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    Say NO to Plastic Single Use water bottles

    Say NO to Plastic Single Use water bottles

    The tragedy is 663 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water, the earth’s waterways and landfill are choked with single use plastic water bottles. The imbalance is absurd, the stats are mounting and solution is in our hands if we choose to accept. Reuse, Refill, Recycle.

    The stats:

    - Plastic bottles require up to 700 years to dissolve.

    - 90% of the cost of bottled water is the bottle itself.

    - 80% of the plastic bottles never get recycled and end up in landfill.

    - Bottling water and shipping transport is the least energy efficient method of water supply in the history of mankind.

    Reuse

    We are living in a throwaway culture, our furniture, fashion, coffee, food packaging are all designed to be fast moving. Without hesitation, we chuck what we don’t need. In fact, it’s encouraged, declutter or give away what you don’t need and make space for more. Single use products directly equate to landfill, simple changes can be made and are often cost effective for us and the environment. Reusable sandwich bags are a simple change, if you have two children, two sandwiches per day, 5 school days a week, in two weeks you have saved 20 plastic sandwich bags going to land fill.

    Refill

    Why Glass? Plastic and stainless steel are soo last millennium. Glass is where it’s at - much more earth-friendly, healthier and tastes better too. Plastic bottles can leach chemicals (including BPA), glass does not. Plastic bottles are porous and can harbour bacteria, glass does not. And many plastic bottles end up in landfills when their useful life is over, glass is infinitely recyclable and reusable - and therefore much better for the environment. In 2014 San Francisco banned the sale of single use plastic water bottles in the city’s public areas, after a successful campaign to ban the plastic bag. Increasing the city’s spending for water fountains, fill up stations and water hook up for public events. The Full Circle hydration range is designed for water on the go!

    Recycle

    80% of the plastic bottles never get recycled! One of the main causes for this is that pesky plastic lid, if you throw your plastic bottle in the recycling bin with the lid on your bottle will not be recycled. Madness. The sorting machine doesn’t recognise the bottle as plastic and adds it straight to landfill. Throw away the plastic lid into landfill, it’s not recyclable, and put the plastic bottle into the recycling bin.

    So it’s much easier to say no to plastic water bottles. It all makes sense, every positive step we take towards a sustainable planet, is a step in the right direction.

     

     

    Picture Credit

    * Picture by Ben Von Wong who used 10,000 plastic bottles, (the amount an average American will use in their lifetime), and turned a boring message about plastic into art with a message, “Change happens when individuals come together to fight something they believe in” www.mermaidshateplastic

    Pollen Survival Guide

    Pollen Survival Guide

    Weekends evoke excitement – cocktails on rooftops, exercising outside, coffee in the park, or just general lazing in the sunshine. But for those of you (up to a third of the population, we’ve read) to whom the outdoors brings more of a pit-of-your-stomach worry, we want to extend a helping hand.

    Here are a few tips from the Full Circle team to get you prepped for the dreaded allergy season.

    Clean, clean, clean!

    Your home is your official safe zone in allergy season, and it’s important to limit the spread of pollen. As self-proclaimed experts at cleaning, Full Circle recommends using the Dust Whisperer liberally.

     

    Dust Whisperer

    Instead of pushing the dust around, which can cause your allergies to flare up, the microfiber duster actually works like a magnet to collect debris. It gets into the little hard-to-reach spaces, and when you’re done, you pull off the duster head, and throw it in the washing machine!

    After dusting, it’s time to wipe down those surfaces. Check out our DIY Natural Cleaning solutions! They use a combination of natural ingredients and essential oils, which are great for allergies too, by the way! Ditch the paper towels. Our plant-based pulp cloths like the Pulp Friction are perfect, and of course, eco-friendly!

    Eat (and drink) well.

    Keeping your body healthy and hydrated is extremely important during allergy season. Spring is when our diets should be the lightest and freshest. There are also certain foods that combat allergies. For example, incorporating garlic, lemon, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar in your meals regularly may help alleviate symptoms.

    Drinking water all day long is essential. H20 thins mucus and hydrates your airways, leaving you feeling less stuffy. Pop some fruit into a water bottle (glass preferred!) and get your day going! This not only adds a delightful flavor, but it’s also an easy source of vitamins and minerals that will keep your body feeling good.

    Drink up!

     *Pro-tip: Infusing your water with ginger, lemon and mint is a surefire way to soothe your sinuses (ginger is a natural anti-histamine!).

    Natural remedies.

    We mentioned essential oils a little earlier, but really – they can do wonders. Rubbing a little peppermint on your temples (acupressure), can release tension in your head while inhaling eucalyptus oil vapour can reduce inflammation and congestion.

    Regular acupuncture is also a great natural remedy to try if you’re suffering from allergies. Promoting balance throughout the body, acupuncture can release blockages and regulate systems.

    Breathe easy, friends – there are plenty of things we can all do to reduce symptoms. Last, but not least: 

  • Identify your triggers
  • Spend a bit more time with the washing machine
  • Evaluate any outdoor exercise (pollen counts are at their lowest later in the day)
  • Check weather apps and be sure to protect your eyes and face on high pollen count days

  • Stay sneeze-free guys!

    To go the extra mile and give your home a deep clean, shop our clean collection here!  

    Cold Relief Tea by @The Cup of Life

    Cold Relief Tea by @The Cup of Life

    Ingredients

    - 2 tsp Chamomile 
    - 2 slices, halved Lemon
    - Fresh ginger
    - 1 tbsp Honey

    Instructions

    1. Place the chamomile into the infuser of your tea bottle and then seal. 
    2. Add the lemon and ginger pieces to the bottle and pour the boiling water inside. 
    3. Stir in the honey until it is dissolved. 
    4. Let some of the steam escape before sealing on the lid of your tea time

     

    By Lu Ann @The Cup of Life

    Why start composting?

    Why start composting?

    Listen, we get it. Composting can seem super gross. It’s a natural process and while anyone can love seeing nature, sometimes we prefer having a little distance between us and the natural wonders. It's also about breaking habits. It can be a struggle. You eat the banana and you throw away the peel- it's second nature. BING, BANG, BOOM- you did your job and don't have to give it another thought. But there is no such place as “away” when you toss something in the trash. If you were to compost, that peel will break down in 3-4 weeks and help grow more food! 


    So, let's try and take it one step at a time.

    #1- Choose a compost container that suits your waste style, we recommend Fresh Air.
    For some this might be in the kitchen and for others, it may be in the bathroom or even bedroom (or all of the above) depending on each person's habits.
    #2- Pick 4-5 starter items that can be easily found in any home and are compostable.
    Once you are comfortable, add a couple more. And it never hurts to put a list of items on the refrigerator or in a drawer for easy reference.
  • Fruit and vegetable peels, rinds and scraps
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Paper muffin and cupcake cups
  • Old dry cereals, crackers, chips, etc…
  • Floss
  • Hair (human and animal)
  • Dryer lint
  • Dead houseplants
  • Paper towels
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper envelopes from your mail (shredded, of course)
  • Tissues
  • Paper Coffee filters
  • Toothpicks
  • Natural wine corks
  • Paper bags (once they have been ripped into smaller pieces)
  • Pizza boxes (once they have been broken down into small pieces)
  • #3- You’ve collected the compostable items- now what? Trench composting is simple.

    You dig a trench—or any shape hole—approximately 12 inches deep in an empty space of your garden, add roughly 4 to 6 inches of compostable materials that you have collected and bury them with the soil you dug out of the trench or hole. The next step is ... well, there is no next step.

    In the past, you may have had any number of reasons to avoid composting. But with today’s tools, systems, and resources, composting can be a super simple way to bring some sustainable practices to your everyday life.

    Workplace Wellness Tips

    Workplace Wellness Tips

    We spend a lot of time at work, some might say too much time. Either way improving your workplace wellness can lead to an increase in efficiency, satisfaction as well as support our mental, emotional & physical well-being.

    Here a a few tips for you to following; 

    Hydrate

    Did you know that your body is 50 - 75 percent water? Hydration can help support & sustain energy levels, improve digestion (therefore reducing gas & bloating) and help with appetite control. When we are dehydrated it can make it difficult to make decisions, and cause fatigue, moodiness and lethargy. Keeping a water bottle at your desk as a visual reminder to drink more water can work wonders! Hot or chilled lemon water & herbals teas are also a great way to hydrate throughout the day. 

    Meal & Snack Prep

    One of the best ways to eat well when away from home is to plan ahead! The weekend is a great time to shop & prep for a week of healthy eating. When you have healthy options with you at work it makes it easier to avoid office temptations such a treats and vending machines! Research studies have recently shown, consuming crunchy foods such a carrots & almonds can improve satisfaction levels, which may help someone eat less overall. A trail mix is really easy to make, high in crunch, energising and non-perishable, especially if you keep it in our new Ziptuck bags. 

    Find Realistic Ways to Reduce Stress

    Work can be stressful! Chronic stress can really take a toll on on our health and contribute to weight gain, anxiety, difficulty making decision & overall just feeling blah! Try small ways to reduce stress throughout the day such as listening to peaceful or happy music, going for a 10 min walk outside in the fresh air, standing up from your desk every hour to stretch or do yoga or try eat lunch outside with a co-worker.

    A Himalayan Salt Lamp is a great staple to keep on your desk. Salt Lamps have been said to cleanse & deodorise the air and neutralise Electromagnetic Radiation (which are produced from electronics such as computers & cellphones). They have also been associated with supporting mood & concentration. Even if these benefits do not work for you personally, a Salt Rock is beautiful to look at and creates a calming zen glow at your desk!

    Clean and tidy work space

    Keeping your area clean and tidy saves you from distractions and helps keep your mind uncluttered. This may mean doing your filing frequently and recycling unwanted papers! All worth it if it makes your work space a great area to be.