Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge

What is Brighter Planet’s 350 Challenge, exactly?

The 350 Challenge is a small way to show your support to fight climate change. The more bloggers that get our badge, the better. Thousands of readers will know that the climate movement is spreading far beyond the typical “environmental” realm and into the norm.
Who is Brighter Planet?

Brighter Planet helps people like you measure, reduce and offset their carbon footprints. We are committed to demonstrating that small, day-to-day actions can make a huge difference for the environment.
What affiliation do you have with

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge is inspired by Bill McKibben’s awareness campaign about the importance of the number 350, the parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere that we must aim for if we want to keep the planet relatively safe. Bill is on our advisory board and the 350 crew are some of our dearest friends from Middlebury College. The 350 Challenge is a way that we can help bloggers spread the word. To learn more, listen to the podcast about the 350 campaign that we did with Bill.
Why carbon offsets?

Carbon offsets play a crucial role in building a sustainable society. Many renewable energy projects are well suited to produce energy and meet stringent standards, but lack sufficient financing. Carbon offsets fill that void by investing in these projects.
What kind of offset projects are you supporting?

Our renewable energy projects in communities across the U.S. decrease our national dependence on carbon-emitting “dirty” energy sources like coal burning power plants. Some are wind power in public school districts or open lands and others are cow power on family farms. They all meet Brighter Planet’s stringent project standards. Learn more about our projects…
Who is paying for these offsets?

Brighter Planet purchases and donates the 350 pounds of offsets for every participant in the 350 Challenge. We feel that's a small price to pay to help generate awareness for the fight against climate change.Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

SILX silk filled Comforters, Pillows and Mattress covers

According to Chinese legend, silk was discovered in 3,000 BC by Lady His-Ling-Shi, wife of Emperor Huang Ti, when a silkworm cocoon accidentally dropped into her hot tea. Fine threads from the cocoon unraveled in the hot water and silk was discovered.

Initially, silk was only used for the emperor and highest of dignitaries. Eventually noble and rich Roman and Greek families sought out this rare textile and the Silk Road to Europe was created to support the commerce. For centuries, silk was as valuable as gold and often used as currency in international trade.

The Chinese tightly guarded the secret of silk for over 2,000 years. Revealing the secret or smuggling silk worms, eggs or cocoons outside of China was punishable by death.

Today, silk continues to be a sought after luxury. SILX brings you the finest quality silk manufactured.

How Silk is Made

The silkworms that spin our silk are fed only pure mulberry leaves. The silk filling is made of hundreds of very thin hand-stretched layers of pure silk – this creates a uniform and strong but still lightweight layer of silk that will not migrate, bunch, separate, or break down over time. This construction is what creates the gentle, lightweight drape and uniform warmth characteristic of all SILX products.
Silk Facts

Silk is 100% hypoallergenic, and is a naturally inhospitable environment for dust mites. Therefore, silk can be a perfect choice for those with allergies, and an especially good choice for babies and children whose allergies may not be known early on. In addition, because silk is moisture resistant, any allergies to mold, mildew, or other spores can also be avoided.

Silk retains much less moisture than other textiles, and is resistant to mildew and dankness because of this quality. Silk has been used by royalty and other privileged persons in Asia and other regions for thousands of years because of its longevity, comfort, and luxury. Because of this moisture and mildew resistance, silk is an excellent choice for more humid climates or homes near the coast.

Silk is an exceptionally temperate fiber, meaning that it retains warmth from the body, but without retaining moisture, which provides for a much more dry and comfortable warmth. The effective, uniform drape of SILX silk prevents cold spots. Silk provides about the same level of warmth as down, but at about half the weight, and without the dampness and consequent heaviness that can be common of both down and cotton.

Visit our store for a great selection of Pillows, Comforters and Mattress Covers all made with 100% silk.Visit Luna Baby Products to see the selection.

# Hypoallergenic
# Inhospitable to dust mites
# Unbleached
# Formaldehyde free
# Mold Free
# 100% Natural
# Silk is temperate, great all year round
# 18 essential amino acids are beneficial to the skin, hair, and joint pain
# White color
# Made of Silk Fibers
# Contains NO lead

Why Silk-Filled?
# 100% natural and allergy free
# Silk fibers don't break down the way down feathers do
# Inhospitable to dust mites
# Will not breakdown over time. Silk fibers adhere to one another
# 100% Pure mulberry silk

# Half the weight of down
# Drapes to your body;eliminating cold spots
# Silk is mildew resistant since silk has low moisture retention
# High degree of heat retention
# Year Round All Season Comfort
# Hand-stretched silk batting never wonders or bunches

# Contains 18 amino acids which are similar to and found in human skin
# Amino acids function to calm the nervous system and retard aging of the skin
# Strengthens the activity of skin cells and promotes metabolism of cells
# Keeps skin smooth and healthy
# Great for people with arthritis or pain

# Air out once or twice a year by suspending in indirect sunlight
# If further cleaning is required, dry clean only
# Wet cleaning will cause the fibers to bunch up


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