The Positive Benefits of Creativity

Seeing a friend’s recent Instagram post got me thinking about the positive benefits of creativity.  In her post she talked about returning to painting – something she’d not done for a long time. And she described how she felt her return to this particular creative endeavour nurturing her soul. In particular because she’s decided to paint and draw and create for the experience and the journey alone, rather than a means to make money. And that was something she’d tried to do but found it dragged her down.

Spreading the Skincare Love

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Before I set up my Pink&Green organic skincare brand, I’d worked for many years as a holistic therapist. When working with a client I instilled in them the importance of making time for themselves with which to pay attention to their skin. I urged them to listen to what their skin was telling them. And then to act on it. But I also listened to them talk about how their skincare didn’t suit them. There were too many harsh chemicals and too much sore skin.

Are you good at listening?

Do you pride yourself on being a good listener? What do you think comprises being good at listening?  A Guardian article I read a few days back, ‘Be interested, be curious, hear what’s not said’: how I learned to really listen to people’, caused me to pause and … well … think. Reading it, it occurred to me that, all too often we can fall into the trap of believing that listening equates to staying quiet and not interrupting when someone is talking. Well that helps of course. But what the art of listening is really about is taking on what someone tells you.

Do you take care of yourself?

If I asked you: ‘do you take care of yourself?’ the chances are you’d reply in the affirmative. You might even look perplexed and reply with a ‘what you on about? Of course I take care of myself.’ But then if I were to dig a little deeper and ask you ‘okay – how? In what ways do you take care of yourself?’ it could get trickier. What even is self-care anyway?

Global Recycling Day 2020

The 18th of March 2020, marks global recycling day. Which is as good an opportunity as any to talk about recycling in general. And Pink & Green’s packaging in particular – and we’d love for you to engage with us on this topic.

The global recycling website states that, each year, billions of tonnes of the earth’s natural resources get turned into consumables. And that such resources are finite. Global Recycling Day came into being in 2018 to help recognize the importance of recycling in protecting our primary resources.

A History of Gift Wrapping

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It’s the best thing isn’t it? Receiving a gift that’s so beautifully wrapped that you can hardly bear to open it and destroy the perfectly presented package. And for the gift giver – the anticipation as they watch you open their gift – perhaps with some apprehension? Will you like it as much as you hope they will One thing is for sure – the gift wrapping is almost as important as the gift itself.

There’s an art to great gift wrapping that’s for sure. And a history too. It won’t surprise you one bit to learn that the art of gift wrapping is centuries old. As this article from Bustle.Com, entitled Why do we wrap gifts – a brief history of wrapping paper, points out, gift wrapping has its roots in Asia. There the earliest pieces of wrapping paper date back to 2nd Century BC, China. It would seem that, in the Southern Song dynasty (960-1279) government officials received gifts of money in envelopes called chih poh. Chih poh comprised hemp, bamboo fibres and rice straws.