Waste not want not

The term “waste not want not” probably originates in Yorkshire and means exactly what it says, never wasting anything results in never wanting anything. For example, only serve enough food at a meal that you know will easily be eaten, leaving no waste. Do not spend your hard earned cash on things you do not really need or want. Think before spending – “waste not want not”.

In doing this we could also cut down on one of the biggest problems we have in the Pittwater area – waste.

Plastic is an obvious waste problem, especially for our beautiful waterways and oceans. Also wasting food is another big problem. Please watch the video by Sustainable Table.

Here are just a few ideas on how to reduce waste and live a happier, healthier lifestyle:

  • Firstly try to reduce buying plastic; food wrapped in plastic, don’t use plastic bags, etc
  • Don’t leave waste on beaches and pick up any waste you see
  • Only buy what you need
  • Think about what you eat – eat whole foods rather than processed food
  • Serve less not more could be a good idea
  • Spend on quality rather than quantity – think about what you buy, has it been made locally, what materials are used, does it “touch lightly” on the earth
  • Grow your own – uses less waste, creates less waste and is better for you, your friends and family
  • Recycle
  • Compost
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