The easiest of starts


The beautiful lake of St Moritz in Switzerland … momentarily spoiled by the sight/blight of this …

One of the easiest and simplest ways to reduce waste it to ditch the one-use plastic water bottles. They don’t all make it to the recycling plant.

While the photo above isn’t the best quality because I zoomed in, the eyesore was enough to snap my sister and I out of our blissful state while taking in the glory of St Moritz lake, in Switzerland, during her recent visit.

This is what the lake looked like elsewhere …

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What to do with leftover material


This top used to be a dress, but it was a bit … ahem … clingy around the hips.

I still love the pattern, so rather than donate the dress, I decided to make it into a top. Unfortunately I’m not a seamstress, so I took it to a dressmaker to do a professional job. It cost 20 Swiss Francs to alter.

The material is a very soft jersey, so when she gave me the leftovers, I wondered what I could do? Easy!

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Hello, and welcome to refuse the refuse. You can also find me @refusetherefuse on Instagram and you can email me at

It’s a slow process, requiring patience and planning, but steps can be taken to minimize our impact on Earth’s resources.

Others have gone before me to blaze the trail of zero waste, but I find the term “zero waste” gives a scary impression. People read zero waste and baulk (or balk) at the idea, because it seems so impossible.

I don’t think I’ll ever be totally refuse free, but I’m trying my hardest.

Would you like to join me on the journey?