February – Low Tox Loving

Low Tox Loving for the month of Feb! I absolutely love highlighting cool things I’ve read or listened to, wonderful petitions or low tox small businesses doing great things or bringing out a new product or something we’re doing thus this low tox loving list, and here we are over the halfway mark of February! Feel free to add your own discoveries / what you’re loving in the comments and if you’re a small business or NFP doing great things, please get in touch [email protected] 

In no particular order of awesomeness:

 

Is organic better? This was an interesting article over the weekend

A study has come out looking at the effects of switching to an organic diet have had on a group of families being monitored for their pesticide/herbicide levels. I particularly loved this quote: “Health should not be limited to your income, your education, your race, your gender, or your geographic location. I think everyone has the right to clean, organic food.” I couldn’t agree more, and while that’s not the case right now, any of us that can stretch the budget here and there to make the switch, the sooner the economy of scale, the trust from our wonderful conventional farmers to investigate making the switch for growing market demand… It ALL helps.

photo credit: Dave Martin / A/P – taken form the original article that appears in the Guardian, in the link.

If you need some ‘organic affordability’ support there’s loads in my Low Tox Life book in the food chapter, or there’s the show I did on the podcast a couple of years ago on affording more organic food.

 

And speaking of regenerative, organic farming – remember Dr Zach Bush on the show, late December?

He is one of the co founders and advisors of Farmer’s Footprint, a documentary and regenerative farming, crowdfunding organisation to help us help farmers transition to regenerative farming methods. Amazing! Watch the trailer and learn more here. I will be donating $50 per month from our annual charity budget as a business, to Farmer’s footprint. It’s one thing to want organic food but if we skip the part where our farmers are able to transition in an empowered way, then we miss a huge opportunity.

 

Organic Nights – children and babies sleepwear

Organic Nights is an Australian-designed label launched in 2018 by two sisters, Nichola and Frances, living beachside on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Their mission is to create beautiful, ethical and quality 100% GOTS-Certified Organic sleepwear for children from newborn to age 11 and boy have they succeeded – they sent me a pyjama to try for my not so little guy – actually very tall 9 year old, and the 10-11 was perfect. So soft and comfy and he’s always just worn the ‘tattiest clothes on the way out’ for PJ’s so he’s feeling very special indeed!

If we can offer our children a pure environment in which to slumber for around half of their every day (we NEVER attained the elusive 7 to 7 though, so if 12 hours is your reality, power to you!), then we are winning. Organic Nights’ GOTS-Organic sleepwear is the cleanest, healthiest and most sustainable option to cocoon our little ones through the night. 

The label carries the strictest GOTS certification (Global Organic Textile Standard) through its entire supply chain, making children’s sleepwear organic, fair trade, sustainable and ethical at every step – from the soil and the cottonseed, to the colour dyes and the care labels. 

If you’re in need of PJ’s then please consider supporting this gorgeous, honest business. They’re offering 15% off with the code LOWTOX15%OFF.

Shop HERE

Follow them on Instagram @organicnights or on Facebook 

Mokosh

If you’ve been listening to the podcast the past couple of weeks, you would have heard me talk about Mokosh. Mokosh has created a skincare range that is made differently from virtually any other – completely free of synthetic ingredients: Not even the green chemistry kind. Using Mokosh products is like moving from a diet high in processed food to a whole food plant-based diet – it will allow your skin to breathe, assimilate nutrients and glow with health. If this is the kind of ingredient list you value, AND you can’t be botthered DIY’ing everything, this is worth exploring. Check out the range HERE.

Follow Mokosh on Instagram @mokoshskincare or on Facebook

Activated Eco – Stainless Steel Infinity pegs

Plastic pegs break down in the sun and often snap into pieces when you grab them towards the end of their life, these plastic pieces end up all over the ground and washing away into our waterways eventually turning into the micro-plastics that you always hear about. Enter these weatherproof pegs.

Activated Eco was founded in early 2017 by two families that are passionate about reducing single use plastic and the impact it has on our planet.  Their first product, Stainless Steel Infinity Pegs were more popular than they could ever imagine. They completely underestimated peoples dislike for plastic pegs and the unnecessary waste they create. I absolutely LOVE our stainless pegs. I bought some early last year when we moved to a place that had a hills hoist and being barefoot in the grass hanging up the washing

The Stainless Steel Infinity Pegs will last you a lifetime. Made from marine grade 316 stainless steel they will not rust or corrode even in heavy salt environments. The size of wire material means they will not get too hot to touch in the sun. The last set of pegs you’ll ever buy!

They’re generously offering 15% off your order with the code LOWTOX15. Check out the pegs HERE

Follow them on Instagram @activatedeco or on Facebook

 

 

Heavenly Hazel by Nourishing Bites

A family-owned business in North Queensland handcrafts wickedly delicious treats that nourish you too! My all-time favourite is Heavenly Hazel, a wonderfully rich and decadent chocolate hazelnut spread. Made from 65% roasted hazelnuts (hello healthy and sustaining fats and proteins!) and sweetened with pure dark chocolate and unrefined coconut sugar (less than 50% sugar content of major brands), Hazel is the perfect treat. Also gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, vegan and 100% organic (hazelnuts are one of the most sprayed nuts up there with conventional macadamias, so this is a big win as a swap not only for better, simpler, palm-oil free ingredients, but also for the lack of pesticide/herbicide residue).

You have 15% off any Heavenly Hazel products until 31st March with the code HAZEL15. Place your order HERE

Follow them on Instagram @heavenlyhazelau or on Facebook 

 

 

 

A good book!

Here are a few fave books that came out this year by our show guests from the podcast. Each is SO GOOD.

 

Beyond the Pill by Jolene Brighten 

 

Get it on Booktopia (Australia only) or Book Depository

 

 

Shame by Joseph Burgo

Get it on Booktopia (Australia only) or Book Depository

 

 

 

You can also borrow from the library or download the digital versions to save paper / cost!

 

An ethical, fair trade gift! 

When I saw Catherine Hamlin speak a few years ago with Business Chicks, I was blown away by this woman, now 95 years young, who has dedicated her life to the betterment of the health of women in rural Ethiopia. I remember so clearly her telling stories from the early days, nearly being killed on more than one occasion, but continuing on because this was her life’s work – her calling. When we grab our salad servers from here or Catherine’s remarkable story in her book or a shea butter balm, all proceeds go directly to their work. Amazing to be able to make a difference from so far away! Have a look here and see if there are any pressies coming up you need…

 

A good doco – The Gut Solution series

This series is currently running and wow am I proud to be a part of it. Sarah and Matt have done an incredible job pulling together hours and hours of interviews that they conducted all around the world, into a truly useful resource for people wanting to improve their gut health. So often I find in the end that summits are a waste of time or you end up more confused than when you started, but a couple of times a year a goodie comes along. One note: I do not condone the ingestion of essential oils. One person interviewed in the summit is telling you to take oils internally and I caution you to please not do this without a qualified aromatherapist or TGA listed supplement that you’ve run past a practitioner. Other than that, the advice from people holding multiple phD’s is just wonderful and I’m in there sharing on mould and providing my usual motivation “Let’s put it all into practice. You’ve got this” vibes. 

“The Gut Solution” launched on 13th February and is still running and free for a limited time, so don’t miss out and register HERE. (They usually do an encore weekend for these sorts of things so you can watch the first 4 eps you might have missed)

 

 

Sacred Cow crowdfunding campaign

We live in an age where it feels like there’s more and more anger and less and less analysis over food choices. Meat eaters quick to dismiss vegans, and vice verse and lately there are a lot of documentaries scaremongering without scientific evidence. Sacred Cow is the brainchild of Diana Rodgers of Sustainable Dish, a real food dietitian living on a working organic farm who is close to the science and has seen it in practice. Contrary to popular media messages that demonize beef – never separating out forms of farming or processing the meat in the studies, well-managed cattle are one of our best chances at improving soil health and sequestering carbon and this needs to be talked about. I’ve pledged to help make it a reality, and now you can too.

Support the Sacred Cow Vision today! 

 

And something to eat, no? Mauritian Pumpkin Gratin

Most of you still have pumpkins in the northern hemisphere, and down here they’re starting to pop up again here and there, so why not try one of my favourite childhood recipes – Mauritian Pumpkin Gratin. So delicious as a side or with nuts crunched and sprinkled over the top on a bed of rocket or spinach as a whole, vego option for a light dinner or lunch. This tastes like my childhood – minus the Kraft processed cheese! hehe.

 

So there we go, hopefully, a few ideas to get the inspiration going. If you’re a small business owner with a wonderful low-tox product or service then please share with me below or pop us an email at [email protected] 

 

Low Tox. Happy People. Happy Planet

 

 

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