Mark Zero Waste Week by saving the environment – and cash at the same time

ARE you accidentally draining your savings?

A survey by Samsung suggests Brits are spending nearly double what they need to on washing detergent.

As it’s Zero Waste Week, I’m trying to save the environment — and a bit of cash at the same time.

Here are some tips . . . 

TRY SOMETHING NEW: New Reco laundry sheets are strips of dehydrated washing detergent.

You simply pop them in the wash and they will disappear, as they are fully biodegradable.

The packaging they arrive in is completely recyclable, with no plastic.

Get a ten-wash trial pack for just £3 from now.

MAKE IT WHITE: Forget expensive bleaching and whitening products.

Use half a cup of lemon juice in your white wash to help bleach clothes or sheets.

Drying in direct sunlight can also help them stay white.

SOFTEN IT UP: When washing towels, don’t use extra detergent or fabric softener which costs around £3 a time.

Instead, add a cup of vinegar to the load. Vinegar helps remove excess detergent to keep towels fluffy and soft.

DIAL DOWN THE SPENDING: Turn the temperature down on your wash and you save on water, which is good for the environment and your finances.

Most garments can be washed in cool water.

INVEST TO SPEND LESS: The longer you spend drying items, the more money you will end up spending.

Avoid bigger bills by investing in dryer balls to pop in the tumble dryer.

They can reduce drying time by at least 30 per cent and you can get a two-pack of JML Dryer Balls for just a fiver at Wilko.

WASH ’N’ ECO: If you are upgrading your washing machine, consider a more eco-friendly one.

The Indesit EcoTime IWC71252W 7KG Washing Machine matches the exact amount of water needed for each cycle and it’s currently on offer for £179.99, down from £199.99, at Argos.

All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals, offers subject to availability.


FEEL like a star.

The dressing table with touchscreen mirror at is £75. Was £299.

SAVE: £224

What’s New?

STUDENTS, pay attention!

The back-to-uni range at starts at just £2.99 and includes everything from personalised pens to stylish dinner sets.

There is a Bluetooth headphone-and- speaker set for just £13.99.


HAVE an ice time with a pack of mint Cornettos, on offer at Sainsbury’s for £1.75. Usually £2.

SAVE: 25p

Giselle’s little helper

POUR Moi offers a virtual bra-fitting service that can be done via video call if you are too busy reconnecting with friends to shop in person.

There is a follow-up service for anything you buy, too. Both are free and will stop you overspending on items that do not fit correctly.

Book yours now at


THIS cute personalised unicorn baby plate is £15 at – but costs just £7.99 at

SAVE: £7.01

Hot right now

FOOD-sharing app Olio has partnered with Tesco to help distribute surplus food.

Download Olio to find out more.


SNAFFLE sides of Buffalo chicken and waffle fries at Iceland. Two boxes are £5, normally £3 each.

SAVE: £1 when buying two.

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