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!

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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!

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

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.

For more eco tips and facts, make sure to like us on Facebook and check out some of our other blogs!

One easy zero waste craft to keep the kids organised

September 2021

It’s officially autumn! This means two things: Halloween prep and – of course – the kids are back to school!

With homework to be done, now is the perfect time to get organised. So why not take on this zero waste craft and transform the cardboard core of your Feel Good roll into a pencil pot? It’s a great opportunity to make use of any scrap paper lying around too.

Don’t forget to supervise little ones for this activity – we recommend an adult takes charge of the hot glue gun and scissors.

What you’ll need:
  • Feel Good toilet paper core
  • Scrap paper – wrapping paper, or even wallpaper would be perfect, but use anything you have lying around
  • Scrap cardboard (an old cereal or tissue box will do here)
  • Glue stick and a hot glue gun
  • Scissors
Make the most of rubbish such as scrap paper and toilet roll cores with this zero waste craft.
Read on for a how-to…
Step 1:

Decide the arrangement of your pencil pot. Carefully measure and cut the toilet roll tubes down to several different lengths depending on the arrangement you’re after. You can do as many as you like – the more you do, the bigger your pencil pot will be!

Step 2:

Place the tubes on your selected jazzy paper, measure and cut pieces to cover the outside. Neatly wrap and stick in place with glue. This step is optional but will make your final product look even better – you can also use scrap wallpaper or leftover wrapping paper. This is a zero waste craft, so the more waste you save from the bin, the better!

Step 3:

Glue the tubes together in your selected arrangement. We find a hot glue gun works best for this, but good old PVA would also work well.

Step 4:

Flatten out your cardboard and glue the base of the group of tubes. Wait for the glue to dry then carefully cut around the tubes. Another tip here – use an old cereal box or tissue box!

Step 5:

You have a finished pen pot! Fill with all your favourite stationery and admire your crafting skills!

Step 5: Admire your pen pot! That's another zero waste craft, complete.

You can play around with your pencil pot, customising as much as you like with different papers and arrangements. Why not share your pencil pot creations with us on Facebook or Instagram. You can also keep an eye on this page for more craft ideas, like this adorable bird feeder.

Check out these weird and wonderful celebrity bathrooms

August 2021

Is your bathroom in need of an update? Do you want to redecorate so your pack of Feel Good really pops in its new home?

Well, look no further!

We thought we’d help you out with some bathroom decor inspiration, and where better to look than to the stars?

We’ve collated some of the best-looking celeb bathrooms. So, whether you’re in need of some divine inspiration, or just want a bit of a nosey… check out this list.

Demi Moore’s carpeted bathroom: https://twitter.com/justdemi/status/1280884479045914624?s=20
Demi Moore

With everyone stuck inside in 2020, we got a few more glimpses into A-list homes. However, some of these through the keyhole moments raised more questions than answers.

Demi Moore for instance gave us a look at her fully carpeted bathroom. You read that right.

Carpeted. Bathroom.

Demi later explained this was a choice made by ex-husband Bruce Willis who wasn’t a fan of cold tiled floors.

Each to their own Bruce. 

We haven’t even got into the fact her bathroom also features a miniature sofa and Joan of Arc statue…

Gigi’s Hadid’s powder room and bathroom: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDEq8WDnRpv/?utm_source=ig_embed
Gigi Hadid

Another celeb bathroom that raised eyebrows.

Bonafide supermodel Gigi Hadid shared snaps of her ‘powder room’, which is fully decorated with front covers from New Yorker magazine.

The colourful decor had fans lighting up Twitter with questions. Mainly ‘why the New Yorker?’

Gigi did also share a shot of another bathroom that’s a little more ‘traditionally chic.’ Check out that walk-in shower!

Tom Daley’s central London bathroom https://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/celebrity-homes/tom-daleys-flat-for-sale/
Tom Daley

Returning to English shores for a slightly more modest offering.

Olympian Tom Daley’s flat was recently put up for sale, giving fans the chance to have a little snoop around.

The London Bridge flat was on the market for £1.1 million.

And while it’s fancy, the tub isn’t exactly made for diving…

One of Phil Neville’s six bathrooms at his former home https://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/dream-properties/manchester-united-england-phil-neville-home
Phil Neville

Sticking with English sports stars, former Manchester United and England mid-fielder Phil Neville’s house also appeared on Rightmove.

The mansion in Hale, Cheshire was put on sale for a whopping £5.25 million!

That might seem like a lot of money, but the property features six bathrooms! Less than a million a bathroom seems fair, right?

Will you be picking up any design tips from these bathrooms? If you do decide to cover your bathroom in carpet, or you have a swanky million pound ‘powder room’ to share with us, make sure to let us know – we’re on Facebook at @FeelGoodEco and Instagram at @FeelGood_eco.

Make sure to check out our other just for fun articles here.

Save the bees and let the garden grow.

July 2021

Did you know that leaving your garden to grow wild can help pollinating insects, like bees, thrive!

Research shows that the UK has lost 97% of our wildflower-rich grasslands. This has had a huge impact on bumblebee populations. As a result of this, two UK species have become extinct in the past 80 years.

Leaving your garden to grow helps provide space for bumblebees to nest beneath the long grass.

Lots of plant species typically thought of as weeds, such as dandelions and white clover, are excellent for attracting honeybees, providing vital pollen early in the season.

It doesn’t have to be the whole garden, even a small patch left wild helps.

If you’re looking for even more tips on how to create a bee-friendly garden, head over to Happy DIY Home, where you can find tips on what to plant and what else you can provide to look after insect guests.

There are plenty of other tips and tricks to create a ‘bee-friendly garden, such as avoiding pesticides and implementing insect houses to provide nesting sites for solitary bees and insects. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has plenty of great resources on how to be a ‘bee-friendly gardener and information on what else you can do to help save the bees’.

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!

The World's Most Expensive Toilet - graphic

Do you know where the world’s most expensive toilet is right now?

June 2021

When we mention the world’s most expensive toilet, you might go straight to thinking of the Hang Fung Golden Toilet.

Thanks to glitzy pictures of this sparkling loo that often circulate social media, it’s wrongly believed that this 5 million dollar throne is the most expensive around. However, that’s not the case.

In fact, the most expensive toilet costs almost five times that amount at 23 million dollars!

Have you figured it out yet?

Yes, it’s the international space station toilet! The toilet was sent to the space station in late 2020 for astronauts to test out before being sent out on deep space missions.

The toilet took six years to develop and if it’s successful at the space station, its next trip will be to the moon!

But don’t worry, Feel Good eco-toilet paper is perfect for any bathroom! No solid gold or space travel needed. We are quite the opposite when it comes to our values! You can pick up a quality nine pack in a Waitrose store today.

If you want to find out more fun bathroom-related facts, head over to our social channels and join in the chatter. We’re on Facebook at @FeelGoodEco and Instagram at @FeelGood_eco. We’ve also got plenty more fun facts (and more to come!) Head over to our just for fun page to read more

What did we use before toilet paper?

May 2021

Before toilet paper was wildly available, there were several alternatives used. Sticks to sponges, and even corn husks were used in bathrooms!

In a full-circle moment, many Brits and Americans were recycling. Shopping catalogues and newspapers were also used in out houses. Although, unlike Feel Good, it wasn’t recycled into a soft, bright, white roll…

Toilet paper wasn’t made commercially available in the west until 1857. American Joseph Gayetty began selling ‘Medicated Paper.’ The paper was treated with aloe, giving it a ‘soothing’ medicated quality. 

The product slogan for the early toilet paper may have been ‘the greatest necessity of the age’ but that wasn’t the general consensus. Gayetty labelled a ‘quack’ by some people in the medical community!

However, it wasn’t all positive – users could still be caught out by a splinter!

When did we start using toilet paper?

May 2021

Did you know that the first use of paper for wiping was documented as early as 589 AD!

Paper was used in bathrooms in China throughout the 14th century, although usually reserved for the super-rich.
There’s even evidence to suggest that China was manufacturing millions of sheets a year!

This early paper was made in a similar way to how it’s made today – by extracting pulp from plant fibres. For those with even more money to spend, material like silk was also used.

Imagine that… a roll of silk kept beside the toilet.