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Monday, October 12th, 2015


Tips for making sure your interior design products are sustainable

Trees, that beautiful natural resource, are also vital to our planet’s survival. Wood is an integral part of furniture design and manufacturing; many other materials are used in interior design with a certain degree of success, but there is something about the look and feel of timber that just cannot be outdone. Luckily, the sustainability of the products and furnishings used in interior design has improved markedly in recent years, but how can you be certain that your items are as environmentally friendly as they appear to be?

One of the best ways to ensure that your furniture and home accessories come from sustainable sources is to look out for an FSC Certification, which is bestowed upon suppliers that endeavor to source their products from well-managed forests. As with FSC Certification, the Rainforest Alliance has created a Rediscovered Wood Certification; re-loved furnishings, or those made from recycled and reclaimed materials are also popular among the sustainable elite and will, more often than not, last much longer than their environmentally unfriendly counterparts.

The Shutter Store, for example, is renowned for following a strict environmental policy when it comes to creating their shutters and blinds, and their wooden window shutters are made using timber from replenished forests. Similarly, all materials are responsibly sourced or created, while the act of fitting shutters can cut your heating bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Ensuring that your furnishings are sustainable, and future-ready.

So, how should you proceed when it comes to sourcing sustainable interior design products?  Well, first things first: shop around, and use reputable retailers. It’s easy enough for a company to claim environmental responsibility, but do they have the certification to back this up, or the reputation to trust? Don’t be afraid to query the origins of an item, or walk away if you’re not convinced; you’ll thank yourself later when you have an exceptional item and the sustainability to match. Second hand, vintage, and re-loved are different ways of saying the same thing – try sourcing your furnishings and accessories from antique stores, specialist dealers, or even garage sales.

Similarly, look out for interior design products that have been crafted using recycled materials, as these will also adhere to the rules surrounding sustainability and environmental responsibility. Do you want furnishings that will last? Choose products that are easily fixable, so they can be mended rather than replaced. The planet will thank you, and you’ll save yourself heaps of cash in the meantime. Lastly, consider buying locally and support trade in your area.

Sustainability is vital to modern interior design, ensuring that products are built to last, responsibly sourced, and designed to give back to our environment rather than simply taking away. The products that you choose to furnish and accessorize your home have the potential to vastly alter the world around you. By choosing local suppliers, always querying the history of a piece, or looking out for environmental certification, you stand a much better chance of supporting the planet – plus, you’ll have the opportunity to home a beautiful, often unique, item. And when you’re done? Pass it on!

How to Detoxify Your Body with Hydrotherapy

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

healthIf you are one of the many people looking for healthy lifestyle options to undo all the harm done to your mind, body and soul because of being careless with what you eat and how you live, it is time you learn a thing or two about hydrotherapy. An age old health and beauty secret that has been adopted by kings and commoners in their daily life, hydrotherapy has to its credit, healing powers like keeping the skin glowing, cleansing the body of antibodies, relieving blood pressure, enhancing metabolism and many more. Practicing hydrotherapy also encourages one to indulge in self-care.

Basically, hydrotherapy means to use water in different ways to rid or reduce the symptoms of various illnesses of the mind and body. Both internal and external use of water is made in hydrotherapy, for curing various conditions. Modern technology has made it possible to replicate the effect of hot springs to include hydrotherapy in the lifestyle of current races and of the ones to come. Built or crafted on the mechanism of natural water streams, hot tub or spas are widely used in hydrotherapy nowadays.

To use hydrotherapy for detoxification, rely on the following:

1. Before the hot tub session drink at least a 16 ounce glass of water

2. Preferably and if possible, use a chlorine filter to fill your Masterspa or hot tub with warm water.

3. Adding sea salt to the water has additional benefits. 1/4th of a cup would be enough. The sea salt when absorbed by the skin reduces swelling and soothes the nerves.

4. You can also add 1 ½ cup of baking soda to the water. The baking soda will reduce the spa chlorine content in the water and help in absorption of minerals.

5. Aromatherapy makes your bathing experience not only more enjoyable and rejuvenating but can also increase the therapeutic value of your hot tub session. Pick from essences like orange, rose, lavender or sandalwood.

6. Keep the water hot enough but don’t make it so hot that you can’t tolerate the heat and your skin starts burning. Allow sweating only for 15 minutes. After this, you can mix some cool water to the hot tub and enjoy a lukewarm bath.

7. After adding cold water, sit in the tub for another 20 minutes or so; however, do not let the water turn completely cold.

8. Get out of the spa extremely carefully. Sit down on a chair in case you feel lightheaded, since your body would be absolutely relaxed.

9. To get the maximum effects of detoxification, wrap yourself in a warm blanket or robe.

10. Half-an-hour post the hot tub or Master spa session, sip on something light and hydrating, like green tea or fruit juice.

11. For best effects, take detox bath at least twice in a week.

Detoxifying spa and hot tub sessions can be all you need to get rid of the waste stuck not just in your skin but in your mind as well.

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