A GREENER AND ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE…

Whichever way you look at it Greta Thunberg has introduced us all into a greener, eco-friendly lifestyle, but with the seriousness of how the climate crisis is at the moment, we cannot ignore it.

Now the general public are becoming more and more aware and more partial to eco-friendly products, its only natural that companies have to work towards that way.

Of course, it is not just in the UK, countries like Germany have the highest rates of recycling in the world.

Fashion designers are now looking to diversify into more eco-friendly materials. There is so much to think about from food waste, renewable electricity, mobility and consumer electronics and much more. Lots of companies are starting to label themselves “eco-friendly”, but it’s knowing if they are “truly”, “eco-friendly”. Even McDonald’s has pledged to make all of its packaging environmentally sustainable by 2025.

On the website Conserve Future Energy Be Green. Stay Green, they list over 20 good reasons to go green to save our mother earth which includes, increasing the value of your home, improving your health and air quality, slowing down climate change to helping your local economy.

Over the last year here on Images of a Hygge Lifestyle I have written a number of post on eco-friendly products including “Going Greener the Hygge Way“, “Great Eco Swaps for a Greener Life“, “5 Ways to Reduce Plastic”, ” 8 Ways to go Eco at Christmas”,Three Great Eco Products to Change To“, “Enjoy your coffee the Eco-Friendly Way“, and most recently my “3 Favourite sites for sustainable Lifestyle Products” and “Cosy of with my choice of 3 of the best Eco-Friendly Candles”.

Most of the above have had many views so my plan is to move this blogImages of a Hygge Lifestyle” to include a lot more on “A Greener and more Eco-Friendly Lifestyle “. I will start covering more companies in the UK who are doing well with genuine eco-friendly and ethical products. So, if you are a new up and coming or already established company working towards a greener and eco-friendly lifestyle then I would love to hear from you.

8 WAYS HOW TO GO ECO THIS CHRISTMAS…

We are all a lot more aware of what we are buying nowadays and lockdown seems to have given us more time to think about what we want to buy that is more eco friendly. So, for this Christmas why not try a few different ways to create your own eco Christmas.

Etsy

Start by making your own gift wrap by using new or recycled brown paper and customize it with your own designs or rubber stamps. WH Smith have brown recycled brown paper rolls perfect for wrapping presents.

Instead of using wrapping paper use fabric instead. Try furushiki. the Japanese Art of wrapping with fabric. You can find step by step details online at Furoshiki . They sell lightweight cottons, chiffons, off cuts, organza, the list is endless.

Check out stores on Etsy, & Folksy for original gifts. Also the Ethical Superstore for Fair Trade, has eco-friendly and organic gifts and brilliant cleaning and household products,  eco-friendly alternatives to the current cleaning brands on the market, providing simple products to encourage home to become more eco-friendly. Eco cleaning & laundry from MethodEcoverGuppyfriendOceanSaverBio-D and more.

Ethical Superstore

Another good site is Conscious Craft UK who offer a massive list of products for every age of child with lots and lots of wooden toys for the children but you could spend a day browsing this site and still not seen it all.

You could make your own decorations from wood, natural fabrics and yarns and recycled glass as glitter and tinsel are not recyclable. The website Make Use Of has Christmas Decorations you can easily make from recycled materials, like this recycled cork wreaths. Or head down to this Pinterest Board

which is bursting with recycled Christmas craft ideas. I love this reindeer using an old cd.

And don’t forget to go for LED bulbs for your tree as they consume up to 90% less power and are safer as they do not heat up.

Make your own Christmas cards using recycled cards and envelopes available from a number of places and on Ebay and Amazon, or buy some plantable seed cards and envelopes or paper and envelopes and make them yourself. These Christmas Deer plantable seed cards are perfect to give with a small gift (two presents in one). Give a gift that’s more than just a card. Each pack contains 6 cards, fully biodegradable A6 eco-card embedded with wildflower seeds. Simply wet the card and place in soil to transform into flowers loved by bees and butterflies. Instructions printed on the back of each recycled paper card. Includes kraft paper envelope.

Or these sheets of meadow seed paper from Plant Seed Paper, An unusual seed paper containing wonderful meadow wildflower and grass seeds! Made from recycled paper, the paper has a slight creamy tinge colourwise and is around 280 gsm.  Pack of 10 A5 sheets. You could also buy some off cuts of seed paper. You will get 50 strips ranging in size from 45 – 15 cm in length.  Each strip is approximately 4 cm in width.  The strips are cut from a variety of paper types so you will get a good mix of seeds.  Some strips may also have print on one or both sides – but this is cool as it will make whatever your cut out look patterned!

Plantable Seed Paper

The paper may be suitable for printing on, depending on your printer and it can also be cut into shapes for wedding favours, gifts or even kids party bags, or handwritten on.