Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Reducing Your Plastic





Hi, yes I am studying marine biology and yes I am going to blab to you about saving the marine environment.

You are probably sick of hearing about your plastic usage nowadays, seeing as there are countless adverts and news articles on how they are polluting our planet. The reality is that plastics are in a way indeed killing our environment.

As a population we consume 245 million tonnes of plastic per year, with the overall cost of plastic pollution costing around 4.7 billion in that time (GESAMP, 2015). Not only is the issue in the greenhouse gases released when plastic eventually degrades, but also the effects plastic pollution is having on our animals, especially our marine organisms. A number of species are consuming the plastic packaging that has been dumped into the oceans by fisheries and the public themselves. They mistake its identity for a food source, for instance plastic bags are known to be consumed by turtles who mistake them for jellyfish. Plastic bags contain Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) that are toxic for animals in high concentrations and can as a consequence lead to eutrophication further up the food chain therefore may even be harming ourselves without us even knowing. Also, animals like sea birds and other organisms are becoming entangled in parts of the packaging debris that floats along the surface of our oceans. This debilitates the animals and can lead to death, having catastrophic effects on our marine ecosystem and animals populations as a whole with certain sea turtle species numbers declining by up to 95% of their original population. If nothing is done this problem will just continue to escalate further.

The issue of plastic has become more widely known and this has led to many attempts being made to reduce our overall consumption as a planet. Many reusable alternatives are being produced with shops and restaurants being seen to scrap plastic usage all together and opting for more wholesale options where you bring your own bags and containers for produce.  Little steps can make a difference, whether it be you just taking a reusable cup to a coffee shop (which can save you money as well) or even taking your own metal straw rather than wasting the plastic ones. Also cutting the plastic packaging that comes on cans to hold them together or the rings off the long life milk sealers will prevent animals becoming trapped in them. Not being lazy is what will make the impact, make an effort to save our planet. Yes, it may be tedious to carry a reusable cup, straw or bag with you day to day, but the difference it will make is worthwhile. Please do not litter on the beaches or streets, find a recycling bin to reduce landfills. Taking part in beach cleans can really help your local council, it will protect the marine animals and also help to improve the appeal of your local beaches.

In a nutshell there are many things you can do to help, because in order to help combat the growing issue of plastic everyone needs to get on board. Realistically one person is not going to make a difference, everyone needs to take a step to reduce their plastic usage including you.


Friday, 12 April 2019

The Reality Of A Panic Attack


Anxiety is a term a lot of people use lightly in todays society, sadly becoming more common than people may think. People associate anxiety with hyperventilating or not being able to control your breathing when you are anxious and though yes that is technically what anxiety is to some people, I have learnt that anxiety is a lot more complex than people may initially think.

For some it is becoming quiet and withdrawn in a conversation because it simply becomes too much to interact with.

For others it is biting their nails uncontrollably, fiddling with something or pulling at their hair without even realising it.

It may be becoming agitative or blunt because they don't know how to cope with it.

Or having to abandon a situation because it is too busy or loud.

For me it is breaking down in uncontrollable sobs until I can calm down or anxiously biting my nails in social situations or when I feel uneasy. I get anxious when I feel like I am losing control of a certain situation. Anxiety for me comes in many forms, it comes in waves and goes. Sometimes it is worse, other times it is easier, but there are ways to manage it.

What can help
Going for a walk
Listening to music
Take deep breaths
Put on a good movie
Surround yourself with people that you are comfortable with
Removing yourself from the situation that is making you feel uneasy
Do not be to harsh on yourself

Anxiety comes in many forms it is not a clear diagnosis or a clear symptom. The stigma surrounding someone saying they have anxiety is meaning people are going unnoticed, being told they are just 'being silly' and to just 'calm down', but for most it is not that simple.

Anxiety is not something to go unnoticed and it can be managed.




Tuesday, 9 April 2019

High End Cruelty Free Brands | 2019


Yes I will admit it, I am more into my affordable beauty bits being a student, however there are times when I like to splash out and treat myself to the slightly better quality products. So I thought I would put together a list of cruelty free brands that are a little more on the pricey side to use when those student loans come in. Now, even though I cannot say that I have actually used the majority of these brands (mainly because of their price tag), they are some of the most sought after brands in the cruelty free market.
The ones marked with an * are brands that themselves do not test on animals, however are owned by a parent company that does such as l'oreal. I do still believe that by purchasing from these companies you are supporting the cruelty free protest, as you are showing these parent companies that you want your money going to those that do not support animal testing rather than buying directly from brands that do test. 
The List 
Two Faced* 
Kat Von D
Pixi
Zoeva 
Illimasque
By Terry
Sonia Kashuk
Becca*
Charlotte Tilbury
Lime Crime
Anastasia
Cover FX
Tarte*
Hourglass
Urban Decay*
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