During this unprecedented time, we all know that the best thing that we can do as individuals who are not working on the front-line is to stay at home. It’s as simple as that. We owe it to all of those brave people working in the NHS, many of whom are our friends, family and neighbours.
And as the world and industry takes a big pause, many incredible brands are doing their bit to stand with them. We’re super happy to share the news that sustainable shoe brand Allbirds are hoping to kit out as many NHS staff as possible with a free pair of trainers.
Are Beauty ‘Capsules’ the Answer to Sustainable Skincare Innovation?
A revolution is taking place in skincare, and it’s happening inside tiny, squishy orbs. Beauty “capsules” house oils, serums and powders in self-contained, monodose pods and they are popping up everywhere. They often don’t look like much, but inside are unique formulas and textures, not to mention a host of eco-friendly possibilities.
“Encapsulated beauty products could be more or less sustainable than comparable products that are not encapsulated,” explains Mia Davis, Director of Mission for Credo Beauty, “providing they are made of naturally-derived, biodegradable casings.”
This is surely music to the ears of consumers who are becoming increasingly conscious about supporting brands with sustainable practices. And beauty companies are listening carefully.
For World Oceans Day, Selfridges created a plastic pollution pop-up called the Project Ocean Beauty Booth to bring attention to the fact that fewer products from the bathroom are recycled as compared to those from the kitchen. Inside the sustainably focused shop-in-shop, Selfridges is showcasing sustainable alternatives like eco-friendly glitter cosmetics made from cellulose and paper-wrapped shampoo bars, as well as a variety of eco-friendly beauty products that are mindfully created and packaged.
As part of its Project Ocean mission, Selfridges is aiming to make 50% of its products better for people and the planet by the year 2022. Over the course of nine years, Selfridges’ Project Ocean has removed plastic shopping bags and single-serve water bottles, plus products like toiletries that contain environment-polluting microbeads.
Jetting off on your holiday and looking to minimise your plastic waste, while looking grease-free on the beach? Instead of reaching for last minute sunscreen in the airport Boots, save a little room in your suitcase for REN Clean Skincare‘s Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum. Not only does it protect from blue light and has broad spectrum SPF30 UVA/UVB protection but it’s also got the highest level of recycled packaging possible while still protecting the formula (50% recycled packaging in the tube and 100% recycled plastic in the cap – plus its one-type plastic so it can be recycled all over again)! It’s also vegan, cruelty and silicone-free, and is non-toxic to marine life as it’s also oxybenzone-free too.
Looking good + doing good = feeling good: this formula is at the heart of REN Clean Skincare’s ethos. Think safe skincare, free from toxins, harsh (or controversial) chemicals and no potential irritants.
It’s true what your mum says, everything is good in moderation and the same goes for your diet. The answer is not for everyone to become vegan as that’s an unrealistic target. Plus, there’s a whole bunch of issues relating to processed vegan alternatives. Instead, what we should all be aiming for is a reduction in our intake of animal-based foods and replace them with plant-based options, if we’re to successfully tackle environmental destruction at scale.
Thankfully, there are organisations out there committed to helping people make this lifestyle shift, and they’re offering up tasty alternatives, too!
What is the Planetary Health Diet?
The planetary health diet is a global reference diet for adults that is symbolically represented by half a plate of fruits, vegetables and nuts. The other half consists of primarily whole grains, plant proteins (beans, lentils, pulses), unsaturated plant oils, modest amounts of meat and dairy, and some added sugars and starchy vegetables. The diet is quite flexible and allows for adaptation to dietary needs, personal preferences and cultural traditions. Vegetarian and vegan diets are two healthy options within the planet health diet but are personal choices.
What is the Planetary Health Challenge?
The #planetaryhealthchallenge is based on the EAT-Lancet findings that introduce the planetary health diet – the optimal diet for people and planet. To become part of the movement, all you have to do is eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts every day. The hope of the Eat Foundation is that by creating this movement and sharing daily practical tips, tempting recipes, interviews with cool chefs, podcast episodes or other surprises, we will move towards a world where we waste less food and eat more plants.
Our fave recipes include:
Cauliflower Chili Con Carne
Have you ever tried Cauliflower Chili Con Carne? The dish can easily be made vegetarian/vegan by replacing the meat with beans! This is the 7th recipe in EAT’s one week dinner menu. It is made by Norwegian chef Lise Finckenhagen and aligns with EAT-Lancet’s Planetary Health Diet.
Serves: 4 portions Time: approx. 2 hours
300 g brown beans, cooked
400 g chuck steak (or extra brown beans if you want the plant-based version “Chili Sin Carne”).
1 large onion
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
400 g plum tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
1 tsp ground coriander
1 small cinnamon stick
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp brown sugar or liquid honey
300 ml beef stock/broth
2 tbsp dark chocolate (at least 70%), grated
4 tbsp rapeseed oil or mild olive oil for frying
Salt and ground pepper
Natural yoghurt or sour cream
Chopped fresh parsley and/or coriander
Cut the meat into small pieces. Peel and chop the onion and the peppers into even-size pieces. Remove the stems from the tomatoes and chop. Thinly slice the chilli and garlic.
In a thin-bottomed pan, fry the onion, chilli and garlic in 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the dried herbs and the meat. Fry until the meat has browned.
Stir in tomato purée and add tomatoes, paprika, stock/broth, sugar and a good pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and leave to simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and leave to simmer for another half an hour, or until the meat is really tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Thoroughly rinse the beans in water and stir them into the mixture towards the end of the cooking time. Grate the chocolate and stir it in right at the end (possibly saving some for sprinkling on before serving).
Wash and grate the cauliflower or break it into rough pieces and blend it in a food processor until it resembles rice (or small grains). Heat a large frying pan containing 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the cauliflower rice for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Firstly, the whole team wishes you a happy & healthy new year! May it be filled with love, laughter and giant helpings of kindness.
For most of us, we want to kick off the new year with some sort of clean slate, a new resolution or simply a new way to approach life. Just another day in some regards, but it somehow holds the power to reflect and recalibrate before entering into the year ahead.
And for me, this year it means thinking about time. Too often do we move through life in ultra fast mode, never really slowing down long enough to think and then act.
That’s why I’ve decided that for 2019 (and hopefully, beyond) I am going to make a conscious effort to take the time to pause – whether that’s on emotions developing, reacting to a certain situation, or even when making a purchasing decision – to evaluate and look for the positive in every eventuality. Because there is. There is always a positive takeaway. A positive in the midst of the crappiest of circumstances.
When you’re on the receiving end of bad news. Pause. Could it be that the news you’re hearing allows you to free up your time to better invest in your personal relationships? When you’re about to react to a shitty comment someone has just directed your way. Pause. Could it be that that shitty comment wasn’t actually directed at you and that person is going their own stuff, and you’re strong enough to look past it? When you’re about to buy a pair of trainers on a whim. Pause. Could it be that if you set aside a little more time you could find an even cooler pair of trainers made in a more positive way, which you can happily share with admirers?
Pausing for positivity is essentially about setting aside a couple of seconds, minutes, or even longer, to consider if there’s a better, more effective and beneficial way of reacting to your surroundings and impulses. It’s like hitting the pause button on your life and looking in at it from an outsiders perspective. With clarity you’ll always be able to see the positive, even when it’s not so obvious at first.
Never forget that you’re in control of your thoughts and actions. If you’re considering how to make 2019 work for you, this is a good place to start.
We are visual people and take aesthetics and pleasure seriously, but shouldn’t we also take our health seriously? Yes. And the summer months are the perfect time to reflect on what’s good for you and what’s not. Maybe it’s the weather or the office slow down but either way, it’s an ideal period to slow right down, breathe and focus on wellness and self-care.
One thing in particular we want to focus on is trying to quieten down our hyper-active minds and stop overthinking things. Everyone does it, overthinking certain situations. But it’s like that saying goes, “worrying achieves nothing.” So why do it?
Instead of using up your priceless energy and turning into an anxious worrier, we want to share some tips we recently stumbled upon to help you move from worrying mess to mental prowess.
Recognise it’s happening and address it.
2. Do something different
You know it’s happening so distract yourself: go for a run, cook, or our favourite-clean.
3. Lean into your fear of failure
If the overthinking is originating from a fear of failure in some way, whether it’s personal or professional, the best way to deal with it is to face it head on. Meaning, it’s likely an irrational fear and you can totally overcome it by embracing the possibility of failing.
4. Focus on what can go right
Enough of the doom and gloom. Instead of spinning on what could go wrong, think about what could go right.
Image courtesy: @emily_katz
5. Put things into perspective
Will this really matter to you in five years? Think about it.
6. Practice gratefulness
We all have things to be grateful for. Try noting down one thing your grateful for each day. By doing so it’ll change the course of your thoughts and put you onto positive, appreciative ones instead.
Image courtesy: Stella McCartney, World Oceans Day
Just like the body, the mind needs to trained, requiring practice until it becomes a habit. Don’t let your thoughts get the better of you.