Insights Discovery Workshop

Yesterday at my co-op work placement, I had the chance to attend an Insights Discovery Workshop.


Essentially a psychometric tool based on the psychology of Carl Jung, Insights Discovery helps to improve communication, reduce conflict and build relationships. Using an easy to remember four colour “energy” model, you learn your strengths and weaknesses, what you bring to to the team — and most importantly how to interact with others.

Before attending, we had to answer twenty-five questions online.
Each “question” was a set of four basic, yet related statements about how you would rate yourself. You had to answer each set with one statement that was the most like you, the least like you, and then two more semi-related statements on a scale of one to five.
The overview of results was eerily precise to only be twenty-five questions.

I ended up being a combination of the Earth Green, followed pretty closely by the Cool Blue energies. This would mean I am more introverted and “feeling” than analytical. This lands me in the coordinator type and I would be considered reliable and consistent.

My Insights Result
Colour Energies on a good day
On a good day
Colour energies on a stressful day
When you’re stressed

Curious to know what you might be?
Click Play Now on the Insights website to get a simple result in less than a couple of minutes.
Of course, they want your group to pay for the workshop so it’s just a teaser. I don’t get anything out of you visiting and seeing what your colour type and energy would be.

We got these really cool blocks to stack according to our results to let our colleagues know our personality types.
I am not a strong follower of these types of tests. Personality tests fall into the same category as horoscopes to me. Entertaining, but so vague that you mould what is written to fit you. I think that is why I was shocked by the extremely detailed results based on the limited questions. Maybe this guy was on to something!
I think they are fun to complete and reflect on yourself and how you may be perceived by others.
Do I think they should determine your future the way the Briggs Meyer test was used when I was a high school senior? NO!

Lemieux Ultra Concentrated Detergent [The Detergent Chronicles]

Thanks to the never-ending cycle of laundry, it was once again time to purchase laundry detergent.
I was correct in assuming that the powdered gain detergent would not last me long enough.

This time, I went with a semi-local option.

I came across Multiservices Vert, a local family run green products store and bistro. We lovingly call this store “the milk store” at my house. I started shopping here after hearing that you could purchase milk in your own reusable sanitized containers. Since I have started shopping there, they have also added dry bulk goods, bulk olive oil, and bulk vinegar. It’s also where I buy my toilet paper. As much as possible, products that are sold here are made in Quebec. This makes me feel better as I am supporting local businesses and reducing the miles and greenhouse gas emissions related to my purchases.

Lemieux Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Multiservices Vert proudly stock Lemieux cleaning products. Lemieux is a family run company that produces all of its products in Quebec. They have three storefronts in the province. 

Multiservice Vert carries most of their products.
I have also bought a stove-top cleaner and a 3-in-1 soap, body wash, and shampoo made by Lemieux.
You can buy the products pre-measured in a marked container or bring in your own cleaned containers to buy the product or get a refill. I prefer to have cleaners and detergents in their original containers since we have kids in the house.

Overall, I am pleased with the product.
Cleans very well and is safe for the environment. 
I went with a eucalyptus scent, which I love and it wasn’t over-bearing. The amount to use varies based on your load size and type of machine.

HE Washer:
15 to 20 ml for a small load
20 to 25 ml for an average
25 to 30 ml for a large load

Conventional Washer:
30 to 40 ml for a small load
40 to 50 ml for an average
50 to 60 ml for a large load

I unfortunately have a “conventional” top loading washing machine which requires me to use more detergent. I bought around 4 litres for aproximately $20. Calculating the amount I would need to use, I will only get around 65 loads — around .31 per load. Which doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up for a family of four on a very tight budget.

I feel like with the prescence of a surfactant, that this detergent is a better option than Nellie’s which is super cheap per load and the usualy reccomention from other zero and minimal waste enthusiasts.

Pros:
  • Produced locally — lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Refillable — reduces waste
  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable (OECD 301D)
  • Not tested on animals
  • Does not use petroleum-based surfactants
Cons:
  • Initially sold in plastic containers — but they can be refilled.
  • Not much information was available on some of the certifications.
    • 100% Eco-Technology
  • Uses essential oils, which I have read can impact the environment
  • No SDS available
  • The website is entirely in French. English is provided on the product labels. Google translate helps.
  • Pricey for my budget and type of washer.

Verdict:

The best option that I have found thus far.
Best for the environment.
Locally produced.
Reduces waste.

This will probably be my go-to detergent as long as I can squeeze it into my budget.

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