Breathe in Boody

Boody shaper bra certainly doesn’t look like your average sports bra, nor is it something you would put on to get romantic with your partner either.

However, this could be your go to bra for your yoga practice! It has a comfy and supportive look that is seam free, form fitting whilst being eco-conscious.

The wide straps enhance your comfort and don’t leave any marks from bumps or edges sticking into your skin.

The back is strapless which requires minimal effort to put on and off, like you would other sports bras however much less tight. The organic bamboo fabric makes it feel as if you are pulling your pyjamas over your head. It feels as if you aren’t even wearing a bra, except still supported.

In yoga it is sometimes very restricting to have a sports bra on when you are trying to breathe in your Shavasana, as they are usually very tight and sometimes can get a little claustrophobic.

Boody shaper bra or padded shaper bra feels lose enough to allow you to breathe and move freely whilst also giving you the support you need.

A breathable fabric is always ideal to make sure that your sweat isn’t clogging your pores. Organic bamboo fabric’s micro gaps allows the fabric to be exceedingly breathable.

Being hypoallergenic, the fabric allows your skin to breathe and naturally regulates your temperature to be 3 degrees cooler than your average cotton.

It fits the way you are.

 

Your little darling deserves the best, here is why that means Bamboo

When it comes to your child, you want the best. And babies deserve to have the best of the best, after all, it’s very important that they live in the healthiest conditions.

The combination of healthy, fashionable and organic isn’t so easy to find but is a growing trend not only for its healthy benefits but the environmental benefits as well!

Bamboo is growing in popularity as a substitute for cotton in fashion, as well as many other materials in different industries.

Bamboo fabric is ideal for baby clothes because of many reasons.

Firstly, it’s micro gaps in the fabric means moisture is shunted away from the body and evaporated rapidly allowing your little ones skin to breathe.

It’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties protects from odour, mold, mildew, and bacteria even after numerous washings. This helps prevent sensitive skin infections which can be quite common in newborns.

The bamboo fabric is naturally hypoallergenic.

It is more durable than the average conventional fabric, studies have been done that show the bamboo clothes still contain their integrity after 50 washes.

Bamboo clothing is generally more practical for mothers who are limited for time as it doesn’t wrinkle and is machine washable in cool water. Fabric softeners are not needed as bamboo is naturally very soft, even after plenty of washes. This is because the fibres are not broken down by chemical processing.

Many people even describe the fabric as getting even softer after each wash!

Travel Tips for being a thoughtful visitor

Travelling consciousness is to travel with awareness and thought.

There is something beautiful to opening your mind to learning about all the different cultures around the world. Each place we go to, we learn something new.

We give something to them and we take something from them.

Whether through wellness and spirituality, eco or sustainable travel, travelling consciously will make a positive impact on the world and enrich the lives of everyone we meet along the way, one footprint at a time.

Here are some tips to make sure your travels are consciously caring about the places you go to

  1. Be mindful of the local environment and how it should be respected. In case you don’t know much about it, research into it’s environment issues before you go!
  2.  Pack light- The more weight trains, planes and automobiles have to carry the more fuel they use. The more fuel they use, the more greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere.
  3.  Buy local products instead of those larger brands that have been imported. Items that are flown or shipped in have a much larger carbon footprint
  4. Use public transportation wherever possible, such as the train, bus, cycle, or just walk.
  5. Rent a Hybrid Car – Hybrids save an enormous amount of CO2 and money. Plug‐in hybrids can save even more. Buy a Fuel Efficient Car (Fuel efficient cars use less fuel per mile or km)
  6. Choose a green hotel- Just like apartment homes, some hotels (especially in more green conscious cities) are LEED certified. Check the hotel’s website or give them a call to get a sense of the company’s environmental ethics. There many more things you can do to travel green.
  7. Bring a reusable water bottle- Rather than buying bottled water during your travel, bring a bottle for water fountain fill ups. A reusable bottle helps cut down on waste that goes to the landfill and saves you money. Look for special fill-up stations found at many airports, like those in the Denver airport.
  8. Never use hotel laundry, as they typically wash every guest’s clothes separately (even when there are only a few items).
  9. Hang towels after each use, which is the universal sign that you’d like to use them again.
  10. Take any leftover soap, shampoo, or toothpaste with you. Unused portions are often thrown away, and you can reuse the plastic bottles in the future.

 

You’ll come back from your trip and feel like you’ve made a whole lot of good compared to if you hadn’t been travelling consciously.

 

Every little thing helps.

The Importance of Choosing Skin-Friendly Clothing & Cosmetics

Many of us have no trouble being health conscious about what we put in our bodies – but what about the products we put ON our body?

Choose the right beauty products

Choosing eco-friendly and safe products for our skin is just as important as the food we eat.

Our skin is one of the body’s largest and fastest growing organs. Little do we know that up to 20 times a day we are using products that travel straight into our bloodstream – slowly but harmfully affecting our health and wellbeing. While cosmetic and clothing companies will argue that the limited amounts of chemicals used in their products won’t harm the body – using these products on a day-day basis can do more damage than we think.

Using the wrong toothpaste, shampoo, face wash, makeup, sunscreen, hand-wash and clothing – not only have harmful effects on ourselves, but also our children’s sensitive developing bodies.

According to US-based EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, the average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily and the average man uses 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients.

The research shows these ingredients can be linked to health problems including cancer, skin allergies, hormone disruption, respiratory issues and reproductive toxicity.

Emmily Banks, eco-beauty and makeup artist shares the importance of using clean products on her blog Depths of Beauty. Here she details the 12 dirty dozen products to look out for in your cosmetic and beauty products.

Skin Friendly Clothing

Boody Cami Tops – Skin-Friendly Bamboo Eco Wear

Choose the right clothing for your skin

The textile industry isn’t far behind either – according to Total Health Magazine, over 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used in clothing products around the world.

Most synthetic fabrics including cotton, wool, polyester and spandex are treated with chemicals during and after processing – lurking in the garments long after we purchase them. While fabric might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to your health – by choosing eco-friendly products you are not only helping the environment, but protecting your family from hazardous chemicals.

Our very own Boody bamboo collections for women, men and babies are created with precisely this in mind. Our bamboo is grown organically without a trace of pesticides, insecticides or fertilisers and our production process uses closed loop systems contributing to the hypo-allergenic and anti-fungal properties of our garments. It is our mission to ensure that you are putting the highest quality of fabric on your skin.

Whilst we cannot control what goes on the shelf in the supermarkets and online – we have the power as consumers to make a choice to empower ourselves, raise our standards of quality and provide our families with safer, environmentally friendly alternatives.

How to be a skin-friendly and conscious consumer

  • Support natural, organic, ethical and cruelty free products and practices.
  • Try local products – talk to the manufacturers about their processing and get to know the brand inside and out.
  • Do a clean up of your bath and beauty products by throwing out (or giving away) anything that has the dirty dozen in the ingredients.
  • Learn together – talk to your friends about what products they support.

To health and wellness on the inside and out,

Karla xx

7 Natural Ways to Cleanse Your Body from Toxins

When we live a healthy lifestyle, our bodies can be very efficient in eliminating toxins and waste that doesn’t serve us. However when we are constantly exposed to a variety of chemicals and toxins from the air, water and food on a daily basis – even the healthiest body can find it all too much and weighed down by the toxic load. So we’ve come up with 7 ways you can step in and enhance your natural living lifestyle.

1. Avoid chemicals, synthetic fragrances and household cleaning products

Conventional household cleaning products can introduce harmful chemicals into our homes and bodies which can cause asthma and other breathing difficulties, allergies and cancer.  Sometimes even the ‘natural’ products on the shelves aren’t always what they claim to be so opt to make homemade products and use your pantry staples like bicarb soda, white vinegar and spruce it up with some pure essential oils for a simple household cleaner.

2. Avoid BPA water bottles and drink filtered water

Not only are plastic water bottles damaging our health, but they are a major environmental issue that is harming our planet. According to Clean-up Australia, 1 in 10 items found on Clean-up Australia Day are plastic water bottles. Not to mention it takes up to 1000 years to break these plastics down! Most bottles are derived from crude oil, an oil which is highly toxic and even more damaging when spilled into our oceans. Plastic water bottles also require 3L of water to produce each 600mL water bottle! The chlorine in tap water is also affecting your gut health – so install or buy a water filter at home or opt for the versatility of Bobbles Filtered BPA water bottles here.

3. Go raw or cook at low temperatures

Vegetables maintain the highest nutritional value when unadulterated.  Include plenty of deep green coloured vegetables including kale, green dandelion and broccoli which all contain chlorophyll – a powerful pigment which can eliminate environmental toxins, heavy metals, herbicides, and pesticides. Spice up these meals with herbs such as parsley and cilantro which also have incredible detoxifying effects.

4. Sweat it out

Increase your cardio activity and detoxify sweat from your skin – your body’s largest organ. This also gets the lymphatic system circulating properly and prevents waste from stagnating in your body. You could also go to the local sauna and sweat it out a few times with a swim in between.

5. Dry Body Brushing

Again, the skin is a powerful detoxification organ, so start your day by dry body brushing to remove dead skin cells and dirt that may be blocking pores. This will also improve your blood circulation and as a side benefit your skin will be left feeling glowing.

6. Flush-out your colon

Consider booking yourself in for a colon cleanse. Over time our colons can build up toxic waste from undigested processed food which remains on the wall of our colon. It is an optional alternative therapy and the benefits include improved mental outlook, immune system, weight loss and vitality. However be sure to seek medical advice first and do your research for a professional colon hydrotherapy specialist http://www.acha.com.au/awareness.php

7. Yoga and meditation

Sometimes we forget just how powerful these two practises have on living a natural, toxic-free lifestyle. Over time stress and anxiety can have harmful affects on our body including an upset digestive system, poor hormone production, lower immune and sleep deprivation. Make weekly yoga classes a non-negotiable – there is always time to fit them in. Try some of these and let me know how you go in the comments below!

Xx

Karla (from our office down under)

When in Doubt, Write It Out: the Many Health Benefits of Journaling

We all know suppressing our emotions and limiting thoughts is unhealthy, but how often do we actually release them? Especially if we don’t want to offload our negativity onto other people?

Wait… I’m not a writer?

This is how keeping a journal can be a lifelong tool for our happiness and well being. The best part about it is that you don’t need to be a critically acclaimed writer to do so. All it takes is the willingness to write exactly what comes through you, and witness how much ease you feel day to day doing so.

The reason for this is mindfulness. Journaling allows us to passively engage with our thoughts. It releases frustrations we hold onto from the past, and frees us from experiencing anxiety about the future. Most importantly, it’s non-judgemental.

Benefits of journaling and writing for the mind.

Journaling for a healthy mind

Increased self-awareness and empathy is just some of the many benefits of journaling. It allows us to create internal peace especially if we have been provoked by an outsider, or a situation out of our control. It reminds us to analyse both sides, and it could very well help us resolve a disagreement. By doing so we are able to problem solve more effectively and handle life’s unexpectancies with more composure.

The health benefits of journaling are not only limited to the mind. According to research by psychologists James Pennebaker, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, and Joshua Smyth, PhD, of Syracuse University – writing about emotions can boost people’s immune system, especially those with illnesses such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Getting started with journaling

Author Julia Cameron’s ‘morning pages’ as described in her book ‘The Artist’s Way’, has benefited many people who are looking to open up expressively and get their creative juices flowing. Her ‘stream of consciousness’ style requires you to write three pages first thing in the morning. It’s believed to bring out thoughts and ideas you never thought you had and for writers especially, helps overcome the common ‘writer’s block’.

If you’re looking for journaling prompts to get you started, then Byron Katie’s ‘The Work’ is a simple yet powerful process of self-inquiry that teaches people to identify and question the thoughts that cause their suffering. The worksheet consists of four questions and turnarounds which help people address their problems with more clarity.

It’s been reported by participants this worksheet improves relationships, reduces stress and increases peace.

Or for those who really like a challenge, take on one of Psych Central’s 30 journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-inquiry here.

When in doubt, write it out!

Tips for giving your little one a better nights sleep

When your baby sleeps better, not only do you sleep better.. But you will notice a more patient and more engaging baby after they have had a good sleep. Don’t feel discouraged just yet, it’s never too late to start teaching them excellent sleep habits.

Sleeping is how you consolidate information and memories that you have from the day, and that’s why babies sleep so much, because they’re learning so much. This is why it’s so important for them to get enough sleep or they become agitated.

 

 

Here are some tips to help

 

1.Swaddling

Babies often feel disorientated and distressed after coming out of the womb where they were nice and cosy and protected. Swaddling is like a replication of how they would have felt in their mummy’s tummys. It keeps them secure, warm and comforted through the night which in turn gives them a better night sleep! Wrapping them in Boody wrap can do just this. Double it over, wrap, pull firm, and tuck the ends in well to make them feel most secure.

 

2. Giving them space

It’s very common for parents to go running at the first sound of movement. A good way to overcome this is to understand your baby’s sounds so you know when they could be left for a couple minutes or if they really do actually need something. Often babies are just resettling and it’s important to give them a little space for this as you don’t want to interrupt that.

 

3. Feed them before bed

Up until they are about 4 months old, it helps to feed them just before bed time.  This helps prevent the baby from waking up just after we moms finally drift off to sleep. Don’t you hate when that happens?

 

 

4. Change your baby’s diaper strategically…

Changing the diaper before you feed them prevents the baby from waking up too much after they’ve fed. If you change the diaper after feeding, the baby will wake up again and making it a bit of a challenge to get them back to sleep again.

 

5. Put them down when drowsy

Another helpful technique is to start putting them down while they’re still awake but drowsy so they learn that it’s time to sleep. This way they will eventually fall asleep on their own.

 

6. Keep them wrapped up but not too warm

Their temperature is important when they’re sleeping. Science explains that cooler temperatures help with sleep. Boody clothes are naturally temperature regulating due to its bamboo material. It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. How? Bamboo fabric contains hollow microfibres that allow the material to be exceedingly breathable.

Worth trying it out right? Anything for a little extra shut eye!

 

 

 

7 Eco-friendly and Charitable Brands we love

 

Stay hydrated whilst giving back!

S’well’s mission was to get rid of the plastic water bottles by giving people chic, fashionable looking water bottles that are non-toxic to the environment. They are also a partner of UNICEF USA, committing to help provide clean and safe water to the world’s most vulnerable communities.
They’re aiming to create long lasting change by educating families on waterborne diseases and also help to build infrastructure.

 

Cheeky Panda saving trees

Want an easy way to help prevent global warming?

As we know, Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, the Cheeky Panda has created sustainable, affordable but luxury tissue paper products from Bamboo. Being 100% biodegradable, it is also a much softer kinder substance to the skin and won’t cost you more than your regular toilet paper.

Bamboo toilet tissue has 65% lower carbon than traditional paper (that’s a saving of one ton of carbon per 4,500 rolls)

Tell time and plant a tree!

WeWOOD is the first brand to create wrist watches from wood, completely free of toxic and artificial materials. For each watch sold WeWOOD plants a tree, an initiative in collaboration with non-profit organizations such as American Forests and Trees for the Future.

 

Brush your teeth with Bamboo

The world’s most eco-friendly toothbrush.

Have you ever thought about how much plastic you are putting back into the earth just from cleaning your teeth? Over 4.7 Billion plastic toothbrushes are produced every year worldwide. These never biodegrade and are dumped in landfills and oceans every year all over the world.

Every component of these toothbrushes is plant-based: bristles, handle, wrapper, and box.

A small change to help our planet; Brush with Bamboo.

 

Give poverty the boot!

Roma was founded in 2010 by Samuel Bistrian, who’s ultimate goal is not only to provide aid, but to educate.

For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. Ten percent of all proceeds funds also goes to educational initiatives all around the world.

 

Carefully curated sustainable fashion

Gather&See offers carefully curated collections from the very best in sustainable fashion talent from around the world. Now they aren’t Bamboo, but their website gives you sustainable fashion brands that pride themselves on their ethics as much as their aesthetics.

Alicia Taylor and Stephanie Hogg realised how disconnected we are when shopping from the production process and what damage it does to the world. As we are becoming more and more aware of our actions and purchases, they have put their efforts into making it easier for us to find the brands out there who are trying to protect the world.

 

One for One

Through your purchases, TOMS works with more than 100 giving partners to provide shoes, sight, water and safer birth services to people in need.

Buying your shoes at Toms provides health, education and community development programs to help improve the future of children, their families and communities in need.

Read about their impacting stories here.

 

Our planet needs our help and even small purchases like these can make a huge difference if we keep doing it. We influence each other, all we need to do is make the decision to start.

 

4 small ways we can support Earth Day

Take a tip from the Danish and get your candles burning

Take a stand against climate change and show your concern by switching off your lights more and using candles in the evening instead. It creates a lovely cosy vibe in your home which can in turn make you happier, according to the Danish who have had a few recent books come out promoting their Hygge way of living.

 

Take a bicycle for the day, or week.

More and more people are rediscovering the enjoyment of riding a bike. Whether your doing your daily work journey, seeing friends or running your daily errands, taking a bike is an easy way to reduce your gasoline budget and your greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Plus a bit of fresh air will help you sleep better at night!

 

Upgrade Your Lightbulbs

Lighting accounts for 18 per cent of a typical household’s electricity bill. Upgrading your lightbulbs from regular to CFL’s are good for the environment AND use a lot less power than your old bulbs.

They also last longer, saving you energy and money!

 

Visit your local farmers’ market

Food travels a very long way to get to your table, have you ever thought about the amount of cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes are being used to get it to us. Not only is fresh farm food better for you and the environment-on average, but you’ll probably eat more fruits and vegetables if you go local.

If we all shopped locally for atleast once a month, we could cut the transport emissions enormously.

 

 

Minimalist Wardrobe: Simplify Your Life and Your Closet

We’ve all heard of minimalist living. But maybe it sounds too challenging to get rid of your material possessions, and completely overhaul your lifestyle.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be. It’s people like The Minimalists or Marie Kondo who are living proofs that little effort will still get you big results.

Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment, and more freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.
– The Minimalists

So if you’re looking to adopt a minimalist lifestyle but need some simple guidance, look no further. We’re going to show you how and why you should do it – beginning with your closet.

Streamlining your wardrobe will have you spending less time worrying about how you look, and more time focusing on your joy, happiness, and fulfilment. Not to mention the positive impact it will have on the environment.

Here’s our top five reasons to simplify your closet, and five ways to do so.

 

 

5 Good Reasons to Adopt a Minimalist Wardrobe

1. Save money

Adopting a ‘cost per wear’ mentality keeps you on track with wardrobe staples you love and can save you lots of money. For example, instead of buying an expensive ‘in season’ dress and only wearing it once, opt for a little black dress that will see you through many fashion seasons and can be dressed up or down.

2. Good for you and our planet

Fast fashion is one of the largest polluters in the world. Dyeing, printing and bleaching are one of the most energy and chemical intensive stages along the manufacturing line, along with water usage.

Buying clothing in moderation and in a conscious way is one of the easiest ways to reduce our footprint on the planet. But when you do decide to shop, whether it is for yourself or for a gift, aim to purchase from sustainable, eco-friendly brands that adopt a wiser production system by limiting the use of harsh chemicals and recycling dyes.

White Fabric with Apricots on top

3. More clothes doesn’t make you happier

We’ve all heard of ‘retail therapy’ as a quick pick me up, but it can do you more harm than good. According to psychologist Daniela Intili, the ‘temporary lift’ from retail therapy soon reverts back to feelings of guilt, and anger, taking the shopper back to square one.

Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist suggest three questions a great minimalist should always ask themselves before making any purchase –

  1. Am I replacing an item of clothing or buying something new? If the item is not a specific replacement, rethink your need for it.
  2. Is this something I will wear regularly? If you can’t see yourself wearing the item on a regular basis, rethink the purchase.
  3. Is the style one that will last? Don’t believe all the hype of the latest trends, they are created by the fashion industry and fade rapidly.

4. Confidence starts with you

We don’t need to buy more to feel better or impress others. It’s tempting to buy clothes because they are on trend, everyone else is wearing them and we want to join the crowd. But at the end of the day, confidence begins with things like your smile, the positivity you bring into a room and the energy you exude – even if you’re wearing a paper bag.

5. Boost Creativity

Half the fun of having a simpler wardrobe is being your own stylist. Once we have our basics, mixing and matching is a great way to get the most out of your closet, and still look like you own plenty of outfits! Little do we know the potential of some of our wardrobe items until we try them on, so give yourself your own style session and get creative.

5 Steps to an Eco-Friendly and Minimalist Wardrobe

1. Get rid of what you don’t need

We know it can be hard especially if we have an emotional attachment to our clothes. And while keeping a few pieces that remind us of important is completely fine, you certainly don’t need those 20 pairs of denim in your closet.

Once you’ve sorted through your wardrobe and kept only the pieces you do wear and love, simply donate the surplus to your friends, family or to a charity. Is that old shirt way too worn out? Don’t throw it out. Old clothes can not only be recycled but also up-cycled to give them a second life. From making DIY paper (yes, that can be done) to using them as cleaning rags, your clothes can still serve a purpose even if you can no longer wear them…

2. Find your staples

Having the right staples as your ‘base’ helps you create multiple outfits and still do it with style. Always keep one good pair of jeans, a black or denim jacket, black trousers, a white blouse and a pair of shorts or skirt. Then add a few prints in your wardrobe for colour and texture. Then have some fun with accessories, hats, and shoes and get the creative brain juices flowin’!

Use Pinterest for inspiration to mix and match your wardrobe throughout the seasons. Boody’s pinterest is always updating you with latest inspirations and well being tips.

Remember, less is always more.

 

Perfect basic white tee made using organic bamboo - Boody Eco Wear

 

Choosing eco-friendly basics that last make for a healthy wardrobe and a healthy mind

3. Get your basics right

A great wardrobe begins with great essential pieces. A simple yet stylish black tee can be the foundation for your entire closet. This type of basic garment works in every season and can be dressed up or down easily.

Carefully selecting the fabric that compose your essentials means that you might be able to multiply the number of purposes your clothes can serve. For example, choosing pieces made using organic bamboo will keep you cool in the warmth and warm in the cool. From the office to your morning walks on the weekend, think clothing that will be able to accompany you in every situation.

4. Opt for quality over quantity

Always purchase quality clothing which have the least environmental impact. Clothing made using organic natural fibres look and feel good. They are biodegradable and do not create static electricity that makes your clothes cling to your body. Cheaper clothing might save you money as you buy them, but over time you’re likely to be out of pocket as they need to be replaced more frequently.

5. Play with accessories

Accessories are not only more affordable to buy, but can instantly dress up what you’re wearing. Jewellery, scarves, and belts can give you a completely different look with any outfit and help you enhance your minimalist wardrobe with taste and personality.

Once you minimise your wardrobe, up your eco-friendly basics, and get creative – you can then start de-cluttering other areas of your life too!