This was the first year I partnered up with Waste Less Live More Week. You can see my other contributions here

My Contribution

For sure I have already cut a lot of tins and jars as part of my plastic boycott – tins are plastic lined and the as are the metal caps and lid of glass jars. So I cut them too – well most of them…..

When I started my boycott I realized an immediate ban on all plastics would lead to a severely reduced diet, greasy hair, rotten teeth, rickets and severe marital stress. So I decided to cut some products each month giving me time to source an alternative. Some things I just never got round too. They are tricky to replace and I don’t want to give them up so they linger sneakily at the back of my cupboard.

They include

  • Tomato ketchup
  • Mango Chutney
  • Sweetcorn relish
  • mayonnaise
  • Pickled Gherkins
  • Coconut milk


For Waste less live more week 22 – 28 September 2014  I will be  sourcing plastic free alternatives for the relishes, ketchups and sauces I have been quietly ignoring justifying them as minor lapses- for sure they come in glass bottles but the metal lined lids are plastic lined.

So I tackled these bad boys while trying to adopt a daily theme

Monday – Make it – so I made tomato puree
Tuesday – Borrow it – borrowed the spices to put in my homemade ketchup
Wednesday – Value it – seasonal unpackaged veg – in this case sweetcorn which I used to make sweetcorn relish
Thursday – Grow It and if you haven’t got a garden get out with the Leeds Urban Harvest and pick some one else’s.
Friday – Share It – bramble jelly made from foraged berries. A great gift for and Autumn dinner party
Saturday – Repair It – odds & sods hot water bottle cover
Sunday – Discover It- Thug kitchen – bit rude but doesn’t mince words 

Press Release

Waste less, Live more Week (22-28 Sept) is Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awareness week which this year will bring together partner and supporter organisations who together host a week of events and activities around the 2014 theme – Be Resourceful. Keep Britain Tidy is running a number of activities during the week including a conference for members of its local authority network, a film screening and the week-long ‘Be Resourceful Challenge’.

Plastic is Rubbish is joining more than 75 charities, businesses and organisations to support this year’s Keep Britain Tidy resource initiative, Waste Less, Live More Week which is taking place from September 22 – 28, 2014, to inspire new, creative and inventive ways to live better, within our environmental limits. You can read more about my challenge here

In a time where we are consuming more resources than ever, organisers Keep Britain Tidy, decided to make this year’s theme ‘Be Resourceful’, to help highlight the vast amount of resources going to landfill each year.

Each year the UK alone is putting over £3.8 billion worth of resources into landfill and evidence suggests that increasing rates of consumption and material possession are not necessarily leading to healthier societies and may in fact be damaging to our happiness and wellbeing.


Waste less, Live more Week is a week-long event that celebrates and demonstrates how to we can move to a more resourceful society, in order to create benefits for us as individuals, for our communities and our planet. Throughout the week the public will be able to take part in a Be Resourceful challenge, in partnership with the fix-all material sugru – an invention by young designer in the UK which helps make fixing easy and enjoyable.

Thousands of people have already registered to take part in the challenge which will encourage people to try borrowing rather than buying, fixing rather than replacing and to try turning their hand to making something from scratch rather than buying something ready-made. To find out more about the Challenge and to sign up visit

bad cook

Throughout the week Plastic Is Rubbish support the campaign by making trash free food to show how people can improve their wellbeing while learning about and supporting the environment. You can read more about my challenge here

The week is supported by TV presenter, Keep Britain Tidy ambassador and keen ‘crafter’ Kirstie Allsopp: ‘Waste less, Live more Week is a great initiative. The Be Resourceful Challenge is a 21st-century interpretation of ‘make do and mend’ – it’s about learning new skills, meeting other people and having fun at the same time as being respectful of the stuff we buy, use and eventually throw away.’

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Phil Barton said: ‘Waste less, live more is an approach that reflects how environmental and social issues are linked and how tackling these issues together is a far more effective solution. It’s all about recognising that what is good for the environment is good for us and working towards a future where people understand and actively care for one another and the environment.’

To find out more about Waste Less, Live More Week visit

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit

Press enquiries
Contact the Keep Britain Tidy press office:
Helen Bingham 01942 612617/07918 631682
Keep Britain Tidy Mobile (24 hours, 7 days a week): 07768 880016

Keep Britain Tidy has ISDN radio facilities for interviews
ISDN: 01942 322178
Please contact the press office in advance to make arrangements

This was the first year I partnered up with Waste Less Live More Week. You can see my other contributions here

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