Environment

Less Stress at Christmas

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Yet again the silly season is upon us and, while Christmas can be one of the most fun times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful, so do a little preparation now to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed later.
Firstly give your immunity a little boost, the last thing you need is to be fighting coughs, colds and seasonal sniffles when you should be making Yuletime merry. Take extra vitamin C and extra vitamin D (which can help to keep your moods balanced as well as fighting viruses!). Try some immune boosting botanicals. Echinacea (provided you don’t have any autoimmune issues), Elderberry and Olive Leaf are all allies. Take a high potency probiotic everyday for a threefold benefit, better digestion, better mood balance and stronger immunity.

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Bulk Buying by Liza

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We are all looking for ways to save money when shopping. Many of the products we buy are contained in single use packaging that costs money and natural resources to make. So when you buy in bulk, you often eliminate the need for packaging, which has a positive impact on the environment. It is believed that plastic packaging can lead to ingestion of synthetic chemicals over time, so buying in bulk might also help preserve your health. read more →

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Eco Friendly Bathing Habits by Liza Seavers

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Swap shower gels for natural soap bars

Avoid soap containing unsustainable palm oil or those wrapped in plastic. Only Natural have beautiful, naturally fragranced unwrapped soaps from ‘Faith in Nature’ and also from an Irish owned company ‘Palm Free Irish Soap’. By opting for packageless or minimally packaged products the need for recycling is reduced. Obviously recyclable packaging is better than un-recyclables but the recycling process still puts a significant strain on the environment. Some cosmetic companies offer a refill service where you can top up your container at a discounted rate.

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Try Shampoo Bars

Shampoo bars are also a greener option worth trying. Palm Free Irish Soaps have a bar called ‘Thyme Travel’. I love the fresh, natural scent of this bar. To use simply rub on dampened hair and work up a lather then wash out. The makers of this bar recommend rinsing with apple cider vinegar as a great natural conditioner and then treating the hair to a drop of argan oil. Friends of mine have tried this and they love it, unfortunately my hair is too fine but my husband tried the product and is now fully a converted shampoo bar devotee. read more →

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Sukin, a skincare brand from down under that could be big up here !

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Sukin was launched in 2007 by a Melbourne based family on a mission to provide high quality, affordable and effective natural skin and hair care.  We’ve stocked some Sukin products for many years now but, in line with our new drive to support products which truly love the environment as well offering quality and value, we’ve just increased the range. As to quality I have no doubts, you don’t get to be Australia’s No. 1 selling natural skin and haircare range without being a brand that works, especially in a comparatively harsh environment like down under.

As for eco credentials Sukin have chosen to make that the core of their ethos from the start. As their website puts it : “Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth” is our tagline which reflects our affordable price positioning and also touches on Sukin’s natural formulations and earth friendly brand ethos, these elements have resonated well with our customers.

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Rob Greenfield – How To Be The Change In A Messed Up World

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On a sunny Sunday in early April, myself and Ciarán headed to Common Ground in Bray to meet environmental activist, Rob Greenfield. The room was bursting at the seams with avid listeners and there was a tangible feeling that maybe, just maybe, a change is coming. Maybe we can turn back the clock on all the environmental destruction we’ve caused.

We’ve followed Rob’s work for a few years now. He first came onto our radar in 2013, when he cycled from San Francisco to Vermont living by his low-energy, low-waste criteria and carrying any rubbish he generated with him. He had no money and relied on the food waste in public skips and bins for sustenance. Needless to say, he never went hungry. As a species, we waste an incredible amount of food. Rob’s passion is minimising the damage we cause to our ecosystem by reducing waste in all its forms.

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The Transition to a Winter Skin Care Regime

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Just as winter can put more demands on our immune system it can also ask a lot more of our single biggest organ, our skin. Whenever we do training with the team from Dr Hauschka I’m reminded of just how deeply therapeutic and supportive of the skin’s natural functions the Dr Hauschka range really is. So as we really get into winter changing to certain products can really help our skin to thrive and positively glow. So which are those products? Sophie is a skin therapist with Dr Hauschka and this is her take on what you should be using to benefit your skin right now.

Our skin has a fantastic ability to care for itself, responding constantly to changes in your internal and external environments. Although it needs a little help along the way, we need to protect our skin from overexposure to harsh elements and support it when it gets thrown out of balance, i.e. due to a change in season.

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Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Road Trip Time!

It’s well known that we love the big hearted brand Viridian here in Only Natural so when we were invited to their Natural Health Summit in London recently we knew we had to attend!

Viridian are known for doing things right – the company was founded on two fundamental principles; to develop a range of supplements with the highest possible ethical standards and to generate significant funds for children’s and environmental charities – so we knew their health summit would be no different.  It was an all-day event with a host of inspirational, world-leading experts.  The theme of the day was Transformation – transforming the health of people, lives, society, future generations and the planet.  So with that Nichola and Michelle headed off with open minds, hoping to come back all inspired.

The first and fourth speaker of the day was Deanna Minich and she was discussing ‘The Science of Colour and the Art of Healing’ and then delving into this in more detail in her afternoon talk on ‘Phytonutrients: Latest Science and Clinical Application.

Viridian Natural Health Summit Deanna MinichAccording to Deanna ‘We can think of food as pure physical nourishment – to give us the calories we need to function – to move, speak or think.  Or, we can expand our vision to encompass eating as something that connects us to our inner and outer landscapes – our emotions, creativity, mind, heart, truth, expression, intuition, and need for connection with the environment, people, animals, plants, earth, water, planet and universe.

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Back to School – Stationery with a Conscience

The Greener the Better!

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So you’re really liking Boody bamboo clothing (we’re so thrilled about that by the way!). Would you like some more bamboo (well it is the fastest growing, most sustainable plant on earth right?)? And how about some more corn starch, stone, recycled milk cartons, cotton, rubber, ramie leaf, recycled water bottles and more? Enter Onyx and Green! We discovered this stationery range recently and fell in love.
According to their website:
“ONYX+GREEN is the first brand of its kind that has a complete range of products from writing to portfolio products, from pencil cases to messenger bags. It is also the first brand in its field to use a wide variety of materials from post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials to bamboo, stone, corn starch, biodegradable and natural fabrics such as jute & cotton. We strive to use recycled materials for our packaging as well as print with soy-based ink whenever possible. We are constantly innovating our packaging in order to make it as ecologically friendly as we can.”
So here’s an other practical way we can all make a difference with these “School and office products made of mostly recycled and natural materials.” And “This product line brings environmentally-friendly school and office products into the homes, schools & offices of consumers and helps increase student and parent awareness for protecting the environment.”

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