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Introducing Purple Sheets. Stretchiest, Comfiest, Bamboo Sheets Ever.

Story: Your sheets, cheap or expensive, are ruining your life. I’m just kidding, that’s a little bit too far, but they are making your bed less comfortable. That’s why I got Purple Sheets. Purple Bed Sheets are soft, strong, stretchy. because these sheets are just… If you don’t wake up each morning feeling like you wrestled with a grizzly bear then you’re sleeping in the wrong kind of sheets. I’m a flannel man. Lies peasant, lies! Only Egyptian cotton with thread count so high the number cease to have meaning offer the finest form of slumber. Come again! Sleeping with flannel is like having typhoid fever without the chance of death. It’s so hot, it wraps you in spree arms and bleeds the sweat right out of ya. It’s so rugged it covers ya in manly rashes. Wash ’em out, Rockets! Imagine… sleeping on it hippogriff, the wind in your face as you embrace and spoon a cloud… that’s cotton. Tough, triedandtrue, flannel does the job for you. Egyptian cotton is divine. Flannelllll! …ENOUGH! They’re bed sheets.You shouldn’t have to choose between sheets made from a high end bologna. My mom made me bologna all the time. Purple Bed Sheets for the no-nonsense sleep better solution. For people who obsess over sheets, like me. Definitely me, but you as well! For people who don’t give a rat’s buttocks. Like him. Got ya. Other sheets suck the comfort soul right out of the mattress, by being too tight or too ridgid. It creates a drum over the bed that your body can’t conform to. You don’t put bunny ears on a 4K T.V., do you? on your sweet mattress purple bed sheets maximize the comfort of your bag it’s the only bed sheet that’s made from bamboo fabric that’s also super stretchy it’s like a 1980’s superhero Oh my gosh, stop.Cut it, cut! Curtis, get out of here. Look at the competition. It’s rigid and stiff, and so very rigid. Oh man we’re talking stone tablets over here, okay. Look at Purple! Oh my gosh, look at the stretch here! You seeing this? Now are you looking at this? There’s so much stretch to it. Sometimes in my room, I like to sleep in a stretchy pants and these stretchy sheets. See the stretch? But look, Grizzly, Purple Bed Sheets are durable without being uncomfortable or scratching. Shouldn’t have to feel like a high school dance when you go to bed. Did you know that Purple Bed Sheets are sups breathable and airy? and super soft without being stiff and this heavy duty elastic band on the fitted sheet means that actually fit and stays on the mattress How sweet is that?! No more sheet battles. Okay Okay Wow Can we nominate these for the Noble Sleep Prize? Wait a second. We’ve got it! I thought this would be bigger, but it’ll do.Purple Bed Sheets are soft and strong, seamless, stretchy, cool, comfortable, and easy to clean all at the same time. Your sheets should unleash endless possibilities of comfort for your bed. If you have a bad and want unleash it, click here! Hello. Look at. Baby! Baby, baby oh!.

Ecosa Mattress Review – Do You Need an Adjustable Mattress?

Logan: What’s up, everybody? It’s Logan from sleepopolis.com and, today,I’m going to be reviewing the Ecosa mattress. The Ecosa is an adjustable mattress meaningyou can change the foam layers to better fit your firmness preferences. I’m going to talk about what makes up theEcosa, talk about the firmness of it, run some tests, give some recommendations. If there’s anything I don’t cover during thevideo, just leave a note in the comments section below.If you are looking for other mattress reviews,you can just google Sleepopolis and mattress reviews to see our full listing there. For right now, let’s jump in and talk aboutthe construction of the Ecosa mattress. [music] Logan: Now taking a look at the materialsof the Ecosa mattress. Speaking briefly on the cover, I do want topoint out it is removable and machine washable. It’s polyester. That’s really all you have to know about thatcover. Underneath that, there’s this second coverwhich is waterproof, which could be a nice feature if you are interested in that.Underneath the cover, we get to the foam layersof the Ecosa. There’s three layers. You can rearrange them into different positionsdepending on what firmness you’re looking for. This is how it actually comes out of the box. They call it medium, but it is the softestarrangement of foam layers for the Ecosa. On top, in this arrangement, is the memoryfoam layer. It’s maybe about an inch of memory foam there,classic memory foam feel. You can see that really slow response to pressure,gives you that contouring feeling around your hand. You sink into it. It’s nice for pressure relief. Something to look out for, though, is thatmemory foam can trap heat a bit at times. If you are someone who’s a little bit nervousabout overheating in the middle of the night, memory foam mattresses are something thatyou should be wary of a little bit. Underneath that, in this arrangement, it’sset up as a transition layer, but this poly foam layer you actually flip over this piecehere.You can see these are glued together. If you want it to be a little bit firmer thanthe medium arrangement with the memory foam on top, you just flip this over after youunzip the mattress and put this on top. It’s got a quicker response to pressure. In my opinion, it is a little bit firmer thanthe memory foam on top of it. It gives you a little bit more mobility, thingslike that. About the same firmness, in my opinion, maybea little bit firmer. In this arrangement here, it basically transitionsyou from the soft memory foam on top through to the transition layer here and, finally,into the high density poly foam base.It is a really firm material, as you can see. Quick response to pressure supports the layersof foam on top of it. If you do put the Ecosa in the firmest arrangementof all of them, you actually drop these two pieces to the bottom and move this to thetop and actually lay directly on this piece. In my opinion, it is much firmer in that arrangement. We’ll get a little bit more into the feelingthere, but those are the three foam layers of the Ecosa mattress. Now that we’ve seen what makes up the Ecosamattress, I want to talk a little bit about what it feels like to actually lie on topof one.Like I said before, the Ecosa is an adjustablemattress. There’s three different firmness levels. I’m going to talk briefly about each of them. The way that it set up first was the softestway that you can arrange the Ecosa’s layers. They call it the medium firmness. I’d agree with that. It’s about a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. A few other testers test out the mattressas well. They all had it in that same kind of 5.5,6.5 out of 10 range, somewhere in there with the memory foam on top of the mattress. It’s fine for back sleepers, the little bitof sinkage, definitely some contouring around the body because of the memory foam. If you’re a side sleeper and you buy the Ecosa,I think that’s the arrangement you’re going to want to have it in in general because itis, in my opinion, the softest setup out of the three.Finally, if you’re a stomach sleeper, I wouldsay that the softest arrangement of the Ecosa is probably not the one for you because itwill have that memory foam on top. Your hips definitely will feel like they sinkin a little bit. I definitely experienced that when I was lyingon that portion of the Ecosa mattress. Next setup, I want to talk about the mediumfirmness of the Ecosa. They call it medium firm firmness. Basically, this is with the white middle layeractually spun over and put on top of the mattress. In my opinion, it’s about the same firmnessas if the memory foam’s on top. It’s just got a little quicker response toit. There’s a little bit extra firmness to it,maybe like a half point or something there. Overall, about the same level of support,in my opinion, as well as the other testers that tested out the Ecosa for me. If you are more of a combo sleeper and rollaround from your back to your side, this might be more in line with what you’re looking forbecause you feel more on top of this arrangement than you will if the memory foam’s on top.In general, I don’t think that the feel, otherthan that sinkage in contour, is much different between the medium and soft arrangements onthe Ecosa. Finally, the firmest arrangement of the Ecosajust takes that high density poly foam base and places it on top, so you lie directlyon top of that. In my opinion, it is noticeably firmer thanthe other arrangements. A few of my testers disagreed and didn’t thinkthere was much difference in that feel at all. In my opinion, if you’re a stomach sleeper,this is definitely the way to go with the Ecosa mattress.Definitely felt more on top of the mattress. It’s a firmer feel. There’s not much give to that at all. If you’re a side sleeper, I think you’re goingto feel a little jammed up if you lie directly onto that high density poly foam. Again, if you’re a side sleeper, go with thesoftest version of this or with the memory foam on top. More of a combo sleeper, I think you’re goingto want to turn that layer over so that you get a little bit quicker bounce to the mattress,a little bit more mobility. About the same level of support. Finally, if your stomach sleeper, I wouldsay put the firm arrangement up so that you’re going to be able to have your hips supportedso you don’t sink too far into the mattress. Instead of just describing the feel of theEcosa mattress to you, I want to give you a visual representation of where pressurepoints might form while lying on the mattress.My first test here is what the pressure map. I’ve laid a pressure map on top of the mattress. I tried it in all three arrangements for theEcosa. You’ll see the results ranging from blue forlow pressure to red for high pressure. A few interesting things come up when takinga look at the pressure map for the Ecosa. One is that it stays pretty much blue, lowpressure, across the board on my back regardless of the firmness of this mattress. That means pretty much my weight’s in an evenlydistributed situation, so I don’t push too far in the mattress either way.I agree. I don’t think there’s much difference in termsof pressure points forming when I’m in this position. The bigger differences come when I roll ontomy side. You can see, on the firmer version or thefirmer arrangement of the Ecosa mattress, there’s definitely higher pressure in theshoulders and the hips, which are two problem areas for a lot of side sleepers. With a firmer mattress, side sleepers aregoing to start interacting with the support of a mattress a lot quicker. You’re going to have higher pressure in thosepositions, get a little jammed up, especially at the shoulders. That’s why a lot of side sleepers prefer softermattresses that you can sink deep into for a lot of pressure relief. Looking at the medium and the soft arrangementsof the Ecosa, you don’t see too much difference there. Like I said, in my opinion, the support levelof those arrangements is pretty similar. The only difference really is that contouringfeel with memory foam up or more of a quick response with the poly foam on top.Rolling onto my stomach. Again, weight’s pretty evenly distributed. You don’t see too much difference here interms of pressure across the body. I would, however, recommend that if you area stomach sleeper that I would say you should go with the firm support arrangement justbecause I think it does a better job of supporting your hips and keeping your spine aligned ina good position. My next test up is the sinkage test. This is for those people that want to knowwhether they’re going to feel like they’re sitting on top of or sinking into bed. I used four balls of varying sizes, weightsand densities — so, many different body parts — and see how far into the mattress theysink. We have a 6-pound ball, a 10-pound ball, 50-poundball, and 100-pound ball to simulate that center mass of your body if you’re a bit bigger. Honestly, in terms of sinkage, I think theEcosa is on the average, so somewhere between one and six inches of sinkage depending onwhich ball we’re talking about.There is a bit of difference depending onwhich arrangement you have the mattress in. If you are in the firm arrangement, I wouldsay there’s about an inch less sinkage across the board in terms of how far in these ballsare sinking as compared to the medium and soft arrangements, which come in at the sameamount of sinkage. Really, the difference between the soft andmedium arrangements isn’t that much. It’s just the difference in feel between thememory foam or poly foam on top, which is you’ll feel a little bit more stuck in thememory foam because that’s slow response. In general, there’s about the same level ofsinkage for those two as opposed to the firm, which is going to keep you up out of the mattressa little bit more. Another test we ran is the motion transfertest or bounce test. We drop a ball from 4, 8, and 12 inches tosimulate someone getting into bed in the middle of night or rolling around, that kind of thing,on the other side of the bed.We track the disturbance across the mattress. Depending on the arrangement you have themattress in, you’re going to get a little bit more bounce out of the poly foam, a littlebit more disturbance transferred across the mattress in those situations because they’rea little bit bouncier, have a little bit quicker response. Memory foam is going to be better to dullthat disturbance. It’s transferred across the mattress becauseit doesn’t have that quick response to pressure and not as much bounce. Before we go, I want to give a few recommendationsand complaints that I have about the Ecosa mattress.First, one of the reasons I think you mightlike the Ecosa or want to buy it is if you’re going to use it in a guest room, people withdifferent preferences in terms of firmness coming through that you might want to changeit. That could be an option. Two, another reason you might like the Ecosais if it’s for a kid’s room. As kids grow, their preferences in terms offirmness change. Also, there is the waterproof second coverunderneath the top cover which is removable and machine washable for any accidents orspills kids might have, so could be a good choice for a kid’s room as well. Some of the complaints I have about the Ecosais that changing around or adjusting the layers for different firmness arrangements is a pain. Definitely, it took two people here in theSleepopolis room to change it around to the different firmness layers as we were testingit out. Two, there’s not really any bounce to thismattress. It is an all-foam mattress so that’s not thatweird, but changing positions is a little bit tougher when there’s not much bounce toa mattress.Those are just a few of my general recommendationsand complaints. If you have any other questions, please leavea note in the comments section below. If you are interested in purchasing an Ecosamattress, I want to give you a little bit of information on that process. First, there is a 100-night trial period,so you get the mattress in home for a little over three months before you have to decidewhether or not you want to send it back. Two, there is a 15-year warranty. Of course, you want to check online on theirwebsite for exactly what that warranty covers. That’s definitely above the average of whatI would say is usually a 10-year warranty for the foam bed-in-a-box market. Shipping is free, and it will arrive compressedin a box.When you take it out of the box and let itexpand, you’re going to want to let it sit for at least a couple of hours, if not overnight,before anyone sleeps on it so it gets to its full potential there. Finally, in terms of price, the queen sizeversion of the Ecosa mattress comes in at $850. That’s it for my review of the Ecosa mattress. Again, if there is anything I didn’t cover,just leave a note in the comments section below. Also, please subscribe to our SleepopolisYouTube channel as we’re going to keep putting out more reviews. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitterso you don’t miss any of our giveaway announcements or any of our sleep news. Check out sleepopolis.com for all of yoursleep needs. [music].

Concierge Collection Rayon from Bamboo Sheet Set

geoff cowan with clearance on bedding I want to make sure it’s very clear i know the phone lines are busy and thank you for your patience if you hang in there i hope the size is still available there in that topper everything still comes with our 30 day money back guarantee everything because what we’re about to offer you right now is unprecedented right in the way of getting your bed made perfectly every single time now when we were coming out of break and i was like you don’t believe me how soft is i said i believe these are Wow right wow it’s almost like silk it is this bamboo right though bamboo yes $49.95 now not I’d be bad I had two conversations going on my producers in May is saying that he’d bought these for a wedding gift at full price so they were just short of a hundred dollars at full price and worth every penny of that today so if you’re already ordering the top up maybe ordering the pillows that we also offered you grab the sheet set because right now as it stands at the beginning of this presentation we have all sizes and all colors color wise we have the blue we have the ivory we have lilac and we have white now there’s a question how what are your white sheets right now white are your white sheets and be smart like Doug if you have a wedding coming up and you want to give the gifts oh my god absolutely feel amazing these really i’m not exaggerating no they really are amazing and you know i have been here a long time and i can tell you i don’t see bamboo sheets very often it is very rare that we get bamboo and a lot of people only sleep on bamboo once you have a set of bamboo sheets it is a little bit addictive and you can understand why absolutely once you feel these and maybe you never felt them clearance under fifty dollars any size you owe it to yourself to get these home and try it and you know if you go to hsn.com and read the reviews first of all I think you can kind of visually see what I’m talking about the drape is unbelievable the sheen do you see how that beautiful Sheen and the coolness to these now I know right now it cold outside but what bamboo is known for is it silky hand it is natural so it is very breathable it is moisture wicking and it is naturally antimicrobial so it is just a great fabric treatment and if you are a hot sleeper you will love bamboo and what a lot of you have said is it has a soft silkiness of microfiber but it is natural you know what I think I’m not kidding you I’m watching these presentation looking anything why did I buy this before we start the show when I came out of josh levi sandy box i get these for myself now can I ask dog on a personal note white and Queen do we have plenty of those satellite seriously because this is one thing for sure I’m talking from personal experience when I talk about I’ve got a whole 150 remaining white queen leave me one set because I would be i was talking from personal experiences saying you know the white sheets that we have right now are as wide as they once were right it’s just one of those things with wear and tear now you have got a chance right now we’ve got all colors all sizes available in this amazing bamboo hyper allergenic smooth silky smooth I promise you I did not touch these until this presentation started because I wouldn’t experience it with you guys to get this set flat fitted to pillowcases for fifty dollars it now I will also point out this is more limited than what we had with the topper so know that we had just under 1,500 we got about just under 12 hundred of these remaining across the board in all colors all sizes but obviously as we go through the presentation we will definitely lose colors inside well this is what is fun about clearance is you can really upgrade you know you can get sheets that are you know easily at our price is a hundred dollars and you know in the marketplace you can spend much more than that and you can get an entire set for under fifty dollars and I was just reading reviews this has almost all our perfect 1080 11 are perfect five stars and these are people that purchase these sheets probably at $99 got them home laundered them slept on them took the time to write a review and I really love the color palette to I mean when you’re going to do sheets like this that are very special because bamboo is a lot of people love it because it is one of those sustainable resources I mean I used to live next door to my neighbors head bamboo and you can visibly see it grow from in the during the day you know what I mean it is one of those replenishable resources so we love it for that but it really is these feel like the most expensive sheets it is hard to even describe it in terms of thread count I mean it it is so so key it has such a coolness to it and you can see I don’t know how close you can get but you even notice when you look at it is a twill weave so it has a little bit of a different we’ve to it I mean you can see that it has that incredible finish this is one of those that you want to get it home you want to put it on the bed and experience it and I mean things are so important I was going to say not an important but almost some of the most intimate you know yes linens and clothing because you think about clothing even thing about a towel they’re only are momentarily even clothing you may have on for six seven eight ER but with with bedding your entire bodies in contact with worse for hours and four years and four years in most cases so for less than fifty dollars the flex pay on here I think we’ve got 2 flexpays here at 2498 grab it now another thing we’ve been offering is 0 HSN card no you if you do not have HSN card charge card we’re taking ten dollars off your first purchase now there’s no annual fees and all sorts of VIP services with the HSN card including additional flexpays on beauty on fashion on jewelry every single day the year but if you’ve never quite gone ahead and grab an HSN card will take another ten dollars off this price so this is what I say in the very beginning the quality is still there the beauty is still there at the moment sizes and colors are still there but and the 30 day money-back guarantee means that you can get it at home and sleep on it if this does not make you sigh and be welcomed in your room in your bedroom when you get in into your bed packaged up return it back to us within the 30 days and we’ll refund to the purchase price you know that’s such a great thing especially was betting you know I would say a lot of you probably have never tried bamboo because it really isn’t readily available it is one of those fabrications normally specialty catalogs high-end catalogs will offer bamboo maybe you can find it online but to be able to have it to bring it home to wash it to sleep on it to really test it out I wanted you to see this maybe just picked up that great mattress topper I know we have a featherbed coming up this has that deep pocket 18 inch accommodation the elastic goes all the way around so it is a great fitting sheet but I want you to see this even when I undid the corner here do you see the drape of this fabric it has a little bit of weight enos to it but yet it is still very very light it is very silky and cool but not slick you notice that absolutely it is again and I say this because I think of all the great features of bamboo and there is a lot what resonates I think with most people is the fact that it is natural it is breathable and it is great if you’re a hot sleeper let’s look at features you know this is one hundred percent rayon from bamboo it is naturally silky and so uncomfortable it is lightweight it is durable but at the same time it is very moisture wicking and that is important if you’re that hot sleeper you owe it to yourself differently to try a sheet that is really built for that if it describes your own personal summers right right right $49.95 8 for the last twenty four dollars and 98 scenes down at the moment we have sizes and colors across the ball but some are very very limited indeed and remember you saved me at least one set of the queen in white if you wouldn’t mind so much for 60 1799 is out of it

2′ x 4′ Poultry Plastic Flooring that Optimizes Bird Performance

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Pros & Cons of Common Fabrics | Fibres & Fabrics Part 1

Hey guys, welcome to my fibres and fabrics series. In this video, part one, I’ll be talking about some common materials that you likely have or will come across. And what the pros and cons are for both everyday use and the environmental impact. Part two will be about vegan synthetic versus animal materials. And part 3 will be all about upcycled and recycled materials. So definitely check those out as well.So first up is cotton, and I’ll include time codes below for the different materials if you want to jump ahead or reference certain ones. Cotton is probably the most common fabric and it’s a natural fibre, it comes from the cotton plant And it is: soft, breathable (meaning that air can move through it and moisture can evaporate through it), easy to clean (it’s machine washable), absorbent, versatile ( there’s tons of different kinds of cotton materials and garments), it’s good for people with allergies or skin sensitivities The cons are that it doesn’t hold dye really well so it fades overtime and can also bleed while being washed. It wrinkles, it can shrink in hot water, especially the first time it’s washed. The environmental pros are that it is biodegradable. And the environmental cons are that it needs a lot of water to grow. It’s also usually bleached and chemically treated and dyed. Cotton also has one of the highest pesticide uses for crops. And it’s generally GMO as well. But these two things are prevented by purchasing organic cotton. Next is Linen, and it’s another natural material It comes from the flax plant and it was used all the way back in ancient Egypt.And linen as a fibre is: breathable, durable, lightweight, absorbent, it’s generally very cool and good for summer time, I also read that it’s antimicrobial but I wasn’t able to find very much in-depth information to back that up The cons are that is wrinkles easily It often requires gentler or hand washing and sometimes there is fake linen or ‘linen look’ material so you have to be careful of that. The environmental pros are that it requires little pesticides and water to grow, especially compared to cotton. And it is biodegradable. And the cons are that it can sometimes be dyed with toxic chemicals but it depends on how it’s made. Another plant fibre is hemp. And it comes from the cannabis plant but a type that’s only used for hemp production. And as a fibre it is: durable, absorbent, it becomes softer with wear and washing, it’s breathable and it can also be hypoallergenic.The cons are that it can sometimes be rough, it wrinkles and different countries sometimes have very strict laws around growing and processing hemp. So there are difficulties around that with hemp fabric production. The environmental pros are that it doesn’t require pesticides or lots of water to grow, It doesn’t deplete nutrients from the soils so it’s a really good crop. It is biodegradable and because it’s very durable the garments usually last long And for environmental cons, I really couldn’t find anything. It’s basically seen as being the most eco-friendly material. Then there’s polyester, which is likely the most common synthetic fibre.It’s made from petrochemicals and is: wrinkle resistant, durable, it dries quickly it’s colourfast, it’s machine washable it tends to retain it’s shape well and it’s cheap. The cons are that it doesn’t breathe which can also cause it to become smelly, it builds up static and it can also irritate the skin. An environmental pro is that it can be recycled but this does require another chemical process. And the environmental cons are that it doesn’t biodegrade, fibres come off of it when it’s being washed and those end up polluting the ocean, it’s energy intensive and very polluting to make, toxic chemicals are used to make it and it’s also very difficult to dye which requires a lot of chemicals.Then we have wool. Wool is a natural protein fibre like your hair. And it mainly comes from sheep but can also come from alpacas, goats and other animals. Wool as a fibre is: very warm (it’s even warm when wet), water resistant, durable, very absorbent, flame resistant and hypoallergenic. The cons are that it shrinks in hot water, it must be hand washed or dry cleaned, it can pill and depending on the kind of wool, it can be itchy or irritating to the skin. The environmental pros are that it’s easily dyed, which usually means there are less harsh chemicals used, it’s biodegradable and because it’s very durable it means that the garment will usually wear really well and can be kept for a long time.The environmental cons are that because it comes from an animal there are issues and concerns around the treatment and care and wellbeing of those animals. And I will talk more about that in part two. Toxic chemicals and pesticides can also be used and this can be avoided by looking for organic wool. Next is acrylic which is a synthetic petrochemical fibre. It was developed to be a man made alternative to wool and it is: lightweight, soft, colourfast, machine washable and cheap. The cons are that it tends to pill easily it doesn’t breathe, it builds up static. For the environmental pros, I really couldn’t find anything. And the cons are that it doesn’t biodegrade, it’s not easily recycled, there are toxic chemicals used to make it, it’s energy intensive and again fibres wash off of it that end polluting the oceans.Then there’s silk which is a natural protein fibre. It comes from the cocoon of the silk worm. And it is: very soft, it has a natural sheen, it’s lightweight has a good drape, so it generally looks very nice in clothing and it’s often good for very sensitive skin. The cons are that it’s expensive, it requires hand washing or dry cleaning, it’s not very durable and it’s susceptible to discolouration from sunlight or perspiration.The environmental pros are that it is biodegradable, and it dyes very easily. And the environmental cons are that the silk worms are actually killed in the process of harvesting the silk from the cocoons so it is not at all an ethical or vegan material. Next is nylon another synthetic made from petrochemicals It was developed to be a synthetic replacement for silk. And it is: strong, weather resistant, versatile, water repellent, machine washable, it dries quickly and it’s cheap. The cons are that some types of nylon build up static, it can irritate skin The environmental pros are that it is a pretty durable material so the garment will usually last a long time And for the cons, like with polyester, fibres come off when it’s washed that end up polluting the oceans, toxic chemicals are used to make it, there are a lot of harmful emissions, it’s energy intensive and it’s not biodegradable.Then there’s spandex, also called elastane or lycra. It’s a very elastic fibre also made from petrochemicals. And it’s usually found blended with other fibres. It is: stretchy, it helps clothes retain their shape, and it can help with fit. The cons are that it breaks down over time, it can also become brittle and yellow. The environmental pros are that it can help make clothes not stretch out and the environmental cons are that it doesn’t biodegrade, it’s energy intensive and polluting to make and toxic chemicals are used.Finally there’s a few naturally derived synthetic fibres. The first I’ll talk about is rayon and it’s primarily made from a wood pulp that goes through a chemical process. And as a fibres it’s: soft, inexpensive, absorbent, anti-static, (unlike other synthetic materials), The cons are that it’s not very durable, it tends to pill, it wrinkles, it loses strength when wet and can easily become misshapen and it also shrinks very easily. I actually couldn’t really find any environment pros for rayon except for the fact that it uses less toxic chemicals than other synthetics but there’s still toxic chemicals, so I still see that as a con. Because it’s a wood pulp it can contribute to deforestation and it’s energy intensive to make. There’s also bamboo and the majority of bamboo is actually bamboo viscose or a bamboo rayon And countries have different laws about whether or not it has to be labeled as viscose derived from bamboo or a bamboo rayon. But basically it’s the same process as rayon but instead of using wood pulp, they use bamboo.And as a fibre it is soft, breathable, very absorbent, and also doesn’t build up static. The cons are that like rayon, some bamboo fabrics will pill really easily and I like I mentioned different countries will have different rules as how it’s supposed to be labeled so that can be confusing. The environmental pros are that bamboo is very renewable to grow and requires little water and pesticides.And the cons are that there are still toxic chemicals used to make the material, and it’s energy intensive. And the last fibre I’m going to talk about is lyocell or tencel. And it’s another naturally derived synthetic made from wood pulp. And it is: soft, very absorbent, resistant to wrinkles, versatile, durable, breathable, anti-static and also claims to be hypoallergenic. The cons are that it can pill easily and also sometimes needs special care. The environmental pros are that it is biodegradable, It’s made in a closed loop system so the chemicals are recycled. And it’s much less toxic to produce than other synthetics and natural synthetics like rayon. The cons are that it is still uses quite a bit of energy to produce and because it does come from wood pulp it could also contribute to deforestation but overall it is the most environmentally friendly synthetic material.So of course there are also other materials than the ones I’ve mentioned and you’ll also likely find a lot of blends. And blends can combine the benefits of both materials but it can also negate some of them. For example, a polyester/cotton blend will mean that the item is no longer biodegradable. As you’ve probably noticed, no material is perfect. And it’s just about trying your best to make informed decisions and also choosing the right materials for the function of the garment. I personally try to stick with natural materials for both comfort and environmental reasons. But it doesn’t make sense all the time. For example with swimwear, it makes much more sense to have something that doesn’t absorb water and dries quickly. So I hope you’ve found this interesting and maybe learned something. Please let me know in the comments if they are any pros or cons that I missed. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next one..

How to Build a Simple & Inexpensive Cold Frame to Extend the Growing Season

If you’re new to season extension, the cheapest and easiest way to get started is with a cold frame. Today I’ll show you how to build a simple cold frame using an old storm window and some leftover wood. Before getting started, let’s take a look at a few of the cold frames I’ve built over the years and the materials I used. This first one, right here, is probably one of the first ones I ever built, and right now it has broken glass top, but I’ll fix that with some greenhouse tape. This was made entirely from re-purposed materials. And this one, also made from re-purposed materials, has a storm windows as the top.And this one has the shelf from an old refrigerator as the top. And we actually have some more of these refrigerator shelves to make more cold frames this size. Now let’s take a look at the materials I’ll be using to build today’s cold frame. Okay, today I’m using lumber left over from a raised bed build. I’ve got a 2 by 8 for the front panel, and a 2 by 12 for the back panel.This will give the top of the cold frame a slope toward the sun. I also have some lumber here for the side panels. And I’m using an old storm window we got from the neighbor when they put in new windows. The storm window is 24 and a half by 26 and a half inches. The longer dimension will correspond to the back panel. Now, it just so happens this piece of wood for the back panel is 27 and a quarter inches, which is a little bit bigger than the window, but that’s just about right. Because I don’t want the window to go all the way to the edge of the frame. So, the first thing I want to do is now cut the 2 by 8 to the same length as the back panel. To do that, I’ll simply lay the back panel on top of the front panel, and mark with a pencil where I’ll need to cut, so they’ll both be the same length. And now cut.I’m very limited on space here, so I set some 2 by 4 spacers underneath the board, and I’ve set the depth of the blade so that won’t cut into the table. Okay, now we have front and back panels cut to the same length. Next I’ll cut the side panels, which will taper down from the height of the 2 by 12 back panel to the 2 by 8 front panel. Ordinarily, I’d use a 2 by 12 for this purpose, but I didn’t have any scrap 2 by 12 left over. So, Instead, I joined together two pieces of wood for the side panels, and I’ll cut those to size. The window dimension that I need to match with our side panels is 24 and a half inches. But because I don’t want the window to reach all the way to the edge of the frame, I’m going to add another an inch to that, so the dimension comes to 25 and a half inches. And here’s where it gets a little tricky. The side panel will sit between the front and back panels, so I have to account for the fact that I have three inches of wood there – one and half inch in the back 1 1/2 inches in the back and 1 1/2 inches in front, and I need to subtract that out to get my final cut for the side panels.So, 25 and a half minus three is twenty two and a half inches for the side panels. If that seems confusing to you right now, don’t worry. I’ll show you once the cold frame is built how a 22 and a half inch cut here will give us a side panel of twenty-five and a half inches. And I’ll cut the second side panel to the same length. Okay, the side panels are cut to length now. Now we need to cut them so that they taper down from the height of the two by twelve to the height of the two by eight. To do that, I’ll simply place the two by twelve on and mark the height of the two by twelve on the side panel. I’ll put the two by eight on the other side and mark that height. Then I’ll draw a line connecting the two and that will be where I make my tapered cut. Okay, I drew the same cut line on the second side panel, and now I’m ready to cut both panels.With the side panels cut, you can start to see how this is coming together. I’ve got the 2 by 12 back panel, side panels that taper down from the 2 by 12 to the 2 by 8 front panel, And I’ve got the cut side of the side panel down. My next step is to drill pilot holes in the back panel and front panel. I’ll be using a countersink bit to make sure I don’t split the wood.Okay now let’s start connecting the panels, which may be a little tricky on this small table. I’ve got the board upside down, because this will allow me to push down and make sure that I have a flush connection at the top of the coal frame, which is actually down here. By the way, these are three inch deck screws that I’m using. Make sure it’s flush. Looks good. All right. Now I’ll attach the second side panel using the same method, and I’ll be back to you when I’m finished.All right, the panels are all connected. There’s just one last thing to finish this cold frame. To make sure that the glass doesn’t slide off, I’m gonna put two little roofing nails right here in the front just to make sure it stays in place. Now let’s see how the storm window fits Perfect! Just as planned. Now let’s move this to a garden bed to finish today’s video.Once again, the cut side of the cold frame is the bottom, and the uncut side is the top. Okay, now less re-visit the issue I talked about earlier regarding the side panel length. Hey, Oscar! You may recall the window is 24 and a half inches. I cut this to 22 and a half inches, which is shorter, of course. But as you can see, the extra 3 inches added by the front and back panels give us plenty of space.In fact, we have an extra inch, or a half inch on both sides. I hope that clarifies that Now let’s talk about how I’m going to use this. I use cold frames to extend the growing season for cool weather crops into the fall and winter, and to get an early start in the spring for both cool weather crops and frost sensitive crops. In the fall, a cold frame this size is perfect for lettuce, spinach, carrots, and compact kale varieties. I’ll start these same crops early in the spring in cold frames, but I’ll also start tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash in cold frames early. This fall I won’t cover the cold frames at all until temperatures start dipping below freezing. At that point, I’ll be very careful to vent the cold frames to avoid overheating. I’ll remove the lids or vent them on all days that are above freezing. And I’ll vent on sunny days, even when it’s below freezing.The biggest threat to cool weather crops in cold frames in the fall and early winter is overheating. So, I’ll err on the side of being too cold rather than too hot. I’ll release a video on my approach to venting soon and when it’s available put a link here. If you found this video helpful, please give it a thumbs up. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe more videos on how to grow a lot of food on a little land without spending much or working harder than you have to Let’s go inside, Bud.That was fun. You all right? Another attack. Another attack coming. Oh! Good boy! Oh, my goodness! Oh yeah, somebody’s gonna come take care of business..