A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a huge amount of orders, a truly eye watering amount compared to usual. Why is this I thought? A quick look at where they were coming from and I discovered that the fabulous Anna Murphy of the Times has included NukuNuku in a list of the best Thermals to wear in 2020! Fan-bloody-tastic! The orders have kept coming and I have been running around like a mad thing keeping up, picking and packing, answering queries and getting more stock in to keep up with demand. So exciting! This small business has been doing its thing since 2010 bringing high quality haramaki to the UK, with our own brand made here in the UK and our woolly ones made in the EU (not sure how thats going to work out from the end of December with us leaving the EU but thats another issue…).
but as we don’t all have a subscription this is what it said (about NukuNuku anyway, Uniqlo don’t need any free advertising from me ;))
Haramaki, the secret to keeping your core warm
There’s another key weapon in my cold weather arsenal, one that has transformed how I feel, whether I am outdoors or in. It’s a version of what the Japanese call a haramaki, literally a “belly band”, which is designed to keep your core warm.
Think a downwardly mobile boob tube, if you will. I know: ridiculous. Yet not when you experience the impact it has on your body temperature. It’s remarkable. There are even purported to be health benefits. Acupuncturists often recommend them for menstrual issues and infertility, and for lower back pain.
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 😉
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.
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?
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!