It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and unfortunately, also the most wasteful time of the year. With much of our most loved traditions causing harm to both the planet and its inhabitants, there are some easy and effective ways to adjust ones doings and buyings to embody a more earth loving and ethically sound state of being.
As my husfriend and I only owned one ornament between us … and the dried fruit ornaments I made last year met an untimely demise when a leak in our roof sprouted mould on all closeted things, we opted for a more traditional approach this year.
This time I got lost in the stories, like one behind the beautiful capiz ornaments they carry which are made from the shell of a marine mollusk. First artisans wash and soak shells, then once dry, cut, dye and edge the creation with metal wire. I fell too for the artisan group who created recycled sari stars I decorated my tree with and the ancient artisan craft of brass bell making which created the beautiful brass bell garland that features the same bells used to adorn horses in India. I was inspired by the hand-painted ceramic ornaments created by Vietnamese artisans under the protection of Craft Link, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on providing work for ethnic minorities, street children and artisans with disabilities. Each piece I selected, and that they carry for that matter, aligned with the spirit of the season and the morals and ideals I’ve come to covet inside of me.
For our tree, I paired my beautifully created, plastic and packaging free TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES ornaments with dried flowers from a bouquet we bought in Rennes, France. Then I added in a few handmade clay (I’ll share the DIY later this week) ornaments, a handmade pom pom garland (this DIY is coming soon too) and topped the tree by wrapping a wire around some of the flowers, all of which I’ll return to their original bouquet post-Xmas.
We had originally planned to use a houseplant we had for our Xmas tree, but when the heat was turned on in our building while we were away, the poor plant got friend (bad plant parents, I know), so we opted for an Organic Living Tree from our neighbourhood market and housed it in my XL Urbana Sac which I normally use as a laundry hamper, but acts as a perfect base for the tree.
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This post was sponsored by Urbana Sacs & Ten Thousand Villages, the story, items pictured and their use are, as always, my own.