I’ll admit I’ve slipped a bit the last few weeks. While I have still tried to make environmentally friendly purchases, sometimes I’ve just gone for the quick and easy solution. We attending a wedding yesterday and I assumed I’d just buy something off the gift list...till I discovered they didn’t have one. In a bit of a panic, I turned back to gifts we bought before making our Step Down pledge for inspiration.
Just Slate Cheese Board. We have one of these ourselves, and bring it out for all our special occations. The natural slate helps keep the cheese cool, and acts like a chalk board so you can label each cheese (I just wish it didn't have a foam backing). The Just Slate Cheese Boards are really elegant and hand-made in Scotland. So while not perfect, we do get points for locally made. Unfortunately I completely forgot our pledge when it came to the cheese knife, and just bought one on sale from Debenhams.
I nearly continued this bad streak with the wrapping paper, as I had a coupon for gift wrap in WHSmiths. At the last moment though I remembered how hard it is to recycle wrapping paper. At Christmas we changed to plain brown paper, so I started thinking of ways I could dress up kraft paper up for a wedding.
My first thought was to use lace as a ribbon, but couldn’t really find anything suitable. Most of it had one straight edge and one decorative, which besides being lopsided might make it tricky to tie a pretty bow. Instead I found this lovely blue ribbon with white stitching, which (hopefully) compliments the natural brown paper. I’m also hoping the ribbon will be easier to reuse than lace would be!
I think the clearest lesson from this week is that leaving things till the minute makes it difficult to make environmentally conscientious choices. So not a perfect record this week, but hopefully you'll agree I found a pretty eco-friendly alternative to wedding themed wrapping paper.
Have you made any Steps Down this week?
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