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Less waste – An A-Z of leftover food ideas.

In a nutshell – in the spirit of less waste the less-stuff Facebook group came up with lots of ideas for using up lefovers. They vary from vegan to meaty but can all be adapted to suit what you have.  My plan for using up leftovers is usually heavily reliant on having a blender. I’ve a stick blender which can …

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Becoming Sustainable – 5 Cheap Ways to Live LAGOM with Ikea

In a nutshell – I had some free stuff from Ikea to help me become more sustainable as part of their Live LAGOM project. This is a list of the top 5 cheap products I’ve found that have really made a difference. Last month I was lucky enough to have a £300 voucher from Ikea to spend on things to …

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Live Lagom – keeping warm and saving money

In a nutshell – as part of the Ikea Live LAGOM project I chose to save money on energy escaping the house. This was easy with curtains and rugs to keep us warm and save money.   I’m the sort of person who craves daylight during the winter.  For years I’ve put up with wind whistling through cracks in doors …

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Will changing to LED light bulbs save you money?

In a nutshell – changing old style bulbs for LED light bulbs will save you money now but if you need to change dimmer switches it will take time to show a difference in your bills Two months ago I was quite happily unaware that I was spending so much more on lighting my house than I needed to. It …

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Ikea Live LAGOM post 4 – a sustainable shopping trip

In a nutshell – I’ve been given £300 by Ikea to spend on things to make living more sustainable. It has to be spent in Ikea and it’s for the Live LAGOM project. I had strange mixed feelings before the shopping trip, which was booked for 4pm on a warm December afternoon.  The first was terrible excitement – it’s a …

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Alternatives to one use plastic bottles

In a nutshell – I’m giving up one use water bottles and hunting for the perfect alternative reusable bottle. Sparked off by the Ikea Live LAGOM project, which is helping some very lucky people to live more sustainable lifestyles, I’ve decided to give up one-use water bottles and move over to resuable bottles. At the Live LAGOM induction, Ikea gave …

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Meal planning when you hate plans

In a nutshell: Meal planning saves money and wasted food but can feel restrictive. Planning loosely around the main element of the meal is an easy solution. I’ve avoided meal planning for years because I don’t like the idea of being tied to a menu. I may have planned pizza for Wednesday but when Wednesday comes round what happens if …

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How to choose a LED lightbulb

In a nutshell – LED lightbulbs are as versatile as incandescent bulbs, halogen or energy saving bulbs, they last a lot longer than all of those and use less energy. Changing to LED’s means less stuff sent to landfill, less resources used to light and less money spent lighting. The story so far: This all started when I was lucky …

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Ikea Live Lagom post 3 – planning a sustainable shopping list

In a Nutshell – I’m part of the Ikea Live Lagom programme for 2016 and I have been given £300 to spend on things from Ikea that make my home more sustainable. The Live Lagom project is being run by Ikea and the aim is to help people become more sustainable in their homes. Lagom is a Swedish word that …