Keep: Zero Waste Shop in Farnham!


Sign in the main café of Okomoko.

A Zero Waste shop has opened up not too far away from where I live! Keep is a packaging free, eco friendly and sustainable shop that started out at a local market in Godalming and has now set up permanent residence in a 100% plant based café Okomoko on Downing Street in Farnham.

View of zero waste and cruelty free personal and house cleaning products.

They’ve set up shop in one of the rooms upstairs inside Okomoko and I love what they have done with the small space they’ve got to play with. Now don’t get me wrong, this room is bigger than my own bedroom, but they’ve managed to fit a lot in there which is more than enough for their customers and what they need!

IMG_0766Any plastic bags they do have, they allow customers to take home to use as bin bags, which is still finding a use for them!

I got to meet the owner and founder of Keep, and had a lovely chat with her about her shop and how she came to source her loose ingredients. I’ve always been curious as to how zero waste shops source their bulk foods and she was kind enough to show me her stock cupboard. I can confirm that all their bulk buying foods come in big potato sack or material bags!

IMG_0751Shelf with loose ingredients in jars on display, ready for customers to bulk buy in their own containers.

What’s fantastic about this shop is how they’ve decorated the room with items that are second hand, recycled or reclaimed. Nothing was bought brand new, and that really is in keeping with the message they want to send out to their customers. The huge display cabinet was already part of Okomoko’s furniture, however the white shelves and the repurposed ladder-shelf are all their own that they’ve sourced elsewhere.

There is something so satisfying about their display of loose goods, where you can scoop the food and ingredients you need in to your own jar or container, then have the staff weigh them for you on their scale at the centre island/counter of the room.

Tons of eco friendly homeware products on display.

In one corner of the room they have homeware goods that you can use in the home, as well as for on the go. They had a natural wicker carpet beater, straw baskets and bowls, pottery and ceramics from a local ceramicist, bamboo and stainless steel straws, coconut bottle brushes, bamboo dish brushes, rice bran organic food wraps, coffee cups and all sorts for your every day needs at home or for when you are out and about. They even had charcoal filters that you can put inside your reusable water bottles to filter your water.

IMG_0976My own ecoffee reusable bamboo cup with William Morris’ Strawberry Thief pattern.

I noticed that their coffee cups were all the William Morris range and I even spotted the exact same one that I bought from Amazon with Morris’ Strawberry Thief pattern on it. I absolutely love this cup and use it whenever I can, even at work! It’s made from Bamboo fibres, is dishwasher safe and is great for when you are commuting to and from work. It comes with a little tap that slots in to the drinking hole, to prevent it from spilling. Ecoffee Cups have a range of different patterns, so fear not if you aren’t a William Morris fan or if floral patterns and motifs are just not your thing. You can even get a plain coloured one, they cater to everyone!

Shelves filled with large bottles of cleaning products with pumps attached to them, perfect for customers to come in and refill any of their own bottles with the cleaning liquids they need.

It is great to see that in another corner of the room, they had a refilling station for your laundry detergent, washing up liquid, floor cleaner, etc. The list goes on for how many different cleaning products they have for the home. They also had cleaned out plastic water bottles that you could buy and use to refill with the cleaning liquids, another way how they are using plastic for another purpose instead of just chucking them away and clogging up the already full landfills.

A second hand wooden ladder that’s been repurposed in to a shelf is a fantastic idea and it look incredible with the different personal hygiene items on display.

Along the right hand side wall is this gorgeous repurposed ladder that has been turned in to a shelf. It displays an array of different personal hygiene products. These include solid shampoo bars, conditioner bars, organic reusable cotton make up removing pads, bamboo toothbrushes, stone soap dishes for the bathroom, cream deodorants in glass jars, the list goes on! So many choices and it was lovely to see they have my new favourite solid shampoo bar from Friendly Soap for sale, too! All the soaps smells incredible and I’m sure the ladies thought I was a bit weird going around sniffing all the soaps, but I can’t help myself! To the right of this ladder is another shelving unit with cards, postcards and items from local crafters and also a basket of wooden cotton reels for sewing machines! It’s great to see that Keep are promoting local artists and crafters. Okomoko is a very community based cafe and they often source their food from local resources, farmers and bakeries to sell and promote to their customers and it’s fantastic that Keep are doing the same!


Keep is the first completely Zero Waste and packaging free shop that I have been to and I am very impressed with everything they’ve done and how far they have come! If you are ever in Farnham, I highly recommend that you go and check both Keep and Okomoko out for both shopping and to try out the plant based food that is prepared fresh on site.

IMG_0061camera raw filter 02Bag designed and made by the insanely talented textile designer Ali Cottrell, and my mini haul from Keep: bamboo straw, bamboo toothbrush, stainless steel straw and natural rice bran and cotton reusable food wraps.

Now, you know the drill. I can’t seem to go in to any of these shops without buying something. However, I didn’t buy anything for just myself, I actually bought things for other people! I’ve decided that I’m going to be making some of my loved ones their Christmas presents this year, which will be themed around going as plastic free as possible, but that is for another blog post for another time. I did buy this stainless steel straw for myself and it was the last one they had left! I can’t wait to try out the food wraps and the steel straw!

You can follow Keep and their journey and progress on instagram here. Also follow their Facebook page!

What do you guys think? Have you been to visit Okomoko and Keep yet? Is there any packaging free shops near you you’d think I’d love and want me to check out or write about? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great day everyone! x

Sustainable Saturday: DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

I love upcycling and creating new items or products out of existing materials or furniture. I have this thing for coffee tables, as it’s something that helps anchor a room, in fact i feel like a living area is not quite complete without one or even side tables!

front page(Image credit: My own styling shot in the style of Anthropologie)

I’ve made a few coffee tables from reclaimed wood or pallets before, and today I wanted to show you how to create the one in my styling shoot that I did in the style of Anthropologie that you can see in the image above.

What you’re going to need:

  1. Reclaimed pallet wood. You can either find a wood pallet from your local garden centre or see if there are in or outside of any skips, even at the back of supermarkets or industrial buildings/estates. I’ve often been lucky with asking some garden centres and them being happy to give me pallets as they end up being given more even when they don’t need them. For this project, I got my pallet wood from the Southampton Wood Recycling Centre for really cheap!
  2. A saw. Be it handheld/manual or with an electric saw. The latter is definitely easier but if you are strapped for cash and work space, a hand saw is the way to go!
  3. Sanding paper or an electric sander.
  4. A power drill. This is a must.
  5. Screws.
  6. Screw driver.
  7. Metal hairpin legs. I got mine from eBay, and they are recyclable because they are stainless steel and have not been coated or painted.
  8. Thinner pieces of wood for the underside.
  9. A tape measure.

The pictures in this post are from when I made the table, and they were only going to be used for my project as evidence of me making the table, so… Just be aware, they are not my best!


First, I measured the pallet wood lengths using my tape measure to work out how many planks I would need for the surface of my table and how long they should be. I then marked using a pencil (you can use a pen if that makes it easier to see) to show where I needed to cut the wood. Using a tv stand and existing coffee table as my workbench, which is very unprofessionally but also very student-on-a-budget-like, I cut the pallet wood where I marked it to get the planks at the right size I needed. This takes a bit of elbow grease but is a great workout!


I then sanded it all by hand and placed laid them out to get a feel for how the table top will look.

Next, I took the thinner planks of wood and laid them on top of the pallet planks to measure out how long they needed to be. I cut these to size as well and made sure that they would fit snuggly within the space left by the hairpin legs. I started placing some screws in the predrilled holes of the table legs in to the planks to start securing the ones on the edge in to place, ready for the smaller planks to be added on.

After that, yup that’s right! I hand sanded the smaller planks as well. I then took some nails and a hammer and attached them to the pallet planks. This helps support the table top and keeps tit all together and level.


For extra support, I added in some wood blue between the tiny open spaces between the planks. This helps lock everything together and strengthen it some more. The glue dries clear, however if you want to make it even more inconspicuous, you could mix in some sawdust as well. Leave the glue to dry and…



It’s all done! How great does that look!? Ok, admittedly this final reveal image is a bit yellow, I took it at night. However, it does look awesome in the styling shots like the first one in this post and in my blog post about the styling project based on Anthropologie which you can look at here.

This was such a great little project within a project, because it was inexpensive, did not cost a lot of money and only took a little bit of time and effort. I was so super proud of this and it worked really well for the styling shoot. I still own it now and I will most likely be keeping this table for a very long time. It currently lives as a display table for my indoor plants. I’ve left the wood bare for now, as I may want to paint it or add a stain to it in the future. I love how it looks at the moment, an eclectic mix of modern and rustic.

What do you think? Have you created anything you’re proud of and have kept for you home? I’d love to know and see what you have created!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Danica x



Sustainable Saturday: The Best Places to Shop for a Plastic Free and Zero Waste Lifestyle

Hello friends! Ever since the second season of Blue Planet aired, there have been some major changes being made in laws regarding the production and sales of single use plastics across the United Kingdom. Supermarkets and huge brands are having to look at other ways to keep their products fresh without these singles plastics, and all establishments that sell food or drink are starting to use paper straws instead of plastic ones.

It is amazing that this one programme has delivered such an important message, one that has shocked it’s viewers and has made all of us realise the impact we have on our planet! However there are still some companies that aren’t quite there yet, and whilst some of these bans and laws are still being put in to effect, these shops may take just as long or possibly longer to phase out their single use plastics for more renewable and sustainable packaging and products. This in turn makes it difficult for us at home to really start making a difference in our day to day lives.

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I will admit that as someone that really cares about the environment, I have been finding it hard to break the habit of buying plastic things when it’s so convenient and almost everything is wrapped or stored in plastic. But, I have started to make small changes that has kicked off my journey, and with a bit of effort everyone can do it, too! I started off by switching out my plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one I bought off of Amazon. I’ve started making it a habit to wash out any plastic produce containers, cartons of juice or tins/cans before placing them in the recycling. I have two separate bins in my own bedroom as well, one for usual waste like sweetie wrappers and another just for recyclables such as paper and card. Making small changes like that will help kickstart your journey on to becoming more environmentally conscious and friendly.

Below I have put together a list of online stores that promote and sell products for eco-friendly living. I’ve added quite a few so you can look at some that may be more local to you. This is a bit of a hefty post, you have been warned!


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Bamboo are a company from Belgium that are encouraging consumers to ditch plastic for renewable, sustainable and long-lasting products. You can find them on Amazon, where they have a range of different homeware and hygiene products, such as bamboo straws that come with a tiny brush for cleaning them, a stainless steel razor with a bamboo handle, reusable bamboo paper towels and bamboo fitted bed sheets. Bamboo is a renewable source and is one of the fastest growing woods in the world and it can be grown almost anywhere in the world, which make sit the perfect sustainable wood to use  for making fabrics, furniture, accessories, etc., you name it!

Zero Habits

(Image credits: Zero Habits)

This website is probably one of my favourites! I’m a sucker for natural and organic beauty products, which if you’ve read any of my older posts you’d already known from my obsession with LUSH, and Zero Habits delivery on all things health and beauty (except for make up). They sell bars of soap, shampoo bars, dental floss infused with activated charcoal, solid on a stick or in a jar toothpaste, bamboo and cotton buds, solid or cream deodorants, reusable make up wipes and cotton face clothes, there is so much to see, buy and try out! What’s also impressive about all these products is that the packaging is also environmentally friendly and recyclable. It’s either in a box made from card, in a cotton bag, in a glass jar or a tin container. These beauty items are also cruelty free, and are listed as vegan. Some of the products have beeswax in them and are listed as vegan, which means if you are vegan, it depends on your own definition of veganism and whether or not this means it’s vegan to you. Each to their own opinion.

(Image credit: Zero Habits)

As well as selling environmentally friendly, organic and cruelty free non-tested on animals beauty products, they also sell sustainable items for the home! Like Bambaw, they also sell their own bamboo straws, but they also stock a range of different kitchen utensils and items for food and drinks. They sell cooking spoons, baby spork and bowl, and tongs all made from bamboo, beeswax food wraps and stainless steel containers, canisters and cups. Zero Habits also supply organic and eco-friendly soap-nut shells that are apparently good for all allergen sufferers and kinder to your clothes. It also comes with a small muslin bag to put the shells in for when you need to do a load of washing. They also stock a natural stain remover the helps get rid of enough the toughest of stains like red wine from your clothes.

(Image credits: Zero Habits)

To even further promote and supply the perfect items for a zero waste lifestyle, Zero Habits supply objects and products for when you are on the go. This ranges from reusable bottles and resale bamboo coffee cups, to bamboo cutlery and cotton, netted grocery bags for when you buy loose produce from farmers markets or even at your local shop.

(Image credit: Zero Habits)

They also supply a range of starter kits for each category mentioned above! They all come neatly packaged in a box. To top it all off, they even have a vintage section on their site where they sell old vintage glasses and bottles, tumblrs and ceramic spice jars! Honestly, I think I’m in love!

Less Plastic

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With powerful messages and images straight away on their homepage, Less Plastic aims to encourage the British population to  refuse the use of single us plastic, only use useable items and reduce their part in plastic pollution. Less Plastic is a family run business based in Devon, UK, and started in 2015 as a response to the concerning amounts of ocean plastic that are washing up on beaches locally and across the UK.

“We offer inspiration, strategies, educational resources and in-person talks to enable individuals, businesses, schools and organisations of all sizes to use less plastic.” – Amanda & James Kettley, Directors of Less Plastic

Less Plastic provide a range of tips and tricks on how to live without plastic and also arrange beach clean ups in Devon in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage. This is something I find fantastic and really creates a community spirit amongst those that live locally to the beach. They also offer advice on how to start your own ocean clean up event.

(Image credits: Less Plastic)

They also have an online shop selling items that are ocean friendly for on the go meal times. This ranges from reusable cups, metal lunch boxes, stainless steel straws to reusable sealable food bags that aren’t made from plastic.

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage is an environmental charity that aims to help protect the ocean and wildlife. The charity was founded after surfers complained about literally having to swim through sewage when they went out to catch some waves. Yes, literally. I know, it’s gross. This of course had a disastrous impact on the beaches and Surfers Against Sewage worked hard to clean up our waves here in the UK.

“The campaign grew loud, proud and strong and thanks to the passion and perseverance of our members — the UK now enjoys some of the cleanest beaches in Europe.” – Surfers Against Sewage

However, this wasn’t the only problem they’ve had to face when trying to keep the shores of the United Kingdom clean. Even with the sewage problems sorted, they still have plastic pollution to deal with as it is not only an eye-sore, but it’s killing marine wildlife, releasing harmful toxins in to the water and is getting in to our food chain.

(Image credit: Surfers Against Sewage)

They have an online shop where you can buy some pretty stylish clothing apparel with cool slogans across them, all about saving our waves and made from organic cotton! You don’t have to be a surfer to buy and wear these items. They also have clothing for children as well! I think I’m going to get myself some t-shirts!

(Image credits: Surfers Against Sewage)

They also sell accessories like these tote bags made from cotton or form recycle bouncy castles, how cool is that!? I love the bright colours! Or how about a comb made form recycled plastic or a sterling silver wave ring? These would make great gifts for people and the bags are good essentials for when you go out shopping.

(Image credits: Surfers Against Sewage)

And, of course, they sell products to promote zero waste living. I find the coconut scrubber made from coconut hair fascinating! Such an amazing idea! They sell products for on the go like the activated charcoal water bottle, or metal water bottles and bamboo fibre reusable coffee cups, as well as a camping mug and stainless steel straws. The money from sales go towards helping keep our waves, oceans and shores clean a tidy from pollution.

Anything But Plastic

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Anything But Plastic is another eco friendly shop that sells products to help you lead a zero waste lifestyle. They sell some of the same brands and items as Zero Habits do, with some that are different such as mascara in a small glass tube, eyeliner in a tin and a shaving kit that comes with a shaving brush and soap. I like that they have some lovely styling images to show how these products can be used and how they work.

Ethical Superstore

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The Ethical Superstore is exactly as it sounds! They literally sell everything and anything that supports fair trade and eco friendly living. They sell similar products to the stores mentioned above, but they also cater to almost every other aspect of life.

(Image credits: The Ethical Superstore)

They sell organic and fair trade clothing for all genders and children and provide eco friendly laundry detergent to wash your clothes with! They also stock a load of different eco friendly cleaning brands. I personally love Ecover as I’ve used their detergent before, but I have heard good things about Method. Both brands are not tested on animals making them completely cruelty free and Ecover’s packaging and plastic bottles are biodegradable! Method’s are recyclable.

(Image credits: The Ethical Superstore)

What about stuff for the home? The Ethical Superstore has that covered as well! From cooking appliances to furniture, dinnerware or bedding, they have it all! Some of the kitchen appliances are made from plastic, but this is due to the fact that you would be using it more than once. They have some gorgeous dinnerware sets that are hand made, which means no plate is the same and it adds interest and style. How about a rug made from recycle cotton? A pair of book ends shapes like a bicycle made form bicycle chains and a fruit bowl upcycled out of old keys? Recycled fabric storage baskets, fair trade and sustainable wood furniture, eco-friendly throws and cushions, and recycle glass vases and glasses? The list goes on!

(Image credits: The Ethical Superstore)

It doesn’t stop there! They even have the outdoors as well as indoors covered where plants and the environment are concerned. Compostable leaf bags, hedgehog igloos and bug hotels, grown your own mushrooms, fruit and herb kits for being self sufficient, hanging baskets and planters, a planter upcycled out of an old tyre… It honestly feels endless. (Probably like how this post is feeling.)

You can find many of the cleaning supplies in most supermarkets across the UK, however some local shops and smaller convenience stores won’t stock them. This online store has basically done all the hard work for you and will save you time trying to find them on the shelf.

The Wise House

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The Wise House pride themselves on helping their customers make an easy transition to being eco-friendly at home. They offer a similar range of products to the others but also some with differences.

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All of their textiles are made from 100% cotton. They sell products for the home such as cushions as well as for the kitchen in the form of tea towels, aprons, fabric lunch box bags, tea pot cosies. One thing they have that is different from the rest is cotton bowl covers, which is perfect for any vegans looking to be eco-friendly in the home and don’t want to use beeswax food wraps. They do sell beeswax food wraps, but they also sell cotton sandwich bags and covers. They also sell a bamboo and cotton “None sponges” for the washing up. These cotton products all come with cute little pattern designs on them and the bowl covers come with some cool graphics and slogans. My favourite from this is the one with marine life on it that says “Be part of the solution, not the pollution.”, which really sends a message, doesn’t it? The pineapple one is quite funky, too!

(Image credits: The Wise House)

As well as homeware and food storage solution, they also sell products for health and beauty. Natural soap and deodorant, all cruelty free and vegetarian and vegan friendly.


Now of course using metal tins, boxes or containers would be preferable to using plastic ones, it should be noted that using your plastic bowls and lunch boxes is still eco friendly as they are food grade safe and will still have years of use left in them until they break or you are in fact done with them. Buying metal bentos is amazing but only if you have a real need for them. Metal is also a very important material and resource, even if it is renewable and recyclable. And if you have food that needs to be reheated in a microwave on your lunch break, a metal lunchbox is most definitely not a good idea for that purpose, so keeping your microwavable tupperware lunch boxes is still good, though if possible you could still take it in a metal bento and transfer it’s contents to a microwavable plate instead.

If you’ve made it this far, firstly, well done! Secondly, I hope this has helped you find places and ways to begin to become more efficient and conscious about what you use when going about your usual daily activities, and how you can start to lead a more sustainable lifestyle!

I certainly will be referring to these stores for my own day to day needs and I hope that you have been inspired to do the same!

For anymore eco-friendly, cruelty free, vegan and vegetarian friendly gifts, clothing and products check out my post I wrote for christmas last year here.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Danica xx

5 Ways to Update your home without breaking the bank

Spring has most definitely sprung (the weather this week has been gorgeous!) and you may be thinking of decluttering, spring cleaning and sprucing up your home for a little refresh. However, if you’re like me, you haven’t got the budget to do a full refurb!

Fear not! Whether you want to follow the trends or inject more of your own personality and style, below are some budget saving tips and tricks for updating your home.

Soft Furnishings

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Changing the soft furnishings in your home is probably the easiest and key way to create a new interior scheme. It helps you bring in patterns, textures, colours and can be in the form of anything that is a loose textile product. This includes cushions, rugs, throw blankets, bedding, tea towels, table cloths and curtains, the list goes on! You could mix and match the cushions and throw blankets you already have, or you can buy a few new bits and pieces such as new bedding or a new rug.

Decorative ornaments, accessories & plants

(Image credits: Maison Du Monde, Tulipa In Design, Amara, My Own)

Buying new decorative ornaments such as vases, miniature sculptures, ceramics, lampshades or even paper weights can make a room scheme look different and new. Try mixing and matching with some of your existing accessories or styling the ones you have in a different way to create the feel of a new look. Adding in some plants to the space adds pattern, texture and colour. This could be in the form of a potted plant, a faux plant or even a fresh bouquet of flowers in a brand new vase styled on the dining table, kitchen counter or on a side table in the living room. Introducing fresh flowers to the room will really uplift your spirits and give you that spring feeling for when the weather (let’s be real here, this is England we’re talking about where the sunshine never lasts for long) turns grey and miserable again. Repotting existing plants can also give your home an update with minimum effort. It helps encourage your plants to grow as well as making you feel good.

Artwork, posters, photographs & mirrors

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Changing or swapping around artwork, photographs or adding in a mirror can really make a space look different. There are so many different ways you can display your chosen artwork and images. You could display your images as a gallery wall in your own designed composition, showcasing all your favourites together. Or, perhaps you could hang a large piece of artwork as a feature piece. You could swap the artwork from upstairs and downstairs as well, really play around to see what feels right for you. Mirrors help bounce around and reflect light and help to open up the space.

Try looking at brands and superstores such as IKEA, Matalan, BHS, Homesense, H&M, Sainsbury’s Home, George at ASDA and Tescos Home for inexpensive, on trend items.


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Adding a lick of paint to any room in the house automatically gives the space an instant refresh. Why just stick to walls? Why not try painting the ceiling as well for a dramatic and fun look? Or painting architectural details such as door frames, coving and skirting boards. You could get creative and paint parts of walls or make your own pattern out of geometric shapes, or design a burial to add some interesting details and a customised feel. This medium gives you many possibilities of how you can transform your space!


(Image credit: PinterestGalapagos DesignsMr. Kate, MuckNBrass, White Rabbit Vintage)

It is international Earth Day and what better way to help the environment and update your home than upcycling?

Upcycling an existing piece of furniture is a great way to not only save money and be creative, but also a fantastic way to really customise something, inject your personality and make something unique and original to you for your own home. This can range from painting a piece of furniture, picture and mirror frames, cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens, decorating the surface with some wallpaper you have left over, to reupholstering some seat cushions or making cushions from scratch out of scrap fabric. It could also be something as simple as changing the knobs on your chest of drawers.

Head over to DIY stores such as B&Q or Wickes to find their own paints or other brands for your interior and upcycling projects! B&Q also have their own wallpaper collections and some homeware pieces too!

I hope this has given you some ideas on how you can give your home a reboot on a low budget without hurting your bank account! I’ll be using some of these ideas for my own bedroom as it is in desperate need of some TLC.

Happy Earth Day! Hope you’ve been enjoying the stunning weather this week and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Danica x

Sustainable Saturday: Christmas presents

Let’s talk Christmas presents. I know this is a bit late in the game/month, but hopefully this will help if you want to be a bit more environmentally conscious this holiday. Every year we spend lots of money on gifts around this time for our family, friends and loved ones. Often these gifts are stored away, possibly forgotten or waiting to be used, or they are used straight away, once, a few times and then thrown out at the dump and end up in landfill, unable to biodegrade. This is not great news for our planet, that is already struggling with it’s high temperature rising seas, plastic contamination and greenhouse gases.

Why not try going green for christmas? You can decorate your home sustainably and make your own christmas decorations, find out more here. You can make more conscious decisions by shopping locally and organic at farmers markets, supermarkets, bakeries and butchers. And for the presents, below are a few gift ideas for your loved ones:


A gift that is always given every year is lotions, potions and smellies. Why not give your loved ones some packaging free bath time presents that are also made form natural ingredients?

Lush has a whole range of package free or “naked” cosmetic products, from shower gels, soaps, scrubs, moisturisers, shampoo and conditioner to face masks, bath bombs and oils.

Naked Shower Gels:


Naked moisturisers:




Bath bombs and oils:


For the children, mouldable, colourful soap:


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There are so many more products on their website and in store. Some of their products do come in containers, but that is ok. Why? Because they recycle them and reuse them once you’re done with the product. They have a 5 pot scheme for face masks where every 5 pots you return empty, you get a free fast mask of your choice, and those pots you’ve returned are reused for more masks or other lotions. What’s even better is that all of their ingredients are 100% natural and organic, and sourced from fair trade suppliers, they are cruelty free which means no animals were tested on at any time during the making of these products or after, the products are vegetarian and vegan friendly (though not all of their products are vegan) and majority of them are self-preserving, so they won’t get old and mouldy. Other great brands to shop with that are cruelty free are The Body Shop, Superdrug and M&S’ own brands, which are all leaping bunny registered/certified. All these brands also sell their own make up which are also cruelty free and some are organic/made from natural ingredients.

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What about the tools used for personal hygiene? Why not buy them a set of bamboo toothbrushes for Christmas. Toothbrushes are made of plastic and therefore non-recyclable and just end up in the waste line and pollute our oceans, harming saline that mistake it for food.


(Images: Anything But Plastic & Zero Habits)

You can find bamboo toothbrushes practically anywhere! I got mine from Amazon, but there are also websites that are dedicated to promoting a waste free lifestyle such as Anything But Plastic and Zero Habits that sell their own bamboo toothbrushes, amongst other things such as sponges, dental floss, deodorant and organic soaps which all come with no plastic!

Clothing and Accessories

What about clothes? This can be tricky because you may think faux leather is sustainable, but it isn’t. However if you or your recipient are against using real leather because you’re vegetarian, vegan or just don’t like the fact it comes from animals, then here are a couple of things that you can get for your loved ones:


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Cork is a sustainable material. It is believed to be endangered, as it has been cultivated too soon before it is even ready to be harvested. However there are protected forests where farmers are using sustainable practices, ensuring that they are only harvesting the tree’s bark at the right time, and planting more in the process. These cork handbags and wallets are the perfect leather alternative, as the material is durable and naturally anti-bacterial. You can find these items online on Amazon, however Corkor have their own website with an amazing range and Frog Plop do make up bags, wallets and purses as well at a lower price.

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I think we can all agree that every year at christmas, this is a present that everyone seems to get, and that gift is socks. Boots are now selling socks and tights made out of bamboo! I know that sounds odd or like it might be rough to the touch, but believe me, I own a few pairs myself and they are the softest socks I have ever worn.


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There are tons of eco-friendly, sustainable, organic clothing brands out there. H&M have their own clothing line made of recycled materials called Conscious and they encourage customers to recycle any of their own clothing to them so they can be repurposed in to something new.  People TreeMUD Jeans, Armedangles and Here Today Here Tomorrow are other great sustainable clothing brands that use natural and fair trade materials.


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How about an environmentally friendly phone case for Christmas from pela case? Pela case create phone cases from plant-based and recycled materials, and is combined with a starch based biopolymer, meaning that this phone case is strong, shock absorbent and, here’s the fantastic part, it’s 100% compostable, which means if it does break, it’s ok, you can add it to your compost pile or bin and it will biodegrade and become food for you plants and the earth. How brilliant and innovative is that!? GENIUS! I’ve got to get myself one. These phone cases come in all colours of the rainbow. The down side? They only stock iPhone cases at the moment, BUT you can preorder an android case for when they are released.



Now, what about the presents that are usually bought for children over Christmas? The toy industry is probably one the busiest this time of year and many toys now days that are found in shops or advertised on tv are made of plastic and are easily breakable. Why not try buying something that will last after your little one is done with it?


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Eco Tots, Natural Baby Shower and Mee Mee London all have great toys and clothing that are organic, made from natural or recycled materials and are eco-friendly. Conscious Craft has a range of natural and environmentally friendly art materials, crafts and activities that children can get creative with.

You could also make your children or friend’s children toys yourself. You could make a rag doll or teddy or dinosaur out of scrap fabrics! Cut out and sand down your own shapes from scrap pieces of wood!

For the Home and Lifestyle

Perhaps you want to buy something for a friend or family member that has just moved house, or know that there is something they need in their home that they haven’t quite gotten around to buying themselves?


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Maybe some dinnerware such as plates, bowls and cups? Bamboo is such a versatile wood that it can be made in to almost anything such as bowls and cups, as well as place mats or table runners. These bamboo kids dinner set from Ekobo are perfect for any friends or family with little ones. This recycled glass cake dome by Nkuku would make a lovely edition, especially with any christmas cakes or mince pies on display inside. H&M also have a whole range of recycled, organic and fair trade items for the home in their Conscious collection, which are also very stylish, like the tropical leaf-print duvet cover set. I’m seriously contemplating buying myself that duvet! Habitat have a range of bamboo or objects and furniture made from recycled material on their site that would make perfect additions to anyone’s home!


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How about these cork placemats, cork leather cushions, plant pots and japanese stab bound books from Mind The Cork? I think this may be my new favourite sustainable homeware shop! The cushion is gorgeous!


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Zero Habits has a few things on their site for the home and for on the go, such as stainless steel lunch boxes, infuser and reusable metal bottles, bamboo sporks, steel containers and cotton produce bags to use when your are doing your weekly food shop.


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Also Home is a shop that sells hand crafted and sustainably sourced homeware and lifestyle products, such as 100% cotton and linen cushions, bedding and tableware, mango wood and bamboo plates, bowls, hand cartable dinnerware, canvas tote bags for shopping and more!

You could also make your loved ones something for their home. Maybe a cushion from scrap fabric, a bag or pencil case? You could make them a sign or paint them a picture and frame it? Make a woven wallhanging or macrame hanging plant holder. I love handmade gifts! They are the most thoughtful because of the time and effort put in to them and they will hold more sentimental value.


I hope this post has helped you think of new ideas for gifts this Christmas! What product has stood out to you in this post? Would you like any of these products as Christmas presents? Let me know in the comments!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Danica x


12 ways of decorating differently for Christmas

So it’s now December (where has this year gone!?) and we all know what that means… That time of year where you dig out all your decorations from the loft, go out in to the cold, wintery air (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, which I am completely jealous of) to do gift shopping, hearing carols and merry songs constantly playing on the radio and needing to find time to get your home ready for one day. It’s Christmas time!

But, what if you don’t want to do the same old thing you do every year, and want to decorate differently, or have moved in to your own or new place and want to give this years festivities your own personal touch?

I love tradition but I love out of the norm even more and I’m always thinking of ways to do things in a way that hasn’t been thought of or that breaks the mould and has my own flare. Below are a few ideas on how you can create your own personal style this Christmas.



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Bohemian can almost mean anything and can be a jumble of lots of different styles, bit is often thought of in relation to hippies, being avant-garde and nonconformity. To me, bohemian means these, as well as being free spirited, open minded, having a love for nature and being drawn to cultures, and can easily translated in to the home.

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When decorating your bohemian tree, try mixing and matching your decorations with metals, colours and neutrals, hard and soft textures as well as bringing in some cultural influences and natural pieces. Don’t be afraid to clash patterns and colours against each other. Complete the look with fairy lights, lace, crystals and feathers.

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For the table setting, it’s the same principle. Be free with your decorations, mix and match the textures and colours, and this includes the dinnerware. Try decorating with eucalyptus, baubles, lace, flowers, candles fairy lights as the centre piece in a vase or as the table runner across the table.

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You can even bring this look in to the wrapping of the presents. Wrap your loved ones gifts in brightly coloured and patterned paper or natural fabrics such as calico or hessian, using lace or twine to tie it up or to add name tags.



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Now, this may look the same as the bohemian style, but it’s a lot less traveller and more rainbow and much, much brighter. This is not a look for the shy and faint hearted. If you are a colour lover, then this is the Christmas look for you!

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When decorating the tree, go all out with a colour explosion. Mix textures from smooth to soft and bumpy, mixing and matching shapes. Add colourful tinsel, baubles and multi-coloured christmas lights. These could range from colour blocked baubles with abstract patterns on them to multi-coloured/one colour pom poms.

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The same could be done to the home. Try hanging colourful paper streamers, pom pom wreaths, smaller rainbow coloured christmas trees, bunting, baubles and paper snowflakes. The possibilities are endless.

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For the table, you could go all out and use a tie-dyed table runner, similar decorations from the room and tree. The plates could either be plain or also have pops of colour in them if you want to take it to the next level of colour obsession, however bringing in natural pieces such as plants will help break it up if you don’t want the table to be overwhelming with colour.

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You can get creative with the christmas wrapping, by using colourful, ombre or rainbow wrapping paper, or making your own wrapping using brightly coloured silk scarves and fabrics, being crafty and printing on to white paper with your own designs. Ribbons, frills and gift tags can be colourful, too, or white or black for contrast.


Colour of the Year 2017/2018: Pantone’s Greenery and Ultra-Violet

These two Pantone colour trends can give you lots of inspiration for decorating this Christmas. 

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  1. Ultra-Violet

Pantone have just announced that the colour of 2018 is Ultra Violet. I am a self professed purple addict, and am very excited about this colour trend. I’m pretty much in love with this look for Christmas and will most likely decorate this way for my first Christmas as me and my partner are both purple obsessed. If you are a purple lover like me (and Sam), then this look may be what you’re looking for, and you’ll be on trend for the New Year!

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It’s simple really, decorate your tree with baubles, objects and tinsel in different shades, tones and hues of the colour purple. The lights don’t have to be purple unless you want to go all out! Add some metallics in their in silver and gold to break up the purpleness and to give it a more luxurious look. You could even buy yourself a faux purple christmas tree to really show off your love for this colour.

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     2. Greenery

If you are still in love with the greenery trend, then you, too, can just decorate with the colour green. Again, adding gold and silver to the tree helps break up the greens.

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For the table, try incorporating more metals and some natural textures from plants. Adding purple or green candles helps bring the theme through, as well as having matching plates, table runners and napkins.

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For presents, it can’t be any easier! Purple or green wrapping paper, with metallic ribbons and gift tags. For greener, you could attached bits of foliage to the ribbons to add a natural touch.

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If you can’t decide between the two trends, why not do both? Mix and match the Greenery and Ultra-Violet colours to create your own trend-worthy Christmas style.


White Christmas

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This is perhaps a bit traditional, however it’s not what you may associate with just some fake snow and snowflakes everywhere. The White Christmas look is what all christmas lovers dream about. This look is perfect for those who prefer or have a more minimalist taste and style, without clutter and more light.

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Start off with a white tree, and then go from there. Decorate with different white baubles with contrasting textures to add some variety, even some clear glass baubles with white patterns on them could work. Hang some white tinsel and feather garlands to soften it up, this will also give off the illusion of snow on the tree branches. Bring in some natural objects or textures, such as pine cones and foliage to break it up a bit if it feels too cold and needs a bit of warmth added to it. You could add some silver to give it some glitter and extra shine if you need to break up the white decorations a bit more if you wanted to. Add some fairy lights to give it that final magical, winter wonderland-esque touch.

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The table setting can match the tree with white candles and dinner ware, gold or silver cutlery, white textured/lace placemats and table runner, with white baubles and foliage for the centre pieces.

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The gift wrap could not be any more simpler. Use white wrapping paper, whether it’s smooth, glittery or textured to wrap your presents up this year. Add some natural elements to add some interest to the presents.



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This one is for not only those that love tropical vibes, patterns and plants, but for those that live in tropical climates. I never thought about it when I was younger growing up in Cape Town about the way we decorated our christmas tree. We used the exact same style of ornaments that is used in the Northern hemisphere int he shape of snowflakes, icicles, snowmen, pine cones, etc., used wrapping paper covered in images of snow, christmas trees, reindeer and winter scenery, and listened to songs and watched music videos that all depicted a white Christmas, yet it was 45 degrees celsius outside and 40 degrees inside. We even had traditional (as traditional as it could get, I don’t think they know what bread sauce is, and I don’t think they sell it in any of the shops, either) christmas roast dinner, (sometimes we’ll have a braai instead), occasionally we might go to the beach or have our christmas lunch round a family member’s house that has a pool in their back garden so us kids could cool off from the Summer heat. I’m rambling and reminiscing now, but when I think back on it, it may have been because the world was not perhaps as forward thinking in terms of design for Christmas back then. However, now there are copious amounts of inspiration and stores are selling their own tropical inspired Christmas decorations. 

So this Christmas style is for the other part of the world or for those, like me, who absolutely adore summer, being warm without having to wrap up, or have moved somewhere colder and are missing those hot, summer, christmas days.

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You can really have fun decorating your christmas tree in this style. You can use a traditional, green tree and decorate it with vivid colours, or alternatively look at faux coloured christmas trees in summery colours, such as pink, yellow, orange, sea blue, and decorate them with palm tree, tropical birds (toucans, flamingoes and parrots to name a few), pineapples, watermelons, coconuts, cacti, shells, starfish, etc., there are infinite amounts of possibilities. You could even make your yellow christmas tree resemble a pineapple is you wish, or decorate a real pineapple or other tropical plants with baubles to add a quirky twist to your christmas decor.

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For the table setting, create centre pieces with succulents and tropical leaves, or flower or cacti shaped candles. Bring in terrariums to add some metallic shine. You can go for more neutral and natural colours and textures, or bring in some brighter, more lively colours.

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Be adventurous with the christmas wrapping. Use tropical printed wrapping paper with palm trees, exotic fruits and flamingoes, tie on some shells or DIY your own gift decorations with pop up flamingos, little tropical foliage and leaves, potato printed pineapples and sculptural florals.


Mixed Metals

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I am a lover of mixing metals to add more light and depth to an interior scheme, and this can create a really opulent atmosphere in the home when mixed metals are used to decorate at Christmas. If you want a truly luxurious and grand look this christmas, then this look is perfect for you!

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Mix together different shaped and textured baubles and ornaments in lots of different metals: gold, silver, copper, rose gold, brass, chrome, etc. Add metallic tinsel and fairly lights. Decorate your home with mixed metal tea light and candle holders, ornaments and christmas wreaths covered with a variety of different baubles.

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The table setting can be decadently decorated with this theme in the dinnerware and decorative items used for the centre pieces.

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Match your christmas decor with mixed metal wrapped presents, with glittery ribbons and gift tags to add some extra sparkle.



This look is for those that are fascinated by and love other cultures, whether it’s the colours found, the patterns use and created by or the traditions from those cultures. Below are a few different themes you could try out in your own home this Christmas.

  1. Indian
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For the tree, think bright, bold, jewel coloured decorations, such as rich reds, deep fuchsias, vibrant orange and lapis lazuli blues with golden details and intricate patterns. Add colourful fairy lights and jewel toned tinsel. Add in some different shaped baubles as well. This gives the whole look a really opulent and luxurious feel. The tree will look fun and vibrant, yet sophisticated at the same time.

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You decorate the room in the same theme, with large paper decorations or streamers, wreaths incorporating the same lively colours, and paisley or mandala patterned cushions and throws, or tapestries on the walls adorned with fairy lights. You could even add golden tea light holders or golden elephants around the room to bring the theme through more.

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The table setting can be just as playful, with bold dinner ware to match the colours used in the decoration of the tree. You could even bring in some patterns, such as paisley in the napkins or table runner. Place oranges among the centre pieces, have gold cutlery and golden edge plates or glasses. Don’t be scared to show off your luxurious side.

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For the gifts, try using jewel toned wrapping paper, with golden accents in the ribbon and patterns. John Lewis has a fantastic range of decorations and gift wrap inspired by eastern culture in their Tales of the Maharaja christmas collection.

2.  Mexican

Another fun and colourful way to decorate your tree with cultural influences is to look to Mexico. Spanish and Mexican textiles, designs and culture is becoming more and more popular across the globe, and what better way to celebrate it’s vibrancy than by incorporating it in to your Christmas festivities.

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With the tree, you can really have fun with colours, textures and even cultural references. Try adding pom poms, miniature pińatas, sugar skulls, llamas, tacos, sombreros, colourful roses and cacti shaped baubles.

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You could even have a vibrant coloured faux tree in orange, blue, pink or red to be more playful, or embrace your darker side with a faux black christmas tree to really make the decorations stand out.

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Or you can create your own alternative christmas tree, using a cactus or building a christmas tree out of green sombreros in different sizes. Add a mixture between normal and colourful fairy lights to complete the look.

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For the table, add colours and patterns through the runner and napkins, dress the centre pieces or runner with cacti and succulents, vibrant baubles and candles. Your dinnerware can be plain metallics, textured or with fiesta fun patterns on them.

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With the presents, you could use fun and quirky wrapping paper with cacti patterns printed on them. Tie the presents up with vibrant silk scarves and ribbons, and perhaps decorate them with pom poms as well acting in place of a bow.

3.  Oriental

There’s always something mystical about oriental cultures, from their traditional ceremonial clothing, art and design to their festivals, landscapes and architecture. It’s so unique and contrasting to what we see in western culture, and it has been something that has captivated and fascinated us for years. If you have a love for oriental design and art, then here is how you can achieve a look inspired by these cultures.

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Think red, gold and paper for the tree. This may give the tree a more traditional feel in terms of colour but the decorations will indicate that it is far from it in western terms. Buy or get crafty and create your own origami christmas decorations. Use lighter colours such as pale pinks, whites and blues for a more romantic feel, with sakura blossom sprays or oriental umbrellas and fans, with small kokeshi dolls and Kimekomi Balls baubles. You could even use a faux white christmas tree to help make the concept stand out more, or decorate a real or faux bonsai tree with christmas decorations. For the lights, try using miniature paper lanterns/fairy lights to finish the look. Conran has some beautiful oriental inspired christmas baubles on their online store, in the shape of fortune cookies and lucky cats.

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To achieve the oriental look for your table, try using natural materials. Bamboo placemats and wooden or stoneware bowls, sake cups and bottles, napkins folded in to origami shapes, cherry blossom sprays/branches, lanterns hanging above the table. The possibilities are endless. You can make it as minimalist or as maximalist as you want.

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With the presents, you could wrap them using a Japanese wrapping technique called Furoshiki. This is when you wrap the gifts up in fabric and tie it up with a knot at the top. You can learn how to do different Furoshiki techniques from this tutorial by Kyoto Design House on YouTube:



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Another christmas scheme to try is Monochrome. Monochrome can be seen as quite masculine, however it can be softened with different textures in wool and faux fur, bits of natural greenery and metallics. This decor would work perfectly for minimalists and can also fall in with the hygge/scandinavian style and trends trend.

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Decorate your tree with graphic, simple, stripey, dotted and patterned black and white baubles. You could consider adding silver for some sparkle and fairy lights. Take this theme one step further with a black or white faux christmas tree, or strip it back by having a minimalist, sculptural tree. 

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The table doesn’t have to seem lifeless with this palette. Try decorating with fern and other wintery foliage, silver or gold, and graphic, geometric, striped, or spotted monochrome patterned dinner ware, table runner, place mats, glasses or napkins. Mix and match the types of patterns used to create an interesting look.

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 For the gift wrap, use contrasting black and white wrapping paper. Make it more interesting by mixing and matching plain and patterned paper with tags. You could even print your own designs to give it a more personal touch.



Last but not least, how to decorate responsibly and sustainably this christmas season. This is something that more often than not is over looked at this time of year, where we buy presents and decorations that we end up throwing away in a  few years, that are made out of non-recyclable materials and can’t biodegrade in landfill, therefore harming the environment and releasing horrible toxins, polluting the air and warming our planet. Sounds like a drag, right? I feel that after the last Blue Planet II episode about how much we’ve harmed our planet, and with global warming rapidly on the rise, it’s a good time as any to address this issue. If you want to help reduce your carbon footprint and be more conscious this Christmas for your own health, as well as others and the planet and all that inhabit it, then this should hopefully get you going in the right direction.

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Now, this part of this post will contradict and make it seem strange that I suggested faux trees earlier, however plastic trees are not environmentally friendly. They are made of non-recyclable plastics and when thrown away, they just sit and clog up landfills, unable to break down. Plastic takes over 400 years to biodegrade. Now, this is not to say that you should throw out your plastic tree for a new, real, living tree. If you have a plastic tree and it’s in good working condition, then keep it, look after it, don’t break it when it’s time to pack it away in the New Year. However, if you do decide to get a real tree, give the fake one away to charity or secondhand stores so that someone else could have it for their home and not have to pay for a new fake tree to be made and continue to pollute the environment. If you do choose to buy a plastic tree, for any of the themes above, this one or for your own, inventive christmassy scheme, make sure you take good care of it and that you can think of new ways to use it (especially if you buy yellow, pink, purple or other colours). Those trees and styles take dedication, and if you go with a new style next year, you can easily make other themes fit if need be!

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If it is your first Christmas in your own home, then a real christmas tree is the way to go! You can buy your real life christmas tree from a local nursery, preferably one that is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. This means that it’s managed, grown and sourced responsibly, and eco-friendly, will have less of a carbon footprint than plastic trees. You can even buy a small tree that is potted, and so when the holidays are over, you can plant it in your garden. Or, alternatively, you can decorate other house plants such as succulents (aloe vera, christmas cactus, etc.) and indoor trees with christmas decorations in favour of chopping down pine trees or buying a false one. Real life christmas trees will biodegrade and give back important nutrients that the soil and our earth needs. They improve indoor air quality as well. Another idea is making your own christmas tree out of branches you could find in the woods or in your local park, and hanging them on the wall in size order to create the shape of a christmas tree, or place them in a recycled glass vase and hang baubles off the branches.

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Next are the decorations. Many believe that being sustainable means that objects and furniture will be dull and boring, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth! There’s lots of options to choose from for a sustainable christmas! You could go foraging for decorations when on a walk in your local park or woodlands, where you can find holy bushes, pine, eucalyptus, ivy, fir, and other local trees and shrubbery to collect leaves and sticks from to make your own christmas wreaths. Avoid tinsel at all costs if you really want to be efficient, however if you do have some, then use it again every year, or give it away to charity when you no longer want it. For under the tree, use a natural or recycled rug made from jute, hemp, bamboo or recycled saris to bring in some colour.

You could add a splash of colour to your decor through dipping pine cones in eco-friendly paint. DIY your own glass baubles, by placing foraged leaves and other plant matter inside, or use glass terrariums and place air plants or succulents inside. Make paper decorations as mentioned above with origami, or papermaché baubles with newspaper or recyclable paper, ensuring that the glue you use is environmentally friendly as well. You could hang orange slices and cinnamon sticks on your trees or around the house, ensuring that they are organic or if bought as ready-made decorations that they were responsibly sourced. Use old scraps of fabric or buy organic fabrics to make handmade and sewn decorations such as bunting, garlands, wreaths and stockings.

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Why not try your hand at tie-dying or dye them using natural dyes, which will help add colour to the scheme. Decorate the room with hand made, unbleached, paper snowflakes. If you have children, they could make some of their own christmas decorations themselves out of air drying clay, paper, sticks, fabric, etc. which would give it sentimental value and be used every year again and again for Christmas. Use old wrapping paper to make paper chains or even your own tinsel. The possibilities are endless! If you do decide to buy new decorations and are tired of your old ones, then donating your old decor to charity and second hand shops is the next best step to take. Go along to local christmas and craft markets or fayres and see what they have on stalls for christmas decorating. When adding lights to your tree or room, make sure they are LEDs, as these are a lot more eco-friendly and use up less electricity than other christmas lights. If they are battery powered, use rechargeable batteries, and if they do require to be plugged in, make sure to unplug them when not at home or during the day or before you go to bed at night. You can do this too for any outdoor christmas lighting as well.

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Same principles apply to decorating your table. Forage and make your own decorations. Use organic fabrics or responsibly sourced, sustainable wood for table runners, placemats, coasters, etc. You can naturally dye the cloth to add more colour, use bamboo serving bowls, spoons, wooden cutlery, or recycled steel cutlery and serve drinks in cups made form recycled glass. If you need new dinner and serve ware, why not buy from local craftsman, artists and designers, have a look in charity and second hand stores, or find your nearest pottery cafe or workshop where you can paint and decorate your own ceramics, placing more sentimental value on these products than mass produced products, and you can use them again every year or even every day depending on what you decide to paint on them. Use LED christmas lights that are battery powered (with rechargeable batteries, not throw aways) and organic soy or beeswax candles sourced and made by local bee keepers and candlemakers.

For the food, try shopping local farmers markets or whole food stores. This will ensure that you are shopping good, organic food, and minimising the amount of household waste produced. Take a canvas bag with you, and pick fruits and vegetables that aren’t wrapped in plastic containers or film. This is often much cheaper than shopping organic in supermarkets. And if you do shop from supermarkets, that’s ok, too. Try buying only organic ingredients from supermarkets, and without packaging if possible too. More often than not, plastic containers we buy our food in don’t get recycled because the plastic isn’t recyclable, or if it does get reused, it is then made in to a lesser value product, which then cannot be recycled. A good way to store food is in glass mason jars, or glass containers that can be repurposed. If you eat meat, shop organic or from a local butcher. Buy bread and cakes from local bakeries. It may cost a bit more, but by shopping local you help out small businesses who need the money more than mass producing, larger companies.

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For gift wrapping, why not print or paint on to recyclable brown parcel paper your own christmassy designs using eco-friendly paint, or buying recycled or eco-friendly wrapping paper from sites like Not On The Hughstreet or Re-Wrapped. You could wrap the presents in fabric, such as organic cotton, hessian or bamboo silk and use the japanese gift wrapping technique mentioned above. Lush have a whole range of patterned knot wraps that can be use to wrap presents in and it doubles as a fashion accessory, two presents in one! You can print or dye the fabric yourself or, you can use any wrapping paper you may have left over from the year before. When opening presents on Christmas day, try not to rip the paper and open them carefully, this way you may be able to salvage the paper for next year. Reuse old christmas cards or make your own by cutting up the pictures on old christmas cards and using them for new cards or turn them in to name tags for presents, or you can make your own tags from scratch and add some natural elements to it such as holly leaves or fir, miniature pine cones, eucalyptus or ivy. Try to avoid using sellotape and tie your gifts with scrap fabric strips, ribbon, lace or twine.

At the end of the Christmas season, you can place the sticks, leaves and any other foraged item in the front or back garden behind some bushes or in plant beds to biodegrade and give back to the earth, however you can keep the pine cones for next year if you don’t want to go out again looking for them. Place them in a glass jar or carefully wrap them in paper to be stored away for next year.


Whatever style to decide to choose this Christmas, I hope you love and have a wonderful time with your loved ones.

Let me know what you think about these styles in the comments below and I hope you enjoyed reading this!

Merry Christmas!

Danica x