How to Keep Your Gift Giving Low Waste

Christabel Balfour*Pic of the beautiful works by Christabel Balfour*

Living zero or low waste is a tricky one at the best of times, but Christmas! Christmas and waste seem to go hand in hand. Your credit card can end up seeing more of you than your favourite people as we enter a frenzy of spending on tat that the festive season seems to demand we buy.

Alright. *Negativity over* because we also know that Christmas goes hand in hand with BRILLIANT things; giving, outrageous generosity and quality time with loved ones. Awesome. So how do we reconcile wanting to show people we really like them with acting consciously and loving the planet at the same time?

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Why Plants in the Home are Good For You

A glasshouse at Chatsworth estate

I don’t need much convincing that green = good. Spaces in my home are dotted with aloe vera, cactuses, flowers from the garden and cuttings from the wild. But plants in the home take management, and if looking after living things usually ends up with dead things a few weeks later for you, I totally get how house plants would be a serious no no. You can learn the tricks of keeping plants alive though and, the benefits of having them around are more, well, beneficial than you might think! I’ve collected a handful of reasons as to why plants in the home are good for you…

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