How To Go Waste Free Review and Giveaway

We hear about it everyday, we see it on the news about how to reduce our waste.  We all try with our recycling, what else can we do?  There is so much more we can do which is why I am reviewing the How To Go Waste Free book and offering 5 lucky readers the chance to get their own copy.

About How To Go Waste Free

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How To Go Waste Free is the brainchild of Caroline Jones, a writer who specialises in health, beauty and lifestyle subjects. A former editor of several national newspapers and magazines in the UK, she is also an accredited life coach and the author of Hot To Go Plastic Free

The book is split into 6 sections , with 100 ways to reduce waste.


The book starts with an introduction about our planet and how it is being affected by the amount of waste products we produce, with very scary figures. And how we can help make our planet safe for ourselves and future generations.

Getting Started


#3 Avoid All Or Nothing Thinking – Like when you go on a diet banning everything results in a fail.  The same applies to this small steps at a time, start with the smaller things and the progress that way it will be daily life and you will not fail

#4 Do A Waste Audit – This is something we could all do when your bins have been emptied start a daily audit of how much waste you produce and then see if you can improve on this the following week


#5 & #6 Getting Down & Dirty – this is messy but write down your weekly household waste.  This is split into sections making it easier but this does include food waste.

Putting Zero Waste Into Practice

This section looks at our food waste, making us think how much we throw away.  Food that has gone out of date, food not properly sealed so goes bad.  Half eaten snacks or meals.  The list is endless. This section looks at ways we can reduce this.


#63 Sip With Sustainable Straws – we all know about reducing plastic straws and it has been great to see large organisations stepping up and removing plastic straws, which is great as it can take up to 200 years for a single straw to break down.  There are so many alternatives on the market and such a simple step to take.

#64 Pack A Weekday Lunch – I know it is easier to pop to the shop to buy a sandwich or something else for lunch.  But packing your own can not only help the environment but also your bank balance as well.

Waste Free Around The Home

#71 Set A One Out, One In Rule – before being tempted to buy a new product on impulse, only buy a new product when your current one has finished.  This also saves clutter in your home

#72 Use Bar Soap Instead Of Liquid – bar soap comes in just the wrapping and is virtually waste free. Where as liquid soap comes in plastic containers producing more waste.

This is just a few snippets from the book. With a total of 100 tips that are easy and simple for us all to do.  This is a way with small steps we can make a difference to our environment.


I have been given 5 copies to give away to you, to enter see below


How To Go Waste Free

How To Go Waste Free Review and Giveaway

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Comments (105)

  • Angela treadway 2 months ago Reply

    ive started reusing plastic bottles and generally use less plastic waste x

    admin 2 months ago Reply

    I find it hard to reduce plastic waste as so much comes already wrapped in plastic

  • Iain maciver 2 months ago Reply

    i have tried to recycle as much as possible but not everything i recycle gets recycled

  • Solange 2 months ago Reply

    I’ve ditched the plastic bags and started relying on reusable containers.

  • fiona waterworth 2 months ago Reply

    We found you could pay to get a bigger recycling bin from the council, which now means we can recycle virtually all our waste

    Margaret Gallagher 2 months ago Reply

    Buy fruit and veg loose – compost bin – dusposable wipes being replaced by sustainable clothes – shampoo bars – still a long way to go

    Gemma Dowsell 2 months ago Reply

    Recycling everything I can. Trying to buy less single use plastic

  • Jamie Edwards 2 months ago Reply

    I use my local health food shop in my high street where I can refill essentials like pastas, rice seeds and even refill my cleaning and laundry products.

  • Catherine S 2 months ago Reply

    We have reusable bottles and food storage containers

  • Fiona jk42 2 months ago Reply

    We now put sandwiches in tupperware rather than wrapping in plastic wrap.

  • SianiD 2 months ago Reply

    Trying very hard to cut out single use plastics. I’m taking clothe veg bags out when I’m shopping, but it’s hard with so much stuff pre packed in plastic.

  • ROBERT MCINTOSH 2 months ago Reply

    Only buy what you need, not what you want!

  • Vivien Taylor 2 months ago Reply

    We have started composting grass, coffee grounds eggshells and vegetable peelings etc

  • Michael Botterill 2 months ago Reply

    Reducing waster is vital

    Kira 2 months ago Reply

    We have been trying to reduce our waste this year . Cook from scratch, use everything up .
    It really is working and I am definitely noticing he difference In how much waste we have each week

  • Clare B 2 months ago Reply

    I try to cook from scratch as much as possible and use leftovers to make a new meal. Any peelings etc get composted in our garden which then feeds the veg beds.

  • Paula Jones 2 months ago Reply

    I sewed my own handkerchieves to stop using tissues

  • Kelly Knowles 2 months ago Reply

    We don’t buy plastic bags for the bin, we use wrappers, such as opening the toilet roll bag and using that, even down to bread bags. We compost all our veg and fruit peel and even reuse washing up liquid for watering plants

  • Helen Thurston 2 months ago Reply

    I use a local refill shop for washing liquids, shampoo, etc re-using existing bottles – and I collect crisp packets, bread bags, etc for the local school which is signed up to several Terracycle schemes.

  • Kim M 2 months ago Reply

    We freeze as much as possible so it doesn’t go to waste x

  • Sarah Birkett 2 months ago Reply

    this would be great, recently went to a lecture at mylocal recycling centre and it was so interesting and inspiring I have changed in a lot of small ways but want and need to do so much more I have also started going to waste free shop which is quite good fun

  • It’s not an easy task but one that we all need to do our part with. Using reusable items etc. can make a big difference

  • Lucinda P 2 months ago Reply

    We have stopped using disposable baby wipes and instead use reusable washable bamboo wipes

  • Jenny Kearney 2 months ago Reply

    We do a lot of these things, such as using bamboo straws and beeswax wraps for our lunches every day

  • Corinne Henson 2 months ago Reply

    Small changes really but we have got rid of cling film and use bees wax wraps for pack lunches now, we take reusable bottles of drinks when we go anywhere so we don’t have to buy more, I use reusable face cloths instead of wet wipes and I try to buy big quantities so there isn’t so much weekly packaging waste.

  • Sarah Bailey 2 months ago Reply

    This sounds like such a great book sometimes it can be so hard knowing how to start doing something like this so a book is a great help.

    admin 2 months ago Reply

    I think everyone does some form of reducing their waste, but this book is packed with ideas I hadn’t even thought of before x

  • Rebecca Smith 2 months ago Reply

    This sounds like a fantastic book for helping people to find other ways to reduce their waste. I’ll have to give it a read.

    admin 2 months ago Reply

    It has ideas I hadn’t even thought of

  • Laura Pritchard 2 months ago Reply

    We try not to throw any food out.

    Lorna Forsyth 2 months ago Reply

    Reusing any plastic bags we get and recycling the rest. Buying loose fruit and veg. Reusable bottles instead of single use ones.

  • Natalie Burgess 2 months ago Reply

    I always use food leftovers to go in recipes and make soups xx

  • Rachel Craig 2 months ago Reply

    We recycle. When we see information locally offering recycling we get involved. If / when church, school, Nursey, Community group request items :- We donate / gift when possible.

  • Louise craney 2 months ago Reply

    Recycle all my cardboard and plastic

  • Rhian westbury 2 months ago Reply

    I definitely think I am making some great choices to be less wasteful. I use reusable cotton pads for my make up as I used to go through loads of them. And we use reuseable sandwich bags/ food bags to avoid so much tin foil x

  • Tiff jordan 2 months ago Reply

    I’m shopping at charity shops a lot more, and trying to avoid food packaging by buying fresh veggies at my local grocer or market.

  • Kirsty Hosty 2 months ago Reply

    We have started shopping every couple of days and meal planning to stop food waste

  • lynn neal 2 months ago Reply

    We make our own garden compost using vegetable scraps and peelings, banana skins, newspapers and cardboard!

  • Karen Barrett 2 months ago Reply

    I shop at my local market for all my fruit and veg, I take a basket so no plastic involved

  • Ms C Bryan 2 months ago Reply

    Recycle as much as possible

  • Jane Willis 2 months ago Reply

    Instead of buying cleaning products in spray bottles I buy a concentrated all-purpose cleaning liquid and dilute it into refillable spray bottles.

  • Emma Walters 2 months ago Reply

    we have started little steps like, banning clingfilm, using re-usable bottles, trying to buy loose fruit/veg and growing some of our food

  • Joanne Hutchings 2 months ago Reply

    We have started buying bars of soap rather than liquid soap in plastic containers.

  • Romilly Snowden 2 months ago Reply

    Getting milk in glass bottles!

  • Rich Tyler 2 months ago Reply

    Being careful with our re-use of plastic and food waste

  • Mark R 2 months ago Reply

    Waterbutts to collect rainwater, compost as much as possible, and each weekend make soup from any leftover food.

  • Carole Nott 2 months ago Reply

    I am careful with food nearing sell-by dates and freeze any leftovers

  • Amy Bondoc 2 months ago Reply

    we dont use plastic ags. have reusable drink bottles and have switched to solid bars for shampoo soap etc

  • Ruth Harwood 2 months ago Reply

    We buy only enough to last a week, keeping an eye on dates, and recycle everything we can xx

  • Karen R 2 months ago Reply

    We’ve always been very careful to minimise waste – I was taught well by my grandma, who recycled and reused all she could, and always took her own shopping bags, back in the 1970s xx

  • Geri Gregg 2 months ago Reply

    I’ve been stopping buying plastic bags and have been reusing ones from home. We’ve also invested in reusable water bottles

  • Lisa Wilkinson 2 months ago Reply

    I’ve brought re-usable bags for fruit and veg to take to the grocers

  • Jess Howliston 2 months ago Reply

    This sounds like a fantastic book! With so many easy ways we could all be cutting down waste and plastic there really is no excuse for anybody not to be doing their bit! I will definitely enter and keep an eye out for this book!

  • Claire Nutman 2 months ago Reply

    I have begun to recycle clothing and household goods, on top of the recycling general waste…

  • Julia Kerr 2 months ago Reply

    We follow the three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle. We also look to reduce the amount of packaging on items we buy, choosing loose fruit over prepackaged etc

  • Megan Kinsey 2 months ago Reply

    I made my own beeswax wraps to use instead of plastic food bags 🙂

  • Denfor Huw Hopkins 2 months ago Reply

    Bought a more economical kettle; good for the environment too.

  • Jo F 2 months ago Reply

    We use beeswax fabric and have managed to virtually eliminate clingfilm from our house

  • Sallyanne Rose 2 months ago Reply

    i bought reuasable bags for buying my loose veg, also reusable washable make up remover pads

  • Nadia Josephine 2 months ago Reply

    Meal planning has really helped us to reduce our food waste at home, but in terms of non-food waste we have started using the zero waste refilling stations for things like pasta and rice which has really helped cut down on packaging

  • Rachael McCadden 2 months ago Reply

    i use reusable bottles and food storage containers

  • Julie Ward 2 months ago Reply

    Council now taking all plastic trays, yogurt pots etc, so now recycling them, trying to educate rest household now

  • Eileen Hindley 2 months ago Reply

    We have stopped buying anything that is wrapped in plastic

  • Sheila Reeves 2 months ago Reply

    Reusable boxes for lunches/coffee/water, buying loose veg, using home-made cleaning products

  • Ben Audsley 2 months ago Reply

    i now recycle everything – its made a massive difference to our house !

  • Belinda Hendry 2 months ago Reply

    i have started to recycle whatever i can

  • Sarah edgeworth 2 months ago Reply

    Wish I had the money to start a zero waste shop. Trying my best to be waste free

  • paula cheadle 1 month ago Reply

    Don’t buy single use plastic

  • Mrs T 1 month ago Reply

    We use reusable bottles instead of single use plastics, we make sure to reuse our carrier bags that we always have until they can be reused no more, and use bags for life. We also don’t have any cling film in our house and use lunch boxes instead.

  • Elzbieta Znyk 1 month ago Reply

    I try not to buy any plastic packages when possible and I try to fix thing instead of buying new one.

  • susan cordwell 1 month ago Reply

    we have started planning our meals and only buying what we need

  • Sheri Darby 1 month ago Reply

    We no longer buy single use water bottles

  • Catherine Spencer 1 month ago Reply

    We have stopped using plastic sandwich bags and now use paper wraps or bags. I plan meals for the week on a Sunday to cut down on waste, I also refill as many products as I can at our local eco shop.

  • claire woods 1 month ago Reply

    using charity shops, only buying what we need.

  • Adrian Bold 1 month ago Reply

    We do 3 shops a week instead of 1 so we don’t waste too much food which usually happens when we do 1 main shop a week.

  • Troy Easton 1 month ago Reply

    stopped using single use plastic and started using bags for life as a family.

  • Patricia Barrett 1 month ago Reply

    We buy non plastic items and packaging wherever possible now.

  • Sarah Heath 1 month ago Reply

    We all have reusable cups and water bottles to try and cut down on waste.

  • Sara McClellan 1 month ago Reply

    Buying new only when really needed.

  • Nick 1 month ago Reply

    Recycling as much as possible.

  • Danielle Graves 1 month ago Reply

    We’ve all got reusable drinks bottles, buy as little packaged food as possible and make sure to recycle what we can sometimes using things like wrappers and boxes for craft projects

  • Rachel Craig 1 month ago Reply

    We recycle as much as is possible. Attend local groups which encourages reducing waste, as they provide up to date information, advice, support, ideas, etc.

  • Phil Bowell 1 month ago Reply

    Recycling everything possible

  • Charlotte Caudwell 1 month ago Reply

    Make my own lunch and bakery items.

  • tricia bingham 1 month ago Reply

    i always buy unpackaged goods whenever possible and take a variety of bags with me for that purpose

  • Anne Nelmes 1 month ago Reply

    Only buy food that we actually need to reduce waste and use reusable bags to buy fresh fruit and vegetables to reduce plastic waste.

  • Louise McGhee 1 month ago Reply

    I reuse food waste in my garden, we’ve created a Hügelkultur which we grow potatoes in!

  • Georgie Wright 1 month ago Reply

    We try not to bring waste home in the first place by only buying what we need and considering different options to minimise packaging or aid recycling.

  • Sandra Foreman 1 month ago Reply

    We try and reuse everything we get

  • Dean Brown 1 month ago Reply

    I have been saving all of my takeaway containers and using them to store opened food in.
    I also use them at a weighing shop to buy ingredients without packaging.

  • Carys 1 month ago Reply

    I now have a compost bin for food waste

  • Emma England 1 month ago Reply

    The main thing I’ve done to reduce waste this year is to avoid single use plastic as much as I can.

  • sara dean 1 month ago Reply

    we’re making an effort to recycle all waste even if it means washing food packaging first. I’m also not buying Ferrero Rocher anymore as I found out their packaging is currently not recyclable

  • Christine McTaggart 1 month ago Reply

    I have started to use everything up and not let it go to waste, Also try to reuse anything and everything as much as i can before its time to let it go to the bin. 🙂

  • Kirsty Charleston 1 month ago Reply

    i have reduced waste by replacing plastic straws with metal ones

  • Christine McTaggart 1 month ago Reply

    I have tried to use up everything in my kitchen before the date expires as i hate food waste. I also have started reusing alot of thing like food bags, carrier bags until they a too past it to use anymore. I would love to get this book. 😀

  • Carly Elford 1 month ago Reply

    Reusable bags and meal planning!

  • Phillipa H 1 month ago Reply

    We have just switched to metal straws that we wash up and reuse. My street side recycling now recycles plastic carrier bags and the plastic bags used for bread and for fruit and veg – so we are recycling more than ever.

  • Caroline U 1 month ago Reply

    We use reusable drinking straws, buy loose fruit and vegetables and recycle all that we can

  • Sarah Swain 1 month ago Reply

    We’ve switched to reusable baby wipes and cotton pads, Who Gives A Cr*p loo roll, beeswax wraps rather than cling film, and soap instead of shower gel. Also buying what we can from our local zero waste shop. Still a way to go, but it’s a good start.

  • Lindsey Martin 1 month ago Reply

    We reduce waste by buying loose Veggies and planning meals for leftovers

  • Orange23 1 month ago Reply

    Recycling as much as possible and using fewer single use plastic bags, bottles etc and buying second hand where possible

  • Jacqueline Jackson 1 month ago Reply

    I shop at my local greengrocers and use cloth bags, It has made a huge difference to our plastic waste.

  • Natalie Gillham 1 month ago Reply

    I try only to buy what I need and use all the food in my home before i buy more to avoid waste.

  • Darren Bourne 1 month ago Reply

    We reuse bread bags, plastic containers and bottles.

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