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.

Introduction

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

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#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

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#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  Food that has gone out of date, food not properly sealed so goes bad.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.

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#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.

Giveaway

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

 

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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. 🙂

  28. 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. 😀

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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