Haramaki:essential kit in Summer

So running a business mainly selling core-warmers could be tricky in the summer – or so you would think! While we can’t really argue that when the weather goes about 20 degrees only those who really feel the cold need a haramaki for warmth – there are plenty of times when one is invaluable throughout the summer months….

  1. Protect yourself from air-conditioning – in offices and on planes. How many times have you got off a long plane journey and come down with a cold? or tried to sleep under the scratchy free blanket but not been able to because of the draft and cold? Put on your core-warmer and snuggle down to a good sleep and get off feeling refreshed.

2. Take your haramaki camping or to the beach and put it on as evening cools. Takes up little space but packs a big cosy punch. Really helps when sitting round a campfire when your front is toasty and your back is facing out into the cold evening.

3. Beach life! surfing, sea swimming, picnics etc – the Sea will cool you down however warm it is on land. The haramaki in the bag can make the difference between having to leg it home shivering or being able to sit out on the beach enjoying the post-dip glow!

4. British Weather – “There’s no such thing as bad weatheronly bad clothes”. In Swedish, it means “Go outside.” You can still wear your summer clothes when the temperature drops – just add a haramaki as an extra layer and enjoy the great outdoors – whatever the weather!

Keeping warm on snow days – cozy in a haramaki back warmer

Do you have a snow day today? The key to getting outdoors is the right gear. We even managed a sea swim (6 degrees) with the help of our hats, haramakis and thermals.

Cozy with a fire, tea and a haramaki (with a hot water bottle shoved down the back) we can crack on and go through finances, stock take and planning for the future. With a little help from Gary 😉

Photo credit Ruthie Delfruity

Furoshiki zero waste wrapping

Haramakis are not the only Japanese concept that NukuNuku has adopted. We have cut down on our wrapping paper waste by using Furoshiki – fabric wrapping. We have a few beautiful posh ones from Japan, some slighly fraying but well-loved home made ones and a number of scarves that have been repurposed.

They look beautiful and can be reused every year time and time again. Just folding afterwards – no paper mountain to make you feel guilty and end up in the recycling. I am working on the more complicated wrappings for complicated shapes….

Furoshiki is also used to carry items or in place of a bag. Here there are some beautiful ones and advice on how to tie…

Cold Water Swimming Hack

Discovered a few weeks ago when we had a river swim….

I took an isothermal bottle  full of boiling water, my daughters mini hot water bottle and two haramakis – one cotton for next to the skin and an ultra-warm angora core-warmer. Once out of the water and dressed (and while my fingers still worked) I filled the hot water bottle with the boiling water and popped the hot water bottle in my roo pouch of haramakis. Combined with my robe I built up a nice warm core radiating heat.  Added tea and amazing marmalade cakes and I was a very happy post-swim seabird! Been doing it ever since to beat the after-drop….

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….