reducing plastic usage

5 Ways To Reduce Plastic Usage In Your Household

Following on from the mesmerising Blue Planet 2. Many people have been left thinking about the effect plastic will have on our future world if our usage carries on as it has been. David Attenborough brought to light the fact that our oceans are littered with plastic. This is a problem throughout the world. Endangering many sea mammals and fishes in our seas. Also, the heartbreaking images of beautiful Coral Reefs dead. Our Little Pickles future will almost certainly be effect by this. So it is about time we did our little bit to clear up our act. So here are 5 ways to reduce plastic usage in your household.

Plastic Ocean

  1. Say No To The Straw – My Little Pickles love to drink out of a straw when we go out. We have already stopped using them at home, but I often give in when we are in a restaurant. It is now time to stand my ground and say NO to the straw. Even on those cheeky Mummy’s nights out. Some pub and restaurants are now stocking paper straws instead.  Say No to The Straw
  2. Buy unpackaged fruit and veg – In the supermarket, it is so easy to pick up the pre-packed fruit and veg. Next time you shop when you get home and unpack all that fruit and veg, see just how much plastic is used to wrap the food. I’m sure you might be very surprised and pick the loose items in future.
  3. Use cloth shopping bags – Carrying on with the shopping theme. As annoying as the carrier bag charge is, it was brought in for a reason. Nothing bugs me more than having to add a £1 or so to my shopping bill for bags. So pick up some cloth bags, I picked up some good sized ones from Primark for 50p each the other day. Great to fold up and keep in my handbag too, for my high street shopping trips too.
  4. Carry a reusable drink container – Buying bottled drinks out and about can also be very costly. Before you leave the house fill your water/juice bottles and help reduce the waste. Or if you are in need of your coffee fix to get you through the day. Invest in an insulated mug and when you pop into your coffee house as them to pop your takeaway cuppa. Or alternatively, slow down and take the time to drink your cuppa in the coffee show whilst watching the world go by.
  5. Get your milk delivered – This one is pretty old school. The milkman used to deliver milk fresh to our doors as kids. The glass bottled were then left out to be returned to the dairy, cleaned out and refilled. Keeping waste to a minimum, so it could well be time to search for your local milkman/woman to see if they deliver in your area. Get your milk delivered

I hope these few times give you some ideas of how to reduce plastic usage. Sometimes, however, we have to use plastic in day to day life, so please remember to recycle as much as you possibly can.

 

 

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Used Kitchens

How to Save & Make Money on Your Kitchen

How to Save & Make Money on Your Kitchen

If you love cooking, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Even if you don’t like to cook, the chances are that your kitchen is still at the heart of your home, as a place to gather and spend time together as a family. If you’d love to improve your kitchen but you don’t have the budget to buy a brand new one, don’t worry, as there’s plenty of ways to both save and make money on your kitchen.

Save Money:

Renovate your Kitchen

If there isn’t anything structurally wrong with your kitchen, you can dramatically alter its appearance just with some clever renovations. The best place to start is the units – if you have a traditional wooden kitchen, you can easily paint or refinish them to change the colour of your kitchen. You can easily change the handles of your cupboards too, and shopping online via eBay will ensure you get a good deal. Once you’ve done that, have a look at the worktops. You can easily replace a worktop, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either – laminate and granite are the most affordable materials. Next, the flooring. Vinyl can easily replicate more expensive types of flooring such as wood and stone.  The best thing about renovating your kitchen is that you can do it in stages and you can source the cheapest materials, which will save you money as you spread the cost.

save money on used kitchen

Buy Used/Ex-Display

If you’ve got your heart set on a new kitchen, you don’t have to buy one straight from the catalogues and sign your life away to a credit agreement. You can buy a used kitchen, or even one that is from a showroom, for a discounted price. Companies such as Used Kitchen Exchange offer a full service, where you can view kitchens online, make an offer or arrange a viewing and they will assist you with the entire buying process, liaising with the seller on your behalf to ensure a smooth sale. You will be able to find every type of kitchen, from traditional shaker kitchens to designer German kitchens, so you’re sure to find one that fits in perfectly with your home.

Make Money:

Sell What You Don’t Use

Take a look around your kitchen; are there any appliances that you don’t use? Maybe it’s a spiraliser from the Great Spiraliser Trend of 2015, or maybe it’s a smoothie maker from that health kick that you promised you would do last January. Have a clear out and sell any unwanted items on eBay or at a car boot sale, and put the money towards your renovations or a new kitchen.


Sell Your Kitchen

If you’ve decided that a new kitchen is what you need, why not sell your old one? If it’s in good condition, you could make a decent amount of money on it. Used Kitchen Exchange will give you a valuation, and if you decide to go ahead, they will professionally photograph your kitchen and list it on their website.

If your kitchen isn’t sellable as a whole, take a look at the individual aspects of it. If your units are in good shape but the worktops aren’t, replace the worktops and you’ll be able to sell the units! Even if you have fitted appliances, someone could be looking for the exact same appliance, so you might be able to make a sale from your old appliances.

 

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