Tips for a less wasteful Christmas…

Pondering on the horror of the cult of consumerism epitomised by the feeding frenzy around ‘Black Friday’ we started thinking of an alternative way to approach Christmas and came up with …

A few tips for a less-waste Christmas

Buy pre-loved

Shop from second-hand shops to find unique gifts that are built to last. Charity shops, vintage markets and shops like Brighton’s own Pre-Loved

Give memories not ‘stuff’. 

Go for an experience. No shortage or great ideas in Brighton. It even has Feminist Swear Nights which sound truly perfect for our potty mouthed Seabirds… Membership of the Duke of Yorks Cinema? (last year they had great Black Friday deals…might be the same this year? Apologies for mentioning BF), A Kimchi making workshop, a gig or a talk about anything from micro-dosing to the art of flirting….

Make your own cards, presents and wrapping

We love re-using fabric wrapping like the Japanese Furoshiki or old scarves. The kids re-use last years cards for gift tags and we are busy collecting glass jars to make kimchi for everyone this year. Show our love for their guts 😉

A Secret Santa actually worth doing

Have fun, save money and get a gift you actually want with a friends and family Secret Santa. Our family uses  DrawNames to keep it anonymous and add as many present suggestions as you want. Saves you time and money and avoids you getting or buying unwanted landfill…

  • Don’t go anywhere near a Poundland.
  • Make your own crackers without the landfill plastic moustaches.
  • Buy things that will last – as Vivienne Westwood says “buy less, choose well, make it last”. Like our haramaki core-warmers 😉

What are your top tips? Do share….

 

 

Reducing plastic pollution…

We have all become more aware of the disaster that is plastic pollution. At NukuNuku we are always trying to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce waste. We use compostable mailers to send out our orders. We keep packaging to a minimum. We favour natural fibres such as cotton and wool over man-made as man made fibres are basically plastic and release micro-particles of plastic into the water every time they are washed adding to the problem of plastic pollution particularly marine pollution.

NukuNuku Haramaki do include lycra. Without it your haramaki would not be stretchy enough or keep its shape and last you a long time – leading to more waste! Which is not what we want. There is no alternative yet readily available or affordable (lycra made from recycled plastics for example?). Most of us cannot afford to choose only natural fibres on an everyday basis – it is just too difficult and too expensive – especially when buying for a family etc.

However, while we all try to limit our plastic use and waste where we can until the industry changes and offers viable alternatives These are fantastic inventions we  recommend for limiting your plastic pollution when washing your clothes – the guppy friend washing bag and the cora ball which will catch your micro-fibres as your clothes shed them in the wash.

CORA BALL
GUPPY FRIEND

We can also recycle or upcycle our clothes when they have given up the ghost – there are vouchers available to save you money in some shops if you take your used textiles in. They will be then reworn, recycled or reused as insulation or mattress stuffing for example.

What are your top tips for reducing waste and pollution?

Quality vs Quantity

At NukuNuku we took time developing our own brand haramaki. Trading ethically and limiting negative impact on the environment are key to our values. We are fully behind initiatives such as the Fashion Revolution – which ask the consumer to think deeply about “who made my clothes?” and our mantra is quality over quantity.

Sourcing closer to home allows you to check your supply chain and support your own local economy. It also reduces airmiles and therefore your carbon footprint.

Our haramaki belly-bands are made from cotton that is grown in the EU (and therefore regulated by EU labour and environment laws) then knitted, dyed and finished in Nottingham by a small but hugely experienced British company. It is of the highest quality. Quality is key as we do not want to sell a throw away item, but a durable product that you can wash and wear time and again. We hate waste! Reducing waste is something very close to our hearts (and there are some great tips here). Our haramaki are cut from our lovely soft cotton/lycra and sewn by a small family company with years of experience in jersey fabrics and high standards of quality control who we work closely with.

Our family and friends have been wearing NukuNuku own brand haramaki day in day out for years and they are still going strong. We have customer feedback that supports this and the durability of our ‘kidney warmers. Our aim is to have our customers return to NukuNuku and recommend us because our product is the best quality and lasts. We want 100% satisfaction!

We are proud to be #madeintheuk