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!

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.

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!

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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!

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?

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