It’s been a great week at Chez Green with some wonderful guest posts. I’m grateful to everyone who shared their inspiring stories and gave us hints and tips for reducing our waste.
Here’s a round up of six reduce, reuse, recycle or compost story from around the internet.
Each story helps us work towards a zero waste future.
I’m in awe of people who can take old things and give them a new lease of life with a needle and thread.
GreenGal has been busy making cushion covers from old pyjamas and jewellery and her creations look fantastic.
Go and be inspired with “The Joy of craft“. I must admit I have finally got around to making three lavender bags and I’m deliriously proud of them!
Stop junk mail
Robert has given his JunkBuster application a face lift.
Junk Buster allows you to contact the three main junk mail opt-out schemes in the UK as well as opt-outs for the main paper directories delivered door-to-door in the UK.
The new Junk Buster includes information about the opt-out services that can be contacted, answers to some of the most frequently asked questions and a ‘tell-a-friend’ link.
So far, over 5700 households have used Junk Buster to stop junk mail and/or paper directories, saving over 1 million pieces of unwanted mail per year.
Recycle plastic into fuel
As you might be aware, we’re tyring not to put our landfill dustbin out for a year. All that we have in there are non recyleable plastics. We’ve often thought if there was a way to recycle plastic we’d have virtually no waste at all!
Environ, in Washington, D.C. has opened a plant that will annually convert 6,000 tons of plastic into nearly a million barrels of something resembling oil. The product can be blended with other components and sold as gasoline or diesel.
This process will convert one to the other for about $10 a barrel.
Read more with the New York Times “A new way to turn plastic into fuel”
How to mend rubber gloves
Hands up who end up with holes in their rubber gloves?
And hands up who usually gets holes in just one of their rubber gloves?
So hands up who has an assortment of just left handed or right handed rubber gloves without a partner?
And hands up who, like me, has tried in the past to use a glove on the wrong hand just to save waste?
It’s a waste isn’t it? One reader over on Re-Nest asked about mending rubber gloves to save them from landfill and readers gave their thoughts.
Read “How to mend rubber gloves” for ideas and add some of your own!
“Choose glass” week
Did you know it was ‘choose glass week’? Neither did I!
Friends of glass held their first primarily dedicated to glass event, across Europe.
The message was that glass is the clear choice, for consumers, your family and the environment.
The aim was “To help mums, dads and families get into the habit of choosing (and recycling!) glass” In honour of this wonderful event, why not refresh your memory for reuse ideas with our “Reuse glass jars” suggestions and add some of your own?
Life less plastic
It’s a hearty Happy Blogaversary to Life Less plastic! She’s celebrating her second anniversary of living a plastic free life.
She shared the ups and downs of her journey over the past two years and it’s interesting to read about the things she has found hard and easy.
Read her “Two year anniversary of life less plastic” to find out how she’s getting on.