The Truth About Plastic Shoes

 

One of the latest fashion fads may get you the gold star from the fashion police. However, the health police are very concerned.

The latest fashion craze is plastic heels.

Celebrities are even rocking them. If you want to wear them, you should know the plastic shoes comes with a catch.

The catch is not a pleasant one.

Plastic shoes are bad for your feet.

The Hazard of Plastic Shoes

Plastic shoes are not only very bad for the earth, but also very bad for your health.

Health experts have warned folks about the hazards of wearing plastic shoes and what it does to your feet. When the plastic comes in contact with your warm feet, they begin fogging up. The bad part is, when heat and moisture come in contact, things grow. The absence of breathability becomes the largest detrimental factor.

Truthfully, the foot alone without a sock in a shoe offers the ideal environment for fungal and bacterial growth. When you’re wearing plastic shoes, the odds are even greater. There is a bigger rate of heat and moisture. 

Another reason medical professionals advise against wearing plastic shoes is due to their rigidness.

Shoes made from other materials have the capability of stretching, giving your feet room for flexing. With plastic, you don’t have that freedom. It stiffens your feet and becomes a real problem to walk around.

Even if just the soles of your shoes are plastic, you could still have problems like joint and bone pain. The reason for this is that it doesn’t have shock absorption. So, if you’re feeling like you want to look like a celebrity just once and want to wear plastic shoes, do yourself a favor and don’t.

For the sake of your health, it is better to pick comfort over fashion for once and say bye to the plastic shoes.

 

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part III)

A good alternative to plastic bags is reusable bags.

What Can You Do About It?

When it comes to plastic bags, use the four environmental “r’s”: reuse, reduce, repair and recycle your plastic waste. But with inadequate recycling measures, the action is badly needed on a personal level. 

Think of the humans, the animals, and the planet that are being destroyed by our plastic bag addiction. We must trash the plastic. Here’s how you can help: 

Reduce and reuse – Get a reusable bag

Buy a fabric bag like a jute or cotton bag. Onya bags are created from recycled parachutes and come with key fobs so you can carry them wherever you go. If you forget yours at home, ask the store whether they can supply a crate or box to carry your goods. You should keep some reusable bags in your car. 

Reuse and recycle – Keep plastic bags out of the bin

If you have a horde of plastic bags, some stores have containers where you can donate them back to be reused. You can also put them in your compost bin and put them back in whenever you dig out the compost to use in your garden. Even though they most likely won’t decompose in your lifetime, at least they won’t be in a sea animal’s stomach. 

Repair – The waterways and coasts need you

The quagmire is not getting any tinier and it is practically impossible to get rid of now. Though, you can still do your part by volunteering to clean up plastic debris on beaches. You will save numerous pointless deaths by diminishing the environmental and animal impacts of plastic bag garbage.

Re-educate folks

Folks must understand the reality of plastic bags. Purchase reusable bags for loved ones for Christmas or their birthdays. Any little difference you do to stop plastic bag usage will make a big difference to the lives of numerous species of animals across the globe.

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part II)

The albatross is one of many animals that are harmed by plastic bags. 

The Animal Impact

Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean is home to the biggest albatross colony around the globe. These birds come to nest on the isolated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and they search for hundreds of miles out to sea looking for food. 

Swaths of these birds have been discovered dead by rescue workers on Midway because of ingesting huge amounts of plastic bag remnants. All the plastic found in the birds on Midway Atoll is carried to the island by albatross parents who fed them to their young. Over four tons of plastic amasses on the island daily. 

Other issues animals face due to plastic bag waste is choking from eating plastic shards and asphyxiation from becoming caught in plastic bags. Seals, dolphins, sharks, pelicans, flamingos, seagulls, and other birds and animals have been discovered dead in huge numbers due to plastic. 

Besides this, as the plastic decays into little pieces, it is also consumed by small fish, aquatic organisms, and jellyfish. Plastic waste gets into the food chain in rising concentrations as bigger fish feed on little ones and other animals feed on the fish, including humans.

The Environmental Impact

The litter created by plastic bag usage isn’t limited to land. Plastic bags contribute deeply to the formation of a quagmire of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean. It is projected to be two times the size of Hawaii or probably even two times the size of the United States. According to research studies done by a number of U.S. wildlife institutes, since all drains lead to the ocean, over 75% of all the debris discovered in the water begins from a land-based source.

For instance, Kamilo Beach in Hawaii is usually covered in two feet of plastic that washes up from the sea.  

Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part III)

 

Murano glass – Also known as “millefiori,” or “Venetian glass,” this sort of glasswork was created years ago on an island off Venice, Italy. The method of using the ends of glass rods to make several little flowers inside the glass makes this sort of glass easy to spot and distinct.

Every piece has to be made by hand, using a meticulous procedure and real Murano glass pieces can be pricey. Since the glassmakers on the island of Murano have been working for years, you can find antique jewelry pieces of Murano glass. Though, you have to school yourself, so you are not fooled by fakes.

Sea glass is glass polished by the sea. 

Sea glass – Sea-glass jewelry, also known as beach glass, has a faithful following of people who have an affinity with the sea. True sea glass is created when a broken piece of glass is tossed into the sea where it is tumbled and crushed by the waves and sand until it emerges opaque and smooth on the beach. Artisans comb beaches all over the globe to discover these sea gems and make them into all sorts of jewelry.

Certain colors, like blue or red, are harder to discover and can, therefore, be pricier. One popular jewelry-making technique is to take different pieces of sea glass and cover them with silver or gold wire to create earrings, a pendant, or bracelets. 

Another technique is to use the piece of sea glass as the gemstone and affix it with a bevel in a pendant or ring. Several jewelry retailers produce replica sea glass that is tumbled in a method like polishing rocks. While these pieces can be beautiful and it is simpler to find rare colors, you should inquire if the piece is manufactured or genuine sea glass. Numerous collectors believe that real pieces of sea-glass jewelry have to be made organically.

 

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part I)

Plastic bags are rapidly damaging the environment. 

There’s no refuting it. Single-use disposable plastic bags are destroying the planet, with over 60,000 plastic bags being consumed in the U.S. every four seconds. They are made with non-renewable resources, either natural gas or petroleum. They take large amounts of energy to assemble, transport across the nation and recycle. 

They don’t decompose in landfill sites. However, over time, they release hazardous chemicals. They’re very hard to recycle, creating issues like blocking the sorting machine used by many recycling facilities, contributing to a huge, global litter issue. And that’s not the end.

The Human Impact

On land, plastic bags are one of the most usual types of litter around the globe. Build-ups of plastic bags are infamous for creating blockages of local drainage systems in developing countries. The floods in Bangladesh and common flooding in Manila can be credited to blockages created by this litter. Also, plastic bags create real health hazards to the population. Over time, they leak toxic chemicals into drinking water supplies.

Plastic bags are very hard to recycle. The usual three-arrow recyclable symbol is found on plastic packaging across the nation. However, in numerous cases, it’s a marketing trick. There’s no regulation of the symbol or legal requirements for the way it is used. 

Each municipality in the U.S. has different rules on what it can’t and can recycle. Many of the plastic bags accumulated by recycling companies can’t be recycled or reused. The industries that make them don’t want to buy them back. 

Therefore, most recycled bags end up in landfill sites or are transported to Asia where workers in sweatshop conditions cherry-pick our garbage looking for plastics that can be reused or melted down. Not only are these enterprises quagmires for labor issues and human rights issues, but the toxic open-melting techniques they use are also a big concern for human health.

Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part II)

Glass jewelry is one of a kind. 

Dichroic-glass jewelry – This sort of glass jewelry is made in practically the same way as fused-glass jewelry, though it has its own unique look. It is made of pieces of shimmering, gleaming material that is then affixed onto black or clear glass. Dichroic glass is about 50 micro-thin layers of various metals that were created by NASA for astronauts’ facemasks to shield them from radiation. 

The colors of dichroic glass shift and merge together when they are fired, so these patterns tend to be flowing in nature. After the pieces are raised from the kiln and cool off, it is treated like fused glass and made into jewelry of practically any type.

Glass beads – These are little works of art that are looped together as necklaces or bracelets, or made into earrings and glass-jewelry rings. They are made with a procedure called lampwork that uses a really hot torch to melt glass rods into numerous colorful patterns. Colored glass rods are heated using a table-mounted torch.

As the molten glass makes a liquid drop on the end of the rod, it is draped around a stainless-steel mandrel to create a bead of any size. Littler colored rods are then melted onto the beads to create multicolored designs. After the beads are completed, they are typically placed into a kiln to be annealed so they won’t break as they cool.

Buying Glass Jewelry
A lot of the glass jewelry today is created by artists in their studios. Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of every piece, these artists usually sell their own work at art fairs or craft shows all over the U.S. You can also discover quality pieces of glass jewelry at specialty stores or independently owned jewelry stores. 

 

Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part I)

Glass jewelry is often bright and beautiful. 

Opposite to what many might think, most glass jewelry isn’t fragile or delicate. It can be vibrant, bold, and colorful, making a huge impact on your wardrobe.

Like several other components that jewelry makers use in their creations, glass for the jewelry comes in numerous forms and shapes: from the wonderful flowers embedded in millefiori jewelry to the shiny, chunky shapes of dichroic glass. 

The method of making glass jewelry is captivating, with colors dissolving into one another as extraordinary patterns and shapes. Since every piece of glass jewelry is really one of a kind, it is one of the most distinctive fashion statements you can make.

There are many basic types of glass jewelry on the market. Most of it is made by applying heat to glass rods or pieces so they fuse together. From there, artists can make glass beads, pendants, glass earrings, and glass rings. 

Many glass-jewelry makers take their glass pieces and mount them with silver or gold bezels to make these glass gems the focus of their jewelry. Other times, they can shape the glass into a pendant or ring without using any metal. 

Types of Glass Jewelry
Glass jewelry is only constrained by the imagination of the jewelry maker. There are many standard types you will discover glass artisans making:

Fused-glass jewelry – This sort of jewelry is typically used in earrings and pendants. It is thought of as a one-of-a-kind work of art. Also referred to as art glass, these pieces are made by layering tiny cut pieces of colored glass together until the desired pattern is accomplished. 

This layered piece of glass is then put into a kiln and after the glass has fused together, it is taken from the kiln and cooled. Then, it can be shaped and mounted into practically any setting.

Buying Murano Glass: What to Know (Part II)

The free tours are a scam.

Avoid The “Free-Tours” To Murano

This helpful piece is how to spot a typical tourist trap in Venice centered around Murano glass. Salespersons, employed by glass factories, tempt visitors with a “free-tour” of Murano. It sounds risk-free at first, but the “free-tour” will be short, limited to one place, and end with pressure to buy glass from their shop. 

The salespersons will only take tourists to the glass factory that employed them. There, they do a short glassblowing demonstration. Next, they take visitors to their over-priced shop. Tourists then feel forced to buy something to repay their free tour despite it being limited and short. This is usually where the highest priced glass is. They depend on the greenness of the tourists to not know a solid price for glass.

It is better to go to Murano on your own by taking a Vaporetto, the water public transports of Venice. You can research how to get to by looking online. 

Not All Murano Glass Shop Venice Are Trustworthy

In Murano, the Murano glass shops outnumber the cafés. It is Murano’s largest attraction and several Murano glass shops in Venice take advantage of the tourists. Even on Murano, there is fake glass made in China or the Czech Republic pretending to be Murano glass in the shop windows. Some artists have their workshops open to the public where you can view the art being made before it is put on the shelf. 

Though, it is the true masters of glassblowing that work behind closed doors to keep the secrets of trade sacred and in trustworthy hands. If you want to purchase certified Murano glass from the top artists in Murano, visit a real shop where you will see the best Masterpieces to fit into your residence. Authenticity is assured.

 

Buying Murano Glass: What to Know (Part I)

Don’t be fooled by the fake glass, make sure that you’re getting the real Murano glass. 

Looking to buy some Murano glass? You might be in Venice or arranging to go there soon and you want to know where to purchase real glass art there. You will see there are several Murano glass shops, but not all of them are honest. Prices differ so much, it is difficult to tell what the correct price is, and counterfeit glass can be obtained even in Venice. Don’t risk buying and guessing in some random shop. This article will help you to avoid falling for the traps, so you can own some real, certified Murano glass. 

Venetian Glass, Murano Glass or ItalianGlass? What’s the Difference?

Take only a couple of minutes before buying to read the labels. If you have any question that the artwork is real, here are some advice to help you weed out the fakes:

First, if you see art labeled as “Italian Glass”, it is probably made not in Murano, but in a different area of Italy. Murano is not a brand. It is an origin. Only artworks created in Murano can be labeled as Murano glass.

Artworks labeled as “Murano Style” or “Italian Style” are probably counterfeit. These vague labels could mean the glass was made in China or the Czech Republic.

There is “Venetian glass” which can be puzzling as Murano is a part of Venice. Some might call it “Venetian Glass” to define the style but be alert to their aversion to labeling it as real “Murano glass.”

“Murano Glass” is the most dependable label to search for. Regrettably, the label alone can’t guarantee its authenticity. As a smart shopper, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the piece. Be extremely aware if you get an offer that seems “too good to be true.” It is a common trap used on tourists searching for a deal.

Does Banning Plastic Straws Really Help the Environment (Part II)?

 

Why Straws?

These big cities and big corporations taking action aids in bringing attention to the problem and begin a conversation about how harmful plastic straws, and plastic as a whole, are to the earth.

Moving away from plastic straws is certainly good for the environment, but it might present some challenges for business owners. This article explains why straws are being banned, what their ecological impact is, and what your choices are when it comes to discovering the correct alternative for your business.

According to the amount of attention, plastic straws are getting, it might be surprising to learn they are not the chief type of plastic waste. That top score goes to containers and food wrappers, which account for around 30% of all plastic pollution. They are trailed by the plastic bottle and container caps at 16%, plastic bags at 11%, and finally stirrers and plastic straws at 8%.

Plastic straws are harming marine animals.

The main reason noted for getting rid of plastic straws is their bad impact on marine wildlife and oceans. Plastic in the ocean is a big problem. You don’t have to look any further than the videos of marine wildlife suffering due to ocean pollution to realize that. But of all the plastic that ends up in the ocean, straws make up only around 4% of that waste.

Why are Straws a Big Target? 

The issue is its size. They are little and unobtrusive. So much so that folks usually forget they are plastic and don’t recycle them.

Straws that do get recycled typically don’t make it through the mechanical recycling sorter since they are so lightweight and small. So, they pollute recycling loads or get disposed of as garbage.

It is assessed that the average person uses two straws per day. That means that if 25,000 individuals stop using straws, we would abolish 5,000,000 straws and stop them from getting into the oceans and destroying wildlife.