Zero Hero top tips and tricks to sustainable living

  • 26 September 2019
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Hi everyone,

As part of our campaign to celebrate our Zero Heroes (that's all our amazing Members, who are helping us reach zero carbon emissions!), we've started sharing a #SustainableTipOfTheWeek.

On the Community there are lots of Members already taking simple but amazing steps to reduce their carbon footprint, like @schase switching to LEDs, @NannyOgg shopping sustainably or @Bev working her way to an increasingly vegan diet.🆒

It'd be great to share all your ideas, and we'll also share some of ours too!

For example, in the office we've been collecting up our Hovis bread bags ready to drop off at a TerraCycle collection point.

According to their website, these bags are then "shredded, washed and then pelletized. These pellets can be used for a number of molded rigid plastic products like benches, or used as film for products such as rubbish bags."

The collection points gain credits for each 250g they send off, which can then be used to donate money to different charities. :raisinghands:
(as if we needed more justification to eat bread:rolleyes:)



It doesn't have to be part of a scheme though - even using an outdoors clothes line to dry clothes (whenever the rain stops) instead of a washing machine can make a difference!

If you have any ideas you'd like to share, you can add them below 😃

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Hi Nataly,
I'm with you in the drying clothes on the line instead of using the tumble dryer, but I'm always getting complaints that the clothes especially towels are stiff or rough. They're just spoilt, but will have to put up with it, it's made quite a difference in my usage
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I presume you use fabric conditioner Duppy? Always makes a massive difference, and even if a wintry wet day, dry on indoor airer rather than tumbler 👍👍👍
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I presume you use fabric conditioner Duppy? Always makes a massive difference, and even if a wintry wet day, dry on indoor airer rather than tumbler 👍👍👍


Yes Bev, I/we use comfort mainly.
The amount of laundry that gets done I would need an airer in every room. I try to tell them that the towels are an excellent exfoliant, but their not impressed
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Yes Bev, I/we use comfort mainly.
The amount of laundry that gets done I would need an airer in every room. I try to tell them that the towels are an excellent exfoliant, but their not impressed


I like the creativity ;))

Hanging up clothes to dry means less need to iron them too... :rolleyes:
One of our PP team members, Hannah, came in today rocking some cool new Converse - and they're made from 11 plastic bottles!



A great tip is to look out for clothing made from recycled material, especially as it becomes more popular and easily accessible!

"Once they’ve been ground down into flakes, the material is spun out and this creates a recycled polyester material. The signature Regrind outsole is made and the finishing touches are applied. The classic Converse patch stays -but the metal eyelets have been ditched in favour of a stitched alternative."

There's more info here🆙

Community member @NannyOgg just recently bought her 9 year old a hat made from recycled bottles, and it was only £4:D so it looks like this may be the fashion of the future!
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Thanks for the Mention @Nataly. It was purely by accident so a top buy and he loves it. No gimmicky characters or top brands, just a plain old functional hat to keep his head warm. He loved the idea of recycled.

Community member @NannyOgg just recently bought her 9 year old a hat made from recycled bottles, and it was only £4:D so it looks like this may be the fashion of the future!
For the last 7 years, we’ve been using a pulley maid ceiling dryer. Never had an issue, even though we are a household of 4. No extra heating energy required, no blocked radiators, and fully in keeping with the period during which our house was built :-)

When we replaced our washing machine, we invested in a 1600rpm A+++ one, and after a cycle we might give it an extra spin to remove a further 20-30% water to speed up the drying process when required.

​To complete the picture, I’d draw your attention to the statement prop: a 35-40 year-old (vintage?) beach towel from Greenpeace, and an 8w low-energy lightbulb ...
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For the last 7 years, we’ve been using a pulley maid ceiling dryer. Never had an issue, even though we are a household of 4. No extra heating energy required, no blocked radiators, and fully in keeping with the period during which our house was built :-)

When we replaced our washing machine, we invested in a 1600rpm A+++ one, and after a cycle we might give it an extra spin to remove a further 20-30% water to speed up the drying process when required.

​To complete the picture, I’d draw your attention to the statement prop: a 35-40 year-old (vintage?) beach towel from Greenpeace, and an 8w low-energy lightbulb 2883...


Wow, it's a long time since I have seen one of them, unfortunately most ceilings these days are too low to use one of these.
Well done for keeping the original features.
Even though I’m 6ft tall, the ceiling dryer doesn’t bother me or gets in the way very often...

I am surprised how our Edwardian place has got higher ceilings than most more recently built houses. Even though British people grew taller in the last century (men’s average height increased by 4 inches; women’s height increased by 1.5 inches) over the past century, houses seem to have lower ceilings ...
Whilst sipping my coffee, I've calculated I save one or two pence each month by habitually clicking my kettle off a second before it would have done automatically.
#bigsavings ! 🤓
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Whilst sipping my coffee, I've calculated I save one or two pence each month by habitually clicking my kettle off a second before it would have done automatically.
#bigsavings ! 🤓


​​​​​​​I might try this 25 quid, is the kettle next to the sofa in the lounge or have you moved the sofa next to the kettle in the kitchen.
This example provides expansive options.
No. It’s a third option! I know. Incredible, but true...
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​​​​​​​I might try this 25 quid, is the kettle next to the sofa in the lounge or have you moved the sofa next to the kettle in the kitchen.
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have you considered buying a more sophisticated kettle?
Joking aside I’ve noticed ours always overboils by a few secs and I always switch it off as soon as it boils if i’m near it. The bimetallic strip thermostats are notoriously variable but incredibly cheap to make. Considering what they are it’s amazing they work so well for so long.
The third option is of course fitting a whistle to the kettle, with a band pass audio sensing module which hears the whistle and linked to an electrically operated finger which clicks the kettle off. I’m going to patent this for the next wallace and gromit movie.
The bonus is you can turn off the kettle from the other room by whistling!
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No. It’s a third option! I know. Incredible, but true...


​​​​​​​Less is more!
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have you considered buying a more sophisticated kettle?
Joking aside I’ve noticed ours always overboils by a few secs and I always switch it off as soon as it boils if i’m near it. The bimetallic strip thermostats are notoriously variable but incredibly cheap to make. Considering what they are it’s amazing they work so well for so long. U make something so un-obvious un-interestingly fascinating.
The third option is of course fitting a whistle to the kettle, with a band pass audio sensing module which hears the whistle and linked to an electrically operated finger which clicks the kettle off. I’m going to patent this for the next wallace and gromit movie.
The bonus is you can turn off the kettle from the other room by whistling!

Sounds a bit cranky, but in my mind already a reality.

This is really interesting, but its not about you and I'm focusing on "ours", interested in the dynamics of the Wozzy household.
Sorry some what pie-eyed, nuff said. Peace out.
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I never said it was about me, sorry if you thought I was trying to muscle in on your post...
My household doesn't have any dynamics, but I like your style...
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Sounds a bit cranky, but in my mind already a reality.

This is really interesting, but its not about you and I'm focusing on "ours", interested in the dynamics of the Wozzy household.
Sorry some what pie-eyed, nuff said. Peace out.
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have you considered buying a more sophisticated kettle?
Joking aside I’ve noticed ours always overboils by a few secs and I always switch it off as soon as it boils if i’m near it. The bimetallic strip thermostats are notoriously variable but incredibly cheap to make. Considering what they are it’s amazing they work so well for so long.
The third option is of course fitting a whistle to the kettle, with a band pass audio sensing module which hears the whistle and linked to an electrically operated finger which clicks the kettle off. I’m going to patent this for the next wallace and gromit movie.
The bonus is you can turn off the kettle from the other room by whistling!


Lets start again, as my last response not as funny as I thought.
Just dumped ours as doing the same and the lid would not flip open and got stuck.
My wife kept asking me to open it, so had to break it off. It was about 7 years old and did not give up.

As a Guru would say, take the middle path, so spent a bit more, but not silly money.
We decanter the spare boiled water into a jug for drinking which means we less often do a small fill to save energy.

I miss a whistling kettle, send your idea in pronto...you never know..
I’m enjoying the wozice and grommet ideas. Could you whistle another tune to trigger the kettle to pour perhaps?
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Just dumped ours as doing the same and the lid would not flip open and got stuck...

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​​​​​​​Is that didn't flip open when turning off? as I've never had one like that. Flip open to fill yes, but I don't usually bother and fill it through the spout, but I'm just lazy I guess
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Hi there Duppy,

It wasn't that sophisticated it just had a manual lid button and the springs were gone.
I took it apart and made things worse.
It had a silly little spout, no scale filter and was looking a bit naff after several cleans.
Because of the extra boiling before turn off, thought it was time to ditch.
I was advised it must go!

I felt sad about that and the iron went too, after the glued bits fell off from previous dropping accidents.
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Agreed
I fill it through the spout, best not to look inside, you'd only be put off using it...
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​​​​​​​Is that didn't flip open when turning off? as I've never had one like that. Flip open to fill yes, but I don't usually bother and fill it through the spout, but I'm just lazy I guess

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