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Stop pouring money down the drain. Reuse your ‘grey water’

What is grey water? Grey water is water that has been used to wash something. It is the water from showers, washing dishes, baths, sinks, etc. and it typically makes up between 50-80% of a household’s waste water. (source – https://www.thegreenage.co.uk/tech/greywater-recycling/) Why bother reusing it? Because it costs money and energy to make our water clean enough to drink. If …

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Refill a disposable water bottle, save money, help the planet.

You don’t need to spend money on fancy water bottles, although nice stainless steel ones are worth the money because they keep your water cool. Simply re-filling a disposable water bottle a couple of times will save you money and stop the bottle going straight to landfill. Don’t think that one person can do nothing! Many people doing one small …

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Root vegetable crumble – a delicious way to use up any veg

This is a genuinely lovely comfort food recipe with the added benefit of being a fridge clearer! You can add almost anything to it. Cabbage, Pak Choi, Kohl Rabi, Swede, Turnips….all those hungry gap vegetables will be turned into delicious nommyness with the addition of a super easy white sauce and a savoury crumble topping. The only thing to watch …

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A green and ethical alternative to sending greeting cards

Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Births…. all these things are made nicer when we know that our loved ones are thinking of us. The traditional way is to send a greeting card and we have been doing it since the ancient Chinese sent Happy New Year cards. Ranging from home made with love, through to super thrifty in Poundland up to …

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3 free and easy ways to stop using so much plastic

Refil your bottle – cost £0 Your single use plastic water bottle can generally be refilled at least 10 times. If you want something sturdier on a budget I like Ikea’s Behallare water bottle for £2. It is sturdy and does not leak. For a posher version that comes with a lifetime guarantee I love my Klean Kanteen bottles. From …

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It is cheaper to cook chickpeas from scratch than buy tinned

  Cooking organic chickpeas from scratch costs less per 100g than buying non organic chickpeas in a tin, unless they are on special offer, in which case you save a few pence. We eat a lot of chickpeas. They go in curries, soups, with rice, pasta and mashed up to make falafels and hummus. Leftover curried chickpeas make fantastic pastie …

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Mend something!

Scroll down to enter a competition to win a Home Hacks Kit from Sugru! Before you throw it away…. Visible mending can be really beautiful and there is a whole website devoted to it – visiblemending.com. Jen Gale has written reams about visible mending on mymakedoandmendlife.com too with loads of handy links to tutorials. Things you can fix quickly Squeaky …

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12 Easy Ideas with Craft Scraps – guest post by Annabelle Short

This is a guest post by Annabelle Short Anabelle is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. She’s a chief crafter and writer for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her work. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age …

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Small, affordable changes to eat more local food #wheresmyfoodfrom

I’m taking part in the Live Happerley Challenge to know where all my food comes from for 7 days Today is the last day and I’m summing up all the useful stuff I found out. I’m on a tight food budget so changes have to be affordable. The past week has been full of surprises and I’m really happy to …

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Adventures with Family Cloth (washable loo roll)

‘Family Cloth’ is a rather twee way of saying ‘washable rags you wipe your bum with’. Bumbaclot is a Jamaican insult but it describes these bum cloths perfectly. Warning – this post is a bit gross! How does it work? You can use a dry cloth to wipe when you wee and you can wet the cloth to wipe when …

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10 Easy ways to save money on food

Years ago I was teaching craft in an area that had a lot of poverty. We had funding through the Workers Education Authority to deliver classes that would improve mental health. The class before mine was about saving money on food. I didn’t go to the class but I was told everyone walked out because the first thing the teacher …