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Environmental Benefits of Composting

Compost use can result in a variety of environmental benefits. The following are a few of the most important benefits:

Compost enriches soils

Compost has the ability to help regenerate poor soils. The composting process encourages the production of beneficial micro-organisms (mainly bacteria and fungi) which in turn break down organic matter to create humus. Humus--a rich nutrient-filled material--increases the nutrient content in soils and helps soils retain moisture. Compost has also been shown to suppress plant diseases and pests, reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, and promote higher yields of agricultural crops.

Compost helps cleanup (remediate) contaminated soil

The composting process has been shown to absorb odors and treat semivolatile and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including heating fuels, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and explosives. It has also been shown to bind heavy metals and prevent them from migrating to water resources or being absorbed by plants. The compost process degrades and, in some cases, completely eliminates wood preservatives, pesticides, and both chlorinated and nonchlorinated hydrocarbons in contaminated soils.

Compost helps prevent pollution

Composting organic materials that have been diverted from landfills ultimately avoids the production of methane and leachate formulation in the landfills. Compost has the ability to prevent pollutants in stormwater runoff from reaching surface water resources. Compost has also been shown to prevent erosion and silting on embankments parallel to creeks, lakes, and rivers, and prevents erosion and turf loss on roadsides, hillsides, playing fields, and golf courses.

Using compost offers economic benefits

Using compost can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. It serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments. Composting also extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills and provides a less costly alternative to conventional methods of remediating (cleaning) contaminated soil.

- E. Haley

World Water Day Matters

March 20, 2008
World Water Day -The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.This day celebrates the value and importance of water in our everyday lives.

This year, World Water Day coincides with the International Year of Sanitation, challenging us to spur action on a crisis affecting more than one out of three people on the planet. More than 40 per cent of the world’s population continue to live without improved sanitation. It is estimated that 88% of the global burden of disease is attributable to unsafe water supply, lack of sanitation and hygiene and is mostly concentrated on children in developing countries. Every day, this contributes to the deaths of 5,000 children from largely preventable causes, including diarrhoeal diseases and parasites.

People around the world are encouraged to celebrate the day to draw attention to the world’s sanitation challenges.

Stand Up for Those Who Can't Sit Down

World Water Day Celebration in New York, 20 March 2008 - Come make a public statement with the longest toilet line and raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis.

Link to Sanitation Day flyer

UN-Water Launches Official World Water Day 2008 Website

UN Water officially launched the website for World Water Day 2008. The website features factsheets, videos and news on the upcoming World Water Day celebrations in Geneva.

Visit the World Water Day website

To learn more about World Water Day and how you can celebrate, click here

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Homemade Natural Easter Egg Dyes

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living
Straight to the source.

The year the Easter Bunny brought my kids only organic yogurt-covered raisins didn't go over so well, but at least my daughters are gung-ho for dying Easter eggs with homemade, plant-based dyes. We rummage and smoosh and boil, and they are amazed and delighted by the colors we can come up with. They have fun, and I am relieved to be free of synthetic food dyes.

Certified food dyes approved by the FDA include colors synthesized from petroleum derivatives and even coal tar. While other food dyes based on natural ingredients come from things you may not care to ingest: Have you heard about carminic acid? It is a commonly used red food coloring, which comes from the dried, crushed bodies of pregnant female scale insects called cochineal. Yum.

SIMPLE SOLUTION: By using plant-based dyes for coloring Easter eggs, not only do you know exactly what you're getting (hold the insects, thanks) but the colors are far lovelier than their synthetic counterparts. They are muted yet vibrant, and knowing their source is gratifying on a deeper aesthetic level. Children seem to find that mashing food is also much more fun that simply dropping a tablet in a cup. As well, it is a great lesson in exploration—kids get to experiment with which plant materials work in which way, and can get creative with items in the refrigerator or pantry.Some of these materials work best when they are boiled with the eggs (they will be noted below), and some work well made ahead and used by dipping or soaking the eggs. If you are using juice, just use it straight. Bulky materials will be boiled with the eggs or boiled and allowed to cool for dipping. The longer you let the eggs soak, the more intense the color will be (for the boiled versions, you can remove them from the heat and allow to cool in the dye bath).

You can use your favorite egg-dying tricks here as well: Like crayons for a batik effect or rubber bands for a tie-dye effect. If you like a glossy egg, you can rub the dyed eggs with vegetable oil when they are dry.

Red onion skins, use a lot (boil with eggs)
Pomegranate juice

Yellow onion skins (boil with eggs)

Lemon or orange peel (boil with eggs)
Carrot tops (boil with eggs)
Celery seed (boil with eggs)
Ground cumin (boil with eggs)
Ground turmeric (boil with eggs)

Yellow Brown
Dill seeds (boil with eggs)

Strong coffee
Instant coffee
Black walnut shells (boil with eggs)

Yellow Green
Bright green apple peels (boil with eggs)

Spinach leaves (boil with eggs)

Canned blueberries and their juice
Red cabbage leaves (boil with eggs)
Purple grape juice

Violet Blue
Violet blossoms
Red onion skins, less amount than you need to make red (boil with eggs)

Diluted purple grape juice
Violet blossoms plus squeeze of lemon (boil with eggs)

Beets, fresh or canned
Cranberries or cranberry juice
Red grape juice

- E. Haley

Balloons are biodegradable!

Did you know that all latex balloons are entirely biodegradable? In our constant quest to find the most ec0-friendly products available, we came across this information from The Balloon Council.


Taken from balloonhq.com:

Latex balloons are produced from the milky sap of the rubber tree, Hevea brasilliensis. The rubber tree originated in the tropical forests of South America and was taken to Europe from Brazil. It is now grown on plantations in many tropical countries. The latex is collected in buckets, as it drips from harmless cuts in the bark. The process is much like that used to collect maple syrup. The use of latex balloons and other products, such as surgical gloves, make rubber trees economically valuable, which discourages people from cutting them down.

Are latex balloons biodegradable?
Latex is a 100-percent natural substance that breaks down both in sunlight and water. The degradation process begins almost immediately. Oxidation, the “frosting” that makes latex balloons look as if they are losing their color, is one of the first signs of the process. Exposure to sunlight quickens the process, but natural microorganisms attack natural rubber even in the dark.

Research shows that under similar environmental conditions, latex balloons will biodegrade at about the same rate as a leaf from an oak tree. The actual total degradation time will vary depending on the precise conditions.

What happens to balloons that fly away?
Often latex balloons are released either on purpose or accidentally. Research shows that most of these latex balloons—the ones that are well-tied and have no structural flaws—rise to an altitude of about five miles, where they freeze, breaking into spaghetti-like pieces that scatter as they return to earth. While we do know that animals occasionally eat these soft slivers of rubber, the evidence indicates that pieces ultimately pass through the digestive system without harming the animal.


Even though balloons may be biodegradable, we encourage all balloon lovers to dispose of their balloons wisely and to never litter!

Race for the Cure

Hello Everyone!
As you may have heard, Pizza Fusion Headquarters has taken on a great fundraising project (a 26.2 mi project to be exact) involving the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon! Having run the marathon back in 2003; Vaughan helped to inspire Angela, Katy, Michelle, Ashley, Michael, Lauren and Mike Walker (our California franchisee) to train in this event as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "TEAM IN TRAINING." This amazing organization works directly with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help train non-athletes like us, to train for an "endurance event" in exchange for doing fundraising.

(Don't we look like athletes?)

We are fortunate enough to be running the marathon with our honored hero, Jordan, a 17 year old survivor of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Diagnosed when he was 19 months old, Jordan was originally given a 35% chance of survival.

Though this is a physical challenge for all of us, it is nowhere nearly as difficult as the battle with cancer that Jordan and others have fought. Cancer kills millions of people and together we can help find a cure. Please consider joining us on this project to find a cure, and help improve the quality of life of patients and their families. If you’re interested in donating (hint! hint!), please let us know.

Your donations will not only help Jordan, but will also provide much needed funds for the Society’s Patient Services programs and research for a cure. Here are some ways your donation will make a difference:

_ $25 pays the cost of a chemotherapy drug prescription co-pay
_ $50 registers one person to be a bone marrow donor
_ $75 provides bone marrow typing for a donor
_ $500 provides patient aid for 1 year

All eight of us are working towards a goal of $35,000 and we really would love your support! If you can't make a donation, then passing this message and link onto your friends and family is just as good and much appreciated!

Please Visit our donation website at
and help us out any way you can!

If you are interested in joining us in San Diego, there are TNT (Team In Training) chapters EVERYWHERE!

Join us as we Race for the Cure!