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DIY Eco and Thrifty Resuseable Snack Packs/ Cling Film

11 March, 2014

You know what I hate? Cling Film. I partly hate it because it hates me – cling film started it when it refused to ever stick to itself so all my sandwiches look as if they are wrapped in scraggly, flappy bits of plastic. Oh wait! That *is* what cling film is!

It is the stuff that our great – great – great – great – great- grandchildren will discover on their archeological digs and think, with baffled expressions on their faces, scanning the barren, scorched land around them, “THIS was the reason for the demise of our beautiful earth! My great – great- great- great- great- Nana was a total plonker!” They will write articles in the National Geographic about how we used up the world’s most precious resource on wrapping up old bits of cheese.

Crumbs, didn’t know I was such a hater. Feel much better for that.

You’ll be pleased (because I was sounding like it was giving me high blood pressure, eh?) to know I discovered an alternative to Cling Film. It is an eco, recycled, reuseable version made with bees wax and fabric. Eco Alternative cling film

All you need is some scraps of fabric and bees wax.  I did six different sizes ranging from 30cm x 30cm to 15cm x 15 cm. I wanted some large enough to go over baking dishes to then go in the fridge and I wanted some I could sew into little snack packs.

Cut your fabric (ideally with pinking shears so it doesn’t fray)

Shave on a small amount of bees wax – sprinkle this as evenly as possible over the whole thing. Work sparingly as a little goes a long way.DIY resuable food wrap

Place on to some tin foil in a hot oven for 3 or so minutes, until wax has melted.

Bring it out and look at it in the light. You should be able to see any patches without wax on- sprinkle a bit on those areas and pop back in oven.

TADA! Done! You can use this in replace of cling film and you can wash and dry it and use it again!

I took two of my sheets and folded them in half and sewed a seam down the side. I left one side open so snacks could be popped in. It can then be folded over and secured with a band or a clip. PERFECT.

I am in love with this easy, peasy alternative to cling film and will never again wrangle with that nasty stuff and the great-grandkids won’t be calling ME the plonker.

Green things

No Poo, no toxins, no worries (Shampoo free for two years!)

20 February, 2014

“What’s that your cooking up now, Lu?” asks Tim. “Just sugar and lemon.” “For the pancakes?” “Nope, my hair.”

My husband nods his head, like, naturally.

It’s been over TWO YEARS since I gave up shampoo- I reckon that now makes my No Poo journey a long term one, yeah?

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My No Poo journey has been two years of mixing up concoctions, hair looking terrible, then amazing, terrible again, and then fine. Two years of people hearing about my No Poo experiment and then grabbing my ears, taking a big whiff of my scalp. (Not really, but a few people HAVE asked to smell it!)

I have had long, long hair and a very short crop. Just now it is a weird in between stage as I grow it long again. And I have tried just about every single thing out there as a natural alternative to shampoo, conditioner and styling products.

Here are a few reflections on giving up shampoo….

If you stick at it, it DOES work. But sticking at it is really hard. Realistically, you will go through a least a couple of months of unhappy hair. You need quite a lot of motivation to get through that first bit.

It works with long hair and short hair, although the short hair takes a lot less maintenance. I use to have to brush my long locks a lot but now I only use a brush to back comb my quiff…

Long hair takes a lot more STUFF too – coconut oil as a conditioner, more regular washing. I do this massage thing to distribute the oils away from my scalp and it is MUCH easier doing this with short hair.

In the past I have loved bicarbonate of soda, eggs, and soap nuts as my preferred natural shampoo alternatives. Now? Now I just use water.

There are people all over the world doing this- just quietly getting on with it. While we were in Spain, at the eco community, it was completely normal to be No Poo. Here I am, blogging all the ups and downs and there they were, just not washing their hair because of the chemical – free policy on site. No biggie.

If I want to style it I use a mixture of sugar and lemon as a nice crispy hairspray. For a wax I use beeswax and coconut oil, and for a gel I break off a bit of my Aloe Vera plant and use the gel inside. And if I want to use a hair clip I break off one of our Venus Fly Trap leaves and for a toothbrush I use a thistle. (Pahaha, totally just kiddingly about those last two… Although my life does increasingly resemble the Flinstones, just with less bones.)

When I first began this there were lots of baffled responses but the one that stuck with me the most was the person that said “Oh, I know lots of people who have done that. But they all eventually go back to shampoo.” I guess this filled me with the most doubt about my experiment – am I going to go through this whole thing, just to give up?

Two years later I can say, for sure, that there is NO going back to shampoo. Not in a million years. I can see no reason to. My hair cleans itself. I spend ZILCH on shampoo – not even on natural alternatives now I have short hair. I just use water. It is enormously thrifty and enormously green. My hair is strong, healthy and shiny. No Poo 4 EVA!

I need to write more on No Poo!l, eh? haven’t blogged nearly enough about it, considering I am such a devotee. What kind of stuff would you like to read about it?

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*UPDATE* I wrote a book on giving up shampoo! It is the ultimate guide to No Poo covering everything you need to know about No Poo. It covers the science of it as well as providing loads of practical advice for doing it. Buy a discounted version here or find it on Amazon in print.Happy Hair No Poo Book

DIY

How To Make Recycled Flooring

3 February, 2014

Last week I completed a DIY project that I think is my favourite make in my life so far. Not because it is superbly pretty, was fantastically quick or perfectly used my skill set. In fact, there are one or two ugly mistakes on it, it took WAY longer than I thought it would and anyone on the planet could do it! Pfft.

I loved it so much because it feels like a complete and utter DIY HACK. IMG_7488

Everyone needs a floor. But carpet takes skill to lay, good tiling is expensive and vinyl is often ugly. Making a recycled floor out of stuff you’d usually trash is just such a GENIUS way around this. (I’m allowed to say that as I didn’t invent it, yeah?)

We picked up our big bus, Bert, two weeks ago today. One of the first things we did was rip up the carpet. It was the rankest thing I’d ever seen. Thick with grime, an awful brown, and smelly too. We were left with a sticky MDF floor. We searched solidly for an entire week for some retro vinyl in the secondhand shops and went into carpet shops to try and find an inexpensive eco option but had no luck. A bit of late night googling for “recycled floor ideas” turned up a few blogs such as this beaut and as I read my heart began to beat faster and I knew we had to give this a bash.

The blogs I read used brown paper bags and their results are brilliant and classy. We wanted something a bit more fun and a bit brighter – so I began trawling Pinterest for geometric shape inspiration.

We took a trip first thing in the morning to the hardware store for some PVA glue, some eco, waterbased Polyurethane and a few tubes of artists acrylic. One of the local second hand stores had a big roll of old wallpaper -BINGO.

We hurried back and began the work.  HOW TO MAKE A(6)

Let me give you more detail…

1- Mix PVA glue to water- half glue and half water. Mix really well. I imagine you can use any paper but we used wallpaper, with the back facing up. This was because my practice stencils didn’t stick to the shiny side of the wall paper. So check how your paint fixes, if you are going to decorate it.

You can use any size strips of paper but we prefered the look of the larger bits. Ours were approximately one square foot. The finished result of this is almost like tiles. The more you scrunch the more texture your “tiles” will have. I preferred less scrunch, aesthetically. But  scrunch to break the straightness of the sheet of paper.

You have got three layers to nail this bit, so don’t worry too much about the first/ second!

Dunk it in your glue mix, swipe off the excess and smooth over your floor.

Move on to the next bit.

Leave each layer overnight to dry. Do make sure it is really dry inbetween layers. We did this on a hot day so ours dried really well.

We were happy with three layers.

2- Once it is completely dry you can start decorating it. I used simple artist’s acrylic and mixed my own colours.

I just freestyled triangles with masking tape. I want to encourage you to practice. I spent about a day simply perfecting my paint consistency and shapes! I tried making a stamp first but couldn’t get the clean effect I wanted.

I chose grey, mustard and yellow because it is the actual best colour combo in the world.

I did three layers so the triangles were very deeply coloured.

3- Once dry do your first layer of waterbased polyurethane – we used an eco brand. Waterbased takes much less time to dry and is much less toxic. Work quickly, don’t re-go over bits. Pick any fluff off as you go. Most of the bubbles and streaks will fade as it dries but do try and avoid it! We did three layers of polyurethane but we are going to do a couple more as we want this floor to be super robust seeing as it is the only floor in our house!

EXTRA TIPS:

Give yourselves at least 3 days from start to finish. You aren’t working this whole time (only actually about 4 hours of work for my tiny space and most of that was the shapes!) but it all involves a lot of drying.recycled flooring DIY
Do make your floor as even as possible before you begin. Shave down bumps, clean it well. We didn’t and it is, um, quite textured!

Sweep well before every stage.

Do a little practice patch.

If doing in a bathroom/ kitchen do add silicon around the edges to make it totally sealed.

Don’t skimp on the PVA. I did because I found it was sticking well with less PVA but when we added the second layer of polyurethane these little patches went dark and our lovely floor ended up slightly blotchy.  See picture below, on the left? Learn from me, friends. This floor is cheap enough already- don’t be a cheapskate!geometric floor pattern DIY

I have already swept, washed it down, spilt crap on it, walked tar onto it and it is holding up perfectly. And the other blogs tell me it has many years life in it yet!

You can probably tell, but I am completely stoked with our lovely floor. It cost about £20. We will almost certainly be doing this if we end up living in a proper house one day.

*skips about singing* My floor, my recycled floor, how I do adore!

(Ramona has begun singing everything. “Oh the cloud is sad in the sky while I eat my carrot” What a crack up. I do not know WHERE she gets it from.)

If you consider doing this I really recommend checking out some of the original bloggers as their posts are EXHAUSTIVE…
An Oregon Cottage (the Original Genius)
Ooh, I could totally do that! (Most excellent blog name!)
Lovely crafty home (Comp.Re.Hen.Sive)
Domestic Imperfection(Hilarious)

I am off to sit in the bus and rub my feet all over my shiny new creation.

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(Thanks, lovely sheepskin for £5 from a car boot sale, for hiding the bits I messed up.)

Craftiness

Transforming Old Cutlery- Painted Wooden Handles

20 January, 2014

We’ve spent the last few days in a place called Thames- we think this could be a nice spot to settle eventually so we thought we’d check it out. We are working on Bert the bus- getting it ship shape for proper living, trying to do it all using second hand shops and MAN ALIVE we are having fun diving in amongst all the retro kiwi jumble.

We found a cool cutlery set- wooden handles, just like the ones my Nana had.

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But I thought they could do with a bit of funning up so whipped out the paint to do a Pinterest job on them- you know the one.

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Gosh, if only I wasn’t so slapdash and cheapskate. Instead of dipping the handles in the bottles for a nice thick, smooth finish, I just bought the primary colours and mixed my own so had to apply three layers with a sponge. (Well boring.) I lacquered them once I was all done with some lacquer I found in a rusty tin at the back of a junk store and it sort of took one of the layers of paint off with it.
Oh well, it looks alright and is at least a bit shiny.

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So, some tips from all of this:

If you can afford it, make up small bottles of the colours you want so you can just dip the handle in.
Use tape to cover up the bit you don’t want painted- this crisp finish looks brilliant.
Use proper polyurethane to give a final finish over the whole thing.
Choose the colours you actually want, yeah? (I just sort of rolled with it and really regret that ice cream pink – ugh.)
Use pegs to dry them.

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Who knows how long they will last- should be a little while because of the varnish, but we’ll see. Meanwhile they are looking TERRIFIC sitting amongst all these other crazy bits and bobs slowly filling up the bus.

Here he is again, this time with the awning out. We’re hoping that soon his inners will look as charming as his outers.

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Linking up with the wonders over at Magpie Monday and Opshop Show off!

Finding things

Introducing our big brown bus: Berty Boo Bum

16 January, 2014

(Ramona named him…)

After visiting nearly every bus in Auckland over our first two weeks in NZ we found the one for us. A jolly great big thing, a Toyota Coaster, usually used as school buses, with just a few kilometres on the clock. The first time we saw him we only glanced at him and left pretty smartly- he was covered in grime and dust and fluff; we couldn’t bear to be in his presence. Over the next couple of days though we realised how unlike us that is – we are experts in reclaiming grotty stuff and making it all right!

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We went back and claimed him; tucking him under our metaphorical, loving, slightly disgusted, wings. So far we have just given him a massive clean up and draped beautiful blankets over all the seats. But we really want to make a more permanent mark on him.

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We are thinking cupboards made out of found wood and crates. (It has no storage really at the moment.) Perhaps doing some cool tiles. Maybe even dying the curtains, which are actually pretty nice already, a vibrant yellow. (I can’t get enough yellow in my life at the moment, I love it.) Ripping up the carpet which is the mankiest carpet that has ever existed and replacing with something subtle like dark laminate flooring or something retro and loud like black and white vinyl. We want a Formica table- er, obvs – and we might possibly turn some grates into a kind of shelving- like this. (Oh yeah, that is Wonderthrift – my fun new frugal blog!)

So yeah, a bit of work to be done but most importantly A LOT OF SECOND HAND SHOPPING! WOOHOOOOOO!

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Did I mention we don’t know really what we are doing in New Zealand yet? Well, the bus is going to give us a little project for all these bubbling creative juices as well as giving us the ability to move around, exploring places we might choose to call home eventually.

If any of you have come across any wizardly ways of making the most of tiny spaces do let us know! Although Berty feels pretty ginormous compared to Betty, he is still on the small side for a family of four.

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Well, there he is. Soon he’ll be back but in more resplendent retro glory….

You’d never have guessed, as I genuinely wanted to tell you about Berty and all the love he is going to get, but this was a collaborative post – check out my disclosure for more on that.

Green things

My little tin is full of Eco Make Up from Dr Hauschka

10 January, 2014

For most of my life my combined cheapskate-ness and desire to tread gently on the earth has led my philosophy towards Make Up to be “None at all unless it is second-hand.” So all of my make-up has been primarily and kindly donated from my mum and sister’s dregs. (I know, I know, I am TOO glamourous.)

A bit before Christmas though I decided to attempt a chemical-free life in 2014 and knew this would have to extend to my face. I threw out my secondhand mascara and went online to search out an eco make up range.

I came across Dr Hauschka and was delighted when he agreed to send me a parcel of goods to check out.

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They are passionate about the environment and creating luxury beauty products for people who want more than the average toxic sludge.

I received a Rouge Compact, a Translucent Powder Compact, a Volumising Mascara and some Foundation. And it is POSH and LOVELY and I feel like a grown up!

I don’t usually wear loads, and if I do put stuff on my skin it is normally on certain areas like my chin – it seems to be getting patchy and dark the older I get?- which is probably really totally against the Laws of Make Up.

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It all smells nicely, applies smoothly, and I feel great in it. I’d go for the waterproof mascara next time (but I have been crying a lot recently.) It is pricier than the cheapo ranges out there, however it is REALLY important to me that it isn’t full of toxic nasties.

If you are looking for environmentally friendly make-up, made wholly from natural products Dr Hauschka is your man.

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Oh, yeah, also: NEW BLOG! You are going to want to marry it…

1 January, 2014

Probably as a way of distracting myself from all the emotions of moving, like, literally FURTHER THAN IT IS POSSIBLE TO MOVE, I have been working on a brand new blog.

It is thrift, frugality and moneysaving utopia but especially for people who love the planet and enjoy being generous, having a cool home and eating well. I’m aiming to post (nearly) daily, short tips and tricks on everything from travel, recipes, craft and fashion.

It’s the opposite of being a cheapskate – it’s Wonderthrift! New thrifty blog Wonderthrift

Find it here on Wonderthrift.com

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It doesn’t look that beaut at the moment- I tried doing it over Christmas whilst on the loo/ nursing Juno to sleep but I’m planning on snazzying it up (unless there are any designers out there who want to help me with it?) But, OOF, the thrifty fun to be had on there over the coming months- eeeek!

See you at Wonderthrift, you thrifty wonders!

Craftiness

DIY glitter figure decorations

18 December, 2013

Quick! It’s Christmas! COVER EVERYTHING IN GLITTER.Glitter Figures Tutorial

I am always picking up small plastic figures from charity shops and car boots sales- sometimes whole plastic bags of them for 50p. I rummage through it saying to Ramona “One for you, one for me” until they are all dished out. She plays quite imaginatively with them and I craft them up. (These Cowboy and Indian pots were probably my favourite. Until now.)

I also like putting glitter on stuff. Really, who doesn’t? Anything goes. (See: shoes)

Glitter on tiny plastic toys is a WINNER!

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Grab some glue- a nice toxic shoe glue is a goody, something that dries quickly but is really strong.

Grab some glitter.

Apply glue to your figure in centimetre patches, dabbing it in the glitter before you do the next centimetre.

Don’t get your fingers involved. (I was Goldfinger for about 3 days.)

Apply a string to hang on the tree or a name tag for a placeholder.

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Merry glittery Christmas everybody.

(HARHAHAHAHA *evil laugh* Your guests will have glitter in all their nooks and crannies for MONTHS.)

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8 Things That People Should Never Get Secondhand (that I have)

17 December, 2013

“Oh, I might get this! I think I need it, really?” It was almost an exact repeat of my exclamation to Tim about three bright orange melamine plates I’d spotted a second earlier. (Yes, we are flying to New Zealand in two weeks TO LIVE, but I’ll just sneak one pair of Tim’s massive wooly socks out of the luggage and sneak the plates in. Melamine is now my life’s ambition.)

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We were in a charity shop and my three year old Ramona was clutching a small Ikea mirror that had been atrociously handcrafted up with small pasta shells and spray painted a metallic mauve. Half the shells had done a runner, obviously escaping the metallic mauve, and even the metallic mauve was a bit ashamed of itself and was flaking off in parts. “Let’s see the price tag, it’s probably minus 20p” – sometimes I truly believe these places should really be paying me to remove it from their shelf. I turn it over to find the sticker on the back. £1.50.

One pound fifty?!?!?

For just a few red faced, cross eyed seconds I became a Daily Mail reader. “That’s absurd! How can These Places charge double what something originally cost in the shop after it’s been DESCRATED?!” I was about to segue into an anti-immigration speech when Ramona interrupted, “Okay, how about this?” She was thrusting a grimey white teddy at me whose pokey black eyes were also pleading.

And thus begins my list….

8 Things That People Should Never Get Second Hand (that I have)

1- Teddy Bears that are a bit dirty and have pokey black eyes.

2- Knickers. I always buy my knickers from Oxfam. However, that is because they get them from Marks and Spencer’s. Clean, I think. (They better be as my mum’s life motto is pretty much “Always wear clean pants in case you’re run over by a bus.” She’s a fun one.)

3- Ear Plugs. I didn’t buy these, I stole them. This needs more explaining…. We were flying to England from New Zealand a few years ago and we had an 8 hour stop over in the airport. As we came through First Class I nabbed a pair of discarded ear plugs. “Vat are you doink?” Asked Tim. (He’s not German, he was stealthily enquiring through clenched teeth.) Well! He knew what I was doing after a quick wash and dry, when I hunkered down on a bench and slept solidly the whole 8 hours. *high fives self* But, outside of emergency situations like this, probably even just touching a stranger’s waxy plugs let alone shoving them in your lug ‘oles is a NoNo.

4- Incontinence Pads. We are currently using up a few old (unused) bags of Incontinence Pads as nappy inners for Juno’s cloth outers. It works TREMENDOUSLY. However, you soon become nonchalant and leave them at the top of your handbag and stuff; your great big wad of Molly Maids for all to see.

5- Toiletries. I once cycled the entire breadth of London to pick up a bag of toiletries I’d been lured by through Freecycle. I was unemployed and I spent about six months on daily Freecycle missions. This time was a disappointment- a great big sack of toiletries but half of them were partly used hotel shower gels and the other half were unlabelled. My waste not, want not attitude got me a bit of itchy skin.

6- Bean Bag Beans. Another Freecycle lure. We hiked to Canary Wharf and helped a lady empty her giant sofa of its tiny beanbag beans so she could take it home to Australia. We then filled 8 bin bags with them (this whole thing took about a day to do, those beanbag beans are PESKILY ELUSIVE) and took them on the tube all the way home. ARHAHAHA. As the knots on the bin bags gradually loosened, and the beans grasped every possibility to fly, the underground became like a snow globe.

Always leave the beans in the bag, people.

7- A cabinet that smells of wee. Or a wardrobe that smells of wee. Or a set of drawers that smells of wee. Cat wee is REALLY REALLY hard to get out of wood and every time you try and get out some cutlery/ craft materials like small pasta shells/ fancy frocks you’ll get a whiff. The downside of filling your house with street-finds.

On the topic of wee…

8- A mattress. Our great big stonking king sized bed was second hand and it came with wee stains on it. But oh, it was so plush, so gargantuan, so perfect for cosleeping, we couldn’t resist. However, the next time we found a bed frame on the street (cat wee free) we bought a brand new good mattress for it. Especially if you are considering cosleeping, it is safer to have a non-fumey, non-saggy mattress about which you know the full history.

As you can see, I’m pretty darn liberal about you can get secondhand. Anything for a bargain, me. It’s why I’ll probably die one day in my Oxfam undies not under a bus but under a collapsed tower of riotously coloured melamine that I didn’t hear falling because of the stranger’s ear plugs in my ears.

What do you avoid buying secondhand? Have you got anything that you’d never confess was a charity shop find?

Linking up with Liz and the other secondhand lovers at Magpie Monday.

This post is in collaboration with John Lewis. Please do check out my disclosure for more on that.

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Can you have an ethical and money saving Christmas?

14 November, 2013

It feels strange writing about Christmas. We’re currently all on a beach in our pyjamas watching the surf roll in. It’s a wild and deserted stretch of coastline – we’ve been camped for 24 hours and have only spotted one other soul in the distance. It’s a time-stealing beach; hours are plundered clambering over dunes, chucking rocks at waves and finding treasure in the flotsam (so far Ramona has unearthed two pink shells, one dead lizard and a tampon applicator.)

But Christmas, eh? That time of year when we all pretend to love mince pies and hate brussel sprouts. (When clearly mince pies are of the devil’s lair and sprouts are little cabbagey Iced Gems plucked from God’s own garden.)

The challenge I embrace each year is trying to keep festivities ethical but not too lavish.

It often seems that ethical, eco choices come at a price; that an ethical Christmas involves just spending more money on Fair Trade gifts and an organic turkey. However increasingly I’m finding that the ethical choice can be a thrifty choice- that by simplifying our ideas about gifts and foods we can reconcile these things.

And I think that the sentiment of Christmas – peace, love and joy- makes this a perfect time to really wrap our heads around the idea of celebrations that are fair and just for people and planet.

Here are some thoughts about how we do that:

Get to a fair
There are tons of ethical fairs around, market stalls where you can buy every single gift you need under one roof. The best (erm, hehe, I may have created it but have handed it over this year because I’m just too busy… beach duties etc) is Fair Christmas Fayre on Oxford Street, London. This year it is on Saturday 30th November and is the ultimate one stop shop for ethical gifts. There are also fairs in Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester and other places. See here for more details. Buying at a fair saves on postage and packaging, gives you the full spectrum of ethical (eco, handmade, fair trade) and is likely to put all your cash on the hands of smaller, tax paying independent retailers.

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Save
Even doing the thriftiest Christmas results in a little pressure on the pocket. Do you have your act together with the money you have already? We are really only just being grown up about getting our head around proper saving schemes, discovering it is entirely possible to pinch some pennies simply by keeping your money in a good place. We are learning how worthwhile it is researching the Best Savings Accounts. If you know of short term ethical saving plans please share in the comments- I only know of more long term ethical investment schemes.

Become a rubbish wrapper
Wrapping paper must be one of the biggest yuletide money wasters (hello? £6 a roll?!?!?) and environmental disasters. What is the point? (I know, I know. The whole of humanity can be divided into wrappers and rubbish- wrappers. I am rubbish.) Wrappers: become rubbish- wrappers ! Not in the way I am which is a wonky-oops-no-Sellotape-I’ll-use-blu-tack kind of a way. In an imaginative and beautiful, make bows and roses out of newspaper kind of a way. I‘ve seen it done beautifully.

Be creative about presents
There are loads of alternatives to heaving Santa sacks and shelves of trinkets you don’t want. Presents can be wonderful, but too many can make them an enormous financial and ethical burden.
My extended family has done Secret Santa each year to great success – just having one gift to buy makes it much simpler and thriftier.

This year we are going even more streamline with no presents at all, instead we are going to do something together, go to a show or a big day out as our present to each other.

There are other ways of showing love, if you want or need to.

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I’d love to hear how you make Christmas enjoyable, thrifty and ethical. If you want some more of my ideas check out 6 Steps to a Thrifty Christmas- covering trees, frocks, food and decorations. And why not take a couple of minutes to check out BM Savings?

Tally Ho, must dash to do some parenting- Ramona has just brought me a rusty pole with a crab leg on top singing Happy Birthday. She turns three tomorrow and she must be letting me know the kind of pressie she is hoping for. I could probably manage some washed up junk with some sea crud on it.

This is a collaborative post with BM Savings- please do check out my disclosure page for more info.