Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Workshop, Garage and Shed

Although DIY projects can be few and far between, they can almost fill a wheelie bin or a car boot load with the left-over waste generated. When planning a DIY project, first consider what materials you already have at your disposal, e.g. old used timber such as pallets and fencing panels can add a great touch of 'shabby chic' to your project if used the right way. Buy Smart Always consider buying second hand from Gumtree or Facebay for the materials you will need, from whole bathrooms to flooring to screws and nails.  It will be a fraction of the price of buying new, and although used is often still in great condition.  We once went to see a kitchen on Gumtree which, at £500 was about 1/10th the price of new; the owners had just moved in, and didn't like the kitchen which had been fitted a few weeks previous to sell the house, it was immaculate and the listing included all...
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Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

The main culprit here is paper - the pulp and paper industry is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly 20 percent of deforestation in the 2000s, and endangering rainforest species such as the Sumatran Tiger.  Recycling should be a last resort and certainly don't throw any paper waste in your general waste bin! Reduce Ask for paperless bills - most service providers will give you an option to receive your invoices and bills by email rather than through the post - it saves them money too! Don't print off your emails unless you absolutely have to, and if you do print on both sides. Re-use Any correspondence or old paperwork which is just printed on one side can be re-used as blank paper - I make notepads for ideas and to-do lists by stapling 30 or 40 of these together. Other paper waste is pulped and made into paper briquettes for our wood burning stove. If possible, re-fill your ink cartridges at...
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Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Kitchen   Our kitchen is the engine of the household, and it’s here we can make the biggest impact on our waste output. It’s in the kitchen where we usually have the household’s main general waste bin: the go-to place to bring general waste from around the house.   So if we want to reduce our waste we should start – and stop! – here. 1. Consumer Power The best way to reduce your waste is simply not to buy it in the first place: try to choose a similar product with less packaging, even if it costs a bit more: larger tins & packets products without individually wrapped food but best of all, waste-free shopping where you can fill your own containers - click the link for your local zero waste shops 2. Plan Don’t cook more than you need, or if you do make sure you cook double so you can save it for another meal. Plan your shopping to...
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