5 years of Eco Thrifty Living!

This day 5 years ago Eco Thrifty Living was born! I’m feeling very Victor Meldrew about the whole thing i.e. ‘I can’t believe it’ and I know it is a total cliche, but I really can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 5 years now. I can believe it because obviously I knew I’ve been doing
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It’s time to stop wasting food!

I’ve been thinking about food waste a lot recently and also vlogging. I’ve had a quick go and put a video together about food waste. Let me know what you think and whether you think I should make more of these or not!?!?! On the food waste front, I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted,
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How to avoid these 10 zero waste fails

My household is not a zero waste household by any stretch of the imagination, but it is most definitely a reduced waste one as we have strived to throw away less and less over time. It doesn’t always go to plan though and I’ve put together a list of how to avoid these easy to
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The papers say I don’t use toilet paper, shampoo and toothpaste!

Hi there and if you have come to my blog from one of the newspaper articles published recently – welcome! I wrote this article when I named the PromotionalCodes.org.uk Inspirational Saver of the Year and they did a press release about it and I was in all the papers online. I was in The Daily Mail, The
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5 great reasons to grow your own mint!

Homegrown mint is the freshest, sweetest and most satisfying mint you will ever taste and needs very little looking after. We have four mint plants so that we have plenty to keep us going when it is in season and we give it a ‘haircut’ every so often so we can dry some out too
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Free food via Olio!

Olio is a new food sharing app designed to get businesses and individuals giving away their unwanted food. I am totally in favour of unwanted or surplus food being redistributed as it stops it being chucked into landfill, which is bad for the environment as it can give off methane in landfill, not to mention
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5000 apples, a million carrots and a bananas amount of bananas!

Buying in bulk can be a great way to save on money and packaging and there is a fruit and veg wholesaler not that far from me – TG Fruits which I have always intended to go and check out. I wanted to find out if shopping there was a cost effective and practical way to
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I could buy new jeans, but I prefer my DIY haute couture ripped stained ones!

I bought a pair of jeans at a car boot sale last summer for £1. It had a few paint stains on it but I didn’t let it bother me. They were small and near the top of the jeans, so are easily covered up by a top or a jacket. I’ve worn them almost
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DIY Solar Panel Cleaning

We have had solar panels for a few years now and they are all working fine. But are they working as well as they could? Doing some research on solar panel cleaning there seems to be 2 opposing views (as always). One saying that the glass is ‘self-cleaning’, the rain washes them regularly (at least
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