Recycling Christmas cards with Wood Land Trust

December 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Christmas cards are a lovely way to send personalised wishes to friends and family. However, when it’s time to pack away the decorations I often wonder what people do with their cards.

recycling christmas cardsThere are plenty of ways to reuse decorative cards like turning them into jewellery boxes or gifts tags. However, if you’re not the crafty type don’t be tempted to just throw cards into the bin.

Instead recycle your Christmas cards with The Woodland Trust who offer a recycling programme throughout January in branches of T.K Maxx and Marks and Spencer and participating supermarkets. Simply take along any unwanted cards and deposit them in the units provided.

The Woodland Trust’s Christmas card recycling system started in 1998 and since 600 million cards have entered the recycling scheme helping the Woodland Trust plant over 200,000 trees, which is rather remarkable.

Alternatively, plan ahead and purchase cards which offer a recycling element. This year’s Bath-Knight season greetings cards were from World Land Trust and cleverly incorporated a corrugated edge, allowing the card design to be easily torn away and reused as a postcard.

Get more post-Christmas recycling tips from Recyclenow.

Annette’s Websites of the Week 5th-9th September 2011

September 9, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Annette's websites of the week

This week I thought it would be a nice idea to theme my favourite websites and focus on one specific area. With this in mind I decided to share my favourite fashion sites, inspired by the wonderful vintage fashion featured in Yours Magazine’s ‘Fashion we Wore’ book. – The online fashion catalogue is aimed at women over 50 who want to remain stylish. I like the site as it has a huge variety of different clothing, accessories and shoes- ranging in size, design and style.

lynda-bellingham ismeTo add a little sparkle and intrigue Isme is fronted by actress and ‘Loose Women’ Lynda Bellingham who dresses wonderful for her age. What drew Lynda to the fashion site is what each and every one of us are looking for… great fit, great quality and appropriate style. What more could we ask for?

In additional the Isme site offers more than just an outlet to spend your money. It has an online community with the ‘Coffee Lounge’ blog which has all sorts of features from style guides to competitions and ways to introduce your friends to the site.

Overall Isme is a great place to go if you’re in need of a fashion fix and have plenty of time to browse the huge selection. – Long Tall Sally has been a favourite of mine for many years as they design clothing which fit and flatter taller ladies so beautifully.

long-tall-sallyFor me Long Tall Sally offer clothing which is faultlessly sophisticated and has a real air of elegance. Whether it’s a tailored piece or simple casual outfit, everything looks very stylish and easy to put together. My absolute favourite pieces are their vibrant skirts, which feature colourful patterns and wonderful fabrics.

For me Tall Long Sally is extra special because that these fabulous pieces are designed exclusively for tall ladies with a great sense of style. Perfect! – Whilst out and about I always nip into T.K.Maxx to find a bargain. However, as an alternative I often find myself checking out the website in search of a stylish catch. The great thing about the website is that rummaging isn’t required, unlike in store from time to time.

At everything is organised in categories, which makes finding something specific really easy. Additionally the website lists featured designers and labels, helping narrow down a more specific search.


I have to be honest and say that it is often a ‘hit and miss’ store- you either find something that is amazing or nothing at all.  I know many of my friends and colleagues aren’t so keen because of this. However, with a good look and a little patience it is a really great place to find something stylish for a little less than you would expect to pay.

Tip: I always try to be as specific as possible when looking online. Use the search tools effectively by selecting your size, desired colours and labels you especially admire and importantly how much you are willing to spend. This way you won’t waste time browsing items which won’t fit or are is out of your budget.

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