DIY Biodegradable Seed Pots and Mini-Greenhouse

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Here in Melbourne, Australia, it is Spring! Spring is a great time for planning a vegetable garden. This season I plan to grow some organic vegetables in my garden. I have recently bought packets of seeds for cucumbers, capsicums, eggplants, coriander. Rather than buying seed pots and a mini-greenhouse to let the seeds germinate, I thought it would be a wonderful idea just to make them with the materials that I have at home. 

Using things that I already have will not only be good for my pocket, but recycling is good for our environment too. In the below video, I demonstrated how I used plane white A4 paper to create my seed pots. I’ve seen other people use newspaper to make their seed pots, but I don’t particularly like that idea of the ink being on paper since these pots will be planted directly in the soil. I want my edible plants as clean as possible without any unnecessary chemicals!

In the video, I made 18 little seed pots and stored them in a shoebox. Not seen in the video is the seeds that I planted into these pots, but I did label the pots with what seeds I put into them so that I don’t confuse myself. Basically, I prepared 4 seed pots with coriander seeds, 4 for eggplants, 5 for capsicums, and 5 for cucumbers. Then I sprayed them with water to keep them moist, then wrapped a piece of clear cellophane to cover them. This creates that greenhouse effect! 

It really is that simple! Why do people need to buy materials when they already have these things at home! It really does come down to thinking outside the box and being creative. Have a watch of my video, and let me know what you think…

Thanks for watching my video! Hope you really enjoyed it and plan on making your own during Spring! Let me know what you think of this video….would you do this at home? Any ideas/suggestions are welcomed!

10 Reasons To Use Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are natural alternatives to the conventional menstrual products such as pads and tampons. These flexible menstrual products are made of medical grade silicone and are very good for our environment. In this article, I will give you 10 great reasons why you should consider replacing your current pads or tampons for the eco-friendly and reusable menstrual cup.

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10 Reasons Why Use A Menstrual Cup

#1 Non-Toxic – No Link To TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)

With disposable tampons, there is that link with TSS, which is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that may be caused by wearing tampons for too long. There was a recent article in the news about a model from Los Angeles who lost her leg due to TSS from her tampon. You can read more about this awful incident HERE! 

It’s really sad to read something like this, especially because there are many women who wear tampons. Usually the package does have a warning about the potential risk of TSS with using tampons. 

The good new with menstrual cups is that these products are very safe to use and have no reports of TSS associated with them. In fact, the design of the menstrual cup is unlikely to cause bacterial infections, because unlike tampons, menstrual cups do not absorb menstrual fluid! When a cup is inserted into the vagina, it is protected from the air by a light seal on the vaginal wall. This prevents or slows down bacteria growth. Therefore, no bacterial infection should occur. 

#2 No affect on vaginal environment

With disposable tampons, it basically absorbs everything, blood and other vaginal secretions, which can make the vagina feel dry. But with menstrual cups, they only collect the fluid, therefore, it does not affect the pH of the vaginal environment and the fluids. This is better for your body because it allows your body to function naturally by not changing the normal environment of the vagina.

Image from http://menstrualcup.co

#3 Can wear it for much longer

Menstrual cups can be left in the vagina for up to 12 hours. It’s very convenient and comfortable. With disposable tampons, you need to change them frequently, at least 3 times a day (depends of how heavy your flow is). There is that risk of TSS with wearing tampons for too long. 

#4 Saves You Money

It is well worth buying a menstrual cup that you can reuse over and over again. They are not expensive to buy and can last 10 years or more. Have a read about how much you can save with menstrual cups compared to disposable tampons HERE! There is no doubt that you WILL SAVE A LOT!

#5 Very Comfortable 

Since the menstrual cup is made of the flexible silicone, you will feel comfort while wearing it and can freely do all those activities that you want. But for first timers, it may feel uncomfortable at first. But once you’ve got it right, it should feel comfortable. 

#6 No Odor

The great thing about menstrual cups is that you won’t notice any odor associated with having your period. When you use pads or tampons, they are normally exposed to air which causes that nasty distinct odor. But with menstrual cups, the seal prevents blood from being exposed to air and natural oxidation, therefore, you should not smell and feel cleaner too! 

#7 No Chemicals

The material used to make menstrual cups have no nasty chemicals that cause problems for your body. But with disposable tampons, however, they contain bleached cotton, rayon/viscose fibers, and dioxin. Dioxin is toxic and is linked to cancer. This chemical is produced during tampon manufacture. Menstrual cups are a better natural alternative and your body would love it too.

#8 Eco-friendly

As mentioned above, menstrual cups are very earth friendly. It’s a reusable product which does not contribute to the landfills. If each women decides to make that switch to using a reusable menstrual cup for their period for at least 10 years, imagine what our landfills would look like. It will definitely do our environment a big favor!

#9 No Leaks

When a menstrual cup is fitted properly into the vagina, there should not be any leaks from it. If there is, then it’s most likely not inserted properly.

#10 Preparation For Period

If you are expecting your period to come soon, but it hasn’t arrived yet, you can prepare for it by inserting the menstrual cup ahead of time. Menstrual cups are good because you can leave it in there for a long time and still feels comfortable. It is stress-free and doesn’t do any harm to your body. This is an advantage over tampons.  

Conclusion

Menstrual cups have many advantages over tampons and pads. They are generally better for your body and also for our environment. I love the fact that they do not contribute to our landfills and can save us so much money over the long run. If you have never used a silicon menstrual cup before, learn how to use one by watching this video HERE!

Thanks for reading. What are your thoughts on menstrual cups? Please share your thoughts by commenting below.

 

How To Use A Menstrual Cup

menstrual cupIf you do not know what a menstrual cup is, it is basically a reusable product made of silicon that looks like a cup with a stem attached to it. This product is an eco-friendly alternative to tampons.

In a previous post, I explained some of the fantastic benefits of using reusable menstrual products, which you can read more about HERE!

If you are new to menstrual cups and want to try using one, in this article, you will learn all about the different folds that you can do for menstrual cup insertion.

Keep in mind that your first time of using a menstrual cup might not go so smoothly. It can take several tries before you can get it right.

How To Use A Menstrual Cup

In the below video, Meagan from Gladrags will demonstrate a few common folds on a Moon Cup that you can do yourself. A variety of silicon cups can be purchased online at GladRags. There are all kinds of silicon cups available such as Lunette Cup, Moon Cup, and The Keeper.

Where And How To Buy Menstrual Cup

The best place to find menstrual cups is online. You can find all types of brands at Amazon, which is located on the right panel for your convenience.

But if you want to know more about proper care of your menstrual cup, such as how to clean menstrual cup after use, menstrual cup size information, and materials and manufacturing etc, you can visit GladRags by clicking on the below image.

Conclusion

Choosing to use reusable menstrual cups is really a personal choice. But I do recommend them because they are better for the environment and our body compared to tampons.

For the newbies, I hope you have found this article useful and on your way to discovering which of those folds of the cup you would feel comfortable with. It does take time to get use to a new product.

Menstrual cups will last you up to 10 years, so it’s well worth experimenting with it and letting your body get use to it.

Do you think you will replace your tampons with this reusable silicon cup? Would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below.

Why Switch To Reusable Menstrual Products?

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As a woman, one of the things that we need to deal with each month is to put up with our period and the symptoms that may come with it, such as cramps, headache, fatigue etc.

Most women are aware that the supermarkets sell a wide range of disposable sanitary products, but not many know that there are reusable menstrual products available that are better for us and the environment.

So in this article, we are going to learn about reusable alternatives that are already available out there and their many benefits.

What Are The Reusable Menstrual Products?

There are various places online that specialise in making and selling cloth menstrual pads (eg. organic cotton menstrual pads) and silicone menstrual cups, which are alternatives to tampons. These alternatives are very effective in collecting our menstrual fluid during that time of the month.

Benefits of Using Reusable Menstrual Products

1) Very Friendly To Our Environment

Switching to reusable menstrual products mean that you will not contribute to the landfills. According to the National Women’s Health Network, 12 BILLION pads and 7 MILLION tampons pollute landfills annually in the US.

Now let’s think about our period for a moment. On average, periods should last for up to 7 days. If we are using a few pads or tampons each day until our period finishes, and we repeat the same cycle each month, we can roughly estimate how many disposable menstrual products would we use annually.

These disposable products get used once and thrown away. They end up in the landfills! There are so many women in this world. You can imagine how many pads and tampons each woman contributes to our landfills annually.

But, if women start switching to reusable menstrual products, it would be so much better for our environment. Remember, every small change can make big differences to our environment!

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 Source: Do you want to see how many tampons you would use in your menstruatinglifetime (35-40 years)? http://keeper.com/question-of-cost

2) Saves Money

Choosing to switch to reusable cloth menstrual pads will definitely save you lots of money over the long haul. Even though there is a high initial price for the product, it lasts ages! There are lots of beautiful designs to choose from too.

Let’s do a calculation here. If it costs you $5 each month for disposable menstrual pads, then it will cost you $60 in a year. In 5 years, you would spend $300 on disposable pads for your period.

But if you bought a reusable menstrual pad online, such as the color day pad from GladRags, it will cost you $14.99 each. Than it 5 years, you would have saved $285.01. What a BARGAIN!!! Cloth menstrual pads have been reported to last more than 5 years, so it is well worth the investment.

I created the below image of three different designs of reusable cloth menstrual pads from GladRags. But, actually they have such a huge range of designs available in their online store. They have pads for night time, pantyliners, value kits, organic pads, and more.

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Let’s take a look at the silicone menstrual cups as an alternative to tampons. If on average, you spend $4 each month on tampons, then it will cost you $48 in a year. In 5 years, it will cost you $240.

If you bought a silicone moon cup from GladRags, it will cost you $35.00. Then you would have saved $205. These menstrual cups last for up to 10 years. So actually, in 10 years time, you will save $445!

Moon Cup

Can you see the huge savings with these eco-friendly products? So far, we know that these products are better for the environment and our own pockets. But it doesn’t stop there…

3) Zero Harmful Chemicals

Reusable menstrual products are better for your body and health. Unlike disposable menstrual products, cloth pads and silicone cups do not expose you to harmful chemicals. 

4) Very Comfortable

If you are going to wear something for a few hours, at least wear something comfortable! Wearing something that is made of cloth is better than something made of plastic and doesn’t let the skin breathe. 

Silicon cups are good because they just collect menstrual fluid when inserted into the vagina. Unlike tampons, the cups do not dry out the vagina. 

There are less chances of irritation with reusable menstrual products.

5) Effective Protection

The whole point of buying sanitary products is to protect your clothes from being stained by your menstrual fluid. Well, reusable menstrual products are very effective and works the same as disposable ones. They both get the job done! Why not choose the products that have more benefits? 

Conclusion

There are so many great benefits of switching to reusable menstrual products. It is better for the environment, saves us money, has no chemicals, comfortable, and highly effective. These are top reasons why people should consider making that switch from disposables to reusable sanitary products. 

If you want to know more benefits of using reusable menstrual products, have a read of this article. CLICK HERE!

Is this article enough to convince to give cloth pads or silicone cups a try? Would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below.

How To Use Cloth Diapers

Reduce Landfill With Cloth Diapers

Disposable nappies in landfillsOne of the ways that we can be more environmentally friendly is to reduce the amount of diapers that go into the landfills each year. At least 18 billion disposable nappies are placed in landfill sites each year. That is a lot of nappies!

One of the best ways to reduce this amount is to consider using cloth diapers for your babies. To find out whether cloth diapering is something that would suit you and your baby’s lifestyle, have a read of my previous post about the pros and cons. CLICK HERE!

I know that cloth diapers is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is worth trying it if you haven’t done that before.

Best Place To Buy Cloth Diapers

I would like to recommend an online shop called ShopDiaper.com because they do have many lovely designs and they keep their prices low. They are very affordable and usually have some fantastic deals on.

The reason why ShopDiaper.com can keep their prices low is because the team is actually located in Harbin, China. So the products will be shipped directly to customers from China. They have FREE Shipping worldwide for any orders over $59. You can check out their range of cloth diapers and accessories by clicking on the “Get Now” button below.

How To Use Cloth Diapers

Not sure how to use cloth diapers? Just watch the below video of someone reviewing one of the cloth diapers and showing you how to use it. You can also go to ShopDiaper.com to have a look at what other mothers have been saying about these cloth diapers.

They have a New Arrivals Deal that started from February 2015. Details of these offers are below:

Get 5% off on order over $59 + Free Gift. Use coupon Code: lucky5 CLICK HERE!

Get $15 off on any order $219 + Free gift. Use coupon code: lucky10 CLICK HERE!

 

 

Conclusion

There are many resources available to help you get started with cloth diapering. It’s not difficult to learn and will do our environment a huge favor. 

Thanks for reading. If you a have found this post helpful, please leave some comments below.

Reusable Food Pouches Are Handy For Easter Eggs

colourful easter eggsIt’s still the month of April, but Easter has just past! I wanted to write about Easter in this post.

It’s a very important time, especially for christians to celebrate Easter. It is also an important time for people to bond with their family and friends during the long weekend. Working people would be relieved to have that long weekend to take a well deserved break from their work.

Last month, I wrote a review on some reusable products from 4MyEarth, which is an online store that sells unique and stylish eco-friendly sandwich wraps, snack pockets, food covers and other reusable products.  

My article was intended to show people how to use them for many other things not just for food items. You can read more HERE.

Recently, 4MyEarth had some new and interesting prints available from their online store. I received my reusable sandwich wrap and snack pocket with one of their latest print called ABC.

So now I will show you what I did with these eco-friendly and reusable products.

Reusable Snack Pouch For Easter Eggs

During the Easter period, there were so many easter eggs in my house. They were different sizes, but I mainly had lots of the little solid eggs. So I used the reusable snack pouch to store these easter eggs. How convenient! I loovvvve chocolate!

Reusable Pouches ABC Easter eggs

The snack pouch was also used to hold some of my favorite snacks to take to work during the weekdays. The picture shows a museli bar and a delicious cream biscuit.

Reusable snack pouch

Reusable Sandwich Wrap For My Lunch

Reusable Sandwich WrapThe reusable sandwich wrap was pretty handy to pack my sandwich to bring to work.

I love the unique designs from 4MyEarth. The best thing about their products is that it lasts SOOOO LONG!.

When we make a conscious choice to go the eco-friendly approach, then we are doing our bit to save the environment. Less rubbish in the landfills!

I like to encourage people to start using reusable earth friendly products too so that it will make a difference to our environment.

It actually works out cheaper in the long run because we can reuse the products over and over again!

If you want to check out what 4MyEarth has for your eco-friendly needs, please take a look at their website HERE.

What do you think of these eco-friendly solutions? Please leave your comments below.

Eco-friendly iphone cases made of grass

If someone was to tell you that a smartphone case can be made entirely of grass, would you believe it?

Well it can be done. Someone’s already thought of this idea and created it!

Sean Miles, a designer from Design Works who created this innovative gadget, has successfully produced an eco-friendly grass phone out of 100% natural and recycled organic materials. In the below video, he shows you how the grass smartphone is made.

You will see that the case is created using a mold. Grass is applied onto recycled resin and baked for 24 hours to create the finished product.

Would you buy a phone like this if it was available commercially? I know I would consider it because I think it looks really good and it’s also eco-friendly too. What about you? Please leave comments below.

Why Reduce Waste? Does Recycling Reduce Waste?

Why Reduce Waste?

sustainability reduce wastageWaste reduction is very important when considering our environmental impact. Did you know that the average household in a developed nation produces around 1 tonne of rubbish every year?

Raw materials and energy is used every time new goods are produced. So when we dispose of those products, then it means that the energy used to produce that product is wasted.

Doing our bit to make a difference to our environment starts with reducing our household waste, which contributes to reducing energy consumption at a grand scale. This involves examining and changing our buying habits. 

10 Tips On Reducing Your Waste

1) Less is best: Only buy things you really need. Choose goods with less packaging.

2) Buy pre-loved items: Consider buying second-hand goods rather than brand new. They are cheaper and may even be good quality. You can find some really good items at garage sales, markets, auctions, the salvos etc. 

3) Buy good quality and durable items: It is much better to buy good quality items that last much longer compared to cheap products that need replacing frequently. 

4) Care for your items: This means maintaining, servicing and protecting your items so that it will last longer.

5) Buy products that can be repaired, adapted or upgraded: A good example is buying a computer with a high quality casing so that you can just upgrade the internal components without buying a whole new PC.

6) Buy recyclable products or those produced from recycled materials: It generally requires less energy to produce new products from recycled materials than from raw materials. 

7) Recycling: Before you dispose of any items, think about whether you can reuse or recycle it. If not, perhaps you could sell it, trade it, or donate it. 

8) Use cloth bags for shopping: Using cloth bags means you will avoid using plastic bags for your shopping. 

9) Buy in bulk: This will save you money and also reduce packaging material used.

10) Packaging matters: It is better to buy products with packaging made from recycled materials or labelled with the international recycling symbol.

Why Should We Recycle?

It requires less energy consumption to produce new goods from recycled materials than from raw materials. The below table shows you how much energy is saved when you produce the material from recycled materials. These figures were obtained from 500 Energy-saving secrets published by Reader’s Digest (2010).

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If you want to know whether the products you are using are recyclable, always check for the international recycling symbol on the packaging. It’s better for our environment if we can recycle as much as possible!

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Conclusion

Changing our shopping habits, recycling, and buying products made from recyclable material contributes to waste reduction and less energy consumption. Hence, better for our environment.

Thanks for reading. If you have found this article helpful, please leave some comments below.

Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers: The Pros and Cons

If you are a parent and wondering whether you should choose cloth diapers or disposable ones for your child, I hope this post will help you decide which one will suit you and your baby.

The choice between cloth or disposable diapers is really a personal choice, but if you are trying to be as ‘green’ as much as possible and reduce your impact on the environment, then choosing cloth diapers is definitely a better option.

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Disposable Diapers And Their Environmental Impact

Did you know that at least 18 billion disposable nappies are placed in landfill sites each year?

Can you imagine 18 billion dirty nappies with contents still inside just breeding all kinds of bacteria and viruses in the landfills?

Disposable diapers are not good for the environment. But some people believe that laundering of cloth diapers is just as bad for the environment as using disposables. According to a landbank report, disaposable diapers use 20 times more raw materials, 3 times more energy, twice as much water, and generate 60 times more waste.

So, in general, disposable diapers have a greater negative impact on our environment!

Disposable Diapers Pros and Cons

disposable nappiesAdvantages:

  • Convenience: One of the main benefits that many people choose disposable diapers is convenience. It is hassle-free and easy to use. Just use it once and then throw it out. No need to wash them. Good for travelling.
  • Super absorbent material: Super absorbent granules, which are made of chemicals such as dioxins, swell to absorb urine. This means fewer diaper changes. But it also means higher risk of nappy rashes too.

Disadvantages:

  • Costly: It usually costs more in the long run. Just imagine the number of diapers you need to use each day for your baby until he/she is potty trained. The costs can really add up.
  • Wastage: It adds to the landfills and are not eco-friendly. According to the National Association of Nappy Services (NANS), disposable nappies form 4% of all household waste in the UK.
  • Not breathable: It may be a little bit of a concern for baby boys as it raises the temperature of the testes and scrotum. However, there is no conclusive evidence that suggest it would cause any problems with fertility.
  • Chemicals: Skin contact with chemicals from disposable diapers can cause problems such as diaper rash, irritated bottoms, and other common complaints. 

Cloth Diapers Pros and Cons

cloth-nappiesAdvantages:

  • Eco-friendly: Cloth diapers can be washed and reused over and over again. The landfills are better off when at least one person makes that change to cloth diapers. 
  • Comfort: Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers are more comfortable for the baby. 
  • Less time in diapers: The baby is potty trained quicker as they can feel when they are wet.
  • Save money: Over time, cloth diapers will save you money as it gets reused over many times.
  • Avoid chemical exposure: The baby’s skin is not in contact with chemicals, so it’s actually better for them.

Disadvantages:

  • Frequent changes: This may not be convenient for busy people. But it is required for keeping the baby’s bottom drier and avoid nappy rash.
  • Requires washing: Factors to consider include time to launder the diapers, cost of electricity, soap, water, and wear on your washing machine and dryer. You can even find a diaper service if you don’t want to wash them yourself.

Treating Nappy Rash

If your baby gets a sore bottom, here are some great tips to help with the recovery process.

  • Avoid acidic foods such as fruit juice and oranges
  • Let the child run around without wearing any diapers as much as possible
  • Avoid products with fragrance
  • Avoid petroleum based products that create a waterproof barrier on the skin and seal in the moisture.
  • Change diapers frequently

Elimination Timing

No NappiesIf you are interested in trying out a super green method, then elimination timing is something that you might want to explore with your new born baby. This method is used in most traditional cultures to potty train their baby and doesn’t involve using diapers!

It involves realizing and getting into sync with your baby’s natural toilet cycles so that you know when he/she needs the toilet. You can start using this method before the baby is 6 months old.

This can be done by holding your baby comfortably and securely over his potty on a regular basis so that he/she will associate sounds and positions with his potty.

Conclusion

There are advantages and disadvantages of both disposable and cloth diapers. So which one you choose for your baby ultimately depends on your personal preference and lifestyle.

If you haven’t tried cloth diapers before, this post will show you how to use it. CLICK HERE!

If you are comfortable, you can even try out elimination timing with your baby to see how it goes. It does take a bit of time and patience with this method. But it is one of the cheapest and greenest choice that a person can make.

If you can master this method, you don’t need to spend money on nappies at all! Imagine the enormous savings considering that a baby normally needs to be in nappies for up to 3 years. 

Now that you know the pros and cons of disposable diapers and cloth diapers, which one would you choose? Would you consider the elimination method? Please leave some comments below.

Reusable Snack Pouches Are Multipurpose

food wraps and pocketsOne of the top ways to minimize waste to the landfills is to reuse and recycle things. Getting into this habit will also save you money too.

One of the ways you can adopt an earth friendly approach and help reduce waste is choose reusable sandwich bags and cloth snack pouches for packing your lunch to work.

Or if you have kids, it’s great for them too.

One of the best reusable sandwich bags, food wraps and pockets that I have used so far are from www.4MyEarth.com.au.

I purchased some of these items a few years ago and have been using them ever since. They are great value for money and good for the environment. So I am going to review these products.

Review of 4MyEarth reusable products

Below is a photo of the reusable items placed on a picnic mat. They are great for picnics! All are hand, dishwasher or machine washable too. They will last a very long time!

The lunch bag is 21 x 26 x 10cm and is made from a lightweight Neoprene. The material is free from toxins such chlorine, PVC, lead, formaldehyde, BPA and phthalate.

The flat, strong and lightweight food wrap on the left is about 40cm x 40cm. It has a long velcro to lock the food items in place. Great for sandwiches, rolls, wraps, and other food items that fit into it.

The food pocket in the middle is about 18cm x 18cm.

The snack pouch is the about 10cm x 10cm

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My Snack Wraps

I have two of the below snack wraps that I got from a showbag at an eco-friendly event that I had attended. I love the patterns on them. 4MyEarth have a variety of other new patterns now. Inside these snack wraps, you can see the velcro inside.

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reusable snack wrap

These snack wraps are not only used for wrapping up your snacks, they can be used for other things too. They are multipurpose! That’s what I also love about them.

I use my snack wraps to put small items such as my lip balm, eye drops, handbag hooks, pocket tissues, small lotions etc.

If the item fits, then I’ll put it in. It’s great for travel items.

If you want to get into a habit of being more earth friendly, you might be interested in checking out what other eco-friendly items are available at 4MyEarth. CLICK HERE!

multipurpose wrap

reusable cloth wrap

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