Christmas Waste Unwrapped in the UK [Infographic + Tips]

Mattress Online have unwrapped the true scale of Christmas overspending, discovering that Brits will throw away a huge 275,613 tonnes of waste every year. Food and drink packaging tips the scales for the most waste, with over 1490,000 tonnes being binned, whilst 50,544 tonnes of food is wasted every festive season.

Christmas trees are high on the list too as 3/4 admit their tree goes to landfill. But even decorations are a serious culprit – Brits bin 68,488 miles of Christmas lights, enough to travel up the UK 78 times.

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Furoshiki: The Art of Japanese Fabric Wrapping [Visual Guide]

Many of the most revered Japanese arts have emerged from something that was first intended for practical uses. Such is the case with Japanese calligraphy, the solution to a growing need for a uniform script in the administrative process, and Kintsugi, which originated as an elegant way to repair broken pottery. Furoshiki is no different. The term, which literally translates to “bath (furo) spread (shiki),” was first used in the Nara period (710–794) as a means to protect valuable goods.

Since, the Japanese have mastered the art of doling fabric to transport and wrap items. This has evolved into a popular practice in cultures around the world as a versatile, environmentally-friendly way to carry bottles, food, and everyday necessities, and has also become a modern alternative to holiday gift-wrapping.

Below are some of the basic Furoshiki wrapping techniques that invaluable has visualized to help guide you.

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DIY: Recycled Christmas Cards

Hi everybody! Thank you for passing by 🙂

This week I’ve been in a crafty mood. I made my own recycled paper (more like cardboard 😂) to send some Christmas handmade cards for my penpals and friends reusing scraps from materials I had (below each photo I leave you the link to where I got the idea from with the tutorial). I’m not the great crafter, but I like how rustic these cards look thanks to the materials I used (and my clumsiness 😛 ). Also, they are easy and may be a fun activity to make with kids.

Hope you get inspired!

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Food Gift Recipe: Clementine & Lemon Curd

Food Gift Recipe: Clementine & Lemon Curd | ecogreenlove
If any of your friends or family are into their baking then a jar of personalised clementine and lemon curd is just the sort of thing they’d love.

This is the fifth and last of a series of Food Gifts recipes. Hope you find it useful!

Eat Good, Feel Good! 🍏

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Food Gift Recipe: Lemon Madeleines

Food Gift Recipe: Lemon & Poppy Seed Madeleines | ecogreenlove

Madeleines traditionally have a shell shape. But you can mould them as muffins or cake pops if you want. Luckily, shape does not necessarily define how food tastes like. This mini sponge cake originating from France is the perfect breakfast to go along a hot drink during winter time. This Lemon and poppy seeds madeleines recipe is a twist by Gordon Ramsay.

This is the fourth of a series of Food Gifts recipes. Hope you find it useful!

Eat Good, Feel Good! 🍏

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