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Happy New Year 2018!

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Happy New Year! Vietnam Advisors wishes you a successful, healthy, and wealthy 2018. May you have a year filled with fun adventures, family time, and fabulous food. Best wishes for a wonderful 2018!

Happy Holidays from Vietnam Advisors

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

The Christmas holiday season in Vietnam is an incredibly special time of year. The weather is typically warm and people are in a festive mood morning to night. Celebrations with family, friends, and fabulous food go on for weeks, one event after another. Traditions are honored and memories are made. The streets of Ho Chi Read More...

Investors ready for $4.8 billion Vietnam beer offering

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Vietnam is seeking to raise at least $4.8 billion in the country’s biggest stake sale as an offering in a state-run brewer attracts potential bidders including Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. The Vietnamese government currently owns nearly 90 percent of Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp., and will offer 53.6 percent of the Read More...

Indochinese Dishes to Sneak into Your Christmas Dinner

by bplant @ bananatree

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Pho Soc Trang

Pho Soc Trang


Pho Soc Trang Vietnamese Cuisine <br />​1530 Water St.Kelowna, BC 778.478.0541

Vietnamese Restaurant Kelowna Downtown

The Most Impressive Cafés In SAIGON

by Hoozing @ Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts

Cafe or coffeeshop has had an important role in shaping Vietnamese coffee culture, acting as key meeting places for everyone in Vietnam

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How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)

by Thien-Kim Lam @ I'm Not the Nanny

You asked for a tutorial on how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Here it is with step-by-step photos.

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Green Moving and Storage Options

by @ Green Home Library

Whether you are moving to another location, cleaning out your home, or setting up a storage option there are a variety of ways to keep it Eco-friendly. Before you dive into things like cardboard, plastic, and tape, give some thought to the many ways you can approach your task with as low a carbon footprint as you can.

Boxing Day

Re-using boxes for storage and moving means keeping them out of the landfill and one less bunch of new boxes purchased.

According to a 2014 report posted by B2B Community, corrugated cardboard was considered as having the best track record of any packing material. At the time of this report, it was rated that in 1993 55% of corrugated cardboard was recycled and in 2011 the number rose to 91%.

Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 700 gallons of water, and 46 gallons of water. Even though you won’t be using one ton of cardboard, you will be part of all the people that jump on board and eventually do hit these numbers.

Reusable boxes should be clean, as thick as possible and undamaged. They can be found at places like:

  • Supermarkets
  • Liquor stores
  • Warehouses
  • Bookstores
  • Starbucks
  • Craigslist free stuff section

Collect the News

Tons of newspapers are discarded everyday. If you need to pack and store items, newspaper is one of the best materials. It is readily available, protective when bunched in bulk (particularly for kitchen and dining items), and best of all it’s free when a day old.

Collect piles of newspaper and use generously to avoid wasteful and Eco-unfriendly plastic, styrofoam, or other packing material.

Pick a Green Team

For a moving company or storage space, do your green research. Many of these companies may sound good on the surface but you should find out what kind of green track record they have.

Some questions to ask include:

  • Do you use recycled materials?
  • Are your moving trucks Eco-friendly? (ie: electric, biodiesel, hybrid)
  • Does your storage space include green additions such as energy efficient lighting, heating, air-conditioning or insulation?
  • Do you use any green power options like wind, hydro or solar sourcing?
  • Do you use photocells or motion sensors? (devices to detect movement or natural light and turn on interior lights accordingly)

Rent It All

Before you run around sifting through supermarket dumpsters for usable moving boxes or spill out the Legos to fill another plastic bin, some companies are offering a greener way.

If you don’t mind spending the extra money you may be able to utilize organizations that will rent you an entire moving or storage kit. This is everything from boxes, tape and markers to wardrobe holders, rolling closets and customized packing units. You can even go a step further and pay for a team to do all the packing while you delegate.

Although more expensive, renting these services reduces waste, limits fossil fuel use and decreases excess personal energy.

 

Nowadays there are many companies in this industry offering green choices that are worth the effort. No longer does it need to be a time of stress and waste when the stress is hard enough to deal with. Try these green moving and storage options so your project is a clean, Eco-friendly experience.

Floor Staff

by admin_orn @ Home | The Orange Lantern Restaurant | Vietnamese Food & Cuisine

Floor Staff

Orange Lantern Waiter

We offer successful applicants a rewarding journey and remuneration package:

  • Attractive Basic Salary
  • CPF Contribution by Employer
  • On-the-Job Training
  • In-house Training Provided
  • Staff Meals
  • Medical Benefits
  • Work Close to Home
  • Flexible Working Hours

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Christmas in Vietnam, enjoy it on your own ways!

by Hoozing @ Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts

November rain and January blizzards always give you chill and depression? The closer it gets to Christmas, the warmer December winter gets.

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Valentine’s Day at Libertine

by wordpress @ Libertine

Bouquets, cards, and chocolate coated everything are taking over the streets as local lovebirds make Brisbane Valentine’s Day plans. Forget rom coms, poems, and babies skilled in archery: true romance is locked in with one booking at Libertine. With two […]

The Strangest Foods of Indochina

by bplant @ bananatree

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This week: pre-Christmas, Vietnamese food & Chocolate | The Wandering Eater

This week: pre-Christmas, Vietnamese food & Chocolate | The Wandering Eater


The Wandering Eater

[Translate] I have about a week and a half left ’til school’s over. I’m happy and unhappy about that statement. If you’re wondering why I’m happy, it’s a given, no more class work, papers, and tests; unhappy it’s because I can’t go out to eat that often and the fact that finals are coming closer…my unfortunate future. But what can I do really? Ever since Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) passed, almost every single freakin’ building in Manhattan has been decorated with Christmas lights, decorations, or even large displays of Christmas stuff out in the open. It’s impossible to forget that Christmas..

Good News: Special Economic Zones Approved

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a proposal to allow Khanh Hoa province to develop the master plan for Bac Van Phong Special Economic Zone with Document No. 8489/VPCP-QHDP. Accordingly, Khanh Hoa province has been allowed to select foreign consultants to develop a master plan for Bac Van Phong Special Economic Zone, which is Read More...

E-News for December 28th, 2017

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Sunday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve morning 9:30 a.m. – Pastor Toné Tosi’s sermon will be “A Lifetime of Faithful Waiting, Rewarded“ using the Scripture Luke 2:22-40. 11:30 a.m. – Vietnamese Worship lead by Rev. Joshua Le. 7:00 p.m. – Vietnamese Worship lead by Rev. Joshua Le.   Coming Events Sunday, January 7th, 10:45 a.m. – United Methodist Men’s Brunchin Acker Hall.  Everyone is […]

Vietnam Outlook for 2018

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

The year 2017 certainly ended with a bang, with an amount of US$ 5 billion going straight into the foreign exchange reserves as a result of the sale of 53% of the Governments holding in brewing company SABECO to Thai Beverage. So what does Vietnam have in store for 2018? The Government has set a Read More...

New Menu Coming This Week!

by bplant @ bananatree

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Vietnamese food | Auckland | Indochine Kitchen

Vietnamese food | Auckland | Indochine Kitchen


Vietnamese food | Auckland | Indochine Kitchen

Authentic Hanoi Vietnamese food. Indochine Kitchen is a Vietnamese bar and restaurant in Auckland's Britomart. Our food is fresh, delicious & healthy.

Santorini by Georgios at Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach (Miami, FL)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

One of the relaxing (and very stomach fulfilling) days I have spent in Miami was at Santorini by Georgios at Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach. We’ve explored Little Havana during the morning to check out the predominantly Cuban community and had fresh pressed sugar cane juice then drove down to South Beach for some sun time. Santorini by Georgios feels like a local Greek restaurant since it’s a family owned joint despite the fact it is in a boutique hotel. This not a bad thing at all since everyone greets and treats you like you are a friend or part of..

Easy New Year Resolutions

by @ Green Home Library

You probably know that most New Year’s resolutions never make it to spring. However, if it is an easy fix that you can incorporate into your busy life, it usually lasts longer. When it comes to the planet, there is no better way to practice some simple adjustments for a green impact no matter how insignificant you may think it might seem.

These easy Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions give some practical options to simply do your part without a lot of fuss. You can keep it at this level or use it to propel you deeper onto a green path that continues to support a clean environment for you as well as future generations.

Bottled Water Reversal

There is no reason to purchase, let alone produce, plastic bottled water anymore. By now most people are educated on the ravages this product is having on our oceans, land and even air quality. Not to mention the approximately twenty-million barrels of oil per year used to make these bottles. Yet, the greed machine continues produce bottled water taking advantage of an assumed uneducated public.

It is time to stand up to poor manufacturing; poisoning your planet and your body. Stopping your  consumption of bottled water and switching to a recycled steel, plastic, aluminum, glass or wood water bottle is a simple step you can take. Simply fill with clean water from an at-home filtration system or tap (many cities and states are proud of a clean, safe municipal water record) and take it wherever you go.

If carrying around a personal water bottle is out of the question, at least use them at home rather than fill your fridge with evil plastic waste. When on the road, look for more friendly packaging such as boxed water options or compostable bottles.

Paperless Towels

Another perverse depletion of natural resources is lumber used for the manufacturing of paper towels. Over fifteen billion pounds of these one-wipe wastes are found in landfills daily. Instead, using cotton cloths in place of paper towels saves trees and gets the job done at the same time.

Some argue that the water used to launder cotton cloths is a greater Eco-threat than felled trees which are replanted. However, the technological Eco-friendly upgrades to appliances such as washers and driers save more water and electricity than ever before. Add in non-toxic cleaning supplies and your cotton cloth replacements easily remedy the environmental atrocities of paper towel production.

Fix Phantom Power and Old Bulbs

Make this year your Eco-experiment by eliminating phantom power. Phantom power is the constant electrical drain on your home appliances even when they are shut off. The National Resource Defense Council put out this list in 2015 to give the homeowner an idea of the accumulated financial waste due to phantom power:

Annual cost of “phantom power”

  • Water recirculation pump - $93
  • Desktop computer - $49
  • TV - $38
  • Cable set-top box - $30
  • Audio receiver/stereo - $22
  • Printer - $11
  • Furnace - $8
  • Coffee maker - $6
  • Dryer - $4
  • GFCI outlets - $1 each

You can easily save money and energy by implementing simple home improvement fixes such as:

  • Installing smart power strips
  • Unplugging appliances until needed
  • Installing a digital power timer
  • Adjusting appliance settings such as shutting off power hogging “quick start” options

In addition, swapping out incandescent lightbulbs and replacing with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and/or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can also save money as well as reduce significant energy waste. The US Department of Energy estimates that, “green lightbulbs” can save upwards of 65%-80% energy usage as compared to incandescent bulbs.

 

Try these Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions to start of your year with an Eco-bang. They are simple ways to save money and the planet all at once without you exerting yourself all that much. Then, when you realize how much extra energy you have you can join an activist association and travel the world fighting the good fight, or just go to work and be happy you're doing your part.

 

Amazing Dining Experience Begins

by Suum Kitchen @ Suum Vietnamese Kitchen

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E-News for November 30th, 2017

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Sunday, December 3rd – First Sunday of Advent 9:30 a.m. – Rev. Dr. Bau Dang’s  sermon will be “Please Come Down, Lord” using the Scripture Isaiah 64:1-9. 10:45 a.m. – United Methodist Men’s Brunch in Acker Hall.  Everyone is invited to join them for Brunch after worship for a time of food and fellowship.  $5.00 suggested donation. 11:30 a.m. – Vietnamese Worship in the […]

An Evening on the Mekong Delta

by Tamarind Tree @ Tamarind Tree Restaurant

Experience the premiere of our new provincial dishes. Choose the seafood, vegetarian or meat menu.

Vietnamese Language Christmas Eve Service, 12/17 & English Language Service, 12/24

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Below is a message from Rev. Dr. Bau Dang spoken in Vietnamese. On December 17th, 7:00 pm, our Vietnamese congregation will celebrate a Vietnamese language Christmas Eve Service, in the Chapel.  On the 24th, there will be no Vietnamese service.  The Vietnamese congregation will join the English language Christmas Eve Service with Family Pageant in […]

Celebrating Christmas in Vietnam? - Here are some things you can do! - Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts

Celebrating Christmas in Vietnam? - Here are some things you can do! - Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts


Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts

Christmas is the most anticipated time period at the end of year, so Christmas activities held in Vietnam always attract most of people’s attention.

Saigon Summer Nights

by Tamarind Tree @ Tamarind Tree Restaurant

Pick a night, Monday through Sunday. Relax and sample the flavors of Saigon during out cocktail reception on the patio. Seven distinctive finger-foods mingled with seven celebrated martinis.

Creamy Gruyere and Swiss Chard Pasta with Toasted Panko Breadcrumbs

Creamy Gruyere and Swiss Chard Pasta with Toasted Panko Breadcrumbs

by Marie | Yay! For Food @ Recipes - Yay! For Food

Comfort food alert! Check out this delicious savoury pasta dish featuring quick sautéed Swiss chard, homemade cheese sauce, and crunchy Panko breadcrumbs.

Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry

Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry

by Marie | Yay! For Food @ Recipes - Yay! For Food

A flavourful 40 minute dish featuring chickpeas, potatoes, and kale all in a spicy tomato based curry. It’s vegan and gluten-free too! Serve it with rice for a complete meal!

Cooking Food With Love

by Suum Kitchen @ Suum Vietnamese Kitchen

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Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


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In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it

A Very Vietnamese Christmas

A Very Vietnamese Christmas


Simon Stanley, Writer

Simon Stanley unwraps the tropical festive spirit, of a very Vietnamese Christmas. Photos by Vinh Dao. Despite being home to a relatively small Catholic community, with the majority of the remainde…

OTL Miami, A Great Cafe in Design District (Miami, FL)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

If there’s a coffeeshop/cafe that I wish there was a version of in NYC, that would be OTL. The large, bright, airy space that is minimialist and admittedly, very Instagrammable and the food and beverages are healthy-ish and satisfying. There’s wi-fi to work and it doesn’t get too loud when it gets busy here that you can do some work, if needed or have a casual breakfast or lunch meeting here. Also, it’s in the heart of a fabulous shopping neighborhood of Miami Design District, where there’s many designer boutiques (Fendi is next door to OTL, Prada is down the..

Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

You’re looking at the draft of my sixth cookbook! This week, I sent the manuscript to my editor, Kelly Snowden. Vietnamese Any Day is all about helping American cooks work Viet flavors into their regular rotation. Many people who are new to Vietnamese food do not know where to begin. They’ve been seduced by the...

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Promotion 3

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Bastille Celebrations at Libertine

by wordpress @ Libertine

The French celebrate this great day with military parades, shared meals, and an evening of great company. We’re celebrating the best way we know how with French food, wine and joie de vivre. From now until Friday, 15th July, Libertine will be […]

Promotion 4

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Failsafe Indochinese Nibbles for Your Christmas Party

by bplant @ bananatree

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Kitchen Staff

by admin_orn @ Home | The Orange Lantern Restaurant | Vietnamese Food & Cuisine

Kitchen Staff

Orange Lantern Chef

We offer successful applicants a rewarding journey and remuneration package:

  • Attractive Basic Salary
  • CPF Contribution by Employer
  • On-the-Job Training
  • In-house Training Provided
  • Staff Meals
  • Medical Benefits
  • Work Close to Home
  • Flexible Working Hours

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World Bank Shows Strong Support for Vietnam

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Vietnam’s development record over the past 30 years is remarkable. Vietnam now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in the East Asia region. World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, Laura Tuck has reaffirmed the World Bank Group’s continued support for Vietnam as the country addresses the challenges of rapid urbanization and the Read More...

Celebrating Christmas in Vietnam? – Here are some things you can do!

by Hoozing @ Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts

Christmas is the most anticipated time period at the end of year, so Christmas activities held in Vietnam always attract most of people’s attention.

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French Foodie Influences in Vietnam

by bplant @ bananatree

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E-News for Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Sunday, November 26th – Christ the King Sunday If you haven’t already turned yours in, bring your Pledge Card! 9:30 a.m. – Rev. Dr. Bau Dang’s  sermon will be “Sowing & Reaping” using the Scripture 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. 11:30 a.m. – Vietnamese Worship in the Chapel. 7:00 p.m. – Vietnamese Worship in the Chapel. Coming Events Saturday, December 2nd, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon – Come and help […]

Pho 83

Pho 83


Pho 83

Authentic and delicious Vietnamese food for dine-in or take-out!

Promotion 2

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Dinner at Char Sue (NYC)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

I’ve recently had a dinner with an old college friend of mine Char Sue since we haven’t seen each other for several months. Char Sue is the kind of place where you would want to hang out with a few friends and have a casual dinner. The Asian inspired food menu tends to be on the heavier side since it’s catering to the Lower East Side neighborhood where you’re primarily surrounded by bars and you would want to pad your stomach with something carby, fatty and preferably, delicious before you start imbibing. While we aren’t going for a night out..

Vietnam 101: How do the Vietnamese celebrate Christmas? (and travelling tips if you're in Vietnam during Xmas) - Rice 'n Flour

Vietnam 101: How do the Vietnamese celebrate Christmas? (and travelling tips if you're in Vietnam during Xmas) - Rice 'n Flour


Rice 'n Flour

How do the Vietnamese celebrate Christmas and what-to-do, where-to-go... if you visit Vietnam in this holiday season? some observations and many tips 4 U

Our Premium Food Recipe

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Vietnamese Christmas Dinner

Vietnamese Christmas Dinner


SaigonNezumi

I had a great Christmas dinner with my Vietnamese friends last Friday.  This was my first Christmas dinner in Vietnam since I first moved to this country 5 and a half years ago.  Though many Vietna…

Unleashing the potential of Ho Chi Minh City

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has long been regarded as the commercial “capital” of Vietnam and the largest contributor to the state budget. It has been the economic spearhead for the whole Mekong Delta region since “Doi Moi”. However, in recent years the growth rate in HCMC has been slowing down. In 2010 GDP growth Read More...

Get Your Eco-Friendly Fashion On

by @ Green Home Library

Of course you want to look good all the time and your choice of clothes certainly reflects that. However, the behind-the-scenes story of what, where and how your wardrobe is produced may be surprising, especially if you consider yourself a green supporter.

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on by revamping what clothes and accessories you choose to purchase going forward. It is yet another opportunity to up your green game and literally walk the walk in the some sustainable shoes, shirts and more.

The Trickle Down

Choosing the right fabric is essential to Eco-Friendly fashion. The most popular fabrics are:

  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Wool
  • Oil-based synthetics: polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex

It is however, oil-based synthetics like polyester that are at the top of the Eco-Unfriendly chain as they are derived from crude oil that requires high energy extraction and melting of plastic manufacturing. Plus, when these break down they are far from compostable as residue can leach into waterways and subsequently fertilizer which cycles into plants, livestock and you.

This trickle down effect shows the potential, slow, toxic environmental accumulation which, over time, is believed by some to indirectly be an underlying contributor to many cancers.

What Else Not to Choose

Revamping your wardrobe understandably takes time but eventually you may be able to swap out oil-based synthetics as well as other environmental drains such as:

  • Leather - Unethical treatment of animals as well as agricultural methane global warming contributor.
  • Rayon - Derived from wood pulp and threatens water conservation.
  • Non-Organic Cotton - Most pesticide intense crop and chemically treated material on the planet threatening humans and wildlife.
  • Polycotton - According to Green Choices, “virtually all polycotton (especially bedlinen), plus all ‘easy care’, ‘crease resistant’, ‘permanent press’ cotton, are treated with toxic formaldehyde (also used for flameproofing nylon).
  • Wool - Avoid wool from UK farms that use organophosphate sheep dip which creates serious hazards for both agricultural and craft workers.
  • Dyed - Avoiding dyed fabrics conserves water, reduces river/ocean pollution, and cuts down on heavy metal exposure.

Stick To

As you travel along your new Eco-Fashion path look for materials that tell a story. Many offer transparency advertising that tout various attributes including fair trade supported practices, organic manufacturing, recycled and sustainable materials usage.

Materials with a more sustainable footprint include:

  • Organic cotton
  • Organic wool
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Bagasse (from sugar cane)

You can also keep an eye out for clothing tags that show use of recycled-upcycled material saved from landfills, Eco-friendly treated, and repurposed for safe wear.

One pioneer for recycled-upcycled usage is Rachel Faller who started her company Tonlé. Her products are completely void of virgin materials saving tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

Green Matters describes her mission:

“By upcycling discarded pre-consumer fabric from clothing factories, she transforms fabric destined for the trash can into treasured clothing, bags, and jewelry. Based in Cambodia, Faller’s team regularly visits manufacturers to save hundreds of pounds of scrap materials from landfill. Once saved, her production team works to make sure every single scrap is put to use. Large scraps are cut down to make clothes while smaller pieces are made into a yarn like material to be woven. For the tiniest scraps, the company has created a formula for paper which allows them to turn small bits of scrap into hang tags and office paper. Through this process the company is able to close the loop in production while working in tandem with their zero waste mission.”

Faller is one example of many young and old entrepreneurs alike paving the way for a whole new fashion industry sector that may one day be the norm.

Ethical Tools

Yup, there are even apps to inform you of ethically made clothing and other goods such as non-toxic cleaning products, bath and spa products, as well as materials derived from workers under inhumane conditions.

Apps to try are:

  • GoodGuide
  • Free2Work
  • Shop Ethical
  • aVoid
  • The Higg Index

 

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on and stop supporting consumer driven global health and human threats. In due time your wardrobe will consist of green choices that pay it forward to a more sustainable future.

Green Business Spawns More Green Jobs

by @ Green Home Library

They said it would happen and now it is coming to fruition. Starting with small business ventures and then catching the eye of Big Corp., green entrepreneurship and activist movements have begun spawning more green jobs in America and throughout the globe.

Although the current administration is supporting coal production, the need is no longer there. Since mechanization, coal industry jobs have diminished putting many out of work. The average number of employees at US coal mines dropped by 12% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration.

However, there is more demand elsewhere to put workers back on the map in the green sector. According to The Department of Energy's Energy and Employment Report it is predicted that green energy employment will have a 9% growth rate over the next 12 months — higher than any other energy sector.

Currently, Europe and Asia are taking the helm as the US trails, but hangs on to, green sector job growth until hopefully the White House comes to its senses, or succumbs to change.

They’re Blowing in the Wind

That’s right, wind energy jobs have increased from 3.4 million in 2011 to just over 4 million in 2017 according to a report published by the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program.

Business Insider writes,

“The report estimates that solar and wind jobs are growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the US economy and suggests that 46% of large firms have hired additional workers to address issues of sustainability over the past two years.”

If you have a small business, look into a wind energy choices from your local electric company. It is required in most states for the consumer to be able to choose their electricity source.

Smart Cities

With the steady growth of smart technology and smart homes, smart cities are on the parallel. Europe has recently reported of a “green jobs for a greener future” initiative citing several urban applications that will inevitably take over many conventional careers.

Some of these include:

  • Municipality - “We have identified, especially from the municipalities side, that there is a need to create new skilled jobs for the creation of specific cross-department teams to work on defining action plans for cities, supporting the design of solutions and an understanding of the needs," says Miguel Garcia, from the REMOURBAN project, which is pioneering new approaches to urban regeneration in the Spanish city of Valladolid, Nottingham in England, and Tepebasi/Eskisehir in Turkey.” (reported by Phys.Org)
  • Building Retrofit - Perfect for green small business startup jobs, retrofitting buildings with clean energy options and fixes has risen in demand due to money saving incentives.
  • Electric Car Infrastructure - As the alternative energy infrastructure rises in demand, more people are becoming electric car charging station installers and maintenance workers.
  • Solar Installation - As solar technology falls in price more commercial and residential installations have been sought after.

Cleanup

It's unfortunate that many will profit from man’s decades long environmental abuse, yet that is exactly what is happening. Certain sectors, small businesses, local organizations and even Big Corp. have finally wrapped their heads around the lucrative potential for green beautification, waterway cleanup, non-toxic cleaning, pure air initiatives and so much more.

One example that was originally considered a job killer is a mandate to cut pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay by 25 percent by 2025. A study of potential cleanup for 6 bay states that includesDelaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia stated,

“If history is any guide, environmental regulations will once again nourish job creation, not bury it,

 

As more small businesses go green it will inevitably lead the way for business to business and consumer to business green job increase. Add in activist movements and environmental cleanup for more job opportunities and, regardless of antiquated, bottom line only thinkers, more people will see and reap the job benefits of Eco-friendly opportunities.

My Immigrant Family’s Obsession with Paul Bocuse’s Soup with Truffles Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

“If you want to impress jaded Vietnamese guests, make French food,” my mom frequently told me while I was growing up. That’s among the reasons she made puff pastry when we came to the United States. It was as if she had been waiting all her life to knead excess moisture out of butter to...

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SaiGon Noel

by Tamarind Tree @ Tamarind Tree Restaurant

Celebrate SaiGon Noel with our special menu.

Vietnamese Noodles with Beef and Mushrooms

Vietnamese Noodles with Beef and Mushrooms


Yay! For Food

This is great comfort food. It is fast and easy to make and quite filling. A go-to for a chilly day.

We’ve hit the £10,000 mark!

by bplant @ bananatree

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Melbourne Cup 2017

by wordpress @ Libertine

Australia, there’s never been a better code for ‘long lunch’ than Melbourne Cup. While the whole nation pauses for flutes of champagne and fashion on the field, take your free afternoon to Brisbane’s favourite lunch spot. This November 7, stirrup […]

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BBC Good Food

Fresh salads, rice dishes and noodle soups are the order of the day when it comes to the vibrant cuisine of Southeast Asia.

Thousands To Attend Vietnam's Historic Christmas Eve Celebration

Thousands To Attend Vietnam's Historic Christmas Eve Celebration


Worthy Christian News

Thousands of Christians are to attend an evangelical Christmas Eve celebration in Vietnam despite difficulties with authorities, the latest in a series of "historic" Christian gatherings in the Communist-run nation, organizers said Wednesday, December 23.

Laotian Larb: The Ultimate Comfort Food [Recipe]

by bplant @ bananatree

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GGUMC E-News for Thurs., Jan. 4th, 2018

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Sunday, January 7th – Renewal of Baptism and Communion 9:30 a.m. – Rev. Dr. Bau Dang’s sermon will be “Baptism of the Holy Spirit“ using the Scripture Mark 1:4-11. 10:45 a.m. – United Methodist Men’s Brunch in Acker Hall.  Everyone is invited to join them for Brunch after worship for a time of food and fellowship.  Start out the New Year right! $5.00 suggested donation. 11:30 […]

5 Reasons to Love a Vietnamese Christmas | Vietnam Advisors

5 Reasons to Love a Vietnamese Christmas | Vietnam Advisors


Vietnam Advisors

5 Reasons to Love a Vietnamese Christmas

Solid, Upscale Szechuan Cuisine at Hwa Yuan (NYC)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

Hwa Yuan is a new upscale Szechuan restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown. This restaurant started by the son of one of New York’s legendary Chinese restaurants. Hwa Yuan (the original opened in the 1980s) closed years ago and seminal Chinese restaurateur Shorty Tang died, his son Chen Lieh Tang reopened this current restaurant in hope to revitalize this part of Chinatown. The restaurant is spacious having three floors, taking up the space of what was Bank of China. The basement is the kitchen and private dining room that was the safety deposit room of the bank. The main floor and upstairs..

Rethink Church Videos: True Meaning of Christmas

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Rethink Church: True Meaning of Christmas Rethink Church has produced a video series exploring our notions about Christmas as told from the perspective of children.  It’s a happy and informative way to remember the Christmas story and share it with younger folk, to inspire them, and with older folk, to re-inspire them. Here’s the link:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5xtcyoE9kWsONWewHxDGZvV6r2FtR018

A Vietnamese Christmas Menu - I'm Not the Nanny

A Vietnamese Christmas Menu - I'm Not the Nanny


I'm Not the Nanny

Instead of our usually baked ham for Christmas dinner, I'm planning a Vietnamese Christmas menu: eggrolls, hotpot and who knows what else?

Why shared dining is everyone’s new favourite dining experience

by wordpress @ Libertine

We believe that good food is even better when shared with good people. The next time you’re headed out to eat, join us for an evening of the share plates Brisbane diners are clamouring for. Our super convenient location makes […]

East-West Chicken Stock

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

For the most part, Asian meat broths and stocks rarely include a lot of vegetables. Onion and ginger and basically it. No carrot or celery. However, for the Paul Bocuse soup with truffles, I came up with this hybrid recipe. I made it in my Fagor Lux, but you can use an Instant Pot or...

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Travel: Viet Princess River Cruises

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Viet Princess Cruises offers 5-star luxury excursions aboard two ships in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The Mekong Princess and Avalon Siem Reap sail for 8-day/7-night cruises from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Both ships offer suites for two, which include fine dining experiences, recreational activities, and shore tours at stops along Read More...

Skip the Pho, Order These Eight Vietnamese Dishes Instead

Skip the Pho, Order These Eight Vietnamese Dishes Instead


Houston Press

I get asked all the time about where to find the best Vietnamese food in Houston. How do I pick just one place? As of the 2010 Census, Houston is home to over 35,000 Vietnamese Americans, making it the fourth largest Vietnamese community in the country. A quick Yelp search...

3 Small Business Green Savings

by @ Green Home Library

If you're a small business owner you know what it takes to keep afloat. You don’t have the luxury of Big Corp money pouring in to fund frivolous decisions, your business needs every penny in the right place, at the right time, all the time. This is why going green can sometimes be a challenge for small businesses. It requires switching a variety of choices that have been set in place to keep your company running at an even pace.

Changing a workable format is a risky venture but when it comes to going green, the numbers speak for themselves. These small business green savings show how you can integrate green products and green practices that just may, eventually, increase your bottom line.

B2B Reach Out

Business to business communication can be essential as a green money saving tip for small businesses. By reaching out to adjoining companies there is the possibility of working together for a variety of incentives.

European marketing company Imfuna reports that,

“By making environmental friendliness a priority of your business partnerships, you not only encourage other companies to reduce their carbon footprint, but also to reduce their own expenditures; and when companies with which you partner save money, those cost savings are passed along to you.”

Talk to your counterparts about:

  • Combine supplies - Combining green purchases, like industrial cleaning supplies in bulk, can make starting off together financially more feasible.
  • Patriotism - Joining with your suppliers, vendors and B2B neighbors to purchase and show USA made support can be a huge win, particularly when it comes to solar installations and wind power.
  • Beautification - When businesses band together in the name of the environment they must walk the walk, and it will show. Whether outdoor shopping or indoor building office space, the surroundings of your small business should have basic upkeep that you probably pay for, however, there are additional options.

You can work with other small businesses to install green extras such as:

  • Composting bins - Can be sold to local farms for profit.
  • LED public lighting - Saves everyone money on electric bills.
  • Solar powered garbage compactors - Saves on excess garbage costs and fossils fuel use.

Scale Down

Obtaining larger space may be a misstep when it comes to keeping your small business green. Lowering your carbon footprint means less consumption, yet startups and small thriving ventures  are often pressured to expand for more money and stature.

It may seem anti-business but keeping your company at a manageable level that embraces green practices, such as energy efficient lighting, wind or solar power, recycling and more, is a green money saving move. With less overhead you use less energy, create less waste and, if managed well, can increase profits on a low carbon footprint.

Happy Employees

Whether working at a zoo, an office, or any small business, employees that see how you run your company are apt to follow your lead. Moreover, if that lead is a positive message, like Eco-friendly practices, money saving benefits could very well follow.

CNBC reported that,

“A study by UCLA and the University of Paris -Dauphine found that employees at Eco-friendly companies are 16 percent more productive than average.

Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management commented on the study,

“Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment, It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training, and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms.”

 

As more small businesses, consumers and Big Corp. embrace the green movement, cost is finally coming around to a more conventional playing field. These small business green ideas show how jumping on the Eco-friendly band wagon can be good on all fronts.

POPs, Those Toxic, Manmade Persistent Organic Pollutants

by @ Green Home Library

But This Time It’s Nature Doing the Dirty Work!

In the late 1970s, the U.S. government banned a group of manmade chemical compounds known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) thanks to scientific evidence that they caused harm to both people and animals.

This group of toxins, along with DDT, PCBs, and PBDEs, are all classified as POPs, or persistent organic pollutants – chemicals with such serious side effects that nations around the globe joined to ban them in 2004 in what is known as the Stockholm Convention.

Nature Makes POPs, Too

It was a magnificent effort, but one that Nature herself may be undermining. According to some scientists, certain bacteria, fungi, plants and waterborne organisms may now be making their own, counterfeit versions of PCBs, PBDEs, and other banned compounds.

Scientists don’t yet know whether their production is part of a natural process or some response to the chemicals we have already introduced into earth’s biosphere. The most burning question, however, may be why Nature is reproducing these POPs?

Take a group of chemicals called organohalogens, which are being found in seabird eggs along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, according to researcher Sheryl Tittlemier of Carleton University.

These organic halogen compounds are structurally very similar to manmade DDT, halogenated dioxins, and brominated flame retardants. In nature, they are produced by marine organisms such as the acorn worm, for example, and production is verified by carbon-14 dating – a highly conclusive method for anything less than 50,000 years old.

The list of naturally produced POPs currently approaches 6,000, and challenges the perception that humans have produced more of these toxic compounds than Nature!

Natural POPs Making Their Way Up the Food Chain

Most scientists support the idea that these Nature-made POPs are as harmful to species as the ones chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow and 3M once made.

Several studies – one from the University of Missouri – have found trace amounts of POPs in pet food (and, of course, pets). The worst offender is BPA, or Bisphenol A, found in the lining of far too many pet food cans. The most troubling aspect of this problem is that at least two of the manufacturers lied about the presence of bisphenol A in their cans.

Traces of hydroxylated PBDEs have also been found in humans. The greatest risk is to people eating a marine diet, including fish; shellfish like oysters, crabs and lobster; whales and dolphins; seaweeds and microalgae; squid; sea cucumbers; jellyfish; and frogs.

Women in the Faroe Islands, who commonly ate whale blubber, had traces of these “natural” PCBs in their breast milk. Unfortunately, these naturally produced compounds can’t be banned as easily as manmade PCBs, so scientists are using analytical techniques like genome sampling to figure out which organisms are synthesizing the chemicals, how they do it, and why.

So far, the worst culprits appear to be marine sponges, whose bodies harbor 10 percent or more (by dry weight) of polybrominated compounds! Good reason, if you needed one, not to buy bath sponges.

But Why?

The immediate question is what risk do these “Nature-made” chemicals present. The biggest question is why would Nature manufacture toxic chemicals man has already banned?

The answer, suggest scientists, is the result of chemical warfare, this time by bacteria.

“Bacteria use chemicals to protect themselves from threats and to taste bad to predators,” notes Vinayak Agarwal of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The same aptitude that makes bacteria able to engage in chemical warfare may also make them highly adept at breaking down similar manmade chemicals in the environment. Take, for example, a General Electric Superfund site along the Hudson River in New York, where some naturally occurring microbes have learned to break down PCBs released into the river for three decades.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Nature could reverse our carelessness with chemicals? It might even make the extra body burden of persistent organic chemicals acceptable.

Or would it?

Three Pillars Bar Lounge – Cozy, Upscale and Great Drinks and Japanese Food (NYC)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

There’s lots of bars in New York City and its nightlife give you a wide range to choose from the bustling, hole-in-the-wall to the really nice, upscale lounges that may reside in hotels. A relative newcomer from the Suzuki Hospitality Group (the group that owns the 1* Michelin sushi and seasonal kaiseki restaurant called Suzuki and a sushi bar counter seating restaurant, Satsuki) has Three Pillars Bar. This upscale yet cozy lounge is found across the hall from Suzuki restaurant. When you enter through the doorway, you’d see the short foyer filled with crystals dropping from the ceiling making it..

Federal Donuts & Dizengoff (Miami, FL)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

Sometimes there’s moments when I feel Miami is the warmer, cleaner, and artsy version of New York City where snowbirds and young people around my age flock down here for the winter or even as a long term change in life from the cold, frigid city for the warmer climes. At any rate, there are two relatively recent imports from Philadelphia – Federal Donuts and Dizengoff. There is a location on the latter in New York City’s Chelsea Market and I’ve been to Federal Donuts in Philly a few years back. Both restaurants in Miami are as good as the..

Seven-Layer Rocky Road Magic Bars

Seven-Layer Rocky Road Magic Bars

by Marie | Yay! For Food @ Recipes - Yay! For Food

These are decadent sweet dessert bars that are extremely easy to put together. These classic magic bars have layers of chocolate chips, marshmallows, peanuts, and more!

Waste Not With Your Waste

by @ Green Home Library

The sacred wipe is a personal experience. In comparison to other countries, many Americans are spoiled enough to get ultra soft, moistened or a something in-between toilet paper wipe for their privileged bums. However, the result is taking its toll on the environment.

“The environmental research group WorldWatch Institute estimates that according to the World Wildlife Foundation, global toilet paper production wipes out about 27,000 trees per day, which comes out to almost 9 million trees per year.”

This is a staggering number which some experts determine could be much higher; possibly 15-20 million trees per year. Of course, some claim collected lumber and wood for paper is matched by an intricate regrowth program. This may be true, but the earth can only sustain so much harvesting until an area becomes so overused nothing will grow there for a while. Yet, humans still go to the bathroom with barely a worry for the crumbling forests around them as long as plenty of toilet paper is available for proper cleaning.

Waste not on waste when there are many other options that, once you realize, don’t have to include the enormous devastation and overuse of one of our many essential natural resources.

Recycled and Bamboo TP

Recycled toilet paper and many other recycled paper products from organizations like Emerald Brand offer one solution to overuse. Many posts and alleged studies try to discourage the use of recycled toilet paper however many of these have been linked to, you guessed it, Big Corp toilet paper companies.

According to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, per year,

“...if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 423,900 trees.”

Be wary of your paper towel, tissue and toilet paper use. Many come with a long carbon footprint and chemical enhancement that is taking its toll on your planet. Instead, there are a variety of alternatives such as Bamtastic Bamboo Toilet Tissue made from 100% bamboo one of the most sustainable materials on earth. Plus, it is chlorine-free, BPA-free, and does not contain any dyes or fragrances.

Recycled and bamboo sourced toilet paper are just as soft, fluffy and effective as conventional choices but with less waste while doing your number two part for the planet.

Bidet is Best

Any new home or home improvement construction should consider including a bidet (“biday”). This is one of the most common additions to bathroom use throughout Europe and many other parts of the world except for North America. It involves self-controlled warm spritzes of water to rinse out your posterior while still seated after toilet use eliminating toilet paper except for a quick dry wipe. Some bidet’s include a warm air option to dry the backside so no toilet paper is necessary at all.

Some try to argue that a bidet still wastes water, however it takes much more water than used in one flush and one bidet session combined to produce one roll of toilet paper. Justin Thomas, of Metaefficient considers bidets to be “a key green technology” commenting to Scientific American,

“Basically, the huge industry of producing toilet paper could be eliminated through the use of bidets,”

In addition, when it comes to health and safety, wiping with toilet paper has shown to be more abrasive than a water bidet cleansing which is linked to less rashes and hemorrhoids. There are several models to look for with some that work as a cold water bidet system and others that include a hot and cold water bidet system. Either way, a bidet is an excellent replacement for toilet paper.

 

All it takes is a little adjustment to minimize the overuse of natural resources you use for waste and other personal tasks. Step up in green stature and waste not with your waste to keep Eco-friendly on all fronts... and backs.

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls with Garlicky Kale

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls with Garlicky Kale

by Marie | Yay! For Food @ Recipes - Yay! For Food

A healthy, flavourful, and easy-to-make rice bowl with scratch-made teriyaki chicken thighs and leafy green kale with garlic! Everything is ready in less than a hour too.

Good Food and Cocktails at Villanelle (NYC)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

Villanelle refers to a 16th-century Neapolitan style of melodic poetry consisting of 19 lines. The space has a subdued, earthy look with pine beams running along the bar area, and white brick walls and gray banquettes in the dining room. We stopped by one frigid evening to have dinner and started off with cocktails that run the spectrum from creative takes on classics like the Paul Revere – a nod to the period and it’s a fantastic, smoked version of the Old Fashioned. The Merciless Beauty, as we were informed by the wait staff, a take on the martini. While..

Order Christmas Poinssettias

by Charles Goh @ Garden Grove United Methodist Church

Don’t forget to order Poinsettias! The deadline is Monday, December 4th. The price is $10.00 per plant. Let’s get a lot of plants out on display! Order forms are available in church, or at the church office. For mail-in orders, download the following PDF ordering form and mail to:  Garden Grove United Methodist Church, 12741 […]

Unladylike Drinking in Vietnam

by Julia Solervicens @ HOTTABLE

We spoke with a group of five twenty-something-year-old Vietnamese women, of whom some drank and some didn’t, to get some more personal insights.

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Equalization and Private Investors

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

Grant Thornton Vietnam, Chairman’s Insight The first project I was involved in as project director to assist the Vietnamese Government to speed up equitisation or privatization as we know it in the west, was funded by the Asian Development Bank in the year 2000. At that time there were over 12,000 State Owned Enterprises (SOE) Read More...

Post Holiday Eco-Solutions

by @ Green Home Library

When the holidays are over, you have an opportunity to utilize some post holiday Eco-solutions rather than add to the continual waste around you. These are ways to harness various resources from your holiday leftovers for the betterment of your community and the planet.

Scrape the Scraps

If you have a composting system setup, after holiday meal scraps are perfect to add. If you don’t, now is the best time to start one. Plus, if you use compostable products for your holiday event, this is yet another opportunity to drastically reduce your garbage footprint.

No compost, no problem. Pack up those leftovers and donate to a homeless shelter or make a soup out of the scraps and help feed the needy.

Scoop the Paper

Wrapping paper that can be salvaged, folded and stored will save you time, money and unnecessary waste when your next present needs to be wrapped.

Scoop up as much used wrapping paper as you can and toss it in a pile until you can go through it. Cut in squares and place in a box under your bed or in a back closet for a treasure trove of recycled-upcycled designs that would otherwise end up in a landfill. You can do the same with empty boxes and if storage is a problem, gently pull them apart and store flat with wrapping paper. When needed, simply glue, tape or staple corners back together and you have a free gift box ready to go.

Tree to Earth

If you celebrate the holiday with a real Christmas tree then it is your responsibility to put your tree back into the earth. With over 10 million Christmas trees ending up in landfills each year, recycling yours is essential. Sure, if a tree is in a landfill, just like many compostable products, it will eventually biodegrade. However, it is the release of methane gas from these and other biological landfill waste that has become a huge problem for global warming.

Recycled trees can be used for many things including landscaping mulch or stream bank stabilization. Some businesses that sell trees offer recycling incentives. You can also contact the National Christmas Tree Association or check your local listings for a Christmas tree recycling program near you.

E-Waste

With holiday gifts comes holiday waste and electronics are at the top of the list. The amount of e-waste that is produced has become a serious problem due to the degenerating toxicity from these devices.

Small Footprint Family reports that,

“Each year, 130 million cell phones are thrown out, weighing approximately 65,000 tons. Recycling your old phone prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills.”

Before dumping your old cell phone, tablet, computer or other used electronic device look into energy efficient programs near you or afar able to recycle and re-use rare earth metals and other components. Some organizations will even send you a prepaid mailing envelope to ship your e-waste to their company while paying you for it at the same time.

Digital Thank You’s

Once all the dust settles, you may want to send out some thank you notes. Yes, it’s nice to receive a handwritten note in a mailed envelope however, practically speaking, it wastes paper.

There are hundreds of digital ‘thank you’ sites offering a variety of graphics and delivery options to make your digital thank you just as special as a handwritten one. Some even include picture uploads so you can send images of the baby and kids, pets, grandparents and more.

 

Post holiday Eco-solutions are easy and smart. All it takes is a little wherewithal to gather up the loose ends so your after holiday carbon footprint is significantly reduced.

Importance of Green Baby Bedding

by @ Green Home Library

You have been living in progressive times with technological, medical and industrial advances happening practically daily. Yet, with all this forward movement, when it comes to pollution, health, and safety, some free-enterprise ventures remain off course.

Serious health risks are now connected to the toxins from many plastic products which, studies are confirming, have continuously leached into our lives creating accumulative effects linked to disease. Now, plastic toxin exposure is showing to be a threat to our children which is why the importance of green baby bedding is an essential protective first step.

Off-Gassing Risks

When home improvement materials such as paints and plastics are manufactured, the risk of dangerous fumes subtly emitting from some of these products should be concerning. These off-gassed fumes are volatile organic compounds or VOC’s such as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), phthalates and phthalate alternatives. Breathing VOC’s could cause the body to embed toxic residue in muscles and other tissue. Due to an underdeveloped immune system and fragile state, new and existing data show that infants are the most vulnerable groups for contracting these off-gassed toxic emissions.

In a study by researchers at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, published in Environmental Science & Technology (12/16/14), the abstract states,

“In infant sleep micro-environments, an increase in the temperature of the mattress can cause a significant increase in emission of phthalates from the mattress cover and make the concentration in the infant's breathing zone about four times higher than that in the bulk room air, resulting in potentially high exposure.”

Phthalates and phthalate alternatives are linked to causing disorders of hormonal regulation which may include health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Early puberty
  • Infertility
  • ADHD
  • Cancer

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) interviewed Dr. Brandon E. Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Purdue University who commented that,

“We need innovative research to come up with manufacturing practices and ingredients that put children’s health first and ensure that we don’t end up with a new toxic chemical.There is now a real movement on the state and federal level to reduce Americans' exposure to flame retardants in furniture, foam and other items, because research shows that these chemicals accumulate in the bodies of people, increase the risk of cancer and can harm hormones”

Off-the-Grid

Mainstream consumerism is continuously bombarded with slick advertising and many manipulated words such as “natural” and “safe.” In reality, most people have no idea that many products they trustingly purchase are ticking time bombs of off-gassing exposure.

When it comes to merchandise for baby and kids, thinking twice about utilizing “off-the-grid” manufacturers, especially for crib mattresses and bedding, could be life saving.

Off-the-grid products come from unconventional companies that offer a variety of alternative options beyond the possible dangers associated with mainstream choices. These might include materials like:

  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Organic cotton
  • All-natural green tea
  • Organic Merino wool

Many green crib mattresses are also made in the USA and meet the same fire safety standards as synthetic choices. Be sure and ask questions when purchasing a green crib mattress such as:

  • Is it organic?
  • Has flame retardant been added to this material?
  • Is this material a good deterrent for mites, bedbugs, etc.?
  • Are there any levels or citations that confirm the authenticity and safety of this mattress?

 

Baby furniture, bedding and blankets do not need to be a danger zone for your child. The importance of green baby bedding is imperative and can only start with you. It offers peace mind that your child is starting out on the right foot before they can even walk.

Great Expectations for 2018

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

We wish you a wonderful New Year full of opportunities and high energy in your business and personal life. Some good things to look forward to in 2018 are: Companies investing in workforce training and education A recent report from global auditing firm PwC reports that 92 percent of Vietnamese CEO’s are confident in growth Read More...

Education for a Brighter Future

by Tamarind Tree @ Tamarind Tree Restaurant

The Viet Nam Scholarship Foundation invites you to join us at our 3rd annual benefit dinner in the spirit of raising funds for children’s education in Viet Nam.

Kids eat free every weekend in Watford!

by bplant @ bananatree

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The Orange Lantern Restaurant | Vietnamese Food in Singapore

The Orange Lantern Restaurant | Vietnamese Food in Singapore


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List of New Year’s Eve Events in HCMC & Hanoi

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

2018 is almost here and what better way to celebrate than getting out into the city to ring in the New Year with family, friends and fun! Here are plenty of options to enjoy the festivities in your area. Vietnam Advisors wishes you a very Happy New Year! 1. Heineken Countdown 2018, Dong Kinh Nghia Read More...

Vietnamese salad rolls say "Christmas" for West chef Quang Dang

Vietnamese salad rolls say "Christmas" for West chef Quang Dang


Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly

When Quang Dang celebrated the holidays with the Vietnamese side of his family, one dish that was always part of Christmas Day dinner was salad rolls with steamed fish.

10 Featured Foods You Must Try In Vietnam

by Hoozing @ Hoozing's Guide on Apartment for Rent and Saigon Districts

Vietnam’s cuisine strongly distinguishes itself from the rest of the countries. And of course, taking to the streets and taste the most unique Vietnamese dishes like a local is an experience no tourists should miss in Vietnam.

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APPF-26 Economic Forum in Vietnam hosts 350 international delegates

by vietnam @ Vietnam Advisors

After successfully hosting the 2017 APEC Summit, the APPF-26 Economic Summit opened in Hanoi on January 18th and is making significant contributions to the nation’s diplomatic achievements. It forms part of the efforts to implement Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, active integration into the world, maintaining a peaceful and Read More...

The Best No Knead Cookbook Ever

by Thien-Kim Lam @ I'm Not the Nanny

The perfect bread making book for busy people.

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Exclusive Theatre Menu at Banana Tree Watford!

by bplant @ bananatree

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A Ukrainian Expat and Her Family Serve Up Favourites From Home

by The Historienne @ HOTTABLE

The food and the space, featuring red tablecloths and retro Soviet-era posters, are masterminded by Nguyen Svitlana.

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Christmas Traditions; Peru, Vietnam; Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Traditions; Peru, Vietnam; Christmas Celebrations


Aqua Expeditions

Learn about Christmas holiday traditions and celebrations in Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia where Aqua Expeditions hosts luxury river cruises.

Where Will You Be This Saturday? AFC U-23 Finals – Where to Watch in Hanoi

by Gerry Flynn @ HOTTABLE

A literal riot of joy unfolded on a national level following the semi-finals victory, so whether Vietnam can survive the insanity of Saturday’s final against Uzbekistan is questionable.

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Indochine Restaurant | A Far East Cafe | Thai-Vietnamese Cuisine

Indochine Restaurant | A Far East Cafe | Thai-Vietnamese Cuisine


Indochine Restaurant | A Far East Cafe | Thai-Vietnamese Cuisine

Indochine, authentic Thai dining in Wilmington, NC. Encore's Best Asian and Best Atmosphere for 15 years! Enjoy the exquisite dining room or outdoor garden.

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Instant Pot Spiced Quinoa and Cauliflower Rice Bowls

Instant Pot Spiced Quinoa and Cauliflower Rice Bowls

by Marie | Yay! For Food @ Recipes - Yay! For Food

A flavorful and healthy vegan meal featuring turmeric, cumin, and coriander spiced quinoa, cauliflower rice, and tofu!

Vietnamese Hot Pot vs Christmas Dinner

Vietnamese Hot Pot vs Christmas Dinner


HOTTABLE

HOTTABLE’s critical analysis on whether or not you should swap out the old-timey Christmas dinner for the traditional Vietnamese Hot Pot.

Comforting Bowls of Mixian – Weekend Lunch at Little Tong (NYC)

by Tina @ The Wandering Eater

The brutal cold winter in New York City makes many people yearn for a large steaming bowl of soup and noodles to warm themselves inside and out. While there are many options for that general food category, I was curious to eat at Little Tong with a few friends. Little Tong, run by chef Simone Tong, specializes on mixian rice noodles and overall this place is worth the hype. We started off with very tasty starters of ghost chicken and beef tartare. The ghost chicken was a delicately spicy poached chicken dish. The fried shallots added some crunch and savory..

Before the Baguette

by Julia Solervicens @ HOTTABLE

An insight into Vietnamese food culture before its famed French influences

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Christmas functions at Libertine

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The silly season may be upon us, but why be silly about planning that Christmas party? Set in a perfect spot for your end-of-year office bash, Libertine’s sharing spirit will bring the whole gang together for a festive communal feast. […]

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