4 Cleaning Tips That Are Easy And Eco Friendly

April 2022

It’s April and although the weather might not have got the memo, Spring is here! This means it’s time for a big spring clean.

A spring clean gives you the chance to reset and refresh your home. We would advise regular tidy up so the job isn’t as daunting, but either way, we’ve got you covered.

Read on for our easy (and of course, eco-friendly) cleaning tips …  

Make yourself an all-purpose cleaner

Starting off with a cleaning tip that is not only eco-friendly but can save lots of pennies. Make your own all-purpose cleaner. 

Using a homemade, all-purpose cleaner and popping it in an old spray bottle means you’ll be cutting down on products with lots of plastic packaging.

Simply mix 150ml water, 60ml white vinegar and 40ml surgical spirit (optional essential oil for fragrance!)

You can use this everywhere: worktops, the hob, cupboards, mirrors and glass for a streak-free, quick-drying clean!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Lemons are an asset to any eco-friendly cleaning routine, with both antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

Rub a slice of lemon on a cutting board to remove germs. Go a step further and dip lemon halves into salt and use them to scrub your pots back to their signature shine.

Another top tip is to use a lemon half to clean tricky cheese graters! Save your sponges from getting shredded by wiping graters with lemon before washing. It’ll loosen up anything stuck inside.

Clear the closet

We’re all guilty of it. Keeping items of clothing that no longer fit us, suit us or are falling apart because of sentimental value. It’s time to take inspiration from Marie Kondo and get rid of what doesn’t ‘spark joy.’ Whether you sell old items online or donate to your local charity shop, there are still ethical considerations.

While charity shops are always happy to welcome your donations, not every item goes on to have a second life. Research by Oxfam estimates ‘at least’ one million pounds of textiles donated ends up in landfills.

Easy tips to ensure your donated items go on to a loving home include making sure everything you donate is washed, checking the quality and that there are no holes or missing buttons, and checking before you donate. Make sure to call your chosen charity shop before making a trip as they make be overcome with donations and prefer you wait a week or two to take new items in.

Repurpose old toothbrushes

Many of us have transitioned to a more eco-friendly and biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, but whether you’re using bamboo or plastic, you can save your old toothbrushes from the bin and add them to your cleaning kit.

Toothbrushes can come in handy for cleaning any awkward spots in your home. The back of your taps, computer keyboards and the grout between your tiles.

The small size and coarse bristles are perfect for cleaning stubborn grime.

For more eco-tips check out our other blogs and if you have your own eco cleaning tips, share them with us on social media. We’re on Facebook at @FeelGoodEco and Instagram at @FeelGood_eco.

5 easy steps to make your own bug hotel

March 2022

The weather is finally warming up for spring so we figured it was a good time we do another nature-related craft… with toilet rolls of course! A bug hotel is a great little way of caring for wildlife and recycling Feel Good toilet roll cores.

This zero-waste idea will brighten up your garden and is super fun to make.

Bug hotels are really simple to make and have massive benefits to lots of different minibeasts and insects such as ladybirds, bees, spiders, and woodlice. Minibeasts can then use the hotels as a safe space to shelter, lay eggs, raise their young, and hide from predators.

Using sustainably sourced materials is important to us at Feel Good (we’re big fans of recycling if you hadn’t realised) You can gather most of the materials for this project from your recycling bin and the garden, but you might also need to dig around the craft box a little bit.

What you’ll need:

  • Feel Good toilet roll cores
  • Scissors
  • Tape/glue
  • Cardboard
  • Items like sticks, stones, twigs, dry leaves, pinecones, grass etc.
Here's what we used to make our bug hotel

How to make your bug hotel:

Step 1:

Using the cardboard pieces, build a structure (we made a two-story hotel out of an old cardboard box) and add in the toilet rolls as tunnels on the “ground floor”

Step 2:

Add in the string, arrange however you like, to create a different texture environment on the “first floor”

Step 3:

Add the natural materials in such as sticks, stones, leaves, grass, twigs to fill out the first floor

Step 4:

Start to mix up and layer your materials and build a sort of playground for the bugs in their hotel

Step 5:

To finish off, add some leaves to the top for a little roof and pop it outside for all the bugs, minibeasts, insects, and wildlife in your garden.

Remember – be inventive!

There’s not a right or wrong way to make one of these hotels. Give it a go and share with us your bug hotels – tag us on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re looking for another toilet roll craft for the spring, check out our toilet roll bird feeder tutorial.        

Spruce up your living or workspace with plants.

February 2022

House plants can do a lot more than add a bit of greenery, they have so many benefits! The biophilic design trend is about bringing the outdoors in and helping us to reconnect with nature. So, here are some of our favourite house plants and their health benefits.

Spider Plant

This dramatic-looking plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. It names from its spider-like leaves which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web.

The benefit of this plant is its air-purifying quality allowing it to remove formaldehyde from the air. It can grow in any type of soil, only needs occasional watering, and dislikes direct sunlight.

Aloe Vera

These plants are technically succulents, which means they retain water in dry conditions – so they’re pretty hardcore! Aloe Vera plants are stemless or have very short stems with thick, fleshy leaves.

The benefits are that the inner part of the leaf can be applied to the skin to soothe irritation and sunburn. They are a bit more demanding as they prefer bright indirect sunlight and lots of water. But they can survive in artificial lights.

Snake Plant

The tall, leafy plant is known for being very tolerable and for its architectural shape. These are around seven different species of snake plants all native to tropical/sub-tropical regions of Europe. They are all evergreen and can grow anywhere from 8 inches to a whopping 12 feet high!

Snake plants purify the air and are another one that is easy to care for. They only need occasional watering and dislike direct sunlight but overall aren’t too fussy!

We hope you love these plants as much as we do and we’ve inspired you to have a little upgrade. If you’re a new plant parent or you’re already a plant expert, let us know which is your favourite plant!

Tag us on the Instagram page or drop us a message over on our Facebook page.

If you loved this blog, go check out more Feel Good blogs on our website.

Be more eco-friendly in 2022

5 ways to be even more eco-friendly in 2022

January 2022

If you’re aiming to be more eco-friendly in 2022, you’re not alone. A survey of over 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by GoCompare, found that being more environmentally friendly was one of this year’s most popular new year’s resolutions. However, data from YouGov found, of those who made resolutions, around a quarter failed to keep any of them (23%).

Being more eco-friendly in 2022 doesn’t have to be a big commitment. It only takes a few small changes to reduce your impact on the environment:

Practice meat-free Monday

The prospect of going vegetarian, or vegan, full time might be a daunting one, but how about meat-free Monday? An easy way to do something for the planet is to have one plant-based day a week.

Reducing your meat consumption one day a week has benefits for the health of our planet and your own health. For example, skipping just one serving of beef one day a week for a year saves the equivalent emissions of driving 348 miles in a car.

For some tasty, veggie and vegan recipes, head over to the meat-free Mondays website.

Invest in a reusable bag

Plastic bags have a lasting effect on the environment. They can take anywhere from 15 years to 1,000 years to decompose and cause harm to wildlife around the country.

Using an eco-friendly bag made from biodegradable materials is an easy swap that will cut down your plastic waste.

Be more eco-friendly in 2022 with a reusable bottle.
Switch to a reusable water bottle

Instead of buying a plastic bottle of water from the supermarket every time you’re thirsty, why not invest in a reusable bottle?

Over 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean each year. Scientists predict that by 2050 they will contain more plastic by weight than fish. By switching to a reusable bottle, the average Brit can save around 150 single-use plastic bottles from use every year.

Our favourite reusable bottle is from Moon Bottles, which also plant five trees for every bottle purchased!

Turn electrical appliances off when they’re not being used

This may seem like an obvious one but, it’s one of the easiest changes to make. Leaving appliances running is a huge waste of energy that can be avoided so easily.

Set reminders on your phone to turn off your plugs when you leave for work in the morning and before you go to bed.

Switch to recycled/reusable products

Maybe the easiest change of all – switching your usual groceries out for eco alternatives! Next time you’re doing your weekly grocery shop, why not see what products you can swap out for a more eco-friendly option?

Waitrose, Booths and Ocado shoppers can make an easy swap with their toilet roll by picking up Feel Good! Unlike other supermarket toilet paper brands, Feel Good is made of 100% recycled materials and comes in an easily recycled paper wrapper!

Got more questions about Feel Good? Take a look at our FAQ page and if you still have questions, why not pop us a message on Instagram?

Charge your phone before bedtime

January 2022

We’re all guilty of it, sticking your phone on charge overnight so we’ve got that all-important 100% battery life by the time we wake up.

However, leaving any of your devices plugged all night consumes a lot of unnecessary energy.

An easy change you can make is just to charge your phone when you get in from the day, a few hours before bed, then you can turn your sockets off overnight!

An additional tip – putting your phone on aeroplane mode helps it charge even faster!

For more eco-tips, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We share regular tips and tricks on how to live a more eco-friendly life. We’re also happy to hear any tips you have so drop us a message! We’ll also be posting lots more eco-tips and tricks on our just for fun page, so stay tuned!

Thanks for helping us Feel Good in 2021

December 2021

We can’t believe 2022 is just around the corner! Our first year has been a wild one. We want to say a huge thankyou to everyone who supported us throughout 2021. Since launching at the end of April, we’ve featured in multiple magazines and watched our lovely fan base grow on our Instagram and Facebook pages.    

Award-winning

We couldn’t think of a better way to end the year than with the news that we have been voted best household paper launch of 2021 by The Grocer.

The Grocer is the leading retail trade magazine in the UK, so being recognised by them is a huge honour. The top product lists are decided by the editorial team and independent industry experts. The judges commended Feel Good for its innovation and bringing something new and exciting to the toilet paper sector.

Did you pick up a pack of Feel Good in 2021?
Did you pick up a pack of Feel Good in 2021?
Where you can find us

Feel Good first launched at Waitrose, online and in stores back in May. Since then, Feel Good has also been available to pick up in Morrisons stores and online at Ocado.

We’ve been loving reading all the reviews online and particularly enjoyed, ‘I was expecting crispy paper that would hurt my bottom, however, this is lovely and soft.’ Ocado user @pk196 – we would never hurt your bottom!

2022 is looking even better, and customers in the North will soon be able to find Feel Good in their local Booths store.

Booths pride themselves on working with responsible businesses, so we’ll be in good company surrounded by other eco-friendly products.

In good company

Another recent highlight for Feel Good was being featured in the Good Housekeeping Institute list of ‘best eco household products’. Feel Good was named the ‘best made in the UK’ eco toilet paper and scored 76/100 in GHI trials. Testers praised our good absorbency and affordability – at £4.50 a pack… we don’t blame them!

We were also featured in Women’s Own as one of their ‘eco brands worth backing’, alongside eco-conscious brands such as Jude’s Ice Cream and Teapigs.

We’re feeling social

We’ve been especially busy over on our socials lately, running our advent calendar – 12 days of Feelin’ Good. Featuring sustainable festive tips as well as a fair few competitions!

We teamed up with a few like-minded brands; The Truthbrush, beautiful bamboo toothbrushes, Moon Reusable reusable bottles to help cut down your plastic use and Floragy Skincare, wonderful, plant-based skincare. The team at Feel Good HQ were tempted to keep the prizes for ourselves, but they’re off to Feel Good fans for them to enjoy this Christmas – or to gift if they’re feeling generous.

We love interacting with our Feel Good fans on social media, and can’t wait to build our community over the next year. We can’t wait to work with more brands and create even more competitions for people to get involved in. So if you’re not already following us… head over to our Instagram and Facebook.

What’s next?

We can’t wait for an even bigger and better 2022. We’ve got lots of exciting plans on the horizon. What are they? Well… you’ll have to keep following us to find out! And make sure to keep an eye on our blog pages for even more fun stuff!

3 Easy Toilet Roll Crafts To Decorate Your Christmas Tree

December 2021

Decorating your Christmas tree with toilet rolls? It’s not as crazy as it might sound. 

You know we love a toilet roll related craft, even more so when it’s festive! This month’s craft activity is three easy to make decorations for your Christmas tree. 

We all know Christmas can be a time of overconsumption, which also means even more waste is produced. Some estimates suggest that 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown away and not recycled in the UK this Christmas. So, we all need to be mindful of the little ways we can cut down on waste this festive season.

While many of us will reuse our Christmas decorations time and time again, why not take it a step further and create your own decorations from household waste and a lick of paint? 

And, because we’re so great, we’ve got three different toilet roll decorations to try out, so read ahead and decide which one you want to make… 

And remember to supervise children when crafting – especially when you’re using a glue gun or scissors!

Snowman decoration 

This is the easiest of our toilet paper decorations, all you need is: 

  • Toilet roll core 
  • White paint 
  • Ribbon/thread 
  • Glue (either PVA or a glue gun)
  • Scissors 
  • Biodegradable white/silver glitter (optional) 
How to make:
  1. Cut your toilet roll core into three equal sections. 
  2. Paint each of your sections white paint. 

Optional step: If you want a little extra glitz, you can also cover the sections in biodegradable glitter! Choose wisely though; most glitter contains microplastics that takes years to degrade. 

  1. Glue the pieces together – stacking them on top of each other to look like a classic snowman.
  2. Wrap a piece of ribbon around where the top two pieces are glued together for a scarf. 

Optional step: If you want to give your snowman a face, use a piece of white scrap paper or tissue paper. Cut a circle slightly larger than your top circle and draw your face on. Then glue inside the circle. 

  1. Use a piece of ribbon to create a hanger. We glued the ribbon to the top of our snowman ornament but you could also pull the string through the opening of the top of the snowman ornament and tie it off. 

Bingo! You’ve got a happy snowman for your tree.

A Christmas tree for your Christmas tree! 

A miniature tree for your Christmas tree, what could be cuter! 

What you’ll need…
  • Two toilet paper cores
  • Paint of your choice (a traditional green and brown? A rainbow tree? It’s up to you.)
  • Glue (either PVA or a glue gun)
  • Ribbon/thread 
  • Optional: pom poms or other decoration for your tree
How to make:
  1. Cut your two toilet roll cores in half longways. 
  2. Leave one piece as it is. Holding the pieces horizontal, cut a little bit off each piece, cutting a little more as you progress through the pieces, so when you arrange them they form a lovely triangular tree shape. Keep one of the scrap pieces to use as the tree stump. 

3. Paint the tree in your selected colours. We’ve gone for a traditional green for the tree and brown for the stump. 

4. Once dried, lay all the pieces out to form a tree and glue them together. 

5. Decorate your tree! Either with paint, you can also glue pom-poms on and biodegradable glitter. 

6. Glue a loop of ribbon to the top piece and there you go, now you can decorate your tree… with your tree! 

Castle ornament 

This ornament is *slightly* more difficult than the previous ones, but it’s still a doddle and can be done with the kids. To make a princess castle ornament, what you’ll need is: 

  • A toilet roll core (of course) 
  • Scrap cardboard (an old tissue or cereal box will do) 
  • Scrap paper OR paint for decoration.
  • Glue (either PVA or a glue gun) 
  • Scissors 
How to make:
  1. Cover your toilet roll core with decorative paper or paint it in a colour of your choice.

2. Cut out a small ‘archway’ about an inch high in your tube.

3. Now for your base: Cut a cardboard circle with a diameter of 6.5cm. 

4. For the roof, cut out another cardboard circle with a diameter of 12cm.

5. Decorate both your roof and base however you like. You can use paint or scrap paper, however, covering the roof in scrap paper might make it a little harder to bend into your roof in the next step…

6. Lie a loop of ribbon or string the centre of the straight side of the semi-circle and glue it into place. 

7. Take your half-circle and glue the ends together (as shown in the image) to create a cone. If you have a paper clip or binder clips, use these to hold while drying.

8. Once everything is dry, glue your tube to the base by running a bead of glue around the top edge of the tube. Set roof down, press firmly and allow to dry.

9. Do the same with the base – run the glue around the bottom edge of the tube. Press onto your base.

10. Add any additional decorations – you could write the name of your closest princess on the castle and it’s ready to hang on the tree! 

Make sure to share your toilet roll creations with us on Facebook and Instagram.

If you’re looking for more toilet roll related crafts, or a homemade gift for that stationery lover in your life, head over to our just for fun page and find out how to make a toilet roll pen holder

World Toilet Day

November 2021

Friday 19th November 2021 is World Toilet Day. A whole day dedicated to the toilet!

You may be wondering why we need a whole day dedicated to the loo, but… did you know that approximately 3.6 billion people in the world don’t have access to safe sanitation?

World Toilet Day has been an annual United Nations Observance since 2013. It was first established back in 2001 by the World Toilet Organisation.

2021 is all about valuing the toilet, and the fact toilets – and the sanitation systems that support them – are valuable to our health and the environment. Toilets also drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics and the environment.

The UN has pledged to provide toilets for all by 2030. Access to sanitation is recognised by the UN as a human right. Everyone should be entitled to have affordable access to sanitation, throughout the world.

To find out how you can help, take a look here: https://www.worldtoiletday.info/

3 easy ways to have a greener Halloween

October 2021

Between decorations, costumes and individually wrapped sweets Halloween isn’t the most eco-friendly time of the year. Luckily, we’re here for you with some easy tips for having a greener Halloween.

Get crafty

Decorating your home is one of the best parts of Halloween but all those plastic decorations can generate a lot of waste. Instead, get crafty with your Halloween decorations – there are so many things you already have in your home that can be turned into ghoulish decorations.

Old tights can become spider webs, turn milk bottles into spooky ghosts with some lights and papers, and old sheets can easily become skeletons with the help of a marker pen. And of course… you can repurpose your toilet roll cores to create some spooky decorations.

The most classic Halloween decoration is definitely sustainable… the humble pumpkin! We’d recommend buying a pumpkin from a local farm, but they are readily available at most supermarkets. Carve them out to make a classic Jack O’Lantern, keep the seeds and flesh to eat later: you can roast the seeds for a tasty snack, and make pumpkin soup or the classic American Pumpkin pie. You can also compost your pumpkin and plant the seeds to grow your own pumpkins for next year. What a win-win situation!

Switch your Halloween sweets

Typical Halloween sweets we give out to trick or treaters are fun-size chocolate bars and miniature bags of sweets. All of which come wrapped in lots of plastic that will ultimately end up in a landfill.

So why not avoid all those individually-wrapped treats, and make some yourself? Biscuits go down well with kids of all ages. You can get creative with your decorations, making them as ghoulish as you desire. A basic biscuit dough only takes around 20 minutes to make, and you can get creative with flavours and toppings. Then simply pop them into a paper bag for trick or treaters!

If you don’t fancy baking, try giving out vegan sweets, or foil and paper-wrapped sweets to reduce your environmental impact.

Costumes 

Cheap and easy ‘fast fashion’ Halloween costumes are one of the largest contributors to waste at Halloween, with Fairyland Trust finding around three quarters of Halloween costumes/clothing from five retailers was made from polyester, estimated to generate 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year. 

Instead of throwing money away on a costume you’ll only wear once, why not DIY it? Search through your wardrobe and repurpose those items you haven’t worn in a while.

If you own a black and white striped shirt and have an old black t-shirt knocking around, you can easily dress as a burglar.

If you have an old white t-shirt lying around, you can get creative by cutting out the shape of a ribcage on it and using a black eyeliner to paint your face like a skull.

Sticking with the eyeliner has anyone ever gone wrong with a cat? Simply doodle a nose and some whiskers on your face!

You can also keep it classic with the old bedsheet ghost…

Make sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook if you have any of your own greener Halloween tips. And for more eco tips, head over to our blog.

The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year.

October 2021

Did you know the average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year? That’s over 20,000 sheets!

In the UK alone, an estimated 7 million trees are cut down every year just to make toilet paper that is flushed away. We have to stop flushing our trees. The best solution? Recycled paper!

Using recycled paper means we use fewer trees…

Recycled products like Feel Good rely on materials that have been left over from the production process or recycled after use.

…it also means we use less water!

With ‘normal’ toilet roll, the wood is cooked and transformed into pulp, before being washed, bleached, and then washed again. That’s a lot of water!

Recycled loo roll uses about half as much.

And we send less to landfill!

The average family chucks out around six trees worth each year – we’re as shocked as you!

By choosing recycled toilet paper, you’re not just helping trees; you’re saving wastepaper from ‘wasting away’ in landfill.

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