The recent photographs in the press of mountains of rubbish waiting to be recycled, a result of the global financial crisis sending the prices of recyclable materials plummeting, has shown that there has never been a better time to start precycling – the practice of preventing waste before it happens.
Instead of accepting tons upon tons of rubbish as an inevitable side-effect of our consumerist economy, the recycling crisis is a stark reminder that we need to urgently rethink our approach to waste.
Precycle! by Paul Peacock is one of the only books on the subject of precycling and is packed with recipes and tips to help you make at home all the things you would normally buy on your weekly shop – from butter, baked beans and hp sauce to shampoo, deodorant, furniture polish and toothpaste.
By making what you need in the quantities you need, rather than buying it pre-packaged, you are reusing your glass jars, bottles and tins again and again and not buying all the extra packaging you encounter at the shops and adding to the ever increasing rubbish pile.
You will save yourself money by adopting a way of life that prioritises making rather than consuming. For example, when you buy any washing powder brand you are simply buying washing soda with additives. You can buy a 1kg bag of washing soda crystals for 50p, and it will do exactly the same job as the washing powder and you don’t need to add anything else.
Precycle! by Paul Peacock is published in January by The Good Life Press. For a review copy or to talk to Paul Peacock, editor of Home Farmer magazine please contact Bethan Jones at MGA firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7836 4774
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