Sunday, 11 November 2018

8 Christmas decoration ideas using natural materials


The origin of decorating houses for Christmas actually goes back to Egyptian times and relates to a time when the  people brought branches from evergreen trees inside to celebrate the winter solstice on December 21st. This practice was also commonplace amongst the Druids, Romans and Vikings.  From the 16th century families began to add simple natural decorations such as candles and nuts but it was in the 1840's when a magazine showed an image of Queen Victoria and her family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree that the era of brightly decorated trees and houses was born.  Everyone wanted to do the same and manufacturers quickly realised there was money to be made from this new craze.

Today Christmas decorations continue to big money as families vie to have the best display.  Lendedu calculated that the average American will spend just over 12% of their Christmas outlay on decorations at a cost of almost 90$.  In Britain this is lower but Statista calculated that in 2017 it still averaged just over £30. 

Tree decorations were traditionally made from glass, wood, metal or ceramics but more and more are now made from plastic.  Tinsel and glitter are also made from plastic as are lights, wall hangings, table decorations etc.  And you can be sure that many will come in plastic packaging and almost none will be recyclable.

So how can you have a decorated house at Christmas without all the plastic and waste?  The simplest solution is to turn back the clock and have decorations made from natural materials which you will be able to gather and make yourself.  If you need some inspiration have a look at what these bloggers have made.

Ideas for natural Christmas decorations

Monday, 5 November 2018

Going Green #21 - Nov 2018


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what subjects would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Natural Christmas


Now that Halloween is over I feel it is safe to mention Christmas but, of course, not in the go out and buy LOADS of stuff sort of a way but in the "Let's celebrate with Nature in mind" sort of a way.  I would like to put together a post showcasing examples of how you can use natural materials to make Christmas decorations - tree hangings, table and room decorations, present toppers and wreaths etc.  If you have a suitable post showing how to make any natural Christmas decorations please do let me know. Can you drop me a link on this Facebook post - Natural Christmas decorations - before Nov 12th.

Thank you!


My picks from Going Green Oct 2018


Thank you to everyone who linked up last month and what a great range of posts you gave us, making it all the more difficult for me to choose 3 favourites.  But here goes:  

  • Leila from My little Keepers is a Montessori teacher and wrote a lovely post about Autumn inspired crafts to do with young children:




  • Finally Tegan from The Climate Lemon addressed something I imagine all of those who want to live a more green life worry about at times - do each of us an individuals actually make a significant difference? In her post Feeling powerless? Here’s seven types of citizen power she shows you really can and do make a difference.



Please do head over and read these if you missed them last link up - they are all great posts.

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

E471 - the hidden palm oil in peanut butter


As a treat and as a change from all the jam I make, we do like the odd jar of peanut butter yet trying to find some we are happy to buy has been an interesting journey.

First of all so many varieties are sold in plastic jars - no thank you.

Then a read of the ingredients shows many contain palm oil.  No thanks again.

Enter Sun-Pat peanut butter.  Glass jar (albeit with a plastic lid) and no palm oil.  Happy enough with that, or so I thought. On Instagram @BusyGreenMum posted a picture recently saying she hoped she had finally found a peanut butter that was palm oil free and she hoped it wasn't hiding under an E number or something.  The ingredient list she also posted showed it contained E471: 

E471 is a synthetic fat, produced mainly from plant origins but in some cases also from animal fats.  The most commonly used fat/oil to make E471 is palm oil.

Sun-Pat peanut butter contains palm oil - hidden in the additive E471

Sunday, 7 October 2018

How to have an Eco-Friendly Autumn


Leaves, the temperature and rain are falling. Summer has gone and autumn is here. As the season changes read on to find out how you can make your autumn Eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly autumn



How to have an Eco-Friendly Autumn


1. Clothes


It can be all too easy to buy new clothes for the new season but even sustainable fashion items come with a cost to the environment, especially if you don't actually need any new items.  First of all head to your wardrobe and see what you already have.
  • Get out your sewing machine and re-purpose existing clothes into new ones.
  • Make your own clothes - learn to knot, sew or crochet.
  • Get together with a group of friends and have a clothes swap party.
  • If you do need new clothes then buy "new to you" from second hand stores and online.
  • If buying totally new go for quality clothes made from natural materials in a timeless style that will last the test of time.
  • If you have clothes you really don't want and can't give to friends downgrade them to something else such as cleaning cloths. T-Shirt bags or use them in the garden to protect plants.  This post has 7 ideas to keep clothes out of landfill.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Going Green #20 - Oct 2018


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what subjects would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Please can you answer this quick question ... it will help me with a post I am writing:


E471 is an emulsifier and stabiliser found in some processed foods including some peanut butters.  Do you know what it is made from? If you don't know please say so.
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Monday, 24 September 2018

Do more for the planet by buying less


If there is ONE thing we can all to to help reduce our impact on the planet is is to BUY LESS ... and that includes so called green or eco-friendly alternatives.  Let me explain using one commonly used item as an example:

** Wet Wipes **


The first wet wipes appeared in the late 1950's but it is in the last few years that they have really taken off - our supermarket shelves and online shops are groaning under the weight of wipes for everything - for bottoms from the cradle to the grave, for every surface in your house and beyond, for make-up removal, for hands and faces, for screens, for pets ... wipes for pets??  That was a new one on me!


Wet wipes - do we really need them?


Friday, 14 September 2018

Gardening in a heatwave


I recently wrote a post explaining what all the effects of Climate Change will be and included this point about agriculture:

"Drought, flooding and changes in seasonal temperatures will mean farmers having to cope with either too much or too little water and increased levels of pests and diseases.  These negative effects on agriculture will result in increased food prices globally, food shortages and more famines."

As we bid farewell to the heatwave summer 2018, where temperatures rocketed and rain was almost non existent it seems like a good time to assess how one hot summer affected my vegetable garden at Eco-Gites of Lenault and consider how the heat will have affected farmers.


Monday, 3 September 2018

Going Green #19 - Sept 2018


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what subjects would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Eco Days/Weeks through September


September has some important dates to help promote/save the environment and our beautiful world.  If you know of any others please do let me know in a comment.  Perhaps you might also like to give these events a mention on your own social media pages.


Monday, 27 August 2018

Why going vegan won't save the world ...


... but not wasting food, changing what meat we eat and altering our lifestyles will certainly help.

Some proponents of a vegan lifestyle state that if the world's population were to turn vegan we would save the world from climate change and cite the following reasons why they believe this is the case:

1. Livestock farming (especially for beef) produces methane (a greenhouse gas) via the natural digestive process of the animals ie cow farts. Methane is 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.

2. Areas of rainforest are being felled at an alarming rate with the cleared land used for cattle farming.  The forests previously would have absorbed CO2 and when the soil is cultivated before being turned to pasture, it releases nitrous oxide and methane that are both stored in the soil. Nitrous oxide is 300 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.

3. A hectare of land can feed many more people if it produces plants as opposed to animals.

Sounds convincing but there is another side to these arguments.

A vegan diet leads to its own set of environmental problems

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Sustainability Gang. A Positive Green Initiative or Greenwash?


Earlier today this image from Instagram was brought to my attention via a Facebook Group I am in (Eco-Influencers | Sustainable Living Tribe).  The account is that of an American singer who is launching a series of clothes (merch) under the banner Sustainability Gang.  Other phrases to be used include "Who tryn save da ocean" and "puck flastic" and it is stated in the limited information available that all profits made will be given to a charity fighting plastic pollution in the oceans.

Well known singer using her influence to spread the green message and raising funds to fight plastic pollution.  Sounds like a good move, right?  Hmm, I am really not so sure.

Image from Instagram