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revenge of the cloth nappy

Submitted by sproutingforth on Mon, 2007-01-08 10:25

pic: darlingsdownunder.com.aupic: darlingsdownunder.com.auA list of clever comebacks on wearing cloth nappies I can count on one hand the number of people who literally wrinkle up their noses when they hear that I’m a cloth nappy devotee. Not my fellow nappy changers so much, no, they’re full of admiration – although they wouldn’t consider going that route themselves. The reasons are many: too smelly, too much work, too much bother, too old-fashioned, too leaky, too messy, too (fill in whatever strikes your fancy).

Have you ever walked past a bin full of disposable nappies – seriously, have you stopped to take a good whiff of all that poo and chemicals? Do you really think that a bucket full of slightly stained, soaking cloth nappies could possibly give off quite the same stench?

I’m not going to get radical and start mentioning the why’s and the wherefores of cloth nappies here – we all know about the hundreds of years it takes for a disposable to decompose and the questionable chemicals used in the production of disposables. [mothernatureproducts]

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URBO – a futuristic animation tackles green issues

Submitted by sproutingforth on Wed, 2006-11-29 11:22

I’ve got to tell you that I’m somewhat overawed by the animation genre. I can’t draw to save my life! I mean, I can’t even scribble a stick man and make it look convincing, let alone transform scribbles that you create in 5.3 seconds ( I exaggerate not, see their blog!) in Photoshop to become a hot 2-D animation show all about post-apocalyptic iKapa (Cape Town)! (The characters are apparently 2-D but they roam through a 3-D landscape – hmm)

I haven’t been able to watch this exciting new local show that screens on SABC3 on Saturdays at 9am, because the aerial on my roof needs adjusting and we’ve left it at its selected angle because TV just hasn’t had any appeal, until now.

Pax, the 13-year old futuristic black kid with dreadlocks and a ‘kickass’ hoverbike teams up with Keitu, a girl hacker with pink and purple hair and T-Man, a nutty inventor. This crime-fighting posse – they’re up against the obese and maniacal industrialist, called Una Malice, who controls CT and pollutes the environment – are aided by Pax’s super powers, given him by the spirits of the ancestors, and a great deal of determination and guts that takes them through a number of scrapes.

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junk culture killing off childhood

Submitted by turbosprout on Mon, 2006-09-18 15:18

LONDON - Britain's children are being poisoned by a "junk culture" of processed food, computer games and over-competitive education, an influential group of authors and experts warned on Tuesday. In an open letter to the Daily Telegraph, 110 teachers, psychologists and children's authors -- including the internationally acclaimed Philip Pullman and Penelope Leach, a leading childcare expert -- called on the government to act now to prevent childhood being killed off altogether.

Schoolchildren in a cafeteria. Britain's children are being poisoned by a "junk culture" of processed food, computer games and over-competitive education, an influential group of authors and experts warned on Tuesday. REUTERS/File Forced "to act and dress like mini-adults", children are becoming increasingly depressed and experiencing growing levels of behavioral and developmental problems, they said.

"Since children's brains are still developing, they cannot adjust as full-grown adults can, to the effects of ever more rapid technological and cultural change," the letter said.

Source: Organic Consumers

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