Stephanie Francis is a Freelance Photographer & Qualified Spa therapist. She is a full-time mum of three girls & strong advocate for conscious living and planet health. “At what point do we look around and realise our day-to-day habits have become unsustainable? When did we swap our basic humanity for convenience? It is estimated we currently need 1.7 + planet earth to provide resources and absorb our waste. We are abusing our only home, the only place that can keep us alive… How embarrassing to hand this mess over to the next generation. But, I’m here to tell you we don’t have to! It is never too late to change!
Young entrepreneur Ned Heaton is only 11 years old and is already half way through a year-long youth entrepreneur business program. With the company he created, “The Turtle Tribe”, he has just been announced as a 2019 finalist in the International BE THE CHANGE Awards. Why did you go into business in the first place? My parents advised me that being able to run my own business would give me more opportunities to have a positive impact in the world and be in control of my own destiny.
Working for a company that is focused on making more ethical & sustainable products has made me aware about issues of recycling, plastic and waste. It’s something I notice in the office, when I am shopping and also – at home. Ere Perez has inspired me to try to use less plastic on a daily basis, to take my own bags to the shops & be conscious when choosing which brands to support with my money. All of this led to me doing some research about recycling in Australia… Australia’s waste industry is in crisis. China’s sudden decision to stop importing waste material for recycling has changed the economics of recycling markets in Australia. India and Malaysia have followed China’s lead. This means Australia has lost 1/3 of the export for recycling, and the government is trying to figure out what to do with all that rubbish. The Australian Council of Recycling has warned that some councils and recycling firms have been pushed to send their kerbside recycling to landfill; recycling is “greatly under threat”.
Sharing tea or coffee is one of the best ways to catch up with friends and loved ones. Valentines coming up gave me the idea of sharing an easy inexpensive gift full of love, that you can make at home and share for that wanted & necessary catch up. Want to gift the boost of energy for anyone’s start of the day? Here is an easy recipe to gift: Homemade uplifting tea – Chai Tea 4 slices of ginger 4 pots cardamom 1 stick cinnamon 6 black pepper 4 cloves Mix in herbs and put them into small drawstring bags for gifting. For unwinding, here is a homemade relaxing tea: Homemade relaxing tea 1 teaspoon Chamomile flowers 1 teaspoon Rosebuds/ rose petals 1 teaspoon Peppermint 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers ½ teasppon Lemon Balm Mix the herbs and put them into small bags for gifting. How to serve your tea: Empty the ingredients into a teapot or mug with a strainer. Boil a kettle or bring water to a boil on the stove. Add boiling water to …
Wrap your gifts with a personal touch. I love reusing stuff I have at home to wrap my gifts! I feel they are made with extra love & care… plus it makes each gift super unique! What will you need: Old magazines for smaller boxes Old newspaper for larger boxes Jute/ twine Reused ribbon/ string Dried plants/ flowers Flowers with bright colors from the garden Reused postcards for tags To learn more about Ere Perez, click here. Sigue aquí el blog en español.
Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf. “Technology seems to run our lives. Our phones keep us connected—online and offline. But there can be too much tech. And many of us find ourselves virtually tethered to our devices, awaiting the next text, social media update or call. Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone, and, yes, it’s a very real issue. If you find yourself a little nervous or twitchy when your phone isn’t accessible, you may have nomophobia. According to Psychology Today, many students in both high school and college suffer from a clinging reliance to their cell phones.
Chantal Chalita is an environmental engineer who found a way to do something good for the world, uniting her marketing skills with her passion for the environment in the “GREEN ME” Blog. She encourages people to live a greener and sustainable lifestyle through small changes in their daily life. She does it in a very characteristic and attractive way that makes it completely different from any other blogs. “That’s why I try to give you practical tips to be a little more environmental without changing your lifestyle, because I’ve realized that being an extremist does not lead to a lasting change. The first and most important thing is to become conscious, and by this I mean to know what am I doing? and why am I doing it?
After the mayhem of Black Friday, Green Monday is about to hit. Black Friday has become a great platform for consumers to save on goods offered on sale on that day, and Green Monday is following suit. Usually the second Monday in December, we thought we’d challenge ourselves (and maybe you!) to use this day to purchase goods with a ‘green’ focus. This can mean many things – ethical sourcing, local, sustainable products, environmentally aware design, cruelty free – however you interpret this. We all consume a lot, from food, household goods, clothes, entertainment, advertising, social media, travel, transport, it’s at the centre of our lives! We thought Green Monday 2017 would be a good opportunity to see if we can use the day to look at what we purchase and consume. The more we consume, the more we buy, the more resources we are using.
We live in an amazing time where we face huge environmental and social challenges, but we are also more equipped than ever to deal with these challenges and to meet them with creativity and innovation. The rise of the conscious consumer provides a unique opportunity for brands to see further than the traditional horizon of simply ‘doing enough’.
Pachamama is the goddess of fertility, generosity and the feminine in Andean cultures in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. In Quechua and Aymara, ‘pacha’ is the word for the world, cosmos, time and space, while ‘mama’ means mother, making ‘Mother Earth’ a common English translation. The Sydney Latin American Film Festival created the Pachamama Festival in 2014 as a platform for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to renew their connections to nature, in a world seemingly at war with nature. It begins as a blank canvas each year and is filled by offerings of music, film, dance, food and storytelling in celebration and respect for a living earth that sustains us.