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Eco-Friendly Festivities and 2022 Trends

Here at jmm PR, we have been scouring the internet for our favourite articles of the week.

This week brings ideas on how to be more eco-friendly when hosting over the festive season as well as living room trends predicted for 2022.

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Good Homes – How to host an eco-friendly Christmas

Christmas can unfortunately be a time when we generate a lot of excess waste, whether it’s wrapping paper, decorations, or food leftover from entertaining guests. If you’re on the lookout for ways to be more eco-friendly this festive season, this article from Good Homes offers some super simple, easy to follow tips to keep in mind when hosting our loved ones over Christmas.

Crackers are a must-have when decorating the dining table with festive décor, however they can often be bad for the environment. As an alternative, the article suggests using fabric and cardboard tubes to create your own DIY crackers, providing a more eco-friendly solution. You can even choose fabric to match your colour scheme and fill the crackers with personalised gifts that you know your guests will love.

Whether or not you’re expecting vegetarian or vegan guests, preparing a meat-free Christmas dinner is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. If you would rather stick to serving a traditional turkey on Christmas day, why not opt for a meat-free meal on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day! While on the topic of food, the article highlights the importance of reducing your household’s food waste, which is always an issue over the festive period. There are a variety of recipes you can try that will help you use up any leftover ingredients, such as a warming chestnut and parsnip soup, or some yummy turkey samosas!

If you haven’t got around to wrapping your gifts yet, the article also includes some great alternatives to traditional wrapping paper. As well as recyclable options, Good Homes suggests using fabric as an eco-friendlier substitute. If you have time, you could also try making gift bags from pieces of clothing, such as in the example pictured below!

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Although many of us have (hopefully) finished our Christmas shopping now, Good Homes also highlights the importance of selecting gifts carefully to limit the amount of waste we generate. Gift vouchers, as well as handmade or hand-grown gifts are ideal, and are sure to make your loved ones feel extra special too.

Make sure you check out this article for some tips on reducing waste and having a more sustainable festive season this year.

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Homes & Gardens – Living room trends 2022 – 11 key looks for your lounge

For the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at some of the upcoming trend predictions for 2022. So far, we’ve taken a dive into lighting, kitchen, wallpaper and home improvement 2022 trends, and now we’re going to take a look at what the latest styles are for living rooms! Living rooms are one of the places in the house that many of us spend most of our time in, especially with some of us now working from home. Because of this, 2022 living rooms need to not only be stylish, but practical too.

A lot of the paint trends for 2022 involve using vibrant colours to make a statement. Yellow has been particularly popular this year, especially when partnered with grey. If you’re looking for a more subtle look, Homes & Gardens suggests using a glossy white paint on the walls to bounce light around the room and finish this off with warm tone, as a result you will have a living room that feels cosy as well as welcoming.

In the past, clashing colours have been avoided in interior design. But in 2022, as maximalism makes a comeback, Homes & Gardens suggests using a set of carefully selected clashing colours to bring energy into the room and uses pink and green as an example. You can balance this out with some neutral hues for a much more calming atmosphere and to avoid the room being too overwhelming, which is beneficial when working from home. The need for more vibrant colour tones is inspired by catwalks as well as the desire for escapism within the past few years.

Bringing nature into our homes has become big in interior design over recent years due to us spending more time indoors than ever. As a result, timber has come back into fashion. Not only does wood add warmth to the room, but it also brings texture and can work well in both modern and traditional environments. Speaking of nature-inspired trends, floral is also quite popular, especially more delicate prints that add to a country-style look.

Just like in the kitchen, ‘broken-plan’ is also sought-after in living rooms as many of us are now working from home and desire multifunctional rooms. To zone out areas with different purposes in your living room, use screens, partial walls, furniture, cabinetry, and house plants.

What’s your favourite living room trend for 2022? Let us know in the comments!


Jess and Steph at jmm PR

23rd December 2021


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@bbcgoodfood The sweet potato and peanut curry looks delicious!

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@HB Love this article! Will definitely be trying out some of these tips to introduce more natural light 🌞

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@homesandgardens Coral is such a pretty colour, love the idea of combining it with deep blue shades when decorating!

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@deliciousmag These look amazing 😍 Can't wait to try them!

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@Livingetc The Peperomia Hope plant is so pretty! Perfect for trailing over the edge of a desk too 🌿

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@TheCurryGuy This looks so tasty!

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@foodandwine Ooooh the sausage, mustard and basil pasta sounds delicious!

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@KitchenSanc2ary Looks delicious and so creamy!

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@dezeen Love these, great way to use up space!

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@GoodHomesMag Beautiful green is so perfect for creating a calming, natural look. 💚

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@olivemagazine These recipes look delicious! Can't wait to try the tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi 😋

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@_houseandgarden Grey is still one of our favourite colours to decorate with! Love the idea of opting for green-grey, greige or darker charcoal tones too

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@homesandgardens Painting the ceiling the same colour as the walls is a great idea! Love the tip of using mirrors to make the garden appear bigger too

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@deliciousmag These look perfect for serving as a side dish at a summer BBQ 🌞

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@Livingetc Love the idea of painting around a gallery wall 😍

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@guardianfood @GuardianFeast Sounds tasty, will give this a try!

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@bbcgoodfood Love making homemade chips! They're so easy and you can cook them exactly how you like!

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@Livingetc Love the cosy, moody interior look!

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@CreatePerfect Love those festoon string lights!

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@RealHomes These are good ideas, I've always left them in a bowl on the window sill but will try some of these alternatives!