Choose Hemp For The Sake Of The Environment

Spoiler alert: Do you believe in living for the moment with no concerns about the future?
This article is NOT for you. But do read on if you, like many of us, are concerned about preserving our planet for life in the future. This article may transform your lifestyle into a greener one.

We Are the Earth’s Babies
National Geographic informs us that the earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error margin of +/- 50 million years. The human species is a mere baby in comparison. We are anything between 200,000 to 315,000 years old, says the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

How Old Are We?
For five decades since 1967, scholars believed that we humans are about 200,000 years old. However, in 2017 evolutionary anthropologists from the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, discovered fragments of skulls and an unbroken jawbone along with stone tools at a site in Morocco.

The skull fragments and the jawbone bear striking resemblance to the human skull and jawbone. These have been dated to be about 315,000 years old. This discovery, thus, makes us more than 100,000 years older than we had previously believed.

This claim, however, is yet to be fully established. Even if this latest claim gets proven and accepted, we’ll still remain a very young species in comparison to the earth’s age.

We Are Earth’s Worst Children

Young we are, but we are also earth’s problem child. Our production and consumption patterns, especially since the first industrial revolution in the late 18th century, have been extremely irresponsible.

Environmental change is nothing new to our planet. Biological, chemical, and physical changes have been influencing the earth’s environment since the planet emerged. These changes have made our planet habitable for living beings, including us.

Human-induced changes in the earth’s environment have, unfortunately, reversed the process.

We Have Unsustainable Living Habits

We have been depleting the natural resources of the planet and degrading its environment. So much so that planet earth may not be able to sustain life for too long, unless we change our living habits without further delay.

What Is Environmental Degradation?

It is an oft-used term, but not necessarily a well-understood one. Experts inform us that environmental degradation is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of human activities. The common feature of these actions is that they are all detrimental to the earth’s environment.

● Emitting Pollutants in the Earth’s Atmosphere

A pollutant is a substance in the air that, when present in high concentration, makes the air harmful for the health of humans and other living beings. Carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and substances like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide that cause acidification are some of the worst pollutants.

● The Heavy Carbon Footprint of Humans

Carbon collectively refers to greenhouse gas emissions that include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and F-gases (i.e. fluorinated gases). Burning fossil fuels, deforestation, industrial processes, all cause the greenhouse effect that is making the earth warmer than it should be.

Use Hemp to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Our Buildings

The combined carbon footprint of the buildings in which we live and the ones in which we conduct our businesses is considerable. Residential buildings account for 10.9% of all greenhouse gas emissions globally, says the latest report by the World Resources Institute. Commercial buildings are responsible for 6.6% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Emissions from both types of buildings occur directly through burning fossil fuels and indirectly through the use of electricity.

These calculations do not include the environmental costs of constructing a building. In 2009, the global construction industry accounted for 23% of all carbon dioxide emitted by economic activities worldwide, informs an academic article.

Hemp Can Make Our Buildings Carbon-Negative

Hemp hurds, the hard inner core of hemp stalks, offer a viable substitute that can reduce these environmental costs on all fronts. When combined with a binder like lime, hemp hurds turn to hempcrete. Hemp-clay is another composite made by mixing hemp hurds with clay.

Both hempcrete and hemp-clay can be used for constructing carbon-negative buildings and for insulating them. Constructing a building with hempcrete or hemp-clay hardly has any
negative ecological impact when compared to constructing with traditional concrete.

Buildings made of hep composites also cut down substantially on our electricity usage because of hemp’s excellent thermal qualities. Hemp stores heat when the atmosphere is hot, releasing heat when the environment is cooler. That makes hemp an effective insulating material without the use of electricity or gas for heating and cooling.

Hemp Can Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Transportation

Transportation currently accounts for 15% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, says the World Resources Institute report. That includes the entire process of constructing the vehicles we ride, the fossil fuels we burn to run them, and the energy we use for heating and cooling.

Legend has it that Henry Ford had made a prototype of his Model T with hemp. Whether that contested information is true or not, Bruce Dietzen has actually made his Renew sports car entirely with hemp.

The good news is that the use of hemp hurds for car parts is no longer limited to just Dietzen’s Renew sports car. From BMW to Mercedes, hemp has made a determined entry into the automotive market, led by European automakers.

Using the cellulose-intensive hemp hurds to replace metal and plastic in our cars will make them greener to a considerable extent. Hemp is lightweight but surprisingly strong. The use of hemp will make our cars lighter and more fuel-efficient.

Hemp Cars = Less Junk

Vehicle junk is another environmental hazard. Decaying car parts release hazardous substances into the atmosphere. Remnants of coolant and other chemicals seep into the ground. Hemp composites used to make cars or car parts are biodegradable. That takes care of the waste management issue.

Hemp Can Run Our Vehicles, Too!

Hemp seeds are rich in oil content. This oil can produce biodiesel. It is also possible to produce ethanol and methanol using the whole hemp plant which is high in cellulose. Hemp, therefore, presents a greener and renewable source of fuel for our vehicles and other needs.

Zeroing in on hemp for our fuel needs has several other advantages also. Hemp can grow on infertile land, which leaves fertile land free for food crop production. Using hemp biodiesel also means leaving edible plants like olive and soy, currently in use for biofuel, free for dietary consumption.

Hemp Bioplastic Can Stop Plastic Pollution

The plastic that is currently omnipresent in our everyday living comes from fossil fuels and is non-biodegradable. The environmental costs of this plastic are many. It depletes our fossil fuels and leaves a heavy carbon footprint during production.

Remnants of single-use plastic get into our water bodies and choke them. These microplastics also kill innumerable aquatic and land animals and pose health hazards for us. Fully biodegradable hemp bioplastic is a one-item solution for all these problems.

Embrace Green Fashion: Wear Hemp Clothing

Synthetic fibers constitute part of the plastic pollution problem. Cotton is highly water- and pesticide-intensive. Using the bast fibers that come from the outer layer of hemp stalks is the future-forward way to green fashion. Even Armani is turning to hemp textiles!

Hemp Paper = Less Deforestation

The Chinese produced the first paper with hemp fibers. If we substitute our current use of wood paper with hemp paper, we will do ourselves a favor. It will imply considerably less deforestation, among other things.

Do we really need more reasons to promote the integration of hemp into our everyday living habits?

Author Bio: Jaspreet Singh, Co-founder of the NGO Hemp Foundation which works for the empowerment of economically challenged farmers in Uttarakhand. He works as a bridge between the people and the business to make the farmers economically grow. He loves to hear their problems to provide them an explicit solution. He is also passionate about adventures tours, trekking, and long bike rides.

Jaspreet Singh

An Open Letter to Governor Newsom on Behalf of the Nail Industry

Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 05814

An Open Letter to Governor Newsom on Behalf of the Nail Industry:

You should be ashamed of yourself. Using your podium to state “this whole thing started in the state of California … in a nail salon” is not only irresponsible, but detrimental to the nail industry as a whole. As the Executive Editor of Nailpro, the premier magazine for the professional nail industry, I am appalled at your statement and deeply concerned about the long-term repercussions of it.

The subtext of your declaration links COVID-19 to nail salons, instilling fear in the minds of the consumer—not just in California, but nationwide. As a result, you are potentially ruining the livelihood of more than 80,000 California small business owners, as well as hundreds of thousands of manicurists across the country—working women, creative caretakers, single mothers, immigrants chasing the American Dream—by delaying the opening of nail salons and, further, scaring the public into avoiding these businesses.

“It is discrimination against nail salons,” says Michelle Saunders, 30-year veteran manicurist and owner of Saunders and James Nail Care in Oakland, California.

There is no need to mention where this all started; the location of the first community transmission is irrelevant. No business was prepared to address and prevent the spread of this virus at that time—not liquor stores, flower shops or nail salons. However, nail salons are required to implement sanitation guidelines provided by the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, unlike most of the other businesses that are being allowed to open now.

“I believe we are one of the cleanest industries, even before this pandemic,” says Yvett Garcia, co-owner of Bling It! nail salon in Sherman Oaks, California. “We have a whole state board who makes sure we keep everything sanitized, utilize one-time-use products, clean between each client, wash our hands, etc. We’ve been doing this since day one, even without the virus.”

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Yogamere™ Creates Wellness Sanctuaries For Your Home

New York   May 06, 2020 – Yogamere, a wellness lifestyle brand, today introduced its “Create Your Sanctuary” Home Kit – a curated collection of the line’s most luxurious pieces that will transform your wellness experience at home.

Available in both a charcoal and ivory colorway, each Home Kit contains:

·       Meditation Cushions in Cotton with Velvet Applique and natural buckwheat fill

·       Floor Cushions in Cotton with Velvet Applique and recycled denim fill

·       Bolsters in Cotton with Velvet Applique and recycled denim fill

·       Yoga Mats, printed double-sided in designer prints and colors

·       Eye Pillows with Cashmere & Silk slipcover and natural flaxseed fill

Designed in sophisticated colors and rich textures, each “Create Your Sanctuary” Home Kit ships as a complete set to blend seamlessly into your home décor.

“Now, more than ever, it’s essential to surround yourself with beauty and peace in your home. When we’re all facing weeks of quiet time, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a beautiful space for wellness and relaxation that you can enjoy right away,” says Yogamere Founder and Designer, Amy Ormond. “Every home should be a wellness sanctuary.”

The entire collection can be seen at, along with background information about the Company, the Designer and the philosophy behind the Brand

6 Nutrition Tips for Glowing Skin

Did you know that the food you eat plays a critical role in the health of your skin? Some foods – for example, those high in antioxidants – have been proven to have a positive impact on your skin.

In this article, we’ll cover 6 scientifically-backed nutrition tips for better skin.

Tip #1: Eat Avocados
Avocados are loaded with healthy fats that are great for your skin. An NIH study with over 700 women showed that the fats included in avocados are correlated with healthy, supple skin.
If you don’t typically eat much avocado, try it as part of a delicious avocado toast.

Tip #2: Have a Daily Dark Chocolate Treat
You’re going to love this fact… dark chocolate is great for your skin! One study showed that consuming cocoa powder daily for 3 months resulted in lush, healthy skin.
It’s important not to go overboard here, and to choose dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate (ideally, 75% or more cocoa).

Tip #3: Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants that have several benefits for your skin including:

  1. Treating puffy eyes
  2. Protection against the sun
  3. Unclogging pores
    Green tea is also loaded with Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin.

Tip #4: Supplement with fish oil.
If you’re not eating at least 2 servings of fish per week, the NIH suggests supplementing with fish oil to reach their recommended Omega-3 intakes.

Studies have shown that Omega-3 deficiencies can cause dry skin, and taking a daily fish oil supplement is a great way to boost your intake of these essential fatty acids.

Tip #5: Get Enough Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known as a “super antioxidant” and has several properties that support healthy skin. Excellent sources of Vitamin C include:
● Oranges
● Lemons
● Kiwis
● Broccoli
● Green and red peppers
● Spinach

To make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C, make sure you’re incorporating these foods into your diet and are eating at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every single day.

Tip #6: Snack on Sunflower Seeds
Seeds and nuts are loaded with Vitamin E and Zinc, both of which are great for skin maintenance. Studies have shown that zinc is useful for keeping acne and dermatitis at bay.

Eating sunflower seeds is also a great way to fight inflammation. They’re the perfect daily snack to keep your skin and overall health at a high level.

Final Thoughts
Nutrition plays a crucial role in long term skin health. Focus on eating real, whole foods – while avoiding processed foods loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce.

By following these 6 tips, you’ll be well on your way to supple, glowing skin that feels amazing!

About the Author
Linda Moore is a lead writer for Suppwise, an evidence-based health and nutrition website. She’s passionate about helping others develop habits that promote a healthy lifestyle.

The PBA is a great resource for industry updates, especially COVID-19 related items

It is important to keep up with the ever changing and newly added guidelines and information for every state. Staying up-to-date on how every state and city is implementing or planning all items, not only with safety, but in planning re-openings for different business is essential for owners and employees. The Professional Beauty Association is a great resource to follow. They recently shared an update from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Find the recent information HERE

Here is the PBA’s resources page on getting back to work safely: HERE

Press Release: Aesthetic VideoSource is helping schools train students remotely during this pandemic

Salt Lake City, Utah USA
May 4, 2020

Aesthetic VideoSource is helping schools train students remotely during this pandemic. Students can get unlimited access to all 93 Aesthetic VideoSource training videos which includes 164 hours of professional massage, esthetician and cosmetology training.

Schools can get a link to put on their website so students can access professional online training videos at home while they are social distancing.

To help out schools that are closed, Aesthetic VideoSource is offering this service at a discount for just $5 per student per month.

Schools can sign up for a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription by calling 801-282-2490 or emailing

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How Coronavirus Is Affecting the Mental Health of Millions of Americans – COVID-19 is taking a particularly hard toll on those struggling with mental health conditions like anxiety, OCD, and substance abuse. Here’s what the experts say can help you cope or care for loved ones who could be affected.

Social distancing, shelter-in-place orders, restaurant closures—the world we currently live in has become a very strange and turbulent place. Coronavirus has transformed everything we thought we knew about our daily lives, our government, and our health into a kind of bizarro world where FaceTime dating and panic-buying toilet paper are the new norm. It’s taking a toll on even the most optimistic of us as we try to stay positive amidst what feels like bleaker and bleaker news each day. Now, imagine how this already unsettling situation feels for the over 45 million Americans with mental illness.

Those suffering from anxiety, depression, PTS, substance abuse, and other forms of chronic mental illness are some of the most vulnerable right now in terms of loneliness, isolation, and potential for self-destructive behavior due to a lack of consistent support and a disrupted routine.

In an effort to help those with mental illness (and their friends and loved ones who may be concerned about the impacts COVID-19 may be having on them), we spoke to the experts on the specific challenges those with the most common conditions face, as well as what actions they can practice and networks they can access to remain healthy and safe.

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10 QUESTIONS WITH THE SPA INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S ALLAN SHARE – Spas of America, recently had the pleasure to sit down with Allan Share, the charismatic leader of the Spa Industry Association.

1. What is the Spa Industry Association?

The Spa Industry Association is a trade group that supports anyone working in the spa, salon, medical spa, resort, destination industry. If they fall under the wellness umbrella, they can be a member in our association, and it doesn’t cost anything. It’s free.

 2. What keeps your customers returning?

Free is unusual in our business. Most associations have a hefty fee to belong. We are supported by our vendor partners and service companies in the industry. This allows us to offer credit card processing discounts, industry magazine subscriptions and discounts to trade shows, but what people really love about the association is the access to information. They can call us anytime with questions like ‘Who do you know at?’, ‘Where do we find?’, ‘What do we do when?’. We thrive on helping people in our industry.

 3. What decision in your life lead you to where you are today?

I never pictured myself in this business. I grew up in the clothing industry. My dad had eight stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I ended up gravitating to the phone systems business. One day a friend came along who had been in this channel with two partners and they were suing each other, and going out of business, and it looked to me like a good business. I then began interviewing a few chiropractors and massage therapists, and a few spas and salons. And then because I had more balls than brains, and I didn’t know any better, I went out and put inventory in the garage, made a price list with product descriptions on my Smith-Corona electric typewriter, and I went out knocking on doors, and people starting buying stuff from us. Eighteen years after we started, we sold the company to an equity group in Chicago.

 4. Why do you love your job?

Because I don’t work. I’m truly the quintessential guy who says I haven’t worked in 31 years. I love being in the spa business. I fell into something that absolutely fits my personality. We run the Spa Industry Association in a unique manor. We act like Switzerland. Everyone is welcome. We keep information private, but we are willing to share anything to anyone and we don’t charge for those services.

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Announcing Art in Wellness – an industry collaboration!

Art in Wellness Collaborative Unites Spa, Beauty and Wellness Industry to Communicate Healing Power of Touch

Vail, Colorado – April 28, 2020 – As spas and salons around the world begin reopening their doors, the Art in Wellness Collaborative is challenging artists to channel the therapeutic and healing powers of spa and salon services via original artwork.  

 The collaboration of spa, beauty and wellness sector leaders is issuing an Open Call to Artists, inviting artists to submit artwork communicating the healing power of touch within the spa, beauty and wellness community. Four $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions will be accepted through May 21, and winners will be announced on June 15. A creative brief providing guidelines for submissions is available at Winners will be selected by a judging panel.

 Whether during the plagues of the Middle Ages or today’s global pandemic, society has historically turned to the arts during challenging times. Much of the great art from the Renaissance period emerged following painful epochs.  According the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, “The arts are one of the most powerful means for communication and coping that we have at our disposal today.” Similarly, a massage, haircut, manicure or facial can restore a person’s sense of well-being. Remarking on this connection between art and beauty, Julie Bach, founder of Wellness for Cancer and a founding member of the Art in Wellness collaborative says, “Artists and beauty and wellness professionals understand the powerful connection between art, beauty and wellbeing. Through this collaboration, we look to celebrate the benefits of spa, salon and wellness services, while sharing the industry’s values of joy, empathy, hope and resilience.”  

The winning works of art will be shared via physical placement and virtual artwork available for download. The intent is to use strong visuals to rally the public around a shared message. Notes Sallie Fraenkel, a founding member of the collaborative, “In a world where people think and see in pictures, strong visuals are often the primary mode of communication. Think “Rosie the Riveter,” the iconic Times Square photo of a returning sailor kissing a nurse or the “Make Love, Not War” campaign created amid the social changes of the 1960s.”  

Judges will evaluate how submissions capture the healing benefits of touch. ““We are looking for graphic art and symbols that convey the therapeutic powers of touch during this stressful time,” says arts patron and Art in Wellness founding member Michael Tompkins.

 During the global pandemic, artists across all disciplines are reminded they are part of something bigger than themselves and can apply their gifts and passion to serve the common good.  “Collectively we are coming together in a campaign that celebrates the fusion of art and the spirit of the spa, salon and wellness sector,” says Lynelle Lynch, president of Beauty Changes Lives, and a donor of the Arts in Wellness Collaborative. “As estheticians, massage therapists, hairstylists, nail professionals and make-up artists, beauty and wellness professionals change lives everyday through their art. We are excited to launch the Arts in Wellness Collaborative.”  

Beauty Changes Lives

Susan Miller, / 765-620-2007

Art In Wellness

Julie Bach,

About Art in Wellness:  The Art in Wellness Collaborative was initiated by Julie Bach to bring together the spa, salon and wellness industry around shared values and messaging. The Collaborative is a Social Impact Program acting as a DBA under the Wellness for Cancer/Spa4ThePink registered charity in which Julie Bach is the Executive Director. Bach was awarded Leading Woman in Wellness at the Global Wellness Summit in 2017, Leading Woman in Philanthropy by American Spa in 2018, and chairs the Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness for Cancer initiative. For more information please visit

  About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at or find us on Facebook and Instagram.