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It’s Zero Waste Week but don’t be daunted, taking lots of little actions can make a big difference!
Aiming for Zero Waste is a long-term target. Total zero waste is impractical for most of us and here at Hoe Grange we are far from perfect, but we try our best!
It certainly can’t be achieved overnight, so try to look at it as more of a journey taken over time.
It’s about taking small steps, giving new ideas a go and sharing what works. It’s about replacing convenience disposable items with better reusable alternatives.
Aiming for complete zero waste is almost impossible for the average household, but doing what you can, when you can and being more conscious of the waste you produce will have a big impact.
#zerowasteweek is an annual campaign which takes place in September. It was founded by Rachelle Strauss back in 2008 when she took on a challenge to send zero waste to landfill for a week and shared her experience with her readers on a blog.
Now with climate change on the agenda, Zero Waste Week is more important than ever with hundreds of people stepping up to the challenge.
Zero waste week raises awareness and encourages everyone to look at what we throw away and think about ways to reduce waste. By becoming aware of the waste problem we can work at finding solutions.
Here's some easy zero waste swaps from Stem Response Team
This year’s theme is all about food waste, which is a MASSIVE issue and a BIG driver of climate change.
Did you know that 50% of food waste occurs in the home? Collectively we throw away 1/3 of all food we buy - that's enough food to feed over 3 billion people!
The good news is that reducing food waste is something we can all easily achieve given a little extra thought and planning.
An easy place to start is to plan your meals and stick to your shopping list and don't be tempted with supermarket BOGOFs. Better still shop local rather than a national supermarket. During lockdown the fruit and veg shop started local deliveries and we have continued with these as they source local produce, and use cardboard boxes and paper bags not plastic. Also think about buying seasonal produce.
Next try organising the food in your fridge by use by date to avoid wasting food and having to throw it away. Don't forget you can pop things in your freezer if plans change and you aren't going to use them up.
Here at Hoe Grange vegetables slightly past their best are made into soup or sometimes enjoyed by our Pygmy goats! If you haven't got a handy goat and things have gone too far you can always compost them.
People are beginning to change their shopping habits seeking out products that come with less waste and avoiding single use plastics. New zero waste shops are springing up around the UK, stocking all kinds of locally and ethically made zero waste products!
We are so lucky to have Skopa the zero waste place in Wirksworth which is just 6 miles down the road from Hoe Grange. Opened in January 2020 by Belinda and Sarah who are passionate about #LoveLocal products just like us. You can take along your own containers to refill with dried goods, oils and cleaning products – no plastic packaging, no waste.
Or why not pop along to one of our local Farmers Markets, such as Bakewell on the last Saturday in the month, for a real taste of local Peak District produce without the plastic.
Is Zero Waste really possible at home? It all starts with your purchasing decisions, proper planning and setting up a system for what and how materials enter your home in the first place.
Every item we use has an environmental cost, some greater than others. We can all make a difference by being mindful of the waste we generate and managing our waste in accordance with the 5 Rs
What small steps will you take? Me I'm off to check the fridge out and use up the odd leftovers for tonight's supper!
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more
A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
What can I say?
We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.
Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more