Cosmetic Brand Lush Is Funding Permaculture Farms

Cosmetic brand Lush, known for its scrumptious bath bombs, is on a roll with its eco-initiatives. Since turning trash into packaging, it is also now funding permaculture farms at £1 million a year.

“For us, the work we focus on is often regenerative, as opposed to sustainable – we want to give back more than we take,”

The said permaculture farms provide the beauty brand with organic ingredients such as aloe and shea butter. While Lush can count on a stable supply of materials, it is also helping communities thrive.

“We started the fund in 2010, with the idea that there can be a different, more supportive way of doing business,” [says creative buyer Gabbi Loedolff.]

The initiative, called the SLush Fund, has reached out to groups in Ghana and Peru. It is creating jobs and providing new technologies while being mindful of the environment. On that note, I think a relaxing soak in the tub would be doing myself and Lush some good.

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Make The Most Of A Productive Morning Routine

For workaholics, sleep often becomes a thing of the past. Still, busybodies can find ways to stay healthy and remain alert, even in the early morning. But for night owls, getting up at any hour before 9 is more or less a daily struggle. Not much of a morning person myself, I find that the hours leading up to a long-awaited lunch break are dragging. Nevertheless, I’ve grown into a routine that make 7, 8, or 9 am wake-up calls a lot more bearable, and even productive.

The number one hurdle to a fulfilling morning is lack of sleep. Work may call for the occasional late night but, if you can help it, get enough sleep. Your eight hours are crucial and if it means rescheduling a much needed Netflix binge, Riverdale can wait. Granted, an extra hour or two of sleep may not ease the struggle of getting up, but you’ll thank yourself for the boost of energy later.

While others may indulge in an early-morning jog, let’s face it — not everyone can bear with the wrath of exercise. Instead, try morning stretches. Do a handful of push-ups or jumping jacks immediately after getting out of bed. It may be lazy, but at least it’ll keep you from wanting to jump right back under the covers. That, and you’ll get your blood running.

When rising early, thoughts of reuniting with one’s beloved mattress often trump daydreaming about breakfast. Regardless, remember to eat right. While the first meal of the day doesn’t have to be a gourmet masterpiece, it should at least be good for you. Go with a dish that is both healthy and easy to prepare. Sound options are eggs, oatmeal, fruits, and nuts. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a cup of coffee — but mind your caffeine intake throughout the day!

Overcoming the first workload hump isn’t the easiest task, so leave enough time to shower and hydrate. Starting your morning fresh will, more often than not, keep you energized. But, aside from your body, your mind has to feel good too. Find ways to quickly exercise your brain. Meditate. It’ll relieve the stress of being awake and keep the nerves at bay. Guided meditation may inspire you, as well as prevent any chances of dozing off.

Before getting into the grind, organize your tasks. Naturally, you’ll want to get the hardest ones out of the way — but not when your brain is booting up. Get your simple assignments over with. Not only will they wake you up, but make you feel a sense of accomplishment. Working on the heavier jobs later on will relieve the pressure of having to think about menial errands.

Not all mornings will be easy. Like with anyone else, there are good days and bad. But getting into a healthy routine will alleviate most of the moaning and groaning, and make trivial chores a lot more bearable. Take it from a self-proclaimed nocturnal being — the sun may be a bit blinding, but at least we’re not really vampires.

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Squid Ink Treatment: A New Dental Breakthrough?

When it comes to dental hygiene, being forgetful is not uncommon. Anyway, tooth sensitivity is now easily remedied with green tea extract. If you’re especially lazy, you can invest in an automatic toothbrush, which gets the job done in just 10 seconds. If your pearly whites aren’t faring too well, squid ink treatment is now apparently a thing.

Patients would start by rinsing their mouths with… food-grade squid ink, water and cornstarch. Capillary action would cause that liquid to be drawn up into any gum pockets they might have, and stay there even after the rinse has been spat out.

A light source such as a laser pulse or an LED would then be applied to the gums. This would cause light-absorbing melanin nanoparticles in the squid ink to heat up and expand, generating an acoustic signal.

The squid ink treatment would replace traditional gum disease detection procedures. This means au revoir to that horrifying stick-and-poke tool dentists shove in between your teeth. Formally, it’s known as a periodontal probe, which sounds just as scary as it actually is.

Researchers have successfully tested the technology on pig patients. Clinical trials are predicted to be soon — or at least until a newer, less salty mixture is in the works.

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Green Tea Extract Can Treat Tooth Sensitivity

If there is one part of the body that we too often neglect, it’s our pearly whites. Forget to brush them? It’s not the end of the world. After all, they can now be 3D printed. But if you’d prefer to keep them, at least invest in an automatic toothbrush. Because treatment for aches and rotting can sometimes break the bank, doctors from Wuhan University are working on alternatives. Now, green tea extract can treat tooth sensitivity.

The compound is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC), and it is the most active polyphenol in green tea. Previous studies have shown that this compound can effectively battle S. mutans.

The scientists encapsulated this mix into so-called mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN).

To break it down, MSNs can effectively resist cavity-inducing acids and are superior in strength. They are the Justice League of dentin.

The material “significantly [inhibited] the formation and growth of S. mutans biofilm on the dentin surface,”

The application technique is called confocal laser scanning microscopy, which is just about as easy to say as that ridiculous town in Wales. All tongue twisters aside, we can show more enthusiasm for the green tea industry. Although I do remain on the fence about tea lattes from Starbucks.

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Handrail Sanitizer Is Perfect For Germaphobes

We all have that one friend obsessed with disinfecting pretty much every public utility. Armed with a miniature bottle of rubbing alcohol and an arsenal of Kleenex, they couldn’t possibly be cleaner. While majority of bacteria remains benign, personal hygiene is still something to worry about. This handrail sanitizer is a godsend to every germaphobe out there.

LG Innotek and Clearwin developed a new sterilizer that claims to wipe out 99.99 percent of germs on a handrail through the process of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. Reportedly, it’s the world’s first.

It isn’t usually the case, but the spread of microbes can be an issue. This is what the new device hopes to eliminate.

The product blocks any sources of infection from spreading by completely destroying the DNA of germs via UV LED light having a wavelength of 278 nanometers.”

The process may sound complicated, but in reality is fairly straightforward and harmless to the human body. The device, meant for escalators, generates power from its constant movement. It boasts a battery life of nearly 10,000 hours. It’s a promising gadget, though I’m still all for hand-washing!

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