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Friday, June 21, 2013

Beat the Heat

It is officially summer.  Make sure you know how to stay cool.

When your body gets overheated it can lead to a variety of health concerns such as headaches and a drop in blood pressure that can lead to dizziness or fainting.  Not to mention that it is just plain uncomfortable when we get too hot.

To avoid overheating there are a variety of things that you can do.  If you are outdoors you can find shade under a tree, cabana, or patio umbrella, use a handheld or portable misting fan, and cool off in the ocean or the lake.

If you are indoors you can create circulation by opening a window, turning on a fan, or turning on the air conditioning.  To maximize your fans cooling potential take a look at the misting fans on the market today.

The infographic above How People Have Stayed Cool Over Time shows the unique methods people have used to prevent overheating.  Thankfully with today’s modern technology we have more options!

How people have stayed cool over time infographic

The infographic was created by David Shank, the VP/Sales of a company providing cooling methods to businesses and homeowners.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Guest Blog About Food Waste

"Clean your plate!" That's a statement many mothers make, and for good reason.

Over 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted worldwide every year! Not all of this waste comes from our homes and plates though. Food is lost or wasted at every step of the food supply chain, from production to distribution to consumption.

All in all, approximately 1/3 of all food produced globally for human consumption is discarded at some point during the process. But it’s not all bad news. This waste could actually be a productive source of energy, according to research collected by RWL Water Group.

Waste materials from milk, sugar, and rice production, for example, can be converted into biofuels, which can replace or be combined with petroleum-based fuels.

This infographic explores the waste-to-energy potential across the food industry. Turning food waste into a source of fuel sounds like a much better plan than dumping it in a landfill. Doesn’t it?

Source: RWL Water Group

Monday, June 17, 2013

Grilling For Beginners

Those taking up grilling for the first time need not worry about failing. As long as you know how to properly cook each type of meat on your grill you will be able to put together any dish you can think of.

The process of keeping meat safe to eat and free of germs and bacteria starts at the pre-grocery store phase, where it is kept dry and refrigerated using a temperature monitoring system to ensure freshness. Once you buy it from the store, it is important to properly store the meat before you get ready to cook.

Since each type of meat is different, we put this infographic together to explain each so you know how to best prepare them on your grill. From safe minimum cooking temperatures to essential barbeque tips, this infographic gives you the tools you need to improve your grilling skills.

With summer around the corner, start heating up your grill and send out invitations for your next party!

David Cormier is a graphic designer for Madgetech.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sheepleg Partners with Rainy Pass Repair

Hello all,

We are excited to announce that Sheepleg and Rainy Pass Repair are working together to help our fellow outdoors-folks keep their gear in tip top shape or even alter it to fit specific needs.

While Sheepleg is still in its terrible 2's and growing like a weed, Rainy Pass Repair has been fixing gear for over 25 years!  They not only repair gear, but they also alter and clean it as well.  They have agreements with some of the largest manufacturers so their work won't void your warranties.

The process couldn't be simpler.  You simply fill out a form, mail your gear and payment information to them, and they get you all squared away.  We don't get in the middle of the process.  It is just a heads up to our customers who have a favorite jacket they don't want to part with that there is a way.

If you held on to your blanky for years to protect you from the boogie man, you certainly need to hold on to the sleeping bag or tent that is going to keep the rain and critters...or worse yet, raining critters off of you at night while you sleep.

You can check them out in more detail on their website here.  They have gear tips, reviews, and all types of other information you can use.

Now go hit the trail!

The Shepherd.