There are dozens of fun and crazy festivals celebrated around the world, from the Running of the Bulls in Spain to Brazil’s Carnival, the Spring Festival for the lunar new year in China, Germany’s Oktoberfest and many more across the planet. It would be great to make it around the world to all of these events in one lifetime, but for those who can’t travel far and wide so freely, many of these celebrations have made it across the seas right to your backyard with smaller, but still fun and exciting versions.
Last weekend, the Scrubba wash bag team had the privilege of experiencing the fun fruit-throwing traditions of Spain's La Tomatina as well as the happy color-bursting celebrations of India's Holi. Two countries in two days!
Melbourne's first ever 'Tomato Battle', held at Flemington Race Course last Saturday, was a massive mosh pit of dancing and rotten tomato-throwing to live music. Fruitfully attended by nearly 5,000 fruit-throwing participants, the Tomato Battle is a local take-off of La Tomatina, Spain's long-standing tradition of chucking end of season squishy tomatoes in a soup of self-saucing, fruit-throwing fanatics. What better way to dispose of bad tomatoes? It's a sure fire way to have fun and get very messy while disposing of inedible waste. Approximately 130 tonnes of tomato ammo were launched in the massive food fight and the Scrubba wash bag team got absolutely sauced!
The following day, after scrubbing up clean, the Scrubba wash bag team attended Melbourne's Color Run, otherwise known as the 'Happiest 5k on the Planet'. A modern-day take on the ancient Hindu festival of love known as Holi, the Color Run is a 5-kilometer stretch where rainbow-colored power rains in celebration of health and happiness. The event supports charities through fundraising and brings runners and walkers of all ages and backgrounds together to be showered in color and smiles. Participants wear lots of white at the start and by then end are covered in layers of vibrant colorful power. It isn't a race, as there are no official times recorded, welcoming people of all fitness levels and abilities to get out and get happy while exercising. No winners, no judgement, no stress, just fun!
Last month, Melbourne also brought a touch of Paris’ Nuit Blanche with its White Night festival, a cultural event that features local and international artists and performers from around the world and later this year Melbourne will bring a taste of Germany's Oktoberfest with its annual BeerFest, featuring local brews and food in festival form.
So if you've always wanted to get downright dirty in Korean Boryeong Mud Festival style or get wet in Thailand at the Chang Songkran, but just can't make that overseas trip, try looking locally for a similar event closer to home.
Congratulations to Ashley Newland, founder and Managing Director of Calibre8 Pty Ltd, and the Scrubba wash bag team on winning the ISPO Munich 2015 Award.
The ISPO Awards recognize the very best products in the sporting and outdoor sectors. The Scrubba wash bag was one of 2,585 exhibitors from around the world at this year's event and was a winner of the Award in the category of best outdoor products and accessories.
Roughly 80,000 industry professionals from over 100 countries gathered at this year's event, showcasing the most exceptional sporting and outdoor goods on the market today. Entries are judged by a panel of sporting and outdoor retail professionals who select the most outstanding products based on clearly defined criteria, including innovation, quality and performance. ISPO Award winners represent the premium selection for international retailers choosing products for their range.
For more than 40 years, ISPO Munich has remained the most important platform for exhibitors, retailers and distributors in the sporting and outdoors worlds. Previous ISPO Award winners have included GoPro, Maloja, On Running, Naish Sails und Nixon to name a few.
According to Newland, “We know from selling tens of thousands of units that the Scrubba wash bag is popular in the outdoor and travel industries but gaining recognition of the ISPO Award further reinforces the desire for our product in Europe. With major distributors already appointed in North America, our attention will now turn to Europe.”
The patent pending Scrubba wash bag uses no electricity and minimal water to effectively wash clothes. It is more sanitary than hand washing in a sink, twice as effective, weighs only 145g and fits in your pocket . It is perfect for travelers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts. For travelers, the Scrubba wash bag means packing less and avoiding airline baggage and hotel laundry charges. For camping and outdoor enthusiasts, the Scrubba wash bag is the only way to achieve a machine quality wash in the backcountry and means less pollution in water sources. Its compact and lightweight design also makes it a useful item for gym bags, glove boxes and small apartments.
Click on the image below to view all products awarded in the outdoor category at ISPO Munich 2015
Imagine turning on the tap and having clean water pour out. For approximately 748 million people, this seemingly rudimentary concept remains an imaginary one. Clean drinking water, the most basic and vital necessity to human survival, remains out of reach for many communities around the world.
Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of death and disease around the world and 90% of water-related deaths occur in children under 5 years of age. According to the World Health Organization, improving water hygiene alone can prevent over 3.6% of the world’s disease burden.
In communities where clean water is scarce, women and children often have to travel great distances on foot to fetch water from safe wells, often carrying heavy drums full for miles. Preoccupied with the daily burden of finding clean, safe water, women and children are unable to contribute to other aspects of society or access education, further preventing communities from thriving.
When clean water becomes accessible to a community, everything changes. Better crops are produced, reducing famine, women become more involved in the community, the local economy grows, education for children improves and the overall health of the community improves significantly. The community prospers.
The Scrubba wash bag team and Calibre8 Pty Ltd are committed to helping provide access to clean water globally. To date, our teams, along with your support, have donated a total of USD25,000 to charity: water and we continue to contribute. Our donations so far have provided a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and currently are funding a project in Ethiopia.
Since 2006, charity: water’s work has successfully funded 13,644 water projects in 22 different countries, improving the living conditions and lives of an estimated 4,600,000 people. Click here to learn about just a few of their stories.
Going on a cruise and not sure what to pack? Want to make sure that you'll have everything you'll need without carrying tons of luggage around and save on the hidden costs of carrying too much or too little?
Packing light and taking along only what you’ll need will save you money and hassle in the long run. Your overall trip will most likely include transits to and from your dock with flights and other ground transport. You don’t want to be dragging excess stuff around with you along the way, paying exorbitant prices for things you left behind or be hit with excess baggage fees at the airport before you even start your vacation.
Carefully planning and choosing your wardrobe wisely is imperative, as most ships require strict dress code adherence, charge an arm and leg for laundry services and if you find yourself having to buy stuff on-board because you didn’t pack it, prices at sea might shock you.
Daytime on board
Apart from when lounging by the pool or working out in the gym, short shorts, singlets and boardies are a no no. During the day, ladies should wear casual longer-length shorts, capri pants, slacks, jeans, casual skirts and dresses for indoor activities while guys can get by with khaki shorts and trousers, jeans, sports shirt or nice tee-shirt.
Appropriate attire will depend on what activities you have planned. If you’re heading out for a paddle, snorkelling, kayaking or other adventure, then casual clothing and swimwear is appropriate, however if you’re opting to explore the port town, sticking to the daytime on board dress code would be respectfully appreciated by local restaurants and shops.
Themed dress codes generally apply after 6pm on-board. These include formal and semi-formal evenings and some casual. The definition of ‘formal’ varies, but ladies can usually get by with something elegant or classy and not necessarily flashy. For men, some vessels have on-board tuxedo hire if the occasion so inspires, however bringing at least one of your own suit and ties will ensure you can comfortably scrub up without too much hassle and it is likely that you will need to. Dress code enforcement can sometimes be lax during the day, but it’s not unheard of to get turned away from restaurants and public rooms on-board during evening hours for inappropriate attire.
Though we’d all love to imagine a full schedule of perfect weather, it’s important to be prepared for an unanticipated splash of rain or breeze. Make sure to bring at least one jacket or sweater and, if required for your destination, gloves, scarf and hat. Packing a few light layers that can be mixed and matched rather than one bulky layer is a good way to maintain versatility in your wardrobe.
Shoes can take up a huge amount of bulk and weight in your luggage, so try to choose wisely, packing one pair of evening shoes than can be worn with all of your formal wear, one pair of sandals that can be worn casually, by the pool or walking around and one pair of sneaker for gym and active days that include lots of walking, etc.
Many cruise liners do not offer self-serve washing facilities and for those that do, you're likely to be spending a good chuck of your holiday time waiting in lines for access. Besides, do you really want to be carrying pockets full of change around on your cruise for the laundry slot machine?
Most liners do provide full laundry services, however this will cost you. Some services require that you pay an extra cost anywhere upwards of $120-200 upfront before you board in order to access laundry services while others operate on a pay-as-you-go system in which you pay for each item you have laundered. Larger items and garments made from delicate fabrics such as wool or silk are more expensive.
Furthermore, the Scrubba wash bag is gentle yet effective enough to use on even your most delicate items, including woolens, silks and formal wear. Just be careful about what detergents you use, making sure to use something appropriate for your fabrics. Click here to see our recommendations.
For information on specific dress codes for particular cruise liners, click here to visit Cruise Line Dress Codes by Cruisecritic.com.
The Scrubba wash bag and Calibre8 Pty Ltd team are dedicated to taking part in providing clean water for communities in need. In June 2014 we raised and donated USD15,000 towards a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and, with the support of our fans, were recently able to raise and donate another USD10,000 to charity: water in support of a clean water project in Ethiopia. Below is a message from charity: water in show of appreciation for our efforts and most recent contribution.
Water changes everything. Preventable waterborne diseases are drastically reduced. Long walks to muddy ponds and rivers are no longer necessary. Time spent collecting water goes down, which gives women a chance to earn an income and children a chance at a better education. Clean water offers improved health, a higher quality of life and hope for a better future.
Thank you for your $10,000.00 donation!
- the charity: water team
100% of your donation will directly fund water project costs in the field.