Origami Money Gifts

origami money heart

I used to buy kids presents in advance and have a little ‘present box’ so that i wasn’t dashing to the shops every time my kids got an invite to a party. As I’ve moved towards Zero Waste I’ve given up on this. I no longer feel comfortable supporting the production of non-recyclable plastic toys by multinationals based outside of Ireland. So I’ve started to give cash, and when i say cash I don’t mean those nasty non-recyclable gift cards that expire. I mean cold hard glorious cash. Let the birthday girl or boy buy themselves exactly what they want, or better still save it.

I know I could source ethical sustainable gifts but i don’t feel comfortable forcing my values on someone else and truth be told most recipients just wont appreciate them, plus i don’t really have the budget or time. But I don’t want to take the joy of getting a present away so I’ve found a happy medium, origami money.

I’ve done a couple so far including a little doggie tenner like the one shown in the instructional video above from a German woman by the name of Yvonne. I would have preferred one in English but couldn’t find one using Euros and I thought seeing a similar looking note was more important than English instructions, which aren’t really needed really. This video might seem long but it includes a novice doing it along side the instructor so it doesn’t actually take 16 minutes to fold the doggie. Plus it’d take you longer than 16 minutes to go to the shop and buy an actual gift!

The same woman has instructional for many different shapes, including an instructional on how to make an origami money heart   – shown at the top of this post.


Planet Positive Tokens for Teachers

Summer cupcakes

Okay, I’m going to admit straight out that I think giving teachers gifts at the end of the year is a joke! If everyone got a gift for doing their job well the world would be drowning in crap that no-one wants. I think a verbal thank you or simple handwritten note is more than enough to show gratitude.

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Sustainable Ethical Nightwear

Ethical Silk Company

Considering that we spend approximately 1/3 of our day in our pjs (I wish) it makes sense to me that they should be considered carefully. I have a thing for pjs. No matter how bad the day nothing beats a shower, followed by clean comfortable pjs and fresh bed linen. Everything just seems so much better after a nights sleep started this way.

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Zero Waste – Just Doing your Best

Second Hand Furniture

The Zero Waste movement seems to be exploding across the world, which is fantastic. Our own Zero Waste Facebook group in Ireland has grown from a few hundred last year to over 5,000 now! Our group focusses on very practical advice on where to buy things sans packaging or good quality, long-lasting items to invest it when replacing items but this doesn’t always tally with portrayals of Zero Waste that i see in the media. Often articles on Zero Waste focus on the aesthetics of the movement; labeless mason jars, cloth produce bags, stainless steel water bottles, and increasingly a sense that there is ‘right way’ to do Zero Waste.

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Sustainable Ethical Yoga, Active & Leisure Wear – Updated 26th May 2017

Asquith Lounge Wear

This is another blog entry under the theme of ethical sustainable clothing brands, this time in the realm of yoga, active and leisure wear. I’m hoping that seeing all these loving items will inspire me, one day, to start exercising again. I could garden or do housework or DIY all day long but actually setting time aside to do ‘exercise’ just doesn’t float my boat. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong!

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Homemade Card

A dear friend of mine was departing these fair isles for her home country of Australia and I was asked by the other members of our knitting group to make her a card. Here is the end result. It’s simply a circle of cardboard, wrapped in wool with two wooden skewers – capped with strips of paper – pushed through it to represent knitting needles. Simple!

I rarely get time to be visually creative, something I really miss from my days as an Interior Architect. When I get the time to make cards it’s a nice, inexpensive, low-waste way to design and make something visual and it helps to put a smile on the faces of those I care about. Win, win.


Food Waste

Lilia Siedel Hugging Pears

I was recently filmed for the news on our National TV station RTE. The segment was about the use of brown bins (compost bins) in Ireland, which apparently is on the decline. The piece equated food waste with brown bin usage but i made the point (which was edited out) that if someone is doing an excellent job of reducing their food waste they may not even need a brown bin!

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