A bug hotel is a great little way of caring for wildlife and recycling Feel Good toilet roll cores and other bits of scrap material you may have lying around.
This zero-waste idea will brighten up your garden and is super fun to make.
You can build a bug hotel any time of year. However, it might be easier to gather materials such as straw, dry grass and hollow plant stems in autumn. It’s also when a lot of insects will be looking for a place to make their home for the winter.
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
Items like sticks, stones, twigs, dry leaves, pinecones, grass etc.
How to make your bug hotel:
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”
Add in the string, arrange however you like, to create a different texture environment on the “first floor”
Add the natural materials in such as sticks, stones, leaves, grass, twigs to fill out the first floor
Start to mix up and layer your materials and build a sort of playground for the bugs in their hotel
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 no right or wrong way to make one of these hotels.
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…
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…
If you’re looking for some easy ways to cut down on your disposable plastic use – look no further! Here are some simple switches to live a more plastic-free lifestyle:
Head to the bar (of soap)
Instead of using soap packaged in hard-to-recycle plastic bottles, swap to bars of soap that come in recyclable paper wrapper. Soap doesn’t have to be a dull addition to your bathroom, you can even get colourful bars to jazz up your space.
Switch to cans or glass instead of plastic drinks bottles
Make sure you carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles. If you didn’t know, your reusable water bottle (or cup) is the hottest accessory to have, so you can feel good, knowing you’re on trend AND saving the planet.
Shopping trip solutions
Take reusable bags when you go shopping to avoid using single-use plastic bags. There has definitely been a decline in the use of plastic shopping bags in the last ten years, but we still have a way to go.
Make sure you’re not wasting 20 p each shop and bring reusable bags.
Let’s be honest, no one is a fan of the paper straws that now frequently come with your drink. Save yourself, and the planet, by carrying a reusable straw with you.
Metal, glass, and bamboo straws are all widely available so you can pick your favourite for sipping!
Choose products that are packaged in glass, metal, or paper, rather than plastic. If this isn’t an option, always check if the plastic is recyclable. One product that definitely comes in easily recycled packaging is our paper-wrapped, eco-friendly toilet roll!
Always check for the recycle symbol to make sure packaging can actually be recycled. Disposing of waste in the incorrect bin can affect your whole street, so make sure to only put recyclable materials in the correct waste bin!
With these simple steps to ditching disposable plastic, you can easily progress towards a plastic-free lifestyle that sure will make you feel good.
Planning a street party for the King’s Coronation on Saturday?
Even if you’re thinking ahead to other summer get-togethers, our helpful tips can ensure any street party you throw is as green as can be.
Planet-friendly decorations made easy
Swap single-use plastic decorations for sustainable options such as recycled paper banners, bunting made from natural fabrics – think textiles and paper, instead of plastic, or even improvising with aesthetically placed potted plants! It’s estimated that UK households throw away 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging a year, so opting for plastic-free products where possible can help to reduce this. Avoid balloons to reduce litter and landfill (and strain on your lungs!)
Bring out the kitchen crockery, instead of using disposable plates, cups, and utensils. If you want to curate your own street party collection then charity shops often have plenty of kitchenware in stock – you might even stumble across some royal-themed gems from celebrations gone by!
Support local businesses and reduce the carbon footprint of your event by serving locally-sourced, organic food. Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables – blackcurrants, rhubarb and strawberries are at their best in May, and perfect to create a fruity Union Jack fit for the Royals.
Recycle and compost innovation stations
Make it easy for guests to effectively dispose of their waste by clearly labelling recycling and composting stations throughout the party area. This will help minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill, as well as making the post-party clean-up even easier!
If your party will be running through to sunset, make sure you light the way with energy-efficient LED or solar-powered lighting. This is an easy sustainable swap to make in the lighter months, saving your money as well as the planet! John Lewis stocks party-appropriate solar lights to help illuminate your celebrations into the night.
Plan for waste reduction
Minimise waste by using cloth napkins, avoiding single-use condiment packets and providing bulk or homemade snacks, instead of individually packaged. Consider donating any leftover food to local food banks or composting the organic waste.
Educate, engage and enlighten
Raise awareness about the importance of eco-friendly practices by providing information about sustainable living and engaging guests in environmentally-themed games and activities. This can help inspire and encourage more eco-friendly behaviours beyond the party.
Clean up responsibly
After the party, make sure to clean up the event area and properly dispose of all waste. Leave the street and surrounding areas as clean as, or cleaner, than you found them.
These small changes make a big difference to creating an eco-friendly street party. By thinking green and planning with sustainability in mind, you can help reduce the environmental impact of your event, while still having a fun and memorable time. If every household took a more sustainable approach for this year’s coronation parties, think of the waste we could prevent!
We’ve got some great news to kick off 2023 as Feel Good is now available in Tesco!
Less than two years after we launched in Waitrose, you can now pick up a pack of Feel Good in three supermarket chains – Tesco, Waitrose and Booths, as well as online retailer Ocado. We’re so proud of the leaps we’ve made and it just goes to show that supermarkets are really increasing the ease of which shoppers can pick up sustainable swaps in their weekly hauls.
Made from 100% recycled materials, including magazines and office waste, Feel Good launched in April 2021 as a more sustainable alternative to virgin fibre products. The brand has been well received by UK retailers, with the product’s availability in selected Tesco stores nationwide and online as the latest example.
Coming in recyclable paper packaging, all source material comes from the UK and Europe and comprises of fibres at the end of their life cycle.
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: Instagram and Facebook.
Why not decorate your tree with toilet rolls this Christmas?
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! So why not make some Christmas decorations out of toilet roll!
Tis the season…
Christmas is 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!
This is the easiest of our toilet paper decorations, all you need is:
Toilet roll core
Glue (either PVA or a glue gun)
Biodegradable white/silver glitter (optional)
How to make:
Cut your toilet roll core into three equal sections.
Glue the pieces together – stacking them on top of each other to look like a classic snowman.
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.
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)
Optional: pom poms or other decoration for your tree
How to make:
Cut your two toilet roll cores in half longways.
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!
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)
How to make:
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!
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!
November 19th is recognised #WorldToiletDay Yes, a whole day dedicated to the toilet!
In the UK, we take the humble toilet for granted – we’re sure we can find a toilet in any public space we go to and we can usually be confident we won’t be… caught short. But, did you know there are approximately 3.6 billion who people don’t have access to a safe toilet? Toilets are key to preventing disease in our communities.
The UN is dedicated to providing a toilet 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.
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
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)
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.
How to make your bathroom more eco-friendly
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.
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!