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Monkeys February Newsletter

February 21, 2017


Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is an alloy and the .925 marking refers to 92.5 by weight of silver and 7.5 by weight of other metals (usually copper).  Fine silver on the other hand is 99.9% silver content and is much softer than sterling silver.  

Why do sterling silver tarnish over time?  This is due to the other metal (usually copper) in sterling silver.  When copper reacts with moisture and sulfur in the air, it causes the sterling silver to tarnish.  The rate of tarnish depends on a few factors including skin's pH, the environment  (humid/dry) and if it will be exposed to other chemical (lotion/perfume etc.).  You can easily remove silver tarnish with jewelry cloth that you can get from your local jewelry or online.

Although sterling silver is harder than pure silver, it is still not the toughest material thus it can still get dents.  We do not recommend wearing your silver jewelry to your gym where you will be rubbing your ring against other hard metals (e.g. dumbbell bars).  Take your rings off during showers or lotion time would also lower the chances of getting your ring tarnish.  

And just for your information, for those who actually prefers the oxidized or tarnish appearance, you can always request for us to help you oxidize the ring just like the picture shown below.


Let's recycle more plastic Together 

"When one ton of plastic bottles is recycled, almost four barrels of oil are saved. That means there is more oil available for home heating, which in turn helps keep the price down. Furthermore, recycling just one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space." (reference 1)

Many people are aware of recycling plastic bottles.  However, you can also recycle the following commonly used plastics.
- Yogurt container
- Bottle caps (e.g. from juice pouches)
- Grocery bags from grocery stores 
- Shampoo, conditioner or body lotion bottles etc...
- Used plastic forks or spoons from take out

You can find recycle centers in your neighborhood once you enter your zip code:  iwanttoberecycled.org

Plastic bottle are coded with different numbers as you can see from the image above.  Typically those that are labelled 1 or 2 can be recycled.  (Reference 2).  


1) www.moneycrashers.com/ways-recycle-plastic/
2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_identification_code


Upcoming Event

Monkeys have decided to participate as a vendor at the upcoming GREEN SCENE event held at the Fullerton Arboretum in April.  More information will be provided in case you are interested to check out their plant and garden.  




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