Provide 50 Days Of Clean Water With Loresk

I love the oak tree in my parent’s garden, it’s been there for almost 3 decades and it grows stronger every year, despite rain and lightning and that time I almost drove my brother’s quad bike up its trunk! Any time I see oak leaves I think of home.

I am so lucky to live where I do, but others have homes far away from me and they aren’t so lucky. Some don’t have even half of the things I have, let alone basic essentials, like water. Water is the great equaliser – rich or poor, good or bad, we all need it to survive. It’s a human right and so many people struggle to obtain it. Some people need to walk 6km per day to collect clean water. Can you imagine? Something we take so for granted is an every day struggle to people in other countries.

The bad news is that this won’t change quickly, but the good news is that you can help! Loresk is a company I discovered a few weeks back; its mission is to spread awareness and to raise money for people who desperately need clean water.

For every product on Loresk’s online shop sold, a portion of the price is donated to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation who send water purification packets to areas in need. This provides 50 days of clean water.

According to their website, the packets contain “a powdered mixture that removes pathogenic microorganisms and suspended matter, making previously contaminated water clean”. All their products are cruelty free, so you’d be helping humans and animals alike! As if that wasn’t good enough, the company is also an ally of the we are allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

I bought this agate bracelet from them at a cost of €13.73, which isn’t a lot when you take into consideration what that money will mean to a family in need. All the beads are black except the blue one which represents the clean water being provided by the purchase. It just arrived yesterday with a handwritten note thanking me for my purchase and explaining what it meant, as well as a free hat. I’m not a hat girl, but I’ll sure be wearing this one! I was having a really terrible day and receiving this just reminded me how blessed I am and to be so grateful for what I have.

There Is No Planet B | Happy Earth Day

Happy earth day, all!

All over the world, people celebrated the earth. They held demonstrations, created art, raised awareness of dire and preventable issues facing the earth and immersed themselves in nature. It’s a pity we don’t all do this more often!

There is such stunning beauty around us, whether it’s in a park, a garden, at the top of a mountain, on a hiking trail or at the beach – wherever you find beauty – but it can be so easy to forget that the earth is wounded. Human activity is hurting and killing it, and I’m not just talking about the devastating effects of animal agriculture; there are mountains of trash on and underneath our oceans, our forests are being chopped down at shocking rates, our air is being polluted, and we’re buying and using so much that is being chucked into landfill without a second thought for how long it will take for the earth to break it down. There are over 5 TRILLION pieces of plastic in the ocean, which weighs an estimated 270k tonnes. That number is hard to even imagine but this estimate could likely be even higher.

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By hurting the earth, we’re hurting ourselves. Like all animals, it’s natural for humans to be immersed in nature. We find peace there, and particularly now in the age we’re living in, with our eyes constantly fixed on the unnatural light of screens, sitting inside most of the day, breathing in air doused with perfumes and air fresheners and smoke, drinking water tainted with chemicals and chlorine byproducts, and filling ourselves with corpses and processed foods. It’s no wonder as people we’re all so ill and our world is bearing the brunt of this too.

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But we can’t just sit around worrying and stressing over the damage being done to the world, we have a duty to do something. One major thing you can do is recycle properly and encourage others to do the same; you could set up a recycling bin at work (I just set one up in my office two weeks ago and people have been really good at making an effort!), buy glass over plastic, purchase as many unpackaged things as possible (fruit and veg are always easy options here) and when you do buy packaged products, recycle them!

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Besides this, get involved with environmental groups and educate your friends and family on the damage being done to the earth and what easy changes they can make to prevent it. If you’re a girl, think about buying a moon cup or reusable period pads instead of using disposable ones. According to Down2Earth.ie, sanitary pads and baby’s diapers can take 500 years to biodegrade. That’s insane!

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Earth Day is a good way to think about our daily habits more, our actions and how they affect the people around us and the earth we stand on. I’m not saying people have to become environmentalists overnight, but we can take this opportunity to make changes. We can try harder, even if it’s just one thing, even if you decide to recycle for the first time or if you ditch your sanitary products and buy something reusable; every little helps. All we have to do is care. Remember: Reduce, reuse, recycle!

What did you do for Earth Day? Let me know in the comments!

What Is Veganism?

It seems like an incredibly obvious first step but I haven’t yet addressed what veganism is exactly. I was clearly too busy rambling!

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So what is veganism? 

There are many reasons why people choose to embrace a plant-based, cruelty free lifestyle, but first I’d like to make a distinction. Being a vegan isn’t just about eating vegan food, it’s also about trying to cause the least amount of suffering possible.

That means rejecting products (like makeup and skincare brands, for example) that don’t adhere to a cruelty-free policy. It means thinking consciously and making ethical decisions in regards to everything in your life, from the shoes on your feet to the dye in your hair to buying a car with seats that aren’t leather.

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It’s up to each individual vegan to determine their own ethical boundaries; for instance, some vegans may not mind consuming animal derivatives in products as long as they’re not eating meat/dairy/eggs directly, but many vegans do not consume any derivatives at all. Nobody is perfect, but the goal is to try our best to live ethically. 

Personally, I don’t eat meat/eggs/dairy/honey and I also don’t consume products with animal derivatives in them. I don’t buy or use products with animal derivatives in them nor products tested on animals. I’m currently working on using up the rest of the cleaning products around my house so that when they’re used up I can buy ethical brands, but it’s incredibly difficult (and very expensive) to overhaul all the non-vegan products in your life overnight. In fact I’d go as far as to say it’s impossible for most people. Veganism doesn’t happen overnight. The decision does, sure, but in practice it is tricky.

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Another point of contention between vegans is that some (like myself) will use a product that has already been bought (before going vegan) until it’s used up or rips rather than throwing it out. As someone who cares about the environment, it’s very wasteful.

Another example is a pair of leather boots that you may have worn for years. I personally think it’s fine to continue wearing those until they’re not fit for purpose, and then they can be thrown out. As long as you don’t continue to buy leather/products using animal skin then I think that’s fine. But it’s up to you. Draw your own line.

If you have any questions or if I’ve missed something, please let me know in the comments!