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Knit Your Own Yoghurt

Over the last couple of days I've seen a few comments made on social media that were a bit, what's the word, snobby about living a sustainable life, or not. I can't be doing with that kind of attitude, people like what they like and no-one is better because they prefer jus to gravy, or they pretend to like kale. My mate laughs at my reusable mug, she thinks it's a bit bonkers that I'd pay good money for a cup of coffee and then on top of that I'd pay ten quid for a cup to carry it round in. And you know what, they are absolutely right - I clearly have a lot of money to waste.

There are buy for a lifetime shops online these day, and most of the stuff is rather expensive, which is understandable. I've spoken quite a few times before about ethical clothing) and how if I rip my leggings, I need a new pair for today or tomorrow, I can't wait until I have twenty quid or more to spend, then wait for it to be delivered, I need them now. Same with other things, much as charity shops are great, sometimes we need to buy or replace something for immediate use, waiting for the right thing to turn up just may not be an option. Sometimes, something has to give.

So in the spirit of optimism, rather than me having a big rant about judgmental comments, here's my question. For those of us who can't/ prefer not to buy expensive stuff and have to made low to medium quality things last for as long as possible - what items are inexpensive to buy new, yet are decent and long lived in your view?

The first thing that sprang to mind was Pyrex and similar. New it doesn't cost all that much, and if you do go down the second hand route it's even cheaper and readily available. 

Tupperware, either the real stuff, or the general plastic tubs that pretty much everyone calls tupperware. We bought Dan's butty box in 2002 from the supermarket, it's been in use virtually every day since. 

Dan said his bike, his bike is not fancy at all, it's just for getting to and from work, but it's easy to maintain and does the job well. 

I can think of a few more things but wondered what everyone else might recommend. 



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  1. You have got me thinking now?
    I agree about the tuppeware and pyrex, it is good stuff.

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  2. Pyrex sprang to mind along with toasters. I bought a good brand toaster that lasted several months, a supermarket one costing £5 has been going for years. I am not a snob about shoes they do not need to be a "name" but they do have to be good quality as we are both hard on shoes.

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    1. Oh yes, you are right about toasters. When we moved here we treated ourselves to a fancy branded toaster, it didn't last long. I was so cross about it we decided not to buy a replacement.

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  3. I agree with all yours and Dan's choices. We recently got my husband a good second hand bike from the shop in St Anne's and I use second hand Tupperware and Pyrex.
    We bought our LG television over 10 years ago; it was a middle of the range model and it's still in use. We gave it to our daughter a few months ago because she didn't have one. If that hadn't been the case we would still be using it ourselves.

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    1. The bike shop is excellent, we're really lucky to have it.

      I agree with you about televisions too. I don't watch many films these days so I certainly don't need a super HD one, I'm only watching Bake Off!

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  4. It's all a balancing act. I bought a new printer a couple of years ago. It was very expensive (£300!) but the inks cost pennies and last for ever. I print stuff all the time for different groups I belong to but still haven't needed to top up the original inks. In the long run this expensive buy was well worth it.

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    1. Absolutely, buying the item that does the job you need it to do is what it's all about. My point is more that there's a section of the low waste/zero waste community who, in my opinion, are encouraging people to overbuy.

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  5. I like the basic ladies joggers from M&S. £12.50 a pair, sublimely comfortable, available in long length, and they last forever. Great for lounging about at home, and dog walking, and if other people's dogs jump up and put their muddy paws on you, well they wash up a treat.

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    1. That's good to know, I'll keep them in mind.

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  6. I would agree with Pyrex-last forever, but is not that expensive. My daughter just picked up some good used stuff for a couple dollars to supplement her kitchen. I don't think the newer Tupeperware has the same lastablity.

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    1. I think that's an issue with lots of the newer versions of old classics isn't it, it's just not quite the same quality. Over the years a lot of kitchenware and bric a brac has gone through my hands at the charity shop and the difference in certain brands is striking.

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  7. Still mulling this one over - Pyrex was a great example and I am trying to think of something - will come back to you later when I get a lightbulb moment!!
    Our 32 year old fridge recently repaired must be a contender - they don't make them like they used to. My old Citroen 2CV car must also qualify - cheap to buy and when something dropped off like a wing you could just go down the scrapyard and get another one to bolt on again and it never mattered if it was a different colour it added to the quirkiness - shame they stopped making them, along with the old land rovers.

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    1. My Dad was talking about the old Land Rovers a couple of weeks ago and how they're one of the most stolen vehicles these days as people want the parts now they're no longer in production.

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  8. Pyrex can indeed last several lifetimes. I collected sets of bowls and casseroles for my sons so that when they left home, they'd have things.

    Unfortunately, Pyrex is very collectible and as a result has become expensive! I used to pick up nice pieces for under $5 but no more. The last time I saw any in a thrift store it was $9.99!

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    1. Yes, I follow a few Pyrex collectors on Instagram and they show some of the pieces they left behind at the thrift store as the prices are just higher than they're prepared to pay.

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    2. Oh, I know. I bought a pink gooseberry pattern casserole dish for myself for $7.99 (I liked the colour). I've seen it listed on line on sales sites for $50+!

      It's a second hand dish for goodness sakes.
      And yes, I do use it!

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  9. The items you put on your list would be on mine as well. I will also say that the Walmart here sells socks relatively inexpensively and they last me a very long time. My husband had a metal lunch box that lasted him 35 years out in the oil patch. I can't exactly remember what I paid for it, but having it that long it was a bargain.

    God bless

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    1. Now that is a bargain lunch box!

      Socks are a good example of sometimes finding cheaper but better, Dan wears sports socks when he's cycling and the less expensive ones suit him well.

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  10. I also agree about Pyrex- that stuff is brilliant!! I almost cried last year when I opened a cupboard and the 2 Pyrex jugs that were nesting fell out onto the floor and smashed to smithereens- one of those we'd had for 25 years or more!!!

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