belushi/Shutterstock In a study of 256 octogenarians by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, crafting activities— such as woodworking, pottery, ceramics, and quilting—reduced the likelihood of MCI by 55 percent. In a smaller study done in Germany, 60- and 70-year-olds who took art classes improved their scores on tests of psychological resilince over 14 weeks, indicating that their ability to cope with stress had grown. Also, fMRI scans revealed that their brains had sprouted new connections in areas that tend to lose connections with increasing age.
Being a child of the sixties and seventies I remember with fondness taking bottles back to the local grocers/off licence for a few pence. This helped the adults and also gave the children a responsibility but also a few pence for extra sweets etc. The bottles used to say on the lid/label if they were returnable and for how much. I doubt that with Health and Safety rules and particularly because of the awful ferral youths with bad intentions, that pre-teens and teens carrying bottles in plastic bags to the local shops will ever make a comeback but does anybody know if there are any schemes that re-use bottles, plastic fabric conditioner type bottles etc for the purpose they were originally made for. After hearing in the news that a lot of recycled stuff is not being recycled due to credit crunch and other things, I think to wash and re-use would be a step forward. May be this sounds too simplistic but with the right people etc behind it, why not? It always seem such a waste with coffee jars etc which are still in perfectly good condition. Does anybody know of any companies/schemes that re-use for the purpose they were intended?