Pad of Paper

Pad of Paper

The time has come to write another post on your blog, but you are lost. You just can’t figure out what to write about and the deadline is looming. If you don’t get something up quickly, your blog will appear not to be updated! This is a fate worse than death, so you need to act fast. Continue reading this article for some simple ideas which should help you figure out a topic.

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Ask those who visit your site what topics you haven’t covered which they would like to know more about. You can easily turn this into a post – saving you from missing that deadline! Be sure to reply to the comments and edit out any with questionable content. You can also ask on social media so that you get an even bigger response.

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Go for a trip outside of your home to try to come up with something new. A triBloggingp to the mall could spark ideas, or a walk in the park or even a drive around town. Sometimes just getting out of the house can lift the fog in your mind, allowing you to have a great idea suddenly. Be sure to have something on which to write down your ideas, be it a pad of paper with a pen or a smart phone, so that you don’t miss out on something great because you forget it before you get back home.

Business Purposes

Look to the experts in your field and ask them for an interview. It can be through email, on the phone, recorded as audio or video, as long as it includes something your readers will want to know about. Consider the topics you will ask before you ask someone to be interviewed as they may not offer the slant or the information you are looking for. For example, if your site is about environmentally friendly products, you’ll be better off contacting someone who runs a company which creates such products than to try to interview someone who’s company does not about why they are ignoring the “green” movement.

Golden Opportunity

The very last resort is to contact another blogger you respect and ask to trade guest posts. They’re often more than willing as they’ll get a back link out of the deal, which is great for their search engine optimization. On top of that, your audience will be exposed to their posts, and they might like it so much that they go over and visit the other blog. Of course, by posting on their blog as well, all of these benefits will be yours to enjoy, too. If at first they say no, try a different blog owner until you find someone with the time and something to say.

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It isn’t hard to come up with something to write on when you have great inspiration in front of you. We hope this article has created the ideas you need to move forward with your posting. If not, find another article just like this one and you’ll be sure to locate exactly what you need.

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36 Responses to “Pad of Paper”

  1. Anonymous Reply

    Tree Products Used In Environmentally Friendly Way? What is a strategy that allows trees to be used for products in a environmentally friendly way?

    Please &Thank You!

    • Not clear what you are looking for, so I’ll break it down into five categories, with an earth friendly eye:

      1) Growing
      Avoiding mono-culture stands, growing native species, ultra sustainables such as bamboo, pest resistant species, managing stands for selective harvest.

      2) Harvesting
      Using low compaction equipment, selective cutting over clear cutting, minimizing soil, undergrowth, and surface water disturbance.

      3) Processing
      Maximizing board foot per log yield with computer cut patterns, employing ultra thin blades, burning waste for energy.

      4a) Products
      Mulch, veneer, lower grade lumber, engineered products like oriented strand board.

      4b) Alternatives
      Metal studs, corn starch products, cocoa fiber mulch.

      5) Recycling
      Paper designed for recycling, ethanol production from wastes, reusing lumber in buildings.

      This just scratches the surface, but maybe it will help you consider some different aspects of environmental sensitivity.

  2. PikaPika Reply

    Are There Any Environmentally Friendly Products That Contain Toxic Materials? Does anyone know of anything electronic that can be environmentally friendly yet it still contains toxic materials? For example, are there any electric cars that contain toxins within them which may or may not be hard to dispose of?

    • I think the best example I can give you is the Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) that all the media has been raging about lately.

      The CFL’s have recently been made the ‘poster-boy’ of the Anti-Global-Warming crowd because the produce the same about of light as a standard light bulb while using about 25% of the power and lasting many times longer. That’s great news, right?

      Maybe not. What they don’t make big noise about is that these CFL’s all contain trace amounts of Mercury in the bulb. Mercury is not suppossed to go into the landfills! So if you break one (yikes, mercury in your house) or one stops working (they will eventually die), you are now stuck holding environmentally unfriendly toxic waste.

      Hope that helps.

  3. Belladonnadeadlynightshade Reply

    You Are Left 61,250 Dollars Or 30,000 Pounds In A Will What Eco Friendly Product Would You Spend It On? Imagine, your Aunt dies and leaves you money in her will equivalent to 30,000 British Pounds. The only clause is that you have to spend it on an environmentally friendly product/service/item or issue. And you MUST SPEND it or it is given to the local cat’s home. What would you buy?

    • Lol! I would spend it on doing the things we already have under way in our home. We are removing the old carpets and replacing with Marmoleum, an eco-friendly, entirely recycled flooring material. We are adding two layers of insulation to the home to reduce heating and cooling requirements. We are adding a solar PV system to the home that will allow us to generate enough electricity to power our home AND return a surplus to the grid and thereby reduce not only our own carbon footprint, but help shrink that of the local utility company. Replacing all appliances with the most energy efficient ones available. So, we’re already doing it . . . please send me the check!!!!

  4. Joniquai Reply

    What Are The Options For Environmentally Friendly Forms Of Packaging For Foods? I want to know where i can find environmentally friendly forms of packaging for a food maunfacturing venture i am hoping to start. I am not sure whther to go for glass (which i belive to be the easiest to recycle here in the UK), or some of these new corn/starch based (PLA) plastics which claim to be compostible. Ideally I want to know the options which present to lowest environmental damage overall from cradle to grave, and if possible where i can find out further information on suppliers etc. But any help will be useful indeed.

    • My constant moan is that we have buy food in packaging that many not be recyclable.

      My wish is that someone (Hoepfully you) would return to good old glass bottles, glass jars so that we can refill! For instance olive oil. It can be bought in a keg, using a tap to fill a bottle. Woulkdn’it make sense for us to refill our bottles? You will always have someone coming without a bottle so they would have to pay a bit more for their new bottle, encouraging them to remember to bring it when it gets empty.

      It’s just an example but i think it would be really good for liquids. As for other products, this new corn/starch packaging sounds brilliant!

      I wish you luck in your venture and hope you will one day open a retail outlet in Ireland for those of us living there.

  5. Hectic@y7mail.com Reply

    Anyone Think Of A Product Idea That Is Environmentally Friendly??? I am interested in creating a product that is environmentally friendly and beneficial in current Australian conditions. Anyone got any ideas?!?!? Also interested in products that could be, but dont have to be, corpoate branded!

    • There was an article in Real Simple magazine about furniture that is environmentally friendly.

  6. Megan.jones_march1990 Reply

    Why Do Environmentally Friendly Products Cost More Than Toxic Harmful Products?

    • The answer to this is in five parts: 1) supply and demand 2) economies of scale 3) Education and advertising 4) Research and 5) Externalized costs and legislation

      1) The market works on the principle of supply and demand. The more people who buy environmentally friendlier products (demand) the more those manufacturing and retailing those products will make (supply). The more companies making a product because their is a high demand for it, the more competition there is, which again reduces the price to the customer.

      2) Economies of Scale. The cost of each unit produced goes down with the number of units produced. For example the overheads such as the cost of the manufacturing equipment, the council tax, the cost of running and maintaining the buildings, the cost of storage space etc are spread over the number of units made so the more units there are to spread the costs over the lower the price. So the more demand there is for a product the greater the economies of scale.

      3) Some environmentally friendlier products are much cheaper than less friendlier ones. However, consumers need to be educated about these products. For example using household cupboard ingredients such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda is as effective as using many manufactured kitchen and general household cleaners. A bottle of vinegar is only a few pence, the manufacturers and retailers want you to buy the more expensive cleaners, it is the higher profit margins that keep them in business. They use advertising to convince you that their product is better. They use packaging and a variety of selling methods to attract your attention so you purchase their product and continue doing so. Just because they want you to buy their products does not mean that you have to. The money in your pocket is your power, what you buy DICTATES what they sell in future.

      4) Research and development are very expensive and are ongoing costs to businesses. The companies selling you their products have to stand that cost and pass it onto you as a consumer. Back to the economies of scale, the companies existing products have already been tested and the cost of R&D has been included in the price of each unit sold because they have achieved high sales, it is a tiny fraction that is then passed onto each consumer. Environmentally more friendly products are newer to the market, generally have much lower sale potential but still have all of the costs.

      5) Legislation and Externalized costs. The real costs of products, particularly less environmentally friendly products are never paid by the manufacturer or retailer. The Story of Stuff is a great link that explains about externalized costs.

      http://www.storyofstuff.com/

      Basically we live on a finite planet with finite natural resources, we are overpopulating and overconsuming those resources. The real costs are externalized so when a company who sells cheap beefburgers in the USA has never paid the real costs of the destruction of the rain forest, the loss of habitat and species, the costs paid by the people who lived in the rainforest and now can no longer do so, the costs of flying those beefburgers such as increase in greenhouse gases etc etc. Governments COULD ensure that legislation was passed to help mitigate against externalized costs such as by tariffs, taxes and quotas. Carbon offsetting where financial penalties are placed on less environmentally friendly practises for example.

      So, in essence, consume less of everything and remember your power is in your purse. Think before you buy, and learn about the very cheap more environmentally friendlier alternatives. If you want to support more manufactured environmentally friendlier products, then buy them instead of less friendly ones.

  7. Anonymous Reply

    Tree Products Used In Environmentally Friendly Way? What is a strategy that allows trees to be used for products in a environmentally friendly way?

    Please &Thank You!

    • Not clear what you are looking for, so I’ll break it down into five categories, with an earth friendly eye:

      1) Growing
      Avoiding mono-culture stands, growing native species, ultra sustainables such as bamboo, pest resistant species, managing stands for selective harvest.

      2) Harvesting
      Using low compaction equipment, selective cutting over clear cutting, minimizing soil, undergrowth, and surface water disturbance.

      3) Processing
      Maximizing board foot per log yield with computer cut patterns, employing ultra thin blades, burning waste for energy.

      4a) Products
      Mulch, veneer, lower grade lumber, engineered products like oriented strand board.

      4b) Alternatives
      Metal studs, corn starch products, cocoa fiber mulch.

      5) Recycling
      Paper designed for recycling, ethanol production from wastes, reusing lumber in buildings.

      This just scratches the surface, but maybe it will help you consider some different aspects of environmental sensitivity.

  8. XOXO Reply

    How Are Environmentally Friendly Textile Products Different To Normal Textile Products? Another assignent. please help? =)

    Thanks in advance.
    XOXO

  9. Anonymous Reply

    How To Make A Product More Environmentally Friendly? What product that is regularly purchase and consider how it might be made more environmental friendly. Could you reduce packaging, reduce transportation costs, or change the manufacturing process. What could you do?

    • Reduce packaging or alter it to something recyclable/decomposable.

      Reduce distance ship or method of shipping. Something that is more energy efficient is ideal.

      If you can make the process more efficient or reduce the pollution given off during the process (ie heat, hazardous waste, noise) then that would help. Or recycle the waste somehow.

      And of course making the product itself recyclable or decomposable will help

  10. Isabelle Reply

    Cons To Environmentally Friendly Products? I have to do a project on the conflict between ” Environmentally friendly products”
    The pros and cons, i’ve already got all the pros down..
    I’m just thinking of some more cons, I need to have 7.
    I already have.
    – More expensive
    – Might not work as well/ not as efficient
    – Arguments about it not being fair
    – Harder to find
    – more work
    I need some more, any ideas?
    Thank you.

    • There are hidden environmental costs to consider. For example, in buying a foreign made vehicle that gets better gas mileage, consider that the foreign car has to be shipped here. What is the environmental cost of shipping a vehicle thousands of miles.

      Electric cars are less polluting, but what do you do with the batteries-not handled correctly, they represent a substantial environmental hazard.

      There are many marketing statements about something being environmentally friendly, but there is no standard for what this means.

  11. Clair Reply

    What Kind Of Product Usually Environmentally Conscious? Products that environmental friendly

    • It is not easy to know what truly constitutes an eco friendly product these days but as far as I know many company claiming that there product was eco friendly even if they’re not. Eco friendly products cause minimal harm to people and the environment. Just like the company that I truly trusted,they are only selling a product that environmentally friendly.

  12. Graffix Reply

    Environmentally Damaging Products? Everything we produce on the market damages the enviroment through either using it or just by manufacturing it. What products on the market self do you think does a fair amount of damage to the enviroment?

    • Anything that has to be shipped from a great distance would be environmentally damaging. Even if the produce itself is ecofriendly.

      So if you bought an ecofriendly laundry detergent, and that detergent had to be shipped over from, lets say New Zealand, then the airplane or ship that got it over to North America, South America, etc would make up for the pollution that the eco-Friendly product lacks.

      I also think that anything with too much wrapping, packaging is unecessary and just adds to the landfills.

      But the worse culprits are products that are “green washed” (Products that falsely claim to be eco-friendly or somehow good for the environment) For example, some products use terms like: Non-toxic, or All natural. But in reality, everything is toxic in a sufficient dosage, and everything has chemicals in it, and mercury and formaldehyde could be considered natural. And alot of products claim to be “green” without any proof. Most people don’t read up and check up on products with ecofriendly labels and will never know the difference!

  13. Anonymous Reply

    How To Make A Product More Environmentally Friendly? What product that is regularly purchase and consider how it might be made more environmental friendly. Could you reduce packaging, reduce transportation costs, or change the manufacturing process. What could you do?

    • Reduce packaging or alter it to something recyclable/decomposable.

      Reduce distance ship or method of shipping. Something that is more energy efficient is ideal.

      If you can make the process more efficient or reduce the pollution given off during the process (ie heat, hazardous waste, noise) then that would help. Or recycle the waste somehow.

      And of course making the product itself recyclable or decomposable will help

  14. Bruno Sundov Reply

    Where Can I Find Christmas Products And Presents That Are Environmentally Friendly? I really want to buy both products and presents, but I want to make sure they are eco-friendly!!

  15. Nemirovskay I Reply

    Environmentally Friendly Products? Hi everyone, looking for environmentally friendly products. Any suggestions please?

    • Found website describing environmentally friendly products. I think it will be helpful for you.

  16. Mojito man Reply

    What Is A Good Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Product? I am trying to determine the most environmentally friendly cleaning products available – both online and through local retailers. has anyone had better or worse luck using them and if so what brands have you used? i know clorox “greenworks” is available locally, but is there something better at the local level. also, online sources like 7th generation and buygreen are better/worse than other online sources?
    thankyou for your help.

    • On your search, don;t forget to make sure that the new products you are considering are also the least toxic to human beings. Unfortunately environmentally friendly does not equal human-friendly.

      My husband and I (he’s an engineer) were at a friend’s house and they introduced us to a product that we have been using for a year now and love! Instead of using chemicals we are using ultra-fine microfiber cloths that clean and remove pathogens with just water. As far as I know there are only two sources for this level of quality (fibres 1/100th the size of a human hair) – Norwex and Enjo. Both have a website where you can get more information. As far as I know, they are also only available through direct sales – but the websites will help you find the closest representative if you want a demonstration.

      For more info, and some really good homemade cleaning recipes, check out the website below…

  17. Jonathan O Reply

    What UK Companies Can I Get An Environmental Endorsement For A Product That Is Environmentally Friendly? For example i am trying to promote a product called the Dryer Balls. Its a product that eliminates the need for any fabric conditioners – if i could get an endorsement it would hopefully sell the product more and save energy!

    • In the UK we have a product called ecoballs which washes clothes (by ionising the water i think). But nothing to condition as far as i know. There are various schemes for certifiying environmental products related to the type of product eg the soil association for organic food, the FSC symbol for wood, but I don’t know anything for a product like this.

      Look at Ethical Consumer magazine which rates products on all ethical grounds (environment, slave labour etc) and if they approve will promote it. http://www.ethicalconsumer.org

      There are many mail order catalogues selling eco stuff which could be a good first contact to see if they would be a potential buyer and they may be able to give you advice on certification. One is called ‘natural collection’, but there are loads more.

      Also try contacting Friends of the Earth. They may have advice too.

  18. Shana Reply

    Are ‘Down To Earth’ Products Really Environmentally Friendly? Manufacturers catch us by advertising biodegradable and eco-friendly products.Do these products really reduce the impact humans have on the planet?
    what do those terms mean?….

    • If it’s a reputable company then yes. For example, (and i just saw a commercial for this today) Sun Chips is going to create the first biodegradable chip bag. Here’s a paragraph from their website:

      “In 2010, we plan to introduce the first fully compostable chip bag of its kind. These innovative bags are designed to fully decompose in about 14 weeks when placed in a hot, active compost bin or pile.”

      Details about it are here:
      http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/sun-chips-compostable-bags.php

      Oh, and here’s the commercial from Sun Chips that i saw on the Olympics tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOraijjCHLA

      …But that’s taking your question literally. We know that not every product we make can decompose. However, companies like Apple will advertise themselves as being “environmentally friendly” which means they are simply using less harmful materials in their products and using less packaging material to ship their products. Less packaging material means less trash, therefore being environmentally friendly.

      Here’s Apple’s thing on being environmentally friendly:
      http://www.apple.com/macbook/environment.html

      Hope all this answers your question!

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