101 Uses for Dirty Diapers

Written by David Leonhardt

Asrepparttar father of a toddler, I am an expert on dirty diapers. I know exactly what to do with them: throw them out!

But along comes a New York waste company and a town in California who want me to do something else with my dirty diapers. Like cover my roof with them. Or walk on them. Or build a doghouse with them, perhaps.

Does this sound nuts? Well, it's not. In fact, this project just wonrepparttar 110132 world's top happiness award:repparttar 110133 2003 Happy Guy Award (www.The HappyGuy.com).

A few months ago, we lived in a "vertical community". When The Little Lady was born, we wanted to expand our home to make room for her, but our neighbors below objected to us digging a basement, and a front porch would have blockedrepparttar 110134 hall. So we opted to move out torepparttar 110135 country, and with that move we had to sacrificerepparttar 110136 diaper service and any environmental high ground we could claim.

Yes, we became what we had always wanted to avoid being: diaper-dumpers.

If you have never had children, you may not realize how much a little child can dispose of. In olden days, a couple would have a dozen kids, give or take a few. In these modern times of disposable diapers that just is not possible repparttar 110137 diapers fromrepparttar 110138 first child take up more place on this planet than several dozen siblings would.

So along comesrepparttar 110139 town of Santa Clarita and Knowaste Inc. proposing to recycle dirty diapers. Sure, you think, just mix them all together, throw in a bit of water, steam them clean and slap them back on baby.

Green or Mean Returns - Investing in the Environment

Written by Freddie Mooche

Every industry is affected by rules and regulations. Environmental issues are becoming of greater importance as more and more regulations go into affect. Cleaner air, water, pesticides evenrepparttar garbage we throw away is regulated. Do you think much about it?

Evenrepparttar 110131 oceans are cause for environmental regulation. The resent oil tanker that broke in two offrepparttar 110132 coast of Spain has become world news and threatensrepparttar 110133 ocean's eco system andrepparttar 110134 industries that rely on it. From an investment perspective itsrepparttar 110135 fishing industry's concern, as losses can run intorepparttar 110136 multi-millions. But fishermen aren'trepparttar 110137 only one's who'll suffer.

In 2015 all oil transport ships are to be double hulled. That'srepparttar 110138 current regulations and they're already talking about reforming that act. That spill is going to force those regulations to be changed, and rapidly. What that means is more ships will have to be built sooner. But it will also increaserepparttar 110139 cost of transporting oil inrepparttar 110140 short term and that means YOU are going to pay more for heating oil and gas for your car.

That brings me torepparttar 110141 point of this article. The environment can provide green investments or mean investments, depending on which end ofrepparttar 110142 spectrum your on.

The fishing industry offrepparttar 110143 coast of Spain is going to suffer, ship builders are going to benefit,repparttar 110144 transportation industry is going to suffer and thenrepparttar 110145 micro economic effects begin to (pardon my pun) spill over to smaller businesses.

Investing in environmental companies that are charged with clean up is a pretty safe bet. But only those that are consistently involved arerepparttar 110146 safest investment and haverepparttar 110147 greatest chance for growth; better green than mean. Go for safe, consistent segments.

What do we mean by a safe investment? Inrepparttar 110148 environmental industry there are certain sectors where demand for their services are growing, especially since regulations began to be enacted to deal withrepparttar 110149 mounting waste issues. Two ofrepparttar 110150 safest areas we've found are inrepparttar 110151 recycling field. Automotive byproducts, tires, are one ofrepparttar 110152 more consistent demands in recycling. It's a green investment! The other is toxic metals and water. Very consistent demand, another green investment!

Axcess Business News looked at two green investments inrepparttar 110153 recycling industry, Greenman Technologies, Inc. and KBF Pollution Management, Inc. We recently interviewedrepparttar 110154 CFO of Greenman Technologies, Inc. (AMEX: GRN) in Axcess Business News Inside Wall Street column and had selected it as one of our "best picks" in our Stock Guide. The other company, KBF Pollution Management, Inc. (OTCBB: KBFP) is also in our Small Cap Corner's "best picks" column. GRN recycles tires and KBFP cleans up toxic metals and waste water. Two environmental companies inrepparttar 110155 recycling sector, both with consistent demand for their services. Green investments!

GRN and KBFP By The Numbers

Greenman Technologies, Inc. Classification: business services. Inrepparttar 110156 first row arerepparttar 110157 Industry Averages and inrepparttar 110158 second row are Greenman Technologies, Inc. numbers. Source: Market Guide as of 11/17/02

Mkt. Cap P/E Profit (%) Margin Price to Sales ROE Sales per Share Debt to Equity EPS Growth (5 yr.) 404.71 33.60 9.49% 6.73 15.48 NA 0.24 17.67 30.82 21.51 4.97% 1.09 93.04 1.84 2.35 NM

KBF Pollution Management , Inc. Classification: waste management services. Inrepparttar 110159 first row arerepparttar 110160 Industry Averages and inrepparttar 110161 second row are KBF Pollution Management, Inc. numbers. Source: Market Guide as of 11/17/02

Mkt. Cap P/E Profit (%) Margin Price to Sales ROE Sales per Share Debt to Equity EPS Growth (5 yr.) 408.31 77.94 2.78% 1.38 5.19 NA 1.76 25.93 10.17 NM -25.01% 1.79 -24.33 0.04 0.49 NM

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