Listen to our Radio Gloucestershire interview

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tom-lowe radio gloucestershireTo kick things off for Gloucestershire’s zero waste week, we spent some time giving Andy Vivien, Radio Gloucestershire reporter, a tour of Chez Green.
He delved into my shopping bags, lifted the lid on my reusable containers and shuffled through my recycling. It was quite an experience I can tell you! I had to do all of this with a big furry microphone shoved under my nose and a 6 foot man peering at my eccentric antics.

Still, he spent a long time working with us, picking though our brains and erm, our rubbish and I had the opportunity to blab on about a subject I feel passionately about – reducing rubbish and achieving zero waste.
The programme was aired between 6 and 9am Saturday morning on the Tom Lowe show, but don’t worry if you missed it; we’ve captured it for you! Get comfy for 8 minutes and have a listen. The interview is split into two, but we’ve done all the cutting and splicing for you; all you need to do is relax and listen in……….

Click here to listen to our interview. Radio Gloucestershire, 24th Jan 2009

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    An excellent broadcast with correct information and good advice for listeners. The truth is that once the good habits have been taken on they become the norm. Further change is sure to occur.

    Today I phoned EnTrading, Glasgow, to order a 5 litre Lemon/Aloe Vera Washing-up container from Ecover. A refillable system with no waste plastic bottles/lids: another waste item bites the dust.

  2. Grandma Green says:

    Lovely to hear your broadcast. Well done The Greens! Our neighbour tuned in to hear you live on Saturday and was fascinated to learn about the tops on the plastic bottles. He says they will change their practice of binning them separately from now on. They, and we, were also delighted to hear about the facility for recycling polythene wrapping. Saga can now send as many brochures as they like!

    We all continue to learn. I now have a new query. How do we recycle aluminium foil? Gone are the days when it was coveted by every cub pack in the country.

  3. Yay guys, what a fantastic interview. You’re setting the most wonderful example over there. I’m going to be a devil and Twitter it, to introduce you to a few more lovely peeps or tweeps as they’re known on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  4. Di Hickman says:

    yay great interview! and great start to the zero waste week!

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you John – we were really pleased with it and Andy spent a long time with us and we felt he gave us good air time too. Well done on the large Ecover bottles; we use them too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Grandma Green; it’s great that your neighbour tuned in to listen! Regarding foil; you can take it to Hempsted. I don’t know how often you visit, but foil can be stored for quite a long time and doesn’t take up much space. Alternatively, squash it all into a ball and bring it with you to me – we go past our recycling centre once a week, so it’s no bother to put it in for you…..

    Mrs A and Di – thank you!
    Mrs A; it would be great to twitter it; I only have 30 odd followers so I don’t tend to bother using it

  6. LOL Mrs G – I wonder if my followers are odd too. ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, I twittered it earlier and will add some more tweets later this week ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  7. Good job guys! You are becoming quite the regular radio celebrities. I must say though, if you’re willing to make your own yogurt and bread, you really should give pasta a go. Little Miss Green would love it, and it really is easy and cheap!

  8. Mrs Green says:

    THanks Mrs G!

    Jen, the thought of making pasta terrifies me! I think bread is enough for one week LOL! Don’t I need a pasta maker to roll it all out thinly enough?

  9. Sorry I somehow missed this. A few things:
    1. Why can’t you compost cooked leftovers? This is the first I’ve heard of that!
    2. Making own pasta – I use my bread machine to mix the dough and a manual pasta machine to make it into pasta dough. The first step involves dumping some flour and egg/water in and pressing start. The 2nd step is very much fun (I have to fight my daughter for a turn) and makes for a superior product. You can also make dough in a food processor. I didn’t get the dough-making gene so have been happy to find alternatives.
    3. Forgot what 3 was with kids asking me questions. Darn.

  10. One more thought. I run a business and some of my inventory needs to be shipped with a bit of protection. I would be very happy indeed to have a free source for used bubble wrap. As it is, I have never bought any packaging materials but rather saved all peanuts, paper and plastic bubble wrap that were sent my way in large storage bins, but at some point I will go to some local shops to see what I can scavenge because I will run out. In the US, I have just been made aware of http://boxcycle.com/ for getting rid of used boxes – I have been giving mine away on freecycle as moving boxes – but still no known source of used packing materials.

  11. Mrs Green says:

    @ThinkingWoman: Hiya, composing cooked leftovers can attract vermin such as rats which is why it is not recommended.
    It sounds like pasta making is a fun activity in your household! I still don’t think I’ll bother as it is only LMG that would eat it anyway and I cook it about once every couple of months or so……….but ya know, never say never ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I keep all our packing materials too and have had to Freecycle a lot of it as I have accumulated so much! Thanks for the link, that could be great for some of our US readers.

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