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 »

Make the Most of Your Strawberries! | Live Long and Juicy!

Anybody else planning to hit the PYO establishments this weekend and gather some beautiful strawberries?  The weather is looking lovely, and the strawberry season is in full flow!!  But don’t you find they sometimes go off more quickly than you can eat them. And doesn’t chopping the top off and throwing so much deliciousness away really bug you!

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Smart Home

Cut the Food Waste Out Of Your Life | Our Waste Not Want Not Top Tips

Some of us were brought up to clear our plates and eat everything put in front of us even if we were stuffed to the gills and not particularly partial to soggy cabbage. That is because we were brought up by parents and grandparents who remember the war, and really know what it means to go without.  Food waste to that generation was unthinkable but today it seems to have become the norm. 

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Easy Portuguese Custard Tarts | How to Use Those Extra Yolks

So for every home-made lemon meringue pie that emerges from the kitchen, there’s a bowl of excess egg yolks. These, of course, have to be put to use in a manner befitting the gloriously golden hue of the home laid egg! As major custard lovers, our minds automatically turn to that glorious melange of egg, vanilla and cream and the yummy delights that can be created from that unbeatable combination.

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Let Loose the Juice | Three Ways to Save Your Wrinkly Satsumas from Extermination

I don’t know about you, but I often find buying satsumas, mandarins or clementines a bit of a lottery – sometimes they are delicious and juicy and the kids just romp through them. At other times they are disappointing, tough and destined to a future languishing in the fruit bowl unloved, ignored and ultimately deteriorating.

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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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Smart Consumer

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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