Community backs new litter pickers Thame Wombles

BRAND new litter picking group Thame Wombles has been overwhelmed with support in its first two weeks. Tidy-minded Thame residents have already collected more than 40 large refuse sacks of litter from streets and hedgerows in and around Thame since the group’s creation on 23 January. The venture has been so successful that local firms … Read more

How to recycle the seemingly unrecyclable!

People seem to be making a real effort this year to have a less wasteful Christmas, whether that be buying less, sourcing eco-friendly gifts or using plastic-free reusable/recyclable wrapping. This is great to see and I’m so glad it’s becoming easier to shop this way! The South Oxfordshire website has all the information you need … Read more

Why local seasonal food is best – we talked to the fabulous Bucksum team

Brussel sprouts, parsnips, roast potatoes, red cabbage … it’s no coincidence that these are the foods we all expect to see on our plates for our traditional Christmas dinner. These are the foods that are in season in the UK at this time of year (and isn’t the brussel sprout plant spectacular!) Whether growing your … Read more

Red Kite Family Centre share some favourite upcycled Christmas crafts

There are lots of great online resources for upcycled craft ideas – it’s amazing what you can make from waste! We always love making this simple reindeer picture frame with families during December – all you need is a cardboard box, red nose, a couple of eyes, paper for antlers, and paint. And a big … Read more

Beautiful, thrifty and planet-friendly – some alternative wrapping ideas

It’s the thought that counts more than anything, especially this year. But here in the Love Thame Hate Waste team, we have to admit we do love beautifully wrapped gifts, both giving and receiving. And if the beautiful wrapping does happen to use recycled materials, it doesn’t get better than that! Here are some ideas … Read more

Tackling food waste at Christmas – and why we should all download the OLIO app!

The countdown to Christmas has begun which means lots of festivities have started, including drinking mulled wine, listening to Christmas tunes and over 270,000 tones of food waste! Every day, we throw away 20 million slices of bread, 4.4 million potatoes, 5.2 million glasses of milk and 0.9 million bananas. And every year, 2 million … Read more

Zara Canfield shares her tips for shopping second hand at Christmas

My name is Zara and I have lived in Thame my whole life. I work for Oxfam in the Festivals & Events team and I love shopping second hand, in fact I love it so much I haven’t brought new clothes for well over a year! I also love shopping second hand at Christmas because … Read more