Welcome to a Resourceful Life

Welcome to Waste Not Want Not. Now as our name would suggest, we are all about waste, and how to reduce it. Our idea is simple. We want to bring you lots of ideas on how to reduce the waste in your life, whether that be time, money, resource, talent or just plain old household items. It's not necessarily about saving the planet, although of course that's important, but more about the general idea of reducing waste. Read more »

Well Done Costa Coffee | Seeing Good Sense Amidst All the Latte Levy Froth!

When MPs announced in January that they were introducing a new latte levy, you may remember that our reaction was one of utter dismay. See our blog post of 5 January – Disposable Coffee Cups | The Full Picture.

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Cutlery Pouches #carryyourown

We want to set a trend, carry your own. Carry your own what though? Well aside from a water bottle and coffee cup, we want you to start carrying your own cutlery and reusable straw. We all know that plastic cutlery is just rubbish anyway, in every sense of the word. I have had a beautiful piece of fabric I bought a few years back from Liberty sitting in my fabric stash waiting for the ideal project, and here it is! Our guide to making a handy pouch to carry round your cutlery in!

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A More Resourceful Easter | Our Top Tips on Reducing the Impact on the Environment this Easter

In the UK alone, we consume 80 boxed million eggs every Easter. That generates almost 4,370 tonnes of cardboard waste – which in our view is entirely unnecessary! So here are our top tips on minimising your impact on the environment this year, and your local authority’s recycling budget!

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How to Make Beeswax Wraps | Introducing More Reusables into Your Life

Last year WNWN posted about re-suable sandwich and snack bags. These little beauties are still used daily in our house and I no longer need expensive single-use sandwich bags. However I was still using cling film for odd bits of food, in the fridge especially. Then a friend posted on social media her home-made beeswax wraps.

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Making the Most of Your Shoes | Where and How to Recycle Shoes

Whether you have a shoe collection of Imelda Marcos sized-proportions, or see them as a functional item to protect your feet, we all have shoes. And at some point those shoes will come to the end of their useful life to you. But what happens to them then? What should we do with our pile of unwanted shoes?

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For the Love of Books | Happy World Book Day from WNWN

So I have two obsessions/passions in life – one is of course waste reduction and recycling – the other is a much more simple pleasure, and that is books! World Book Day gets me particularly excited about life! I think some people would call me a bibliophile because the sight of a book shop or a library or even a pile of books gets my heart racing, and the likes of Waterstone’s, and even better, a dusty old independent book shop, is my idea of Shangri-La! My dream would be to have a coffee shop full of vintage up cycled furniture, and books, hundreds of them, where people could come to relax and read! One day…in the meantime, here is my Waste Not Want Not Guide to making the very most of every single tome, and every single page, and every single word of beauty!

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You Call it Cake, I Call it Kuchen | A Most Resourceful Fruity Traybake

So it’s my dad’s birthday this week (sadly no longer with) and it is at this time of year that my mind always turns to my childhood memories. My dad was 100% bonafide German, and he loved his food…German food, English food…his life was food! And I am pretty sure this stemmed from the exceptional introduction he had to it as a child. Because my grandmother lived the most resourceful life imaginable bringing up three small boys in a tiny village in wartime Germany.

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Resourceful RecipesSmart Home

Carrot and Coriander Soup | Our Veg Patch Salvage

So it’s coming to the end of the veg patch year for us around September. We are fair weather gardeners with only minimal space to play with, so at this point we have a good ‘root’ around quite literally, to see what we have missed in our daily harvest. Invariably this yields a collection of not quite big enough carrots, who definitely wouldn’t make the supermarket cut, but are perfect for a hearty and healthy soup! One of our favourites, as well as being the simplest to make, any manner of carrot will do! Here is our tried and tested recipe in all its glory!

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Small Changes, Big Difference – How to Reduce Plastic in Your Life!

So it seems that the world is now committed to reducing the amount of plastic we use in our every day lives. For the sake of our planet and in particular our oceans, the consensus appears to be that things need to change. There is big pressure on the supermarkets, Government and manufacturers to make this easier on all of us by innovating, legislating and just making it all a little bit easier to do since ultimately they are the ones that profit from our high consumption convenience driven lifestyles. But there is no doubt that we all need to adjust our behaviour.

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Addicted to Convenience | How We Got Where We Are!

So what a delight to start a new year with the environment so high up on everyone’s agenda. Whatever you thought of the Prime Minister’s speech on the 25 year Environmental Plan, the fact that she felt the need to make it, means that the Government think there’s an appetite for matters environmental at the moment, which is good news indeed. The Attenborough factor has to be high on the list reasons as to why this has suddenly popped into the public consciousness but that’s fine – he’s a legend. However, we think that in order to tackle the problem, we need to have a very long hard look at how we got to where we are in the first place.

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