Jun 24, 2014

Save the Bees, save our crops!



  •    Apples
  •   Citrus Fruits
  •    Berries
  •    Carrots
  •    Onions
  •    Avocados
  •    Almonds


What do all of these foods
have in common with each other?


Bees of course!

Bees are not just common pests, they contribute greatly to the pollination of various plants around the world, and without them, and other pollinators, many of these plants would die.


Situations such as climate change, pesticide use, and habitat loss are major
       contributors to the population decline of bees in the past few years, and they need
       YOUR  help to thrive and continue to bring prosperity to the plants the help pollinate
       every day.

Some great tips on how to help out:
 
       1.   Plant your own garden with flowers that are good for bees and use  natural and organic fertilizers if needed, instead of harmful pesticides.
       2.   Buy raw honey from your local farmer at a farmer's market, or simply down the road  if you happen to live near a bee-keeper.
       3.   Start up bee-keeping yourself! It's not as hard as you may think, and you might really enjoy it. Here is a link with a ton of useful information on bee bee-keeping to help you get started.

You can contribute to bettering our environment AND economy with just a few simple guidelines. Remember, every bit helps our little bee friends!


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Jun 21, 2014

Quick Green Update: Japan Shows us that Quality of Life and Sustainability can trump mindless increases in GDP based on Population Growth

We love little kids and We love humanity too but would not most of us agree that the Earth has a lot of humans. Maybe too many humans.

Most Capitalistic thought that we have read speaks of an increase in the spread of humanity in order to power the worlds economies.

We feel that an economy that takes place during stagnant population growth and which rewards economies of reuse by major manufacturers  would allow folks to be better educated(since there would be fewer to educate) and have a more relaxing life perhaps with a lot less work.

Lester Brown speaks of this type of economy in some of his books. Here are a few of his titles.

                                


So we are always happy when we see a well written, a-political article that has statistics to back up what we feel.

Here are excerpts from an article entitled,

Japan's ageing population could actually be good news

"Japanese longevity(median age of 46 years) can't compensate for its ultra-low fertility rate – just 1.4 children per woman. Hard-working Japanese society has "embraced voluntary mass childlessness", says Nicholas Eberstadt, a demographer at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC."

"With 127 million people, Japan is hardly empty. But fewer people in future will mean it has more living space, more arable land per head, and a higher quality of life, says Eberstadt. Its demands on the planet for food and other resources will also lessen."

"Japan isn't alone in demographic contraction: Russia, Romania and Hungary all follow the trend. For many more, it is being delayed by immigration. But the global population bomb is slowly being defused. As Swedish statisticianHans Rosling first noted, the world recently reached "peak child" – the point where the number of children aged 0 to 14 around the globe levels off. Global fertility rates have halved in 40 years – they are now below 2.5 children per woman – and global population may peak soon.


So, far from being a demographic outlier, Japan is "the world leader in demographic change", says Aoki. For some this sounds like a disaster. China last year relaxed its one-child policy fearing that predicted population decline in the 2030s would choke its economic development. But others believe that peak population is a necessary first step to reducing our assault on the planet's life-support systems. In that case, following Japan's example may be just the ticket."
Here's the entire article from New Scientist Health

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May 29, 2014

Make a Plan to End the Affects of Drought!

Nearly 1/3 of the USA is currently experiencing drought conditions, so we at Conservastore want to help you do an inventory of your practices at home and business to see how you might cut your water use without sacrificing comfort.

Here's our Water Saving How To:
1. Get informed! - Here is a collection of links that have plenty of suggestions on how to save on your water use.

  

2. Take a water usage inventory! -This is best done by studying your water bill. Many utilities collect data digitally, and can provide you a water consumption chart by the day. Reach out and ask them. If you only get one bill a month study the total and break it down into a gallons per day usage figure.

3. Set your goal! - After studying your bill, make a reasonable commitment, such as 10% reduction in water usage per month, then buy the products that will best help you reach your goal. Aerators and shower heads are the easiest items to change for maximum initial impact.

With a solid plan and the products to back it up, you'll see a decrease of usage on your first bill. Reducing your usage is the first step to climbing out of a drought environment.

May 10, 2014

Basics of Pour in Place Rubber Mulch

Pour in Place Rubber Mulch offers the user a great deal of independence in how they wish to apply their job. You can vary thickness and of course pour a non linear area where normally you may use a finished rubber mulch mat or swing mat.

We wanted to give you a primer on how to best poor rubber mulch. This is courtesy of Fred @ RTP who has been working with poured rubber mulch for 10 years.

Folks it's a dirty job but if you've mixed and poured concrete you should be good to go. Suggest you use some older clothes you can throw away after the job and older shoes. You do not need to soil your clothes/shoes but you may.

1.Compact bottom as much as you can with filter fabric. Otherwise will follow the shape of the ground. May want to excavate pour site a bit
2.Set up areas 4x4 with base - 2x4s - easiest way to install
3.Mixture of four bags per bucket of binder
4.If pail is 20", every 6" mark a line
5.One bag in wheelbarrow(line your wheelbarrow with plastic) with quarter of pail. Mix until it has hair gel consistency.
6.Mix by hands w/ gloves-about 2 mins of mixing then pour onto boards about 1" thick.
7.Use hands to make fixes, do not use tools. But it may be helpful to have a small trowel laying around to form some hard to reach areas.
8.Boards not longer than 3-4 feet.
9.Do not use two bag mix if mixing alone.
10.Once binder mixes with air, no one can touch it for 48 hours.
11.Best perfomance is if temp is greater than 40degrees F for 24 hrs after pour. Curing slows with lower temps and can affect the lowest layer poured
12.Likewise is best if rain can be avoided for a 48 hr period after the pour
13.Suggest putting caution tape around the poured area for 72hrs

Other important features about Pour in Place Rubber Mulch include:

The Rubber Mulch is made from all rubber from tires, minus wires. Not just treads.
RTP does not use liquid pigment - pulverized pigment
Tire absorbs it because it is porous. Does not absorb liquid pigment.
Liquid can be scraped off with nails. Longer lasting. 7 year color warranty.
More expensive, but is a higher quality product.

Colors:
Rustic - red/brown
Jungle - red/brown/yellow
Rainbow - red/green/yellow- not for landscaping.

616 is dust, +4 is larger particulate
Rainbow is +4, 616 is what is used under EPDM
EPDM - color granule
616 needs a cap so that it can bounce, cap is EPDM.

You can clean the finished pour in place with a lite pressure washing as time goes on.

To renew or repour portions that have been set for years, use a hammer to chisel old material out and then repour

Of course Conservastore is your Pour in Place Rubber Mulch HQ
Call us with dimensions of your job and a few pics of the area you wish to renew and we will get you a quote within 24 hrs. If you are a landscaper we will of course consider an installer discount in our pricing

This Blog is under editing review and will be completed soon with pics and videos of how to pour the mulch

Apr 17, 2014

The Time for Water Conservation is Now

This article was written by Maria Jacketti, Ph.D., for conservastore.com and GreenTopics blog.
You can see more of Maria's work at www.mountainlaurelconsultants.com

I live in the Pocono Northeast, where it has been raining all day. So, what else is new? Several seasons ago, it rained all but a handful of days during the entire month of June. This sogginess topped off an almost equally rainy May. Some might say, we are spoiled, since our region abounds with water, so much so that our flooding of the Susquehanna River has provided legendary destruction. While most of may take water’s abundance for granted, only a fool would not acknowledge its power.
Our modern deserts once were once oases, and/or absolute seas. This fact should jolt us into a new kind of water reality. Abundant water can dry up, and often very quickly. Population here, and around the world continues to burgeon. While historically, we used to measure this growth by the millions, it is now all about the billions of new bodies and souls incarnating on this planet. And they are all very thirsty!

The world as we know it looks to a future of drought and water shortages. This is the story of much of America today – we water lords of the Northeast are really the exceptions to this trend – for now. Those of us who can see how water is becoming an ever rarer resource would do well to conserve at this moment, rather than weep later. For afterthought tears will surely not prove enough to quench our thirst.

Today there are many easy ways to conserve water in our homes. Most involve the installation of devices such as aerators, water efficient shower heads, and bladder-type devices that can we placed in toilet tanks to conserve with each flush. All of these form part of my home water conservation network today. Once they are installed, you need not think much about them, knowing that their simple ingenuity will work for years, preventing waste, and assuring that a drop of water saved is a drop earned.

Easily installed faucet aerators conserve water, while shaping the stream uniformly and reducing splashing. Water is delivered in softer, almost ticklish mini jets, rather than a standard gush. The stream definitely looks more modern and intelligent. Aerators are inexpensive and add next- to- no- work in the quest of making one’s house more water efficient.

The same can be said about the new generation of water-saving showerheads, which offer various flow-settings, making for lovely massage-effect cleansing experience. Some consumers report saving as much as a hundred dollars a year on their water bills, simply by making this change. And what could possibly stand in our way? These new showerheads usually cost less than twenty dollars and install in minutes. If we say we can’t install these convenient devices, maybe we just need to consider our laziness quotient, and then grab an energy drink, and forge ahead with this worthy activity. Making a large house like mine more water efficient took less than an hour!

Finally, installing a toilet tank bank in your units can make a lot of sense, particularly if your tanks are from the 1980s or earlier. (This is the case in my home, which was built in the 1970s.) Before installing one, use a flow measurer to calculate current water levels. This will help you construct a before/after picture of toilet water usage.

The installation of aerators, water efficient showerheads, and toilet tank banks, will perhaps not make you rich overnight in nickels and dimes. On the other hand, after a year, you will begin seeing the difference. Moreover, you will be setting a great example for your family, neighbors, and country. Imagine if the use of these products were commonplace? Yearly water savings might start to ease the great American drought and green up some patches of desert.