#1MCleanToilets to Prevent 443 Million Missed School Days

It’s Friday the 13th tomorrow and while the superstitious anxiously dread that day, a lot of us are looking forward to it. Well, not just any Friday the 13th, I’m talking specifically about tomorrow, November 13.

What’s so special about it? November 13 is the World Toilet Day. Yes, there is such an event. Lest you think it’s a nonsensical one that is the center of butt jokes, World Toilet Day is for a noble cause. It is part of an advocacy program that aims to improve toilet sanitation.

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Why the big deal about toilet sanitation, you may ask. Well, according to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. Yes, 443 million school days MISSED – EACH YEAR! That’s about one month of empty grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines!!! So, yes, toilet sanitation IS a big deal.

Every day, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to disease-carrying germs that inhabit dirty toilets. These germs can cause diarrheal diseases and parasitic worm infections which leads to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and even death.

For the past three years, Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex, has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. Through this advocacy, Filipino families can be educated on proper toilet hygiene and the importance of sanitized household toilets. We stress the word SANITIZE because not all clean toilets are free from germs and bacteria. It is essential for everyone to know that proper cleaning materials with effective germ-kill action must be used to clean toilets to ensure our family’s health.

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So, tomorrow, November 13, join us in the One Million Clean Toilets Movement! Together, let’s join the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time. Help spread awareness on the sanitation issue caused by unsanitary toilets by watching and sharing the “Sick Days” video. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #1MCleanToilets and #WorldToiletDay2015 when you share the video. 🙂

To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from diseases with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook.

 

Give Your Pooch the Royal Treatment

Your dog is more than a pet. You’re talking about your best friend. When you get home from a long day, your furry pal is waiting for you, loyal through and through. There’s a reason that a dog is called man’s best friend. When you need someone who will stand by you through thick and through thin, your dog is at the top of the list. When you want to do something for your beloved companion, Bisket Baskets is here to help you to roll out the red carpet for you pup. Dog Christmas gift baskets are just the thing with the holidays around the corner.

Start Planning Now for Your Puppy

Whether you have one dog or a house that is filled to the brim, you’ll want Christmas to be paw perfect. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a dog playpen so you have the chance to each of your dogs their gifts individually if you have multiple dogs. My friend told me that Dog Product Picker’s review guide on dog playpens was comprehensive and helpful. And when you have the right little playpen for your dog, turn to Bisket Baskets when you really want to spoil your four-legged friend. This is your chance to pull out the stops with gourmet dog treats that are beautifully packaged to give your dog plenty of pleasure. Depending on what pooch you have, you may need to fill it with different kinds of treats. For example, you may have a border collie pitbull mix, they would require a different diet to a poodle. It’s best to look into what your dog’s needs are so you can make sure you give them the right treats. Your pup will feel appreciated when Bisket Baskets show up at your door.

It’s Better to Give than to Receive

Your dog has given you so much and you can’t put a price tag on love. When you want to give back to your companion and show how much you care, Bisket Baskets is here with a wide assortment of baskets. Personalize your selection and make your puppy feel special. With so many choices, it will be hard to decide which basket is coming home for Christmas. It’s also a great way to try out some new treats on your pooch! Raw treats like my bully stick and foods will always go down well.

Celebrate All Year Long

You do not have to stop during the holidays. You can shop at any time throughout the year at Bisket Baskets. Treat your dog when it’s his or her birthday. Order a basket just because. Share the love with family or friends. A dog doesn’t need much. Your love and your time are what matter most to your furry friend. You’ll warm your pet’s heart and make your dog feel the love when you bring Bisket Baskets into your home. Enjoy watching your pooch light up when you open those gourmet treats.

Now is your chance to do something special for the pet that means the world to you. A gift basket from Bisket Baskets is a simple way to show your dog how much you care.

Image by Theeradech Sanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image by Theeradech Sanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Buying Gear for Safe Outdoor Work

Working in the exposed outdoors requires that you take every precaution. When you want to avoid being injured or putting your crew at risk, you must have gear like rigging supplies and chains on hand every time you head out into the field. When your equipment needs to be updated and replenished, you may wonder where you can find high-quality supplies that will not break your company’s budget. You can find a wide array of outdoor equipment, supplies, and more by shopping online.

Some of the things you need to have could include high-quality, durable shackles to use on your machinery. When you are out in the field hauling logs and timber, you need to know that the shackles that you have connected to the cranes and other machinery will not slip or break. When you shop online, you can review the shackles’ specifications up close and make sure you get the right kind of supplies for the job at hand. You can then order the quantity that you need for that particular job or for future work as well.

Another item that you and your crew might need would be logging chokers. You already know that the logs that you and your crew cut down are way too heavy to be lifted by hand. You need to hook them up to chokers to move them onto the flatbeds or out of the way while you continue working. You can use the website to find a number of different styles of chokers. You can then place an order for the size and the quantity you need.

Chain slings are also essential to have on hand for such outdoor work. When you want to ensure that the logs will not slip off and hit the ground below, you must use durable slings that are large and sturdy enough to hold them in place. You can check the span and dimensions for the chain slings and then, like all of the other equipment for sale, place an order for the number of chain slings you need.

Among the other kinds of equipment available online are saws and pruners. These handheld tools are essential to your line of work. When your current inventory is wearing out and needs to be replaced, you can find a wide assortment for you and your crew to have on hand online.

Providing Water for the Entire World

For people growing up in Western society, having clean water is something that is easy to take for granted. They turn on the water faucet, and thanks to a series of pipes and pumps, the water is brought to their home almost instantaneously. In many areas in the West, people have the option of choosing if they want hot water or cold water. And if the water provided by the city is not to their liking, there are scores of water purification companies eager to sell bottled water to the masses.

The system of pumps and pipes that deliver water to a good portion of the world are unfortunately not available to everyone. In the developing world it is estimated that 1.1 billion people do not have easy access to water. While that statistic may be startling, it is positive to realize that every single year the number of people who have access to water grows. As pump and pipe manufacturers learn more about effective forms of water transportation, and as smaller communities in developing nations get access to these new technologies, water becomes readily available.

Image by Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image by Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Because of how important water is for the health and well-being of communities, many nonprofit and charitable organizations around the world are working hand-in-hand at creating effective, affordable, portable devices that allow people to have access to purified drinking water.

In addition to the health effects that not having ready access to clean water brings, there are also the economic effects on a community. When people do not have fresh water, their health deteriorates, their ability to work and produce diminishes, and then their community’s ability to generate revenue drops.

Simple products like the Life Straw, which is a mobile water purification tool that is capable of removing over 99 percent of water borne bacteria, are changing the lives of millions of people. Some devices that are designed to accommodate entire communities have an advanced systems of pumps and pipes. Other devices that are made for use in remote areas are designed to function in areas where electrical power, battery power, and replacement parts are not readily available.

Some large-scale water purification devices have been designed to run on small amounts of energy, often less than the energy used by a toaster. There are even examples of water purification systems that can purify thousands of liters of water on a daily basis running off cow dung.

Very soon every single person on the planet will have access to clean water. As mankind works towards that laudable goal, it is nice to see the creative efforts that people are making in this regard.

Transform Your Garden Into a Haven

What’s your dream house like? Back when my age was but a single digit, I dreamed of living in a castle surrounded with acres of gardens teeming with flowers and fruit trees. I’m sure many of you once shared the same dream. Alas, fairy tale dreams are eventually awakened by reality. Now, my ideal home is more attainable than that Disney castle of my childhood. Aside from being comfortable and cozy, my dream house should have a little Zen garden to retreat into when I need some mom me-time and a quaint landscaped garden where the entire family can enjoy Sunday breakfasts or weekend barbeques.

However, our current lodging has limited space (much like most lodgings in the metro today) and the only place we can create a semblance of a garden is the roof deck. Fortunately, I found some great ideas on how to transform our roof deck into a relaxing garden from these landscape architects here. I found their infographic on 11 Ways To Transform Your Garden very useful.

11 Ways to Transform Your Garden

From Visually.

Of the 11 ways listed on how to transform your garden from synthetic turf to water features, here are three will do wonders to our small roof deck – Decking, Planting, and Garden Lighting.

Decking can provide a wonderful focal point to our outdoor living area. Aside from this, it can also create a usable area in our roof deck. With a few furnishings, this can become a great place for Sunday breakfasts with the kids, afternoon teas with friends, and maybe even romantic dinners with my husband. We know someone who has plastic decking in their garden and it looks amazing, it’s super easy to clean aswell.

There are people out there who are very talented when it comes to the world of DIY that they would be able to build decking in their back garden just like that. Imagine being able to do that! But with this being said, not everyone was presented with such a gift. If you fall under that bracket, maybe it’s best you left it to the decking experts to help build you your dream decking area. At least you know it will be done professionally.

Planting flowering plants and herbs in pots and shallow planters may not make for the perfect garden but it’ll have to do for our roof deck. Now I just need to check out which plants can thrive in roof decks. If you have suggestions, please do share them with me. 🙂

Garden Lighting is another inexpensive way of sprucing up any space. Even just one lamp can change the vibe of any garden. I remember my husband telling me something about solar-powered lamps that absorb light energy during the day and automatically turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. Perhaps we can use those for our garden lights.

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These three are fairly inexpensive ways to transform a space of less than 50 square meters into a relaxing garden nook. If you’re living in a small space in the city, you may think it impossible to create your own garden, but these easy ways to transform your garden can make the seemingly impossible possible. 🙂