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Happiness comes from within

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama XIV

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Blogizing Topic of the Day: Hot or not?

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This apparently is the new trend on the beaches this year: The half G-string.  We personally think its a step too far and may as well wear a sock! What are your thoughts? Hot or not?

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Loving a hippie

To society hippies are dreadlocks and harem pants, pot smoking bums who rarely get a wash. 

Being a hippie is not about how you look its about how you act and the beliefs you have. Its about being a nice person, approaching things from love,about not being afraid to be creative in arts, music and dance. Free spirits who are thankful for what they have in life. 

If only more of society, especially people in power could adapt this way of thinking the world would be a better place.

Power to the hippies ✌

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Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow: Consciously Uncoupled

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/gwyneth-paltrow-and-chris-martin-to-split-after-more-than-10-years-of-marriage-9215633.html

After ten years of marriage, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have announced they are to bring their marriage to an end.  They have stated that over the past year they have been working hard to live some of it together and some of it apart.  They have now worked out that they are not to be together as a couple but they will remain as a family.  They go on to say that they still love each other and in some respects are closer than ever.

What do you think of this statement? I personally think if they do manage to get along and still spend time as a family with their children then this is admirable.  Many people may argue that if this arrangement was for the sake of their children then maybe they should have stayed together for the sake of them.  I disagree with this stance.  Children know when their parents are happy.  Children benefit much more from two happy parents than spending time in one miserable and unhappy home.

I hope this arrangement works out for them.  I would have given anything for things to have been amicable between my ex (father to my children) and I.  It was never a possibility for me as my ex did not even wish to communicate with me for the sake of my children, never mind spend time as a family.

Good luck to them, I say!  And for those that say ‘what a shame’ and ‘no one seems to last long these days’ I would respond with this: Ten years of marriage is admirable, it is a long time in anyone’s life, around one eighth or so.  To commit to a person for this amount of time is in itself an achievement.  Not much lasts forever, it is not the way of life, everything changes and evolves.  People also change, we are not immune to this.  If one changes and becomes so different to the other, it is unusual for them to break away and find a place they feel they fit, with another or others they feel at home with and where they belong.   Life is too short to be unhappy.  To be happy is not a selfish act.  To remain in a unhealthy relationship or situation is a tragedy and a waste of the life you have been given.

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Palm Oil: Know the truths and help protect the Rainforests

http://a-z-animals.com/palm-oil/products/

I have just read an article about palm oil and I am surprised at what is happening just so that the country can make enough of it for the demands.  Apparently palm oil is in lots of our products, a full list can be found in the link above.  In order to meet the demands more and more of the rainforests are being destroyed, therefore taking away the habitats of the animals and wildlife that live there.  They are endangering lots of species and it always saddens me to see what we are doing to out planet in the name of vanity and greed.

You can read the full story here http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/palm_oil/  I realise it is not entirely reasonable or realistic to expect everyone to boycott the purchase of items which contact palm oil but I personally cannot  support the destruction of rain forests.  I was most surprised to see Body Shop on there as they are against animal testing and surely this goes against everything they stand for?  I remember shopping there as a teenager buying their animal and fruit soaps, spending all my pocket money there because they were against animal testing and furthermore highlighted the animals which were endangered. It was almost like we were part of a campaign group (in our heads anyway, as we loved animals and really did care, we just did not know how to make a difference yet).  So me and my friends used to go into the shop every Saturday morning, talking to the staff and purchasing yet another animal soap to show our support! Maybe it is because Anita Roddick no longer owns the company, does this mean that The Body Shop has lost its soul?

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I felt I had to find out, so I visited http://www.bodyshop.com to seek the answer.  Here is what the Body Shop had to say on the matter:

“Good news! Since 2011, 100% of the unmodified palm oil use in The Body Shop products has been certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Our supplier, based in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, has been certified by RSPO.

The Body Shop’s soaps contain the largest percentage of sustainable palm oil out of all our products. All soaps at The Body Shop display the RSPO logo on the packaging, as a way of raising the profile of this important not-for-profit accreditation association.

 

ABOUT PALM OIL

Palm Oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, used in everything from food to detergents, and increasingly also as a bio-fuel. The expansion of palm oil plantations has contributed to the destruction of the world’s ancient rainforests and endangers animal species such as orang-utans in Borneo and Sumatra.

Endangered species at increased risk from expanding palm oil plantations in this region include the:

  • Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae);
  • Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii); and
  • Bornean orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus).

 

This expansion has in some instances impacted the living conditions of Indigenous people in the communities surrounding palm-oil plantations, resulting in frequent conflict over land, forced evictions and human rights violations. This is why The Body Shop has made a commitment to responsible sourcing of palm oil.

Watch The Sustainable Palm Oil video to learn more about sustainable Palm Oil from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

 

THE BODY SHOP AND PALM OIL

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The Body Shop is a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is a not-for-profit association that aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. Watch RSPO – The Gathering Momentum video to learn more about Palm Oil and the RSPO.

 

THE BODY SHOP AND DAABON

The Body Shop began working with Daabon, a Colombian group in 2007. Daabon was not certified by the RSPO, as a national standard for Colombia didn’t exist at the time; however it had passed an independent audit using the Roundtable’s criteria. We also carried out our own visits to their plantations.

In late 2009 a problem suddenly emerged with Daabon involving a piece of land that had been purchased by a consortium that included Daabon. Christian Aid, an international development charity and its local partner in Colombia claimed people living on the land protected by the consortium were being evicted to make way for a new palm oil plantation.

For its part, the consortium insisted they had bought the land in good faith, and there were no signs of the land being previously occupied. The Body Shop did not have a trading relationship with the consortium, but as soon as we heard about this new issue we thought it sensible to investigate the matter for ourselves.

We commissioned an independent study in partnership with Christian Aid, which revealed how complex the underlying legal and property questions really were. We used the results of the study to suggest a number of ways Daabon might help resolve the issue, which they did take on board. The Body Shop concluded that an acceptable long-term solution was unlikely to be found, and as a result stopped trading with Daabon.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Where possible, buy products that have been certified as sustainable.

To help protect the orang-utan from extinction support the Melbourne Zoo’s Don’t Palm us Off campaign, help organisations such as Borneo Orangutan Survival or The Orangutan Project.”

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This at least restores some faith.  Hopefully the other companies will follow suit and join the RSPO, if they have not done so already.

If you would like the option of buying Palm Free products you can find a list here, kindly offered by Borneo Orangutan Survival website.

http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives.aspx

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Chicken Walker

I really thought I had seen everything, that was until the other day as I was driving down a main road in the town where I live in the North of England a lady was walking a chicken down the road.  Yes you heard that right……walking a chicken!!!

It turns out though that this is not such a strange thing.  I decided to have a look into this and what I found out was fascinating.   Zhu Fushun, born in 1979 from China runs a chicken farm.  He feeds the chicken on herbs instead of grain and takes them for walks (hence why he was nicknamed ‘chicken walker’).  The chicken are reared in the open wild rather than enclosed chicken farms.  Zhu is now very successful and has featured in many Entrepreneur magazines.  A billionaire also offered him more money to grow his business.  Zhu declined his offer, advising what he needed was more sales channels, and these appear to be opening up to him.

Just shows, when you have a vision and you know what you want to do, how and when, stick to your guns!

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