Eco tip: Save your soap

Swap your soap

September 2022

Next time you’re shopping for soap, instead of buying liquid soap, swap to buying a bar of soap.

Soap bars have a lower environmental impact, due to packing being more minimal and paper-based. This is compared to liquid soap which is packaged in plastic disposable bottles.

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!

What does your toilet roll say about you?

August 2022

Do you think your toilet roll gives a deeper insight into your personality? No? Well, it can! Sort of like a toilet based zodiac sign. According to relation expert Dr Gilda Carle you can glean a lot from a person just from how they hang their toilet roll …

If you roll OVER: you like taking charge, crave organisation and are likely to overachieve

If you roll UNDER: you’re laid-back, dependable and seek relationships with strong foundations

If you don’t care: you aim to minimise conflict, value flexibility and like putting yourself in new situations!

If you want to find more toilet roll fun facts, then head over to our social channels and join the chatter!

We’re on Facebook at @FeelGoodEco and Instagram at @FeelGood_eco.

Summer gift-giving hack that is better for the environment

July 2022

Summer has rolled around quickly. Schools will soon be breaking up for the summer holidays and saying goodbye to teachers and friends.

If you’ve got your end-of-term presents ready but want to gift something personal and get the kids involved – look no further! These gift boxes are easy to make with little ones and will stand out from the crowd as they’re zero waste and are made with a toilet roll core (what else!)

Read on for how we made these:

What you will need:
  • Feel Good toilet paper core
  • Scrap paper (if you have any wrapping paper lying around, that would be perfect)
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or string
What to do:

Step 1: Cut the scrap paper long enough to go round the toilet roll three times. Apply a strip of glue on the inside end of the paper. Wrap the paper around the toilet paper core and press the glue strip down so it sticks.

Step 2: Gently press the extra scrap paper inside each end of the loo roll until the paper is nicely tucked in and glued to the cardboard.

Step 3: Gently press the middle of each end of the roll so they fold in towards the centre. They will slightly overlap in the middle. Make the crease nice and sharp so it’s secure.

Step 4: Pop you  gift inside and secure the other end. Cut some ribbon/string to go around the tube, wraparound and tie with a bow.

Step 5: ADMIRE!

You can fill your toilet roll gift box with sweets, jewellery, gift vouchers – any small gift you can think of. Why not share your gift box creation with us on Instagram or Facebook.

Check out more craft ideas on our website too, like this pencil pot.

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How to make your bathroom more eco-friendly

June 2022

Enjoy #internationalbathday the right way.  

In the debate of baths versus showers over which is better for the planet, baths are often painted as the bad guys.

The truth though is that showers can be just as bad, if not worse for our planet, especially if you love a long, steamy shower.

The most important thing though, besides staying squeaky clean of course, is offsetting the effects of your bath or shower has on the environment by making the rest of your bathroom routine more eco-friendly. There are plenty of ways to do that too, so that you can enjoy a nice hot, relaxing bath this evening to celebrate International Bath Day without the guilt or damage to the world we love and live in. Here are our top five ways to make your bathroom a planet friendly environment.

Re-use greywater

Grey water is clean wastewater, from baths and sinks and even washing machines. This can be used to irrigate the plants you’ve spruced up your home with.   

Reduce plastic & refill

Bathroom products use a lot of plastic! So swapping them out for soaps and shampoos in glass bottles can make a big difference. Many local shops now have refill stations, meaning you can almost entirely eradicate the need for plastic in your bathroom.

Bathe in candlelight

Baths are a luxury, so why not fully immerse yourself in the experience; switch off lights in favour of candles to save energy while you soak and float into a peaceful mindset.

Swap out your shower curtain

Often an overlooked way of creating a more sustainable bathroom, replacing your shower curtain can make a positive difference. Plastic, PVC and vinyl shower curtains are far from eco-friendly materials, so opt for renewable resources like natural cotton or bamboo or a much longer lasting glass screen.

Use eco toilet roll

Here at Feel Good we like to think we’ve revolutionised the toilet roll game with our 100% recycled toilet roll. It’s soft and affordable, making both your bottom and the environment happy. Plus, it’s packaged in a paper wrap made from renewable sources and can be recycled with your paper and card.

If you want to find more tips and tricks then head over to our social channels and join the chatter!

We’re on Facebook at @FeelGoodEco and Instagram at @FeelGood_eco.

Invest in a bag for life

April 2022

Did you know a plastic bag takes a whopping 400 to 1,000 years to completely break down in the environment!

Swapping to a reusable bag made of jute or cotton is an easy switch to make to reduce plastic waste. Simply keep one in your handbag, car or next to your desk in the office and bingo – you’ve just cut down on plastic use!

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!

House plants to make your home (or office) Feel Good

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

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.