Brands That Support Indigenous Communities

Brands That Support Indigenous Communities

Each year, NAIDOC Week comes as a welcome reminder to all Australians about the necessity of continued support to First Nations people, whose people and remote communities are still some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised in Australia today.

It’s one thing to be an ally to first Nation’s People, but even better to be an ally and  a supporter. That’s why we’re wanting to call out some brands you can find at WholeLife that consciously choose to give back and support Indigenous communities, not just during NAIDOC week or when the spotlight shines a light on it, but year-round.

We love brands that exist with a purpose here at WholeLife and trust us ­­­– we range soo many of them! Here are just a few brands that give back to Indigenous peoples and communities in Australia that you should support during NAIDOC Week.

Brands That Support Indigenous Communities

Rare Earth Oils

Beginning as a small social enterprise from Far North Queensland in 2011, Rare Earth Oils produces 100% organic, wild harvested essential oils and natural beauty products with an emphasis on native Australian ingredients. All profits go to support the Rare Earth Foundation, a charity set up by the founders of Rare Earth Oils. The Rare Earth Foundation works with family groups, schools, and social groups to deliver programs with a focus on Indigenous youth empowerment and the preservation of cultural heritage.

You can read more about the Rare Earth foundation here.

 

Roogenic

Roogenic are an Australian family owned business and leading supplier of Australian bush teas, spices and infused honey that are all made in Australia. Their mission is to embrace Australian culture and share with the world the amazing benefits and uses of Native Australian plants.

Roogenic describe themselves as “a health-conscious bunch with a passion for bush tucker and the great outback” and strive to make native food more accessible to the everyday Aussie. They have an Indigenous Support Policy, with a goal of making a difference in Indigenous communities across Australia by choosing to deal with more and more Indigenous suppliers each year. They’ve also been involved in multiple community projects throughout the years aimed at empowering Indigenous communities.

You can read more about their community contributions and programs here.

 

ROHR Remedy

Natural skincare with Australian medicinal botanicals is ROHR Remedy’s main game, and they do it well! ROHR Remedy are an all-natural skincare brand with products for all skin types and concerns. Their ingredients are wild harvested, meaning that there are no major farms or plantations that they source their raw ingredients from, meaning that the lands are not over-worked and destroyed. They work with Indigenous landowners and elders to ensure that their wild harvesting is done with sustainable and ethical practices at the forefront of importance.

The company was founded thanks to the shared knowledge and skills of the Yulparitja women and men, who live near Broome in Western Australia. ROHR Remedy continue to support Indigenous communities by collaborating with different Indigenous communities and farmers who share their passion for sustainable, ethical, and organic ingredients.

You can read more about how the Yulparitja women and men helped ROHR Remedy here.

 

Nutra Organics

Nutra Organics are an Australian-founded wholefoods company who have been providing us with ethical and organic nutrition for over 20 years. Throughout that time, they initiated Project Give Back which is their ongoing commitment to helping our environment and communities. Since 2019, Nutra Organics have funded multiple programs including the donation of $30,000 to Bridging the Gap Foundation which provides health education to Indigenous Communities.

You can read more about their other Project Give Back initiatives here.

 

If you enjoyed this post, click here to read our post on why shopping native and local is important.

Feature image via ROHR Remedy.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a movement that is very close to our heart and each and every one of us can be a part of the solution to minimise our plastic consumption so in turn we can have cleaner streets, oceans and communities. So, what can we do to help our planet? Plastic Free July is the perfect time to kick-start your continuous journey to switching from single-use plastics to biodegradable, reusable and compostable options. We’re here to give you some of our favourite plastic-free tips for home, shopping and when you’re on the go.

 

FOR HOME

A little goes a long way when it comes to switching from single-use plastics to reusable items in the household.

 

Tip 1 – Switching your toothbrush

Did you know that annually we contribute to roughly 600 million kg of plastic toothbrush waste in only 365 days worldwide? That’s a LOT!

Go Bamboo is an amazing brand who range an array of sustainable products, one of them being their bamboo toothbrushes. Not only are their toothbrushes biodegradable and recyclable, but their packaging is also completely recyclable!

 

Tip 2 – Switching out your sanitary items

Sometimes we may forget that sanitary items including pads and tampons contribute to the mass waste that ends up in our landfills and takes thousands of years to degrade.

Pelvi, among other brands, are reinventing the wheel when it comes to sanitary items, offering reusable options which are safer for the environment. These include their reusable Menstrual Cups which can be used for up to 6 years and their Leakproof Underwear which can keep you protected for up to 12 hours and can simply be washed, dried and re-used!

 

Tip 3 – Buy refills when you can

Our first thought when our handwash or dishwashing liquid runs out is, “I’ve got to buy another one!” Wait one second. Refills are a game changer in reducing the amount of plastic we are putting back into landfill. Think of it this way, refilling the same handwash bottle is better than having to chuck out 10 of the same throughout the year!

Ecostore is a great example of a brand who have a phenomenal range of renewable and recyclable products, some of which are also refillable!

 

Tip 4 – No more cling wrap

Time to wrap it up on cling wrap and choose a more sustainable option!

Beeswax wraps are a must have in the WholeLife kitchen, as they last for a prolonged period of time, can help your food stay fresher for longer and they’re biodegradable. Apiwraps Beeswax wraps are one of our favourite brands which have a variety of wrap sizes to suit your kitchen needs.

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FOR SHOPPING

 

Tip 1 – Reusable Bags

Cut out plastic bags at your next shopping trip by switching to reusable bags. We love EverEco and their range of organic tote bags which come in a range of sizes to fit all your groceries, fruit and veggies.

 

Tip 2 – Avoid those pesky individually wrapped products

Once you begin to notice that plastic is pretty much everywhere, it can get a little overwhelming. When doing your weekly shop, try and avoid wrapped products as much as you can. Instead of purchasing plastic-wrapped meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruit, try and get your produce from the deli or placing all your vegetables/fruit into your handy EverEco tote bag.

Another pesky item is kids school snacks like biscuits and chips which have around 15 packets in the one box. To try and minimise this unnecessary amount of plastic, try and bulk purchase the product and portion it into reusable containers. So instead of using 15 single-use plastic items, you’re only using one.

FOR ON-THE-GO

 

Tip 1 – Have a bottle of water on hand

I’m sure we’ve all been there where we were in dire need of some water and the only option was buying another plastic water bottle. Wherever you go, its best to be prepared for those dire times and bring a water bottle with you. We love the Cheeki Classic Insulated Bottles which will keep your water nice and cold and to top it off, they’re completely plastic-free.

 

Tip 2 – Reusable cutlery

Whenever you can, don’t forget to bring a reusable cutlery set when you’re on-the-go to avoid pesky single-use plastic cutlery that you receive with your takeaway! Ever Eco have a great range of sustainable cutlery sets which are perfect on-the-go like their Bamboo Cutlery Set + Chopsticks. Of course, we couldn’t forget about Ever Eco’s Stainless-Steel Straws which should also be an essential in your on-the-go cutlery kit.

 

TIP 3 – Bring your Keep Cup!

A morning coffee is an essential, however, think about all those plastic cups you could save by simply bringing your own cup that you can reuse! Cheeki’s reusable Coffee Mug is perfect for on-the-go if you’re wanting to make a coffee at home and take it somewhere or getting a coffee from your favourite café.

 Let us know your favourite sustainability tips via our Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood or read more of our sustainability blogs here.

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Why Shopping Native and Local is Important

Why Shopping Native and Local is Important

Today marks the beginning of annual NAIDOC Week celebrations held nationally across Australia. It’s a week that is not only in celebration of Australia’s rich culture, lands and traditions, but also a celebration of our First Nations’ people and a recognition of the injustices they have faced.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Heal Country!’ and will run from the 4th to 11th of July 2021.

“The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.”

WholeLife is proud to range a variety of brands that actively support Indigenous communities through various foundations and projects. We also are proud to range a large number of Australian owned brands with Australian made products that incorporate native ingredients.

Each WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods you visit is owned by a local pharmacist in your community, and you’ll notice that not every WholeLife has the exact same range of products. That’s because each store is encouraged to support local and small business by ranging locally made and owned products. This could be things like local fresh bread, handmade soaps, hand poured candles, small batch skincare… the possibilities are endless!

It’s so important to support your local community and First Nations’ people, especially during a week as pertinent as NAIDOC Week. This year’s theme is all about healing our lands, our waters and our heritage, and a great way to be a supporter of this cause is by shopping mindfully and sustainably and by choosing to support Indigenous owned business.

 

Here are 5 reasons why shopping native and local is important.

 

1. It’s more sustainable

Choosing to buy from local producers is an eco-friendly move, which we’re all about at WholeLife. Local goods have accumulated fewer travelled kilometres – meaning that the resources needed to produce the item are generally sourced around the local area and not imported from overseas.

2. You can support Indigenous makers

Supporting your local Indigenous businesses and makers produces more than an economic benefit ­– it connects you to the local land, traditions, and community. First Nations people relied heavily on the land for thousands of years before invasion, and that connection is something that modern Australians should preserve.

3. You can support your local economy

Of course, shopping local creates an obvious economic benefit. It’s easy to choose convenience these days, but keeping wealth circulating in your local community creates long-lasting effects that can benefit other small, local businesses.

4. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in native Australian ingredients

Native Australian ingredients are truly unique and like nothing else on earth, just like our native fauna. Acquaint yourself with the tastes and scents of your backyard by choosing products that contain Native Australian ingredients like Kakadu Plum, Wattleseed, Lemon Myrtle or Finger Lime. Who knows, you might stumble across something that you love!

5. You will find unique products

Local products are usually one-of-a-kind and handmade with love! Owning something unique from a local maker is a feel-good exercise, because you know you’re supporting a good cause (and you have something that not many other people have!).

Everyone should strive to keep their shopping native and local more often.

Do you have any favourite local, Indigenous makers we should know about, or brands that support Indigenous communities? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Feature image via ROHR Remedy.

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Pet Care at WholeLife

Pet Care at WholeLife

Here at WholeLife, we endeavour to support you and your family’s health and wellness journey by providing professional pharmacy advice and a plethora of health products. But what about our furry little friends? Like humans, diet plays a vital role in the quality of life of your pet. Thus, we’re excited to announce that we now stock a variety of pet care products that will definitely get tails wagging.

It’s clear that nutrition plays an extremely important role in the quality of life of your pooch and providing them with highly nutritious meals is what allows them to grow, develop and stay active. Nourishing your pets with high quality products can assist in health and longevity, less frequent vet visits, improved digestion, improved skin and coat health and much more![1]

Time to pamper your pooch and provide them with only the best. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our top picks that we know your pooch will love.

 

  1. Dr Zoo Natural Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner: It’s bath time! This shampoo and conditioner have all natural and safe ingredients that contain Jojoba Oil to nourish their skin. Safe for your pets and leaves them squeaky clean? What more could you want.

2. Paw by Blackmores Complete Calm Chews: Sometimes our dogs need a little extra assistance to enhance their wellbeing. These Calm Chews support the general health and wellbeing of your dog and combine Tryptophan which help dogs with territorial and dominance aggression or anxiety which can be caused by travel or separation from owners.[2]

3. Ziwi Peak Dog New Zealand Free Range Chicken or Lamb Recipe: Why just buy sustainable and ethically sourced products for yourself when you can also purchase them for your pets! Ziwi Peak’s use free range, grass-fed meats and local poultry which are ethically raised under New Zealand’s Freedom Principles. These wet dog food cans have all the ingredients your dog needs to stay healthy and will love.

4. Bell & Bone Dental Sticks Chicken, Mint and Seaweed: Just like we look after our teeth every day, our dogs need our help to ensure their pearly whites continue to stay healthy. Bell & Bone’s dental sticks are perfect for deterring plaque, fighting tartar and promoting healthier gums. They’re also Australian made and owned.

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If you want to learn more about the power of pets, click here!

Our Top in Store Sustainability Picks

Our Top in Store Sustainability Picks

As we move to a more environmentally conscious society, there has been a push for more sustainable products. But where do we even begin our journey to sustainability and what brands can we trust?

We are here to help! WholeLife stocks a vast range of products and brands that embody ‘good for you and good for the earth.’ See our favourite sustainable brands that we stock at WholeLife below.

  • Cheeki is an Australian brand that has introduced an extensive range of products, including water bottles and tumblers, but what is so amazing about these products is that they are stainless steel and reusable!
  • Ever Eco is cracking down on single-use plastics and has introduced a range of products that aim to eliminate this! From reusable facial pads to produce bags and stainless-steel bento boxes, Ever Eco has all your essentials to kick-start your plastic-free journey.
  • Bio Tuff solves the issue of using plastic and contributing to mass waste in landfills with their compostable and biodegradable products including bin liners and cling wrap. Imagine your bags decomposing in 0 to 90 days instead of decades!
  • Go Bamboo is the perfect alternative to plastic products! Switching to bamboo products can assist in cutting global levels of carbon dioxide and reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, they offer a large range of products including biodegradable toothbrushes, reusable straws and clothing pegs!
  • Pelvi is not only empowering women and their bodies but also advocate for the importance of cutting down waste with their reusable period products including their leakproof underwear, menstrual cups and cotton pads.
  • Who Gives A Crap is an amazing brand that offers products which are made from 100% forest friendly bamboo and to top it off, 50% of their profits go to help build toilets for those in need.
  • Ecostore’s products protect not only you but the environment! Offering various home, body, oral and baby care products, Ecostore does their bit by being all-natural, cruelty and GE/GMO free. Their products are also made from 100% renewable and recyclable plastics.
  • Gem is a proudly Australian made brand that offers non-toxic oral care products including toothpaste, floss and mouthwash!
  • Noosa Basics offers a wide range of products that are organic, vegan and cruelty-free including skincare and deodorants. Plus, they are 100% Australian made!

Consider adding some sustainable options into your daily life to help reduce your environmental footprint!

For more information on how to live a more sustainable life, read our blog post on the difference between biodegradable, compostable, recyclable and reusable.

The Difference Between Biodegradable, Compostable, Recyclable and Reusable

The Difference Between Biodegradable, Compostable, Recyclable and Reusable

Each of us need to do our piece to help protect and restore our plant and small changes can start with you! This change can start with becoming more conscious about what you are putting back into the environment and reducing the amount you are sending off to landfill.

There has been an emergence of biodegradable and compostable products as a way to help minimise our impact on landfills, but what are these products and how are they different from each other?

The main differences between biodegradable and compostable products are related to the composition of their materials, how they decompose, and any residual elements left after decomposition. We all know that plastic can take decades to fully decompose, however with biodegradable plastics or products, they have the ability to break down in a year or less, decomposing into natural substances, minimising the buildup of waste in landfills, and benefiting our natural environment!

Similar to biodegradable, compostable products can also fully decompose within the natural environment, however, the main difference is that biodegradable products refer to any material that breaks down whereas compostable products are solely organic elements that decompose and enrich the earth with nutrients once their material has broken down. This not only reduces the magnitude of waste in landfills but also restores nutrients back into the earth. Compostable products also use less water, energy and fewer greenhouse gas emissions within the manufacturing process.

Not only is switching to biodegradable and compostable products beneficial for the environment, choosing recyclable and reusable products is also extremely important. So, what is the difference between recyclable and reusable?

Before throwing out your empty glass bottles or plastic containers, know that these can be recycled and turned into new reusable products! Glass recycling can create new items including jars, while plastic recycling can create new bottles for items like shampoo. Contrastingly, reusable items are products which can be used for another purpose other than being thrown away like recyclable products. Reusable products include plastic take away containers which can be used to store food and old clothes can be turned into rags or donated to Op Shops, friends, or family!

At WholeLife, we offer an array of products that offer an option to help support our natural environment including products that are recyclable, reusable, biodegradable, or compostable materials. Look out for the symbols in our store and catalogue that help identify the options available.

Make sure you read our Top In Store Sustainability Picks blog and check out our Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood to plan your WholeLife haul!