When it comes to wellness, health, and the environment, we love to hook you up with what’s new in terms of health and wellness in Egypt and the world! 

We spent some time digging and curated this list of 5 things that are happening in the wellness world that you might not be aware of! You’ll find the most recent news about all things single-use plastic, and a plant-based alternative for one of your favorite skincare products.

You’ll also find below a very surprising medical trend blending into the wellness world that you might not have thought to be all that “wellness”.

Let’s dive in!

1. The Ministry of Environment Bans Plastic Bags in Hurghada

In case you haven’t been keeping up. It’s been widely known for a while now that one-time-use plastic bags are a threat to the environment.

Why Should We Stop Using Plastic?

Here’s why, (in a nutshell)

When plastic is dumped in the ocean, fish mistake it for food and choke on it. Believe it or not, this happens to over 100 thousand sea creatures per year, if not more.

To top it off, plastic takes over 500 years to degrade, and even then, it doesn’t break-down, it turns into microplastics. This means that every piece of plastic that was ever created is probably still on our planet.

For years now, governments and organizations all over the world have been spreading awareness and taking initiatives to limit one-time plastic consumption.

This is why we’re so proud that the Red Sea government takes the first step towards an eco-friendly path for Egypt.

Here’s how it happened,

The ministry started an initiative called: “Enough Plastic Bags” 2 years ago. It was a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers caused by plastic consumption.

Now, the use of one-time plastic bags is banned in all shops across Hurghada and the Red Sea.

That being said, it’s not like people are going to jail for using plastic bags. It’s a great step however for spreading awareness to the dangers of plastic.

On another note, internationally, people found many alternatives for one-time plastic bags!

2.International Brands Find Plant Alternatives For Plastic

A.Potato Peel Eco-friendly Packaging

Three Italian designers, Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli curated a packaging for street food that’s made of potato.

If this isn’t “going back to the source”, I don’t know what is.

One of the artists says that they didn’t randomly choose potato peel out of all the vegetables.

Potato chip factories waste tons of potato peel in their daily processes. So, if they’re given the easy means, they can start contributing to saving the environment by putting this into good use. Maybe they can manufacture packaging or donate the peel to someone who can.

B. Coffee Mugs Made of Coffee Grounds

Kaffeeform is a Berlin start-up that uses coffee grounds to make reusable mugs.
They are currently collaborating with Crow Cycle Courier Collective to collect over 110 pounds of coffee grounds daily.

C. Straws Made Of Grass

A Vietnamese company called Ống Hút Cỏ manufactures and sells straws made out of wild grass.
They cut the grass and dry it, and then wash it multiple times before and after shaping it into straws.

The whole process is plastic-free. They even wrap the straws in banana leaves when they’re shipping. So no plastic is used in their packaging!

3. Plant-based Alternatives for Retinol

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that has great positive effects on your skin! It does come with the downside though of causing irritation and being photosensitive.

People have now found plant-based alternatives that are just as good, and they’re neither irritating nor photosensitive!

How cool is that?

The most popular Retinol-alternative is Bakuchiol (Pronounced: “Baah-Kuu-chii-iol) which is rich in Vitamin E. It’s derived from natural plants and is safe for all skin types.

Bakuchiol holds all the benefits of Retinol without the pesky irritation.

4. A 10-minute Test Can Now Detect Cancer in Early Stages

In Australia, scientists have found a way to detect early cancer using gold particles. The test requires as little as a blood sample.

Here’s how!

Cancer cells are drawn to gold particles and change their color. Using this information, scientists ran tests and found a 90% accuracy rate!

This method hasn’t been tested on people yet though. They’re following the routine steps to finalize the method and get it approved.

5. IV Drips Are Becoming Popular

Thousands of people are now doing IV treatments to aid their wellness journey. It’s not the thing you expect to be trendy, but it is growing!

It’s faster and easier to consume nutrients using an IV than orally. So, people have been visiting doctors asking for IV’s to do some of their self-care work for them!

The most popular requests are for boosting immunity and enhancing the skin. Other things people do now involve speeding up muscle recovery, fighting jet lag and aiding digestion.

The estimates suggest that the IV solutions industry might grow into a $13 Billion endeavor in the next 5 years.

Let’s wrap up,

In the environmental world, many people are working together on limiting the international use of plastic. The Red Sea government surprised us by banning the use of one-time plastic in Hurghada!

Other international brands creatively found organic alternatives for one-time-use plastic, like coffee mugs made from coffee grounds, and potato peel wrap for french fries.

In the health and wellness world, there is a growing popularity for plant-based Retinol alternatives. Weirdly enough, there is also a growing interest in using IV drips to inject nutrients in the body to enhance skin, improve muscle recovery and do other self-care tasks.

For the cherry on top, scientists in Australia have found a 10-minute test that can detect cancer in early stages!

That was it for Crisp News! Send this to someone who’s going to be just as surprised by what you just read here as you were.