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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Recycled Chic Bouquets and Eco-friendly Tips for the Upcoming Festive Season.

What to do with a few silk flowers, faux berries, glittered small fruits from last year presents, broken cinnamon sticks, short-lengths of ribbon, small odd decorations instead of tossing them... just to be eco-friendly?
I thought to make some cute posies you can easily make too! Use them as party favors, placeholders, or for your gift wrapping... I'm pretty sure the recipients will love them!







You can see how I assembled my bundles- no glue at all (I tend to use it only when necessary), raffia and twine only!




Also remember to go as green as possible during the festive Season!
Here are just a few ideas to be environmentally responsible:
  • If you can, buy a living Christmas tree that can be re-potted after the Holidays. Compost all the greens and berries used for your decorations after Christmas, you can do that in your own garden or simply contact your local council, that should collect it for composting.
  • Consider wrapping your gifts in recycled or brown paper, this will look very stilish if teamed with raffia or twine, pinecones or simple chic posies as the ones showed above. Just be creative!
  • Recycle or reuse your wrapping materials; if you tied your presents with string instead of adhesive tape, this will be super easy.
  • Send cards made from recycled materials or e-cards, and don't forget to recycle your own too, finding new uses or simply bringing them at a recycling point (supermarkets often have one).
  • Give as much as possible eco-friendly gifts (made from recycled materials or tickets for a special event or for a special treat).
  • Plan to buy only food and drink you surely need, you will save money and avoid waste. You can buy more later on. Try to purchase local seasonal food to cut down on food miles and preserve the climate. Try not to use disposable cutlery and plates, a nice party idea could be that of borrowing some from relative and friends, if you don't have enough, and mix together various-colored and shaped pieces.
Have fun!
Monica.

7 comments:

  1. I especially love the gold and copper bundles

    Have a wonderful week

    Carolyn ♥

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  2. Beautiful !
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    Are you feeling better, Monica ?

    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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  3. You are so clever! You are supposed to resting my sweet friend!!!!!
    Take care, get some rest, or I may have to come there and spoil you!!!!! He he, wouldn't that be fun!!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  4. Great ideas all. Love the way you repurposed the flowers. So pretty. Hugs to Kim. Reba is under the weather again. Staff & yeast infection caused by a weak immune system due to thyroid condition. The medication is making her nausiated. She has "initiated" the floor twice today. Will call the vet first thing in the morning. Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Oh, I forgot... yes, the movie I told everyone about (An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving) was excellent! I LOVED the costumes! With you love of sewing I bet you enjoy them too. Hugs!

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  6. Pretty! Lots of great ideas.

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  7. Magical touches once again, and wonderfully thrifty! My little girl loves the bundle with the snowman! ;) hugs to you!

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