Arts, Crafts, Upcycling & Eco Issues at Tea and Cake for the Soul

I come from that working class generation of the 60s and 70s, and have always had a strong reuse and make do ethic.  People didn't have everything that they wanted back then. Life's amenities weren't so disposable. It was long before people became aware of what modern day living was doing to the planet. I can't … Continue reading Arts, Crafts, Upcycling & Eco Issues at Tea and Cake for the Soul

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15 Free & Budget Gift Ideas for Teachers

Have you noticed how children have more and more teachers now? Your child may be in a pre-school or nursery where there are 6-8 teachers who all interact with your child. Even in an infants school, there could be up to 6 teachers and assistants. Having lots of staff is lovely for your children as … Continue reading 15 Free & Budget Gift Ideas for Teachers

Upcycled Art and Sculptures

Earlier in the year, I visited Broomhill Sculpture Gardens having passed it quite by chance on the way to the beach whilst staying near Woolacombe for the weekend. This location is a great spot for photography, walking and general relaxation. There are hundreds of sculptures in various mediums but the upcycled ones strike a chord with me.  I … Continue reading Upcycled Art and Sculptures

10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste in Hotels, Cafes & Bars

I try to reduce my plastic and household waste as much as possible, but I find that when we go away on holiday, our throwaway society comes into force. It becomes even more evident when we vacation in the USA. I was astonished at how many single-use items are used in hospitality, so many items … Continue reading 10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste in Hotels, Cafes & Bars

Is Cheaper Pre-packed Food Creating More Plastic Waste?

Programmes like Blue Planet have massively raised awareness of the damage that plastic is causing to our environment, and the Summer campaign for a Plastic Free July saw many people make an effort to lessen their plastic usage. If you’ve read any of my other blogs you will know that I’m a keen recycler and … Continue reading Is Cheaper Pre-packed Food Creating More Plastic Waste?

Mother Punk – Upcycling Musical Instruments for Art

Following on from my features of how to upcycle music memorabilia into art, I would like to share some of the wonderful upcycling creations from my friend Suzanne Reddington aka Mother Punk. Suzanne is artistic by nature and comes from a family of musicians and music lovers. She has shared many of her projects with … Continue reading Mother Punk – Upcycling Musical Instruments for Art

Ecobricks – How to Reuse Your Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste

Earlier in the year, I came across this wonderful idea of making ecobricks* from plastic waste via a new UK Facebook group.  If you're clearing up after Christmas or starting to have a spring clean there is likely to be an abundance of excess packaging in many households, schools and businesses. I wanted to share … Continue reading Ecobricks – How to Reuse Your Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste