What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast

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As I’ve had a particularly good week of sustainability and wellbeing events, I thought I’d share a little summary with you. I can’t guarantee this will be the first of a new series of posts as my average weeks aren’t quite so eventful, and quite frankly because I’m not sure anyone wants to know what I’ve done all 52 weeks of the year, but I hope this one will be of interest and may inform you of companies or events you wouldn’t have otherwise have heard of. Here goes… Continue reading “What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast”

Are your beauty products actually organic? 

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Did you know that it’s Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week? The Soil Association launched this week to celebrate beauty brands that are certified organic. As it turns out, there are no legal standards for labelling beauty products as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, so products with this label may contain few if any organic ingredients. This is misleading and it’s greenwashing, and like the Soil Association I don’t think it’s ok… Continue reading “Are your beauty products actually organic? “

Wake up happy with a Lumie Bodyclock

Waking up in the early hours when you know a busy commute and a long day awaits you can be tough, especially in the winter months. I often find it hard to pull myself out from under my warm, cosy duvet to brace the cold that lies beyond – even if that chill only lasts a few seconds before I reach my dressing gown! Well, that’s where the Lumie Bodyclock comes in, helping you to wake up happy and ready to start your day…

It’s essentially a light alarm clock, waking you with a gradually brightening lamp and alarm sound if you like. You can set the light to come on either 20, 30 or 45 minutes before you want to wake up and there are various alarm tones to choose from. Continue reading “Wake up happy with a Lumie Bodyclock”

Finding Fika in Stockholm

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Sweden is renowned for fika, so when we ventured to Stockholm Ollie and I were on the look out for the best cafes to grab a great coffee and sweet treat.

In the 2017 World Happiness Report released this week Sweden ranked 9th place, and we think it’s got to have something to do with this delicious tradition. In fact, a number of studies have linked fika breaks to both the high satisfaction and productivity rates in Sweden (BBC, 2016; Virgin, 2017). Alex Pentland, a computer scientist, monitored the impact of scheduling regular all-staff coffee breaks. He found that staff productivity increased by 10-15% and satisfaction by up to 10%. The main reason was the connection the employees built with one another whilst discussing non-work related topics in a flat, non-hierarchical environment (2017).

We certainly enjoyed exploring Stockholm’s best coffee shops, and the caffeine definitely helped to fuel our long days spent exploring the city. So whether you’re looking for a fika break to enhance your productivity at work, or simply a spot to rest and refuel whilst exploring the city, here’s a round up of our favourite places to enjoy a hot drink and a baked good… Continue reading “Finding Fika in Stockholm”

Vintage shopping & veggie dining in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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On a trip up to Derbyshire for my Granny’s 90th, Ollie and I spent half a day mooching around Manchester city centre. After searching online for independent shops, we found there is a great vintage scene with lots of shops on Oldham Street. Our favourite was We are Cow, who have another shop in Leeds and are on ASOS Marketplace. They sell vintage clothing as it is or reworked by their in-house seamstresses. Continue reading “Vintage shopping & veggie dining in Manchester’s Northern Quarter”

What is an “eco” yoga mat and where can I get one?

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Ever wondered what the difference between a normal yoga mat and one with an “eco”label is? Well, yoga mats are typically made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which has been found to be bad for both your body and the environment. “Eco” yoga mats, on the other hand, are usually made from a natural rubber or jute that is biodegradable and less harmful to your health and that of the planet. Continue reading “What is an “eco” yoga mat and where can I get one?”