Showers for Every Body - Turning a Dream Into a Reality?

Hi everyone, Jaxx here. Since I can remember, I have been someone that has wanted everyone to be treated with dignity and respect. As a teenager, I, like everyone was asked what I wanted to do when I was older. This went from wanting to be a lawyer (!), to having my own business because I wanted to treat others the way I would want to be treated. So even as a teenager, I could see the disparity that was happening between employers and employees. What did I do? Well, I didn't start my own business at that age! I didn't have the confidence. In fact, it wouldn't be until my late 30's when I made a 'shower blind' for my small bathroom in place of a shower curtain on shower screen, that my teenage self would begin to be honoured in some small way.



What does this all have to do with Showers for Every Body?


Let's cut to the chase. I developed that product (made from plastic) and sold it online via my online shop whilst continuing to work full time. From those sales, I donated £5 to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably), which was ultimately the beginning of Undisturbed's 'profit-for-purpose' values and actions.


When I started to look into sustainable fabrics and the circular aspect of design and business, I closed that online shop and stopped selling the previous plastic iteration of the shower blind product. And whilst we have moved towards a new way of design, that drive to give back and do good things with the profits we make remains the same.


As I learned and pondered more about showers, I realised that this was a daily activity that I took for granted. Yet it was something that was so important to my standard of living. I remembered how, when I was a child, I had a bath once a week in a freezing cold home that didn't have any central heating! Even as a young teenager I remember some of my friends having a shower and feeling sad that we didn't.


So to learn that 2.3 billion people in the world don't have access to clean water and soap to wash their hands, let alone have a shower, was, well, dreadful. Can you imagine going without a shower for even one day?


The thing about showers

The thing about showers, I believe, is that they aren't just for hygiene, and cleaning, they can provide an opportunity to relax, to start the day right, and often, they're something to look forward to. How often have you thought or said, "oh I can't wait to get in a shower." Whether it's after a workout, getting soaked in the cold rain, or after a long day at the office, or after traveling. There is nothing quite like that feeling of stepping underneath the warm flow of water.


But it's not just warmth either. Cold showers have also gained popularity as cold exposure can help our circulation and benefit the immune system. It also makes us more alert. For more on that stuff, I highly recommend checking out the Wim Hof Method, which I'm sure you might already know about.


Showers can also be used as an opportunity for mindfulness. In her book, Frazzled I'm sure it was, Ruby Wax waxes lyrical about the mental health benefits of taking a mindful shower. In case you haven't heard of this, it's exactly as you'd expect - focusing 100% on being in the shower at that moment in time. The practice of mindful showering is a wonderful way to start or end the day as it pushes us to stop getting lost in our thoughts and to be present. To smell the soap, to enjoy the water, and to appreciate the time alone. Or maybe you're not alone..! I'm sure your mind it wouldn't be your mind that would be wandering in that situation ;-)


So you see, having a shower is so much more than hygiene. And we believe showers are and should be, a basic human right.


Showers for Every Body

All of this together is why we have set up our Showers for Every Body initiative. We have a dream that every human being should have access to a clean shower every day. It's a tall order, but already, organisations like Showerbox in London are leading the way and we want to do what we can to join them.


It's really that simple. But we can't do it alone. And we'd love for you to join us.


We're planning a crowd funder which we hope to launch in the next few months, so please drop us an email to hello@beundisturbed.co.uk so you are the first to hear about it.

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