Newborn baby a miracle

Ravi Thangarajah with his new born baby daughter Durga who survived a full ectopic pregnancy.

A newborn baby has survived a full-term ovarian pregnancy which doctors in Australia's Northern Territory have hailed as "a miracle".
Meera Thangarajah and husband Ravi had no idea there was anything unusual about her pregnancy when she arrived at Darwin Private Hospital Thursday morning.

It wasn't until the Obstetrician Andrew Miller went to perform a cesarean that he discovered the baby was squeezed into Mrs Thangarajah's right ovary.
Remarkably Mrs Thangarajah's ovary was still intact though Miller said the skin was stretched so far he could see the baby's facial features through it.

"I'm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world.''
Million to one: Meera Thangarajah cuddles her miracle baby daughter Durga who grew inside her ovary for almost nine months

"It could have ruptured at any moment, leaving both mother and baby's lives at risk," the Northern Territory News quoted the doctor as saying on Friday.
But baby Durga was delivered safely at 8.47 a.m. (CST) on Thursday and Dr Miller described the birth as a medical phenomenon.

"This form of pregnancy is rare enough, but to have it go full term is unheard of," he said. "I have never come across it in any hospital. It truly is a miracle she got a living baby out of it-- she's extraordinarily lucky," Miller said.
Most women whose eggs develop outside the uterus suffer severe pain and bleeding in the early weeks of their pregnancy and are advised to abort because of the danger to themselves.
However, Mrs Thangarajah had no symptoms apart from the usual morning sickness, discomfort and nausea and her ultrasounds at regular check-ups never showed anything unusual.



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Sharon Stone apologises for China earthquake remark

Hollywood star Sharon Stone has apologised for suggesting China's earthquake was bad "karma" for its handling of Tibet, but Christian Dior on Thursday dropped her from its local ads amid a public uproar.
The 50-year-old US actress offered to help with relief efforts after the May 12 quake that killed nearly 70,000 people, in an effort to smooth over tensions sparked by her controversial comments at the Cannes Film Festival last week.
"My erroneous words and deeds angered and saddened the Chinese people, and I sincerely apologise for this," she said in a statement issued by Dior China and sent to AFP on Thursday.

The remarks sparked an uproar in China, where people are in no hurry to forgive her, according to a survey published on the popular web portal
Of the more than 300,000 who had participated in the survey by late Thursday, 70.3 percent said they would "never forgive" Stone, while 20.5 percent did not accept her apology because "it was not sincere".
Another 8.7 percent said an apology was useless and it was necessary to observe her actions, while a mere 0.6 percent said they were satisfied by her apology.

She was asked if she had heard about the disaster that recently hit China's Sichuan Province, and her answer was:

"Of course I have. You know it was very interesting, because at first, you know, I wasn't very happy about the way the Chinese are treating Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And so I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that, because I don't like... that.

"And I've been concerned about how should we deal with the Olympics because they've not been nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine. And all this earthquake stuff happened and I thought: 'Is that karma? When you are not nice the bad things happen to you.'"

Her remarks triggered anger across the Chinese-language media and were called "inappropriate" by the founder of one of China's biggest urban cinema chains, who said his company would not show the Hollywood star's films.

Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, said that actors should not bring personal politics to comments about a natural disaster that has left 5 million Chinese homeless.



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Foreign Cars cannot enjoy petrol subsidies

Welcome to Malaysia, Selamat datang ke-Malaysia

Many will agree that petrol subsidies, if any, should be enjoyed only by Malaysians.
The Malaysian government has decided to ban all petrol stations at the country's borders from selling petrol and diesel to foreign cars beginning Friday 30 May 2008.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad said at the Malaysia-Thailand border, the ban involved petrol stations that were 30-50km from the border.
He said the ban covered Perlis, Kedah, North Perak, Kelantan and several districts in Johor including Kulai and Johor Baru.
"A written directive regarding the ban under the Control of Supplies Act 1961 will be issued to 200-300 petrol station operators in the near future," Shahrir told reporters at the Parliament lobby after attending a meeting of the Cabinet Committee On Inflation at Parliament House.

"This move is a stern act by the government to reduce the leaks in subsidies that involve high cost and which should actually be enjoyed by the lower-income group in the country.”
He said his ministry's officers would be deployed at the stations concerned to monitor and act if there were station owners who flouted the ban.
The penalty for flouting was a fine up to RM250,000 or three years’ jail or both, he said.

He said the ban would be in force until his ministry could determine an appropriate subsidy management system to block "optimistic" buying and selling.

UPDATE: 30 MAY 2008

MALAYSIA will only start banning Singapore-registered cars from buying fuel in Johor stations near the southern border from June 9, instead of Friday as earlier announced.
The ban at the northern border, largely affecting Thai-registered cars, will start a week earlier - on June 2.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Samad told The Straits Times that the ban would not affect motorcycles. They will be allowed to buy subsidised fuel anywhere in Malaysia.



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Shocking: Court allows 12-yr-old girl to have sex change

MELBOURNE: A 12-year-old Australian girl has been allowed by a court to begin the process of a sex change, despite objections from her father who said the child was too young to make the decision.
A hormone treatment was initiated on the unnamed girl, as the first step towards a complete gender switch after the court pronounced the order on an application filed by her mother, the Sunday Herald-Sun reported on Sunday.
The court also permitted the girl to obtain a new birth certificate, passport and medicare card in a boy's name.
Besides the mother, a state government observer, an endocrinologist, a psychiatrist, a family counsellor and a lawyer had supported the child's decision in the application.
However, her father, who did not attend the final court hearing, opposed the proposed gender swap, refusing to accept that his daughter had always seen herself as a boy.
He also considered the child too young to make the decision, the court was told.
But the child's lawyer held that the girl was capable of making an informed decision.
The girl is one of the youngest patients in Australia to be granted permission to begin a sex change treatment.

The hormone treatment, which was initiated on the child to prevent her from starting her menstrual cycle was reversible, the court was told, and would give the family "breathing time" before the final phase of the therapy was implemented.
A further court application will be needed before the testosterone treatment begins to deepen her voice and promote growth of facial hair and muscles, the newspaper said.Further surgeries on the child would have to wait until she is at least 18.

Mother brainwashed her daughter.

THE cousin of a 12-year-old Victorian girl who is undergoing a sex change claims the child's mother brainwashed her daughter.
The adult cousin, nephew of the girl's father, said the woman had wanted the girl to be born a boy so desperately that she groomed her from birth to want to be a boy.
The man, who cannot be named, lived with the family between 1999 and 2001 and said the girl had been brought up in a troubled home.
Her mother had developed post-natal depression and bought her boys' underwear and clothing, the student said.
"Her mother brainwashed her from a very young age," he alleged.
"The girl had very tomboyish tendencies and the mother fostered that and told her, 'I always wanted a boy and I'm glad you're acting like a boy'," the man said.

Can a 12-year-old girl has the capacity to make such life-changing decisions on her own?
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Tim Petras

A German boy of 12 is believed to have become the world's youngest sex change patient after convincing doctors that he wanted to live the rest of his life as a female.
The boy - originally called Tim, but now known as Kim - has started to receive hormone treatment, in preparation for the operation that will eventually complete the sex change.
Tim was diagnosed as a transsexual two years ago, when doctors and psychiatrists concluded that his claims to be "in the wrong body" were so deeply felt that he required treatment. The therapy involves artificially arresting male puberty, with a series of potent hormone injections before the administration of female hormones to initiate the development of features such as breasts.

Now aged 14, and officially registered as a female, Kim looks like a typical girl of her age. She dresses in fashionable clothes, has long blonde hair and blue eyes and dreams of moving to Paris to become a fashion designer. Her parents, who initially assumed their son was going through a temporary phase, eventually grew accustomed to seeing him as a girl.
The family's full identity has not been made public. But Kim's father, known as Lutz P. – speaking to the German publications Der Spiegel and Stern – said that as a child, the boy liked to play with Barbie dolls, enjoyed wearing dresses and, from the age of two, insisted that he was a girl. "We saw Kim as a girl, but not as a problem. Our life was surprisingly normal."

UPDATE: 8 FEB 2009

German Becomes Transsexual At 16

Kim Petras, a 16-year-old from Germany, underwent a sex change operation and became the world`s youngest transsexual, the DailyMail writes.Tim, or Kim today, started receiving hormonal therapy at the age of 12 and the entire sex change operation was performed in November last year. Kim is a famous pop singer in her homeland and says she can`t wait to put on her tight summer outfits.
The gender change operation is usually performed in Germany once the patient turns 18, however Kim managed to convince her doctors that she needs the operation when at the age of 12. She was officially registered as a girl when she was 14 years old, becoming famous for her choice.Insurance covered the operation expenses, because he was officially diagnosed as an illness. Doctors believe that there is lack of empathy for cases like Kim`s, which occurs because of ignorance. A mental illness in not in question her, but these people are “trapped in the wrong body”.
“I always felt like a woman”

Kim Petras

Kim had to wait for her 16 th birthday to meet the legal age limit for the surgery, and is now delighted because everything has changed. She is aware that people would always mention her past, but hopes that one day she would be famous for her music.
Last year, Kim, a fashion design student, signed a record deal with Joyce Records and released her first single “Last Forever”, which became a YouTube and MySpace hit.
She began feeling like a girl when she was two years old and when asked if she feels like a woman today, Kim replied:
- I have always felt like a woman! -
Her father is proud of her for following her dreams, regardless of the fact that they are hard to follow.



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Buy a car, get a gun

Max Motors has sold more than 30 cars and trucks in the past three days

A Missouri car dealer says sales have soared at his auto and truck business since launching a promotion this week that promises buyers a free handgun or a $US250 petrol card with every purchase.
Max Motors, a small Butler, Missouri dealership that has as its logo a grimacing cowboy wielding a pistol, has sold more than 30 cars and trucks in the past three days, far more than its normal volume. And owner Mark Muller credits his decision to start offering buyers their choice of a $US250 petrol card or a $US250 credit at a gun shop.
"This thing has taken off. Sales have quadrupled," said Muller. The store sells both used and new vehicles including General Motors and Ford products.
Every buyer so far "except one guy from Canada and one old guy" has elected to take the gun, Muller said. Muller recommends his customers select a Kel-Tec .380 pistol.
"It's a nice little handgun that fits in your pocket," he said.
Muller said the promotion was inspired by presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

"We did it because of Barack Obama. He said all those people in the Midwest, you've got to have compassion for them because they're clinging to their guns and their Bibles. I found that quite offensive."
"We all go to church on Sunday and we all carry guns," said Muller. "I've got a gun in my pocket right now. I have a rifle in my truck.
"We've got to shoot the coyotes out here, they're attacking our cows, our chickens.
"We're not clinging to nothing. We're just damn glad to live in a free country where you can have a gun if you want. This is the way it ought to be."

Anybody buying a new car at Max Motors before the end of the month gets a $250 gas card—or a gun.

The website advertisement for the offer, which continues until the end of the month, mentions that an approved background check on gun ownership is required.

Source: BBS



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People protesting against McDonald in Sichuan for not making donations

Very sad and ugly scene.

People in Nanchong, in Sichuan China, gathered outside a local McDonald outlet to protest.

McDonald was accused of not making donations to Sichuan earthquake victims. They called the international fastfood chain “stingy”.

Local police and undercovers were called and quick to response to dismiss the public.
Dont they understand donations is voluntary?



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Newlyweds Raise Money for Sichuan Earthquake Victims

Everybody is doing their parts in earthquake relief fund-raising in China.
A newly-wed couple ride a fund-raising tour for Sichuan earthquake victims on their wedding day on Saturday, May 17, 2008 in Hangzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang Province.



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Chinese policewoman helps quake effort by breastfeeding

Jiang Xiaojuan, Jiangyou County Public Security Bureau in Sichuan is an ordinary civilian police, she was in the picture shelters for the earthquake victims in an earthquake orphans breastfeeding.

CHENGDU, China - A Chinese policewoman is contributing to the country’s massive earthquake relief effort in a very personal way -- by breastfeeding eight babies.

A newspaper in Chengdu, the capital of quake-hit Sichuan province, devoted a special page to the 29-year-old woman, calling her a “hero.”

The woman from the quake-ravaged town of Jiangyou has just had a child herself, the Western Urban Daily said.

She is nursing the children of three women who were left homeless by the quake and are too traumatised to give milk, as well as five orphans, the report said.

The babies who lost their parents have been put in an orphanage which does not have powdered milk, it said.

An estimated 50,000 people were killed in the May 12 earthquake, China’s worst natural disaster in a generation.

UPDATE: Sun Jun 22, 2008

China policewoman promoted for breastfeeding quake babies

A Chinese policewoman who breastfed babies orphaned during last month's earthquake has been given a better job, prompting online protests that promotions should be awarded on merit, not merely for good deeds.
Jiang Xiaojuan, 30, left her own baby with her parents and took part in the disaster relief work, breastfeeding nine babies, earning her the nickname of "the police mum" in the press.

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She has since been awarded titles of "hero and model police officer" and "excellent member of the Communist Party," was appointed to the Communist Party of China Committee of the Jiangyou Public Security Bureau and became the bureau's vice commissar, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
Jiangyou, population 850,000, is a city near the epicenter of the May 12 Sichuan quake which killed more than 69,000 people with thousands still missing.
"Many people voiced objections when the Jiangyou government sought public opinion after making the promotion," Xinhua said. "They said an official position should not be used to promote a moral model."
There were also supporters of Jiang's promotion, saying that what she did showed she was a good public servant.



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New Fashion Trend in Japan

If you have visited Japan recently, you would have noticed these unnatural-looking young girls known as Ganguro.Of course, there's nothing wrong with that fashion.
Ganguro literally mean "black-face", is a Japanese fashion trend among many Japanese girls which peaked in popularity from the late 1990s to the early 2000s is coming back, an outgrowth of chapatsu hair dyeing. The Shibuya and Ikebukuro districts of Tokyo are the centre of ganguro fashion.

The basic look consists of bleached hair, a deep tan, both black and white eyeliners, false eyelashes, platform shoes (usually sandals or boots), and brightly colored outfits. Also typical of the "Ganguro Gal" look are cell phones covered with purikura stickers, tie-dyed sarongs, mini-skirts, hibiscus flower hairpins, and lots of bracelets, rings and necklaces.

Besides being ganguro, these girls wear more outrageous makeup with white lipstick, white eye shadow around the eyes (a racoon or panda look), silvery hair, and some glitter or fake tear drops on the cheek.

Extreme trend followers further bleach their hair up to a platinum blond shade, get even deeper tans, wear white lipstick, multicoloured pastel eye shadows and tiny metallic or glittery adhesives around the bottom rim of the eye sockets

The centerpiece of their street costume is 15-cm (6-inch) or higher platform shoes or sandals that makes them tower over the average Japanese. It lets them "look down" on the world or to have the world "look up" to them. Despite the obvious hazards of these high footwear, they have been in fashion for some time now.

They also have a loud, gregarious (but not wicked) way of talking and laughing. These girls want to attract the attention they are getting, and they relish it. They also feel much more confident and attractive. Without all these superficial condiments, most of them are really plain-Jane (or plain ugly) girls who need a lift (both in spirit and actual height) in life.



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What Men need to know about Impotence

Impotence occurs in all men at one time or another. There is no one main cause for impotence. There are in fact a number of different causes although in many cases a man may never find the cause of his impotence.

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Impotence(Erectile Dysfunction) affects one out of every 10 men.
Impotence - which is defined as the consistent or recurrent inability to obtain or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual performance. It is now estimated that 34 percent of all American men ages 40-70, which is about 20 million men, suffer from a significant level of impotence. That means that millions of men are unfulfilled in the sexual area, and a good many of these men are living lives of quiet desperation.

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Bicycle riding causes cycling impotence,That claim was made by Dr Irwin Goldstein, a prominent urologist, in "Bicycling Magazine" a few years ago.
A survey conducted on participants in a Norwegian endurance bike race found that 20% of the competitors reported penile numbness lasting from a few minutes to a day or more following the event and that 13% of competitors reported temporary impotence.
CYCLING can make men impotent, scientists warned.
Spending too long in the saddle blocks blood flow, causes numbness and can jeopardise riders' sex lives, according to the research.

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Russian scientists had researched it and discovered that women who act and dress in a provocative manner, particularly baring too much breasts and thighs cause men to be impotent.
Nowadays, 70 percent of impotency is a natural defensive reaction to stresses caused by constant unsatisfied arousal. But this reaction is rather long-standing.
Thus, women dig a grave for men’s health with their bare legs and low-cut dresses. Every nice girl going on a date with a sexy top on will make only one man happy and a dozen men on her way will suffer from her revealing looks. In this case strippers are weapons of mass destruction; they have already turned the Western civilization into the society with limited erection.

Sexologists made up the list of impotency-causing activities:

Scrutinizing internet pornography
Watching erotica and pornography on video
Staring at scantily-clad girls in the street
Reading erotic magazines
Going to striptease clubs

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FLIP-flops can make men impotent and damage internal organs, a survey claims.
And the most expensive beach shoes fared WORSE in tests than cheap ones.
Researchers found the shoes contain toxic phthalates chemicals which can cause men to flop in bed. Phthalates are also suspected of acting like hormones and causing damage to the liver and kidneys as well as reproductive organs.
The German Association for Environmental Protection also found high amounts of lead and poisonous zinc and phosphororganic compounds in flip-flops they tested.

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Most men know from experience, use of alcohol can definitely affect sexual response. Alcohol has a powerful effect on your body and on your sexual response. Too much alcohol can depress your nervous system, dampening your tactile senses and short circuiting internal messages that are needed in order to achieve an erection. For some men, even limited consumption of alcohol can cause erection problems.

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In fact, emerging research on smoking shows that men with a pack-a-day habit are almost 40 percent more likely to struggle with erectile dysfunction than men who don't smoke.
Smoking delivers nicotine and other vasoconstrictors that close down the blood vessels of the penis.
A recent study of more than 8,000 Australian men between the ages of 16 and 59 found that those who smoked less than a pack a day had a 24 percent increased risk of erectile problems. And, as the number of cigarettes smoked went up, so, too, did the chances of erectile dysfunction. Those men who averaged more than 20 cigarettes a day increased their risk of erectile dysfunction by 39 percent, reported the study, published in the journal Tobacco Control.

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Caffeine is becoming more and more common in the drinks we consume. Coffee, tea, caffeine based drinks, energy drinks, cola based drinks and chocolate all contain caffeine.
Caffeine can prevent the body from absorbing essential minerals and vitamins. This can obviously lead to decencies which can impact on your sexual performance. Like every part of the body, the penis needs to benefit from vitamins and minerals that you consume for it to function at its peak.
Overall caffeine can be a factor in impotent men so it is highly recommended that you cut down or even eliminate your caffeine intake as a first measure in curing your impotence.

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Medical evidence indicates that meat-eating does indeed cause impotence, because meat clogs up the arteries going to all organs, not just to the heart. Meat-eating is also linked to numerous other health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Many healthy vegan foods are loaded with natural aphrodisiacs—nutrients and chemicals that boost your and your partner’s sexual arousal and performance. Research has shown that vegetarians enjoy greater amounts of the nutrients that help boost sexual health and performance—such as vitamins A, C, and E and potassium—than meat-eaters do.



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Ghost caught on handphone camera

Ghosts don't exist and are all in the mind according to a recent study by UK psychologists.
According to the study, the haunting feelings exist but the ghosts do not - do you agree? Have you ever had any unusual, inexplicable experiences? Do you believe in ghosts?

Watch this video carefully if you do not believe in ghost!

Video of a female ghost caught on his handphone when he was fishing under a bridge in Batu Kawan, Pulau Pinang recently. In the video the female ghost or hantu langsuyar(In Malay) was crying. The hantu was wearing white clothe and had a long black hair. At the end of the video, the hantu was seen flying off.
Look so real to me.

Source: E-Mail Forward



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Natural Disasters in the past 40 years

A look at some of the deadliest natural disasters around the world in the past 40 years:

- May 2008: Earthquake (magnitude 7.9) hits Sichuan province in central China. Thousands are killed.

- May 2008: Cyclone Nargis strikes Myanmar, killing more than 30,000 and leaving an additional 30,000 missing.

- October 2005: Northern Pakistan earthquake (magnitude 7.6) kills about 78,000 people.

- August 2005: U.S. Gulf Coast Hurricane Katrina kills at least 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.

- December 2004: Indian Ocean tsunami (triggered by magnitude 9.0 earthquake) kills 230,000 in a dozen countries.

- December 2003: Southeastern Iran earthquake (magnitude 6.5) kills 26,000.

- August 1999: Western Turkey earthquake (magnitude 7.4) kills 17,000.

- October 1998: Central America Hurricane Mitch kills 9,000.

- April 1991: Bangladesh cyclone kills 140,000.

- June 1990: Northwestern Iran earthquake (magnitude 7.7) kills 50,000.

- July 1976: Northeastern China earthquake (magnitude 8.2) kills 240,000, with some estimates at 655,000.

- November 1970: Bangladesh cyclone kills 300,000. World's deadliest cyclone on record.



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A True Mother's Love

To the person who has the hardest job of all. To the person who’s doing the best job of all. To the queen of the house. To the one person we should appreciate all year round (but more so on Mother’s Day).
Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers

A True Mother's Love

A mother's love is consistent
and patient, it will never fade.
A mother's love is warm and
compassionate, even in the
shade. A mother's love will
always help you through the
weakest hours. A mother's love
is always like a bouquet of
flowers. A mother's love is
strong and will never steer
you wrong. A true mother's
love is beautiful in many ways.
A true mother's love is sincere
and it takes a mother's love to
conquer our fears. A true mother's
love knows the depth of love. A
true mother's love is contentment,
just like God's love. My mother's
love is absolutely all of the above.

Patarica D. Nunn



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Clothing made of recycled plastic

Soft drink giant Coco Cola is all prepared to launch a clothing lane fully made out of recycled plastic. After considering the accuses form environmentalists, that Coca Cola's used bottles create great troubles on the atmosphere, the cola giant has come up with unique, yet creative solution of recycling the used bottles into fabric with a motto 'Drink 2 wear'.

Already a set of cloths including T-shirts that read "Make your plastic fantastic", "Rehash your trash", has been reached the stores with a price tag of $ 7.50. Other than the fabrics, tote bags, caps, purses and notebooks made from plastic bottles are also expected to arrive soon.

Stuart Kronauge, VP-marketing atfinishe Coca-Cola North America told that "These fun T-shirts merge trend with consciousness, reminding shoppers that small steps like recycling a few bottles can go a long way towards helping preserve our environment." The new concept will help to reuse more than 700 million bottles, which would otherwise turn hazards to environment.

The attempt of Coke is appreciable on the background of global warming and 'green earth movements'. Joining hands with the environ friendly movements, Coke had last year launched 328 environment friendly products.

The company aims to recycle 100% of the bottles used in the marketplaces. The company claims to have spent $60 million only in recycling program.


Water bottles are made from a resin called polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
which is derived from natural gas and petroleum.

One consumer's trash is another's treasure.

Recycled bottles are compacted and baled for processing.

During the PET recycling process, the bottles are chopped into flakes and then melted to turned into white pellets smaller than a peppercorn.

Recycled PET can be made into fiber and later spun into yarn.

The recycled PET finishes its metamorphosis.
Most of it becomes fiber and is turned into fabric for items such as clothing.

Many benefits of using recycled PET :

1) Less waste going to landfills

2) It is estimated that for every meter of fabric made of 50% recycled PET, five plastic bottles
are kept out of landfills

3) Less demand for petroleum product and environmental impact from processing of the
petroleum into virgin polyester. This will contribute to saving energy by as much as 90%
and reduction of Carbon Dioxide emission by as much as 70%

4) Less air, water and soil contamination

5) For every 1 lb. of recycled fiber, 61,000 BTU is conserved or the equivalent
of 0.5 gallons of gasoline



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