Love notes for Mother Nature
Love life? So do we! We’re inspired by our natural surroundings, so much so that we built a business on recycling coffee beans that were going to go to landfill.
Life is all around us – it’s in the obvious things like the people we meet and the pets we care for, and it’s in the things we so often overlook – the grass that needs mowing, the bats that won’t quit on dusk and the trees that line the streets on our commute.
That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we’re saying no to chocolates covered in foil and flowers wrapped in plastic, and saying yes to 24 hours of loving the environment around us, with as little impact as possible. A clean footprint – that’s how we’re showing our love for the planet on 14 Feb this year.
Here’s how we’re doing it … come join us and follow our love notes!
The average woman applies over 500 chemicals to her skin every day. From moisturisers and toners to foundations and lipsticks, we are penetrating our skin with nasties when there’s no need.
Show your body how grateful you are that it wakes up every day, keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing. Recognise what it does for you day in and day out, often without you even noticing.
When we want people around us to see that we care, we show them respect and attention, so it makes sense that we show our bodies the same level of respect and give it our full attention when we want to care for it.
Valentine's Day Love Note #1
Today I will show love towards my body. I will look at the labels on my skincare products and cosmetics and make sure I only put goodness into my skin. I will avoid anything that says parabens, artificial fragrances or parfums, SLS or SLES, Toluene, Phthalates, Polyetheline Glycol, Diethanolamine and Triclosan.
Believe it or not, our skin is working 24/7 to protect us! Not only does it take the 500 chemicals or so some women apply daily, but the outer layer, the epidermis, has to protect the rest of our body from sun exposure and impurities in the air.
The dermis layer below is constantly checking for pain, pressure and heat, and producing sweat and oils to keep our bodies hydrated.
The deepest level of our skin, the subcutaneous or hypodermis tissue, regulates our temperature and uses its fat to protect our bones and muscles.
Valentine's Day Love Note #2
Today I will show my skin that I appreciate all it does. I will give it at least two litres of water to replenish cells and nourish it with clean products. I will spend five minutes cleansing and exfoliating away the dead skin cells to rejuvenate the appearance and give it wholesome skin food to absorb deeply into my calves, thighs, arms and neck.
You don’t have to look far to see the impact our fast paced, commercialised society is having on the environment around us. From climate change, global warming and deforestation to spreading urban sprawl, littering and air, land and water pollution Mother Nature is hurting both in our backyard and on a global stage.
It’s true that governments, corporations and powerful individuals can make appropriate decisions to affect change on a mass scale, but it’s also true that we as individuals can show greater love to the ground beneath us and the nature around us.
Valentine's Day Love Note #3
Today I will show love toward my natural surroundings. I will walk or take public transport instead of driving. I will avoid using cling wrap. I will recycle the materials I use and halve the amount of time I spend in the shower. Today more than ever, I will show you that you truly mean the whole world to me.
Make the world around you your Valentine this V-Day, because let’s face it, it’s the one thing that you can count on to be here for you every day, no matter what.