Halloween: Ghouls, Goblins and Good Buys – Orange Items

Halloween-frightsHalloween is the time of year when things get scary. From ghosts to zombies and goblins, there are plenty of reasons to be frightened. However, there is one thing scarier than anything else: a good buy! It gets increasingly difficult to find a good buy in today’s world, but we have low, affordable prices for you and your family to enjoy. In honor of the Halloween celebration, here are a few great, low-cost holiday inspired products.

Brita-Orange-Water-PitcherAn orange flip-top lid, electronic filter change indicator and a soft grip handle makes the Brita Grand Water Pitcher Filter one of the most convenient water pitchers available. Unlike many water bottles on the market, this pitcher is BPA free and is reasonably priced at $62.

Crane-Cool-Mist-HumidifierFor fall allergy season and the approaching winter months, a humidifier can be the most important product to have in your home. The Orange Crane Cool Mist Humidifier is not only stylish, but will help relieve dry cough, sinus irritation, allergy congestion and dry skin. This ultrasonic humidifier will also ease symptoms of colds, coughs and the flu. This Crane cool mist humidifier boasts a 10 hour running time and is now available for a cost-effective price of under $50.

Vapur-Reflex-Water-BottlesWouldn’t it be cool to have a portable and reusable water bottle that can be rolled, folded and flattened? Wouldn’t it also be nice if this bottle featured an 18 oz. capacity made of BPA free material? The Vapur Reflex Orange Water Bottle features all of that and more. The best part? It’s available for the lowest price you’ll find on the market of under $6.

While you’re trick or treating this year, don’t forget to pick up the best treats of all: stylish water bottles, pitchers and humidifiers aimed at keeping you and your family in good health. At low, affordable prices, these buys are scary good!

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USA Weekend’s Make a Difference Day – Volunteer



Would you be willing to make a difference for someone else, if only for a day? On October 27, making a difference will be what many colleges, communities, corporations and individuals will be doing as part of the 22nd annual Make a Difference Day. This is the largest day of volunteering in the nation, all about improving someone else’s life through volunteer work such as food drives, park cleanups and more.

This day of volunteering is for everybody no matter how young and old, anyone can carry out a volunteer project that will impact others. Take a look around your community and see what needs are not being met. Are there hungry or homeless people? Are schools and parks being neglected? Whatever void you see, don’t be afraid to fill it.

One way you can make a difference in someone’s life would be to help give the gift of clean water. Millions around the world lack this basic necessity that so many of us take for granted. A one mile donation can go a long way in giving clean water for a whole year. To learn more about The W3 Project, our mission and how you can help out, visit our website.

This is a day of neighbors helping their fellow neighbors; a day of people pulling together for the common good of a stranger. Look around and find a project near you or organize one of your own. Whatever method of volunteer you work you participate in, know that the difference you make in someone’s life will have a lasting impact, not just for them but for you too.

Are Smart Oil Water Filters the Solution to Oil Spills?

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Out of all the environmental dangers that affect us, one of the most alarming are oil spills. Environmental tragedies such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred in 1989 and the more recent BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, exposed just how serious the consequences of these disasters can be. Oil spills often result in immediate and long-term environmental damage. Some of the damage caused can last for decades after the initial spill occurs. The long-term damage from such a disaster can affect beaches, Marshlands, eco systems and wildlife habitats. Once the oil stops floating on the surface of the water and begins to sink, it can kill or contaminate fish and smaller organisms that are critical links in the global food chain.

During the on-going oil spill cleanup, one major development has come to light as a potentially useful source. The introduction of a “smart filter” could be beneficial in cleaning up environmental oil spills. It is designed with a shape-shifting surface that has the ability to separate oil from water through the use of gravity alone.

The coating on the filter not only repels oil, but attracts water. Most natural substances absorb oil, and the few that repels it also repels water because of the higher surface tension of water. The coating on the filter is a blend of rubbery, commercially available polymer and a nano-particle. This material ensures that water spreads on its surface, while the oil beads up allowing it easier to separate the oil from the water. This new development also shows potential for other applications such as wastewater treatment, oil purification for fuel applications and technology relevant to the cosmetics industry.

As we continue to learn more about this filter in the coming months, let’s make a commitment to create a more positive impact on our environment through recycling and reducing energy consumption. Do you think the Smart Filter is a viable solution to cleaning up oil spills and other applications? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.