when you compare the individual customer with the kinds of food items they are filling their shopping baskets up with.
From a health standpoint, a common theme seems to run in the obvious visual aspect of how the customer appears physically. Let’s take a look and see how that looks.
What Goes in the Basket
In the majority of cases, the obviously overweight shoppers tend to fill their baskets with processed, packaged meals, snacks and sweet desserts along with king size plastic bottles of fizzy soda pop and flavored cordials. This is clearly going to be neither beneficial to the shopper’s health nor complimentary to their figure.
On the other hand, those shoppers that appear to be close to the correct weight for their height and build, tend to shun the freezer sections and go for more fresh ingredients with which to prepare and cook their own meals. This would indicate a person who is more apt to create home cooked meals in the traditional sense and not rely on ready meals. It would also correspond to their slimmer figure and healthier aspect.
But what has any of this to do with staying slim in an eco-friendly way?
Well, it takes a considerable amount of additional power to produce the processed, ready meal varieties that are heavily promoted on the supermarket shelves than it does to farm the raw ingredients. That power has to be generated somehow. You just know that it will come predominantly from fossil fuel based power stations.
So by refusing to buy processed meals at the store, you are doing your bit for the environment without even realizing. While at the same time you are doing your health a power of good and keeping your waistline in check.
Weight Control the Green Way
You can take this one step further and reduce your carbon footprint even more by cutting down on the amount of meat you eat. We humans can get by just fine on a vegetarian diet and in fact it is generally healthier for us.
It takes a lot of additional resources to farm animals for their meat and a large percentage of all crops grown are earmarked for animal feed. If more people reduced their meat intake, they would force the industry to shift its efforts to growing fewer crops for animal feed and more for human consumption. This would reduce the stress on farmers to overproduce crops which would mean less chemical sprays would be needed and organic farms would become more profitable.
The upshot of this is that while you are maintaining a healthy body mass, size and shape, you are doing your bit for the environment as well. For more information on the genius of weight loss the eco friendly way, you can read more here: WeightLossGenius.com. You’ll soon realize this is definitely a win-win for all concerned, except maybe the profit-hungry food industry.
Those of us who are concerned about going green usually involve ourselves in ethical and healthy living. I’ve been planning to buy a new rice cooker for a while now and have recently discovered that there is quite a large difference in the power consumption between the one I have and the one I want. As someone who cares about the environment and ’doing my bit’ to reduce my energy consumption, I’m having a hard time justifying my desire for a new rice cooker with my green values.
If you don’t already know about rice cookers, I can tell you that they really are quite handy kitchen appliances, that is, if you want to eat rice. There is no guess work involved in making the perfect rice. It’s a simple matter of measuring the amount of rice you want to eat (in the handy measuring cup that comes with the machine), then adding the right amount of water (as indicated by the handy markings on the interior of the cooking bowl). Press a button and that’s all there is to it.
I’ve been using a Zojirushi NS-TGC10 for a few years and have been getting great results with it. There’s nothing wrong with this model at all. I’ve just been thinking about upgrading. But after comparing at the specifications of my rice cooker with the one I was thinking about buying, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10, upgrading might not be the right thing to do. My machine is a 610W rice cooker. But the one I was going to upgrade to is a 1230W model. That’s pretty much double the power consumption. In other words, if I upgrade my rice cooker, for each time I make rice in the newer model, I could have made rice twice in my current machine.
The so called best rice cooker may not be the smartest choice as far as the environment is concerned. So this is something I have personally been dealing with over the last few weeks. If truth be told, I’ve decided to save my money and not buy a new rice cooker for the time being. This is probably the most environmentally friendly option I could have chosen. My current rice cooker makes nice rice. I think I was just being seduced by the marketing of the latest and greatest devices. This is something environmentalists should be constantly mindful of. My new maxim ’Do I really need it?’.
There’s no excuse for anyone to have to pay markedly higher costs for a printer cartridge just because it’s for a brand name printer. Anytime you buy a brand name product, you will more than likely have to pay more than you should. One burden afflicted upon small business owners is the escalating expense of buying and maintaining electronic equipment.
You probably don’t give much thought to the small purchases you make here and there; however, if you add them up at the end of the year, you may be surprised at how much you have spent. If you pay attention to the rest of this report, you will find strategies that allow you to fight back and control how much you spend on printer cartridges.
You can save a lot of ink, and extend the life of your printer cartridge, if you use Draft Mode whenever possible. If you get into the habit of making your draft copies using black and white mode, your color ink cartridges will last longer. Draft Mode, as you may have guessed, uses less ink and this is how it saves you both money and ink. This method is fine for personal copies when you need to make them. As a rule, Draft Mode won’t be what you use for documents you send to others because the print quality is not the best.
Even though you can use the print preview before printing, sometimes you may want to print it out and see how it looks. It is actually the cost of printer cartridges today that has allowed the remanufactured cartridge industry to really take off. For those that don’t have a lot of money, this is a great solution. Ink cartridges for less is really a great idea! Remanufactured cartridges are simply empty ink cartridges that have been cleaned and the ink is put back in. Completely compatible with any printer that you have, refurbished ink cartridges save you money and work just great. People buy ink cartridges that are refurbished because there is a significant savings. That 75% off (or more!) you really can’t go wrong with an ink cartridge that gets the job done.
There are many good alternatives to buying name brand printer cartridges out there. The savings are very attractive, making people come back to get these cartridges every time. Saving money is so easy when you refill your own cartridges, something that you can do other than buying new or something refurbished.
What you’ll need to do is get a refill kit so you’ll have the necessary tools to do this. Look for a list of compatible printers and cartridges on each refill kit – make sure your printer and cartridge is on there. Not all refill kits are the same, so you have to make sure you are getting the right one. You need to be careful and not spill when refilling your cartridge. This will help you save on ink too this site is quite useful - http://www.compatibletoner.org/
It’s a pretty safe bet that the cost of printer ink cartridges is going to continue to rise. You can minimize your investment costs for printer cartridges if you use your creativity and look for good ways to buy your cartridges at the best price. It’s perfectly normal for a business to charge you as much as they want. Your job is to do what you can to find the best prices. At least now you know some ways to deal with this issue and there are many more so keep looking.