Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's (41)

Jun 30, 2022 7:45 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Frugal living doesn't necessarily mean cheap.

It's about taking control of our lifestyles in innovative ways, prioritising what is important to us and minimising waste.

Being financially frugal ties in with our impact upon the environment as we reuse, repurpose and recycle.

There are ideas already floating around the forums and blogs, from low energy kitchen appliances to reusing/recycling shoes. Perhaps we may inspire each other by posting our own tips for frugal living.
Jun 30, 2022 7:52 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
Dedovix
DedovixDedovixBig Place, Central Serbia Serbia27 Threads 1 Polls 9,578 Posts
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just in case -we get forced in to a Power saving mode
Jun 30, 2022 7:59 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Dedovix: just in case -we get forced in to a Power saving mode
I see a theme in your priorities, Dedo. laugh

What do you heat those coffee makers with? As gas is unsustainable, polluting and increasing in price, might your barista machine powered by a sustainable energy source be more frugal in the long run?
Jun 30, 2022 8:01 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
It's a choice we all can make. 20 years ago, I moved closer to downtown so that I could walk to work, shopping, dentist, etc. A tank of gas can last two months. The city has recycling and composting programs. The grocery stores don't sell produce wrapped in plastic. They've switched their plastic carry bags to compost carry bags. My appliances are newer so are all low energy. My neighbourhood has communal gardens so we grow a lot of our own produce. Many of us also upcycle our clothing and furniture by donating items to charities. Stuff still ends up in the landfill though and people still insist on driving when they can walk.
Jun 30, 2022 8:07 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
Marmalade55
Marmalade55Marmalade55Rothercastersly, South Yorkshire, England UK5 Threads 206 Posts
jac_the_gripper: reusing/recycling shoes..
I have a pair of shoes that are no longer fit for walking in, but they are fine for cycling, which is what I now use them for. It's like you knew. smile
Jun 30, 2022 8:13 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
ChesneyChristonline today!
ChesneyChristonline today!ChesneyChristManchester, Greater Manchester, England UK11,196 Posts
The important thing is to grind down your sense of self-worth. Better word for frugality than cheap is depression. A psychological as well as an economic depression to foster a new generation of material resourcefulness.
Jun 30, 2022 8:25 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
Dedovix
DedovixDedovixBig Place, Central Serbia Serbia27 Threads 1 Polls 9,578 Posts
jac_the_gripper: I see a theme in your priorities, Dedo.

What do you heat those coffee makers with? As gas is unsustainable, polluting and increasing in price, might your barista machine powered by a sustainable energy source be more frugal in the long run?
i have a stove ,wood burner ,bought it recently -for rainy days and 6 cubic meters of wood...i may have to buy 4-5 more for the upcoming winter Its possible that we will have some restriction of electricity coals gas... ,this way i will have a warm house,hot coffee and a cooked meal
In case the shelves in the supermarket go empty overnight...i have a small supply of macaronis,canned food and water filters ...
Jun 30, 2022 9:09 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Bassador: It's a choice we all can make. 20 years ago, I moved closer to downtown so that I could walk to work, shopping, dentist, etc. A tank of gas can last two months. The city has recycling and composting programs. The grocery stores don't sell produce wrapped in plastic. They've switched their plastic carry bags to compost carry bags. My appliances are newer so are all low energy. My neighbourhood has communal gardens so we grow a lot of our own produce. Many of us also upcycle our clothing and furniture by donating items to charities. Stuff still ends up in the landfill though and people still insist on driving when they can walk.
20 years ago I used to buy cheaper, loose veg in the supermarket, but now it's difficult to find anything that's not packaged in plastic.

I've been getting organic veg boxes delivered for a while and my plastic recycling has plummeted. Some items are loose in the box, some are in paper bags and a few items are in compostable cellulose bags.

Here, paying for plastic carrier bags became mandatory some years ago, and whilst it's helped (there used to be carrier bags littered everywhere) I don't know why we haven't gone back to the paper bags we had in the 70's yet.

Maybe more people would walk to the shops if there were more innovative trolly/cart designs available. I use a baby buggy for transporting things, whether my youngest grandson is in it, or not.
Jun 30, 2022 9:11 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Marmalade55: I have a pair of shoes that are no longer fit for walking in, but they are fine for cycling, which is what I now use them for. It's like you knew.
What will you do with them when they're too worn out for cycling, too?
Jun 30, 2022 9:15 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Dedovix: i have a stove ,wood burner ,bought it recently -for rainy days and 6 cubic meters of wood...i may have to buy 4-5 more for the upcoming winter Its possible that we will have some restriction of electricity coals gas... ,this way i will have a warm house,hot coffee and a cooked meal
In case the shelves in the supermarket go empty overnight...i have a small supply of macaronis,canned food and water filters ...
Candles?
Jun 30, 2022 9:25 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Limp leafy veg can be revived by soaking them in water with a tiny pinch of salt. You need enough electrolytes in the water to stimulate osmosis, without so much salt that it draws water out of the veg. Once the veg has been hydrated, it stores in the fridge for much longer as well.

Cutting carrot, betroot, radish, etc. tops off before storing the roots stops the leaves drawing moisture out of the root. The leaves can be stored in a glass/vase of water to extend their shelf-life.
Jun 30, 2022 9:34 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Has anyone got any environmentally friendly tips for getting sticky labels off things like glass jars so they can be reused for storage?
Jun 30, 2022 9:47 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
Marmalade55
Marmalade55Marmalade55Rothercastersly, South Yorkshire, England UK5 Threads 206 Posts
jac_the_gripper: What will you do with them when they're too worn out for cycling, too?
Well I'm not really aware of my options. They are only cheap canvas shoes from Tesco, and they didn't cost much more than a fiver, and they must be going on for 7 or 8 years old. I mean, how much more value could one be expected to wring out of them? I am keen on recycling though, and I doubt that anyone here has been recycled more than I have, so if there were a further role the shoes could fulfil after their biking days are done I would be delighted; especially so as I have developed an emotional attachment to them over the years, and would be very sad to see them go. Perhaps I could sew the uppers together to make a sort of pouch for my puncture repair kit and bicycle multi-tool. I could fasten it to the bike with the laces. hmmm
Jun 30, 2022 9:48 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
Dedovix
DedovixDedovixBig Place, Central Serbia Serbia27 Threads 1 Polls 9,578 Posts
jac_the_gripper: Candles?
yup and batteries for a small flashlamp
Jun 30, 2022 10:20 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Marmalade55: Well I'm not really aware of my options. They are only cheap canvas shoes from Tesco, and they didn't cost much more than a fiver, and they must be going on for 7 or 8 years old. I mean, how much more value could one be expected to wring out of them? I am keen on recycling though, and I doubt that anyone here has been recycled more than I have, so if there were a further role the shoes could fulfil after their biking days are done I would be delighted; especially so as I have developed an emotional attachment to them over the years, and would be very sad to see them go. Perhaps I could sew the uppers together to make a sort of pouch for my puncture repair kit and bicycle multi-tool. I could fasten it to the bike with the laces.
I had a 'dead shoe' conversation with Grandsiozzie over on the blogs.

I've worn out old Doc Marten's, walking boots and wellies as plant pots, but they went into landfill after that.

The only alternatives we came up with was dismantling and recycling the bits seperately, or taking them to a recycling incinerator where the heat energy is harnessed.

I've been known to reuse motif and logo patches to upcycle other items, but Tesco brand won't have much in the way of kudos until any design is noticable retro.
Jun 30, 2022 10:21 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Jun 30, 2022 10:23 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper: Has anyone got any environmentally friendly tips for getting sticky labels off things like glass jars so they can be reused for storage?
I soak them label down when washing the dishes. Some need a long soak, others not so much!
Jun 30, 2022 10:36 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
secretagent09
secretagent09secretagent09NJ Transplant, North Carolina USA240 Threads 4 Polls 9,319 Posts
jac_the_gripper: Has anyone got any environmentally friendly tips for getting sticky labels off things like glass jars so they can be reused for storage?
After you peel off the label alcohol will usually take the sticky residue off that is left behind.
Jun 30, 2022 11:04 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
Marmalade55
Marmalade55Marmalade55Rothercastersly, South Yorkshire, England UK5 Threads 206 Posts
jac_the_gripper: I had a 'dead shoe' conversation with Grandsiozzie over on the blogs.
Yes, that's pretty much how I would describe my conversations with him. smile

jac_the_gripper: Tesco brand won't have much in the way of kudos
That's fine, I'm a not much in the way of kudos kind of person.
Jun 30, 2022 11:16 AM CST Frugality: Our Pocket and the Planet's
jac_the_gripper
jac_the_gripperjac_the_gripperTonyrefail, South Glamorgan, Wales UK29 Threads 8,359 Posts
Bassador: I soak them label down when washing the dishes. Some need a long soak, others not so much!
secretagent09: After you peel off the label alcohol will usually take the sticky residue off that is left behind.
We rarely have the kind of (probably more environmentally friendly) labels that soak off anymore.

Everything's welded down with 'security' adhesive. I'm not sure what kind of environmentally friendly alcohol I can get over here, other than vodka. Once it's denatured from food grade it tends to be rather toxic.

I'm also wary about using it on plastic/painted surfaces, like jar lids.
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