Looking back at the past year, some of the more popular articles published here had, well, sex as a theme. Sex sells right? It did for these articles, as they were some of the more popular ones published in this column. If you missed them, here are some summaries with links to the original articles and a slideshow with related photos.
8 eco friendly swimsuit firms for looking good and protecting the environment
When temperatures start to warm up, many Bakersfield residents head for the beaches or gstart etting their swimming pools ready for another hot spring and summer. The prospects of 80° F, 90° F, and 100+° F temperatures here in the San Joaquin Valley have many thinking of ways to cool off and have fun despite the extreme heat.
Did you know that you can enjoy the warm temperatures even more by choosing swimwear that is manufactured in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner? There are many swimwear companies that offer complete lines of bathing suits and associated beach clothing made using recycled materials, environmentally friendly fabrics and dyes, and sustainable products.
Here are eight examples of such companies, along with links for more information on them.
6 lingerie lines for a sexier, friendlier and more sustainable environment
Although it may not be the first thing that comes to Bakersfield residents’ minds when purchasing sexy lingerie for themselves or their mates, choosing something special that is not only environmentally friendly, but also manufactured using sustainable practices is a win-win decision for everyone.
Manufacturers and businesses of all types are looking to eco-friendly and sustainable products as a way to attract more customers, present themselves as a “green” business, and increase their bottom lines. So it should come as no surprise to learn that even lingerie companies, such as Stella McCartney and Lilipiache, are changing the way they manufacture things in order to grab a piece of that market.
Here are six companies that offer lingerie to meet one’s need for the sensual and the erotic, but at the same time give the satisfaction that an environmentally smart purchase has been made. From the use of organic cottons, fibers made from sustainable beech trees, recycled metal hardware, and sustainable power sources for equipment, these companies have committed to helping to make our world a safer and cleaner planet.
ARB fines 19 consumer products companies for air pollution violations
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced the settlement of 19 cases involving violations of air pollution regulations related to consumer products. Fines totaling $233,175 were issued to companies which either manufactured or sold products such as nail polish removers, bathroom cleaners, air fresheners, charcoal lighters, and automotive products.
The violations resulted in the release of an excess of over 11 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC). VOCs are one of the key components that react in the atmosphere to form photochemical smog. Bakersfield and the rest of the San Joaquin Valley suffer with some of the worst air quality in the nation because of smog formation.
Most of the total penalty was paid by just five companies: Bumble and bumble ($88,000), Wal-Mart ($34,000), Stoner ($16,500), Alterna ($12,850), and Adoro & Triple Image ($12,000).