Environmental stewardship

Here’s the facts:

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(Image: Vizu Organics)

Unless we pass on environmental stewardship to the next generation, our efforts die with us.  And never too young…..

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Here’s a sweet photo of three-year-old William Mosley collecting rubbish on the beach, so disgusted was he by “very silly humans” dropping litter in the streets and everywhere. You can read his story here.

At this age, children are enthusiastic and absorb new ideas like sponges. Live green in your family today and it becomes a way of life for these adults of tomorrow.

But teenagers are every bit as fun to recruit for the green drive: they are vociferous, outspoken and looking for crusades.  Here are four fun things you could do with teenagers:

  1. Visit eco-restaurants for bonding time. Read our Green Spaces review for ideas.
  2. Experiment with making green skincare products.
  3. Repurpose old clothes together. We made a cloth shopping bag from a holey old dress!
  4. Beach clean-ups and BBQ on the beach. We all love a good party.  Please follow us here and on Facebook to be kept informed of our forthcoming party (in Sept/Oct). 

Your hair and the environment

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My waist-length hair is one of my few concessions to vanity, and as my daughter also has long hair, we go through one (plastic) bottle a week of shampoo, unless we can get our hands on industrial-sized version of our usual brand (not easy in Phuket; we rely on family and friends to courier them over when possible).

And because I live in a hot country and I run and cook everyday, I wash my hair several times a week. The hair products that work best for me are from Aveda, a company that prides itself in its natural ingredients as well as its environmental leadership:

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However, not all of this company’s products come in glass bottles. Some, like my Shampure shampoo and conditioner, are in plastic bottles. Looking at my empty plastic conditioner bottle this morning, I wondered about alternatives.

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I recalled my daughters’ and niece’s favourite shop: Lush. When the first Lush store appeared in the UK, the girls were besotted with the brand. My niece said that her greatest ambition was to work for Lush. Reason: you feel like you are stepping into a delicious store each time you enter a Lush outlet.

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A google image search on Lush yielded this colourful and tempting montage:

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The youtube clip below shows how Lush’s shampoo bars are made. Each bar is good for between 60-100 uses. Which means, you are saving on average 3 bottles of shampoo with each bar….3 bottles less for the landfill and oceans each time you buy a bar! And aren’t they just delicious 🙂

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