Recycle Less: Little Ways and Tips To Help Save Water On Energy Bills and Help The Environment

Sometimes you don’t realise how much you take something for granted until it’s gone. Like when the water pump in my building fails and left without water for an afternoon. 

‘Agua no potable’. Non drinking water

That means no flushing the toilet, no washing hands, no drinking water, no cups of tea, no washing up, not even boiling a pan of water to cook vegetables. Just a feeling of feeling dirty, how much you rely on water out a tap on demand and to be honestly helpless. Now for those just in case afternoons which have only happened 3 times in the last few years, I have a 6 litre water bottle just in case stored away. I should probably learn how to filter water too as a survivalist. Those moments of not having any water make you think about how you’d survive without water or electricity if you didn’t have clean water skills or knowing how to build fires to cook and be warm or even a generator. I wouldn’t survive long!

However I’m always trying to save on water. More so for the environment. The water bill followed. That’s risen so much in the last few months as energy costs have soared in Europe. I don’t even want to talk about the electricity bill. I’m using the same amount of electricity yet it’s approx €63 more a month. Now I for sure unplug the toaster and kettle when not in use.

The past few years I’ve been using the following tips that have now become second nature. They do save, yet it doesn’t help the hot water takes so long to come through!:

When shampooing and conditioning my hair I turn off the shower. This saves quite a lot of water. Yes, might be chilly in the winter but honestly you get used to it.

When cleansing my face in the shower I again turn off the shower while applying cleanser. 

Shaving my legs, again you guessed it I turn off the shower! 

Turn off the tap/faucet while brushing teeth. 

Turn off the tap while washing hands. It doesn’t need to be on the whole hand washing sequence. I know however with older turn/compression taps as opposed to lever taps this is tricker to impossible.

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Recycle Less: Does a Pumice Stone Work Removing Limescale From Shower Walls?!

While I’m on team it was fake with regards to the Will Smith Chris Rock Oscar slap, (is that ancient news already as it’s now 3 days old or something?), sometimes aggression is needed to remove remarks marks. 

natjtan is about leading a more sustainable lifestyle, sharing cute animal photos, nature photos, beauty finds while trying to lead that more sustainable lifestyle which unless live off grid, sometimes seems impossible. A UK supermarket, Tesco slogan’s every little helps is the way many of us can lead a more sustainable lifestyle. More so by what we choose to purchase or choose not purchase.

Which is great until it comes to the bathroom in a hard water area. Limescale no matter how many vinegar bio eco bathroom cleaners you buy, mixing up your own vinegar and bicarb soda solutions and scrubbing with an old toothbrush, using a loofah or eco sponge, limescale won’t budge. 

I remembered a Buzzfeed article on something like household cleaning tips, hacks or something that one tip was using a pumice stone to remove limescale build up in the toilet bowl. Off course I had to try it out to see if it worked. Pumice stones are quite cheap, widely available in beauty departments, supermarkets and are renewable and sustainable as volcanic. Sadly many come wrapped in plastic. As they’re quite coarse they’re prefect for removing scrapping away limescale, itself a hard chalky deposit of calcium and magnesium found in hard water.

I soak the toilet bowl weekly with white wine vinegar when I clean it which is cheap as chips in Spain, to help dissolve the build up through an acid attack, yet it does’t remove much. I remembered the Buzzfeed tip and gave it a go.

Gloved up as nobody wants to shove a bare hand in a toilet bowl it did work. At a cost of the porcelain scratched and 10-15 minutes of elbow grease (you can buy as I’ve found out scratch free toilet bowl pumice ‘brushes’). As it’s not my toilet bowl, I abandoned that idea. However the idea was there to try the pumice stone on other things: 

Build up around the *tap pipes in the bath by the wall (I’ve no idea the official word for these).

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Recycle Less: Easy Self Watering Plant System with Plastic Bottles

Welcome back to another Recycle Less! This edition features an easy self watering plant system using plastic bottles.


I’m in no way a green thumb, but I try. I mentioned recently I follow Hamimommy on YouTube a day in a housewife vlog, who too cares for the environment, sharing tips and ideas on how to help lead a more sustainable lifestyle. One vlog she featured an easy self watering system for growing edible plants indoors as in the video below using plastic bottles. Curious to see if it worked, I had an 8L water bottle left over from holiday I didn’t want to throw out. No not hoarding! It still had some water in it, I hadn’t got around to using up. In Spain the water isn’t nice out the tap, so when away buy bottled water. At home I use a tap water filter.

It’s really easy to set up:

Cut the bottle about 1/3 down from the top.

Keep the lid and cut a hole in it. 

Thread through a cloth or rag through the hole in the lid and screw the lid back on. I used part of a bamboo cleaning cloth. Have about 1/3 or a bit more of the cloth in the inside of the bottle. 

Place the now cut 1/3 bottle with the lid upside down on the remainder of the 2/3 bottle and fill with soil making sure the cloth is sufficiently in the soil to draw up water. 

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Recycle Less: Netflix and Linen

While this Recycle Less is about all things linen, it’s also a reminder to myself why I’m recycling less. Or trying too. As I’ve mentioned many times animals, nature are 2 things I care very deeply about. We as humans tend to discard nature by keeping up with the Joneses.

I started watching on Netflix, Broken. A documentary looking at the true price of things we buy. Not in any particular order and I did leave it by the wayside for Korean dramas. Just saying. The one that made an imprint was Makeup Mayhem. The episode focusing how people’s need to have the latest beauty products fuels counterfeit goods. What shocked me more was the amount of waste. Watching the legit independent beauty brand ColourPop’s production line I was amazed by the amount of plastic packaging for just one pot of eye shadow. This is just an independent label. It blew my mind how much say an established beauty house uses plastic, what’s sold, what’s not, what’s discarded. The the amount of plastic and transport involved in counterfeit goods. Even the amount of plastic at the Port of Los Angeles! 5.5 million containers go through that port every year. Imagine the plastic inside! I also started watching Deadly Dresser episode looking into fast furniture of the furniture industry such as Ikea. I only watched 3 minutes but seeing the trees cut down illegally from National Forests in Eastern Europe for is enough for me to say no more cheap furniture. Thankfully the Ikea products in the house are lasting (I also think this is down to assembly. Yes a nod to P!). I’ve read forest wardens are being killed in the last primeval forests of Easter Europe by illegal loggers. Ikea has been taken to court for purchasing illegal primeval forest land in Romania. I know people need furniture and not everybody can spend money on items that will last as they need something now. It’s a huge mess, it’s complicated and I don’t see a way out.

H&M Home Linen Cushion Covers

I’m not sure how to continue this post after that. Little steps can make big steps cooperatively. I guess I didn’t need to replace the cushion covers. They were about 4-5 years old and I wanted a change which I didn’t realise until out shopping. Excuses! In perhaps the worst place to recycle less I was in H&M Home. I came across a tan/light brown 100% linen cushion cover that said NAT over here! Long story short, linen is a great alternative to polyester or nylon cushion covers. Easy to recycle at the Continue reading “Recycle Less: Netflix and Linen”

Tried And Tested Eco Friendly, Biodegradable Shower, Bath And General Cleaning Sponges

Today I’m sharing some plastic free, eco friendly, biodegradable, some sustainable aside from packaging sponges. Both for body and general household cleaning. Some even double up being a twofer! Obviously not the same exact sponge! Scrub-a-Dub-Dub! Couldn’t resist 😉


Konjac Sponges

Konjac sponge with bamboo and charcoal

These are great alternative to plastic foam sponges. Made from the root of the konjac plant they’re a biodegradable, sustainable, renewable source. As for as I know production is environmental friendly. They’re also cruelty free and vegan! Continue reading “Tried And Tested Eco Friendly, Biodegradable Shower, Bath And General Cleaning Sponges”