Zero waste Tea! @ Bamboo turtle

The modern day is an incredible time to be alive on Planet Earth.

We live amongst environmental initiatives to combat our negative impacts on the planet’s health, and we’ve reached a congruency between eco friendly alternatives to traditional consumables being not only desirable for the wellness of the Earth, but also our own wellbeing. We are paying more and more mind to the contents of matter such as in the foods we eat, the soaps we use, the containers our resources come in and now, thankfully, the teabag has too been liberated from the clutches of mass-production.

Tea has been used for a very long time throughout civillizations for the warmth of it’s inner presence with and for its seemingly limitless spectrum of sources. Tea nourishes the body and nurtures the soul, and we all love it. For the most part, teas of the past would’ve dervived from unprocessed sources, righteously fresh and rich in it’s glory straight from source to the cup. Tea is over processed and seldom consists of the purity once retained from where it orginated.

Tea has never really been inspected for its undesirable symptoms of consumerism, until now as is discussed here. Pesticides, fertilizers, trace plastics and other contaminants are often present in teabags due to the lack of attentive care by large companies operating vast production lines, and whilst the act of enjoying tea has traditionally been such an intimate interaction with nature, the time is upon us to renew our Tea culture and embrace an organic approach to our infusions!

Bamboo turtle in Letchworth is allowing us to embrace the natural tea revolution. Here’s how.

The concept itself is very simple. A small, lovingly manufactured cotton bag is hollow for the insertion and repeated infusion of tea herb. A bamboo skewer penetrates the cotton bag horizontally through the top, allowing the bag to rest on any glass or mug. Genius!

A birds eye view shows very clearly the simplicity and versatility of this snazzy little infusion kit. Load the bag with around 1/3 of its volume with the organic waste-free tea herb of your choice. Here I have used the powerhouse that is Green Tea to decoct a glass of cognitive & energetic magic.

The utility of the tea infusion couldn’t be easier. Simply boil the kettle and pour the hot water through the open top of the tea bag, so the tea filtrates the water causing all the goodness to flow downwards into the glass with gravity of the water. We are truly getting elemental here. The infusion begins.

You can add as little or as few herbs as you wish, depending on your preference for strength. I reuse the herb in my cotton bag around 4-5 times before deeming the goodness to have been entirely extracted! I am sure that with a higher concentration of herb, many more infusions could be possible before replacing and washing the bag.

When the time comes to remove the decocted tea, simply reverse the bag with the thumb to reveal the tea for ease of removal & washing!

With a bit of luck, you’ll make far less than I have when removing the herb from the cotton infusion bag!

There we have it – a step by step guide in how to effortlessly brew a totally organic, pesticide free, plastic free, zero waste tea that’s good for the body and planet!

Eco living has never been easier to adopt than at this present moment! We can all live greener lives in a instant if we wish to make the deceptively easy alterations necessary.

Consuming leaner, greener, earth and body enhancing teas for the greater good of sustainability is a superb way of embracing Eco living.

The foods and liquids we consume deserve considerations for what may truly be lurking within them. Silently, microplastics and other carcinogenic pollutants are causing us harm due to the various processes and contacts made with dishonest, contaminated environments. We can amplify our health by ditching the teabags and formulating our own brews, ensuring there is nothing harmful in our tea, since we’re the ones overseeing the process from infusion to ingestion!

Shall we be kinder to nature and to ourselves at the same time?

Join us as we make the switch to teabag-less Tea today. With zero-waste organic tea herbs and organic Tea Infusion kits available from Bamboo Turtle in Letchworth Garden City – a town thriving in eco-friendly concepts and strategies. Their tea herbs are plentiful in Earl Grey, Chamomile, Peppermint, Green Tea and Red bush tea. All you need to do is bring your own container! Bamboo Turtle is zero-expense as much as it is zero-waste, offering the chance to pay by the gram. No waste, no expenditure, just inspiration within revolutionary shopping.

Welcome to a new age of living!

Steve Irwin shaped my life

Steve Irwin graced this Earth as the most enthusistic, influential and passionate wildlife conservationist ever to have lived. It pains me to write of him in a past tense, 12 and a half years after his shock death during a diving expedition nearby to Port Douglas, Australia, where a Stingray launched its defensive mechanism – venomous barb – right into Steve’s heart. I felt it in mine, too.

He was known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter and if you are in any way like me, you will have grown up alongside his programmes and wildlife productions. The name itself implies a paradox. He’d hunt to save them, not to kill them, and that resonated with my young empathetic soul.

I distinctly remember spending most of my juvenile time with my eyes fixated on this marvellous man on the television who had the capabilities of managing the largest, strongest, and most spetacular animals on the planet. Vividly, I recall watching him cry sincerely when an Elephant calf he had grown close to had died in an orphanage, and again he expressed his deep emotions when his Saltwater Crocodile Mary, who was a dear friend of his and an animal of over 100 years of age. As a young boy, oberving such a strong and courageous man in such terrific grief beside the lifeless body of an animal taught me of the power of love, I knew now it had no boundaries. If Steve can be so distraught over a Crocodile, there had to be a genuine telepathical connection between man and animal. Over my lifetime of working with animals I concur, there is a very deep connection which connects from soul to soul with no discrimination of physical form.

Steve was totally Altruistic – tending to the needs of other beings before his own and with little or no regard for himself. This became mostly evident to me in the way he’d interact with the most potentially lethal snakes on Earth – such as this Taipan he calmly handles in the field with his bare hands – showing that their venom is for digestive purposes and not for defensive purposes. I have also handed Taipans, but I certainly had a hook! Steve’s approach was not for everybody and he was met with distaste from those who felt he was too invasive of the animals wellbeing for the sake of camera settings and securing particular shots. But, without Steve’s all or nothing approach, perhaps such a significant message could never have been delivered to the world.

Despite being THE Crocodile Hunter, even Steve had his limits, and these limits are what mitigated his entire message. All animals beyond the parameters of Steve’s individual reach could be saved if his message resonated with enough people. He was intent on clean oceans, a repaired Ozone layer and a world of Anthropogenic-Animalian balance. It was this very message that resonated with me as a 5 year old boy and that catapulted me into a life of naturalistic ambition and intent, that still arms me with the fire necessary to help the planet as best I can. His message of conservation and empathy for all animals circumnavigated the globe one television programme at a time, with his name quickly becoming a household fixture! Everyone knew Steve Irwin, and he brought the importance of animals to a broad spectrum of nationalities and cultures alike, inspiring natural born animal enthusiasts and the layman alike to become conservationists and to embark on their own interpreted paths of interspecial devotion. To some degree, we all owe a huge thanks to Steve for showing us how to be so heartfelt and so wholesome in all that we do.

He wanted to be knows for his passion and his enthusiasm but most importantly, he wanted to leave behind a legacy of Conservation – a message that his children Bindi & Robert could behold, and that they did. Bindi is now 20 years old and Robert is now 15 years old, with both of them starring on late night shows and following in their fathers footsteps with a brand new Animal Planet zoo/life series ‘Crikey! It’s the Irwins!’. Steve made controversial headlines many years ago after using a 1 month old neonatal Robert as an extra element, clutched tightly to his chest while he fed a Crocodile with his right hand followed by ‘walking’ Robert across the grass of the Crocoseum. This made headlines and news stories around the world with the media suggesting that he had gone ‘too far’. This did not phase the Irwins, as this was a total expression of their true character and involvement with these beautiful animals and their zoological facility from birth.

Steve has always been my biggest hero in life, not second to anybody. He embedded a seed of planatary awareness and compassion for all living creatures, and the recognition of the importance of biodiversity and how it upholds our own survival. I remember crying my eyes out when he died but since then, I have gone on to study Animal Sciences, I have become a venomous snake handler, I have delivered interactive Reptile & Arachnid sessions to children and adults alike to convey a message of peace regarding the dogmatic judgements that loom over them and I have travelled the world, leading me to life as a Scuba Diver and an amateur conservationist and ecologist. I owe my dreams, my pathways into Zoology and my values of interconnectivity to Steve, and I thank him for sewing the seed of love and inspiration which I still hold close to myself and all life, today. I hope to continue on this path and have as much a profound impact on the planet as Steve has done and as his family continue to extend. He taught me the powers of enthusiasm, courage, passion and the importance of exploration and appreciation for all beings!

The sheer magnitiude in which I revere Steve and his Family are ineffible, and my writings couldn’t possibly radiate the emotions I feel when I think of Steve and how fundamental his influence has been upon me and my life. I found it hardest to accept his death knowing I had never met and I still feel sore when I think about the sheer magnificence the world lost that day the Stingray penetrated his heart. Yet it rings true to me that his essence lives on through us all who emit much the same love to Mother Earth and every single one of her creatures.

I for one will ensure I lead a life of deep connection with nature and I will do the best I can for biodiversity and the living landscape. I hope you will join me in my quest for the balance of beings and the sustainance of conservation, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this late night post I’ve composed for my Hero and second father, the Wildlife Warrior, Steven Robert Irwin (February 22nd 1962 – September 4th 2006)

1/03/2019 – a day of wisdom

What an awesome day this one has been; a true milestone in my life! I had been facing a toss-up between several job opportunities and by the grace of the gut, I gravitated towards the right one – away from the horrors of night work which almost had me spellbound by the temptation of money and into the worldly arms of a brand new Vegan eatery & coffee shop opening in town, called Miss Green Fingers! I had been offered a lot of money to flip my life on its head and transition to the nocturnal side but It’s paramount to me that I conserve the health of my mind, body, and circadian rhythm. I’m enormously happy with today’s outcome in landing the much nicer job!

I believe that in every moment and in every scenario, we can leave the decision making to natural law and allow our intuition to decide what’s best and most appropriate for us! At our core, we know what we are destined for and it’s important to heed those callings to true frequential alignment!

Further onwards into the dissipation of light, evening descended and with it came a book signing and seminar I had booked myself in for at David’s Book Shop, Letchworth. I went to attend Richard Wiseman’s evening about his latest book Shoot For The Moon. It was a superb evening of easily digestible Psychological insightfulness into the mindset of the Apollo mission to the moon in 1969.

Credit: Quercus Books and Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman is a Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and an author or many largely successful books written in his field of expertise. Tonight, I obtained a copy of his latest book Shoot For The Moon and I can’t wait to read it. Here’s what I gathered from his memorable talk this evening.

Goal and vision were crucial to the success of the Apollo mission. It was a ridiculous idea of a scale never before conceived by mankind. Yet, it had been achieved within the framework of the decade thanks to the young engineers who believed in the success of the mission almost exclusively because they were young enough for their enthusiasm to override the rationality which the senior engineers themselves had been hindered by. The average age of the Mission Control team at the time was 26! The young mission controllers simply had no preconceptions, no reservations, no egos to uphold and they certainly had no surplus of experience holding them back from believing. Richard said this is what enabled such a remarkable team to rise and achieve the unachievable task of the moon landing. Passion and youth prevailed senior rationality.

“It won’t fail because of me” – the six words uttered by everyone involved in the Apollo mission that safeguarded the entire process from avoidance of responsibility. Absolutely everyone recognised the importance of protecting each other from inconsistencies in attention to the details of safety protocols which could certainly have been fatal. Learning from errors is fundamental to success. The man in charge of landing the lunar capsule had six seconds to make a critical decision which held the lives of the astronauts in his hands – and he executed it perfectly. Simply because he acted immediately and didn’t think excessively. I feel there is a lot to be learned in this remarkable tale of present-mindedness! Hesitation would’ve spelled disaster.

Furthermore, aside from the nature of the moon landing he went on to mention that small linguistic changes to the approach of tasks and endeavours make all the difference to a person’s perception of possibility. Behold, the power of the word YET, Richard proclaimed!

Richard made references to Dale Carnigie, author of How to stop worrying and start living, speaking of his daily journal recording of ‘Damned foolish things’ he had done, reiterating the importance of welcoming failure which we have come to repel in modern day society. To fail is apparently now a terrible thing, but for the great minds of yesteryears, failure was an opportunity to conquer, to learn and to prevail in forthcoming moments of trying again.

Richard then went on to discuss the wonders of ‘What if’ thinking, not quite contrary to pessimistic thinking. He concurred that somewhere in the middle of the optimist-pessimist spectrum is probably appropriate in the ballpark of Realism, which could be described as defensive pessimism – the importance of evaluating what the worst is that could happen, and if you are prepared for it, in a way of giving rise to optimism with the safety of pessimistic analysis.

In summary, I learned tonight that the most astonishing teams are formed when egos aren’t present and sheer passion and abilities to solve problems as with the mission control team of the Apollo missions. I’ve been reminded of the wonders of optimistic thinking with a hint of rationalism, or defensive pessimism as he’d coined it, and the importance of having a creative mindset that thinks in incremental steps of measurable progression. Richard has reconnected me with the eye-opening reminder that failure is to be welcomed not resisted, and that anything in this world is achievable – when we consider how impossible a race to the Moon was in the 1960’s and it had indeed been conquered – every human being can apply the principals to their own life and psychology to unleash their potential to go beyond limits, and to go even beyond the sky as he did when he launched his own book into space shortly after publication by harnessing the willingness to make it happen – the same willingness that put man on the moon!