Crisp packet recycling in Tesco Gloucester now live!

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Recycling of crisp packets in Tesco Gloucester

Recycling of crisp packets in Tesco Gloucester

Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor Tesco
A beautiful day, we had lunch breakfast on the way and all for under a pound you know so we could save crisp packets going into landfill
But on the way back I cuddled with Jack Mr Green and we opened a bottle of cider water (because we don’t drink and drive)
Singing a few of our favourite songs as the wheels went around …

What an amazing time we had at our crisp packet recycling launch yesterday!

After getting three inches of snow on Thursday, we woke to brilliant sunshine on Friday.

We got into Gloucester, just as Glynnis; Community Champion extraordinaire was setting up a table for us at our local Tesco store.

Just after we arrived we met Jane Walker, founder of the Philippine Community Fund and Julie, their fundraiser. I felt like I was meeting old friends; what gorgeous people they are. It was wonderful to meet them at last.

We’d just got everything together – goods on the table, the recycling collection box in place and a dvd playing when a photographer from the Citizen arrived. After that, the lovely Sam, from the Daily Mail turned up, then when we finally got home, ITV called me to do some filming for West Country Today.

But most important of all to me, was that some of you lovely readers came to say hello. Considering you’d only had a few hours notice and had to put on your snow chains and ski hats to see us, I was really touched that you came along.

Our very first crisp packet to be recycled came from Grandma Green. Yes, she donned her cold weather gear and WALKED to the store to meet us. So our ‘OAP crisp packet recycler of the year’ award goes to brave Grandma Green who wasn’t going to let a few icy pavements deter her from supporting the community in Manilla.

Grandma Green ran through the door like a screaming fan to be first to deposit her empty crisp packets in the recycling container

Grandma Green ran through the door like a screaming fan to be first to deposit her empty crisp packets in the recycling container

Next up, our ‘under 12 supreme recycler of the year’ award goes to Toby. I caught him popping his empty crisp packet into the container andย  pulled him over for a photo. His Mum, Angela spent a long time talking to Julie about the recycling and having a browse at some of the amazing products we had on display.

Angela and Toby - champion crisp packet recyclers; Angela ate the crisps for breakfast (shhh, don't tell her I told you) and Toby donated the empty packet!

Angela and Toby - champion crisp packet recyclers; Angela ate the crisps for breakfast (shhh, don't tell her I told you) and Toby donated the empty packet!

Our final award goes to Josh for the ‘I can eat a bag of crisps in 5 seconds to recycle the packet’ award. After a lesson from Jane about how to weave crisp packets into a bag, Josh (son of our very own Poppy) munched his way through is favourite flavour snack and donated his bag (AND his ringpull) to our recycling container.

Josh takes a lesson from Jane in weaving crisp bags to make a strong material

Josh takes a lesson from Jane in weaving crisp bags to make a strong material

Thank you to everyone who turned up, had a look at the products, vowed to bring their crisp bags in next time they are shopping and to the media for covering the story. And a huge thank you to Tesco Community Champion Glynnis Chambers, who went out of her way to support and help our launch. She worked like a trooper and long after we had left, Glynnis was still championing our cause to the public; generating interest on our behalf and supporting the Philippine Community Fund – we couldn’t have done it without you, Glynnis. Thank you so much.

Josh recycles his empty crisp packet

Josh recycles his empty crisp packet

Now I have a request – I would love all of you to write to your local Tesco store manager; tell them what is happening at Gloucester regarding the crisp packet recycling and ask them to putย  a collection point in their store. With your voice we might be able to keep things from our landfill while helping the people of the Philppine Community in Manilla to have a better life.

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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. what a great morning, I look forward to hearing about the toothpaste tubes.
    Sorry I wasn’t able to make it, will have to write up your story instead ;o)
    cheerio, Nic

  2. Grandma Green says:

    Thank you so much for the award – I am so chuffed to be recognised up there with the two lovely young men who are my fellow recipients. Well done, lads! I’m so glad I didn’t compete for the ‘I can eat a bag of crisps in 5 seconds’ category. That would not have been a pretty sight!

    I do hope this all sparks off at national level and we can help the environment and those children in Manilla. Well done the Younger Greens!

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @nic @ nipitinthebud: Hi Nic; sorry you couldn’t make it. Toothpaste tube recycling is now taking place in Sainsburys at the Quays – there isn’t much to write because not much happened there – all the action was at Tesco ๐Ÿ™‚ But you can now recycle them – yipee!

    @Grandma Green: It was a great morning and we’re back there later to do some filming (weather permitting) this should get the message far and wide ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. sandy says:

    our new Tesco store opens on monday, We are going in the begining of march, (as we only shop once a month) I will put it to them, well done a bit more rubbish out of the way. lol

  5. Poppy says:

    @Mrs Green:

    Thank Mrs G!! It was great to finally meet you and Mr G.

    Joshua was in 2 minds about seeing himself on the site, but having been used and abused for publicity purposes hundreds of times in the past, he’s well used to it and the horror was short lived ๐Ÿ™‚ He really enjoyed his chat with Jane and seems to have taken it all on board.

    The bags that the Philippine ladies had made were excellent. I was amazed at how strong they were. I’d imagined something that would fall apart in not time at all, but these were really strong and well made. I noticed prices on some of the items and had intended to ask if they were actually for sale, but you know what it’s like when you have children in tow, intentions flit through your mind and out the other side while when you turn to deal with the latest mini crisis!

  6. patsy says:

    Well done for introducing this in gloucester. I mentioned it in our offices today and there was a lot of support and interest. I will put up a notice and urge people to donate, we do recycle a lot already and are looking at our commitment to sustainabiliy education. Will walk over from the Docks when I have a load! Would love to see the bags!

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @sandy: Fantastic Sandy; thank you so much for supporting this!

    @Poppy: Great that Joshua enjoyed talking to Jane; I think he knows more about it than I do – I haven’t had chance to find out HOW these items are made yet! You can order things from the p-c-f website ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @patsy: Hi Patsy; thank you! It’s great that you are going to get involved; do let me know if there is anything I can do to help you by contacting me http://mzw.wpengine.com/contact-us/

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