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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.

#SlowYourRoll

 

“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.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

Here at Bum Boosa we love to: recycle, reuse and reduce! There are a number of items we recycle on a regular basis but recently we found out there is so much more. Therefore, we want to share our new found knowledge with you guys – and mark your calendars – America Recycles Day occurs on November 15th. recycle bag

1. Wine corks Cork is actually biodegradable and although wine corks are perhaps not the most vexing of items to warrant recycling, in the big picture, they really are! In the U.S. we consume more than 850 million gallons of wine, you realize that the corks can really start to add up… I know they do in our home! Luckily you can send your corks to Recork.org, who will take them off your hands to create new products and so far 49,005,027 corks have been sent to them. Alternatively, you could try your hands at creating some DIY coasters!

2. Bras Let’s face it, ladies: the back of your underwear drawer is most likely a graveyard of bras you don’t wear anymore or that never fit right in the first place. Bras aren’t generally the kind of clothing we women toss in the “to donate” pile. But Free the Girls have partnered with safe houses and after-care facilities, and provide an opportunity for women rescued from sex trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand clothing while going to school, getting healthy, and caring for their families.

3. Crayons Yes, you can recycle crayons! 120,000 pounds of crayons are produced each day in this country. Landfills could become amazingly colorful. Fear not, the National Crayon Recycle Program will recycle your unwanted, rejected and broken crayons and recycle them into new crayons! So far, this program has made it possible to stop more than 94,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills!

4. Bicycles Rather than throwing your old two-wheelers out to pasture why not donate them to Bikes of the World which collects, refurbishes and donates bikes to lower-income individuals and select institutions in developing countries. So far 94070 bicycles have been recycled but over 15 million bicycles in the U.S. are thrown away each year! Help Bikes of the World to enhance people’s lives and livelihoods through better transport.

5. Bike Tools and Gear Like Bikes of the World, Bikes Not Bombs takes bicycle bits, pieces, and gear in addition to the bikes themselves. They accept parts, tools, broken components such as cracked frames, worn tires, tubes with holes, helmets, bags, lights, pumps, locks, cycle clothing, etc. They restore bikes and gear, and deliver them overseas to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

6. Tennis Balls Why not use your old tennis balls to help move clothes around the dryer faster or on bottoms of chairs and walkers. Although, there is a limit to how many balls each year can be put to this purpose. And, even if reused, ultimately these balls still remain in the waste stream and wind up in landfills. Project Green Ballis a non-profit sustainability initiative to coordinate innovative recycling programs for used tennis balls and to donate surfaces based on the recycled balls to organizations servicing people with disabilities or life threatening diseases.

 7. Apple Products Apple is committed to supporting our customers and protecting the environment throughout the product lifecycle. Apple’s free recycling program makes it easy for you to safely and affordably recycle your used computer, iPod, or mobile phone.

8. Glasses New Eyes for the Needy and The Lions Club collect old glasses, and recycle them to make new pairs for those living in developing nations who need correction but can’t afford new specs! Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. Everyday these recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more.

9. Athletic shoes Worn out, tired, smelly running shoes are most generally directed to the trash. That’s a lot of sneakers stinking up the landfill! Why not introduce your old shoes to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling bins. Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe takes worn out athletic shoes and grinds them down to create a new material called Nike Grind, which is used to make high-quality sports surfaces including courts, turf fields, tracks and more.

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10. Bum Boosa Packaging Given that soft baby wipes packaging is not easy to recycle because it is made using a mixed resin plastic, also known as Plastic No. 7, or “other” plastics, Bum Boosa Bamboo Products has previously offered an incentive program for its direct customers to send back their empty baby wipes packaging to be repurposed into new tote bags, but now we aim to expand the program to include retailer participation. This program allows customers to deposit their empty baby wipes packaging to the store in exchange for a coupon that can be applied to their next Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes purchase. The packaging will be sent back to Bum Boosa® where designers will use the material to make upcycled products, which will be sold on our Etsy page.

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Contributed by Author David Russell