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    • evuka
    • By evuka 23rd Feb 18, 6:44 PM
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    My ways around the R's
    Great to see this thread is still live!

    A couple of things I do around lessening my waste and re-use or recycle:

    I use washable pantyliners and sanitary pads (the same ones since 2012! I ordered them from the US but if I ever need new set, I'll try to find a local maker)

    Never used kitchen rolls, we've never been "rich" enough to afford them so I still use rags/microfibre clothes in my home.

    Changed tissues to hankies - best decision for my nose and my purse! (Still have some cottonball stocked up but once it's gone, I'll start using washable textiles to wipe my face - have two cotton T-shirts from charity shops that I wore for years, will cut them up and make little squares.)

    Water bottle at work and I take my own cutlery and napkin with me. Travel mug.

    Safety razor + epilator instead of disposable ones.

    Freecycling / charity shops / second-hand purchases (furniture and electrical items, too).

    Saving veg peels and chicken carcass/bones in the freezer and once have enough, I make a stock from them.

    I buy cat food by the tin (as opposed to pouches and in P0und£and because they sell individual tins so I don't even have the plastic wrapping) and recycle them.

    I use jars from pastes, sauces, coffee, etc to stock staples in my kitchen.

    I use the library.
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    • Catastrophia
    • By Catastrophia 28th Mar 18, 11:11 AM
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    We've recently signed up to Who Gives a Crap for our toilet roll and paper towels. We have 5 permanent residents in the household so we go through tp quickly which is expensive and wasteful due to the plastic wrapping.

    We discovered Who Gives a Crap who deliver entirely recycled toilet paper to your door, with no wasted plastic packaging, plus 50% of their profits go to help build toilets in less fortunate countries.

    So far we've saved over £50 by subscribing to their delivery service, and reduced our environmental impact in the process!
    • Pagan Princess
    • By Pagan Princess 3rd Apr 18, 11:30 PM
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    Pagan Princess
    So glad to read that I'm not the only one that repairs her knickers......
    • Pagan Princess
    • By Pagan Princess 4th Apr 18, 12:11 AM
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    Pagan Princess
    1) Use soap nuts for your weekly wash and to make washing up liquid out of......really cheap 'nuts' on ebay........
    2) Sell all unwanted stuff on ebay
    3) If you use Ace stain remover - you will save money and get a better result if you put it in a spray use a lot less and get a better coverage.
    4) Dare I say it - reuse your tea bags - you can make 2 cups from 1 teabag.
    5) Switch to alternative 'milk' and make your own - home made almond milk is easy to make.
    6) Empty the contents of your hoover bag in the compost bin.....
    7) Take the Vegan Challenge - veggies are cheaper than meat and you don't have any nasty 'sunday roast' dishes to wash
    8) Charity shops are brilliant for balls of wool to make small items or granny blankets.
    7) old t-shirts cut up make great floor cloths and I have a pile in the garage for checking the oil
    • River.Bee
    • By River.Bee 4th Apr 18, 10:42 PM
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    Living in a student house, I'm constantly digging through our shared bin and pulling out recyclable things that my flatmates can't be bothered to put in the recycling bin

    I also surprised myself that I thought to cut off some of my tops' coat hanger ties and to use them as bookmarks for my (many) spiralled notepads. I was going to buy some ribbon until I thought of the idea, so I saved some pennies

    I used a big Thornton's delivery box from Christmas to use as a temporary and recyclable emergency stray/ feral cat shelter during the recent 'beast from the east' cold snap. It worked very well (this area I live in is a bit dodgy, I feel so sorry for all the cats around here I couldn't just do nothing )
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    • Rubik
    • By Rubik 25th Apr 18, 2:05 PM
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    Great thread - sorry I'm a little late to the party.

    We've taken a serious look recently at the horrendous amount of single use plastics we were using each week. So - we've swapped:

    single porridge pots for home-made ones using an old butter tub (it gets washed each day then reused, and the oats and skimmed milk powder costs just a few pence per day)
    Take our own tubs to the deli counters for ham, cheese etc rather than having them wrapped in plastic
    A complete ban on anything that comes in or with black plastic
    Started having doorstep milk deliveries in glass bottles -while the cost of milk is more expensive, in the long run it will save us money. We make on average 10 trips per month to the local shop to buy additional milk - and each trip costs us an average of £12 (because we buy stuff we don't need like chocolate and other such treats!)

    At home, I've extended the life of many clothes; if they have holes I will crochet a patch to cover the hole with, replace tired old buttons with new to give an item a fresh look, added beading or fringing to a tired t-shirt to give a little sparkle, etc - I now look a bit oddly dressed, but hey individualism is awesome I've been known to mend knickers and bras on occasion too.
    Last edited by Rubik; 25-04-2018 at 2:35 PM.
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 29th Apr 18, 10:32 PM
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    What? Doesn't everyone repair their knickers??
    I have indoor pairs (or stay at home ones) and going out ones!! It really annoys me when the channel at the top for elastic falls apart......that's not allowed.
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 17th May 18, 5:29 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    Great thread!

    I've made a lot of changes over the last year, I'd already been using reusable carrier bags and proper dishcloths instead of j-cloths for years, and recycling what I could, but in the last year I've:
    Stopped using kitchen rolls, I use old cloths or tea towels
    Almost entirely cut out cling film and foil - I use old plastic take away pots or food savers to store food in, or the good old plate over the top of a container, and where I used to cook food wrapped in foil, I find a pyrex bowl over it (or even nothing ) does just as well
    I take our lunch into work in plastic boxes, no food bags or clingfilm
    I carry a water bottle around with me
    I've switched to a Eurocrubby instead of disposable scourers
    I've stopped using cotton wool and cleanser and I use a facecloth and (bar) soap = stopped buying liquid handwash
    I use a bar shampoo (haven't found a good bar conditioner yet)
    I've switched to hankies
    I make my own oat milk and humous and eat a mainly plant based diet
    I'm composting (still struggling with this but determined to get it right!) and aiming not to renew my garden waste bin and save nearly £60 a year
    I'm buying clothes (and whatever else I can) from charity shops
    I took cuttings of my pelargoniums and overwintered them on the spare bedroom windowsill to save money and pastic pots buying new ones in the spring
    I'm going to buy an Eco egg for washing clothes - I'm generally not automatically putting things in the wash after wearing them but checking if they really need washing
    It is just me doing this not my OH, he still uses tissues, eats a lot of meat, buys junk food and fizzy drinks etc, etc, but our waste has cut down massively, we get our landfill bin and recycling bin emptied on alternate weeks and they both used to be full but now I often only put them out once a month - this still means that we are filling 2 big wheelie bins a month though, which is huge. My mum only used to have one of the little metal dustbins for a family of 5! I'm working on reducing it, and a big part of it was the mindset that filling the recycling bin is NOT good for the environment (and I think a good proportion og it ends up not being recycled anyway), better not to create the waste at all!
    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 12th Sep 18, 2:52 PM
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    I've been using up small tubs from the kitchen and planting next years seeds in ready for the spring plant out 2019!
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    • Nicnak
    • By Nicnak 30th Sep 18, 12:18 PM
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    I have been doing lots of the tips around here. Little things like saving all the little bits of soaps and then putting them together to form a large bar.

    We have four bins so we pretty much recycle all the bits we can in the format, but doing other things round the house too.

    I've been saving my old candle jars and making my own wax melts and buying wicks and using them as a way to make cheaper candles.
    I've been using old clothes that little one has to put together and make ones.

    Using scraps of wool that would normally be thrown out to tie them all together and crochet to make a multi coloured blanket. They are little things, but that are making a bit of a difference.
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    • Robots
    • By Robots 14th Nov 18, 6:11 PM
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    The 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
    I've found that the best way to attack the catastrophic environmental impact we're having on the planet AND save a few quid along the way is to reduce what we're using. One thing really does lead to another here and you'll find that you're doing much more than you originally thought.

    1. Make your own stuff

    Growing your own veg/herbs/whatever not only gets you something that tasted better than supermarket veg, but it really cuts down on the amount of plastic and other packaging being used (a lot of which can't be recycled). You can go even further and make your own compost etc. Use fabric you already have to make other things (maybe you'll even enjoy this one), and take five minutes to make a packed lunch for work.

    2. Stop buying stuff you don't need

    How did we end up in a world where people say "I need to change the living room accents" and then chuck the old cushion covers, light shades, etc into the bin (yes, this really happened!).

    You don't need a new outfit for every social function, you don't need water in a plastic bottle (use the tap, you're paying for it anyway), and stop buying the kids mountains of toys for Christmas.

    Sorry, went on a bit of a rant there...
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    • Brambleberry
    • By Brambleberry 8th Dec 18, 10:44 PM
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    There are so many good ideas on this thread!

    I've always recycled, but stopping stuff coming into my home in the first place is my starting point, and I definitely work on the principle of "if it ain't broke, don't replace it, and if it must be replaced, do it right " to reduce my consumption of stuff.

    When I first set up home I was a bit more spendy, but I was young, much less savvy and starting from scratch with almost everything. I wanted nice things, and I bought them thankfully many are still going strong:
    My (first) shower curtain is washed regularly with the candy-striped bath mat and both have lasted 15 years, the eyelets are still shiny and there are no holes or tears.
    I'm still using a set of Lakeland trolley bags that are well over ten years old that have saved me using countless plastic bags.
    My cotton dusters and cleaning cloths (from Lakeland or Ikea baby flannels) have been washed and used and are still good - the only dodgy one was used to catch solder during plumbing and has a hole burned through!

    I try to reuse things wherever possible, in our workplace we need a lot of very small pots for portioning or holding bits of kit, so we keep all the lids from pritt-sticks and wash them out. Less plastic is wasted, fewer tubs need to be bought.
    On the advice of a colleague, I switched to 100% reuseable pantyliners and a mooncup a couple of years ago, never looked back, can definitely recommend Kernow Kloth for their beautiful liners and towels!

    The interesting thing now is seeing how long I can make things last, so I often think about the other R - "repair" - there are lots of guides and videos online to help and I have been able to fix several appliances and objects rather than replacing them.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 19th Dec 18, 9:28 PM
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    Today I found a new use for an ironing board cover that was given to me.

    It has been turned into a kennel coat to be given to a Romanian dog rescue. It has a cuddly pink blanket lining and old style (but new!) purple Rufflette tape ties.Very colourful but cosy.

    The left over piece of cover will be turned sides to middle, then it will a more useful shape to make a kennel coat for a small dog!
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 6th Jan 19, 1:11 PM
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    Has anyone else signed up to the Walkers/crisp packet recycling programme or the Pringle tube recycling programme?
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    • Lifeisforliving19
    • By Lifeisforliving19 17th Jan 19, 11:18 AM
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    Just found this thread and have subscribed. Hope to find it useful and also to be able to offer some tips.
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    • Lifeisforliving19
    • By Lifeisforliving19 17th Jan 19, 11:19 AM
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    Has anyone else signed up to the Walkers/crisp packet recycling programme or the Pringle tube recycling programme?
    Originally posted by Barny1979

    not yet, but it was something I was going to look into.
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 17th Jan 19, 3:13 PM
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    • Lifeisforliving19
    • By Lifeisforliving19 17th Jan 19, 4:02 PM
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    Lifeisforliving19 to me about Eco eggs please. Been reading a lot of good reviews on them, both the washing ones and the tumble drier ones, but my only concern is what do you all use for fabric softener? I hate clothes feeling dry and horrid when they come out the wash, but I can see that normal fabric softener is not eco friendly or particularly good for us...although I do currently use Fairy as I feel that has not so many chemicals.
    So for anybody currently using Eco egg. How does the washing feel if you don't use softener?
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