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8 Ways to Recycle Old Photographs and Albums

A reader contacted me to ask how to recycle photographs and albums. She wrote: “Hi there, I live in Waltham Forest and currently trying to declutter a home I’ve been living in for over 30 years. It’s not a one day job. I recycle, repurpose and reuse lots (and have always had a tendency to…

will coronavirus harm the zero waste movement

Will Coronavirus Harm the Zero Waste Movement?

World emergencies have knock on effects on so many aspects of life. Many of which we don’t even consider. I’ve been thinking about the Coronavirus and the potential impact on the Zero Waste movement. Panic Buying At the beginning of the pandemic, news stories and social media updates showed empty shelves in supermarkets. I like…

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How are you coping with Lockdown?

We had a great discussion on our Facebook Group this week about the Lockdown and how it was affecting our Zero Waste lifestyle. Lyn wrote: “What have you learned during this difficult time? Here’s my challenge- I’ve had to spend the past 7 weeks with my mum and my word it’s hard being elderly, disabled…

5 ways to declutter without landfill - even when you can't leave the house - anyjunk

5 ways to declutter without landfill – even when you can’t leave the house!

During lockdown, many people who are not keyworkers or homeshchooling their children are finding themselves with time on their hands. In the UK we’ve had amazing weather and gardens and homes are finally getting the TLC we’ve all been meaning to get around to ‘one day’. Here at Zero Waste Towers, we’re growing more food…

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5 Zero Waste Things I’ve Finally Got Around to Doing – Thanks to Coronavirus Lockdown

They say every cloud has a silver lining and I do like to focus on the positive as much as possible. So after getting over my initial shock, fear and 2am catastrophising about Coronavirus (!), I set about thinking about some of the ways I could turn this situation into a positive opportunity. And I…

Potato Peel Cookies

If you’ve started Rachelle’s fantastic Waste Less, Enjoy More During Lockdown course you’ll love this recipe. Mr Pitt has never really been a fan of the potato skin crisps I make, so the skins were often ending up in the compost these days as I can’t eat them all myself and we are not expecting…

how to begin a zero waste lifestyle

Don’t Begin a Zero Waste Lifestyle Until you Read These Six Ground Rules

I’ve had a couple of emails this week from people who want to start a Zero Waste lifestyle, but don’t know how to start. The term ‘zero waste’ is feeling unachievable to them. I wanted to address these concerns today, so if you find yourself not knowing where to begin, you soon will! Set your…

Preparing for Self Isolation – a Zero Waste (and No Panic Buying) Shopping List!

Mr Pitt came home the other day and told me a colleague of his said he’d been to the supermarket and the shelves were empty. Panic buying? It seems. Coronavirus is constantly in the media. Conferences are being postponed or cancelled, people are postponing travel plans, some countries are banning large gatherings – France says…

Lentil bake – the IBS friendly way

I recently had the experience of cooking for a friend who has to avoid a whole load of staple ingredients that I use (and she used to use) all the time. She can’t eat any pulses that have skins. I had never thought about pulses having skins! Apparently red lentils don’t.  She can’t eat onions,…

zero waste oat milk recipe

Zero Waste Oat Milk Recipe – Plus Six Ways to Use Oat Pulp!

While veganism is being discussed in mainstream news as a way to combat climate change, vegan foods are not without their ecological impact. Almond milk has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, which is why I was interested in a recent thread on our Facebook Group. Jess had taken to making…