Lifting the lid on sea salt hair sprays… And a chemical free DIY salt hair spray recipe

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There was a time I too used to buy a salt texture spray for my hair. It's awesome stuff for wavey hair to help it look 'done' rather than lazily 'let go'. That was a time before I realised what crazy stuff went into personal care products. The hair category is by no means exempt from the craziness. I thought I'd head back and look at the spray I used to use and run it through the chemical maze app (download the full version for $10 odd AUD, to help you shop more safely. it's awesome) I … [Read more...]

Plastic Free July – Do it! It’s time.

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Plastic free July. This is not about egos or being too busy to 'take on new stuff'. It's not about 'oh but my beloved glad wrap or zip locks'... It's about taking a month to explore a new way that quite literally means we hand down our planet in better shape than it is, to our kids. Who doesn't want to be a part of that incredibly positive collective action step. I never really considered myself 'an activist' because I didn't feel comfortable with the stereotype - the guy hanging off a … [Read more...]

My 5 favourite bicarb uses

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There are so many things bicarb is good for when it comes to cleaning. You can learn all about what bicarb actually is, HERE. Here are my current 5 favourites ways to use this magical stuff. 1. Makes a paste for a 'pre wash whitening', for arm pits and collars of white clothes.  Mix 2 tbsp bicarb and 4 -6 tbsp water and scrub collars and arm pits with a tooth brush and the paste. Then leave for an hour and wash as normal. I have a white dress that I have done this with twice now and it works … [Read more...]

6 eco ideas for keeping your hands warm

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You might be thinking "why is she wanting to help me keep my hands warm all of a sudden?" Well, I saw these today at the 'impulse buy' eyeball position at the post office.   These "instant hand warmers", enough for two hands in two pockets for the day, have come all the way from the USA, wrapped in plastic and are non degradeable themselves. They are sold as a 'convenient quick way to get warm' and it got me thinking... Have we really become so convenience driven and busy that … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on Teflon in your child’s uniform

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Yesterday was the discovery of Teflon technology where I never expected it to turn up, when excitedly picking up my little man's very first school uniform. If you've read my post on Teflon (READ HERE TO GET UP TO SPEED about everywhere teflon makes it's way into) then you'll also know that DuPont the company who produces the technology have been forced to get it out of their non stick coatings by 2015. While the material replacing it is still frought with doubt by environmental schientists, it … [Read more...]

7 conscious low tox choices I made travelling – and one I forgot!

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I live a super low tox life these days. When travelling though, it can be challenging. These were some of the thoughts I had while away in Tasmania these past 3 days about how to lower the toxic load when travelling and staying in built modern enviroments. It's important not to stress or feel like you've failed if you don't achieve 'perfection' - whatever *that* is! Sometimes it's just not possible due to time or something else. We have to remember to ditch guilt and just do the best we can. … [Read more...]

Going LOW TOX in the context of reproductive health

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This week, we're talking reproduction.  I welcome biomedical scientist Martin Mayer back to discuss why infertility is on the rise, along with a very interesting case study of a woman with a peculiar long term reproductive 'region' illness. The thing that will strike you hopefully too here, is that the problem isn't a difficult one to articulate. The solution isn't either. That's the scary part. Why is this sort of thing not front page news? This post is not in any way designed to offend or … [Read more...]

Zinc – Is it an issue for you or your kids?

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I love doctors. Because I have a natural, preventative focused blog it might seem I don't, but a good doctor is one to have in your wellness help tool kit, no doubt. I sat in Dr Annabel Stuckey's office last year discussing my son's poo - as you do! He had minor behavioral issues that had crept up at the same time as the poo was getting out of control, and so, we were there to fix it all because I just knew they were linked. Dr Stuckey is a doctor on the Mindd Foundation registry. She asked a … [Read more...]