3 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste…

Recycling plastic is a fantastic step forward in helping to reduce plastic pollution and even better are reducing plastic use and re-using plastic items. Here’s three easy ways to reduce your plastic waste.

  1. Carry a water bottle. Grab yourself a good looking and practical reusable water bottle, this means that you’re not buying water in single use plastic bottles. A great way to easily reduce your plastic waste and also save some money too!

2. Reuse old plastic containers. Reusing plastic is even better for the environment than recycling. No processing is needed to reuse rather than recycle plastics, so wash thouroghly and then reuse plastic containers once you’ve used their original contents. There are all kinds of ways of re-using plastic containers. Here’s a few ideas: cover old containers with paper labels for organising and storage for small household items. Use them for storing and carrying food, they can be great for packed lunches. lidded plastic food containers are perfect for freezing food portions when you batch cook. Take well washed and lidded plastic containers to the refill store to hold your purchases.

3. Switch to bar soaps, shampoos & conditioners. Bathrooms can produce loads of plastic waste so it’s a great place to find easy reductions. Switch to bar soaps, shampoos and conditioners. I switched from bottle hand soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner and have saved over 70 plastic bottles a year from my bathroom alone!

I hope this ideas help and inspire you to reduce you plastic waste a little bit.

Thanks & have a great week!

Sarah x

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Art Deco – WHAT’S THE STORY?

Art Deco – it was a brave new look for a brave new world. As I sit here in summer 2022 embracing our ‘new normal’ and bracing myself for ‘The Roaring Twenties – The Re-do’, I’m instantly inspired to look back to the original and the design movement that redefined everything, from dinner plates to dancing frocks and back again. 1920s swept in the Art Deco design movment and in an instant it swept away all the tradition that had gone before and by crikey was everybody ready. After years of war, truma and loss followed by the Flu pandemic of 1918 the world needed a brake – enough was enough, so many had lost their lives and youths to the war and the flu and now they were going to live a little…..

Art Deco was THE thing that changed every thing. I always find the name a little strange: Arts Decoratif, to give it’s full title. It came out of France and means Decorative Arts and yet it is less decorative and fussy than it’s predecesor Art Nouveau (meaning New Arts).

Anyway, along came Art Deco and changed the world. It represented an un-fussy, elegant, sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate style. Featuring geometric shapes and stong lines it has a purity and simplicity which tells of it’s practicallity. It can be even be argued that it also had a role in the Rights of Women movement. Art Deco design removed the focus of the creation of a domestic enviroment from a purely female role and resposibility and made it much more gender neutral. Art Deco clothing design was a massive departure from the restrictive and inconvenient dress of the preceding eras, it clearly resulted in much more practical clothing styles for women, meaning thay could take part in many activities with increased freedom of movement – no small progress!

And it was fun! As the designs was simplified the materials and finishes became much more important and luxe. If you were able to go dancing, you could wear a flapper dress and dance the Charleston (and who doesn’t love THAT!)

And, even if you had a family to look after and your flapper days were behind you, Art deco could still bring a hint of modern glamour into your world, in the form of a Clarice Cliff or Suzie Copper teaset!

Art Deco Clarice Cliff tea set

The Art Deco design movement was so highly influential on our lives that it is still impacting us today and I love the beauty and purity of it!

You can easily add a a sprinkle of Art Deco style to your home or wardrobe. Here’s a couple of high style Art Deco ideas!

I often use genuine Art Deco beads dating from the 1920s & 1930s to create reclrecaimed and recycled vintage bead earrings for my eco-friendly range of jewellery, so if you’re an Art Deco fan then come and take a look at my Art Deco earring collection

All in all, the Art Deco movment represented a huge leap forward in our lives, it transitioned us from traditional to modern and we’re still feeling those changes today! The design influence of the Art Deco movement has been so far reaching and impactful. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little foray into the Art Deco world…

Thanks & have a lovely day

Sarah x

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Summer Eco-Gifts & Clothes

Ahh here in Yorkshire the sun has finally shown it face! So I wanted to share our latest summer collection of eco-friendly gifts and t-shirts. We’ve got eco-friendly organic cotton Japanese inspired t-shirt & sweatshirt featuring the artwork of Johnnyinthe56, handmade earrings by Revive Vintage crafted with vintage 1980’s reclaimed beads, a set of 3 hand-printed lino print cards featuring the Mushroom Girl design by Gray and finally a really pretty handmade Lavender bag crafted from reclaimed vintage 1930’s embroidered cotton and more items are on their way!.

I hope you enjoy our eco-friendly creations, thanks for taking a look!

Have a great week!

Sarah X

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Summer 2022 Earring Trends

Here’s a quick pick of our Handmade, eco-friendly earrings that are trending for Summer 2022…

Enjoy!

  • Handmade earrings
  • Wire earrings trending for summer 2022
  • Made in Yorkshire
  • Length: 8 Centimetres; Width: 1 Centimetres
  • Materials: Sterling Silver ear hooks & reclaimed wire links & beads
  • Gemstone: Jade
  • Style: Art deco
  • FREE worldwide shipping
  • Handmade earrings
  • Stripes on trend for summer 2022
  • Made in Yorkshire
  • Materials: reclaimed vintage glass beads & sterling silver ear hooks
  • Style: Art deco
  • FREE worldwide shipping
  • Handmade earrings
  • Transparent is a leading trend for Summer 2022
  • Made in Yorkshire
  • Materials: Reclaimed vintage glass beads & sterling silver ear hooks
  • Style: Art deco
  • FREE worldwide shipping
  • Handmade earrings
  • Made in Yorkshire
  • Materials:Reclaimed Carnelian gem stone beads & sterling silver ear wires
  • Style: Art deco
  • FREE worldwide shipping

Thanks for looking & have a great great week!

Sarah x

How to Do Nature Bathing.

‘What’s nature bathing?’ I hear you say. Well, very simpley it’s: being in nature, and it has some good research to show that it’s really good for us! On this basis, I think its a good thing and so I had a look at it as an experience and concept. I’ve been practising it for some months and really enjoy it and the sense of wellbeing it brings – also it’s VERY eco-friendly, so I wanted to share it with you.

Nature bathing is all about spending quality time in a natural environment. It’s a little bit more than a quick stroll around your park or garden, but, it can be acheived in most environments. The benefits to your health and wellbeing have been researched and they’re real and significant. We can all do it, so here’s the 5 easy steps to getting the most out of your nature bathing.

  1. Find or create a natural environment. Ideally, the deeper the natural environment the better, but, that being said, many of us live in urban environments and don’t have easy access to the countryside. The important aspect is that you can access the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of nature, so a woodland, the seaside, the countryside, local park, garden, backyard, balcony or even an open window can all work for your nature bathing.
  2. Get yourself into your ‘natural environment’ If you’re in a confined space, position yourself so you can see as many plants and as much sky as possible.
  3. Now get bathing! This means being in your natural environment, without distracting yourself with other things. It’s best to avoid, all devices, no coffee, no excercising, no chatting – just be in your natural environment.
  4. Get comfy – stand, sit, lie down, stroll or even a very gentle jog are all good, and it’s fine to change position during your nature bathing time.
  5. Here’s the really important part: pay attention. Notice and experience each of the different aspects of your natural environment. Take some time to really enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of the natural environment. Engage with the ‘big picture’ experience and also take notice of the tiny details within the environment. If your natural environment is limited, try to guide your attention towards the aspects that are natural, so that you’re not distracted by the none natural elements. For example: if you’ve got traffic noise, take your attention to the colours and textures of the plants, watch the movement in the sky. Finally, engage with your naturing bathing as often as you can and for as long as feels natural – Relax & Enjoy!

Thank you & have a great week!

Sarah x