How To Go Waste And Plastic Free – Book Review And Giveaway

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My blog regularly touches on some of the swaps that I am making to become more sustainable. So when I was offered these books to review by Welbeck Publishing I was very happy to find some more tips on how to go waste and plastic free as a busy mum.

#AD – gifted – We received the “How To Go Waste Free” and “How To Go Plastic Free” books to review.

How To Go Waste And Plastic Free – Book Review And Giveaway


These two books by Caroline Jones each contain 100 snappy tips on how to make small changes in your life that will make quite a big different to the environment.


How To Go Plastic Free

In the last 100 years, our use of plastic has rocketed. We have become addicted to using this material, but in recent years have started to realise how catastrophic our consumption has become. Undoubtedly we need to change our habits. But how can we break this addictive cycle?

“How To Go Plastic Free” gives some practical and easy to implement tips on reducing how much plastic you use. It does discuss the different types of plastic out there, and whether they can be recycled. In cases where the plastic cannot be recycled, the book has some great ideas for how to upcycle these items instead.

From saying no to single use plastics such as plastic straws, and using reusable cleaning cloths over plastic sponges, this book is full of easy ideas on going plastic free. I found some amazing new ideas to try myself!


How To Go Waste Free

As Earth’s population explodes, so has the question of how much waste we are producing as a planet. Sadly, humankind produces over 2 billion tonnes of waste every year, which either goes to landfill, gets incinerated, or gets dumped into the oceans. Consequently, this is having a calamitous effect on the environment. So what do we do to go more zero waste?

“How To Go Waste Free” gives some great ideas on how to dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish that your home produces each week.

As well as discussing the 5 Rs of a zero waste lifestyle

  • Refuse
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle and
  • Rot

the book shows us very easy ways to do all these things in practice. A lot of these I have touched on in my blog, such as giving experiences instead of things as gifts, using reusable sanitary products, or using up old veg by composting or fermenting them. But it was lovely to find out even more ways to reduce waste.


Ultimately, we can all do a little more to try and be a bit more ecologically sound. Every little helps, and if we all do our bit, we may be able to prevent more climate change from happening. Because of these books, you can find some simple changes to easily make that will help.


Fancy Winning A Set of These Books For Yourself?

Read on as you have a chance of winning a set of both books for yourself!

How To Go Waste and Plastic Free


It’s Time For A Giveaway!

The lovely people at Welbeck Publishing have offered one of my readers the chance to win one the two books  featured above! You too could be finding out how to go more waste and plastic free! To be in with a chance to win, you enter using the form below – and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition is open to entrants from the UK only. The winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes – but see the full t&cs below.

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway
  • Giveaway ends at midnight on 12th March (00:00 13/3/20)
  • There is one prize only – which consists of the two books “How To Go Waste Free” and “How To Go Plastic Free”. 
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.  
  • This giveaway is limited to UK entrants aged 18 or over. If you enter from out of the UK, your entry will be deleted.
  • By providing your information, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information. I will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the Winner and will send the winners details to Welbeck Publishing Group, so that they can send the winning prize.   
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • The Winner will be contacted by email within 72 hours of the giveaway ending.
  • If no response is received from the Winner within 72 hours of being contacted, a subsequent Winner may be selected. 
  • Finally, entry to this prize draw confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

Disclaimer: I received these two books for the purposes of this review. But all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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41 Replies to “How To Go Waste And Plastic Free – Book Review And Giveaway”

  1. Karen Richards says:

    Only buy what I need. Plan meals for the week so there is less waste.

    1. Margaret Mccaffery says:

      Buy local as much as possible to lower the carbon footprint.

      1. Jo Boyne says:

        So true. The sad thing is, a lot of people don’t have local shops anymore as supermarkets priced local suppliers out of the high street. I am very lucky to have a thriving butcher, baker and greengrocer in my village, but also can walk to a supermarket.

    2. Tracy Barber says:

      Think about what impact your behaviour has and adjust it accordingly, for example, walk the kids to school instead of driving them, holiday in the UK rather than abroad, put a jumper on rather than turn the heating thermostat up, recycle/upcycle everything you can, use markets or buy fruit and veg loose rather than prepackaged. Basically just think a bit more about your own carbon footprint and its impact on the planet

  2. Mark Mccaffery says:

    My best tip is to buy less plastic in the first place.

    1. Jen oconnell says:

      I like the wax sandwich wraps – saves on clingfilm and so easy to use

  3. John Taggart says:

    I’d put the onus on suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging, instead of expecting us to sort out their waste and recycle it when they can’t be bothered to mark up which plastics aren recyclable and the councils should standardise what they will recycle…for instance at what thickness does paper become classed as card?

      1. Margaret Gallagher says:

        Batch cook with seasonal.veg – no airmiles !

  4. Orange23 says:

    Use a reusable bottle rather than buying plastic bottles of water

  5. fiona waterworth says:

    ask your council if they do larger recycling dustbins, mine did and also provided an extra box for more recycled bits

  6. Steve says:

    The world seems to have really woken up to this subject in the last few years. Single use plastics will be almost non-existent soon with the way things are going, which can only be a great thing.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I will say, in the health sector (I have 22 years experience in primary care dentistry) there was absolutely NO talk of removing single use disposable items..and probably rightly so. The world has become so much more reliant on plastic in recent years – so I cannot wait how to see how this goes!

  7. Andrea Fletcher says:

    Only buy what you need and if you do have leftovers use them.

  8. Ben says:

    avoid buying any plastic when possible, like veg wrapped in plastic, buy cleaning products and toiletries from a refill shop.

  9. Elizm says:

    Look after your own gut health to reduce reliance on antibiotics for a better safer world

  10. Carole Nott says:

    Dont throw away unnecessarily. Always make the most of everything you buy and donate any unwanted items

  11. Laura Britton says:

    My best eco tip is to always carry a water bottle to refill

  12. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Batch cook with seasonal.veg – no airmiles !

  13. Eileen Hindley says:

    Never leave anything electrical on standby always switch off at the mains it’s more economical and a lot safer!

  14. chris bull says:

    Use the potato peelings to make crispy skins, cook at the same time as roasties

  15. David says:

    Hello, my eco tip is to eat up leftovers from meals as it prevents food waste.

  16. Emma England says:

    There is no need to buy single use plastic. There is always an alternative.

  17. Nadia Josephine says:

    My best tip is to stop using plastic toothbrushes! Imagine that all the plastic toothbrushes you’ve ever used still exist somewhere!

  18. Samantha M says:

    I’ve got into the habit of always taking a canvas bag out with me as I usually end up at the shops at some point!

  19. Patricia Barrett says:

    Actively look out for plastic alternatives – especially in food packaging etc.

  20. Dawn Samples says:

    Buy loose fruit and veg and put the price stickers straight on them x

  21. Catherine Barton says:

    My best tip is composting thus reducing landfill. All paper, cardboard, tea bags, coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, tissues, kitchen roll, chicken manure, leaves……I now have three pallet sized compost heaps and my home-grown vegetables love the homemade nutrient rich compost. No matter how big or small your garden is you can always compost.

  22. Clare B says:

    Even on just a windowsill you can grow salad leaves, sprout seeds and/or pulses and with a little more space you can grow even more. Loads of veg is suited to growing in pots so give it a try.


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