How to Pack Beauty? – Your Cosmetics’ Bag Travels with You

You may have planned your whole life carefully, but the best things happen spontaneously. For example, a holiday, a short trip of just a few days to a lovely resort, or a weekend getaway to nature. Holidays, wherever adventure winds may take you, require a degree of preparation, quick thinking, and anticipation. We are talking about something you would not do without on many of your trips – your personal cosmetic’s bag, which holds your whole life and much more. When travelling light, you can take only a minimal number of personal belongings, including cosmetics, so trying to pack the entire daily beauty routine into a tiny bag is a real headache.

What Exactly is in Our Cosmetics’ Bags?

We are all aware that everyday cosmetics and hygiene products are most worth buying in large quantities. This, however, means large bottles of products that are difficult to fit onto the bathroom shelf or in drawers. We will not even begin to talk about packing it all for your trip – one large bottle may find its place in your suitcase, but not five or even more products! Such reality shines a different light on a few things.

Firstly, we are used to having products for all occasions. Let's look at any bathroom or any cosmetic's bag. We will see many similar products, which formulas differ in one or two ingredients. Since we do not go too deep into what is written in small print, we often buy products that we don't really need. Still, the different name on the product's packaging indicates that we don't have it our arsenal of beauty yet. As we want to prepare for this war as best as possible, we usually buy everything we lay our eyes on.

Secondly, the world’s famous cosmetic brands thrive on such behaviour. You may have seen several products of the same line in the store more than once. For example, shampoo, conditioner, and hair masks are designed to work together and supposedly bring fabulous results. Producing different product lines is just a cheap marketing and product design trick that forces customers to buy more than they really need. It creates a sense of urgency and foreshadows the best results possible, which do not work great with our logical thinking.

To sum up – we have tones of unnecessary products in our cosmetic’s bags. We probably don’t even need to add that the more products we have, the harder it is to fit them in one cosmetic bag or say goodbye to them for at least a few days that you will spend away from home.

What Our Cosmetic’s Bags Actually Need?

Whether you’re at home or going on holiday, just like with clothes, we have stuff we don’t need at all and miss things that we don’t intentionally have with us at that time. To avoid this, we advise you to make a list of cosmetic and beauty products and consider what you are using. Eliminate whatever just collects dust on the shelf and is over its expiration date. We mostly have but do not use gifted cosmetics and beauty products, especially ones that require a lot of time daily to operate correctly.

During trips, just as after a hard day’s work, no one really wants to spend long hours in front of a mirror, so here wins a quick and convenient beauty and hygiene routine. It usually consists of basic yet essential things – hair, skin, oral care products, for example, shampoo, shower gel, various creams, toothpaste, and brush. We will not include multiple serums, ampoules, masks, or anything like that in this super shortlist because every ordinary person does not use them.

To prepare for all life adventures, just a few simple products are enough. To regain strength and maintain your beauty levels every day, you do not need to carry a few pounds worth of products everywhere you go. When travelling, it is not necessary to fit a lifetime of cosmetic products in one tiny cosmetic’s bag. However, probably every person has tried to do so without even using many things once.

How Can We Change Some Products?

Some things are simply irreplaceable, but you can discover an even better alternative to make your life and daily beauty routine easier by searching more closely. Although this is not yet a popular option, some brands sell their products in different forms. This means that you can buy two or even three different types of the same product in brands’ online stores, for example, liquid shampoo, spray shampoo, and hard shampoo. Even though the first two examples still reach consumers in bottles (glass, plastic, or metal), the third option is usually packaged in paper packaging. The hard shampoo is friendlier for the environment and takes up less space in our bathrooms and cosmetic bags. Moreover, hard shampoo usually lasts for a more extended period than liquid shampoo.

Another thing worth mentioning is products with universal purpose. While men can quite often find one bottle that will contain shampoo or shower gel and hair conditioner, women are often forced by manufacturers to buy a greater number of different products. It hurts our wallets and the environment, and it also requires a lot of space. Universal products like shampoo + conditioner or shower gel + body lotion helps to save space not only daily but also on trips.

How to Fit EVERYTHING?

Once you have decided what to take with you on the trip, it is time to try and fit everything in one tiny little cosmetic’s bag – and this is where the fun begins. Of course, it depends on the size of your cosmetic bag whether you will fit products to be your partners in crime on trips and adventures. At this point, we advise you to choose the optimal size cosmetic bag according to your travel style. You will probably be able to take more cosmetic products when travelling by car. On a plane with only hand luggage, you are guaranteed not to be able to do so; otherwise, you will only be restricting yourself. Don’t be afraid to buy a new cosmetic’s bag of a different size every few years because it is unnecessary to live a life with only one cosmetic bag.

Before buying a new cosmetic’s bag or just packing it for a trip, think about your beauty and hygiene need at that time. If you stay longer in one place, you may choose cosmetic bags with a zipper. On arrival at the place, you can conveniently unpack everything onto the cosmetics’ table. If you choose a more active holiday and spend every night at a different location or perhaps in nature, choose hanging cosmetic bags with clear compartments. You will always see all the necessary products immediately.

It is essential to responsibly plan the sizes of the cosmetics you take on your trip. We will not tell you the news if we mention that the size of one bottle of cosmetics cannot exceed 100 ml when travelling by place. Still, you will need even less product if travelling for just a couple days. No matter how we like it, travelling does not last forever, so it’s important not to overload ourselves with too many things, including cosmetics. It is always possible to buy samples as almost every popular product always offers a smaller, travelling-friendly version. Besides, the hotels themselves offer the most necessary cosmetics, which all guests find in their rooms and often take home with them. So, think about whether something is worth taking if you will be given it for free.

Another great way to save space in your beauty bag is to share hygiene products with your partner, roommate, or travel friend. Men’s shower gel is perfect for women and vice versa, so on the trip, you will need to take not two bottles of a specific product, but only one.

It is also convenient to be prepared in advance – pack your essential cosmetic bag and take it with you everywhere, keeping it in your car. This can often save you from the inconvenience of suddenly staying overnight with friends or going on a spontaneous holiday.

However, often you start planning your essential cosmetic bag, you may not even know where to start. We have thought of you and created products that help ensure order in your cosmetic bag and your daily routine. Recently we started selling three different bundles so that everyone can find the most suitable option for themselves. Very soon, this fun trio will grow as we are planning to release one more bundle. Let’s start by learning what we can offer you at this point.

The first bundle is for those just beginning their journey through this adventure-filled world of cannabinoids – it’s Beginner Bundle! We had put three excellent products in one convenient cosmetic bag – CBD Blueberry Gummies Full Spectrum, CBD Premium Skin Cream, and CBD Oil Drops Raw (5%)! Combining these products will help a person who doesn’t know anything about CBD to discover balance and harmony in three areas at once – mind, soul, and body, so why not try it today?

The second bundle is for those who are also seeking the full benefits of using cannabinoid products – it’s Wellness Bundle! In a comfortable and eco-friendly cosmetic bag, we put MULTI-Cannabinoids Paste, CBD Cooling Gel, and CBG Oil Drops Raw (10%)! This combination will help you always feel energetic and not lacking good emotions!

The third but certainly not the last bundle is for those already convinced of CBD benefits and want to try it for themselves – it’s CBD Trio Bundle! It is a set of our very first products, in which everyone will discover the most suitable concentration of CBD for themselves and their families. In a convenient cosmetic bag, you will find 5%, 10%, and 21% CBD Oil Drops Raw, which has now long been everyone’s favourite! Those who have not yet experienced this joy will be able to gradually discover the benefits of cannabinoids.

What will you put in your cosmetic bag?

Too long, didn’t read? Your cosmetic bag holds a lifetime and more, but what happens when you must go on a trip? Before packing items and especially cosmetics, think about what products you will absolutely need. Maybe you can do a few days without a body scrub or hair mask? We advise you to choose products as versatile as possible and packed in small packaging; take samples of your already loved products with you! For unexpected trips, always have prepared a cosmetic bag with your essentials.

Time to Chill! – How to Balance Work and Summer Vacation?

Wait—what? Has August already started? Stop the time, someone, please! As we are counting the last days of this hellishly hot summer, we better spend the time productively to have something to talk about with our colleagues in the fall. While for some people, the last sentence summarized their entire lives, thousands if not millions still struggle to maintain a healthy balance of work and leisure. During the worldwide pandemic and many nationwide quarantines, our lifestyles got mixed up as we had both to work and spend our free time in the same place. The line separating two different activities was erased, and now it is the perfect time to put it back where it belongs. 

Today we will talk about balancing two things that don’t have much in common – work and vacation! How to balance two different worlds and finally find yourself a harmony? How to get the best of both in completely unlike situations? Let’s look for the key to the healthiest treasure of this century together, shall we?

Spicing Up Your Regular ‘9 to 5’

Pushing all quarantine worries aside, thousands of people in each country and city work in offices. There are two types of offices found everywhere you desire to look – old ones and new ones in today's world. We gave the name of old ones to those office buildings that lack natural light, have all their space divided into closed cabinets, and has a small kitchen as the only lounge area. On the other hand, new office buildings are the complete opposite – with lots of natural light, open layout, and lounge areas for people working there left, right, and centre. Despite noticeable logistical differences, office workers usually work 8 hours a day, five days a week, and has around 20 workdays off for holidays.

The real question is – how people are willing to spend their one month off from monotonous office work? In recent years, it became increasingly popular to have adventurous and active holidays to have an entirely opposite experience than sitting all day and doing nothing. Cycling with a group of friends, kayaking, or driving around Europe in your own car to visit the most beautiful places of the old continent… 

Active holidays are often more fun and much healthier for our bodies than all included seaside resorts with sky blue infinity pools and buffets filled with junk food. Passive holiday whereas more comfortable and less challenging is simply a continuation of the average office lifestyle, not an opportunity to escape the routine. Besides, passive holidays are more expensive than active holidays as the latter can be booked at the very last minute and does not require much preparation. Therefore, we strongly advise everyone wishing to have quality time and escape from work to choose active holidays in nature.

Being Your Own Boss – Kind of…

The pandemic forced many people to physically leave their jobs and work from home. Still, the unexpected changes were not unpleasant for some people. Working remote was a daily routine for thousands of people before the pandemic even began. People who freelance or just work remotely do not experience what it means to spend at least three days a year sitting in traffic jams, making them less nervous and calmer. All their commute to work consists of sitting comfortably at their desk and turning on their personal computer.

Still, even those who work from home or remote also deserve a holiday. Planning their vacation is much easier for them than for people working in the office. Many freelancers do not choose to reside in the city where their actual workplace is located and not even in the same country. Freelancers can afford to travel around the world if they are confident that their destination and vacation plans will not interfere with the quality of their work. While working on an exotic island in the middle of an ocean cannot be called a holiday, remote work is far healthier and more beneficial to our bodies than sitting in the same office cubicle for eleven months. 

If you’re determined to change your life, become a freelancer, or work from home this summer, remember that you’re still working, so you should maintain a regular work routine. Maintaining a balance of resting and working is crucial for your health and the quality of work you do. You will achieve the best results only after a great rest, no matter which corner of the world you decide to rest in. If you have any trouble finding your inner harmony, try our best-selling CBG Oil Drops Raw!

Work Plus Vacation – Mission Possible

The pandemic proved that working from home is far more productive than working from the office; this is confirmed by various studies and statistical surveys. Holidays have also been shown to significantly contribute to employee productivity, and the quality of their work as people return to work rested and with loads of new ideas. Still, companies sometimes cannot do without people in certain positions and are very reluctant to allow them on vacation or to work remotely. As this is becoming an increasingly common problem, we were all recently offered a solution – workation!

As the name suggests, here work is combined with vacation. Imagine going to a resort for a whole month or more instead of a week or only ten days! In the first part of the day, you work remotely, while the second part of the day is meant for your relaxation. However, such a combination requires a popular holiday destination and a comfortable place to work in the hotel where you have decided to stay. Seeing that this way of travelling and working is only gaining popularity every year, many of the best resorts and accommodations are already setting up unique workplaces, open-plan offices, or private office cubicles and renting them out to working travellers. Workation is not only a great way to maintain productivity, but also to relax, and even better, the fact that companies view this combination quite favourably and often contribute financially to such trips of their employees.

Have a great holiday!

Too long, didn’t read? Summer is the best time to have holidays and finally escape from tiring work. However, all people usually have different conditions when planning a holiday. Still, those who seek always find a way to combine work and vacation. No matter your work position, we advise you to prioritise active holidays before passive leisure. It is better for your health and sometimes your wallet to switch from a monotonous work routine to adventures at least once a year!

Cheers to Life! – Pop a Drop of Health in Your Drink

Neither hot summer weather nor holiday vibes promise to escape our lives soon, and nothing is more compatible with these two things than cold and refreshing drinks. In the last blog post, we talked about water and its benefits for our bodies. We also mentioned that drinking many fluids in such hot weather is just mandatory, but sometimes it can be hard to force yourself to do so. We probably won’t find a person who would be happy to constantly carry a heavy water bottle with them, let alone worry about where to fill with it drinking water. Another summer problem is that our body is suppressed, exhausted, and too tired to function after all that holiday fun. The solution to this problem is quite clear – western medicine, vitamins, and minerals, but it is not difficult to get lost in their abundance and find what you need.

Today we offer you an excellent solution, which you can use to solve two problems at once – it’s refreshing drinks with CBD! CBD is a real salvation for those who want to enrich their bodies with necessary elements in a simple way, to enjoy floods of energy and achieve it all only in natural ways. CBD helps to calm down, ensure better sleep quality, and have a more robust immune system. However, CBD Oil Drops themselves are not that delicious. We always advise mixing CBD Oil with breakfast porridge, smoothies, or other cocktails for people with more sensitive taste buds. There is a way you can enjoy not only exclusive flavours but also CBD benefits!

Get ready to make notes on the magic ingredients. After reading this blog, you will immediately want to go to the store and buy what you need to make three amazingly delicious and refreshing drinks with CBD!

CBD Matcha Latte

Although it is summer outside the window, latte coffee is one of our team’s favourite drinks in both the warm and cold season – you can see that even on our social media platforms! Matcha and CBD are a match made in heaven as both are perfect for achieving calmness before the day’s work. Matcha was drunk by Zen Buddhist monks for meditational purposes way before it became famous worldwide. Although Matcha latte can be found in almost every modern café, let’s enjoy this drink-making process and enrich it with CBD Oil Drops.

What are you going to need? Matcha powder, maple syrup or natural honey, unsalted oat milk, CBD Oil Drops.

How to make it? Mix Matcha powder and maple syrup with hot water, shake everything until you see that Matcha powder is dissolved. Separately heat unsalted oat milk and use a frothing stick to achieve nice milk foam. Pour the milk foam into a cup with Matcha, add a few drops of CBD Oil, use additional sweeteners if necessary. During summer, you can add a few ice cubes of water or oat milk to your drink to achieve a nice refreshing feeling. 

CBD Gin & Tonic

Summer is the perfect time not only for adventurous vacation but also for relaxation. We can count hundreds or even thousands of ways to achieve and maintain a state of peace on our own. However, those thirsty for a holiday and have just finished another tragic day at work like to relax drinking cocktails. One cocktail does not hurt, but one too many may not even get you to work tomorrow. We advise everyone to enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly and limit the amount of alcohol they consume per week. Better yet, give it up and fill the gap with healthier alternatives. However, we do not deny that health and cocktails are incompatible – you just need to be able to combine them together!

What are you going to need? 50 ml of gin, 100 ml of tonic water, a bit of lemon juice, CBD Oil Drops, a rind of lemon or lime.

How to make it? Add ice cubes in a tall glass, mix the gin, lemon juice, and tonic water. Garnish the top of the glass with lemon rind and add few drops of CBD on the top.

CBD Tropical Smoothie

Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh fruits and berries, which are a natural source not only of sugar but also a bunch of vitamins and antioxidants. No matter what berries and fruits we put in a summer cocktail, a great and refreshing drink will come out, which you will repeatedly want all year round. Add a drop of CBD Oil to the fruit and berry bomb, and we guarantee you a heavenly taste and an incredible health combination!

What are you going to need? (2 servings) A handful of greens (kale, spinach, etc.), a cup of non-dairy milk, one medium-size banana, a cup of frozen mango, a cup of frozen pineapple, a cup of frozen mixed berries; ingredients can be room temperature, yet frozen fruits and berries guarantee refreshing cocktail), CBD Oil Drops.

How to make it? Mix the milk and greens together using a food processor; gradually increase the food processor’s speed and mix it for about one minute or until the greens have liquified. Add the banana, a few drops of CBD Oil, and continue mixing. Add the remaining frozen fruit and berries until the drink thickens.

It’s time to celebrate summer and life – cheers!

Too long, didn’t read? There’s nothing more exciting after a hot and tiresome day at work than to come home and take a sip of a healthy and refreshing cocktail. We present you with three recipes for incredible summer drinks with CBD! One to relax your mind and body, one to immerse yourself in tropical vibes, and one to really take that stress off of your shoulders - wait no more!

Let’s Cool Off – Diving into Never-ending Summer Fun

Hey! Can someone, please, turn off the heat a bit?! Every year we find it harder and harder to survive unimaginably high air temperatures and more ingeniously to escape the heat. Some of us may be wearing less clothing, turning on air conditioning, eating only ice cream, or refreshing ourselves by drinking cool drinks. However, some have far better ideas in their mind – they choose to spend their summer as close as possible to cool water, sea, river, or lake. Water entertainment is one of the essential attributes of summer. Still, before diving into the never-ending summer sun, you need to know how to behave before, during, and after. Today we will talk about just that, and in addition, we will discuss how special water is to the human body. 

Water - it’s What We are Made Of

Around 65-70 per cent of our bodies are made of water, and we would be able to survive only three to four days without it, but we do not advise anyone to improve this record. Researchers and medical practitioners state that person should drink around 3-4 litres of water per day, depending on the sex. A glass of warm water with lemon juice is the best way to start the day and wake up your body and prepare it for the upcoming breakfast – this will activate the organs; it would be easier to digest the food, and you will feel more energetic. 

When it is hot outside, you need to drink even more water because most of the fluids you consume are eliminated from your body through sweating, which we simply cannot avoid – by sweating, we cool our body and protect it from overheating. Water is vital to our organism, so even after a short time without it, we start to experience dehydration. Dehydration is the scientific name for the lack of water for our bodies to function, and this phenomenon is quite unpleasant. Our body, feeling that we are consuming a little less water than is typical for it to function, begins to send signals to various organs and shut them off. Although our kidneys feel the first effects of water deficiency, the subsequent effects of dehydration are also not that good. Your body will not regulate its temperature, your joints will start hurting, you will experience a lack of energy and tiredness, your blood pressure will go up and down, and in the worst case, your brain may even start to swell, resulting in death.

Four Ways to Cool Off

We just reiterated what everyone had to know before they could even open this blog to read. Water is necessary for our lives, and in summer, we must drink it even more than usual because of the heat. However, during the hot season, there are many chances to cool off without drinking water. Water entertainment is one of the most popular ways to relax from the summer heat, exhausting work in the office, and just have a good time. 

What to Know Before, During, and After?

We have shared with you four different fun ways to cool off from the summer heat. Despite the fun and refreshing moments, water entertainment needs to be enjoyed responsibly, so everyone needs to know a few basic things before diving into the water. All summer water entertainment ways take place in the fresh air; thus, enjoying them on a sunny day, you will get a great tan. Well, its greatness depends on yourself – we advise you to use a cream with SPF protection, which will protect you from red skin and the painful post-tanning process. Also, use a moisturiser for your skin after time spent outdoors to protect it from cracking and dehydration.

Of course, wear a hat when you are outdoors, which will protect you from the sun’s rays and overheating. However, the protection does not end there. Every time you come back from a lake, river, sea, or pool, be sure to have a quick shower and wash your hair. In natural water bodies and man-made pools, there are plenty of harmful biological and chemical substances such as chlorine, salt, and bacteria, so afterwards, it is necessary to remove them from your skin and hair as not to damage them. 

Although you are reading this blog in summer, the following tips apply to other seasons as well. When spending time at natural water bodies and lying on the grass or sand, be careful and watch out for ticks and other parasites. Also, do not lay in direct sunlight for too long, swim in water only in places where you know it is safe, always listen to the instruction and warnings of the local bay watchers; only then you will be able to enjoy summer safely.

BONUS – Foods High in Water

Water in summer is meant not only for refreshing yourself but also to support the essential functions of our body. Although every vacationer’s basket must have a flask with water, you can also find some space in your backpack for high water foods. For a hot day outdoors, choose cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, eat salads, cabbages, and celery, choose yoghurt and cottage cheese for brunch, treat yourself with delicious pasta for lunch, and have shrimp, salmon, or chicken breast for dinner. Even if you often consume the mentioned foods, be sure to drink a lot of water!

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Too long, didn’t read? We need water to survive, especially when it is this hot outside! Thus, all fun summer activities, including water, are great ways to cool off – have a water fight in the park with your friends, organize a pool party with chill drinks, or go for a swim in local water bodies. Just before you dive, properly prepare your body and skin for what is about to come. We advise you to wear a hat and use sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF protection. Afterwards, have a quick, clear water shower to wash off any bacteria, salt, and chlorine that very well stick to your skin and may hurt you later!

Love for Food – How Our Eating Habits Can Both Help and Hurt?


Could you have thought that half a year would pass so quickly? We didn’t even notice, and the month of June has just ended. For some, it was a tense period of studying and exams; for others, it was an opportunity to complete essential tasks and make new business deals, while others could use that time to prepare for the upcoming holiday season slowly. We will set aside July and August for holidays and natural gifts to anticipate events ahead of time. We will talk about how to have a safe and fun holiday in nature and how to create a holiday for your pets. We will also have some fun conversations for you to read with people who have successfully incorporated cannabis products into their daily lives. It is worth the wait, and while waiting, it is worth visiting our online store, where you will see more news this summer.

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Strangely enough, summer for many people starts as early as winter. You ask, how is this even possible? Before the New Year, we promise to start exercising, move more, give up bad habits and thus prepare our body (and soul) for the upcoming hot season of the year. In the summer, we take off our clothes and enjoy time spent at lakes, sea, river or calmly swimming in a pool, sunbathing in the sun, and boldly (or not) demonstrating our bodies. One action that requires most of our attention before summer begins is nutrition. 

A healthy and balanced diet helps maintain a good appearance and strengthens our bodies from within. No matter how positive the sentence you just read sounds, nutrition also can become our biggest problem. Nevertheless, this will not be the main topic of this blog today. We will dedicate this text to get you acquainted with three different diets – vegetarianism, veganism, and raw food. The rapidly growing diets are popular among fashionable youth, but how stylish are the reasons behind their choices?

What Harm does Human Eating Habits do to Nature (and Us)?

We will not be surprising anyone saying that not only impressive amounts of plastic waste but also many food wastes going to landfills worldwide every year. The reality is quite painful, but the statistics are even more shocking: we throw around 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste a year. The numbers remain numbers that do not usually have any long-term impact on people and their consumptions habits. However, it is particularly worth considering that this amount of food waste accounts for a third of all food stocks grown and produced in the world. We must add that this costs the world economy almost one trillion dollars every year. From an economic perspective alone, these numbers are enormous, but such a loss is more detrimental to the well-being of our planet and our health than to our wallets.

Let’s take a closer look at what foods are most often thrown away and how much such consumptions habits cost us? According to international informational sources, people are most likely to throw away fish products and seafood, cereals, legumes, meat, and dairy products. We could go on with this list, but here we can already spot some critical aspects. We are depleting the oceans by throwing away fish and seafood; we are wasting water by growing vegetables that no one needs. By throwing away beef and dairy products, we contribute to the growing amount of methane gas depleting the Ozone layer. On top of all that, we are casually looking at the efforts of those people for whom food growing is their primary source of livelihood.

Every day and every year, we need to talk more and more loudly about the change in food consumption habits and that we subconsciously choose to consume foods that are detrimental to our health. Research has shown that people who eat red meat are more likely to suffer from diabetes, have cardiovascular problems, and certain types of cancer. An even more significant number of scientific articles conclude that consuming fatty foods and meals significantly increases early deaths and shorten life expectancy. Even though food deprivation affects close to one billion people globally, those who have too much food suffer as well – such people from obesity and various diseases. 

To help both themselves and the planet, every year, more and more people choose to change their eating habits radically, give up meat, fish, dairy products or eat what is not heat-treated.

Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarianism is one of the most popular dietary practices adopted by nearly 10 per cent of the world’s population. While India is considered the most vegetarian country, one of the main reasons is its religious beliefs (Hindus consider cows to be a sacred symbol of life, thus, protecting it). Other reasons include ethical convictions and cultural, aesthetic, ecological, economic, political, taste and health reasons. For example, people may abandon eating any meat, including fish, poultry, crustaceans, and slaughter by-products because they do not find meat tasty or believe animals are equal to humans and have a soul. There are several different types of vegetarians, as some people choose to eliminate eggs from their diets and others do not. However, most vegetarianism cases include people giving up any animal-related products, for example, choosing eco-leather clothing, not wearing accessories made from animal horns, etc.  

Vegan Diet

Veganism is a more diet restrictive version of vegetarianism; while people with a later diet can still have a glass of cow’s milk or eat cheese, vegans opt-out for alternatives such as soy milk, coconut milk, or tofu. As said, vegans exclude any animal-related food from their diet as they, for example, consider milking a cow equal to doing injustice to an animal and hurting it. A vegan diet includes fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grain products, already mentioned dairy alternatives and vegetable oils. The major downside of a vegan diet is that the lack of fatty acids found in fish consumption can lead to depression and other psychological and emotional problems. However, the vegan diet is still considered healthier than eating meat.

Raw Food Diet

While vegetarianism and veganism exclude meat, fish, dairy and eggs, raw food diet allows eating almost everything if food’s temperature does not go above a certain number of degrees. Eating unpasteurized and raw foods such as meats is dangerous; therefore, raw food diet mainly includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. Despite many different reasons behind vegetarians and vegans’ decisions to eliminate meat and animal-related products from their diet, the raw food diet’s main rules are based on studies stating that such a diet allows people to consume more nutrients than processed and cooked food. Sticking to raw food diet does not mean you only get to eat raw fruits and vegetables as such dietary restrictions include blending and dehydrating foods to prepare them for eating. Even though such a diet sounds very simple to follow, it can be a burden to your wallet as organic foods tend to cost more than regular groceries.

A change in your diet is an important decision to make; thus, it should not be made in a hurry. While for some people, vegetarianism, veganism, and raw food diet is a way to make a statement and contribute to the conservation of the planet themselves, others should only make such decisions after a thorough chat with their nutritionist or family practitioner.

Too long, didn’t read? The world suffers from human eating habits: impressive amounts of food are thrown away every year, and things we eat often harms our health. To help themselves and the planet, every year, more and more people become vegetarians, vegans, or choose to eat only raw food. By giving up meat, dairy products, fish, etc., their diet mainly consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. At the same time, various food substitutes are used to maintain vital body functions and obtain all the necessary nutrients.

Fighting Plastic Pollution - Save the Planet with Homemade Remedies

Various islands are just the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday spent lying on sandy beaches and drinking cocktails under a palm tree. However, that is not always the case. One specific island in the northern Pacific Ocean covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 million square kilometres. Being three times the size of France, this island seems gigantic, and you now probably begin to think, why you have never heard of this island before… Well, it is technically not an island and is officially called Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As the name states, this artificial island is made out of millions of tons of plastic and other marine debris floating at the water's surface, harming aquatic fauna and flora. 

Plastic packaging makes up most plastic waste found all around the world; however, most of the packaging can only be used once, so after having their job done, they go straight to the trash bin. This situation may seem fine considering how many people recycle their trash, yet the problem here is that sometimes it is just not possible to recycle some plastic waste. This group includes dirty plastic rubbish, various containers, and here the largest is played by personal and house care products. Bottled shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, washing liquids and other products are only needed as long as there is still some product left in the bottle. After that, we throw away the bottle and replace the product with the new one continuing this process for our entire lives. Thanks to each of us, millions of tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic rubbish end up in landfills and water during those decades.

This consumer habit is being tackled in various ways, and we have seen quite a few zero waste stores opening recently (we talked about zero waste several weeks ago). Still, they alone do not solve the problem. It is our responsibility to change habits – that is why today we invite you to make your own cosmetics, personal and home care products which fight plastic pollution! Made by one’s own hands, these products are all-natural, so they are much safer to use every day – you will not need to worry about products damaging your skin and flaring up allergies. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make natural products for a healthier tomorrow and cleaner future!

Face Mask Heaven - Cucumber and Lemon

Various face masks play a necessary part in our everyday skincare routine. However, the more product we are willing to use and buy, the more plastic trash we accumulate. Therefore, making your organic detoxicating mask at home once a week is a great way to help yourself by helping the planet in the first place.

Peel and crush one decent size cucumber into a puree, add five drops of lemon juice, and stir in one tablespoon of natural honey. Lastly, add several drops of essential oil of your choice (we prefer lavender) and mix until liquified. After preparation, pour the substance into a jar and store it in the fridge. Use within 4-5 days and mix well before each application! Apply the mask onto a clean face avoiding the eye area, leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and gently remove it using a wet cloth.

While it is a relatively easy homemade skincare recipe to make, mask’s ingredients have many powerful properties, all of which we can pack into one excellent organic and natural product. While cucumbers reduce swelling, puffiness and soothe irritation, lemon juice contains Vitamin C, which may reduce skin damage and has high pH levels, known to decrease skin’s oiliness. Honey is an excellent moisturizer and exfoliator, so all of those ingredients together make a mask we all swear by!

Gorgeous Hair Secret – Shea Butter and Coconut Oil

Shiny and long hair is possibly everyone’s dream to have, yet it is complicated and requires a lot of time to maintain that salon look. Besides, one has to buy a handful of different products to ensure their hair look fabulously, and this, of course, adds up to plenty of plastic waste. Due to this reason, there is no better way to tackle plastic waste than making a nice hair strengthening cream yourself!

Put a cup of shea butter into a bowl, add a little bit of coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and castor oil to the bowl so these three ingredients would make 1/8 of a cup. Carefully blend everything and pour the mixture into a jar and wait a bit for it to solidify. As you can use this amazing cream to both your hair and body, it may not long very last, so do not worry when the cream jar empties.

Quickly being one of our favourites, this cream gorgeously takes care of the hair by strengthening it and adding moisture. Shea butter is known for its non-greasy qualities, while coconut oil helps slow down the hair loss process. Hemp oil is perfect at its job of stimulating hair growth, and castor oil nourish the dry scalp. Mixing up all of these ingredients together, you can create a powerful hair-loving product right in your kitchen!

Breathtaking Smile Magic – Sage, Baking Soda, and Salt

Our smile is often considered our business card or nicest jewellery one can have, but sometimes it feels like a blinding white smile if something only the Hollywood elite can afford. Well, trips to the dentist are often led by huge bills, therefore, stopping people from taking care of their teeth. On the other hand, quality teeth care usually depends on our lifestyle and the products we use. However, the latter adds up to much unnecessary plastic waste, which we can also minimize using homemade teeth care products – toothpaste and mouthwash.

Mix a handful of sage leaves with a teaspoon of salt in around 100 ml of boiling water. Wait for the mixture to cool off and swish it in your mouth as you would usually do with regular, store-bought mouthwash. Another recipe everyone should try is grinding one teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of baking soda, one tablespoon of powdered orange peel, and two teaspoons of dried sage together. You can, of course, add a little bit of peppermint essential oil to achieve that pleasant fresh smell usual toothpaste has, but bear in mind that you will need to add a few drops of water to the mixture to achieve the same or similar texture.

While homemade toothpaste and mouthwash are remarkable for their eco-friendliness, there are several other upsides to making these products on your own. First of all, one can control the ingredients and customize the texture, flavour, and abrasiveness. Still, most importantly, one majorly reduces their plastic consumption and cut costs on the shopping bills. However, we advise you to check with your dentist before making and using homemade teeth care products as some recipes may not fit your needs. 

Sparkling Clean Shine – Vinegar and Rosemary

One’s home is one’s castle, which needs to be defended from wrongdoers and various germs and bacteria. Wanting to keep our house clean and smelling fresh, we use many chemical products, which, while doing their job, are far from being natural and sometimes are the complete opposite of a pleasant smell. Besides, most chemicals come in plastic packaging, which cannot be recycled due to the products’ nature. To kill those germs and also fight plastic pollution, we invite you to make an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner spray, which would soon become your favourite!

Combine one part of white vinegar with one part water into a spray bottle, add several lemon rinds and rosemary springs. Once you are done with the preparation process, let the mixture infuse for at least a week before using it for the first time to clean your home. 

This cleaner will quickly solve many different problems around the house and clean those nasty water stains, various smudges, and much more – you will be thankful for our advice! However, do not use this acidic cleaner around granite surfaces as the cleaner may etch the natural stone – you’ve been warned!

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Making organic homemade remedies and cosmetics has never been easier; besides, by caring for yourself, you also take care of the planet by reducing plastic pollution and eliminating single-use plastics from the market. On the other hand, we know how difficult it is sometimes to spare some time to make those natural products in the first place. In this case, of course, you will continue buying shampoos, conditioners, creams and other products in various shops or online. 

Due to this reason, you should consider doing a little research before making a decision and choosing sellers or brands which take care of the planet for you. Look for natural products, have not been tested on animals and are vegan; choose products whose packaging states using recycled materials. We also care for the planet and advocate for organic, eco-friendly cosmetics – try out our Rich Cream, Silk Balm or Cooling Gel and feel nature’s powers!

Zero Waste Living! or How Trash Becomes a Rarity

Spring is accelerating, and every morning we wake up to see more and more greenery and blooming flowers. We are inevitably overwhelmed by the urge to go into nature and spend as much free time as possible breathing the fresh air. However, all the positive emotions are instantly evoked by the view that we also see in forests, parks, near lakes and rivers. That is the trash piling up and polluting our planet together with our bodies. Although the problem worries people worldwide, it is up to each of us to start tackling it. 

New Trend or Life-long Mission?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – this saying has been with us for what seems like forever, yet as we mentioned, one person is enough to make a change. Quite recently various social media platforms and people on them started to go crazy due to this relatively new trend – zero waste living. As some, of course, saw this just as another crazy trend to gain more attention, for thousands of people going zero waste is a conscious action they take to free the planet from waste. 

Even though the term ‘zero waste’ was first used only in the early 2000s, this environment-saving practice began way earlier in the 1980s. Back then, ‘zero waste’ was better known as ‘total recycling’ – Daniel Knapp and his wife tried to prove to everyone that all types of waste could be diverted from landfill and reused within the community. They then breathed in the life to the concept by opening a salvation market. A decade later, the same man set up a program to eliminate all waste in Australia by 2010. It formed a strong and successful concept with other initiatives, which now is known as Zero Waste Living. It is pretty amazing to see such an idea evolve and include more and more people each year united to save the planet from over polluting.

Basic Deeds Saves All

If we tried to explain the concept of zero waste living to our grandmothers, we should just say that we are aiming to send nothing to a landfill. The practice includes reducing what we need, reusing as much as we can once things cannot fulfil their original purpose, sending as little as possible to recycling centres, and composting. As all four components constitute the unified zero-waste system, they, of course, should be standard in every people’s lives. However, all should also be aware that recycling is the second to last option as growing consumerism goes hand in hand with mixed materials, which are almost impossible to recycle.

By committing to zero waste living, we generally redefine the system and move from a linear economy to a circular economy. It means quitting the practice of making new materials every time they are needed and then getting rid of them when they don’t. As we connect two ends of a line and make it into a circle, we stop creating materials from scratch because we have plenty of them that we can use repeatedly. For example, various countries have adopted the practice of a deposit-refund system, where people purchasing beverages pay an additional amount of money, usually ten or twenty cents, which they receive back after returning bottles to deposit stations. Even though it seems like a small step, this initiative has already helped free nature from millions of plastic and glass bottles as well as metal cans. Therefore, a cleaner planet and healthier human lives all start with taking small yet incredibly responsible steps.

Same Vision – Different Devotion

We can all leave a positive footprint on earth if we put in the effort and turn all our thoughts in that direction. Yet as expected, people take different paths towards an outcome of clean and unpolluted nature. One of them is more like going backwards than moving forward. Many people would instead continue accumulating vast amounts of trash every day rather than rethinking their practices and making some changes; we can call such people ‘those who do not care.’ Another group of people may genuinely want to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they use but are forced against such a decision. Switching to more ecological, natural and recycled ideas is a more considerable burden for one’s bank account than buying factory-produced cheaper but often disposable items. Indeed, zero waste products are usually sold in small local shops and made from sustainable yet more expensive material alternatives – wood, bamboo, metal, glass, etc. So to say, people who decided to switch to this nature-friendly movement should have bigger expenses in mind.

Even though zero waste living now seems like a well-known practice with a clear goal in the minds of those who are determined to live more responsibly, there are at least two different levels of this sustainable devotion. Moving from a comfortable life using plastic goods to far more responsible consumption may be too much of an extreme change. Therefore, people start with the low-impact lifestyle, which focuses on holistically reducing one’s environmental impact – together with second-hand shopping, plant-based diet and similar practices, people are getting closer to their intention. Zero waste life includes all of the mentioned actions, but it focuses more on eliminating waste, as said. Many are hesitant to devote their life to zero waste as social media is filled with videos and stories of people fitting all of their trash accumulated within a year into a small glass jar. However, only the most extreme cases of a zero-waste lifestyle can be fit into a jar as it is quite a struggle to find all necessary goods unpacked or packed in recyclable materials. Despite differences, all situations are commendable as they add to a safer environment and brighter future of billions.

First Steps are the Hardest 

We all know how much courage it takes to turn your life upside down. Therefore, we encourage to begin with small steps and gradually include more and more zero waste lifestyle practices into everyday life. For this very reason, we decided to help you by giving some tips our teammates swear by switching from unrecyclable plastics to one tiny glass jar containing all of your trash and other natural resources-preserving practices. Let’s begin!

Hobbies. We all can agree on how excellent new books smell: the smell of comfort on the rainiest autumn day. No matter how therapeutic paper books can be, this habit hurts the earth’s lungs – many trees are cut to produce one book, which most people will read only once after buying it. Solving this problem and becoming a zero-waster could be done two ways. One requires you to visit used book shops, search for people willing to exchange books or register for local library membership. All these ideas still give you the experience of holding an actual book in your hands; however, the following tips are more technological. Trees are saved by listening to audiobooks or reading electronic versions on a tablet. 

Beauty. Most of the women wash their hair once every two days or even every day. Despite global quarantine and pandemic shifted their usual hair washing schedule, we can guarantee most of them using shampoos, conditioners and rejuvenating hair masks from plastic bottles. When they are empty, they are tossed straight to the bin and later end up in landfills worldwide. Solid shampoo bars have been available for quite some time, yet they are not that popular as shampoo bottles just for their packaging. Soon we will offer a fantastic solid shampoo with all the best hemp qualities – be patient!

Food. Oh, how sweet it is sometimes to take a day off from cooking and how convenient it is to have delicious food delivered right to your doorstep! Food delivery is a relatively new concept, yet it produces very much plastic packaging, which cannot be recycled and takes hundreds of years to decompose. Again, we can tackle this problem from two perspectives – restaurant and cafes should switch to recycled cardboard packaging and cutlery. As people mostly order food due to craving and impulses, one should be prepared for such situations in advance by filling their freezers with quick-to-made healthy food. Besides, we highly encourage you to buy all of the food in farmers markets – it is both more ecological and cheaper!

Many companies and brands are now changing their strategies to be as sustainable as possible. Biomedicanna is no exception in encouraging our customers to take care of nature; we at the same time are taking care of ourselves – our bodies, skin, mind, and well-being. We are advocating the reuse of items, thus preventing them from entering the landfill, so all of our cosmetic containers are perfect for a second life in your home – pour a bath salt, light a candle or put the jewellery. Remember, love for ourselves starts from loving our surroundings.

Interview with Rosita: Sustainable Clothing is Much More than You Might Think

It is worldwide acceptable to celebrate spring just like any other season. However, here at Biomedicanna, we know that spring is much more important to us and our lives than we might think in the first place. As nature rebirths, we, the people, change in many ways, starting with practices that are closest to us. Clothes are often called our second skin, which must transform together with us and embody sustainability and responsibility to ourselves and everything around us, or that’s how it used to be. Today we invite you to rethink fashion and start diminishing the impact our clothing habits have on nature.

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As the first month of spring is already half over, we share with you our fantastic interview with Rosita. Rosita Kužmarskytė has been working as a freelance fashion designer and product developer for several years and recently opened her fashion design studio 'KUZ', which helps fashion brands and emerging designers run a responsible and efficient fashion business.

-Rosita, tell us a bit more about yourself and your work as a fashion design studio founder.

-I am the founder of the 'KUZ' fashion design studio. Every day, we help ambitious people and small companies start their clothing businesses by providing guidance and assistance. This activity idea came to me quite organically. After finishing my university studies in fashion technologies and business, I moved to Riga, Latvia, but finding a job seemed very tricky as I did not know the local language. Therefore, I decided to start freelancing and doing what I knew best at that time. During my studies, I did an internship in London, where I could perfect my skills in technical drawings. Technical drawings are the main tool to transfer rough ideas to technical language, which can be used and understood by pattern makers and tailors. Orders to draw technical sketches started piling up very quickly, together with questions regarding materials, contacts of professional tailors, etc. I soon expanded my services – everyone was interested in learning how the idea of clothing on paper gets turned into reality because you do not have to be a professional with lots of experience to understand the basics of the process. 

At one point, I had so many orders that I had to give out some of them to my colleagues, hired a tailor myself, but I burned out quickly as it all became too much for me. I seriously thought about quitting freelancing and applied for a junior designer position in Poland's fast-fashion company. Things were going well – I successfully went through three of four selection stages and was one of few people out of one hundred something group to get an invitation to an interview. The last stage showed to be too tough for me, and it crushed my creative spirit as after being declined, only one tiny step stopped me from getting that job. Besides, I was told I would only be allowed to create one particular type of clothes, for example, pants; designing pants for one week seems fine, but three months or three years seemed to be too much for me. I am an extrovert, and I want to express myself differently through different projects; therefore, the mentioned job would be too monotonous and boring.

That was the turning point when I decided to move back to Vilnius, Lithuania, and open my fashion design studio. I gathered a small team, and the motivation was so strong it only took us a month to finish the studio, and the majority of the equipment – mannequins, sewing machines, materials, etc. – were our own as we all come from the same background with the same dreams. That was the beginning; however, I still do not call myself a designer to this very day – I design commercial clothing, and there is not much artistic inspiration in what I do every day. Well, I need the inspiration to create, but the process is very different. I make up the mood board, see which lines and styles work and which do not; once I come up with this structural work, I start combining the whole collection and developing the things that look great.

-Was it difficult to find new clients? Were they surprised about your studio's work? 

-Soon after the studio's opening, various orders started to accumulate, revealing clients' needs. For some time, we worked only with foreign clients; I thought that Lithuanians did not need my services. Therefore, I did not advertise my studio much. However, a few posts and comments in various Facebook groups were very significant – surprisingly, there were so many people interested in the KUZ activity. It turned out that Lithuanians as well want to get broader consultations regarding clothing design. The times when we only cared about selling some colourful sweaters are behind – creators wish to have a unique and responsible clothing development process. 

Sustainability practice in production made-to-order is not common yet. This method is applied when garments are made only when the business gets orders from their customers wishing to buy them and prevents businesses from having unnecessary stock. Usually, enterprises announce that they are collecting orders to purchase a specific clothing model, and after two or three weeks, buyers receive the finished product. Now everyone is so impatient and wants to get the product as soon as possible, but this habit does not go hand in hand with sustainability. The made-to-order business model fits my fashion design studio's idea because it allows brand creators to concentrate only on the artistic (research) side of clothing, not worrying too much about the technical work that my team does. 

-Do clients usually accept the idea of sustainability behind the made-to-order clothing well?

- We offer our clients this model, but we cannot force them to choose it. As we work with many different businesses and individuals who have different needs, ideas, and opportunities, the made-to-order model, of course, does not fit everyone. In most cases, the company's choice also depends on the buyer – some buy deliberately and are okay with waiting; others shop impulsively and choose trendy things combining eco-friendly fabrics and material for packaging. There were many cases when I did not accept the order as people asked me to design and make technical drawings based on items from luxury, high-fashion brands. Such inquiries oppose my approach to clothing design – I do not want to ruin my well-being for additional finances. My work goal is to be surrounded by like-minded persons, and working with this type of person is more of a joy. 

Regarding sustainable fashion, each person or brand that contacts me with their clothing ideas is unique and exciting. For example, one of my clients wanted to incorporate their country’s national clothing patterns into the modern streetwear design – the final work is breathtaking - colourful & empowering. The business owner brings her own story into the brand based and production is based on the made-to-order model. In this case, sustainability does not mean producing minimal amounts of items or using certified cotton only – it’s also about bringing a unique story to the market.

-Getting back to the studio, what are the services that your studio offers?

-We engage in the designing process, starting with the idea and bringing it up until the manufacturing. We create clothing pieces, consult and help explain what businesses need to put into their brand's product to stand out from the competitors, what materials they should use, how to communicate clothing's quality, etc. We discuss all of this during the first meeting, which usually lasts longer than the rest of the process. Then a structured search for inspirations takes place, later come technical drawings, and if the clients are happy, we do a mock-up to see which materials would look better. Later pattern makers prepare the patterns according to which we prepare prototypes and show them to our clients for their feedback – maybe the pockets are too low or too high, perhaps the shoulders are too broad. We get notes on every little detail and send comments to our pattern makers to make adjustments. 

This process takes up one or two, a maximum of three prototypes, to perfect the piece to the client’s perfection. Later a pre-production sample reaches the tailor to be followed accurately. It’s interesting how several years ago, this whole process used to be considered unnecessary. A designer or a person with an idea came up to a tailor with rough sketches or just pictures to follow. A tailor is a person to cut and sew the fabrics in high quality but not read the client’s mind, and that is followed by dissatisfaction, anger, and miscommunication. Many times people give up not understanding why their idea couldn’t be realised. The whole process of collecting ideas, thinking everything upfront, and combining design and tailoring skills makes most of our daily work allowing designers to enjoy their artistic process and tailor‘s receiving clear orders on how to prepare their garments. This process minimises the sampling stage leaving clients with faster and better results which links perfectly with sustainability.

Not only are we talking about sustainability with our clients, but we are also trying to be an example to others. After projects, our studio fills with various fabric pieces, but none of it ends up in a landfill or somewhere else – we use them for other projects and ideas. Disapproved prototypes are also transformed into other pieces of clothing (prototypes too). When we cut materials, we try to place everything as neatly as possible to have as little clothing scraps as we can, which can’t be achieved with large manufacturers because saving time is more important for them than saving fabric or the environment.

I also notice that people prefer to wear clothing that does not wrinkle, so naturally, brands would want their clothing to be made using such materials. Usually, they use mixed materials, cotton and polyester, which are the most harmful to the environment as no one can recycle them. In the studio, all prototypes are made using a hundred per cent cotton material, which we can later take to recycling centres. We can recycle all genuine and not mixed materials; otherwise, we can still transform them. 

-You talk about the technical side of designing clothes more often than you mention actual design work. What is the reasoning behind that?

-Despite having a university diploma in fashion technologies and business, design is a more personal activity. I studied design independently as I spent most of my time in Riga in a library reading books and taking courses about it. 

When I design clothes, most importantly, I try to meet consumers' needs and think about producing costs, materials, sewing technologies, longevity and durability, versatility and comfort, ways of reusing clothes, etc. Versatility and the ability to transform one piece of clothing into another, I think, are some of the most important properties for which I look in clothes. 

However, from every service that we offer in our studio, design and concept creation are my favourite tasks. During the meeting with clients, I try to get to know them and their viewpoints as best as possible – their style, aesthetics, target price, etc. Many clients allow me to have complete artistic freedom, but what is beautiful and pleasing to me will not necessarily be liked by them. My thorough questionnaire may seem a little annoying to some clients– does she have no idea that she is trying to get everything from us? No, I have many ideas, but it would be naive to think that different people's views will always coincide. There are, of course, times when I do lack the inspiration to design. Still, after cultural and branding research, I come back knowing what message the brand tries to communicate for its customers and make that message more persuasive and influential.

-You previously mentioned that while designing the original clothing, you already think about how it will look after transforming it into another item. Is such a trait personal and authentic, or is it becoming a rule that all designers and companies follow?

-Yes, this has already become necessary in the fashion industry. As for me, transforming clothes and giving them a second life is quite essential – my grandma was a tailor herself, and we together re-sewed many second-handed men's jackets into women's coats. Such a hobby began a long time ago, but at that time, we did not think about sustainability – we looked for ways to be more pretty cheaper.

In a broader sense, sustainable clothing is much more than only using recycled, certified materials or transforming a piece of clothing into a different, more useful item. Many companies boast about their sustainability, but maybe only one per cent of all their activities are sustainable. However, it is still better than nothing. We can also understand sustainability from a logistical point of view – if a brand sells their items only in their native country, they are sustainable as they avoid additional transportation costs and eliminate the effect that transport has on the environment. The product packaging can also be recycled; thus, sustainable – same with multifunctional items, quality materials, capsule collections, 3D clothing design software, etc. 

When planning their next collection, designers always need to think about the future of created garments – if we want to be sustainable, how can we achieve this goal? There are many sustainable innovations already adopted by fashion designers and various brands, so sustainability is no longer just second-hand clothing or cut-and-sewn shirts. Only recently, sustainability became a cool thing or a trend.

-Why do you think we are still struggling to convert the fast-fashion industry into a sustainable market fully? Is this at all possible?

-In my opinion, fast-fashion will never entirely disappear – we can only limit its severe impact on the environment. Fast-fashion symbolises cheap and economic practice that is accessible to everyone, and to be honest, not everyone can allow themselves to buy sustainable clothing items as their production is more expensive than fast-fashion items. For example, in fast-fashion fabrics, five hundred tailors can work on a different part of the garment and finish sewing thousands of t-shirts in one day. Suppose we follow the made-to-order model in sustainable business. In that case, there will only be as many items as needed, and one tailor will cut and sew each clothing item individually. 

What we can do in this case, albeit in a small part, and try to reduce the harmful clothing industry’s effects. We can see those fast fashion companies adopt various aspects of sustainable fashion, but their work is still a different practice.

-You briefly mentioned the hobby that you and your grandma shared. Do you still own some of those transformed items?

-Ironically, I hated transformed coats for a very long time as everyone around me wore trendy jackets from various shops, and I wore coats. Now I cannot imagine my life without coats – I do not even know how many coats I own! The majority of them are transformed – my grandma re-sewed many of them, many I did myself.

-Second-handed and transformed clothing make up a significant part of your life. Maybe you remember when the last time you shopped fast-fashion brands online or in the store was?

-I need to think about when it was. (laughs) It might be last summer in Riga, but regarding fast-fashion, I only shop there for plain white t-shirts. Everything else I buy in a second-hand shop called Humana, find on Vinted or design and sew myself. I even regret spending money in fast-fashion shops. Besides, I prefer to organise my closet and dress following capsule collection’s principles, so fast-fashion shops are too trendy for me. 

-What was the most valuable clothing item you managed to find and buy at a second-hand shop? Is it possible to find some hidden gems there, or is it happens only in the movies?

-I usually do not visit second-hand shops on the day when they have new items delivered – I'm not too fond of crowds in there, and besides, I am not a big fan of great designer names. However, once I went there on such a day and saw clothing items from high-fashion stores, they tend to sell quickly. I also nearly witnessed a fight between a few ladies for a designer bag – I do not know whether it was worth something, but it was fun. (laughs) Sometimes second-hand shops even sell new and never-worn items, so it is worth checking them.

-Maybe you have some advice you can share with our readers to help them have a more sustainable relationship with their wardrobes, shopping habits, clothing style?

-My first advice is to clean your closet, sell or give away clothing that does not fit you, or you just do not want to wear anymore. It might look like after that you will have nothing to wear but will see, there are even easier to mix and match between and come up with a fresh look. Next thing, shop responsibly, meaning buy only when you know at least five other outfits that could go together with your new item. Lastly, look for local fashion designers, visit pop-ups, and, of course, second-hand shops.

-Thank you.

Vitamins' Bomb for Spring - Detonate Immediately?!

Spring is a time of rebirth when nature and everything around us, including our lives, habits, and thoughts, are renewed. As there is no better time for changes than straight after winter colds (or at the very end of them), we dedicated this entire month to discuss and present various positive changes that, despite being the tiniest ones, can have a massive effect on our health. Food being one of them, we have to carefully oversee what we are putting into our food and ourselves in general. Today we will talk about our inner health and immune system and share with you some tips on how everyone can change their eating habits for the better using store-bought vitamins and what nature itself has given us.

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After the cold and snowy winter, we often start the spring looking like walking zombies with dark patches around our eyes and dull greyish skin. As these problems are visible to the naked eye, some issues lie deeper than our skin's surface and are strong enough to damage us from the inside and make our everyday lives unbearable. During the cold period, we fuelled our organisms with greasy food to get warm and pushed healthy eating practises to the side. Therefore, we lacked bright sun and greenery and vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to boost our well-being to never seen before heights and improve our life quality. There are many ways to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, leisure in the fresh air and activities and take care of your body to fill it with useful nutrients and other beneficial substances. 

However, we should remain sceptical as some of these ways are shortcutting methods used to make ourselves healthier without putting any efforts into the process. Yes, we are talking about food supplements and vitamins which sometimes do more harm than good and basically lead us to use even more significant amounts of them. Here at Biomedicanna, we trust in nature and science, so we create and sell natural products – drops, paste, and cosmetics, and advocate for choosing organic measures to enrich our organisms with nutrients and vitamins that they need the most. To reach our goal and fulfil the promises, let's distinguish misconceptions from the truth regarding store-bought vitamins, eating and healthy spring!

Which Vitamins and Minerals are the Most Essential?

Vitamins are something we may not see that much as we need them only in tiny quantities. However, that does not change the fact that we need them – our organisms do not produce them or produce insufficient amounts. Therefore, we need to get our daily vitamin dose from somewhere else. Vitamins and minerals are organic compounds found either in the food, acquired as a store-bought medicine or in other artificial ways, which we will address later. No matter how we chose to get vitamins we need every day, they are essentially quite different and have varying purposes, so it depends on us to keep vitamin levels up. Despite complete differences, vitamins are usually grouped into two packs – fat-soluble ones and water-soluble ones. As the category names suggest, the previous ones are kept in our bodies for several weeks or months as the latter cannot be stored and need constant 'refills.' 

As simple as ABCs, some vitamins are named by a letter. Starting with the very first letter, Vitamin A ensures healthy skin, strong teeth and eagle-like eyesight; they are mostly responsible for the body’s growth and development. B group vitamins allow us to absorb iron better, ensure a healthy nervous system, smoother metabolization process, and are responsible for fuelling our organisms as they are necessary for producing energy. Vitamin C is mostly known as perfect for strengthening the immune system, but it also helps our bodies produce collagen, heal wounds, and act as an antioxidant. Moving further, Vitamin D is essential for bone tissue and protects us from soft bones; thus, it protects us from often visits to the ER. Vitamin E, similar to Vitamin C, has excellent antioxidant abilities and prevents us from getting various infections and diseases, and improves overall blood circulation. Last but not least, Vitamin K regulates blood clotting – once we lack this vitamin, our blood thinners, and we are more susceptible to severe bleeding. 

Next, we have vitamins, whose names are a bit more specific, yet their benefits are equally essential to how we feel and function as human beings. Calcium is necessary for having healthy teeth and strong bones as this mineral is stored in them to support their structure. Besides, calcium also supports our nervous system and helps the nerves carry the receptors' messages to the brain and back. Iron is crucial for our blood as it helps form red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout or bodies. Even if iron in human's organisms may sound like a strange combo, it also ensures healthy connective tissue and strong muscles. Zinc adds much to our immune system and helps wounds heal faster while also being responsible for creating proteins and ensuring their structural integrity. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and sugar levels, so besides contributing to smooth nerve and muscle function, it also helps dilate blood vessels and prevent clotting. 

Of course, our blogs are too short of discussing each of the vitamins and minerals evenly and in detail, but the bottom line is clear from afar – we need them all to stay alive and well, so here is not the place to pick favourites.

Which Vitamins and Minerals to Choose, and Which to Avoid?

We have just explained that our bodies need all different vitamins and minerals to ensure our wellbeing and health. It is natural to lack some nutrients or substances, and we all just need to be aware of when to refill and when to stop. Here matters not only the amounts but also the ways of obtaining what we need. We have also mentioned that almost all vitamins and minerals can be found in certain food products, yet the more popular solution to this problem is taking a shortcut and buying them in the form of pills or tablets. Artificial measures are characterized by higher amounts of the required substance, which results in reaching the necessary levels of one or another faster. Nevertheless, ‘with powers come responsibility,’ or to paraphrase – with vitamin pills come certain dangers. 

Besides being a severe choking hazard, various pills and supplements can easily irritate our oesophagus and other parts of the food tract, causing an unpleasant feeling in our chest area and stomach. If one decides to continue using this type of medicine, specialists advise switching to other forms such as liquid or chewable formulations. 

Next, we can never be sure of what is written on the labels, so let’s address this issue a bit more critically. Many ingredients of pills or mineral supplements seem harmless because companies use scientifical names instead of easily understandable and commonly used ones. It puts users into tricky situations because most of the time, we then do not know what consume in real life. Customers often face the same problem as they acquire vitamins from not approved sellers. Also, we may not know whether certain ingredients are compatible with some prescription drugs, do not cause any allergies, or are as natural and botanical as the label states. 

Finally, we are in danger of consuming more than we need – vitamin deficiencies are harmful, but overconsumption is far worse. For example, very high iron levels can be fatal; too much calcium can lead to having kidney stones, while magnesium and zinc can cause digestive problems. We, of course, may consider this problem to be caused by wrong labelling and usage instructions. Still, for some part, the people themselves dig a hole for self-diagnosing and using specific vitamins or mineral supplements without consulting the professionals first and not even knowing whether they lack one vitamin or another.

We can see that shortcuts are not always the better decision out of two – in most cases, artificial measures to reach needed vitamin and mineral levels in our bodies cause us more harm and severe health problems. Luckily, the other solution is no harder to follow as it includes indulging ourselves and eating foods that are both delicious and healthy.

Which Food Products to Eat to Get Vitamins We Need?

We talked a lot about healthy eating in our previous blogs, yet this topic is extensive and deserves another talk. A balanced diet must include foods from all food pyramid levels as they also indicate which foods have more good nutrients and vitamins necessary for the smooth functioning of our bodies. At the very bottom of the food pyramid are whole grains, followed by vegetables and fruits – these food groups are the ones we need to eat several times every day. Next, there is dairy products, meats and fish, various nuts and seeds, and, at the very top, there are sugary, fat and processed products. While the previous have specific amounts of vitamins and minerals, the latter does not usually come packed with them.

First, such vegetables and fruits as carrots, sweet potato and cantaloupe melons are excellent sources of carotene and Vitamin A, so a nice dinner can quickly turn into a Vitamin A feast. Various B group vitamins are usually found in whole grains, bananas, lentils, beans, potatoes, etc. As there are at least eight different vitamins in this group, you should check which food products have specific vitamins before going shopping next time. Oranges and lemons are long known as incredible sources of Vitamin C. However, some fruits as kiwi, grapefruits and cantaloupe, and vegetables such as red and green peppers and broccoli should also find their way into one’s everyday ration and weekly menu. Vitamin D production is stimulated by spending time in the sunshine, yet everyone can acquire this vitamin from eggs, oily fish, and mushrooms when it comes to food. When lacking Vitamin E, you should occasionally snack on almonds and other nuts and seeds as vitamin’s levels in these food products are the highest. Specialists help patients solve Vitamin K deficiency by advising them to eat lots of kale, spinach, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables.

When it comes to acquiring necessary minerals, calcium’s best source are dairy products: milk, cheese, yoghurt, etc. Even though iron’s top sources are seafood, vegetarians and vegans can obtain this mineral from cereal, beans, spinach, and pumpkin seeds. Similarly to iron and Vitamin E, magnesium can be acquired from nuts, spinach, and beans. Lastly, zinc deficiency’s solution is by far the most pleasant as you can eat dark chocolate to get this mineral; besides, beef, oysters, beans, and cereals are great zinc’s sources as well.

Vitamins, nutrients and minerals guarantee our wellbeing, health, and long life. When this process gets disturbed, it is up to us to weigh both advantages and disadvantages and choose natural, organic measures to keep substances’ levels norm. Science allows us to take shortcuts, but one must only choose this way when it is an absolute necessity. In other cases, we wholeheartedly encourage everyone to better chose healthy food full of vitamins and minerals. Nature gives us everything that our bodies may ever need; we just have to be aware of what we need and how can we achieve it. We created our CBD Oil Drops with the exact idea in mind – let’s not waste resources around us and use them to achieve the best version of ourselves.

Less Is More - Welcome Minimalism into Your Life

Many different changes are continually taking place in nature every single day. Here at Biomedicanna, we believe that people are only a part of this unique system, so we must respect all the natural processes around us and change our lives accordingly, with the goal of not to interfere but to adapt. As we are stepping into spring, we dedicated an entire month of March to highlight the importance of preserving the most precious things and dropping off unnecessary and excess practices. Today we will share our insights on making specific changes both at home and in your lifestyle and focusing only on those things that are really worth it.

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We consider spring a perfect time for changes – as nature is waking up, we also have to wake up after three long months of winter laziness. However, this does not mean a simple getting out of bed in the morning; emotionally, waking up means making necessary and healthy changes. Some of the things that require the most changing and renewing are our homes after the winter, yet we are certainly not talking about layers upon layers of dust or those nasty cobwebs hanging in the corner. There are vast amounts of unnecessary things in our homes that used to cost us a lot of money and now are just hindering our lives. After all, it is very challenging to say goodbye to them, donate them, sell them, or generally get rid of them.

Nevertheless, these positive changes are necessary, and it is better to make them sooner than later as minimal life is much healthier. Minimalism is a lifestyle that frees us from clothes, appliances or goods which make us feel depressed and emotionally drained rather than joyful. Although minimalism has become more and more popular lately, a much more critical philosophy lies behind this trend – how can giving up things help us feel the fullness of life?

Minimalism - Passion, Mission, or else?

For quite a long time, Minimalism was known as an art, music and architecture style that opposed abstract expressionism and promoted objective, logical, and schematic solutions. Clean lines, geometrical shapes and repeating patterns all moved the focus from work itself to the environment in which it gets positioned, played, or demonstrated. Soon enough minimalism was thought about as modernism as the majority of minimalistic art creations were made out of such materials as concrete, glass, metal, etc. Minimalistic movement gradually grew into the worldwide notion that less is more and throughout the years it, of course, crushed all of the borders and dominated more areas than just visual and performing arts. 

Fashion was one of the first areas to which the minimalistic virus spread. Designers soon started to position fabrics and forms over the functionality (these scales later shifted significantly) and create clothing using only monochromatic tones: black, white, grey. Massive social and political changes accompanied the fashion industry’s shift from an overload of accessories to simplifying everything that gets on the runway or in high-street shops. While we are not going to focus on different perceptions of minimalism in fashion, we definitely must highlight its influence on widely acceptable social practices. With growing consumerism and massive amounts of trash and non-recyclable materials accumulating each day, minimalism has also become a way of life destined to have as little belongings as possible and discover many more noble things.

Minimalism - Emotional Attachments and Decluttering

Minimalism from one perspective may seem like complete nonsense, yet from the other, it is a way to help the planet while at the same time helping ourselves. Being generally described as a way to find freedom, the minimalistic approach suggests people live with as little belongings as possible because it allows them to live in a more spacious environment directly and figuratively. Minimalists refuse to own any excess stuff and choose to invest in themselves and their families, friends by creating precious memories rather than holding onto meaningless possessions.

Nevertheless, this lifestyle does not mean disowning everything or being altruistic - minimalists advocate for a simple but not dull environment. You can still have some necessary belongings, yet you should be willing to get rid of things you have not been using for more extended periods. As nowadays we can rent almost anything for as long as we need, the whole idea of owning those things and paying full prices is just silly.

Many people, not only minimalists, know that personal possessions often cost us tremendous headaches and other problems. Our belongings trap us in a vicious circle of indecision, and the more we own, the more helpless we are. The truth is that unnecessary things clutter both our living space and mind, making us worry and overthink as we cannot think straight about organizing them in real life and our minds. Things around us distract us from everyday tasks and, of course, from quality self-care, making us more prone to depression and other mental illnesses.

Getting rid of everything we have to carry on our shoulders will increase our happiness and free our time, but this process is complicated even for professional psychologists. We are struggling to say goodbye to our belongings as we have individual relationships with them. We emotionally attach to things that we link with emotions and experiences when we should either carry those emotions in our hearts and thoughts or get rid of them at all. It takes a lot of time and courage to cut the chains connecting us to our possessions, but in a longer perspective, it is worth it. 

Minimalism - a Mental Shield from Acquiring Too Much

Minimalism is both a way of thinking and a way of like, because in both cases, we detach ourselves from the unnecessary and leave only those who are worth it and enrich our lives. Yet, we would not have so many things if we did not acquire them in one way or another. Many people still think it is appropriate to bring bulky household items or useless souvenirs as gifts - such pieces will only accumulate dust and use space, but their value is little to none. It is quite hard to say goodbye to gifts from our family members, friends or colleagues as we mentally link such items with the love we get and fear to lose these connections while getting rid of things we neither use nor need. In such situations, we must live as an example as we start gifting others our attention, positive emotions and experiences rather than useless stuff. 

Next, we can buy such unnecessary items ourselves. While we are digging the hole and cluttering our lives, it is much easier to come out of the mentioned situation when compared with getting rid of gifted items. We tend to buy things impulsively without thinking about whether we need them or not. After such shopping sprees, we quickly start to regret purchasing something, yet we stall from returning or regifting items as we link them with our labour efforts to earn money in the first place. Secondly, we start to think we may need such things in the future, so it is better to be safe than sorry and have them despite not knowing exactly when we will use them if we are going to use them. 

Minimalism is an approach condemning consumerism, which is fed to humanity every day through different channels. Various marketing strategies get into our heads and make us think we need each and everything we see in stores or online. However, there are several ways to shield ourselves from acquiring too much stuff, which would eventually complicate our lives. Firstly, we have to shop responsibly and quit making impulsive decisions. Therefore, you should think before buying any more expensive item at least for a week before making a purchase; a week is usually enough to rethink our priorities and make some changes to our shopping lists. If you still feel a great desire and need for a specific product after a week, you should make a purchase, yet if you do not have those feelings, you should leave the item sitting on a shelf in a shop. Secondly, have a monthly or weekly budget and do not dare to go over it! As we shop to mask our emotions, we should wait until we have our emotions and feelings under control to avoid impulsive shopping and unnecessary belongings in our home.

Minimalism - a Way to Say Goodbye and Improve

Not acquiring useless things or trying to do so is one thing and getting rid of them is another. Minimalism, however, takes care of both and highlights the importance of saying goodbye to things you will not need from now on to the future in a very focused and respectful way. You may have seen some videos where influencers share their experiences after rummaging through their belongings and choosing what to keep, sell or donate, and get rid of completely. Even if it may sound like a minimalistic approach, we still are left with plenty of stuff that will not bring any value. It is encouraging to donate particular possessions before paving a way to a landfill for them. It allows us to live more sustainably and eco-friendly; selling things before getting rid of them helps owners gather funds to invest in experiences and emotions worth more than silverware or clothing. 

The minimalistic approach to getting rid of new things is to own as less as possible but still meet your needs. One of the best ways to limit yourself to a certain number of belongings is to gather them all into one place as if you were packing and moving out, and throughout a week, only take what you need leaving unnecessary items in a pile. After a week or one and a half, take all that you have not used and get rid of them – sell, donate, or generally get rid of it if their condition does not allow them to be used for one or another. You will be surprised by how little items you are regularly using versus how many just take up space without doing anything useful. Remember, you should not limit yourself to a hundred or fifty belongings just because professional minimalists do so – start by making small steps to achieve significant results both emotionally and physically. 

Minimalistic approach frees us from unnecessary items which haunt us every day – be brave to say goodbye to them once and for all. Carefully plan and rethink your priorities to live more happily and healthier. Mental freedom is just as important as decluttering your physical environment, yet the first is sometimes harder to achieve. We encourage you to try our products to relax and help yourself develop better and more valuable solutions for your outer comfort and inner peace. 

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