As summer temperatures sweep across North America, you’re probably thinking about shedding those extra layers.
And when it comes to cosmetics, less is definitely more. For products like body lotions, shower gels and lip scrubs, you have the choice between our ethically packaged classic formulas and their innovative new naked versions.
In the spirit of celebrating shedding excess packaging, here are 9 things you may not have known about nudity:
1. There are loads of ways to describe being naked. You could say you’re wearing your birthday suit, in the buff, stark naked, nude, naked as the day you were born, au naturel, in the altogether, wearing nothing but a smile, or without a stitch. Bare, undressed, indecent, exposed…the list goes on!
2. According to a PayPal survey, 11 percent of online shoppers say they shop while nude.
3. Cosmetics can go nude too, and it’s a fab way to reduce packaging waste. In 2016, we sold more than 5 million bottles of shower gel. If just half the customers who purchased bottles switched to naked shower gels, we could save a whopping 2.5 million bottles from ever being produced!
4. The International Naturist Federation describes naturism as “a way of life in harmony with nature characterized by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and the environment”. With chapters on every continent except Antarctica, the INF unites more than 450,000 naturists worldwide.
5. Athletes competed nude in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece! In fact, the English word gymnasium hails from the Greek word gymnazein, which means to train naked.
6. July 14th is National Nude Day! Mark it on your calendar and start planning your celebrations.
7. Streaking, the act of running nude through a public place, was first recorded in 1799 in London. Since then, it’s happened on university campuses, at sporting events and even the Academy Awards. Streaking reached peak popularity in the 1970s and its trendiness was even described as a “streaking epidemic” by one Texas university in 1973.
8. Since its inception in 2003, The World Naked Bike Ride has popped up in 73 cities across 17 countries. This clothing-optional ride promotes body positivity and raises awareness about human-powered transportation.
9. According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, 30 percent of people in the United Kingdom sleep naked, while only 12 percent of Americans go nude.