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Keeping cosy can be good for you, and the planet. We all know cutting back on the central heating is a good green habit, but it’s hard to do if your feet are freezing!

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Images courtesy Just-Nerissa.co.uk

Just Nerissa is a local brand that creates exactly what you need: rugs and throws made from recycled plastic bottles. Yep, like Sloppy Tunas swimwear, these pieces are a small step towards stemming the tide of plastic rubbish — and they look great. Diamond_Dove_Grey_Runner_Kitchen_300x300_crop_top.progressive

Named in honour of founder Janet’s mother, Just Nerissa is based on the belief that little things matter. None of us can solve the world’s big problems, but we can all do something towards making things better.

Accordingly, Just Nerissa products are ethnically sourced, fair trade, and designed to make life warmer, in every sense of the word.

“When shopping with Nerissa you can be assured of the following,” says the website.

  • Fairtrade suppliers
  • Recycled materials, so my products are fairer on the environment
  • Local, British suppliers when possible; to help minimise carbon footprint
  • Fair prices – I keep margins reasonable, providing value for all

Janet is a regular at the Northcross Road Market in East Dulwich on Saturdays, or you can order online.

In addition to rugs and blankets, Just Nerissa sells scarves and bags, among other things — the hand-woven recycled plastic bottle bag would be ideal for stashing yoga gear.

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