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    • Parapura’s Guide to Natural & Solid Shampoo Bars

      Read our guide to natural and low waste shampoo bars to help you make the switch from plastic. Get a glimpse into the transition phase often associated with shampoo bars. The transition phase is a result of shampoo bars having a different PH level to your hair and scalp. Although it may take a few washes to transition in terms of getting used to the switch from a liquid shampoo to a shampoo bar it should not take long. If after several washes you’re still experiencing a chalkiness, the shampoo bar you’re using just isn’t right for you. Picture a perfume, you tend to test plenty of different scents before finding the one. Our range is tried and tested ensuring you can have more confidence a product will work for you, first time around. Make sure to check out our guide by hair type at the end of this article to help you decide. Why Natural Shampoo? Well, the biggest benefit is that there are no artificial chemicals – regular shampoos typically contain three main chemicals, namely, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and parabens. While the former two are foaming agents, parabens are preservatives, but equally all three are known to cause skin irritation and/or allergic reactions. Natural ingredients don’t pose this risk plus have been proven to improve skin and hair health by gently nurturing your hair follicles and skin cells with the minerals, herbal extracts and oils they contain. In addition, chemicals used in regular shampoos cause harm to the environment. As our water waste drains away, it is diverted to treatment plants but harmful chemicals can end up in rivers and the ocean nonetheless costing particularly microorganisms at the bottom of the food chain. That is why biodegradable ingredients (meaning they decompose without causing pollution) as used in natural shampoos are that much more important. Why Solid Shampoo Bars? First of all, and one of the primary reasons why Parapura was born, shampoo bars are a great way to reduce plastic waste! Switching to this compact alternative will massively reduce the amount of plastic you use over time. But how is this possible, you ask? Well, did you know that liquid shampoos are up to 80% water? That means a huge amount of space is given to the very ingredient you can add in abundance yourself! On the other hand, bars are highly concentrated containing 100% ingredients that benefit you and make a fraction of the size, last that much longer. This is also a huge factor as to why shampoo bars are typically more expensive… you’re finally getting your moneys worth, hooray! Parapura’s Shampoo Bars by Brand Flow Cosmetics – Aesthetically gorgeous and representative of nature, benefit from organic and kind ingredients that are plentiful in Finland. - Size: 120g - Price: £13 - Number of washes: 65* - Price per wash: £0.20 Beauty Kubes – Organic, vegan and perfectly sized, these cubes are an innovative game changer when it comes to smart dosage. - Size: 27 cubes - Price: £9.50 - Number of washes: 27* - Price per wash: £0.35 Bottega Zero Waste – Delicately handmade in small batches, vegan and palm oil free. - Size: 70g - Price: £8 - Number of washes: 45* - Price per wash: £0.18 Pure Chimp – 100% natural and vegan with a cheeky twist. (Coming soon). - Size: 80g - Price: £6.95 - Number of washes: 45* - Price per wash: £0.16 Zero Waste Path – This 2in1 solution is extra practical and does exactly what the label says. (Coming soon). - Size: 70g - Price: £7.50 - Number of washes: 40* - Price per wash: £0.19 *All number of washes are estimates and will vary for each individual, plus depend on the storage conditions after each use. Our Guide by Hair Type Normal Hair: Beauty Kubes Normal, Bottega Zero Waste Lavender Dreams, Flow Cosmetics Marigold, Pure Chimp, Zero Waste Path Normal. Dry Hair: Bottega Zero Waste 2 in 1, Zero Waste Path Dry & Curly. Oily Hair: Beauty Kubes Oily, Zero Waste Path Oily. Coloured Hair: Flow Cosmetics Blonde, Brunnette & Red. Curly Hair: Zero Waste Path Oily. Sensitive Scalp: Zero Waste Path Itchy Scalp.

    • Christmas – it’s the most wasteful time of the year

      Not to dampen the holiday cheer, but admittedly you had a hunch that Christmas, as we know it, has a detrimental impact on the environment. The amount of waste churned out by the UK alone is up 30%, and just to really bring it home, consider this: Brits buy an estimated 10 million turkeys, 370 million mince pies and 25 million Christmas puddings. On top, the equivalent of 450,000 double-decker buses will be thrown out. Also feeling as ashamed as we did writing this article? Then show the environment some love this winter season with these simple hacks: DIY Christmas decorations serve as an entertaining family pastime over the holidays. Repurpose lightbulbs as baubles, dry your own potpourri, assemble bunting out of Christmas cards or make paper snowflakes. When outdoors, don’t forget to stay on the lookout for pinecones and foliage, which with a little creativity make for great wreaths and decorative components. If you haven’t already done so, switch to LED fairy lights once your old ones lose steam, and make sure any decorative lighting is turned off during the daytime. Stressing about what to wear to that Christmas party? Ditch the fast-fashion and swap or borrow clothes from family or friends instead. Otherwise, resale sites give clothing a new lease of life and stock the occasional gem too. Either way, not only will you be sparing the environment, but your bank balance will thank you for it as well. Try your hand at homemade gifts and upcycle unwanted items. Candles, soaps, jams, jewelry, bookmarks, snow globes – the list of possibilities is endless. Where DIY is not an option, try to purchase from local producers and avoid excessive packaging. You may even choose to stop by second-hand or charity shops, and for children’s gifts go old school with high-quality wooden toys. As a gift receiver, why not try to ask for a donation towards a cause you care about. Drop the embellished wrapping paper (after all it’s the inside that counts, right?). Your best bet will be natural Kraft paper… simple, sophisticated, and best of all recyclable. Top that off with paper tape and natural twine, and you may consider yourself a true eco packing elf. For any gift wrapping where you’re unsure about its recyclability, opt for the scrunch test – if it keeps as a ball, it can be recycled. A word on Christmas dinner: first, make a shopping list to avoid buying unnecessary items on a whim. We’re all prone to it with 7 in 10 people admitting to buying more food than they need. Choose loose, seasonal and local produce where possible. Serve up your feast avoiding disposable cutlery and tableware. Thereafter, leftovers make for a fantastic post-Christmas meal or alternatively, freeze what you can. Needless to say, recycle as much as possible – check out our guide on recycling here.

    • 10 resolutions just in time for the new decade

      New year, new me. We’ve all been there, done that and just how often have we set ourselves up for failure? Well, this year, instead of listing the 101 things you’d like to change about yourself we challenge you to do only the one: live more intentionally and heighten your awareness. Take small actions, consistently. Adopt new habits, with time. And please, don’t forget about the environment along the way. Switch to renewable energy. Electricity and heat is one of the largest carbon-emitting sectors. Green energy from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind or hydro emits no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, reduces certain types of air pollution and can help you reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as a quarter. On top, it helps reduce the dependencies of fuel imports plus spurs the uptake and development of the green energy sector. If your household operates on gas, opt for carbon neutral. Use search engine Ecosia for your web searches. Entrusted by more than 15 million users and operating across over 9,000 planting sites, Ecosia has to date planted more than 79 million trees through the reinvestment of its ad revenue. Through reforestation, a single search of yours will help remove 1kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. Host local clean-ups. Not only are you doing good, but clean-ups can be a great way to get directly involved with your community and raise everyone’s environmental awareness too (passers-by included!). Pick a location and time well in advance, decide on supplies required, any waivers and how you will be disposing of all you collect, properly. Then, use your immediate network and social media to shout about it. Work, your local gym or any clubs you are a part of can serve as great starting points too! You may also find that a nearby volunteer group already exists, so try to inform yourself beforehand. For those short on time or less comfortable with hosting their own clean-up why not start by committing yourself to pick up a piece of litter a day or joining key annual events such as the Great British Spring Clean or World Cleanup Day, a global initiative held across more than 180 countries in September. Either way, you’ll find that clean-ups are a highly rewarding experience and so worth it! Reduce your meat and dairy intake. As put forward by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector alone accounts for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Within this, cattle farming is the most taxing and responsible for 65% of emissions. So if you’re not quite ready to go vegan, why not try to reduce your intake of red meats and dairy by working towards eating 80% plant-based plus opting for chicken, pork and local seafood from sustainable sources where you can. Another neat trick is to enjoy your coffee black or with plant-based milk alternatives. Ditch single-use coffee cups and water bottles. Globally, one million plastic bottles are purchased each minute. Now, add to this the billions of disposable coffee cups used each year. As more and more of these staggering statistics are uncovered, it really is no wonder that reusable bottles and coffee cups are flying off the shelves. After all, the best means of waste management is the prevention of waste altogether. To locate more than 20,000 refill stations in the UK, download the Refill app. You’ll also find that many coffee chains reward you for your eco-friendliness with savings of up to 50p per coffee. Shop conscientiously. Support brands who do good, buy local goods and avoid packaging where possible, especially plastic! For example, switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and opt for loose fruits and vegetables over those wrapped in netting or plastic. Scout out your local zero waste shops and make the transition to plastic-free across all your bathroom and beauty essentials, it’s easy enough! Smokers, cigarette butts belong in the bin. Each year, trillions of cigarette butts end up in the environment and routinely in waterways and the ocean as well. Highly toxic as they leak nicotine and heavy metals before disintegrating into microplastics, cigarette butts are one of the worst plastic pollutants that exist, yet also remain a widely accepted, unacceptable, form of littering. Get your recycling right. It’s a widespread practice, yet so many of us still get it wrong resulting in a sizeable amount of recyclable waste ending up in landfill. Agreed that keeping tabs on the dozens of recycling symbols and rules can be a headache but take the time to familiarise yourself with your local recycling scheme. You can also choose to consult our recycling guide. Fix it, don’t throw it. The internet is a powerful source of information so make use of it. Before disposing of things (in the right way, of course), consider whether you can repair or reuse them for another purpose, whether you can sell them on or give them away freely. Get imaginative and you’ll likely surprise yourself. Choose your means of transportation responsibly. Cover shorter distances by foot or bicycle, opt for public transportation more often or have a go at carpooling. Try to avoid air travel and where flying is the only option, make up for your impact through carbon offsetting, a means to donate towards environmental projects that cancel out your journey’s carbon emissions. Make sure to always opt for monitored and accredited projects such as those backed by the Gold Standard. If you really want to go in the nitty-gritty, leave heavy baggage at home and fly economy class for a higher carbon efficiency – you’ll save money too.

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