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Foraging for Plant Dyes in Winter and Living Sustainably Throughout the Year: A Look at the Alder Tree

Alder Cones Conservation Eco Friendly Living Foraging Natural Dye

Foraging for Plant Dyes in Winter and Living Sustainably Throughout the Year: A Look at the Alder Tree

Despite the apparent bleakness, winter is a treasure-trove of natural dyes which we forage and store in the Juniper & Bliss studio for use throughout the year. We make naturally dyed sustainable pieces for eco friendly homes and slow living spaces. Today I want to explore the wonderful properties of the alder tree (Alnus glutinosa). The flowers that turn into small woody cone-like fruits, the double serrated leaves and the dark, fissured bark often mottled with lichen are staples in our larder.

 Alder trees with cones which we use in the Juniper & Studio to make naturally dyed, eco friendly pieces for the home.

Alder trees against a clear winter sky

As More of us are signing up to the benefits of slow living we are confronted with a myriad of issues and complexities when coming to make simple decisions. 

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