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 help you reduce waste in your life, whether that be time, money, resource, skills or even talent. We only get one live after all and we believe you should live it well! We love to reduce, reuse and recycle, make our own and run things efficiently…we are all about living a smart life!
Posts By: Heidi Lang
Arguably the most uncomfortable time of the year for a waste reducer outside of Christmas is Easter! All that plastic packaging containing such a small amount of chocolate! Over 80 million eggs sold in this country alone! Yikes!
Over the past few years, some of the larger manufacturers have heard the public cry of dismay and started introducing some lower packaging and waste options. And there is an increasing amount of ‘ethical’ brands out there with great green, fair trade and plant-based credentials.
But what sets this year apart is that we have fewer retailers to choose from – we can’t wander up our high streets and support the specialist shops and smaller businesses, so the supermarkets have an unfair advantage.
So just over a year ago I finally achieved a long term goal of mine – to make my own granola! I say ‘I’ because actually it is so simple that my 9 year old daughter did it! For me, living a resourceful life isn’t about pretty pictures on Instagram – it’s about overcoming the ‘that’s way too complicated and time consuming mental ‘block’ that we have about doing things sometimes the less convenient way. But the benefits are great! But I don’t have time…..Stay with me…I honestly have no spare time at all, but I manage these and long term, they save me time!
So we are reviewing the changes we have made over the last three years to reduce plastic and as a result, waste, in our lives to mark Plastic Free July. Top of the list without a doubt in terms of the one that makes us a little bit happy every time we do it, has to be introducing using reusable period pants! Not the easiest change, but so worth it.
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!
We love tomatoes in this house, and would hate to see a single one meet an unfulfilling end. A tomato only goes in the bin here if it can physically walk there. There is just no reason to ever discard such a beautiful, tasty and nutritious fruit. Not only is it full of gorgeous vitamins, but it also contains lypocene, a powerful antioxidant which is said to protect against some forms of cancer. It is full of flavour, adaptable and if you are that way inclined, easy to grow, so we want you to feel the tomato love!
This deliciously simple traybake is the perfect way to use up any slightly less than optimal apples! It tastes properly luxurious as you marry the simple joy of apples with the decadence of maple syrup! You can add in walnuts or other nuts too, but we kept ours nut-free so that we can take it to school! Topped off with a cream cheese frosting, your friends and family will love you forever!
If this year has taught us one thing, it has surely taught us to appreciate everything that we have. And whilst we might all be feeling like we deserve a little treat around Christmas time, it doesn’t have to be at the expense of our environment. With that in mind, and with an objective of supporting those businesses that have been hit the hardest, here are our top tips on how to have a very merry and sustainable Christmas!