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If you speak to the majority of people on what they would change about their home at the moment we suspect their answer would be ‘to cut back on costs’. We all know the story, the price of living is rising and wages just don’t match! Being (relatively) young we don’t remember a time when you could fill your shopping trolley for £30 or when household bills were even ‘affordable’’ so we have had to adapt to living within our means rather quickly!

Within Smart Consumer we aim to get to grips with the nitty gritty of running a household efficiently, without stretching you to the max but still maintaining a healthy mind, body and environment. We examine convenience and look at whether this is worth the premium you pay for it. And we look at what are those energy sapping devices plugged into each and every socket around the house.

Green Tomato Spiced Cake | Deliciously Different

Fancy doing something a bit different with the glut of green tomatoes you have left? Give this tried and tested green tomato cake a go! If like me you are a fan of sticky spiced cakes you will love this. Given the seal of approval from my work colleagues, even converting those who don’t believe vegetables belong in a cake (although most class tomatoes as a salad or a fruit!) gave it rave reviews. It is after all, quite delicious.

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Five Great Ways to Declutter Your Mail Box | The Hole in Your Door – Not the Electronic One!

So with the excitement of GDPR behind us, and the world waking up to just how much junk mail they have in their lives, I decided it was time to concentrate on the hard stuff! After all, in terms of resource, paper junk mail uses a vast amount in terms of cost, production and delivery. Worst of all, most of it goes straight in the bin!

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Plastic Free July? What’s It All About?

So we’ve been aware of plastic free July for a couple of years now, but had kind of given it a passing nod. This year, like many others, we have decided that we need to give it a little bit more attention. The movement towards a #plasticfree world has taken on a new momentum and it seems like the sensible thing to climb on board!

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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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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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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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Disposable Coffee Cups | The Full Picture

So disposable coffee cups annoy just about everybody, not just Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. As a nation we use 7 million disposable coffee cups EVERY day – that is 2.5 billion a year. That is just plain crazy and it doesn’t take a genius to work out the impact that is going to have on the environment. And don’t get us started about the lids, the stirrers and those gargantuan plastic smoothie cups!

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Shopping Wisely for Charity Christmas Cards | The WNWN Guide

Environmental and resource issues aside, the humble Christmas card is surely one of the greatest traditions of the season – sometimes an annual communication with a friend or loved one that might otherwise see contact lost forever, a time to reconnect, update and just bring a smile in a way that social media never can – it has to be worth the effort…for me at least!

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