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The Bum Boosa Guide to Celebrating Halloween!

Halloween

#DidYouKnow the average person walks past a murderer 36 times in their life… OK, this isn’t one of those kinds of blogs, we are a family friendly eco business after all! At Bum Boosa we especially love this time of year, I mean who doesn’t like a fright and a spine-chilling horror to lose your sleep over? However, I doubt our little ones would appreciate that so much.

We’ve created a fun-packed guide and this is how we plan on spending our Halloween weekend. We hope we inspire some of you lovely people too.

1) Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is THE tradition when it comes to Halloween. Spend some creative quality time with your family making jack-o’-lanterns this Halloween.

Here are some pumpkin carving tips:

  • Decide on a design. Here is a great website with lots of designs: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/pumpkin-carving-patterns-ideas/#slideshow=slide2
  • Let kids participate according to their ability. Older kids can help carve (supervise them closely). Younger kids can draw designs for older kids to cut out. Very small kids can help by removing seeds and getting them ready to toast.
  • Thumbtack your paper design onto the pumpkin so it won’t move. Prick an outline of your design with a skewer. Remove the paper.
  • Carve out the design using the right tools. There are special tools just for carving pumpkins, although wood carving tools work well, too.
  • Put your carved pumpkin in a cool, dry place when you’re not displaying it, and limit the time you light it. The more heat it is exposed to, the quicker it will spoil.

2) Make Halloween Treats

Involve your little goblins in whipping up some fun Halloween recipes. Steer clear of refreshments meant to resemble blood and brains, and opt for adorable (and healthy!) treats like these fruity “pumpkins” (oranges with celery segments as the stems) and “ghosts” (bananas with chocolate chips as the eyes and mouth)… they are super tasty too!

 

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3) Watch Hocus Pocus – Rated PG

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy play three sisters who are brought back to life 300 years after being convicted of witchcraft at the Salem witch trials. As is usually the case with these matters, their plans to take revenge on society as a whole are thwarted by a band of plucky teens. Since its release, Hocus Pocus has become something of a Halloween tradition, appearing on television throughout the month of October. This is one of our favorites!

4) Mummy Wrap

This game will leave you all wrapped up!

Divide your party-goers into teams of two, and give each a roll of toilet paper.  At the sound of the music, one team member must wrap the other from head to toe (leaving the head free and not binding the arms to the body.) Once completely wrapped, the “mummy” must run to cross the finish line before the others… and where better to get your toilet paper from, than us? Check us out on Amazon here:  http://www.amazon.com/Bum-Boosa-Bamboo-Bathroom-Tissue/dp/B00LLARWG8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1414784735&sr=8-3&keywords=bum+boosa+tissue

5) Halloween Witch’s Hat Game

This Halloween party game is similar to the game musical chairs… a Bum Boosa mommy fave – you should see our moves.

Beware! You don’t want to be the one caught on the witch’s hat!

Directions:

  • Tape a large picture of a witch’s hat on the floor.
  • Players line up and shut their eyes, whoever peeks is out of the game.
  • The leader will control when the music stops and starts.
  • When the music starts, the players begin walking in a circle around the hat.
  • When the music stops, the person who is standing on the hat is out of the game.
  • The last player to circle the hat wins!

So there you have it, this is how we will be spending our Halloween weekend and we most certainly aren’t worried about the mess… luckily we will have our Bum Boosa Baby Wipes to make cleaning a quick and easy process. We highly recommend you get some of your own too, you can purchase yours here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_hpc?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Bum+Boosa+Bamboo+Products&node=3760901

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Have a great fun-packed weekend and send us some of yours pictures, we’d love to see how you’re celebrating too!

#SlowYourRoll

Over the last month we’ve spent a lot of time conducting research into the use of bathroom tissue and what we found has completely shocked us! So, in a bid to save trees, we are introducing you to our latest campaign: #SlowYourRoll.

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Most people tend to use 8 (8.6 to be exact) sheets of toilet paper per bathroom visit and we Americans normally go to the bathroom 6/7 times per day… that’s 57 sheets a day! Although that may be completely normal, the impact it is having on the trees is completely abnormal! Once the maths was done, we found out that annually in America we go through a staggering 314,729,449 trees in bathroom tissue! CRAZY!

#SlowYourRoll: Reduce consumption of bathroom tissue.

A typical North American will use 20,805 sheets of bathroom tissue annually, so surely there must be a way that we can pull together and drastically reduce these huge numbers? Don’t just take our word for it, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States could save 470,000 trees, 1.2 million feet of cubic landfill space, and 169 million gallons of water if everyone in the US traded one roll of regular toilet paper for a recycled roll. So here we are, back to #SlowYourRoll, our aim is to reduce the consumption of bathroom tissue on the whole and we’ve come up with a plan to make this a possibility.

Bum Boosa Bathroom Tissue has many benefits: Using rapidly renewable bamboo & also employing a lower impact method to process this raw material fiber, each individually wrapped roll is septic safe, soft, superior 100% tree-free tissue made from bamboo. We go above and beyond recycled content.

Bum Boosa Bathroom Tissue is:

  • 100% bamboo tissue
  • 220 sheets
  • Fragrance-free
  • Fradye-free
  • Elemental chlorine-free
  • Corn-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Zero plastic packaging
  • Septic safe, R/V safe (independently tested by a certified lab in the U.S.A.)

We use a lower impact manufacturing method to pulp the bamboo. It is called thermo-mechanical processing and is not the traditionally chemically intensive method used to create toilet tissue.

Our supplier uses 80% less water in the processing than traditional methods not to mention Bum Boosa Bathroom Tissue is Non-GMO certified!

Lastly, unlike most other 1-ply and 2-ply bathroom tissue, Bum Boosa makes a 3-ply bathroom tissue which makes this change possible, allowing you to still Wipe Happy. This means that instead of using 8 sheets of bathroom tissue, you can comfortably use 4! By making this change you can help save an astonishing 21,086,873 trees.

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“Why do the trees need saving” You ask… well, here are some reasons:

1. Trees help purify the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants.

2. Trees improve neighborhood appeal, attracting businesses, shoppers and home-owners.

3. Trees cool our cities and towns by reducing heat generated by buildings and paved surfaces.

4. Tree shade, properly placed, can save an average household up to $250 annually in energy costs.

5. Trees reduce the amount of pollutants in sewer systems, saving communities millions of dollars in water treatment costs.

6. Trees soften harsh building lines and large expanses of pavement, making urban environments much more pleasant.

7. Trees provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, maintaining a balance with nature even in urban areas.

8. Trees reduce the amount of water-borne pollutants that reach streams and rivers.

9. Trees make for safer, more sociable neighborhood environments.

10. Trees are extremely important in the ecology of the earth, they help stabilize the earth’s climate and generate much of the earth’s oxygen!

We need to get everyone involved, so we are asking you to share this story and use the hashtag #SlowYourRoll to spread this message, together we can make a change!

Order your Bum Boosa Bathroom Tissue at www.bumboosa.com to start making a change and remember to always Wipe Happy!

#SlowYourRoll

Becoming First-Time Parents

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Before we start, did you spot our cameo appearance on The Daily Helpline earlier this week? We donated two cases of baby wipes to Steve, Steve is about to become a first time dad and is expecting twins! If you missed Steve’s story and our appearance, don’t worry, you can view it here!

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Following our appearance, we thought we would share with you a check-list of all the things you need to know as a new parent! Brace yourselves.

Here are the only two things any new parent needs to know: a) its fine to make mistakes, your child will be OK, b) buy a tumble dryer… Yes, two very noble tips but let’s carry on!

1) Don’t sweat the small stuff. As long as both you and your little ones are in clean-ish clothes, they are fed, happy and healthy you are doing great as a parent.

2) Make sure that when choosing a new T-shirt (after the birth of your child) that it will be long enough to cover your posterior (whilst bent over) and when covering your nose. This is essential, as the T-shirt-over-nose helps avoid some of the more ripe diaper-pongs and the extra length avoids plumber butt when bending over.

3) Be prepared as new parents to receive a lot of advice! The best advice I can give for those new parents on the receiving end of unwanted advice is to smile sweetly, nod politely and go and do things exactly how you want to. Mom knows best. (Do not ignore the advice of a doctor or other health professionals)!

4) A decent first aid course (not just CPR but more detailed – burns, scalds, bandaging etc) can come in very handy. Kids have accidents, it’s just part of being a parent. The knowledge of how to deal with it helps keep you calm.

5) Befriend your neighbors – just so they are not inclined to call social services when the noise (screams/ tears etc from parent and child) gets a little excessive through the walls.

6) Prioritise time alone with your baby over everything else in the early days, trust your instincts, and remember that most problems can be solved with breast milk (for baby) and chocolate (for mommy).

7) Be careful not to shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. Shaking that is vigorous can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don’t do it by shaking – instead, tickle your baby’s feet or blow gently on a cheek.

8) Keep your diaper bag packed. Always keep a change of adult clothes in your diaper bag. You don’t want to get stuck walking around with an adorable baby but mustard-colored poop all over you! Other diaper bag essentials, of course: Bum Boosa Baby Wipes and our Bum Boosa Diaper Liners – both these products will make great additions!

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9) It’s important to place babies on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. In addition, remove all fluffy bedding, quilts, sheepskins, stuffed animals, and pillows from the crib to ensure that your baby doesn’t get tangled in them or suffocate. Also be sure to alternate the position of your baby’s head from night to night (first right, then left, and so on) to prevent the development of a flat spot on one side of the head.

10) Keep Bum Boosa Baby Wipes handy in every room to mop up nasty spillages and leaks. Bum Boosa Baby Wipes are a unique product that replaces the traditional synthetic or tree-pulp wet wipe using an immensely renewable and sustainable grass: bamboo.

“Why are your baby wipes the best?” You ask. Well… look no further. They are the best because:

  • Thicker, stronger, more absorbent, easier dispensing.
  • Skin soothing plant-based formula with a gentle preservative system
  • Soft bamboo cloth
  • Naturally scented with mild blend of Sweet Orange and Lavender
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No Alcohol, no Sulfates, no Parabens, no Phenoxyethanol

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If nothing else, remember that everyone makes it through, and so will you. Soon enough you’ll be rewarded with your baby’s first smile, and that will help make up for all the initial craziness.

Bum Boosa Baby Wipes – Not Just for Bums

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At Bum Boosa we can’t live without this essential household product, we make sure we are stocked for every possible: spill, mess and grease stain!

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In the Bathroom, check!
In the Car, check!
In the Fridge…?
Yes, you read correctly… check!

So what is this spectacular, multipurpose all-in-all product that we can’t live without? BABY WIPES!

Baby wipes can be used for more than just cleaning babies’ bums. They’re great for so many reasons. This week, we spent a lot of time discussing how we use our wipes and thought we’d share our favorite tips with you guys! After all, sharing is caring!

_DSC2732_bumboosa_wipes_©cesaralsina1) Bum Boosa Bamboo Wipes have a lovely scent of lavender and sweet orange, simply store a wipe in your dresser or drawer as a sachet, you won’t regret it!

2) Who likes licking envelopes? Moisten envelope glue with a baby wipe before sealing… GENIUS!

3) An essential companion at any camping trip – great for cleaning yourself when a shower is not available. Hey, they can even be used for those solitary trips behind an inconspicuous tree… phooey!

4) Cleaning window sills, in between hard-to-clean faucets, getting the grease out of auto wheels. They are definitely a must-have for these tasks and they also speed the process up!

5) The perfect product to all arty types everywhere! Cleaning your rubber stamps after card making and scrapbooking. Many artists also take them into the studio to remove painting errors and keep their hands clean.

6) Freshen up and cool down by placing wipes in your fridge, incredible on those hot summer nights, some may say life changing!

7) Yes ladies, we must protect our secret – our partners can’t know we dye our hair to keep the greys away! Use baby wipes to remove hair dye stains from your forehead.

8) Removing eye make-up. In fact, we know a few make-up artists who use our wipes for this reason.

9) Baby wipes work extremely well cleaning the mud and dirt off of your puppy’s feet. Keep them by the door for those times he comes in muddy from the yard or after a long walk.

10) They are also great for cleaning your dirty shoes, wipe mud and marks straight off with our baby wipes… they’ll leave your shoes sparkly clean!

11) Must-have for your cars glove box: clean a dusty dashboard, your hands after visiting the gas station, the car interior and even bird poop!

12) Hair gone static or frizzing in the humidity? A quick going over with a baby wipe will sort those crazy flyaways out!

13) Baby wipes are astonishingly awesome for stain removal – OK, we can’t guarantee 100% removal but they most certainly help! Have white deodorant marks on dark clothes, our wipes will get them right off! They can also be used to help blot stains on: upholstery, clothes and carpeting!

14) Wipe down house-plant leaves to give them a lovely sheen and get rid of dust.

15) Baby wipes can also be used as tissue for sore noses and bums! Our grandmas also use them when they have Hemorroids and swear by them – but hopefully you won’t need them for that!

So there we have it, the use for baby wipes is never ending! What uses have you discovered for baby wipes? Let us know!

If you want to check out our wipes or even purchase some for yourself, click here!

 

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The Bamboo Shift and World Bamboo Organization

THE WORLD’S FASTING GROWING GRASS:  BAMBOO bamboo forest

Bamboo is beneficial for countless things, like preventing erosion, sequestering carbon, or cultivating as an alternative to wood in order to alleviate deforestation. In fact, bamboo is touted as the timber of the 21st century. You might have heard talk of bamboo flooring, bamboo beer, or even bamboo viscose towels or clothing. You might have even come across (yes, it’s true) our very own NON GMO Verified Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue. Despite what it may seem, bamboo is more than a fad. There are people devoting their entire lives to promoting bamboo as a practical and sensible crop that has the potential to support and revive local economies, and perhaps even positively influence global economy. Moreover, these bamboo enthusiasts consider bamboo, the fastest growing plant on the planet, a potential champion that may be able to help counteract some environmental challenges that we are now meeting head-on or that are lurking just around the corner.

KEEPING BAMBOO STRONG

When Susanne Lucas was a young girl growing up outside of Washington, DC, there was a lovely hedge of bamboo between her house and her neighbors, which served as a privacy screen. She was only about 8 years old then, but the running bamboo, Sikkim-2004Phyllostachys, somehow made an impression upon her. Twenty years later she re-discovered her much-loved bamboo as a horticulturalist in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and subsequently her affair with the plant solidified in 1992 while attending an international bamboo conference in Japan. Susanne says, “The horticulture of bamboo in Japan is an art. Bamboo is far more than just a plant in Japan, it symbolizes grace, beauty, versatility, and strength. It sways in the breeze, it covers slopes, it defines space, it is a softer kind of evergreen, it is lush and it thrives. It lives long after it is cut, as food, as utility, as art, as music, as inspiration. It endures.”

By the time Susanne had attended that Japanese conference in 1992, the need for a non-governmental international body for bamboo collaboration among bamboo enthusiasts had been budding. There at the conference in Japan, a bamboo forest was planted to cover and reclaim the dirty soil of Minamata, arguably the first well-publicized ecological and human disaster. Then those who participated decided to build a metaphorical bamboo bridge across the world, with the goal to unite efforts to promote bamboo as a sustainable resource, a multi-faceted solution to so many problems.

A group of like-minded souls, some whom had met at previous events, began round-table discussions and formed the International Bamboo Association. Susanne emerged as the North American Coordinator. Without major funding support and before the days of the world-wide internet capabilities, the International Bamboo Association survived as a group of committed volunteers devoted to holding a World Bamboo Congress every 4 years, and bringing and sharing information on how to not only grow bamboo, but how to promote the use of this rapidly renewable grass with its foreseeable potential to ease the burden of a planet fraught with environmental issues.

Susanne subsequently became the International Coordinator, and as her office in Plymouth, Massachusetts became the headquarters, surrounded by bamboo, her commitment evolved into a life-long endeavor. Those days spent in Japan with new friends from around world gave her inspiration as strong and expansive as the roots of bamboo itself. Susanne feels the time is right for bamboo as a sustainable alternative to timber. “It has always been right,” she says, “but particularly now, bamboo deserves a fresh perspective as a natural resource with tremendous potential as source for bio-energy, bio-plastics, paper pulp, environmental remediation, carbon credits, non-timber contemporary products and more.”

The International Bamboo Association has since evolved into what is now the World Bamboo Organization, of which Susanne is the CEO. WBO exists to find ways to improve and promote the use of bamboo and the conditions of surrounding bamboo agriculture and industry. It is dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products for the sake of the environment and economy. Members make up a diverse group consisting of individual people, commercial businesses, non-profit associations, institutions, and allied trade corporations that all share a common interest = bamboo.

WBO launched a website, established an administrative board, and applied for U.S. tax-exemption status. In 2005, corporate by-laws were adopted, and the WBO obtained U.S. 501-c-6 status as a United States trade association. This was all great progress, but there were no funds and no corporate sponsors. Once again, committed volunteers kept WBO alive, and Kamesh Salam, of Assam, was appointed President to bring new energy to the World Bamboo Organization. In November 2008, Susanne and Kamesh set their sights on Bangkok for the 8th World Bamboo Congress to be hosted by World Bamboo Organization. Through collaborations within Thailand, they began coordinating this amazing global event that would bring people from around the world together, sharing ideas and learning about how best to utilize this amazing grass. Since then, the WBO has hosted the 9th World Bamboo Congress in Belgium in 2012, as well as coordinating World Bamboo Day events around the world.

REVIVING A LOCAL BAMBOO ECONOMY

Planning is currently underway for the 10th World Bamboo Congress to be held in Damyang, South Korea: 26 June – 1 July 2015. Damyang County is located in the southwest corner of South Korea, in Jeollanum-do. It enjoys a southern continental climate and temperate climate forest zone with high temperatures and precipitation in summer, providing ideal conditions for bamboo growth. The county has 1,797 hectares of bamboo forest equal to 25.5% of Korea’s total bamboo habitat. It is rural and scenic, far from the hectic city of Seoul, and very much worth the travel to get there, especially if you want to see bamboimagesVNSNG08Ko forests.

Surrounded by mountains and hills covered with bamboo, Damyang historically has been a traditional bamboo region, with an immense market for local craftsman making everything from furniture, baskets and other utility products. Twenty years ago, the bamboo markets closed in Damyang because of declining demand for bamboo products. Today, thanks to Governor Choi, the local bamboo resources are carefully maintained and managed to sustainably supply bamboo culms and shoots for emerging new markets. The Governor is enthusiastically collaborating with WBO to educate and promote awareness of the potential of bamboo during the World Bamboo Congress in 2015, and hopes the result is a true bamboo revival. In anticipation of the Congress, the bamboo market there is already regaining its vigor and preparing for an even wider reach.

Sonja Sheasley is an Honorary Council Member of World Bamboo Organization and Founder of Bum Boosa® Bamboo Products, the first company to bring bamboo wet wipes and bathroom tissue to the US market.