Do you want to save money? According to new research, six out of 10 people in the UK think a return to a Second World War approach to using resources could curb waste. With this in mind, a new ‘Wartime Spirit’ campaign launched today by the Energy Saving Trust aims to share 1940s tips and tricks for reducing waste and saving pennies. Although wartime ideas may sound old-fashioned at first, in today’s shaky economic climate as we batton down the hatches and tighten our belts, a lot of this advice is still relevant today.
This morning I went to the Imperial War Museum for the launch of the campaign inside a life-size 1940s display house, where I met Energy Saving Trust experts to find out how we can implement energy-saving ideas from the past into our 2009 homes. Here’s a diagram of a 1940s home with some tips:
As part of the launch, TV presenter Miquita Oliver (of T4 fame) demonstrated inexpensive wartime make-up, including beetroot juice mixed with beeswax for lipstick! It worked surprisingly well but even in our cash-strapped times, making my own make-do make-up seems like too much effort to me! Think I’ll stick to composting, instead. – Ellie
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