A word about ‘sponsored posts’

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Mrs Green earns herself a bag of carrots

Mrs Green earns herself a bag of carrots

Some of the more observant of you (i.e. people who are really good at reading the tiny recycling codes on the back of packaging) will have noticed yesterday’s Open Planet Ideas post had a weeny ‘sponsored post’ stamped on its bottom.

I think you’ll all agree, we could all do with a few more pennies in our current economic climate, so occasionally I’ll be popping things up which are indeed sponsored posts.

We have upgraded our servers because so many of you lovely people keep coming to spend time with us and we don’t want pages crashing or taking ages to load.

The thing is, faster servers cost more money and that money has to come from somewhere…

While I’m passionate about what I do here on my zero waste, I gotta eat and feed my family; even if it’s old leftovers.

So I wanted to give you the heads up on why you’ll be seeing ‘sponsored post’ or similar at the bottom of some blog entries. Let me assure you I will never write about anything I do not agree with (unless I’m going to poke ridiculous fun at them), I will not write about things unless I truly believe some of you will be interested in reading it and I will not write anything that goes against the ethos of our site just to stick an extra organic carrot in the ‘fridge.

I think you know by now you can trust me to bring integrity to the general rubbish I talk about. I’m personally seeing this as an opportunity to learn about new things I may never otherwise have heard of and not a way to spam you about useless crap.

To give you an example, I’ve learned about the Co-operative (where I do a lot of my shopping and whom I’m happy to support) is looking for people to carry out meaningful work in the community and I’ll be writing about that on Saturday because it will show you a way to help your local community.

But if I get offered the opportunity to write about the latest piece of ‘must have’ plastic disposable crap, then obviously I’ll be turning it down; carrots or no carrots.

We’re more charity shops and hand knits at my zero waste, right? 😉

As ever, I’d value your thoughts…

About the Author ()

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. Totally understand the sponsored post attitude. I’m always astounded at the amount of research you do to bring such useful and interesting information to the rest of us – so you should get some sort of reward for your time. I just do an occasional blog and that takes quite a bit of time, but you are there every day for us. Keep up the great work!

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Miriam Adcock: Thanks Miriam; it’s not until you run your own blog that you realise what is involved 😉 Thanks for the lovely words, much appreciated …

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