Make Your University Halls Feel Good

September 2022

Whether you’re moving to your first halls at university or helping someone prepare for the first big step out of the nest. Packing for university can be overwhelming. Especially if you’re making the effort to be eco-conscious, in between freshers’ fairs and pot noodles. 

We’ve asked around Feel Good HQ, and here are some things the team wish they had taken to their first uni accommodation and found some options that’ll help you feel good about your first halls.

A bath mat

It might not seem essential, but whether you have a communal bathroom or you share one, a bath mat is essential. They help keep the bathroom just a little cleaner, and they can look pretty cute! Urban Outfitters is the ultimate option for a funky bathmat. 

Candles

You’ll probably want to air out and freshen up your room as you move in. You might be tempted to get some plug-in air fresheners, but make sure you go for candles instead. Plugin refreshers not only use unnecessary electricity, but are often made with toxic materials that make them hard to recycle. 

Flip flops

Okay, hear us out. We know the UK isn’t necessarily a year-round, flip-flop-wearing country but… If you’ve got communal showers, flip-flops are a must. You never know what germs are lurking on those communal shower floors…

A pack of toilet rolls!

(helps if it’s Feel Good) 

In all the fuss and rush, sometimes the essentials get forgotten. But make sure you’ve packed some toilet rolls, so you don’t have to run to the shop as soon as you’ve moved in! You can also guarantee someone else will have forgotten so you can be there to lend a helping hand by sharing a roll. But, if everyone in your halls remembered this essential, you can rest assured that you’re stocked up for a while! 

If you’re looking for an even more extensive list of everything you need to take to uni, head over to the UCAS website and if you want more tips on living an eco-friendly life, have a look at our bumf page.

4 tips make your festival experience even GREENER

June 2022

Festival season is well underway, with Glastonbury kicking off next week.

Glastonbury has always been a pioneer of sustainability, this year is no different. Climate activist Greta Thunberg will be taking to the main stage to make an impassioned speech about the climate crisis. Everyone who has bought a ticket to the festival has also been asked to sign their ‘Love the Farm, Leave no Trace’ pledge, encouraging festival goers to limit their impact on the site.

Here are a few of our tips to help you have a more sustainable festival…

Eco-glitter

Glitter is a festival staple, but most traditional glitters contain micro-plastics. These plastics will linger around the festival site long after you’ve packed up your tent. Opt for eco glitter instead which is often made from biodegradable plant cellulose and is a lot healthier for the environment! 

Bring a bottle

We all know that hydration at festivals is important, ESPECIALLY when you wake up in a boiling hot tent the morning after maybe one too many beverages…

The convenience of bottled water is tempting, but the majority of festivals have plenty of water taps with safe drinking water around the site. All you need is your reusable bottle and you’re good to go!

Pack a mac

UK festivals and rain go hand-in-hand. Be prepared and keep dry by packing a pack-a-mac or light raincoat. You can avoid forking out a fiver on a bright orange single-use rain poncho. And save your style creds in the process. 

Recycled toilet paper

If you’ve never been to a camping festival before, here’s a tip: take your own toilet roll. In fact, even if you’re going for a day and not camping – take your own toilet roll. Those festival portaloos are bound to run out so be prepared and keep a single roll in your bag for emergencies. Even better if it’s recycled toilet paper… 

For more sustainability tips, make your you check out our other blogs, or head over to our Instagram!

Small Changes to Make in life To Be Greener

May 2022
Grow your own herbs
  • It’s so easy to grow your own herbs and can save money in the long run! Especially with spring on the way, setting up a little garden area or shelf space near a window for sunlight would help you go green. If you love cooking, you will know how necessary herbs are and drinking too.  After all, what’s a mojito without mint?
Try Plogging
  • Wait, what even is plogging? It’s basically the new running craze that is saving the planet. The combination of jogging with picking up litter started in Sweden, and it makes you feel 100% physically and mentally. You get to feel good about doing something green and getting your daily exercise in.
Shop local
  • Local businesses are fundamental to economic growth and reducing our impact on the environment. It is often more expensive and sometimes less convenient but can be a small change in your life just to pop into a local shop for products. The good news is this will have a big impact if it becomes a habit for you and a step toward being greener.
Sell/Donate your clothes
  • Keeping up with clothes trends or kids growing older (and taller) will mean lots of clothes that will be thrown out. But instead why not donate to your local charity shop or to sell them to get some extra cash! Also with the thrifting trend being so popular, there is a profitable niche market.
Eat less meat
  • Don’t worry if you missed Veganuary or might have failed your vegetarian diet for 2022 resolution. We are starting again with a mini target here to eat less meat, such as doing 2 or 3 vege days in the week. Meat is responsible for many greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural industry o my simply reducing your intake of meat can already have a big impact on being greener.
Use Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper
  • A lot of trees are cut down to make toilet paper rolls. In the UK alone, an estimated 7 million trees are cut down every year just to make toilet roll that is flushed away. We must stop flushing our trees. The best solution? Recycled paper! This is what Feel Good promotes with their toilet paper products and how key sustainability is, helping you all to be greener.

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.

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.        

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?

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!

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.

Top tips for a more eco-friendly bathroom

Reusable Products To Make Your Bathroom Even More Eco-friendly!

September 2021

By now, we’ve all realised our lives need to be a little greener. Many of us have had an eco-friendly revamp, stocking up on metal straws and cotton bags to help reduce our waste.

However, there are plenty more sustainable, reusable options out there to help us all live a greener lifestyle.

Here are some of our favourite reusable items for your bathroom:

Cut out the disposable razors

Safety razors might seem like a scary and old fashioned method of shaving, but they’re better for both the environment and your skin.

Disposable is in the name, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that two billion plastic razors are thrown away each year. If you also consider the amount of packaging each cartridge razor comes in…that’s a lot of plastic filling up landfills.

Metal safety razors, however, are designed to last, only requiring the metal blades to be replaced every 5-6 shaves. Safety razors are also proven to provide a smoother, less irritating shave than their multi-blade counterparts.

There are many safety razor options available today but the basic idea is the same and they’re mostly made from stainless steel. This Edwin Jagger chrome-plated safety razor is the perfect option for beginners in the world of safety razors.

Need more convincing? Have a read of Refinery 29’s love letter to the safety razor.

Choose a different kind of cotton pad

Cotton requires huge amounts of energy and resources to produce, so it’s not an ideal material for single-use products.

According to WWF, the amount of water needed to produce enough cotton for a basic white t-shirt is the same amount of water one person would drink over three years. We keep t-shirts for a LOT longer than a cotton pad, so doesn’t it make sense to stop using single-use pads?

Luckily, there are now plenty of options available that means soon you could be throwing away your cotton pad for the last time. 

These bamboo and cotton pads from Bambaw are extra soft, making your skincare routine feel super luxurious. They also come with ‘scrub terry pads’ to remove stubborn makeup and lightly exfoliate your skin – what a bonus!

Once you’ve used your pad, simply throw it in with your regular washing and voila! It’s as good as new.


Switch up your cotton buds

Another single-use cotton product that’s easy to replace – the cotton bud! A bathroom essential and relatively easy to find eco-friendly alternatives.

This reusable cotton bud from LastObject is made of recycled ocean waste plastic and lasts up to 1000 uses. That’s 1000 fewer pieces of plastic waste you’ll be contributing to the world. 

A sleeker option

Looking for ways to make your bathroom more stylish AND eco-friendly? Refillable shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles really are a win-win.

Fiils are a relatively new face on the sustainable scene. With a range of refillable metal bottles and refill pouches, it’s the easiest way to cut down on single-use plastic bottles.

Let us know if you have any more reusable product tips. We’re on Facebook at @FeelGoodEco and Instagram at @FeelGood_eco.

For tips on how to reuse your Feel Good loo roll, head over to our blog.