Put a Stop to Junk Mail

Put a Stop to Junk Mail

I don't think I am alone in despairing about the amount of Junk Mail that comes through our letterbox. Every month we receive a countless stream of unwanted adverts that go straight into the recycling bin without so much as a glance. It seems an absurd waste of paper and trees and this week I am on a mission to cut out the junk mail that filters through the door.     Quick facts - (Sourced from Stopjunkmail.org.uk) If you're looking for some quick facts and figures, here are the headlines (all relating to 2009): An estimated 12 billion pieces of junk mail are distributed to UK households and businesses annually. This is equivalent to between 4,6 and 6,1m trees. The average (adult) person gets 65 pieces of addressed junk mail per year. The average household gets 326 pieces of unaddressed junk mail per year. The average household gets 453 pieces of junk mail (including addressed and unaddressed advertisements). Over 90% of all advertising...
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Easy Natural Modge Podge Alernative

Easy Natural Modge Podge Alernative

5 Ingredient All Natural Glaze For Crafting - Made From The Kitchen Cupboard What you need: 2 tsp Cornstarch 2 tsp Sugar 2 tbs White Vinegar 1 tsp Gelatin Water Jam Jar Turn your stove on low heat and add 1/4 cup of water and sugar.  Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved and lower the heat. In the meantime mix Cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water. Add cornstarch solution to the pot and stir until your mixture thickens and begins to turn translucent. Remove from heat. Add Gelatin to 1/4 cup of water in your jam jar and stir until dissolved. Add the Cornstarch solution to the jar while it is still hot and stir. Allow to Cool before adding vinegar, this acts as a preservative. This solution will keep well if stored lidded and will dry clear....
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5 Quick and Easy Recycled Home-made Christmas Decorations

5 Quick and Easy Recycled Home-made Christmas Decorations

I'm starting to get into the Festive Spirit! The Christmas lights have just gone up in our wee village and the nights are drawing in. For me, the winters cold nights are the perfect excuse for wrapping up beside the fire, drinking hot cocoa and delighting in crafts. With Christmas fastly approaching get cosy and crafty with these DIY  recycled decorations. 1. Christmas Stars I made these charming folded stars from old Weleda Catalogues but they can be made from any waste paper that you have; newspaper, magazines, sheet music, junk mail etc. This 5 pointed origami star is wonderfully easy to make and is really effective! Add a bit of string or ribbon to hang from the tree, or several together make a great bunting reel. Last year I also attached them to folded card for unique Christmas cards. Fancy giving it a go? Check out the tutorial from homemade-gifts-made-easy.com     2. Bottle Cork Elves Super cute and easy to make - these bottle cork elves are also...
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Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed

Although DIY projects can be few and far between, they can almost fill a wheelie bin or a car boot load with the left-over waste generated. When planning a DIY project, first consider what materials you already have at your disposal, e.g. old used timber such as pallets and fencing panels can add a great touch of 'shabby chic' to your project if used the right way. Buy Smart Always consider buying second hand from Gumtree or Facebay for the materials you will need, from whole bathrooms to flooring to screws and nails.  It will be a fraction of the price of buying new, and although used is often still in great condition.  We once went to see a kitchen on Gumtree which, at £500 was about 1/10th the price of new; the owners had just moved in, and didn't like the kitchen which had been fitted a few weeks previous to sell the house, it was immaculate and the listing included all...
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Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

The main culprit here is paper - the pulp and paper industry is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly 20 percent of deforestation in the 2000s, and endangering rainforest species such as the Sumatran Tiger.  Recycling should be a last resort and certainly don't throw any paper waste in your general waste bin! Reduce Ask for paperless bills - most service providers will give you an option to receive your invoices and bills by email rather than through the post - it saves them money too! Don't print off your emails unless you absolutely have to, and if you do print on both sides. Re-use Any correspondence or old paperwork which is just printed on one side can be re-used as blank paper - I make notepads for ideas and to-do lists by stapling 30 or 40 of these together. Other paper waste is pulped and made into paper briquettes for our wood burning stove. If possible, re-fill your ink cartridges at...
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Reducing Waste Room by Room: Bathroom

Reducing Waste Room by Room: Bathroom

Recycle The majority of our bathroom waste can be widely recycled - toilet roll tubes, shampoo & cleaning products bottles etc. Have a recycling bin in the bathroom. Reduce If you have a zero waste shop in your area you can take your empty shampoo bottles and cleaning products containers to be refilled - often cheaper than buying new!  Alternatively try shampoo bars like this one available from Big Green Smile   Consumer Power Consider the products you're buying and if the packaging can be recycled Weleda toothpaste tubes are made from aluminium rather than unrecyclable soft plastic. Buy environmentally friendly cotton buds Buy bamboo tooth brushes Make up routine Use your own homemade cotton pads instead of disposable wipes, or buy environmentally-friendly bamboo alternatives . When it comes to make-up and other cosmetics its worth taking the Natrue certification into consideration. The NATRUE Label sets a high standard when it comes to defining the naturalness of cosmetic products. It helps consumers identify Natural and Organic Cosmetics truly worthy of that...
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Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Kitchen   Our kitchen is the engine of the household, and it’s here we can make the biggest impact on our waste output. It’s in the kitchen where we usually have the household’s main general waste bin: the go-to place to bring general waste from around the house.   So if we want to reduce our waste we should start – and stop! – here. 1. Consumer Power The best way to reduce your waste is simply not to buy it in the first place: try to choose a similar product with less packaging, even if it costs a bit more: larger tins & packets products without individually wrapped food but best of all, waste-free shopping where you can fill your own containers - click the link for your local zero waste shops 2. Plan Don’t cook more than you need, or if you do make sure you cook double so you can save it for another meal. Plan your shopping to...
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Reducing Waste: Room by Room

Reducing Waste: Room by Room

If you're reading this, you're probably aware of the problem that our waste - plastic in particular - is causing our planet; and chances are you want to make a change in your waste habits.  As an average we don't spend so much active waking time at home, but it's here that a small change can make a big impact. Here's some top tips on how to reduce your waste output at home - room by room! Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Bathroom Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed   If you have any further suggestions to add to the list, please get in touch or comment below and we'll add them to the list!...
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Wrap it up!

Wrap it up!

5 Sustainable Gift Wrapping Solutions In the UK alone we collectively throw away 227 thousand miles of paper during the festive season. With that in mind, I wanted to look into alternative solutions for Gift Wrapping.   So whats the problem with Christmas paper anyway? Most wrapping paper cannot be recycled. Often, the paper has been laminated with plastic, contains glitter, foil and other non paper materials. The paper also rarely has good quality fibres, (necessary for the recycling process) and is contaminated with sellotape which is not only non-recyclable  but can disrupt the recycling process.   1.  FUROSHIKI The Ancient Japanese art of cloth folding. The perfect wrap up where the wrapping is actually part of the gift! It can be used to wrap boxes, small objects and even bottles. It is a great, elegant way to avoid using plastic or paper bags and help to preserve natural resources.   https://youtu.be/ARdJKHQ5q7g If you fancy giving it a go source already existing fabrics by searching charity shops or the back of...
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