Zero Waste Living

By Emily Reed – Fashion PR student

As a student, this is definitely a subject that interests me. I’m always looking for little hacks and ways to save money or reuse items!

Money is probably the main pull-factor here however, i’m constantly switching off lights, staying up past midnight (when my energy is cheaper) to put on a load of washing or hunting the internet for voucher codes on my next Sainsburys shop!

Zero waste living, I’m sure, will be interpreted in many different ways depending on who’s talking about it, but for me zero waste means to be aware, sensible and cautious. This doesn’t mean you have to cut down on the things you love or buy anything whatsoever but just to be aware.

If you’re buying that new top you just have to have for the weekend then why not donate an old piece of clothing to a charity shop at the same time? If you’ve cooked too much dinner and you can’t possibly eat anymore, even though you’ve given it a good go, then save it for tomorrow. Last nights spag bol could easily be tonights cottage pie!

Whilst we’re on the subject of food, there are some great ‘one-pot’ recipes out there to avoid masses of washing up, ie. wasting excess water! Here are a few of my faves!

Courgette and Lemon Risotto 
Mustard and Roasted Vegetable Chicken
Roasted Salmon and Vegetable Tray Bake 

If you’re partaking in a zero waste lifestyle then this will all be second nature to you but to anyone thinking about taking the leap into very worthwhile movement then heres a few tips:

  • When buying something at the shops think about how it will be disposed of once finished with, everything you chuck out ends up in landfill sites.
  • Before throwing out an appliance check if you can fix it first, or give it to someone that can make use of it. There are great site for things like this such as Freecycle.
  • Invest in a compost bin! Not only will it compost any food waste you may have but you can also use it for any compostable packaging!
  • And remember Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose! I have some great little vases made out of old wine bottles, surely you have some of those lying about?



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