Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tra-la-la-la…

Christmas is such a magical time of year. A time for spreading festive cheer, joy and giving! The most exciting part (apart from the big day itself) is decorating the tree with the family. It’s always so tempting to buy those sparkly new baubles, oh and that gorgeous wreath. But you can save yourself some money and make it a more eco-friendly Christmas. With a bit of effort and imagination you can easily recycle stuff that’s just lying about at home or destined for the rubbish bin.

We took our inspiration from the beautiful Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel. Their sustainable Christmas project is a part of their commitment to minimise their carbon footprint.  They have decorated the hotel in all upcycled materials that would otherwise have been waste, anything from lightbulbs to bed linen to wine corks! 


Amanda Richter, Head of Food & Beverage (AKA Head of Christmas Crafting) invited us along to help out. Of course, we had to get tea involved somehow! So we took along a few packets of Oteas Berry Blend and Strawberry and Cream. If you haven’t come across them before, you have to check them out. They are a true plastic free, zero waste product. The tea bags are made from plant based material and is biodegradable. They have FSC recyclable boxes printed with vegetable ink, with an inner wrap that’s home compostable planet based biofilm. And, they taste absolutely delicious! But we are not drinking them today, oh no, we are dying old (clean) bed linen to make recycled decorations!

Dying fabric with Oteas Berry Blend

Check out the video and get inspired too.  Get friends and family involved for a fun Christmas crafting afternoon and make your Christmas a more sustainable one!

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

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