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5 easy ways to be more eco-friendly in the kitchen

The news is full of stories about climate change and it can be very frightening.

However if everyone made small changes to their everyday life then it could make a huge difference to the future of our planet. I’m by no means an environmental expert but here are some tips to help make your kitchen a bit more eco-friendly.

1a. Reduce single use plastic – loose fruit and veg

Everyone knows the amount of plastic floating around the oceans and sitting in landfills is super bad news. Once you start thinking about single use plastic you see it everywhere! An easy way to reduce your plastic intake is to buy your fruit and veg loose instead of prepacked. Many of the supermarkets are now offering plastic free choices for their fruit and veg which is great news. Better yet, why not shop at your local greengrocer and support a small business.

eco friendly plastic free shopping

1b. Reduce single use plastic – weigh shop

As well as fruit and veg you can buy all sorts of your store cupboard essentials without plastic. Pasta, rice, dried fruit, spices, pulses and much more can be found at weigh shops. You can bring your own containers to fill up with as much or as little as you need so it helps prevent food waste too. These are popping up all over the country now so keep an eye out for one coming to your town soon. If you live around Newcastle Upon Tyne I recommend Buy the Kilo in Tynemouth (pictured), the Weigh House and Nil Living in the Grainger Market, The Little Refill Shop in Seaham and The Honey Tree in Heaton.

Buy the Kilo eco friendly plastic free shopping

1c. Reduce single use plastic – bring your own containers

It’s great to see that lots of the supermarkets are now encouraging this. Instead of buying prepackaged meats and cheese, you can take your own container to the butcher and deli counter at larger supermarkets. This prevents the use of plastic trays which are difficult to recycle. Plus the choice of cheese at the counter is much bigger than off the shelf, and the meat tastes fantastic.

2. Eco friendly cleaners

Have you ever thought about the amount of harsh chemicals that are released into the environment from cleaners? Or the amount of plastic you have stored in your cleaning cupboard? Thankfully there are now lots of options for more eco friendly cleaning products. One of the biggest names in eco friendly cleaning is Ecover. This brand is widely available and is often found in refillable shops too. I also thought the “doesn’t cost the earth” range by Wilko is good as it’s all made from sustainable plant ingredients and packaged in 100% recycled bottles. Plus their washing up liquid is one of the only washing up liquids that doesn’t irritate my skin.

To reduce waste even more you can fill up your cleaning products at a refill shop. Again these are becoming much more common so you may already have one near you without knowing about it. I use the concentrated cleaning gel from Alternative Stores which is just around the corner from me. You dilute the gel at home with water and a little goes a really long way so it actually works out far cheaper than ready made cleaning products! If you’re in Newcastle Upon Tyne there’s also the One World Shop that offers refills as well as Buy the Kilo, Nil Living and The Little Refill Shop mentioned earlier.

3. Freeze leftovers

The amount of food waste produced in the world is just crazy. Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste. This is such a simple issue for you to tackle at home. Meal plan what you’re going to eat for the week then just buy the food for those meals and snacks. Then if you have any food left over from your meal don’t throw it out! Use a tupperware or a glass jar to freeze your leftovers for a really quick meal for another day.

4. Find plastic alternatives

Take a look through your kitchen cupboards and fridge. What items could you swap to be packaged in something other than plastic? I’ve switched to milk in returnable glass bottles from a local farmer, cola in cans instead of plastic bottles, and mixer drinks in glass bottles instead of plastic. (For any dark and stormy fans Belvoir’s ginger cordial that comes in a glass bottle is divine.) These were really simple switches that have reduced my plastic use hugely.

Interesting fact about aluminium – did you know that there is no limit to the amount of times aluminium can be recycled? This makes it the most recyclable of all the materials. Plus the energy that’s saved by recycling one aluminium can is enough to power a TV for three hours!

5. Ditch the cling film

Of course I couldn’t make a blog post about an eco friendly kitchen without mentioning beeswax wraps. These fantastic creations have completely changed my kitchen habits. Instead of wrapping bowls and food in cling film, use a beeswax wrap instead.

Cling film can’t be recycled so every piece that was ever made is now sitting in a landfill or polluting our oceans. Beeswax wraps are reusable, much prettier than cling film, and can be composted at the end of their life. To find out more about the beeswax wraps, check out this blog post.

Drawn by Rhiannon beeswax food wraps fabric

You can also take your beeswax wrap to the cheese counter and take your chunk of cheese home wrapped in the lovely fabrics.

To shop the full range of reusable beeswax food wraps, click on the pictures above or click here.

If you have any more tips about how to make your kitchen more eco friendly or if you want to recommend an eco friendly shop near you, comment below!

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Brand new items in the making

New fabric from Drawn by Rhiannon

With the arrival of the new fabric last week, it’s time for a whole range of new items.

January was a super busy month designing lots of new prints. It’s one thing seeing my designs on my computer screen, but seeing my drawings printed on fabric is still amazing! I’ve got a busy couple of weeks making lots of lovely new items for you all so I thought I would list everything I’m making so you can see what’s going on. If you would like to pre-order anything before it goes to public sale, please get in touch!

Passport covers

Kingfisher
Giraffe
Ladybird
Sheep
Banana
Panda
Cow
Blue tit
Bee

Giraffe passport cover
Giraffe passport cover

Coin purses

Bananas (random pattern on a blue background)
Bananas (stripes on a white background)
Cats
Rubber ducks
Llama
Puffin
Cows
Rabbit
Sheep
Ladybird
Panda
Bee

Llama coin purse
Llama coin purse

Wash bags

Ladybird
Rubber ducks
Puffin
Panda – SOLD
Cow
Sheep
Bananas

Puffin wash bag
Puffin wash bag

Aprons

Kingfisher
Llama
Bee
Bananas
Teacup – SOLD

Bee apron
Bee apron

Reusable makeup remover pads

Squirrels
Puffin – SOLD
Ladybird
Blue tit – SOLD
Rabbit
Bananas
Panda
Kingfisher
Pineapple
Flamingo
Elephant
Peacock feathers – SOLD
Bee x 4 – 2 SOLD

Elephant reusable makeup remover pads
Elephant reusable makeup remover pads

Reusable beeswax food wraps:
Snack size and lunch size

Bees
Kingfisher
Puffin
Ladybird
Flamingo
Panda
Bananas
Pineapples
Dinosaurs
Unicorns
Blue tits

Banana reusable beeswax food wrap
Banana reusable beeswax food wrap

Don’t forget to comment below or click here to get in touch if you’d like to reserve any of these items.

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New fabric coming soon! What prints do you want to see?

Drawn by Rhiannon is ordering more fabric this week! Get in touch to add your request.

It’s that time again when new fabric is on its way!

After a super fantastic festive period, it’s time to restock on lots of items. New fabric here we come! The beeswax wraps have now completely sold out so I’ll be making a HUGE new batch of those, but what else would you like to see?

Drawn by Rhiannon beeswax food wraps fabric
Reusable beeswax food wraps fabric

I’ve designed lots of new prints in the new year so I’m really excited to see those on fabric. Have you seen the panda print and banana print yet?

With summer holidays on the horizon I’m planning on making a whole new range of passport covers. What designs would you like to see on the passport covers? So far I have planned bees, blue tits, bananas, sheep, cows, pandas, kingfishers, rabbits, ladybirds and giraffes. Are there any other prints you’d like on them? Let me know by commenting below!

Drawn by Rhiannon lovebird parrot passport cover
Passport covers are a great way to make your passport stand out from the crowd. What prints would you like to see on the next batch of passport holders?

Another best seller at Christmas was the fabulous reusable makeup remover pads. These completely sold out at the Christmas markets so I’m going to make a big new batch of these too. What designs would you like to see on the makeup pads? Let me know!

Drawn by Rhiannon reusable flamingo makeup remover pads
With a pretty printed side and a soft towelling side, these reusable makeup remover pads are an essential part of any beauty routine.

And of course there will be more of your favourites like coin purses, makeup bags and aprons. Anything else you’d like to request? Just let me know! New fabric will be ordered on Friday so don’t miss out.

Drawn by Rhiannon fabric order
If you want to request any items for the next couple of months, please let me know this week!
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The magical eco-friendly beeswax wraps

Drawn by Rhiannon reusable beeswax food wraps

We all know how important it is to cut down on plastic waste, and using reusable beeswax wraps is a super easy way to get started.

These little beauties not only look fabulous, they’re also really practical and good news for the environment too. Whenever you would use cling film, just use a beeswax wrap instead.

How to use beeswax wraps

By using the warmth of your hands, the wrap will shape around your food and hold in place just like cling film. You can use them to wrap leftovers or snacks, pans and bowls. Just make sure to avoid wrapping hot foods as the heat can melt the wax. Check them out here.

Once you’re finished with the wrap, simply wash it under tepid water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry, then it’s ready to use again. When it has reached the end of its life, simply cut it in to strips and chuck it in the compost bin.

The benefits of beeswax wraps

It’s amazing how much plastic you save by reusing the wraps instead of using single-use cling film. With proper care, each wrap can last up to a year depending on how often you use it.

What’s more, beeswax is naturally anti-bacterial. This means the wraps actually keep your food fresher for longer which prevents food waste too!

The beeswax wraps are available in so many different print designs so there’s really something for everyone. They’re a great way to make yours or your kids packed lunches more fun, and they’ll add a lovely splash of colour to any kitchen. Take a look at the full range here.

Plastic free packaging

Of course I didn’t want to use plastic to package the wraps as that would really defeat the object of using less plastic… so after a lot of research and experimenting I came up with a completely plastic free, fully recyclable paper packaging solution. Please recycle the packaging with your household paper!

Have you used beeswax food wraps yet? Share your opinions about them in the comments below…

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The return of the beeswax wraps

Thanks to all you lovely people who visited the markets before Christmas, the beeswax food wraps sold out! I’m going to be making some more ready for the next market in March but I’d love to get your input on what designs I should make. The bees were the bestseller last year so I’ll definitely be making more of those but what else would you like to see? Any suggestions of new prints I could design to put on the wraps? Let me know by commenting below 🙂

Drawn by Rhiannon reusable beeswax food wraps