#plasticfreejuly - tip 8: wrapping paper alternatives.
Pick up scarves or pieces of fabric from charity shops and use them to wrap up presents. I usually tell my friends that if they don’t want it I’ll take it back and use it again. You could also upcycle old newspaper with a cute flower and a piece of string.
It’s also nice to give the gift of time as opposed to things. Take your loved ones out for a concert or a play. We have houses full of stuff but time with loved ones is so much more valuable.
That is how you do presents...
... And inspire others...
All packaging is still pre-zero waste or reused. Gifts are for different people and include baby clothes, hankies for children, wooden rattle, toothpaste tablets, pretty hankies for ladies, cloth bags, stainless straws, soap, washable make up pads and a bit of chocolate.
What are your present ideas?
Day 16: Homemade candles
I made quite a few to use up those last bits left in jar candles or from normal candles. You can colour them or add smell if you like. I made one for the Christening of my son (bought the candle but decorated it) and I use old tea cups from charity shops to fill them with wax and use as candles for myself or as presents. Love creating on a Saturday afternoon, easy, cheap and fun with not a lot of waste. I even found a beekeeper to provided me with beeswax for candles now. As I do not need a lot candles it will last ages!
You can also melt wax and dip paper in it to use as firelighters for bondfire or oven.
🌺🍴 I’m trying to find ways to gradually reduce my waste/ lower my impact on the earth. I had an idea the other day which was undoubtedly not revolutionary, but still, I was excited so I thought I’d share! I recently saw a portable, reusable cutlery set being advertised, and almost bought one. I thought it was a fab idea, because even though I try to avoid it, I still end up taking plastic cutlery from shops and cafes every so often. Then I realised it would be far LOWER waste if I made my own set, from items I already have! This beautiful pouch was given to me by my aunty. The cutlery belonged to my late grandparents, and wasn’t being used by anyone. And it’s quite good quality. Swipe to see it! I am going to carry this set in my handbag, and plan to add a cloth napkin (my mum has an old one she’s giving me) and a metal straw. Now I will use the cutlery every day - so I can reduce plastic waste as well as remembering my grandparents (and making use of that cutlery, which has proved to be more than a lifetime investment)... which makes me happy! If any of my friends want one of these kits, shout! I’ll make you one 😘 I have loads more cutlery seeking good homes (no more pretty pouches, but I can get creative on that front!) 🍴🌺
CONFESSION TIME. Sunday morning seems apt 😉. There has been 1 takeaway coffee in a non reusable cup. A complete brain fail!!! And then number 2, gifts. What a conundrum. I didn’t include gifts in the shopping ban rules because I just wasn’t sure about navigating the social minefield of etiquette there is around giving and receiving. I thought that occasions would come up where I felt compelled to buy something new, and it has happened this week with two kids birthday parties. When it’s for people you don’t know well I didn’t feel confident about not giving something brand new. So, feeling a bit guilty, we dived into Hobbycraft. However, some positive shifts occurred; I purposely sought out gifts that did not have any plastic packaging, and we also made the whole trip very “intentional”. The kids were with me but I told them in advance we were going in for those two presents only, and we absolutely wouldn’t be leaving with anything else. I think they enjoyed choosing their friends presents more once the possibility of anything new for them had been taken off the table completely! I also had a close friends birthday and went for “consumables” in the form of gin and posh chocolates. Felt perfectly luxurious, all recyclable packaging and zero possibility of it heading to landfill! Small wins...... What do the rest of you #buynothingnew -ers do about gifts???
If you want to make Mother’s Day special, and want to give them a meaningful gift that goes beyond just Mother’s Day that I know they will love and is also good for the planet.
Gift giving can be sustainable while still being meaningful. In an effort to be zero waste, try to Purchase items that come package free ; Are sourced from reusable and natural materials, Are sold locally, Support business that manufacture their products in an environmentally-friendly way And instead of purchasing new wrapping paper or a bag, get creative with old jars and reusable or bamboo basket.
Here what you can included ; chocolates from the bulk section from Whole Foods, some lavender soap, reusable cotton rounds , a bamboo toothbrush, DIY dishwasher detergent, reusable dish clothes, and compostable dental floss. These will be perfect for each of these women as they both want to be more sustainable in their daily lives but aren’t sure how to start.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mom’s out there!
Post Easter craziness 🌷🍫🌷
Family in town and our chocolate supply was stocked up heavily #zerowastefail . Our idea of eating organic and trashfree hasn’t yet caught on. One day maybe.... We cannot complain though: we usually get asked which kind of presents we need / want and thus don’t end up with #unnecessary things that don’t fit our needs or taste and end up in the 2nd hand store right away. Also, my Mum has used those #reusable gift bags to give presents for years. No waste from single-use present wrapping 🎁 .
The best thing are the cherry tree branches and flowers from my Mum‘s #garden - #organic , #pollutionfree and #trashfree . I am soso in love 💜💜💜
Esta semana já fizeram as vossas compras a granel?
Eu fui ontem à @mariagranel.lx !
Trouxe alguma mercearia como habitual e duas coisas muito especiais!
Uma escova dentes de bambu a pedido da minha irmã @martajordao que para mim é uma alegria, pois estou a passar a mensagem na família!
E uma prendinha muito especial para um bebé de uma amiga, esta esponja do mar!
Compras sustentáveis e conscientes fazem-me sentir bem!
Vi também um saco de rede para fruta que gostei imenso, não trouxe (não posso trazer tudo claro), mas fiquei a pensar que seria muito útil. Compro a fruta em sacos de algodão e muitas vezes acabo por sujar com terra, batatas, beterraba e outros, neste caso acho que os de rede seriam melhores e poupavam lavagens. Qual é que utilizam? Qual é a vossa opinião?
Instead of wrapping presents in single use wrapping paper, I like to use pieces of cloth, in this case a bandana. This was super easy to do: I just tied the ends together :) it looked really nice and my mum (who the present was for) really appreciated the extra effort it looked like I had taken (it was actually way easier - no need to find scissors or cellotape!). It’s also super useful for when I’m travelling since I love wearing a bandana but it’s a perfect size to wrap presents with meaning i can wrap them wherever I go. Also, this is quite a good zerowaste present since a) my mum asked for it and b) it’s a glass container which I know she’ll reuse! Win win! #zerowaste#travel#zerowastepresents#wrapping#presents#zerowastetraveltips#gifting#sustainable#aesthetics
So inside my mums birthday/mothers day box! - Wooden dish brush & replaceable head
- 2 bamboo toothbrushes - Wrappa vegan food wraps
- Make up remover wipes
- Zero waste mascara
- Rocks squash - A bath bomb & bubble bar
Plus 2 wheat straws 😁
All sent in a #ZeroWaste style.
Hoping this will help my mum on her #ZeroWasteJourney . Plus maybe inspire her to talk about it to others!
It's Mother's Day and my Mum's 60th birthday all on the same day, so I got give her the zero waste hamper I've been working on all week. Here it is in all it's glory. The box, wrappings and ribbons are all reused. It was a hit. Second photo is me, Mum and Grandma. Big love to all the mamas today and a shout out to all the businesses I bought my zero waste gifs from.
@tea_atelier_times @houseofmchocolates @realfoodexeter @quaypresents @solmatesocks @indiainajar #exeterfarmersmarket#environmentaltoothbrush
The final haul for the zero waste hamper for my Mum's 60th birthday involved a trip to #exeterfarmersmarket . I bought garlic with kashmiri chillies from the @indiainajar stall. Not packaging free, but the jar can be reused or recycled. From one fruit and veg stall a bought a turmeric root and from another, narcissus flowers. These did come with rubber bands bit we will reuse them.
From the "Nibbly Bits" stall I bought their delicious mixed olives and a bag of cardamom and ginger hot chocolate. I brought my own jar for the olives but they usually come in a biodegradable plastic pot which you can return for the stall holder to wash and reuse. The hot chocolate powder comes in a recycled paper bag with a reusable and recyclable plastic clip. Nibbly Bits really care about their packaging.
Finally I bought 2 goose eggs. I hadn't planned on buying these so hadn't brought anything to put them in. Each goose egg had to go in a separate egg box, but at least they're compostable and recyclable and I could decorated them.
So many delicious packaging free items available at Exeter Farmer's Market.
A few more items for the zero waste hamper for my Mum's 60th birthday. From the Real Food Store @realfoodexeter we have sundried tomatoes from their loose goods section for which I brought my own jar and a bamboo toothbrush which I've decorated with my Mum's name. In the second photo is a pair of socks made from recycled yarn by @solmatesocks bought from @quaypresents
The second item in the zero waste gift hamper for my Mum's birthday is a jar of jasmine dragon tea pearls from Exeter tea merchants, The House of Hope and Mercy in the Jungle. @tea_atelier_times . The pretty flowers open out in the hot water. I took in my own jar to put the tea pearls in and found out they give a discount to anyone who brings their own container. All their teas are available prepackaged or loose. It really is a delightful shop and worth a visit if you're into tea. Located at McCoy's Arcade, Exeter.
I'm putting together a hamper of zero waste gifts for my Mum's 60th birthday. First on the list was chocolate, so I took this jar along to @homchocolates in McCoy's Arcade, Exeter and filled it with these handmade truffles. You can also buy the chocolates in a card box with plastic tray provided by the shop, but it's actually cheaper to buy them singly and put them in your own container. If you do buy them in the box, you can bring the box back next time to refill it and get the chocolates at the cheaper single price. I think they look lovely in this jar though. Wish I'd bought some for myself!
I think that is enough said. :L
I struggle to get presents for any occasion, as I really want them to be purposeful, required or wanted.
I don't like buying for the sake of spending money, and that seems to be the case more and more recently.
But for my nephews 4th birthday, I brought this amazing toy 2nd hand for only £5.
I remember me and my siblings LOVE it, and it is pretty robust. Turns out my brother and nephew also enjoyed it. What better than being able to help them create new memories together. :) Any top tips on future present buying?
As I now also want to try and bring my believes of; plastic free, cruelty free and purposeful/required into present buying.
Thrift store find! I have an aunt that buys Christmas and birthday presents throughout the year. Which is a genius idea if you think about it. Less stress later when Christmas or bdays roll around.
Anyway! My oldest loves, and I mean LOVES Manga and is an inspiring artist. She loves looking at books like these for inspiration. I couldn't pass these up for 49 cents a piece. (Check out that original price tag!) Perfect for her bday present this year.
Anyone else do this? Buy gifts ahead of time?