Where to Get Eco Friendly School Supplies in the UK

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As a teacher shopping for school supplies was one of the highlights of the school year. I loved wandering the aisles of coloured crayons, pencils, notebooks, and organisers galore!

But now when I wander the shops, I see endless plastic wrap and cheap plastic and glittery items that now make me cringe.

I bought new things every year, despite having old things that would have worked just fine.

I used the same books every year and no one noticed or complained. And by the end of the first month, the new crayons looked like the old ones.

So why did I, feel the need to buy new every year? How can we stop the unsustainable consumerism with our school supplies?

Let’s look at ways we can make the Back to School season more sustainable.

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Start With What You Have

Did you do any spring cleaning and find you had loads of pens, pencils, or crayons, etc. lying around?

Go through and check for the ones that work and group them into piles of school supplies for your kids. For the pens, markers, and highlighters, etc. that don’t work anymore, click here to learn where you can recycle them.

Do you have a pile of USB sticks not being used? Clear them off and you have fresh sticks ready for the new school year.

Old t-shirts and any other unused fabric lying around are perfect for sewing together a cute pencil case or a crayon pouch for crayons that no longer have a box.

Reuse items that are in good condition. Things like book bags, gym bags or backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles, maths tools and calculators can all be used again year after year or passed on to siblings when they are taken care of.

Keep your supplies from ending up lost by using these dishwasher-proof sticker labels.

Shop Second Hand

Book bags, gym bags, backpacks are items that are easy to find second hand. Scouring some online apps even let you filter out items by brand, price and condition. Your child can still have something “new” and different for the year without spending a fortune.

Check out my favourite second-hand apps for more ideas.

Textbooks, dictionaries and thesauruses are also widely available at second-hand bookstores to use at home and will help save some trees in the process.

Even expensive items like scientific calculators for high school students can be found second-hand. Just be sure to check with the maths teacher to make sure it has all the required features before you buy.

Have a Uniform Swap

Get together with other parents and swap uniforms. Get the sizes you need and send nothing to landfill.

Items that are too worn or stained can be cut up and easily made into headbands and hair scrunchies that match the uniforms.

If there are still uniforms left over, donate them to the PTA to either give away through the school or turn them into decorations for school events.

If you have the means and need to buy new consider buying GOTS certified, organic cotton uniforms from EcoOutfitters. Their uniforms have a lower carbon footprint and are better for children’s sensitive skin since it won’t be full of as many chemicals and pesticides.

Being cotton, the material will also allow your child’s skin to breathe and help prevent skin rashes or exacerbating skin conditions like eczema.

The even use coconut shells for buttons!

Even better? Since they are GOTS certified you can rest assured that their supply chain is also paid fairly. (No fast fashion, here!)

Does your child need to wear a mask? Grab a child-sized, reusable mask in a pattern that they love. Make sure to grab one with a filter pocket and filters to give your child maximum protection.

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Embrace Reusables

Feeding kids at school has the potential to create a lot of waste. We tend to pack things that are easy and perhaps, individually packaged which more often than not is plastic.

Reduce that waste by using a reusable lunch box and even beyond that and use reusable containers for lunch items.

Instead of a zip top bag of fruit, use a small container. Bento boxes are fantastic for keeping food separate while avoiding having multiple containers in your child’s lunch box. Snacks can be stored in small plastic or bamboo food containers. Ideally, use what you have first. If you don’t have anything, then alternatives like bamboo, wax wraps and silicone bags are great options.

(When used over and over, and not as single-use, plastic containers will last forever and are lightweight, which is ideal for little ones to carry around).

Reusable water bottles are also important. Aside from reducing waste, your child will also be drinking less plastic than if she were to have her own bottle with tap water.

Use these dishwasher-proof sticker labels, so lost items can be returned to their owner.

A cloth napkin makes clean up easy for your child, too.

Handkerchiefs are a great alternative to tissue packets as well and can be embroidered with initials, so they don’t get as lost!

Shop Ethically and Eco Friendly When You Do Need Something New

Some things just don’t last long enough to be used year after year, like pencils. But as with anything if you have the means to make more eco-friendly choices then here’s what to look for.

FSC Certification

Tree-based products should have an FSC Logo of some kind on it. The FSC is a global, non-profit organisation that leads sustainable forest management. They make sure that companies are not only sustainably managing forests based on applicable laws and treaties, they also ensure that companies maintain or improve the social and economic positions of their workers. They also “identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities.”

PEFC Certification

Tree-based products could have a PEFC certification which is similar to FSC but just a different organisation. PEFC uses the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that the forests are sustainably harvested and their workers are fairly compensated.

Recycled Materials

While finding products made from wood as an alternative is possible, there is a chance maybe plastic is the better option for reasons ranging from price to weight. When possible look for products that are made from recycled materials.

Reusable and Refillable

Many items like pens and markers can be purchased with the options to refill them instead of recycling them and getting new ones every time they run out of ink. There could be a little more up front cost, but the refills are usually cheaper and will use less plastic.

Lifetime Guarantees and Closed Loop Systems

Items that have lifetime guarantees or multi-year warranties are likely to be of high quality or else they wouldn’t guarantee them. In the same line, some companies are starting to offer repair services or offer detailed advice on caring for and repairing their products yourself. The message in either case is to buy something that will last and repair it before replacing.

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Pencils

Sprout Pencils – Sprout Pencils are so cool. You get a lead-free sustainably sourced pencil that contains seeds! Every time a tree is harvested to make pencils, another is planted in it’s place. When you wear the pencil down to nub status you flip it over and plant it. The pencils are labelled with the seeds to they act as a marker in your garden as well! There are 9 different seeds available that are either flowers, herbs, or vegetables. A little more expensive than other options but you also get plants in the end and not waste. If not for regular school supplies, these would make a lovely gift along with an eco-friendly journal or sketchbook.

Pandoo Pencils– Pandoo pencils are pretty neat in that they aren’t even made out of wood! Well they are, but in the form of recycled newspapers. The company’s goal is to reduce deforestation worldwide so these are a great choice for the planet. The pencils are in recycled cardboard packaging and they also offer carbon neutral shipping on all their products. The price point is totally reasonable and a great sustainable choice to start the school year.

Pilot Progrex Mechanical Pencil– Why even recommend a plastic pencil?! Because I know that as our kids get older carrying around multiple pencils and a sharpener can be seen as a pain, so if you are going to go with a plastic mechanical pencil, may it as well be a better one. If you take care of it it will last forever and all you will ever need are the lead refills.

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Coloured Pencils

Panadoo– Yes! The same makers from above that make pencils out of newspaper also make coloured pencils from newspaper!

Lyra – These coloured pencils are great for older kids. They are PEFC certified cedar wood in colours inspired by nature. They even come in a metal tin that can be reused for years to come!

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Highlighters

Faber-Castell– These fabulous highlighter crayons come in lovely colours and use water-based paint colours. You pay a little more than some competitors but if you are highlighting on thin paper like bible verses, you want something soft that won’t bleed through. These are it! Be sure to grab a larger sharpener as these won’t fit in a standard one.

Faber-Castell– Faber-Castell also make wooden pencil highlighters. The wood is FSC certified and are also good for highlighting on thin bible paper.

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Beechwood Clutch Highlighter Marker– If you prefer an ink-based highlighter these beechwood ones are not only sustainably sourced but they offer a pack of 6 refills by request so you don’t have to ever buy another highlighter, making this a great sustainable option.

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Rubbers

Lyra – The India rubber (aka natural rubber made from plant latex) erasers are in two colours one side for pencil and the other for pen (though I am sceptical at how well it works). They are a good choice when looking for something not made from synthetic materials.

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Glue and Adhesives

Bostik Blu Tack– When crafting or hanging items, sticky tack is the way to go. It is reusable and because it’s a temporary fix, the papers or craft items have a better chance of being recyclable once they have served their purpose.

Eco Glue– This glue is a starch-based adhesive with no nasty chemicals. It’s refillable, washable and biodegradable, too.

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Coccoina Jumbo Glue Stick – This glue stick is potato starch-based and smells like Marzipan so it may be wise not to let little ones use it! It contains no nasty chemicals or palm oil and is made in an environmentally conscious factory in Italy.

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Scissors

Left or Right handed scissors– These scissors are stainless steel with a blunt tip making them safer for younger kids. If you have a sharpener, these scissors can easily last forever, but if they don’t since they are 100% stainless steel, they are 100% recyclable making them a more sustainable choice than mixed material scissors.

Already have scissors? Grab a scissor sharpener and have them cutting like new again. Save yourself from having to ever purchase another pair.

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Tape

Paper Tape– This plastic free tape works just like sticky tape, but is made from kraft paper and a natural rubber-based adhesive. The tape can be recycled or composted. This is great tape for wrapping those brown-papered packages, tied up with string, too! (Go on, sing it.)

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Washi Tape– Washi tape is super fun, colourful tape made from natural fibres like bamboo or hemp. The tape is durable and fun for decorating art projects and upcycles.

Recycled Paper Notebooks

Recycled Rhino Pad A4– Not only is this pad made from 100% recycled materials, you are helping to save Rhinos when you make a purchase. The paper is good quality and ink doesn’t bleed through to the other side.

5 Pack Recycled A4 notebooks– the paper is 100% recycled paper and (most likely bleached) bright white. The 5 pack is convenient. The pages are perforated and as long as you remove the metal spine and recycle it separately, recycling the is easy, too.

Maths Sets

Aluminium Alloy Ruler Set– This aluminium set of maths tools is a more eco-friendly and more durable set than plastic equivalents. The measuring tools can easily last forever, but being aluminium can be recycled indefinitely in case they don’t.

Professional compass– I would invest separately in a nice compass. This one is completely made of metal and comes with spare screws and lead refills. If for some reason it doesn’t last, it can be easily recycled.

Solar Powered Calculators

Casio FX-85 GTX– From what I’ve seen the 83gtx is often recommended and rightly so as it’s extremely affordable, but if you have the means or can source this one second hand, the 85 is just like the 83, but solar powered.

Stapler

I mean a staple-less stapler.

Staple-free stapler– This staple is lightweight and small enough to keep in your bag. It can staple up to 5 sheets of paper. What is so nice is the fact that there are no staples to buy or refill. And when it comes time to recycle or shred the papers, no staples to remove first! Easy!

Backpacks, Book Bags, and Gym Bags, Oh My!

If you can not find a second-hand bag that meets your needs, then consider purchasing a bag that will last a lifetime. The bags below go beyond just lugging books around and make great day trip and weekend packs, or carry-ons for holidays. (I did see a brand new Fjall Raven with tags for £50 on Depop, so still check preloved, first!)

Fjall Raven are pricey for good reason. Quality. The bags are meant to last a lifetime and depending on which model you buy; you are also supporting the Arctic Fox population.

Kipling backpacks have been around for ages and their backpacks all come with a two year warranty where they will repair or replace the bag if there are any defects. They come in fun patterns and colours and they also have wheelie backpack options.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bags not only come from a sustainable company but the bags themselves are made from 100% recycled materials. The small 40L is good not only for hauling gym kit to and from school, it is perfect as a carry on for most airlines and great for a weekend bag, too!

Tentree is originally a vegan clothing company but have expanded into bags! Their bags are made from 100% REPREVE which is a recycled nylon fabric made of water bottles! The bags are especially nice as they tend to lay flatter than other bags which is helpful on buses and trains. For every product you purchase, they plant 10 trees, too.

Pencil Cases

If you don’t have the time or materials to upcycle your own pencil cases, then sourcing a handmade one is the next best thing. You can easily get your pencil case personalised and you’ll be supporting a small business. Etsy also uses carbon neutral shipping.

Lunch Boxes/Bento Boxes

Chances are your kids may already have a reusable lunch bag or box, but if you are still putting their food in disposable bags consider grabbing reusable bento box containers. The bento boxes come in handy on road trips and plane rides, too!

Reusable Sandwich Bags and Containers

An insulated flask is great for sending your kids to school with a hot meal during the winter. Warm it at home, pack it up and your child will have something still warm by dinner time.

Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags– If your kid is like me and enjoys sandwiches, reusable sandwich bags are the way to go. They are lightweight and washable which is important especially for younger kids.

Cloth Napkins

If you are going to use reusables everywhere else, you may as well include a cloth napkin. This does not have to be fancy. Cut squares from old t-shirts and you can use that as a napkin, but in case you were overzealous with spring cleaning and already donated your old t-shirts than you can grab a ready-made one from Etsy.

Handkerchiefs

Reduce waste especially during cold season and hayfever season by switching to a cloth handkerchief. As long as they are folded and put into a pocket or a pouch they are just as sanitary as a disposable. (Remembering to wash your hands after in either case!) They are much gentler on your nose, too.

Ready to Shop?

Now that you are armed with all the ways you can make more sustainable choices with your school supplies, grab your list and get going!

The first day will be here before you know it!

Do you have any other tips for finding sustainable school supplies? Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments below.

10 Simple Tips to Reduce Your Food Waste

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We’ve all done it.

You buy certain foods or ingredients with the intention of whipping up some culinary masterpiece (or just a decent homemade meal) and something happens that changes our plans. The next thing you know you have a tub of clotted cream a week past it’s use by date and a bag of wilted, slimy spinach.

If you are lucky enough to have toddlers, you will know the struggle of making a meal that is a hit one week and thrown in your face the next. Penny is really good at launching her food across the table or onto the floor with her lightning fast ninja skills rendering the food inedible depending where it lands. For Olivia, she is going through the brown food phase where if it’s not chicken, chips, or bread she won’t eat it.

And then there’s just the general food waste from peeling potatoes or tossing broccoli stems or the outer peels of the onions. Not to mention the well-intentioned leftovers that don’t get eaten.

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So, what is the main cause of food waste?

UK fruit and vegetable farmers waste about 37,000 tonnes of their crops each year. A third for reasons like not being the right size, shape, or colour for supermarkets! Supermarkets are a driving factor in farm waste because they always demand farmers to have enough supplies to meet possible demands or the farmers risk losing their contracts.

Britain’s restaurants throw away 600,000 tonnes of food every year with a third of it being unfinished food from customers’ plates. Restaurants here for whatever reason have decided to adopt America’s out of control food portions leading to food waste from the customers. The rest is from the food prep process.

Food waste in U.K. households though was a staggering 6.6 million tonnes in 2018 and 70% of it was edible.

And what is the most wasted food in the UK?

Potatoes. (Followed by bread, milk, bananas, and salad).

To put some perspective on this…

The farm waste alone is enough food to feed the residents of Manchester their 5-a-day for a year.

What are the problems with food waste?

First is the money wasted. The average UK household throws away £60 a month (or £720 a year) in edible food. I know I would love to have an extra £60 a month!

Secondly, is the environmental impact. Every bit of food requires, land, water, and other resources to grow, pack and ship the food. The carbon footprint created is huge.

Which thirdly leads to the climate crisis. Food waste sent to landfill creates enough methane (a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming) that if global food waste was a country, it’s emissions would be third after only China and the USA.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning food insecurity or food poverty. In the UK alone, 1 in 5 children under the age of 15 does not have enough food to eat regularly. While this is not necessarily yours or my fault when we throw away potato peelings, the food being wasted at other points in the supply chain needs to be distributed to those that need it as opposed to going to waste.

So, what can you do to reduce food waste?

Luckily, there are some small, easy changes we can make to stop wasting food as well as a few more activist-type things we can do to get food waste reduced in other ways.

No matter how many you decide to implement here are 9 tips to reduce your food waste. Every bit you don’t throw away is a positive step for the planet.

1. Meal Planning

Taking the time every week before you shop is one of the easiest things you can do to reduce your food waste.

By having a plan, you buy only what you need and you alleviate stress during the week because you know what you are having to eat every day.

When you make a meal plan, you also are more realistic about what you are going to eat and it gives you a reason to not impulse buy in the shop because you already know what’s on the menu. If it’s not on the list, you may not have time to eat it before it goes bad.

Shopping on a full stomach also helps you to avoid over-buying temptation.

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2. Try a Food Delivery Service

Gousto is my favourite food delivery service for several reasons.

First, and most importantly, the recipes are delicious.

There are so many different types of food that it gives you a chance to try a recipe without worrying about screwing it up because they give you exactly the right amount of everything. The only way you can balls it up is to burn it.

Which is the next important bit. You order the amount of servings you need and Gousto gives you the exact ingredients, no more, no less. There is virtually no food waste from their recipes.

Another reason I like Gousto is they take their packaging seriously. When I received my boxes they use wool to keep the cold items insulated which can be repurposed for things like insulating your loft or making a pet bed (which wasn’t totally horrible, but now they use Eco Chill plastic free boxes and reduced their plastic use by 74.5 tonnes a year!

They aren’t stopping there either. Gousto’s goal is to make all their Gousto-branded plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2022.

I don’t use the service all the time, but sometimes it’s nice to have a break from meal planning and have everything done for you. You even get a lovely recipe card for each recipe you try meaning you can make it again (like double batches of their Butter Chicken) by shopping the ingredients yourself.

The price is so reasonable, too. Yes, it may cost a little more than shopping yourself, however you won’t have the food waste and it’s still waaaaayyyy cheaper than eating out multiple days a week.

3. Store Your Food Correctly

Potatoes are the number one food wasted in the UK. Would they be wasted as often if we stored them correctly?

Potatoes need to be stored in a cool, dry room, closet, or cupboard. The also need to be kept away from onions. Onions actually cause potatoes to sprout sooner which is only useful if you plan to plant your potatoes.

Instead store them with an apple. Apples (along with many other fruits) release ethylene gas, which in this case helps to keep the potatoes fresh and firm. So if you are buying a big bulk bag, be sure to toss an apple in to keep them fresh as long as possible.

Aside from apples, many other fruits also emit ethylene gas like; apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew, bananas, avocados, peaches, nectarines, pears and plumbs. All of these fruits need to be kept away from your green vegetables as they will rot faster.

Stone fruits like avocados, peaches, etc. will continue to ripen at room temperature so once they are ripened put them in the fridge (away from the veg) to preserve them until they are ready to be eaten.

Fruit like grapes, oranges and berries should be stored in the fridge.

Treat your greens like flowers.

When you buy fresh herbs, broccoli, celery among others, storing them in water will keep them fresher and firmer longer than just storing them in a crisper drawer.

4. Revive Food That Appears Near Death

Have wilty, sad lettuce? Bendy carrots or broccoli? Floppy kale? If you didn’t store your veggies correctly and they get to this point, don’t despair and don’t throw anything in the compost, yet!

When it comes to celery, kale with stems, broccoli, bendy carrots, or brussels sprouts on a stem; they all can be revived by putting them in a jar of water and leaving them in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. They will perk back up and be ready to go.

If you have loose lettuce leaves or strawberries with a bit of mushy spots, grab a bowl of ice water and leave them for 20-30 minutes and the leaves will crisp back up and the strawberries will look good as new.

Use the leftover water to water you plants as the water will be filled with vitamins and nutrients that your plants will love.

Stale bread?

Throw it in a blender or food processor with some herbs and you have yummy bread crumbs. You can also run a stale loaf under the tap to moisten and toss it in a warm oven for a few minutes and it should soften back up!

5. Your Freezer is Your Friend

If you bulk buy fruit or vegetables and then think, “whoops, not sure I can actually use all or this,” your next thought should be your freezer.

Freezing extra food is easy and with a couple tips, the unfreezing process is even easier.

Grab some sheet pans and a silicon baking mat.

If you buy, say, one of those 5 kilo packs of chicken breasts, you might be able to eat some right away, but not all of it.

So, remove the breasts you won’t be using immediately from the packaging and lay them on the sheet pan not touching each other. Let them freeze for a few hours or overnight then package them in one large container. You can then remove what you need without having a huge chunk of chicken frozen together.

This tray method also works with cut up veg. When you freeze items individually first they will stay separated once you store them in a container making it easier to remove just the portion you need.

Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower need to be blanched first or they will turn into a weird mush when they thaw.

Freezing your flour for a couple days before storing it in the cupboard will increase it’s shelf life and prevent any weevils from hatching.

You can even store the bulk Starbucks coffee you bought your husband for Christmas (haha, me!) in the freezer to prolong its life.

If done right you can freeze just about anything to keep it from ending up in the bin before you can use it.

6. Use Your Food Scraps

You may have seen the genius of regrowing food scraps in water. Veggies like lettuce, cabbage, celery, spring onions, carrot tops, bok choy, and several others can be regrown by keeping the ends in a jar water in a spot that gets some sun. In a few days you will see them growing back.

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You do eventually need to transplant them to soil after about 4 weeks or they will stop growing any further, but it’s a great way to save money and easy enough for me to be successful (which says a lot given my black thumb).

You can also save scraps from celery, onions, and carrots in a bag in the freezer. Once you have enough you can make your own vegetable stock before sending the scraps to your compost heap (if you have one).

Broccoli stems, cauliflower leaves and carrot leaves are all edible. I knew about the broccoli, but the leaves blew my mind.

Broccoli and cauliflower stems can be cut up and roasted or used in soups. The leaves of the cauliflower can be treated just like cabbage leaves and steamed or roasted. Carrot leaves make a yummy pesto.

Egg shells can be crumpled and added to your plants. If you have veggies growing, broken egg shells around the plant can keep slugs out.

Potato peelings? Roast them with salt and pepper for some homemade crisps.

7. Compost

Composting is a great way to reduce food waste in a way that isn’t toxic for the environment.

When food is thrown in the bin and heads to landfill, it will be trapped in a way that as it decomposes it will release methane gas which is one of the worst greenhouse gases.

However, in a proper compost heap the food scraps will break down with proper exposure to air leaving you with lovely compost to use in your garden in about a year that saves waste and saves you money.

Some councils are piloting food waste programs, so it would be a good idea to check with your council to see if they have plans for such a scheme.

8. Best Before vs. Use By Dates

We often take the dates on the packaging so seriously that if the clock strikes midnight on the day after the date on the package, the carriage turns back into a pumpkin and everything is suddenly rotten.

It’s just not true.

For many food Best By or Best Before just means that there is a set amount of time that the perfect quality of that food can be expected. You can use the food past the date, but it might not be as fresh tasting.

Use by dates are a little different in that there will be some ingredients that only last so long before bacteria grows and you risk getting sick.

Use your nose, it’s usually the best indicator if something is off.

For something like eggs, grab a glass of water and gently plop the egg in. If it sinks, it’s totally fine. If it sinks but stands up, use it because it won’t last much longer. If it’s bobbing or floating, it’s no good.

9. Have the Right Tools so You Can Get Every Last Bit

Getting to the end of the peanut butter jar or the tube of tomato puree may just seem like, “ok, I’m done,” but most likely there is another servings worth in there that will be rinsed away or thrown away.

Having a small silicone spatula is the greatest tool for scraping the bowl when you are baking, but it also can scrape the sides of a nut butter jar better than any knife can. When I ate peanut butter sandwiches daily (yes, I have the palate of a 5 year old), I found I could get one or two extra servings just by scraping down the sides.

The metal tubes of tomato puree that become impossible to squeeze towards the end, can be salvaged with a tube key. The key gives you the extra leverage to make sure you get everything out. You can also use it for toothpaste tubes and nappy cream tubes as well.

Keep glass jars for storing half used produce like tomatoes or onions. If you don’t have glass jars or small containers on hand, you could try silicone lids which are a great replacement for plastic clingfilm.

These three tools that make sure you get your money’s worth and keep food from being wasted.

10. Write an Email to Your Food Shops

No, this is not glamorous stuff here, but the fact is that if enough of us write to our shops things will get done.

Does anyone remember the April Fools Sainsbury’s video by Greenpeace? The video caught so much traction it was trending on twitter and led to several execs having to change their phone numbers because of all the phone calls from frustrated customers. The actions of the people led to Sainsburys pledging to reduce their plastic by half by 2025.

Most of the big supermarkets signed a pledge in 2019 to reduce food waste, but signing a pledge and taking action are two different things and what we want to see is more transparency. Are the chains really making good of their pledge?

I know you may feel like you can’t change anything as one person, but that didn’t stop Greta Thunberg.

Be like Greta.

Use your voice for good.

Here’s an email template you can use to give you a head start (no sign up required, just download it). All you have to do is look up the contact info for your local shops or their corporate headquarters and ask them for proof of their actions to reduce food waste.

And, a bonus tip…Don’t be afraid of the wonky vegetables. 

Take action to start reducing your food waste today!

Applying any of these tips to your food routine will help you reduce your food waste and potentially save you time and money. Giving number 10 a go is a good way to get some action from the shops. I hope you give them a try. Let me know in the comments below if you have found other ways to reduce your food waste.