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    • jwil
    • By jwil 27th Sep 17, 10:09 AM
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    We are big on recycling and reuse in our house.

    We cleared a relative's hoarded house with very little going to landfill. Everything was sent to charity, ebayed, car booted, freecycled or as a last resort recycled or binned. We donated their book collection and it is now in a national organisation's reference library in their name.

    Much of our house has been furnished with second hand items from car boots and ebay. The same with a lot of clothing and toys.

    My books come from car boots and I resell when finished. The same with toys. Clothing is usually donated to charity where they can resell the good stuff and get money for the rags.

    I use cloth sanitary protection and used cloth nappies on both of my children. A great saving was made by using the same nappies on both children. I then sold them on again to be reused by someone else, saving me even more money, and them saving money by getting a good bargain.
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 27th Sep 17, 10:29 AM
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    I love your post jwil!

    Do you have any idea how much the cloth nappies cost you ultimately, factoring in how much you got back for them too?

    Has anyone else worked out how much you've saved using cloth nappies?
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 27th Sep 17, 11:35 AM
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    Much of our house has been furnished with second hand items from car boots and ebay. The same with a lot of clothing and toys.
    Originally posted by jwil
    Brilliant. Can I just add if anyone has 'stuff' that may be a little too shabby for charity shops etc, that animal charities may very much welcome them, especially at this time of year as the cold weather approaches, so old duvets, towels, fleeces etc etc.. Or perhaps large plastic containers that might double as litter trays, like old washing up bowls.
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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 27th Sep 17, 12:14 PM
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    Has anyone else worked out how much you've saved using cloth nappies?
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Some figures here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/jul/04/nappies-which-best-disposables-reusables-cost-ethics

    My son and Daughter in law have had twins and it was a heated debate between them.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 27th Sep 17, 1:19 PM
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    I get a lot of very awesome bargains from ebay.
    I recycle everything that I can.
    Just because I dont want something does not others dont!
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    • jwil
    • By jwil 27th Sep 17, 1:36 PM
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    Brilliant. Can I just add if anyone has 'stuff' that may be a little too shabby for charity shops etc, that animal charities may very much welcome them, especially at this time of year as the cold weather approaches, so old duvets, towels, fleeces etc etc.. Or perhaps large plastic containers that might double as litter trays, like old washing up bowls.
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    Good thinking, I think we did send some towels etc to animal charities, but the plastic containers wouldn't occur to me, thank you!
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    • jwil
    • By jwil 27th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
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    I love your post jwil!

    Do you have any idea how much the cloth nappies cost you ultimately, factoring in how much you got back for them too?

    Has anyone else worked out how much you've saved using cloth nappies?
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    I'm not sure to be honest. We did it from a waste point of view rather than a money-saving thing. We didn't have to worry about a bin full of stinky nappies which would sit in landfill for centuries.

    It was only 2 extra washes a week at 60 degrees. I don't have a tumble drier so all nappies were line dried. So additional costs in that sense were minimal.

    Using them for 2 children essentially halved the cost of the nappies. I sold some for more than I paid for them, others about half, and a few for minimal amounts.

    I did use disposables too though sometimes, it doesn't have to be all or nothing.
    "If you can dream it, you can do it". Walt Disney
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 29th Sep 17, 1:22 PM
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    Great ideas!


    Brilliant. Can I just add if anyone has 'stuff' that may be a little too shabby for charity shops etc, that animal charities may very much welcome them, especially at this time of year as the cold weather approaches, so old duvets, towels, fleeces etc etc.. Or perhaps large plastic containers that might double as litter trays, like old washing up bowls.
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 29th Sep 17, 1:25 PM
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    It's the last day of Recycle Week this week. I know I'm preaching to the converted on the Green and Ethical board but for anyone else the end of Recycle week is hopefully just the start of a new waste reduction challenge
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 29th Sep 17, 5:44 PM
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    It's the last day of Recycle Week this week.
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Perhaps the idea could be used over and over again?
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 3rd Oct 17, 1:09 PM
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    Perhaps the idea could be used over and over again?
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    Recycling isn't timely. Simplistic, I know, but the more we can encourage people to reduce and recycle waste the bigger impact we can have on peoples' pockets and our environment
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 3rd Oct 17, 3:52 PM
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    Recycling isn't timely. Simplistic, I know, but the more we can encourage people to reduce and recycle waste the bigger impact we can have on peoples' pockets and our environment
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Absolutely true. But just checking, you did get the joke?

    What I've found funny is that my father complains about re-cycling, and all the bother etc etc, but growing up we re-used everything, and he was the master of recycling one item into another. He even admits that cleaning out the shed and throwing away all the bits of wood 'that'll come in handy one day' nearly brings a tear to his eye. So it's odd that filling a single bag (very easy recycling system in Cardiff) is seen as a pain. All a matter of perspective I suppose.

    I'm in my element packing cardboard boxes flat. How sad.
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    • marrowgirl
    • By marrowgirl 3rd Oct 17, 8:28 PM
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    just bumping this thread as I enjoyed reading it all and adding to the things I need to do. A few little ones from me.


    *I use the oil cleansing method for cleaning my face and taking off make-up. A bit of coconut oil (decanted into a recycled face cream pot) and a flannel. I moisturise with coconut oil and use it on my hair too.
    *we have a veggie swap at work. Those of us with gardens or allotments bring in our excess veg/fruit and swap it for something we can use. It also means if anyone buys a 3 for 2 deal at a supermarket we can all take advantage of that too so none goes to waste.
    * our company is poor at recycling (I hate to see the skip outside) so my colleagues and I try to re-use what would get thrown away. E.g we use the plastic sheeting from packaging on our greenhouses or for covering our plants over winter. We do ask the boss before taking anything though!
    *we use Furoshiki (fabric wrapping) for presents. So far mine is just old scarves from charity shops but I want to try printing/painting on an old sheet and cutting it up (then overlocking on a sewing machine). Otherwise my pressies to people have tended to be "wrapped" in a pretty bamboo or canvas bag which they can reuse for shopping etc.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 11th Nov 17, 9:23 PM
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    Last weekend had a great time. The neighbours from h*** had moved (rented accommodation) leaving a whole line of washing flapping there for two weeks plus.

    I asked the landlady if I could have the washing if she was going to bin it. Turns out there were 3 more bags of assorted clothes stored in the shed (in shop bought carriers too!)
    Sorted through and washed some- it wasn't all clean
    Result:
    1+1/2 bags of reasonable clothes went to 'down market' charity shop where they believe in the 'pile it high, sell it cheap philosophy!'
    1+1/2 bags of rags- tatty clothes, mucky (but clean) towels etc to the Hospice shop who will get paid rag weight.
    1 pretty jumper given to dog walker's teenage daughter
    1 child's rara net skirt, mended - to Hospice shop together with a framed embroidered picture
    some sheeting + tablecloth- kept to make in doggy duvet covers for charity

    and the best bit of recycling :
    buggy bag, well I think that's what you might call it with showerproof black outer and yellow fleece lining. Rubbery picture on the outside peeling so not saleable and hood missing.
    Took out the double ended zip to reuse elsewhere.
    Turned the top layer into a very nice fleece lined showerproof hound coat. Perfect size Just had to buy 1.5 m of tape which ties round the tum. I don't think my girlie will mind that she has a 'pea green boat' on her back! Total expenditure: 80 pence!
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 11th Nov 17, 9:26 PM
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    Perhaps the idea could be used over and over again?
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    That's what I do with my bank accounts, except it's not an idea- £1k cycles round between accounts to fulfil the minimum pay-in t&c requirements. True recycling!!!
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 13th Nov 17, 2:21 PM
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    Last weekend had a great time. The neighbours from h*** had moved (rented accommodation) leaving a whole line of washing flapping there for two weeks plus.

    I asked the landlady if I could have the washing if she was going to bin it. Turns out there were 3 more bags of assorted clothes stored in the shed (in shop bought carriers too!)
    Sorted through and washed some- it wasn't all clean
    Result:
    1+1/2 bags of reasonable clothes went to 'down market' charity shop where they believe in the 'pile it high, sell it cheap philosophy!'
    1+1/2 bags of rags- tatty clothes, mucky (but clean) towels etc to the Hospice shop who will get paid rag weight.
    1 pretty jumper given to dog walker's teenage daughter
    1 child's rara net skirt, mended - to Hospice shop together with a framed embroidered picture
    some sheeting + tablecloth- kept to make in doggy duvet covers for charity

    and the best bit of recycling :
    buggy bag, well I think that's what you might call it with showerproof black outer and yellow fleece lining. Rubbery picture on the outside peeling so not saleable and hood missing.
    Took out the double ended zip to reuse elsewhere.
    Turned the top layer into a very nice fleece lined showerproof hound coat. Perfect size Just had to buy 1.5 m of tape which ties round the tum. I don't think my girlie will mind that she has a 'pea green boat' on her back! Total expenditure: 80 pence!
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Please post a photo of the coat Katiehound. That sounds amazing!
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 13th Nov 17, 5:42 PM
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    Please post a photo of the coat Katiehound. That sounds amazing!
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Sounds lame but I still don't know how to do that!

    I actually don't have a photo- yet, but sure I could get my head round that problem. I just need to get madam to stand still and pose!

    I have to say it's my most innovative bit of recycling to date!!
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 14th Nov 17, 10:38 AM
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    No worries! And feel free to just take a photo of it on a hanger. You don't need to have someone in it
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    • By Katiehound 14th Nov 17, 10:13 PM
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    No worries! And feel free to just take a photo of it on a hanger. You don't need to have someone in it
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    No it wouldn't look that good on a hanger, it needs a real live dog inside!! Need to wait for a nice day and a space, oh and a dog who is able to pose.
    When I have the photo will then worry how to post it!
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 15th Nov 17, 7:38 AM
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    Last weekend had a great time. The neighbours from h*** had moved (rented accommodation) leaving a whole line of washing flapping there for two weeks plus.
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Other people's rubbish!

    I had lot's of lucky finds from builders fly tipping on a quiet road I used to cycle. If I saw anything interesting I'd put it aside and come back with the car later. Got an unused 3 pack of loft insulation, loads of timber, and 2 entire lengths of fascia boards (about 5m each) still with the protective plastic on - one of those is now the internal liner on the bathroom window!

    I did spend half an hour sorting a load of driveway paving blocks, putting about 200 unused ones to one side - then when I got back with the car, all of my neat piles had been taken. Some you win!

    Just used the old polycarbonate roof off our conservatory, when we had it replaced with a double glazed unit, to line the outside of the local cat rescue center now that cold and drizzle is getting in. I new it would come in handy one day ...... just like all the rest of the carp sitting in the shed (possibly not)?
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