A Loaded Load: The Links Between Laundry Detergent & Your Child’s Skin Rash

As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to see your children suffering daily from skin sensitivity. It can also be impossibly frustrating to not know what’s causing it. Nonetheless, according to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology, eczema — also known as atopic dermatitis — is a fact of life for 1 in every 5 children under the age of two.

One of the most distressing aspects of this form of skin sensitivity is the ‘scratch-and-itch’ cycle that perpetuates the reaction: when the skin’s protective barrier is damaged, the sufferer becomes more susceptible to allergens and irritants. Once the skin is irritated, chemicals are released that make the skin itchy. If the skin is then scratched, more chemicals are released and the itch worsens. Even as an adult, not to scratch seems like an impossible act of self-restraint. But for a child? Not a chance.

Many parents look far and wide for a way to stop their child’s eczema — creams, lotions, clothes made of non-irritating fabrics — all to no avail. But what if the cause of your skin irritation was under your nose this whole time? Or, more specifically, in your laundry cupboard?

 

Eczema in Children

Most eczema in children develops between the ages of 2 and 4, with the most severe symptoms usually found in the creases of elbows, behind the knees, across the ankles and even on the face, ears and neck. Although some children will outgrow their eczema, many will take it with them into adulthood. And even if they do outgrow it, this fact is often of little comfort at the time.

Contact with allergens will often worsen the child’s experience of eczema, and many offending substances are common household items — such as soap, water and cleaning chemicals — that are hard to avoid. In particular, children with skin problems will often be more prone to laundry detergent reactions, and the longer the exposure, the more severe the symptoms. As these chemicals strip the skin of its protective barrier, eczema begins develops more frequently.

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Two Types of Skin Reaction

Your child’s skin irritation will fall into either one of two categories:

  1. Irritation: The red, itchy rash will develop as soon as the child’s skin comes into contact with an irritant — for instance, a prickly sweater. If the rash falls into this category, it will go away shortly after the sweater is removed.
  2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis: This form of skin irritation exhibits the same symptom — a red, itchy rash — but the cause will be less obvious, as it will neither appear with immediate contact nor disappear when the irritant is removed. If laundry detergent and/or fabric softener are behind your child’s rash, you may not notice the symptoms for up to a week, as the immune system takes time to recognise allergens, and it can take multiple instances of exposure before the skin will react.

A quick way to determine whether or not the rash is being caused by your laundry detergent is to check under your infant’s nappy, where clothing doesn’t touch the skin. If the rash is there, then it’s not caused by detergent. If it’s not, you may have found your culprit.

 

Getting Rid of the Skin Rash

While there’s nothing good about your child suffering, at least if the skin irritation and sensitivity is being caused by harsh laundry detergents, the problem is comparatively easy — and cheap — to fix.

Allergen avoidance or minimisation is essential to stopping your child’s eczema flares. If the laundry detergent is a prime allergen, then the most effective and immediate action would be to stop using supermarket detergents and softeners — which contain artificial fragrances, dyes and enzymes — in favour of something all-natural and organic.

If your child suffers from skin irritation, then it is also well-advised to wash  store-bought clothing before they wear it. New clothing often carries formaldehyde releasers, which is known to trigger skin irritation and sensitivity. Alternatively, there are a huge variety of organic baby clothing brands in Australia which are perfect for children with sensitive skin, not to mention affordable. Aster & Oak and Purebaby are a couple of our tried-and-tested favourites.

 

Conclusion

1 in 5 Australian children under the age of two suffer from eczema, a recurring and nasty form of skin irritation. This red, itchy rash that results from a break-down of the skin barrier is made worse through contact with allergens and irritants, and perpetuates itself in a nasty scratch-and-itch cycle.

The harsh chemicals contained in common laundry detergents frequently act as irritants, seeping into clothes during the wash cycle and sitting against your child’s skin upon wear.

Although skin irritation that results from contact with allergens is not immediately obvious, it is easily fixed by simply removing the allergens. If your child is reacting to your laundry detergent, the irritation can be stopped by switching to an all-natural, organic baby laundry product that doesn’t contain any of the offending chemicals.

Skip the supermarket this winter

Winter

Baby it’s cold outside.

Melbourne’s winter is pretty infamous for being windy, rainy and freezing! If you’re anything like us, stepping out of the warm comforts on our home into the freezer box of winter feels like a very daunting task. Winter or not, we still need human survival stuff like food, groceries and toilet paper right?

 

 

 

The good news is there are heaps of great local businesses that can help you quit the supermarket this winter and forever if you like!

Here’s the list we’ve compiled:

1. Toilet paper:

  • Who Gives A Crap: Cares for the world and your freezing bums. Get toilet paper delivered to your doorstep. Free shipping over $30.

2. Food:

  • Marley Spoon:  They plan, shop, prep and deliver your week’s meal to your home. All you do is cook! Free delivery to your doorstep.
  • Eat fit Food: Can’t be bothered to cook? Avoid putting on the dreaded “winter weight” with Eat Fit Food. They deliver healthy meal plans to your home. Just heat, eat, nourish!

3. Cleaning Supplies:

  • Resparkle 2U: Delivers 2 months worth of organic cleaning supplies to your home. Bonus: Free metro delivery, pause anytime and natural products that (gasp) actually works!
  • Get $15 off the first Resparkle 2U box. Use coupon code WinterClean at check out. Valid till 1st Sept 16.

4. Skin-care & body care:

  • No matter how cold winter get, yes we still do need to bathe, like everyday. You can’t get past Nourished Life for the most comprehensive range of healthy & safe skin and body care products. Ps. They stock Resparkle too so you can get your cleaning supplies together with all the other natural goodies.

Safe Cleaning for Babies & Children

How to Create a Germ- and Toxin-Free Home for Baby

Even for adults, commercial cleaning products can pose serious health risks. From headaches to certain cancers, the carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and neurotoxins commonly found in supermarket products have been linked to a range of issues, including:

  • Premature puberty;
  • Reduced fertility;
  • Challenged immune systems;
  • ADHD;
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.

 

Baby&Toxins

Babies and toddlers — due to their still-developing immune systems and their smaller size — are one of the most at-risk categories when it comes to chemical exposure. This isn’t helped by their close proximity to the floor: as they crawl along, chemical traces get absorbed through their skin and respiratory tracts, with the risk of exposure becoming higher when they insert their fingers into mouths, noses and ears.

However, despite even the most supermummy of efforts, it’s impossible to keep everything free of toxins. But choosing organic cleaning products and knowing the most important places to clean are two great places to start.

Kitchen Surfaces

Before you go crowning us Captain Obvious, we’re not just talking about the regular spraying and wiping of food preparation surfaces (though it is particularly important to use toxin-free surface cleaners anywhere food is being prepared). To keep your baby safe from bacteria, avoid placing roving items — such as grocery bags — on the counter. Or better yet, avoid the supermarket altogether and get cleaning products delivered to your door!

Baby Clothes & Mumma Clothes

A baby’s clothes get even more hugs than mummy does, so it’s important they’re washed daily using a safe laundry detergent that won’t leave their sensitive skin in a chemical embrace. While traditional laundry powders get rid of germs, they’re also filled with nasty chemicals that get absorbed into a baby’s clothes and can cause rashes, itching and other unpleasant reactions. And if your baby is anything like most babies, it will also be prone to munching mummy’s shirts, so a 100% natural laundry powder like Resparkle’s is just as important for big kid laundry.

Bed Linens

Every mum knows that it’s important to make the most of baby naptime. So when your baby eventually gets to sleep, make sure you too can rest easy in the knowledge that their bed linen is clean and toxin-free. To avoid your baby breathing in both the allergens and chemicals that get caught up in bed linens, make sure to wash them regularly with a natural laundry powder that kicks the butts of germs and toxins alike.

Bathtubs

The bathtub should be where your baby gets clean, not dirty. While cleaning the bathtub around once a week with a natural disinfectant will ensure a clean and toxin-free starting point, avoid using supermarket soaps with baby. A soap with all-natural and organic ingredients will not only avoid chemical exposure, it will also be gentler on baby’s sensitive skin.

Feeding Bottles & Baby Accessories

Make sure the nutritious food you are feeding your baby isn’t compromised by chemicals on the feeding bottle. While it is recommended to have a number of bottles on hand so that you can rotate their use and avoid constant washing up, it’s just as important to avoid cleaning them in chemicals. Supermarket detergents are full to the brim with harmful toxins such as corrosive alkaline salts, so by switching to an organic dishwashing liquid, you can ensure the only things that go into your baby’s mouth are natural.

Kitchen Sponges

It’s all well and good to wash your baby’s feeding bottles with a toxin-free dishwashing liquid, but where has your kitchen sponge been? To avoid contaminating your baby accessories with dirty sponges, make sure to wash them thoroughly after each use with a toxin-free detergent, and replace old sponges with new ones at least once a month.

The Floor

When your baby crawls along the floor, make sure they aren’t picking up toxins with their toys. Commercial floor cleaners are some of the worst offenders when it comes to toxic load, often containing harsh chemical categories such as carcinogens and neurotoxins. Keep baby safe from the adverse health issues associated with these toxins by using an organic floor cleaner that gets rid of germs with nature, not nasties.

Toys

Toys need baths too — especially since a baby’s idea of playtime often involves a lot of sucking and dribbling. Hard plastic toys can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher, while soft toys love going for a spin in the dishwasher. But to ensure they don’t come out the other end covered in chemical nasties, make sure they’re being washed in safe products such as Resparkle’s organic dishwasher powder and all-natural baby laundry powder.

Sit Back and Relax

We believe that a toxin-free home for baby is even better when it means a carefree life for mummy.  

That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at Aster and Oak — providers of beautiful organic clothes for healthy and stylish babies — to give one lucky winner a 6-month supply of Natural Baby Laundry Powder and an adorable clothing set from Aster and Oak’s new Woodland Animals collection.

To enter, just follow these easy steps:

  1. ‘Like’ Resparkle & Aster and Oak on Facebook
  2. In the comments section of the promotion post, tell us in 20 words or less why you’d love to win!

Entries close 12pm Sunday May 01 2016. The winner will be announced on the day.

Until then, wishing a safe and happy home for you and your family.

A Home Sanctuary in 3 Easy (Budget Friendly) Ways

It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. You may be constantly pulled in different directions whether as a super mum, corporate/business high-flyer. After a long day, our home is a place where we want to feel supported, at peace, inspired and free to be ourselves. In a nutshell, our homes should be sanctuaries for our bodies, minds, and spirits. It should be restorative and far from the stress-filled world of work, deadlines, and traffic jams.

But if your house isn’t the sanctuary you need it to be, here are 3 tips to help you create that calming atmosphere, without breaking your bank:

  1. Create a special “me” corner

Corner290290The need for privacy is universal, and an effective sanctuary is a retreat from outside intrusions. So corners, nooks, alcoves and even a whole room (if space permits) are among the most welcoming, natural sanctuary spaces.

Once you’ve picked your “Me” spot, there should be an element of familiarity to your sanctuary, so decorate yours with the things you really love. Keep it simple though as clutter will only distract you from getting into the “calm” zone. I’m personally loving the idea in the above photo. I can imagine myself reading, napping and sipping tea in that corner all day.

If you’re thinking, “I’m a mum, I don’t have me time, much less a me spot”. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier (instead of watching TV) and spend some time in your me spot and do whatever relaxes you.

2. Go with the flow

MJ-99-56-water-4Nothing brings calm to your home instantly than the gentle sound of flowing water. Place this near your me-spot and let the flowing water bring stress relief and relaxation.

You can also make a fountain yourself with a small water pump (often found in aquarium stores and pond suppliers, for less than $10), rocks from your garden, and a bowl. Some of the best fountains are the ones that are homemade. Learn how to make your own water feature in our last post.

 

3. Scent is key

Scent is Key! Studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell which is linked to pleasure, well-being, emotion and memory. I find this fascinating and quite true. Here’s my go to “happy calm” essential oil blend which I use in our aroma-diffuser: 4 drops Lavender + 2 drops Cedarwood + 2 drops Orange. For more essential oil blend recipes, Easy Aromatherapy is a great resource.

On this note, make sure the indoor air in your home is free from toxic pollutants released from chemical cleaners. The simple solution to this is to switch to 100% natural cleaners such as Resparkle.

There’s no better time than to take the opportunity of this brand new year to re-establish your home as a wellness sanctuary. We’d love to see photos of your home sanctuary! Share it on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag #livehealthychoosebetter

 

 

Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #4 | Decorate

WEEK #4 – DECORATE 

Holy Dooley! We’re one day early, but You might as well say that December is here and it’s time to turn our attention to decorating.  With a little organisation and planning, this can truly be a magical moment for you and the family.

 

 

To Do This Week

  • * Remind yourself of your theme
  • * Take a quick stocktake of decorations from last year
  • * Purchase decorations missing from your list and
  • * Have FUN decorating
  • * Don’t forget to buy the third group of pressies this week

 

Set aside a Sunday afternoon (or a time that suits your family), prepare some snacks and maybe a few cheeky drinks.  Decorating is a fun time for the family, so enjoy the time together.

See you next week – we’re going to get our Cooking on!

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DOWNLOADS

ChristmasDecorationList 

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #3 | Gifts & Giving

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WEEK #3 – GIFTS & GIVING 

It’s the time we focus on gift lists, gift buying and gift wrapping – I’m sure you agree that this is the biggest organisational challenge of them all.  For many families, gift-giving is a prime source of holiday financial stress. Instead of heading to kmart & buying something just to fill the Christmas stockings, why not make something. It’s more environmentally friendly, won’t break the budget and the recipient would appreciate it a whole lot more.

 

 

Here’s a Coffee Scrub Recipe that would take you less than 30 minutes tops.

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Coconut Coffee Anti-Cellulite Scrub

INGREDIENTS
1 cup coffee grinds, used or unused
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl, mix all ingredients until the the texture becomes pasty and scrub-like. If necessary, add more of any ingredient until you reach desired consistency. Transfer to an air-tight jar or container, and enjoy!

Next week we’ll start to think about decorating.

See you then!

 

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DOWNLOADS  

ChristmasGiftPlanner

ChristmasStocking

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Let’s Get Ready for Christmas | Week #2 | Reality Check

 

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WEEK #2 – REALITY CHECK (15-21ST NOVEMBER

It’s week two of the Countdown and time to consider the darker side of the holiday season. Though we may not be conscious of them, hidden holiday forces work to over-run our budgets and alter our decision-making.  Not to worry! Coming face to face with the reality of outside pressures will make us stronger and empower us to say ‘no’ if and when required.

 

 

 

 

TO DO THIS WEEK

1) Make a holiday budget – work together with your spouse to set a comfortable level of holiday spending

+  Create a list/budget for each category; Groceries (incl Drinks), Decorations, Gifts (bought & DIY),

+ Cards/Wrapping/Postage, Travel, Spending Money and Other

+ Remove any items that you may already have from last year

+ Allocate a budget for each item

+  Do a little research for big ticket items online or in sales catalogues – see if you can save yourself a bit of dosh

+ Transfer overall totals for each category to your Master Budget.  This will  give you an overall picture of your outlays.

+ Continue to rework until you are comfortable with your overall budget

2) Divide your gift list up into five and aim to buy one fifth of your gifts each week (you don’t want to be rushing around with everyone else in week seven). The gifts that require posting need to be purchased and sent out this week!!!!

3) Write up the Christmas cards & get them out

4) Check out the family wardrobe and put any “To Buy” items on your budget and shopping list

5) Schedule family haircut appointments

 

STAY TRUE TO YOUR VALUES & YOUR BUDGET  

To help you with your planning, please see downloads below.

See you next week for Week #3 – Gifts and Giving

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DOWNLOADS  

GroceryDrinks_Budget

ChristmasDecorationList

CardsWrapsPostage_Budget

ChristmasGiftPlanner1

Travel_Budget

SpendingMoney_Budget

Other_Budget

Master_Budget

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Think Pink Go Green (October Special)

BCAThumbnailIn 2015, approximately 42 women in Australia are diagnosed with breast cancer each day. Globally, over the last two decades, breast cancer rates have risen from a lifetime risk of one in 20 to one in eight.

The fact is the average women are exposed to 168 chemicals daily from cosmetics, skincare and cleaning products. Cancer News Australia reports that breast cancer risks were found to be twice likely with women who use cleaning chemicals and air-fresheners the most than those who use them the least.  Cleaning chemicals may contribute to breast cancer because it contains mammary gland carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals. These chemical cleaners contain many toxic ingredients – such as Alkylphenols, Phthalates, Triclosan, etc. – that are endocrine disrupters, and are known to alter mammary gland development in rats. The list of household chemicals that contribute to breast cancer risk is long and we encourage to have a read here.

thinkPinkGoGreenThumbnailYes, we live in a toxic world but don’t let that overwhelm you into in-action. The goods news is eradicating your home and daily life of toxic chemicals is easier than it may seem. So let’s all take the opportunity of Breast Cancer Awareness month to Think Pink & Go Green. To share this important message to your family and friends simply click on the facebook/twitter/pinterest button to the left of this page.

To help you go green for breast health, we’ve compiled a little directory of safer choices. The founders of these brands all share Resparkle’s commitment to being 100% honest and creating products that are truly natural & safe. They are also tried and tested by Resparkle’s founder – Pearl. These are products she uses daily.

 

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SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

Totally do-able isn’t it?

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Resparkle October Special – Breast Cancer Awareness Home-Care Pack 

Only $49 + Free Shipping to all Metro Cities!

Breast Cancer Awareness Australia

 

 

Go Plastic Free: Tips on how to save the earth & money!

It aint no secret that plastic has stamped it’s mark in today’s world – but as we know it, that stamp is not good. Plastic is everywhere, usage continues to rise and our environment continues to suffer.

Thankfully, a group of Earth Carers (www.earthcarers.org.au) have made it their job to raise awareness on the amount of plastic in our lives and they challenge us to reduce the amount of single-use disposable plastic. This initiative happens July every year and we encourage you to hop on board www.plasticfreejuly.org

So why is plastic such a problem?  

  • Plastic is here forever! Every plastic item that is developed, still exists today. In fact, in the last 50 years of the 20th century, over 1 billion tonnes of plastic was produced. This figure has already doubled in the first ten years of this century (Scientific American).
  • Recycling! Recycling is not a long term solution, that’s why we need to focus more on REfusing, REducing and REusing
  • Health – some plastics contain BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates. Both these chemicals can have harmful effects on human development
  • Litter & Marine Life – its not a surprise that 80% of the Ocean’s marine debris comes from the land, which is destroying marinelife through entanglement and ingestion. 

What can we do?

Because our plastic usage continues to skyrocket and every piece of plastic will continue to exist for many years to come, we need to REDUCE, REUSE, REFUSE, RETHINK and REPAIR!

Don’t worry, reducing plastic is not going to happen over night and you certainly aren’t alone.

At Resparkle, we have concentrated our efforts on smart packaging so that collectively we can help to REduce landfill and carbon footprint by REusing our BPA free bottes.

Green Packaging 

A Tip from the Resparkle Girls

Did you know that the plastic bags used to pack your fruit and veggies traps moisture and may speed up the decomposing process? Instead line your Crisper box with Paper or Tea towels (so that it absorbs moisture), then place your fruit and veggies in the box (without plastic bags)

+ Using Tea Towels

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Using Tea Towels. credit: image from participant of Alexx Stuart’s 30 Day Low Tox e-course. www.alexxstuart.com

+ Use Produce Bags

These eco-chic produce bags can be purchased from Aussie company 4MyEarth.

Using 4 My Earth Produce Bags
Using 4 My Earth Produce Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY! longer lasting Fruit & Veges SAVE! Money BE PROUD! that you have done your bit to support Plastic Free July

Last but definitely not the least, in support for Plastic Free July, we will be giving away a free reusable bag with the next 50 Resparkle purchase via our website www.resparkle.com.au.

FREE Keep Calm & Quit Chemicals Eco-Bag with every Resparkle Purchase online.
FREE Keep Calm & Quit Chemicals Eco-Bag with every Resparkle Purchase online.

 

 

How Plants Improve Health and the Flow of Positive Energy

Regardless of whether I am in a client’s home to consult on how to improve their health through Healthy Sustainable Interiors or ways to increase the flow of positive energy with Feng Shui or both, I always end up recommending the addition of indoor plants.

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We spend over 90% of our time inside, with research showing that the quality of our indoor air is much worse than our outdoor air.  In fact, experts now believe that poor indoor air is responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of cases of allergies, asthma, chemical hypersensitivity and even cancer.

The easiest ways to create healthy indoor air and improve positive energy within your home is to grow your own!

And NASA agrees, in studies they conducted in the early 1980’s on how to create a liveable off world environment, they found that the simplest way to purify and revitalise air was the common household plant.

Did you know that one plant placed on your desk at work can effectively purify and revitalise the air you breathe, reducing your exposure to indoor air pollutants and microbe?

How do plants improve indoor air quality and increase the flow of positive energy?

  1. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen  or in Feng Shui terms, they absorb negative chi and release positive energy
  2. They absorb toxic chemical through the tiny openings in their leaves and filter them through their root system.  Amazingly, the common  Boston fern can remove up to 1.8mg of formaldehyde per hour (a carcinogen found in particle board and furnishings)
  3. They reduce airborne mould and bacteria.  One study found that plant-filled rooms contain 50 to 60 precent fewer airborne moulds and bacteria than rooms without plants
  4. They have long been associated with improving the general mental and physical wellbeing of a room and is why I recommend them first above all other possible cures. 

 So, when do I use plants as Feng Shui Cures?

In the world of Feng Shui, plants represent the element Wood.  They bring life to a room and purify its energy.  They also positive influence your own Chi making it easier for you to gain, or maintain good health.

  1. Place a plant in or just outside the bathroom/ toilet and they will absorb negative energy and release renewed, uplifting Chi.   This is extremely important if your bathroom or toilets are located in the fire or earth sectors of your home.
  2. Obscure protruding corners with bushy plants to slow quickly moving Chi or poison arrows resulting from the sharp edge.
  3. Chi may be encouraged to speed up by several doors in a straight line down a corridor or when doors or window are opposite each other.  To slow Chi stagger plants along the corridor or place bushy plants close to the window or door.
  4. Stairs that lead down to a front door encourage chi to flow quickly and risk some flowing out the door depleting the home of energy.  To slow if down place a plant between the foot of your stairs and the front door.
  5. Heavy beams create downward flow of chi that can be oppressive.  Growing plants with strong upward chi under the beam will compensate for this.
  6. Slow stagnate Chi commonly accumulates in the corner of a room.  Yang fiery plants with strong pointed leaves can help to speed up the movement of chi.
  7. Always include plants in your office, home office, or study, they will help maintain positive energy and negate negative energy created by man-made electromagnetic energy.

 Where should I not use a plant?

There are only a few instances when I would not recommend using plants within a home.  These include:

  • Artificial plants or flowers – It is inauspicious for a home to contain artificial plants or flowers as they can gather stagnant Chi around them and generate dead energy
  • More than three plants – It is recommended that no more than three plants are place in an ordinary sized room, otherwise it may create angry energy.
  • The energy is already out of balance with the purpose of the room – Do not place plants in a bedroom with ambient fire, wood or wind energy.

 The top 5 recommended plants are:

9-peacelilyYou will notice that the money plant and jade are not on this list.  Although traditionally used as cures for Feng Shui, the air purifying qualities of the below plants far out weigh the symbolic meaning of the traditional plants.  In my opinion, any plant that is healthy positive shape is a good Feng Shui plant

  • Palms, especially  – Areca Palm, Lady Palm , Bamboo Palm, Dwarf Date Palm
  • Rubber Plant
  • Dracaena
  • Boston Fern
  • Peace Lily
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue

If you are interested in finding out where best to place your plants in your home simply send me a copy of your house plan for your complimentary “Grow your own Health and Prosperity” assessment.


narelleNarelle Haw

HEALTHY SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR DESIGN, FENG SHUI & HOME THERAPY CONSULTANT

www.atharmony.com.au

narelle@atharmony.com.au

p. 0408 113 986

Narelle Haw is a Certified Building Biologist, Feng Shui Practioner and founder of At Harmony Consulting and IKOLEJI – The Healthy Home Shop.  Narelle’s Home Therapy Techniques help build exceptional lives – from the outside in. 

 

Unique & Chic Table Decor Ideas – Using Fruits

The next time you have a party and if you’re tired of the usual flowers-as-decor routine, why not get creative using fruits instead?

Nothing breathes in life and freshness to a dinner table than hits of color from fruits like Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Apples/Pears, Peaches. You can even use the fruits for your after party smoothie to detox from any over-indulgences! Next up on our blog, is top 5 quick smoothie/juicing recipes for beginners!

Here are some ideas to get you inspired.

(1) Green Apples – Vases and Garlands

I especially love this idea of using the apples as a vase for flowers.

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(2) Lemons/Limes – Centerpieces

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(3) Fall Colors – Candle Holders 

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