|Strawbale Archive for March 2002|
|489 messages, last added Tue Nov 26 17:42:50 2002|
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I have been a subscriber for over a year now. I have, for the
most part, been pretty disappointed, and i have contacted them with
my concerns. Although maybe i ought to again since it was over a
year ago when i last wrote them.
I think Bill's suggestion is good. When we see things that don't
jive we need to call people on it. Not rudely, but as a good citizen.
A member of the community who wants the truth to be told. Getting
all huffy doesn't change things. "We must be the change we want to
see" (or something to that effect) -Mohandas Gandhi
Rey Arbolay wrote:
There is nothing wrong with 6,000 sqft homes.
As long as they house many.
We all wish to be able to afford (if not build) something
excuse me, speak for yourself, unless, again we are talking about housing
My issue is the focus. Natural Home should be, as
the title implies, about the use of natural
Agreed. One column i have been regularly impressed with is Eco-Expert.
(although, i must admit, i was skeptical at first when anyone calls themself
an "expert" :-) ) Even as a life-long, life-dedicated ecological
activist i have been repeatedly educated by Debra Lynn Dad's responses
in her column.
materials and light on the environment techniques and practices.
Example: In the Jan/Feb 2002 issue someone wrote to say they bought
100% cotton sheets that didn't claim to be "wrinkle-free" or "easy
care", but when they called the manufacturer they were informed that the
sheets (like many fabrics) had been treated with formaldehyde. They
were asking if washing would get rid of the chemical. Debra's response:
"During manufacturing, formaldehyde is applied as a resin in such a way
that it becomes a permanent and irremoveable part of the fabric.
The resin continues to release formaldehyde fumes for the life of the fabric....."
There is much more about this subject - pick up the issue to read
This piece of information alone was worth my $24.95 renewal price.
But wait! There's more! The next question was about vinegar
as a cleaner. Debra sites studies from scientists that have wonderful
results in regards to the effectiveness of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide,
when used in conjunction with each other, as disinfectants - more effective
than chlorine bleach, without the carcinogens!
For all its yuppiness i am glad i have kept 'em coming!