#WIN a Vektra Vacuum Eco Kettle #ZeroWasteWeek

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how much tea do we waste in the ukI’ve been learning some amazing facts for Zero Waste Week which runs 5-9th September.

The theme this year is reducing food waste, which is a topic close to my heart.

What if I were to suggest that when you came home from doing your weekly shop, you threw one third of the food you’d bought straight into the bin?

Sounds crazy, right?

Well, that’s what many households are doing, without even realising!

AND, one third of the food grown on this planet never reaches a human stomach.

Something’s not adding up when we’re told we’re going to struggle to feed people in the future!

Maybe we need to think about wasting less and redistribution of food…

I’ve learned it’s not just food we’re wasting.

We’re wasting drinks too.

And as tea is our nation’s favourite, I was shocked to learn we’re throwing away £110m of tea per year.

That’s not very British, is it?

how much tea do we waste in the uk

Not only that, but the average household boils the kettle 1500 times per year and the Energy Saving Trust has found that three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, wasting a total of £68m each year.

So here’s a simple pledge for Zero Waste Week – why not take care to only boil the amount of water you need AND take five minutes a day to kick back, relax and actually enjoy your favourite cup of tea before it goes cold?

Win a Vektra Vacuum Eco Kettle

I’m going to make it easier for you with your chance to win a fantastic Vektra Vacuum Eco Kettle which has generously been provided by the team at Boiler Guide. It’s ingenious design combines kettle and vacuum flask technology to boil water efficiently then keep it hot for up to four hours.

Simply enter the rafflecopter below and I’ll choose someone at random on Friday evening next week. PLEASE NOTE – this is only open to UK residents.

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  1. Northern Rob on September 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Don’t leave stuff on standby

  2. Laura Harrison on September 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Don’t leave electrical products off property and turn lights off when room isn’t in use xxx

  3. Michael W on September 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Turn off the lights, don’t leave stuff on standby, switch it off at the socket

  4. Barbara Handley on September 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Turn your lights off when you’re not using them.

  5. Neha on September 6, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Add layers to keep warm in the winters rather than relying wholly on the central heating. Use lower wattage lighting system. Helps the environment and the wallet:)

  6. Pamela Gossage on September 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Do not leave items on Stand By

  7. Ozzy horsfall on September 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I have a small solar panel by my window so my laptop and other little usb items can get a charge while I am at work without using mains electricity
    (great if your a amateur photographer and have a flash that uses AA batteries as they are charged for free and always to hand)

  8. christine shelley on September 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Find an old fashioned shakermaker ( was betterware) at a car boot, you just shake the angel delight and hey presto, most energy efficient equipment I have

  9. barbara daniels on September 6, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    whenever there are leftovers we always use them the next day and I always turn lights off after everyone, they wil catch on eventually

  10. Jeanette Davenport on September 6, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Always switch of power points when they are not in use.

  11. ellie spider on September 6, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Switch everything off – leaving things on stand by uses electricity

  12. Leanne Lunn on September 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Only put enough water in the kettle for how many drinks you are making instead of boiling water you don’t need.

  13. Carol Thomas on September 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Only boil the amount of water you need

  14. Justin H on September 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    My tip is to use rechargeable batteries wherever possible, but make sure you have the right charger as this prolongs the battery life and recharge efficiency.

  15. David Crabb on September 7, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Monitor electricity usage. Don’t leave stuff switched off and conserve water by reuse and ensuring taps aren’t running.

  16. Eleanor on September 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Am enjoying #ZeroWasteWeek, just trying to get husband doing more too! Have composter and bin waste is now cereal and frozen vegetable packaging, not sure if ever will be able to change this. Good luck all keep up the good work and great blog!

  17. Gemma - nearlyzerowastelondon on September 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

    always carry a refillable bottle so there no need to buy single use plastic when out and about

  18. Ceri Osbourn on September 7, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Instead of wasting electricity vacuuming, roller blade around on the carpets, it leaves lines which makes it look like you’ve vacuumed.

  19. Sue Denim on September 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Don’t Throw Drinks Down Those Sinks!! 👍

  20. Emma Charleston on September 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Perhaps an obvious one, but buy vegetables loose where possible, not pre-packaged — saves on packaging, you only buy the amount you need, and even though there can be tempting special offers, buying the amount you need by weight still usually works out cheaper!

  21. Helen on September 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

    turn off lights as you leave the room

  22. Liam Bishop on September 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Turn off computer monitors when not in use.

  23. Nique on September 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I turn the plugs off for anything I’m not using. Those red power lights aren’t lit up for free!!

  24. Ian Murray on September 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    take the lightbulbs out of any room the kids use… forever turning the lights off after them!! 🙂

  25. nicky pearce on September 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    switch of power points when they are not in use

  26. Karolina Rozwarska on September 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Turn everything what you do not need completely off.

  27. Emma H on September 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Don’t leave the lights on in rooms you’r not in.

  28. Solange on September 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you don’t need on. If they have a stand-by light, a display or are hot to the touch they’ll be using energy just by being plugged in.

  29. Lynsey Buchanan on September 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Turn off all switches before bed

  30. Stephanie Keill on September 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Always turn plugs and lights off when not really needed, when you think essential means you will use less. 🙌

  31. Caterina on September 8, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I make a large flask of tea in the morning which lasts my husband and myself until late afternoon so I don’t have to boil several kettles.

  32. Jodie on September 8, 2016 at 7:13 am

    If you’re only making a cup of tea for one, fill your cup with cold water and empty into the kettle so you only boil exactly that you need.

  33. Mel Parr on September 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Chargers use electricty even when they aren’t plugged into a phone. Buy a plug timer for your charger so that you only have it using electricity for the hours you would normally charge your phone – e.g. overnight.

    Also, if you can’t access plug sockets very well to switch plugs off at the mains, buy extension leads which have switches so that they are easily accessible and you can turn off items which you would normally have on stand-by.

  34. Susan Hall on September 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Dry washing on the line

  35. Lynne OConnor on September 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Cook double and freeze half. A defrost and quick reheat uses far less effort and energy

  36. Elspeth MacMillan on September 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Don’t leave anything on standby and turn off all unnecessary lights but most important never overfill your kettle only boil what you need.

  37. Jenny Rogers on September 8, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Turn off electrical equipment when not in use.

  38. Julie Howarth on September 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Don’t leave appliances on stand by

  39. Lesley on September 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Turn the pressure down on the shower – it is surprising how much water you save.

  40. Kerry Locke on September 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Use solar chargers for your phone and laptop

  41. Amanda Friend on September 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Turn lights off, drives me crazy finding lights on!
    Also, love snuggling under a blanket whilst watching TV/reading a book, so keep the heating turned down.

  42. BARBARA MADDEN on September 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    always make sure you switch off all apliances and this saves a lot of money that you can not see being used

  43. Sally Hay on September 8, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Wash your clothes on a short wash where possible.

  44. Gillian Hutchison on September 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Thermal backed curtains and a curtain over the front door help keep the cold out and the heat in.

  45. Julie Booth on September 8, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    make sure you power off electrical equipment at night and have good well fitting double glazing

  46. Michelle Sykes on September 8, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Turn off lights when they are not needed. Fit energy saving bulbs.

  47. Chrissie Curtis on September 8, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Only use lights when you are in the room and need them! and make sure everything is off and not left on stanby!

  48. Sarah Mills on September 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I always turn of everything by switches if I am not using it – it works I have a low electric bill 🙂 x

  49. Gill mitchell on September 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Turn your microwave off at the socket…..it can use more electric powering the clock than the actual microwave if you don’t use it often.

  50. Ellen Stafford on September 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Turn off the lights when you walk out the room.

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