Small Steps to Less Waste

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Sun 21Nov

Tips and techniques for a green home

Facilitator: Claudi Williams

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make your home more natural, and free of harsh chemicals. We will make a number of simple skincare and beauty products, as well as easy and effective cleaning products. There will be plenty of tips, demonstrations and a chance to talk about plastic packaging and how to avoid it. You’ll go home with gorgeous homemade products and inspiration to keep you going on your path to a greener home.

Event time: Sun 21st Nov 2021 at 9:30am - Sun 21st Nov 2021 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • Make your own lip balm, deodorant powder and body oil
  • Create your own all-purpose cream cleaner and an antibacterial spray
  • Watch a demo of how to make toothpaste at home
  • Learn how to make oat milk

What participants will gain

  • Knowledge of how to make some simple skincare products and simple home cleaning products
  • Learn about the importance of avoiding packaging, in particular plastic, for a greener home
  • Recipes and hand-outs to keep going after the workshop

Claudi’s story

Claudi Williams and her family transformed their home after a year of cutting out plastic, including all plastic packaging. This dramatic lifestyle change, which they still maintain five years on, meant learning about easy ways to shop unpackaged and plastic free, cleaning the home without products in plastic bottles, making simple toiletries at home, and learning recipes for making food staples such as oat milk. Their home became more natural as they stopped buying needlessly packaged products that inevitably contained preservatives and chemicals. They also switched to cooking more simple meals with seasonal and locally sourced food. As a consequence, the family’s weekly amount of rubbish and recycling shrank dramatically.

Claudi will pass on some of the methods for making simple toiletries and cleaning products that can help you avoid packaging and make your skincare and cleaning methods more natural:

  • Make your own lip balm, deodorant powder and body oil
  • Make your own all-purpose cream cleaner and an antibacterial spray
  • Watch a demo of how to make toothpaste at home
  • Watch a demo of how to make oat milk

In addition to free handouts for doing a plastic audit of your home and great tips for simple swaps to more natural products in the home, there will also be a chance to buy Claudi’s book ‘Small Steps to Less Waste’ with more recipes and inspiring stories from the Stroud community.


9.30-11.00am Introduction – the context

Slides show, stats, family journey Q & A + make a toothpaste demo

11.00-11.30am Coffee and biscuits

11.30am – 1.00pm

Make your own beauty and skin care – lip balm, deodorant powder, body oil

1.00-   2.00pm Two course, delicious home-made lunch

2.00-3.30pm Make your own cleaning products: cream cleaner; antibacterial all-purpose citrus cleaner; glass cleaning tips.  Plant-based Oat milk demonstration. Completion

4.00pm Afternoon tea and departure


Simple plant-based recipes to avoid packaging

Natural and packaging free

Go home with your own hand-made products and free handouts.

Claudi’s book Small Steps to Less Waste: Stories to Inspire as well as some eco products for sale – please bring cash

(Shop – coconut scrubber, bamboo toothbrush, beeswax wraps, book)

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£95 Day Ticket


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Practical Information

What to bring:
- Notebook
- Apron
- Small mixing bowl and 2-3 spoons
- Some of your favourite essential oils if you have any
- Jam jars with lids for the deodorant and cream cleaner
- 120ml glass bottle (or larger) with a spray top or a lid for the anti-bac cleaning spray
- 120ml glass bottle (or larger) for the body oil

Allergy notice:
Please be aware that we will using the following ingredients:
Coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower or grapeseed oil, kaolin mineral clay, bicarbonate of soda (foodgrade), beeswax, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, corn starch, castile soap, essential oils: (tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, lime, lavender, geranium, palma rosa, rose).

Claudi Williams

Originally from Germany, Claudi Williams is a long-time resident of Stroud in Gloucestershire. She is a community organiser and chair of Action on Plastic, an initiative providing practical advice for individuals, businesses and communities that are setting out to reduce their plastic footprint. She is the author of ‘Small Steps to Less Waste, published in 2021 by Hawthorn Press. She works at The Beeswax Wrap Company, a B-Corp business making reusable food wraps in the UK to replace the need for clingfilm. Over the last five years, Claudi has taken part in BBC national news and radio programmes and has spoken at many festivals and events, such as Hawkwood’s own Seed Festival and Climate Action Lab, as well as Womad and the Cabinet Office zero waste week 2020.

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