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How To Be More Environmentally Friendly In 2018

Four years ago, I can remember our drains getting clogged outside my apartment in North Dublin. There was a huge mess leading the whole way down our neighbourhood due to what turned out to be baby wipes. Apparently thousands of them being flushed down the toilet over weeks and weeks by all the tenants of my block meant that the drain got clogged up and well, you don’t need me to tell you the rest. For me at the time, being more environmentally friendly meant looking at how I (and my neighbours) dispose of baby wipes.

You see, baby wipes (and make-up wipes) don’t easily disintegrate. They’re not like toilet paper but rather are designed to be tougher and are full of various ingredients to keep them strong. Naturally, they need to go in the bin rather than the toilet. That was a lesson I learned the hard way that day and I’ve since sworn off wipes and replaced with alternative cleansing options ever since.

Likewise, I use to be a plastic hoarder. I’d allow the amount of plastic bottles in my life to build up without a care for the fact that they needed to be recycled versus going in the bin where they’d inevitably end up in landfill. You see, 50% of plastic that’s used in the world gets used once and thrown away. The rest? Well, items like plastic bags can be used over and over again at the supermarket. Take-away boxes today can become tomorrow’s lunch boxes and so on. Meanwhile, there are more and more alternatives to one-use plastic popping up.

Just the other day, I felt immense guilt at the fact that I use so many coffee capsules in my Nespresso machine. The coffee tastes so great and I feel like I’m in a fancy cafe when I close my eyes and settle in for that sweet fix. Until a month ago, I didn’t realise that the capsules weren’t actually recyclable in terms of standard recycling bins. Strolling by the Nespresso stand in Dundrum, I was thrilled to get a bag from them that could be filled with old capsules. They then get brought into a Nespresso store or stand to be recycled within the company. It’s a win win and the guilt of chucking them in the bin is no more.

Speaking of coffees, the amount of reusable coffee cup options is increasing all around Ireland. Starbucks, Butlers and The Happy Pear are just some of the shops that sell a reusable option which offers discount each time you come back and get your coffee there. Melanie May wrote it perfectly in this post here.

At companies like Lush, the products are over 40% naked throughout the year. This percentage has increased this Christmas with the introduction of naked shower gels, body conditioners and the staple soaps, bath bombs and much more. This means that products aren’t coated in plastic. As a company, this is something Lush is super passionate about and working on for the future.

Being more conscious of what we’re using, how we’re using it and considering where it’s going to end up will mean that we’re playing a bigger part in protecting our environment.  Other small ways we can make a larger impact are the following:

*Reusing your water bottle. Did you know that it takes more water to make plastic? So technically if you’re buying 1 litre of water, you’ve actually used 2 litres as it took 1 litre to make that plastic.

*As mentioned above, reusing take away boxes for the next day’s lunch and investing in a reusable coffee cup can make a difference. Or better yet, save on the pockets and go for a coffee at home.

Recycling is free! Companies like Inglot now allow you to bring in your old make-up containers to recycle meaning they get used in house and don’t end up elsewhere.

What tips do you have to make the world feel more environmentally conscious? 

When I Write And When I Get In A Rut

I don’t really know where inspiration comes out of most of the time. One minute, I’m sitting there with the biggest mental block then I’m spewing out articles like the new time. They say that methods such as having a muse, going for a walk and reading are ways to get our creative juices flowing. Often, it’s the slightest bit of movement that will spark inspiration – certainly this is true for when I write.

Procrastination has its own meaning, we’ve been here before. We procrastinate for a reason (or several) and tend to allow it to take over when it needn’t. While we’re boiling the kettle, we could be getting that wash up done. Instead though, we browse through our Facebook newsfeed usually observing repeats of what we’ve already seen. We pretend it’s important and all the while, it’s actually draining our delicate creativity.

I’m lying on my couch now in my dressing gown sipping on coffee. While checking in on my social media channels for the fourth time today (it’s only 11am), I had a wake up call. Hence, why this blog is being written. I had a friend ask me yesterday if I write everyday. My response was of course that I don’t write everyday but rather every couple of weeks. There’s so much more we could be doing when we’re not on social media or wasting time by other means.

I remember starting my blog three years ago as I wanted to practice writing. They say 10,000 hours at something will make you an expert. I certainly wouldn’t consider myself an expert however know for a fact that not writing much (or at all) certainly won’t make me one.

Coming up with excuses about why I don’t write is probably taking up more energy than actually writing. Likewise, overthinking the not doing and the why nots is probably not the most productive method to getting anything done.

Similarly, for yourself there might be something that you’re putting off. Why are you putting it off and what are the reasons you’re telling yourself? Try the below to help you wake the sleeping giant and get moving.

*Plan out what you want to achieve, your goals and what it’s about. For me, I have a massive poster on the back of my door with reasons why I blog. It’s a sweet reminder the second I get up in the morning.

*Highlighting to myself what I have achieved ensures that I show gratitude and celebrate the ins and outs of the blog to date. Always remember to stop and take note of how far you’ve come!

*Give yourself a break but not for too long. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut however actually taking even the smallest action will mean that you are moving in the right direction.

Don’t forget to do what you love and what makes you happy! If I felt tomorrow that writing wasn’t what I enjoyed, I’d stop in a heart beat. Life’s too short x

Lush Spa Liverpool: 80 Minutes Away From Reality.

I love a bit of relaxation especially when it involves being massaged. Thankfully, I work for a company that offers luxurious spa treatments that are unlike any other I’ve experienced. Meet these benefits with the good vibes and quality Lush spa therapists like those at Lush Spa Liverpool and well, you’ll understand when you read on.

The Lush Spa in Liverpool is a location I’ve been to twice. Two years ago, I spent 1.5 hours getting the Hard Day’s Night treatment (a native innovation of Liverpool, of course). I enjoyed pure relaxation under a cosy duvet while wearing oversized pyjamas and resting on a heated mattress. While I was feeling its wonder, the spa therapist massaged my body and head while I melted into a world soundtracked to the one and only Beatles theme – orchestrated by a music group exclusive to this treatment.

On this occasion, I opted for Synaesthesia – Lush’s first ever spa treatment. I have a tendency to get rather stressed and so, getting a treatment that would involve a relaxing massage, essential oils and facial (plus more) seemed perfect for the mood I wanted to create. And create it I did or rather Laura did.

Setting the tone upon entry, I was greeted with the warmest welcome. The spa was rather calm. I was immediately at ease and this continued as Laura did a brief consultation and explained how the treatment would work. She explained what synaesthesia meant which I had become familiar with at Henry Street. It is a perceptual phenomenon whereby stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to the involuntary experiences in another sense or cognitive function. During the Synesthesia treatment, it is therefore aimed that all senses become heightened and as such, efforts are made to do so with the scents generated and the feelings evoked.

Before starting, an emotion needs to be selected from a list. This signifies how the client wants to feel. I chose ‘uninhibited’ as I wanted to break my barriers down a bit and reduce some fears I’ve been having. Once this was selected, a massage bar with a special blend of essential oils was brought out. This was then used on my body throughout the treatment and another was gifted afterwards along with a bubble bar of the same essential oils. The power of its scent can’t be disputed as, since using the massage bar at home, I’ve felt its relaxing effects.

I was then asked to select a behaviour from a shelf of pure essential oils. These are described as ‘Behavioural prescriptions’. In this case, I chose forgiveness. This is something at the forefront of my mind recently due to some challenges I had forgiving parties earlier this year. The idea was that choosing it as part of the treatment would help me to forgive – and it certainly did.

The option of either a stomach massage or the use of hot oils at the end of the treatment was given. As I suffer a bit with digestive problems, I went for the stomach massage. Digestive challenges can be a symptom of stress in general so having a stomach massage is highly recommended if you happen to suffer with this.

In terms of the treatment, the music played throughout the session further fuels the emotions and reactions. It tended to speed up and slow down depending on what was happening during the treatment. It was rather loud at times and allowed for pure escapism. Of course, it was also created specifically for this treatment and served as meditative (so much so I invested in the CD for afterwards as part of my meditation sessions).

Closing off my session with beautifully soft skin and a relaxed mind, I was delighted with my cup of tea and gifts to enjoy at home. You see, Lush doesn’t just want you to enjoy the treatment while you’re there but to take the feelings and relaxation home and allow it to live on which thankfully, it has.

If interested in learning more about the Lush Spa, visit Lush.co.uk or visit Lush Henry Street where we can give you all the information and honest encounters from our own experiences.