A house is made of bricks and mortar. But a home is made of the things we choose to fill a house with. Normally, we want our home to be functional and optimally meet our lifestyle needs, and that’s why we focus on choosing the best furniture pieces within our budget. However, it’s the tiny bits of home décor that give the space enough soul to be not only liveable, but also loveable. Those inanimate things are, in fact, what animates our living space. No wonder it feels so rewarding to decorate a new home or refresh an old space with beautiful and useful items that bring joy to our everyday lives, like for instance the following.
Have you heard about this remarkable organic fabric that provides so many environmental and health benefits? I’m talking about bamboo – the best thing since sliced bread. To many people the idea of wearing bamboo on their bodies can sound a bit unusual. After all, isn’t bamboo this sturdy material that floors, furniture and even bridges are made of? Yes, it is. But bamboo is also a very versatile natural resource which can be transformed into fabric that’s unbelievably soft, comfortable and healthy for the planet and its inhabitants. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect to receive if you enrich your wardrobe with organic, bamboo pieces.
Supreme Comfort Everyone Can Afford
Life’s too short to put up with uncomfortable, scratchy clothes. But no average person has the money to buy high-end luxurious fabrics their whole life. So, if you’re looking for the softest and most comfortable fabric which also comes with a reasonable price tag, bamboo is the answer. Once you discover the luscious feel of bamboo on your skin, you will never want to go back to cotton or a different fabric again. Whether it’s bamboo womens tops, baby clothes, or men’s socks, this fabric offers supreme comfort for the whole family.
Extremely Breathable and Temperature Regulating
But what are comfy clothes if they make us feel sweaty and clogged up inside? Most clothes today are only fairly breathable. And if they’re breathable, then they are not that great in keeping us warm. And this is where bamboo beats every other fabric. Clothes like bamboo womens tops, leggins, and underwear are extremely breathable and moisture-absorbent. If the clothes your body comes into close contact with are made of bamboo, it means your skin will get stay dry and fresh longer. Incredibly useful if you’re busy and you have no time to change clothes throughout the day.
But not only is bamboo breathable, it’s also highly adaptive to the body’s heat. The structure of its fibres allows bamboo to keep the body refreshingly cool when it’s hot, but also cosy and warm during colder temperatures. This makes bamboo clothes unique pieces which you can wear all year round without having to worry about temperatures.
Anti-bacterial and Hypo-allergenic
We spend the most of our days in clothes, so naturally you’d want only healthy fabrics to touch your skin. But chemicals are commonly used as part of the manufacturing process of many fabrics, and can remain around even when the fabric is transformed into clothes. All that moving around creates friction that unleashes the toxins which can cause various irritations if you have particularly sensitive skin. Prolonged exposure to these toxins is even found to increase the risk of skin cancer.
On the other hand, the production of bamboo fabrics does not involve any chemicals whatsoever. Bamboo has the inherent ability to be anti-bacterial and pest-resistant which is why it doesn’t need to be chemically treated. The plant itself has a natural protective agent called “bamboo kun” and most of it remains preserved even after the plant has been transformed into fabric.
At the end of a long, stressful day, it can be such a relief when you get to retreat into the bedroom and slide into the comfort of your bed. Face washed, teeth brushed, sheets clean and fresh – what better way to end the day? Well, if you ask me, this simple pleasure can be even further enhanced with the help of a special kind of pillow, namely the wedge pillow.
You’ve probably heard the term aftermarket exhaust being thrown around, but you might not know what it is that makes aftermarket exhausts so discussed among gear-heads. Well, it’s quite simple – aftermarket exhaust outperform stock exhausts in every way possible. The reason being stock exhaust systems are designed with cost in mind and their main purpose is to muffle the sound of your vehicle as much as possible, which also results in restricting the flow of exhaust gases that come in and out of your engine. This is known as back-pressure. Although most engines need back-pressure to function properly, too much of it will rob you of some sweet horsepower.
Although the flashlights on smartphones have reduced the use of traditional flashlights by a large margin, any serious camper and hiker knows that they aren’t a suitable replacement. That being said, a proper flashlight, or torchlight will provide you with a strong beam when precision and dexterity is crucial. Moreover, what once were large and heavy torches, today are portable, lightweight and extremely powerful tools that are a must have for every outdoor enthusiast.
If you don’t own a torchlight yet, but are looking to bring one on your next camping or hiking trip, then there are a few key factors to consider, such as light output, battery type, size and weight and run time. You can find a short, middle and long range torch online with relative ease, and their prices vary anywhere from about $20 to over $200 depending on the features, brightness it can produce, the type of battery it uses, ergonomics and the materials it’s made from.
The lighting output on torches that feature LED bulbs is measured in lumens. However, you can’t rely on lumens solely to get the whole story about the brightness of the torch. Beam distance, type and intensity all influence the effectiveness of the torch in different applications. For instance, 20 lumens is enough to read a book, 100 lumens can temporarily blind a person, and anything more than that can illuminate a football field.
The beam distance is measured in meters, and it shows how far the light will shine before it starts diminishing. Generally, a long range torch will have a focused-beam, and a broad beam torch will have a shorter illumination distance. However, some flashlights have a few “modes” which allow you to switch between long-range, short-range, broad-beam and focused-beam.
Typically, torches are made of either aluminium alloy or plastic. Some have stainless steel in the head for extra impact resistance. Speaking of impact resistance, torches are drop tested by dropping them 6 times on a hard surface, usually concrete, at the rated distance. However, even if a torchlight is made of aluminium, it should specify how thin or thick the aluminium alloy is, as the thinner ones are lighter and the thicker ones are tougher.
You’ll usually have to choose between disposable and rechargeable batteries. Newer torches use lithium-ion batteries, as they’re the more powerful ones and they don’t drain as quick as typical AAA or AA batteries. It’s always a good idea to keep an extra pack of batteries when you go on longer camping or hiking trips, and bring a battery charger if you have access to electricity.