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

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.

Make the most of your garden this National Allotment Week

August 2021

This week is National Allotment Week (9th-15th August) and it’s got Feel Good HQ thinking about how to make your garden sustainable. 

Organised by The National Allotment Society (NAS), the theme for this year’s National Allotment Week is Plotting for the Future

This means celebrating the contribution that allotments make towards a sustainable future – and we’re big fans of sustainability here at Feel Good. 

To celebrate (and for those of us who don’t have an allotment), we’ve put together some of our favourite top tips for making your garden more sustainable.

Calling all green thumb owners and wildlife enthusiasts; this one’s for you!

Keeping the bees busy

In a recent blog, we talked about how to make your garden more attractive for bees.

It’s still our #1 tip for the garden, as research has found 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost. 

Most bees are active between March and September, but some come out of hibernation early during milder winters. 

Buff-tailed bee queens start to nest in the autumn to prepare a ‘winter colony’ so it’s good to have a couple of pollen or nectar-rich plants like honeysuckle or winter clematis.

You can also let your garden grow or designate an area especially for the bees, which will help provide nesting space. 

Did you know the colour purple is the most vivid colour for bees?  That’s why plants such as lavender, alliums, buddleja and catmint are perfect for attracting them. 

You can grow your own way

Considering starting your own veggie patch? 

For most veggies you’ll need plenty of sunlight with at least eight hours of direct sun each day. 

Healthy soil is the key to growing a successful crop, so be sure to do a soil test to check the soil fertility and pH. 

If you’re just starting out with your veggie garden, stick to a small plot so you’re not giving yourself too much work.

You can also make things easier by only choosing to grow four or five types of veg – and looking after them well. We know you might be tempted to grow anything and everything but take baby steps! 

Introduce blooms that attract bees, butterflies, and ladybirds as this can boost crop pollination.  Insect-friendly plants such as sweet alyssum, cosmos and sunflowers also help. 

Newly seeded beds will need plenty of watering but established beds only need one or two inches of water per week.  When it comes to feeding, only long-term veggies like tomatoes, squash or aubergine will thank you for a few doses of water-soluble organic food. 

This will also encourage a bigger harvest.  Fast growing cops like radishes and lettuce are low maintenance and tick along just fine if they have fertile soil.

Imagine how exciting it’ll be to serve up dinner with veggies from the garden!

Watch the birds roll up

Encourage birds to visit your garden with a bird feeder.

But not just any bird feeder! 

You can make a sustainable feeder using your Feel Good toilet paper core. 

If you’re looking for creative ways to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays, this could be the activity for you.

What you’ll need

• Peanut butter, lard or suet

• Two long sticks or branches

• Bird seed

• Feel Good toilet paper core (the cardboard tube inside! But be sure not to waste your loo roll)

• String

• A plate or board to assemble your feeder

Method

1. Make two holes in one end of the paper core. They must be large enough for your sticks but make sure they’re secure.

2. Be sure to make the holes parallel so you can thread the sticks through easily.

3. Make two small holes opposite each other in the other end of the core and then cover the roll in peanut butter, lard or suet.

4. Once you’ve done that, roll (no pun intended) your Feel Good core in the birdseed so it sticks to the roll. 

5. Thread the sticks through two of the holes, ensuring the roll is as central to the sticks as possible and use a piece of string for the other holes et voila! Your upcycled feeder is ready for the birds to enjoy!

Host a garden party

No, we don’t mean get the BBQ and Pimms out, we’re thinking more about a wildlife garden party!

If you opt for a garden fence that has gaps at the bottom, this allows for hedgehogs, frogs and other wildlife to go on a “garden crawl” and move from garden to garden. 

As areas become more urbanised, it’s important to give the local wildlife a chance to explore and further support different habitats linking together. 

If you’ve got any dog or cat food at home, you can leave some out for any visiting hedgehogs or even a shallow dish of water.  You can even buy special food that’s tailored to hedgehogs. 

If a hog visits your garden, you can log it on the Big Hedgehog Map and see where there have been other sightings.

Feel like doing some more DIY?  You can create a mini frog pond, by upcycling an old washing up bowl.  Frogs everywhere will be turning up to your garden for a pool party!

What you’ll need

• Washing up bowl

• Logs or bark

• Gravel or loose stones

• Spade (for digging!)

Method

1. Dig a small hole in your chosen area of the garden and bury your washing up bowl so the top of it is level with the ground.

2. Place some logs or bark around the edges so it blends into your chosen spot.

3. Fill up the base with gravel

4. Place a small rock or an old tile in the bowl to provide an easy exit.

5. Fill up the bowl with rainwater and add pondweed.

6. Watch the frog hop on over!

Have you got any Feel Good tips for making your garden more sustainable?

Drop us a comment on Instagram or Facebook. You can also email us at feelgood@rumpuspr.com.

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!

Feel Good eco toilet paper

Feel Good eco toilet paper – now available in Waitrose

June 2021

What a whirlwind month we’ve had at Feel Good HQ!

From launching our website to kicking off our social media, seeing Feel Good in the press, and the first packs being picked up by Waitrose shoppers, we’ve loved seeing the feedback for our brand new eco loo roll.

A social success

Some of you have already started to spread the word about Feel Good on social media.

One shopper had this to say about our rolls…

User @claires.squares on Instagram.

 We love your enthusiasm for Feel Good, and we’re also proud to be sat alongside other recycled and eco-friendly products; giving you more options to do your bit for the planet.

We also gave our fans and followers the chance to bag a free pack of toilet roll with our first competition. We chose six lucky people who – along with a friend – will receive a free pack in the post. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more giveaways coming soon.

We’ve also had a few lovely emails from Waitrose customers, keen to know more about Feel Good.

We are always happy to answer your questions, so please do get in touch on our social pages mentioned above, or pop us an email over to hello@feelgood.eco.

Making a splash

It’s also been wonderful seeing our cheeky mascot make their print debut!

As news of our launch took off, we saw our little heart splashed across the media, in print and online.

Where will they show up next? We’ll have to wait and see. But in the meantime, you can get to know our mascot, and more about Feel Good, by checking out our brand video.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Feel Good.

Thinking of giving us a try but want to know more? Head over to our FAQs to find out what we’re all about.

We’ll also have more news on where you can buy Feel Good very soon, so look out for updates and get chatting to us on our social channels.

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.