Sustainable Shopping

15 April, 2020

Hi, Charlotte here, a copywriter here at Dibor. 

Like everyone else during these difficult times, I’ve been doing my bit and staying at home as much as possible. In fact, for the last few weeks, the only times I’ve gone further than my garden, is to go shopping once a week.


Since my partner and I don’t have a car, we’ve been able to spend our daily exercise wisely during these days, with a walk to the supermarket. Because we’re both spending more time at home, I’ve found that we’re buying more than usual, so we need a bag with a large capacity, and that’s strong enough to hold all of our bits and bobs.


Luckily, I have the very thing that does the job perfectly – one of Dibor’s very own natural jute shopping bags! Because I don’t have a handy car boot to store our stuff and simply drive home, I’m forever grateful for the spacious size and thick, padded handles of this shopper, to distribute the weight and help me carry everything pretty easily.

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Even in these uncertain times, when everyone’s focus has shifted so suddenly, I’m trying not to lose sight of the importance of looking after our planet as well as the people who live here. A fantastic alternative to single use plastic bags, we at Dibor make sure to use only eco-friendly juco (a 100% natural blend of jute and cotton fibres), so that everyday living is still environmentally conscious!

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I’m a little hesitant to use the bags for life that are sold at the supermarket these days, as they’re handled so often and you can never be too careful.

But our personal shopping bag definitely has the edge, because the natural materials mean it’s completely washable, so it can be fully disinfected and wiped down to be used safely, again and again! And since it’s so hardwearing, it won’t harm the sturdy fabric, or the rich colours.

Charlotte x

How to Love Working from Home

23 March, 2020

With the news that more of us will have to work from home for the foreseeable future, many people are starting to worry that they’ll be unable to work as productively as normal.

 

With a lack of routine, no colleagues to keep you on track and a multitude of distractions, the prospect of working from home for such a long time can seem daunting. However, with the right tricks and tips to help you maximise your output, you may find that staying at home is just as easy as working from the office.

Get started early

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When we don’t have to travel to work, it can be too easy to stay in bed for longer to put off starting the workday. However, by starting your day early, you’ll find that you get into the rhythm of the day much more quickly, and your output will increase.

Enjoy an early morning coffee or tea in your favourite mug to start the day off right and give you the boost of energy that you need.

Choose a dedicated workspace

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It’s easier to be distracted from your work if you don’t have a dedicated workspace. Trying to work from a room with a television is never a good idea, and even using your laptop from the sofa isn’t always the best plan of action.

Use the largest table or surface you have to set up your computer, your notepads and any other writing materials that you use during the day. The kitchen or dining table is often a good idea as it is usually large, free of clutter, and away from the main household distractions.

Get organised

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Organising yourself is one of the best ways to ensure you can work quickly and efficiently, whether you’re in the office or at home. Plan your day with a calendar, diary or checklist to make sure you can work methodically.

Keep any notepads and pens organised and close to hand to avoid losing time searching the house for something to write with.

Prepare your meals in advance

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Planning your meals and preparing them in advance is a great way to help stick to your usual routine. When we’re working from the office, we take our sandwiches ready wrapped, and our pre-cooked meals ready to microwave, so why should it be any different when we’re working from home?

Prepare your meals the night before so you don’t have to spend any time planning and making food during the workday.


Homemade soups are a great idea for weekday lunches at home. Easy to prepare, soup chills and even freezes really well, so you can have plenty made in advance ready to microwave or warm in a pan the next day for a quick and healthy lunch.

Declutter your desk

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An untidy desk is the enemy of efficiency at work. Not only does it make things more difficult to find, it can reduce your motivation and make the workday seem more of a chore than it needs to be.

By using wall mounted and free-standing storage baskets, you can organise your files efficiently, and remove paperwork from your desk to free up a large workspace.
Label each of your storage baskets for an even more efficient home filing system.

Add some fun to your workspace

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Let’s be honest – workspaces can often be very dull and boring, leading to a lack of motivation and the need to find something more interesting to do.

Adding a fun or colourful item to your workspace can be a great way to brighten up your desk and, in turn, brighten up your mood, making the day seem less tedious than it did before.

Bring the outdoors in

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Bringing life into your home is a great way to create a light and airy atmosphere.

Plants not only add colour and brightness which lightens our mood, they have also been proven to boost productivity by releasing oxygen, which increases brain power. Place a vase of fresh flowers or a potted house plant close to your desk to really liven up the space.

Get comfortable

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One of the most difficult parts of working from home is missing your comfortable office seat and spending all day perched on a hard dining chair.

Instead of counting down the minutes until you can get up from your hard chair and have a rest on the sofa, try softening up your seating with a thick seat pad, perfect for reducing any uncomfortable pains and keeping your focus on the job.

Keep track of time

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Although clock watching is never a good way to help the day go by, planning your day by time and keeping track of how long each task is taking is a really good way to stay on track and make sure you hit any deadlines.

Placing a large wall clock near to your table or desk is a handy way of making sure you’re always aware of the time passing, and far more effective than a tiny desk clock.

 

Although it doesn’t look as though most of us will be able to return to the office any time soon, there’s no need to despair over the situation.

By following these handy tips for keeping motivated and efficient, we believe that you can not only be great at working from home, but you can really learn to love it.

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Update Your Home this Half Term

14 February, 2020

February half term isn’t just an event in the school calendar, it’s a major milestone in anyone’s year. Half-way between Christmas and Easter, we’ve made it through the January blues and Spring is on the horizon. Here are five ways to update your home this half term.

 

1. Bring Nature into your home

Although we can see Spring is on the way, the weather hasn’t quite warmed up enough for most of us to start venturing back out into our gardens. If it’s still too cold to go outside, why not bring the outdoors in? By growing herbs on your windowsill or adding a vase of fresh flowers to the coffee table, you can enjoy the beautiful colours and fragrances of Spring, whatever the weather.

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2. Update your glassware

Embrace the changing seasons by embracing the changing trends. Plain, clear and dainty glassware is out, and bright, mismatched colours are very in. Add some seasonal interest to your dinner table by experimenting with different colours and textures in your glassware.

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3. Use pastel tones to lighten your décor

Our Winter décor tends to be a little on the dark side, but adding a light, airy feel to your home doesn’t need to be any more complicated than accessorising with lighter colours. Whilst vibrant hues may work best in the Summer, using light, pastel tones in Spring will help banish any darkness that’s left over from Winter.

 

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4. Add warm copper tones

The perfect transition colour, copper is ideal for this time of year. Bright enough to reflect the Spring sunlight, with warm undertones that remind us of cosy Winter nights curled up by the fire, metallic copper is timeless enough to match any style of décor, and versatile enough to last right through Winter and into late Spring.

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5. Start Spring cleaning early

Start your Spring cleaning early to ensure your home is clear and free of clutter for when the warmer days arrive and you’d rather be spending your time outdoors. Adding simple storage solutions such as magazine racks or baskets can make all the difference when it comes to creating a light and bright atmosphere in your living space.

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Spring is such an exciting time of year and waiting for its arrival can often seem endless during the long Winter nights. By following these five tips, you can bring a touch of Spring into your home before the warm weather arrives, making it seem much closer than before.

 

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