Posts By: Heidi Lang

Welcome to a Resourceful Life

Welcome to Waste Not Want Not. Now as our name would suggest, we are all about waste, and how to reduce it. Our idea is simple. We want to help you reduce waste in your life, whether that be time, money, resource, skills or even talent. We only get one live after all and we believe you should live it well! We love to reduce, reuse and recycle, make our own and run things efficiently…we are all about living a smart life!

How to Recycle Books | Six Great Ways to Give Your Books Eternal Life!

So I have two obsessions/passions in life – one is of course waste reduction and recycling – the other is a much more simple pleasure, and that is books! World Book Day gets me particularly excited about life! I think some people would call me a bibliophile because the sight of a book shop or a library or even a pile of books gets my heart racing, and the likes of Waterstone’s, and even better, a dusty old independent book shop, is my idea of Shangri-La! My dream would be to have a coffee shop full of vintage up cycled furniture, and books, hundreds of them, where people could come to relax and read! One day…in the meantime, here is my Waste Not Want Not Guide to making the very most of every single tome, and every single page, and every single word of beauty!

You Say Tomato….How to Make a Delicious Universal Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce recipe

We love tomatoes in this house, and would hate to see a single one meet an unfulfilling end. A tomato only goes in the bin here if it can physically walk there. There is just no reason to ever discard such a beautiful, tasty and nutritious fruit. Not only is it full of gorgeous vitamins, but it also contains lypocene, a powerful antioxidant which is said to protect against some forms of cancer. It is full of flavour, adaptable and if you are that way inclined, easy to grow, so we want you to feel the tomato love!

Food Waste Rescue | Apple & Maple Tray Bake

apple and maple tray bake

This deliciously simple traybake is the perfect way to use up any slightly less than optimal apples!  It tastes properly luxurious as you marry the simple joy of apples with the decadence of maple syrup! You can add in walnuts or other nuts too, but we kept ours nut-free so that we can take it to school! Topped off with a cream cheese frosting, your friends and family will love you forever!

Small Changes, Big Difference | How to Reduce Plastic in Your Life in 4 Easy Steps!

Reduce Plastic

So it seems that the world is now committed to reducing the amount of plastic we use in our every day lives. For the sake of our planet and in particular our oceans, the consensus appears to be that things need to change. There is big pressure on the supermarkets, Government and manufacturers to make this easier on all of us by innovating, legislating and just making it all a little bit easier to do since ultimately they are the ones that profit from our high consumption convenience driven lifestyles. But there is no doubt that we all need to adjust our behaviour.

Five Great Ways to Declutter Your Mail Box | The Hole in Your Door – Not the Electronic One!

Reduce Junk Mail

So with the excitement of GDPR behind us, and the world waking up to just how much junk mail they have in their lives, I decided it was time to concentrate on the hard stuff! After all, in terms of resource, paper junk mail uses a vast amount in terms of cost, production and delivery. Worst of all, most of it goes straight in the bin!

Recycle Your Felt Tip Pens with BIC’s Writing Instruments Programme

Can I Recycle Felt Tip Pens

Any household with children will know just how many felt tip pens pass through their doors over the years. And it seems that the vast majority of them will meet a premature end when the smaller members of the family leave the lids off on a regular basis. I know I have tried everything to avoid their early demise, but the sad fact of the matter is, kids, get through tons of the things!