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Q: What does silver tarnish look like?

A: Silver Tarnish can look different depending on how long it is been oxidizing. Tarnish usually can be yellow-y in color or, in extreme cases, black.


Q: What are some of the difference between Beewax vs. standard candles?

A: Prafin is a greyish black sludge that is a by-product of petroleum refining process. It is bleached, textured, colored and scented using carcinogenic chemicals.

- Beewax burns longer

- Beewax produces no toxic by product and are non-allergenic, unlike other candles that produce toxic fumes when burned

EchoVerde is proud to present Beelite candles to the public and is sure you and your family would love it and never use other candles!

Beelites, is a product of Canada. Here you‚ll find lots of information relevant to the Canadian beekeeping and related industries www.honeycouncil.ca.


Q: Why paper from Elephant dung?

A: Since an elephant‚s diet is all vegetarian, the waste produced is basically raw cellulose. Thoroughly cleaned and processed, the cellulose is converted into a uniquely beautiful textured product, marketed as "Ellie Pooh Paper". This acid free, linen-like papyrus-type paper can be formed into art and construction projects, notebooks, cards and assorted gift items where the only limitation is ones imagination. These products have proved extremely popular among many in the local population and among foreign tourists and we hope you like them too!

Q: Why stainless steel lunchboxes?

A: They‚re a great alternative to plastic containers.

Here are some concerns addressed by the manufacturer:

Concerns About Plastics

Plastics, Food Safety & Children

Plastic is all around us. It‚s versatile, flexible, moisture resistant, durable, strong and relatively inexpensive. But the widespread use of plastic is causing environmental problems and there is growing concern about plastic‚s health risks, especially for children. Plastic should be used wisely, with caution and only when suitable alternatives do not exist or are not available.

Plastics & Our Planet

Plastic is taking a toll on our environment – because of how it‚s made and ubiquitously thrown away. Most plastics are made from petroleum, which is processed using energy-intensive techniques that are harmful to our ecosystems. And after the plastic, for example in packaging, has been used, it‚s thrown away. The plastic bag in particular is an enormous source of landfill waste and is regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals with dire consequences.

Plastics & Health

Evidence is growing that chemicals leach out of plastics used in food/drink storage. Scientists believe that these plastic chemicals are harmful to humans, especially in children whose systems are more vulnerable. The evidence of health risks from certain plastics is increasingly appearing in established, peer-reviewed scientific journals

FACTS:

Waste-Free Lunch Facts

The best way to reduce garbage is to not create it. A waste-free lunch (sometimes called a litter-less, smart, garbage-less, waste-free, no-garbage or waste-not lunch) means that you have no packaging to throw away when you‚re done. All you‚re left with is apple cores, banana peels and other biodegradable extras.

LUNCH WASTE

A typical American school kid generates 67 pounds of discarded lunchbox packaging waste per school year. That‚s more than 18,000 pounds annually for an average-size elementary school, which adds up nationwide to more than 1 billion pounds annually. A typical U.S. family using disposibles generates more than 4,000 pieces of lunch trash unnecessarily each year, according to ECOlunchboxes Lunchbox Waste Study 2010.

ALUMINUM FOIL

More than 20 million Hershey‚s kisses are wrapped with 133 square miles of foil every day.

ALUMINUM AND TIN CANS

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, more than 50,000 12-oz. aluminum cans were made.

CHERRY PITS & BANANA PEELS

Food debris in a landfill decompose only 25% in the first 15 years (how about composting instead?).

JUICE BOXES

Most inorganic trash retains its weight, volume, and form for at least four decades.

PAPER BAGS AND NAPKINS

It is estimated that 17 trees are cut down for every ton of non-recycled paper.

PLASTIC BOTTLES

Nationwide, U.S. citizens discard 2-1/2 million plastic bottles every hour.

STYROFOAM

Nationwide, U.S. citizens throw away 25 billion styrofoam cups every year.

Q: Why BPA Free?

A: Bisphenol A (BPA) is a controversial chemical that can be found in the lining of food cans, certain water bottles and more. Some researchers have linked the hormone-mimicking chemical to a host of issues including behavioral and developmental effects in kids. Echo Verde presents Thermos, the best alternative in the food jar in market mainly because they have made a commitment to only manufacture products that are BPA-free.

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