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5 Ways to Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle!

5 ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle!

In today’s world, taking steps to protect our environment has become more important than ever. And the truth is, living an eco-friendly lifestyle is much easier than you might think!

Here at Inspire Me Naturally, we are big believers in reducing waste and minimising our carbon footprint on the earth. One of the best places to start? By making a few simple changes at home, and looking for eco-friendly alternatives where possible to some of our most commonly used products.

If you’re currently looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, keep reading for 5 ways to get started.

Swap plastic bags for reusable produce bags

Did you know that an estimated 3.76 billion plastic bags are contributed to landfill each year in Australia? With many Australian supermarkets putting a ban on plastic bags from the 1st of July, there has never been a better time to make the switch to reusable alternatives.

Our reusable cotton produce bags are not only environmentally friendly, but also help your goods stay fresh for longer. We also love our convenient Trolley Buddy shopping bags, made from recycled materials and including a thermal insulation pocket to keep your groceries cool!

Make the switch to reusable coffee pods

Australians use billions of coffee pods daily, with the traditional aluminium and plastic pods taking anywhere between 150-500 years to break down in landfill.

One way to help reduce this waste is to make the switch to reusable coffee pods instead. Our reusable coffee capsules are designed for lifetime use, allowing you to enjoy your morning brew each day without contributing to landfill.

Go bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, and these days there are so many great eco-friendly bamboo products available for some of our most common household items.

From bamboo toothbrushes to bamboo cutlery and even bamboo phone speakers, take a moment to think about where you may be able to reduce plastic by choosing bamboo.

Use a travel cup

Australians throw out over 3 billion coffee cups and lids each year, making them one of the biggest contributors to landfill.

With the war on waste becoming more important than ever, reusable travel cups are now being embraced as a smarter, eco-friendly alternative. You’ll also find most cafes offer discounted coffee pricing in return. Our bamboo eco travel cups are made with natural bamboo fibre and are environmentally responsible & reusable.

Say no to bottled water

Although it may seem convenient to buy plastic bottles of water on the go, it’s much friendlier on the environment (and your wallet!) to fill up a reusable drink bottle from home for everyday use. BPA-free or stainless steel reusable drink bottles are a better alternative for regular use, and are also free from harmful plastics.

Here at Inspire Me Naturally we are proud to stock a great range of eco-friendly products – you can check out our Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Home and Healthy Bathroom collections online, with AfterPay available. We’ve also made a commitment to using eco-friendly packaging for all purchases!

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What are Negative Ions and How do They Improve our Wellbeing?

What are negative ions

We often talk about the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps on our Inspire Me Naturally blog, with one key benefit being their ability to generate negative ions for the surrounding environment.

But do you know exactly what negative ions actually are, and how they work to improve our wellbeing?

Today on the blog we’re talking about how negative ions are formed, why they’re important, and the benefits they have on our health and wellness!

First things first – what is an ion?

An ion is essentially an electrically charged molecule, formed when atoms either lose or gain an electron. This happens due to environmental or atmospheric influences.

Ions are all around us, and can directly influence our mood, wellbeing and even in some cases our health.

There are two types of ions – negative ions, and positive ions. These ions are formed in different ways, and have different impacts on our bodies.

What is the difference between a negative and positive ion?

Don’t be fooled by the names – a positive ion (or positively charged ion) is actually known for having a negative effect on the body when we have a high exposure to them.

Positive ions are often formed in nature due to humidity, extreme wind and pollution, but are also generated through electrical equipment like fluorescent lighting, air-conditioning, televisions and even our computers and mobile phones.

When we find ourselves in environments with high levels of these positive ions (like a stuffy office with fluorescent lights) we can start to feel anxious, irritable, tired and tense.

On the flipside, negative ions have the complete opposite effect, with a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.

Negative ions are most commonly found in nature near waterfalls, forests and the ocean. At home, they’re also produced in your very own shower! There’s a reason why most people find themselves feeling fresh and energised in these kinds of locations – the negative ions help to counteract the positive ions, and provide a better surrounding environment.

Himalayan salt lamps are also purported to release negative ions as the crystal is heated by an internal lamp. Negative ions are naturally attracted to pollutants like dust and allergens, and their negative charge means they can actually attach to and remove these pollutants from the air.

How do negative ions benefit our health and wellness?

There are several benefits to being exposed to negative ions in our everyday lives. Negative ions are reported to help with:

  • Purifying the air and therefore reducing allergy symptoms
  • Improving respiratory issues and preventing respiratory illnesses
  • Mental clarity – feeling energised, alert and refreshed
  • Decreasing the number of airborne bacteria
  • Reducing headaches
  • Improving sleeping patterns

Just to name a few! This is why products like Himalayan salt lamps are so popular around the home, particularly in areas where we are often exposed to positive ions due to electrical equipment, dust or pet allergens.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of negative ions for yourself, check out our full range of Himalayan salt lamps online, or read more about how Himalayan salt lamps work on the blog!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Health and Wellness!

Mothers day gift ideas for health and wellness

Mother’s day is now only just around the corner! If you’ve left your gift shopping until the last minute, we’ve got you covered with our range of natural products here at Inspire Me Naturally.

We think the gift of wellness is the greatest gift of all, so today we wanted to share our top picks for gifts dedicated to health and wellbeing.

From natural bath soaks to aromatherapy jewellery, keep reading for a few of our favourite Mother’s Day gift ideas for 2018!

Bath Soaks

Something that busy mums often neglect is self-care! Give your mum a reason to take some “me time” with a rejuvenating bath soak filled with nourishing ingredients.

Our range of luxurious bath soaks are made from all-natural goodies, including Himalayan pink salt, magnesium flakes, essential oils, oatmeal milk & much more.

These detoxifying and moisturising bath soaks are the perfect gifts to help you mum relax, refresh and unwind this Mother’s Day. You can shop our range of bath soaks online here!

Essential Oils

Why not introduce your mum to the incredible benefits of aromatherapy, with a selection of essential oils for health and wellness?

Think about your mum’s lifestyle and wellness goals, to help you choose the right oils that will benefit her the most! For example, lavender oil is great for stress relief, while lemon oil is best for an energy boost and motivation.

Essential oils can also be incorporated into hobbies that your mum might have, such as gardening or baking. You can shop our range of essential oils online here!

Aromatherapy Jewellery

Jewellery is always a popular Mother’s Day gift, but what about jewellery that can actually help with mood-boosting, alleviating stress, and improving health and wellness?

If your mum is already an essential oil lover, our aromatherapy bracelets and aromatherapy lockets allow your mum to experience the benefits of essential oils on the go.

Made from porous lava beads, aromatherapy jewellery diffuses essential oils slowly and safely throughout the day. Available in a selection of beautiful styles, you can shop our aromatherapy jewellery online here!

Glass Jar Himalayan Salt Lamp

Our glass jar Himalayan salt lamps have been super popular from the moment we introduced them, with their decorative mosaic patterns making them a beautiful statement piece for the home.

Himalayan salt lamps are known to assist with purifying the air and producing negative ions to create a clean, positive environment, reduce allergy symptoms and even improve sleeping patterns.

With a range of modern styles available, you can check out our glass jar Himalayan salt lamps online here!

Gift Voucher

If you’re feeling stuck with gift selections, why not let your mum take her pick with an eGift card to our online store?

Our gift cards allow your mum to shop our entire range of wellness products online, including essential oil diffusers, eco-friendly produce bags, bamboo travel cups, Himalayan salt lamps and much more. You can purchase an Inspire Me Naturally gift card online right here, with AfterPay available.

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