The Goods / Feb 8, 2017

In case you missed it.

Last week was our first edition of The Goods. And as a quick reminder, The Goods is a weekly email (sent on Wednesdays) bringing you the good things in life. Guess what? You’ve been selected as our first group of readers. Woo-hoo!

Why are we doing this?

Because the news kinda sucks. There is just too negativity. Call us crazy, but it’s as if there’s some kinda master plan to be broadcasting unsettling, depressive news. No thanks traditional media.

We’re big believers that we are what we consume, so if we focus on consuming good stuff we’ll all be a little better for it.

So what exactly are we doing?

Because we’re fed up with bad, negative news, we promise to make your inbox a little better by sharing only meaningful content. Our goal is to inform you with positive information, good stories about great people, and good ways to live better.

Thanks for reading.

Whether your relationship status is single, committed, or just plain complicated, you need to play safe. How fitting it is that next Monday (February 13) is International Condom Day. Yup, it’s a thing so we’re going to take this opportunity to remind you all that the main purpose of capping your partner is to twofold: prevent against STIs / STDs and to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Pretty obvi we know, but reminders are great ;) Plus, we’ll fill you in on who’s making the ol’ love glove right.

We were considering sharing some statistics about STIs and STDs but tbh, those statistics are negative and didn’t really make us feel good inside. So we’re skipping the data and keeping it simple: wearing protection is the bestest way to reduce the likelihood of a seemingly in-the-moment good idea have unwanted, lifelong consequences.

What’s in your wallet?

Condom ingredients; any idea what they’re made of? Us neither until we started digging. Unsurprisingly, the usual suspects (*cough* Trojan, Durex, Lifestyles) have some pretty vague descriptions of their ingredients. Not cool. Trust the big brands they say. Nah, we’re not buying it. Literally.

Once we found out that most big brands in your local pharmacy have ingredients like spermicide nonoxynol-9 (a type of detergent, ugh!), glycerin (absorbed in the vagina like sugar, leading to yeast infections, double ugh!) and parabens (questionably linked to hormone imbalances), we said no gracias.

Move Over Fair Trade Coffee

Thankfully, some great people are doing something great about this. Here’s to Sustain, a Vermont-based company, leading the charge for a sexual revolution by making great, sustainable products — including, Fair Trade latex condoms. Whoa, whoa, whoa. What the heck is Fair Trade latex you ask?

Good question. We hadn’t thought about it either, but ya, it totally makes sense. Latex comes from trees and plants in areas of the world (like India and Brazil) where ethical labour practices aren’t always respected — if they exist at all. So by sourcing their natural rubber from one of the most sustainable tree rubber plantations on the planet, Sustain gets a big thumbs up from our team.

Plus, their products are free from child labour and nitrosamines (a type of carcinogen) and are vegan friendly*. Yay! (*if you can believe it, many condoms have casein powder, a milk product — ugh, nashhty).

Buy smart. Play smart. Love hard.

[#FairRubber, make it trend]

Lacking Motivation To Sweat?

Ever thought of running a marathon? How about 366 marathons? All in one year?

Sound impossible? Not to brave Annette Fredskov, a Danish 47-year old diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) six years ago. When she first received the diagnosis, and for the following six months, introspection and fear swept in and took over her life. Despite numbness on her left side, dizziness and extreme fatigue — and motivated by a curiosity about her mind and body and seeking to gain control over her disease — Anette decided she would run a marathon every day. Every. Day. (*pulls out calculator, carry the 4, etc.*) This equals about 15,300 km total. In one year. Yes, you read that right, one year. That’s like running from Victoria, B.C. to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island almost 2.7 times!

In Annette’s wise words,

“I can choose to be, ‘Oh, tell everybody I’m not feeling so well,’ or I can tell myself, ‘No, I want to feel good and tell everybody I’m feeling good.’ It’s my choice. That’s kind of a freedom.”

Speaking on the last day of her incredible year — a day which she completed two marathons, just ’cause you now, why not? lolz –

“When I got to the finish line, I had no words. It was overwhelming, my head was empty. The only thing going through my mind was thank you for everything. I ran over the finish line and my kids and my husband were there ready to hug me, and Emilia and Victor they made a big sign saying, ‘You are awesome mum!’ I just started crying — it was the best day of my life. I have a lot of those but it’s going into history.”

Wow. Speechless. Or rather, typing-words-less.

Annette did something amazing. She challenged herself. We encourage you all to find that something that encourages you to be your greatest self.

[Meet ya at Runner’s Room]

We’re not spam!

Didn’t catch our first edition sent out last week? That’s okay, even John’s mom didn’t read the email (c’mon mom, haha) she thought it was spam. Here’s our intro, our story about Viola, and here’s all you need to know about heart health.

Let us know what you think.

Wishing you all a rubber trouble free St.Valentine’s Day :)

– The Goods (aka team Johnnique)


Links worth clicking!

– Chilled to the bone? Cuddle up to this easy Ukrainian veggie-heavy soup!

– Get your sustain on, they be shipping to #wethenorth ;)

– Annette’s hygge story.

– Jam out here, in the shadows.

– The weekly burn! Aye aye aye!

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