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The zero waste movement aims to create a lifestyle that creates as little waste as possible. In the name of that, there are countless things you can do. It is possible to get overwhelmed because convenient good value habits are not always easy to replace.

The common sense advice is simply to stop buying plastic as much as your lifestyle and finance allow you to do so. Reuse as much as possible all the plastic you already have

The message about plastic is very loud and clear. Plastic use, especially singe use plastic is bad and there are vast plastic islands floating in the ocean.

In this article, I want to share 5 things you can do right now towards zero waste.

1. Stop using plastic cups 

Some coffee shops have already created marketing campaigns, based on the fact that in the UK alone there are 2 and a half billion cups thrown away each year. Only 1 in 400 if these cups are being recycled. That is because the paper has to be separated from the plastic coating and not all recycling centres have the machinery.

2.Switch to bamboo toothbrushes

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about why bamboo toothbrushes are a great replacement for your plastic ones. Some studies also suggest that by doing that you will also absorb less toxic material due to its material. When heated the plastic leaches in your mouth and over time adds up in your body. Bamboo toothbrushes can be bought from here.

3.Replace your plastic bags

This one is an easy one, too. Most supermarkets sell non-plastic shopping bags and they are normally inexpensive. The big issue about plastic bags remains when it comes to buying packaged foods as even most fruits and vegetables are also packaged in single-use non-recyclable bags. You can collect those bags and reuse them as much as possible.

4. Stop using plastic straws

The good news is that most food serving establishments have stopped giving straws in their drinks. Unless it is absolutely necessary straws are better avoided for the same reasons other plastic materials are. You can buy straws made from stainless steel or other eco-friendly material. There are times when straws are very useful but in most cases, using a straw is simply a habit that can be easily replaced or entirely removed.

5. Stop using cotton buds

Most of us have seen the images shared on Social Media with all the damage a single cotton bud can do by simply ending up in the ocean. Unfortunately, that is what happens with most of them. There are countless project and campaigns throughout the world focusing on keeping the beaches and the oceans’ plastic free. Here is an example of a Cotton Bud Campaign in Scotland. In the meantime, the next best thing is to purchase some biodegradable cotton bud from My Pure Core Amazon Store.

Speaking personally I am not ready yet to mix my own detergent or not set my foot inside a supermarket. It is my belief that everything that you do or buy has an effect on something or someone. It is the ripple effect that every action you take will make a difference in some way.

Start today.

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Because indoor fountains are not popular in many cultures, many people do not consider using them as a part of their home decor. However, many people do not realize that an indoor fountain can provide many positive effects on their health and well-being. Indoor and wall mounted water fountains increase the beauty of your home and are very relaxing. People around the world understand that an indoor fountain can help to bring the outdoors inside their homes or offices. In the last ten years, there has been a large increase in the number of an indoor water fountain and wall water fountain installations because of the health benefits and the aesthetic appeal of water fountains.

 

What do Health Benefits Do Indoor Fountains offer?

 

Relaxing Sounds to Help You De-Stress

 

Science has proven that the sound of running water produces a relaxing and almost zen atmosphere. The sounds of water movement help to relax and soothe the soul. Flowing water can affect the subconscious, which is why running water helps to calm body, mind and spirit. There are numerous indoor water fountains that can produce a sound that is loud enough to be heard throughout your home or your office. These fountains typically contain a control valve that helps you control the flow of water and the amount of sound produced from the water fountain.

 

Life is stressful. You may be inundated with loud noises like noisy traffic, dogs barking, loud music and people talking. Unless your home or your office is soundproofed, you will be subjected to these loud noises. Loud noises can interfere with your sleep as well as make concentrating on work difficult. An indoor water fountain can provide white noise to help drown out background noise so that you can sleep better and work efficiently. In addition to masking noise, an indoor fountain can help calm you.

 

Running water reduces stress level and can help lower stress hormones. When you have an indoor fountain in your home or office, your joints and muscles tend to relax. If you have one in your bedroom, your sleep quality and mood can improve dramatically. Most people live a very busy and stressful life, which is why adding an indoor fountain into your life is so important to help you relax and decompress.

 

 

Clean Air and Improved Humidity

 

Indoor fountains from Indoor Fountain Pros can help to improve your physical health. First, an indoor fountain helps to clean and purify the air in your office or home. Studies have reported that the negative ions that are emitted as water evaporate from your indoor fountain can help cleanse the air. When your home or office is filled with clean air, your health and concentration levels will improve. Finally, an indoor fountain helps to remove irritants and dust from the air, which will improve the quality of the air.

 

Indoor fountains can also increase the humidity in your home or office. During the winter, the air can become dry and cause nosebleeds, irritation and a number of health issues. As the water from your fountain evaporates, the humidity in your home increases. Additionally, an indoor fountain helps to purify and cleanse the air. Adding an indoor fountain can help bring balance and harmony to your home or office and act as a natural prevention for illness. Furthermore, the soothing sounds are better than humidifiers and help to complement your home’s or office’s decor.

 

The health benefits that an indoor fountain provides is the perfect reason to invest in an indoor fountain. In addition to the health benefits, an indoor fountain helps to improve the beauty of your home or office by creating a relaxing environment.

 

5 Reasons to Switch Over to Natural Deodorants

Say goodbye to those traditional deodorants!

 

Have you ever smelt a bit dodgy and cursed your sweat glands because of the amount of sweat it produces? Well, here is a fun fact, our sweat isn’t the culprit. The odor you receive is actually the bacteria that lives on your skin. So, what comes in when you need to get rid of that, of course, it’s deodorant! Sadly, the deodrants available commercially aren’t really that good for your skin as it can contain so many unknown and harmful chemicals. So, stop blaming your sweat glands and sit back as we bring you five reasons you should try natural deodorants instead of the former.

 

  1. No Aluminum.

If you find yourself using antiperspirants or deodorants with aluminum in them (most of these products found in the market have aluminium as it is used to block the pores, reducing sweat) you should know about the health-risks they come along with. Aluminium might be helpful in reducing the amount of sweat, but it has a harmful effect in the long run. Antiperspirants contain topically applied aluminium salts are able to absorb into your body with the use of the product. If it isn’t worse enough that we are exposed to aluminium through kitchen appliances already, deodorants have amounts of it that can cause severe problems, as the amounts of aluminum can reach the brain. Humans absorb aluminium through the skin which then later reaches the brain and causes short term side effects like memory loss, learning difficulties, lack of concentration and coordination amongst others. Natural deodorants are free of substances like that of aluminium which is the best benefit of all.

 

  1. Fragrance.

The term fragrance may remind of pleasant smells that are your favourite, it has a different approach to deodorant products. Artificial fragrances are often added to these products to provide a nice smell for the user. The chemicals used to make this “fragrance” are linked to diabetes, cancer, obesity, fertility issues, and developmental problems. The brand often does not note the chemicals used in the product which makes you blindly trust what goes into making them. However, with a natural deodorant, you don’t have to worry about this aspect as they are made from organic ingredients.

 

  1. Propylene Glycol.

An inexpensive product, it is used in skincare products to allow them to be easily absorbed into the skin of the user. However, it can also damage your central nervous system, heart and liver in the process. Although it is known for giving the product a creamier consistency it isn’t recommended as good for the skin.

 

  1. Steareth-n.

The “n” in the title stands for a number, so different brands with different products may have a varied number given on it for example, Steareth-3. Although Steareth-n is known to be derived from vegetable it still isn’t recommended for the skin. This is because it can be reacted with carcinogen or ethylene oxide that by the sound of it itself, isn’t really good on the skin.

 

  1. Triclosan.

This is a skin-irritant that is known for also causing dermatitis. As you may or may not know, your body contains two kinds of bacteria, the good kind and the bad. What triclosan does is, when it comes in contact with your skin, it kills both which isn’t a good sign as you need the good bacteria (hence you having it in the first place). Scientifically, Triclosan has also been classified as a pesticide which obviously doesn’t sound like something you’d want on your skin now would you?

 

So, next time you’re out buying essentials at the store, glance upon the ingredients used in commercial deodorants or experiment with natural ones. As your skin is different from amongst other people, trying different brands till you find one that is effective should be a wise call. Until then, enjoy your natural deodorant journey!