A lot of people talk about saving the environment, reducing their carbon footprint and carving out a sustainable existence, but few really “walk the walk”.

And then there’s Christina Cavaco, founder of CORK LEAF. As a lover of all things wellness and an avid camper, who regularly professes that she would be “far more at on a farm in the country than the bustling city!”, Christina’s love of the environment led her to create Australia’s very first eco-friendly cork yoga mat. And as if 100% biodegradable yoga mats weren’t enough to make us feel good about the way we exercise, CORK LEAF offers the next level of preservation by planting one tree in Australia with every mat sold.

This quiet achiever shines with a calm vitality that can only come from creating a business that not only helps us look better, but feel better about what how we do it. And the wellness industry is sitting up to listen and jump on board. I sat down with her to learn more about her organic, natural approach to beauty and why it’s so important to give back to the environment.

Christina Cavaco brings Australia's the first eco-friendly cork yoga mat.  (Image via Cork Leaf)

(Image via Cork Leaf)

(Image via Cork Leaf)

“CORK LEAF is an Australian owned company that offers Australia's unique first eco-friendly cork yoga mat. CORK LEAF is an initiative to help minimise the negative ecological impact of yoga in Australia. Our yoga mats are made from all natural resources; cork-backed with natural tree rubber and are 100% biodegradable.

Most people don’t know that cork is a natural, sustainable and biodegradable resource which isn’t only eco-friendly but also enhances the practice of yoga or other mat exercises. It provides great grip and improves the more you sweat and is also anti-microbial where it naturally resists mould and bad smells.

We are proud that we give back to the environment by planting one tree for every cork yoga mat purchase. We want to inspired people to practise naturally; whether it is in regards to the practice of yoga or every day life activities… to practise naturally is to live our lives with minimal impact on the environment. Our customers not only feel great during their practice but also knowing their yoga mat helps reduce the negative ecological impact of yoga in Australia.

My beauty regime is simple. I swear by good old coconut oil, sunscreen, a good set of tweezer, lick of mascara and a little bronzer or blush to do the trick.

For me, being “skin fit” means keeping it fresh and simple with natural products that are good for your body and the environment. It’s also about being confident in who you are - stop comparing yourself to others. We are all different and by embracing what we have, it will shine through. I really also believe its important to find your balance in life; physically, emotionally and mentally.

My biggest beauty blunder would have to be over doing it! I like to keep things simple in all aspects of my life including my beauty routine. I really believe less is more. Enhancing what you have instead of putting on a mask. I remember getting my makeup done and was horrified to see a thick layer of makeup on my face. Why?! I smiled politely holding my tears back and swipe it off as soon as I got into the car. Lesson learned... keep it simple, do the makeup yourself or go to a makeup artist!

Mindful exercise and mindful eating are an important part of my beauty routine and goals. I practice yoga regularly and keep active in other ways not only for the physical benefits but also for mental. I'm stress prone and I use my yoga practice and other things to help deal with that.

I don't know about great deal about 'beauty' but I do know we are all different and we need to embrace what we have. If we keep comparing ourselves to others, on or off the mat, we will be so caught up on what we don't have instead of being grateful and happy on what we do have. When we are thankful and grateful on what we have it will shine through and to me that is beauty.

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