Team Looloo at AMPLIFY

Earlier this month, Team Looloo was at AMPLIFY festival to talk to the masses more about the importance of sanitation issues and how Looloo Paper could help everyday consumers make a simple but big impact just by switching their usual toilet paper to a Looloo roll.  In this very special (and much anticipated with baited breath no doubt!) blog entry, our Social Media intern Winnie talks to our Ambassador Programme intern Linda about her experience at AMPLIFY festival and running around in Mario plumber costumes.

W: Hi Linda, could you tell us what the AMPLIFY festival was about?

L: In AMPLIFY’s own words, “Amplify Festival 2013 actsas a petri dish for exploring: business innovation, skills, culture, leadership, disruptive technologies and marketplace trends.”  It’s basically a huge interactive showcase between businesses and attendees.

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W: And what was AMPLIFY like for Team Looloo?

L: When I think about AMPLIFY, I remember being very far out of my comfort zone.  It was definitely a great learning experience for all of us – learning to ‘sell’ your product to other people and helping them to understand just what exactly it is that Looloo Paper is all about.  But I do believe that our genuine passion for what wedo and what we stand for helped us most of the way.

W: You were all running around in cute little Mario Luigi costumes!  How did that idea come about?

L: We had a huge brainstorm session in May about props, use of exhibition space and costumes.  There was an idea from the start about dressing up as plumbers and carrying plungers.  Then someone mentioned Mario brothers, albeit as a passing joke, but it stuck!

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W: Did you get a lot of comment on your costumes?

L: We got a lot of attention because of our Luigi outfits, not to mention our awesome toilet smack in the middle of our exhibition space.  We were also walking around with toilet rolls, as you do, of course.  Naturally, that really got people interested in what we were up to and after we had talked to them, they LOVED the concept of Looloo Paper.

W: So what did Team Looloo do at AMPLIFY?  How did you guys go about selling toilet paper?

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L: We had some fun taking photos with people and playing with props, but we also had some serious conversations with people about the issue of diarrhoea and sanitation.  It felt great to actually create awareness about it!  Some people were very surprised to know that diarrhoea in fact kills more people than Malaria, AIDS and HIV combined.

W: Did you face any trouble or hesitation from people when you were selling your toilet paper at AMPLIFY?

L: Well, a lot of people thought that recycled toilet paper is only made from used toilet paper and so they got really grossed out by the idea.  But we were able to put that misconception to rest!  The truth is that recycled toilet paper is just made from recycled paper with no nasty chemicals, which is not just really good for you but it’s also good for the environment.

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The Repurposed Library

The Repurposed Library

Have you got a few musty old books lying around?

You know the ones – you probably got them for Christmas or a birthday one year but never got round to reading them… or at least, you read the back of the dust jacket and decided you never will read it.

Well, if you’re ever in an artsy fartsy mood, you can try Lisa Occhipinti‘s ideas of repurposing old books.  Drawing on her background in traditional bookbinding, she created crafty, easy and sustainable do-it-yourself objects in The Repurposed Library. Occhipinti has even used old books to create shelving, as shown in the picture on the left!  We also love how she has turned a book into a wall clock – you could probably get a mechanical clock hands and motor assembly from the craft shops.

We think that it’s pretty neat (and somewhat poetically ironic), creating new storage space by clearing away old clutter and breathing new life into old things with a sense of humour.

Have you got a great repurposing idea?  We’d love to hear from you!

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5 Natural Home Remedies for Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea Cures

While diarrhoea is a serious problem in developing countries, it is also experienced by those living in developed countries be it through the accidental consumption of contaminated water or food, or just an unfortunate bout of the stomach flu.  Although in the developed world, it is nowhere as deadly as dysentery and cholera, having diarrhoea isn’t the best feeling in the world.  Here we’ve gathered 10 natural home remedies for diarrhoea:

  • Warm water:  It’s important to keep hydrated because diarrhoea can cause a person to become quite severely dehydrated.  Hot or cold water tends to irritate the stomach, so reach for a glass of lukewarm water instead.
  • Starchy foods:  Try eating some starchy foods that are gentle on your stomach such as bananas, rice or potatoes.  Rice water is a time-tested favourite traditional folk cure for diarrhoea in many parts of Asia.  Alternatively, 2 spoonfuls of flour in water with a pinch of salt also works.
  • Blueberry Yogurt:  Go for some blueberry yogurt with live cultures.  Swedish doctors have long prescribed blueberries as a remedy to diarrhoea, and yogurt can help to restore the balance in your digestive tract.
  • Clear Soups:  Have some chicken broth or miso soup.  The water content will keep you hydrated and the salt content will replace lost electrolytes.
  • Lemons:  Lemons seem to be a rather popular remedy around the world.  Some remedy suggestions include adding lemon juice to a glass of water with baking soda and drinking it down, as well as adding it to a cup of strong black tea or diluting some lemon juice with some warm water.

Looloo Paper Crafternoons (An Easter Debut)

Hello hello!
How was your Easter? Ate far too much chocolate, did we? (Well, we did too… please don’t judge our expanding waistlines).  Back at our awesome Looloo HQ, we spent Easter re-purposing a couple of things that have been laying around the office to bring you our Easter-inspired crafternoon debut.  It was a good excuse to revamp what would otherwise have been unceremoniously disposed of by most people, enjoy good company and a lot of sweet sweet chocolate.
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A toilet roll, a pair of googly eyes, some fuzzy pipe cleaners for ears, a dash of Easter magic and voila… some outrageously cute bunnies to brighten the day and the office!
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“Working hard or hardly working?”

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We’d love to hear about your Easter too, so drop us a line and share how your Easter went with us:
 
Have an awesome week ahead, we’ll catch you later!  Here’s a rose from all of us here at Looloo HQ with love.

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A little sneak peek… (shhh!)

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Here at our spanking new Looloo Paper HQ, we are all about upcycling and repurposing.  And we just had our first ‘crafternoon’ session!

“What’s a crafternoon?” you say?

Crafternoons are Looloo Paper’s monthly in-office Arts and Crafts afternoons where we all do a little DIY to breath life into scraps and pieces that most people would simply throw away.  We’ll also show you some easy-to-make crafts so you can get started and get inspired to upcycle your own masterpieces.

So keep your eyes peeled for our Easter-inspired crafternoon!

And check out our fantastic new signup page! (come on, you know you want to!)