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Mangocheeks delicious beetroot and cumin pasta

Mangocheeks delicious beetroot and cumin pasta

Morning lovelies, welcome to my roundup of some of the week’s best stories from around the internet.

They all have a reduce, reuse, recycle theme and will help us take steps towards a zero waste lifestyle.

If you’ve got any great stories to share with us, tell us in the comments below!

Banning plastic bags

Sometimes it all feels a bit hopeless doesn’t it? You feel like you are the only person in your neighbourhood who recycles, or the only one of your friends who reuses things. Perhaps you are the only one amongst your colleagues that takes your own reusable shopping bags to the store.

How D.C beat the plastic bag lobby”  over on One Earth is a real heart warmer. It tells the tale of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. who finally got a tax on plastic bags through, despite fierce competition from the American Chemistry Council.

Green holidays

Over on planetPals there’s no excuse to be lacking in inspiration! As you’ll be aware there are all sorts of national and international campaign awareness days – it was not long ago we celebrated national tin can day.

Planetpals have put together Sustainability Related Observances and Green Holidays which is a great resource for parents, teachers and anyone involved in community groups. Bookmark it and get ready to celebrate world Water Day in March 😉

Beetroot and cumin pasta

I don’t know about you but beetroot are one of my favourite vegetables. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t like them because they’ve only ever tasted them pickled in vinegar.

I eat beetroot most days, roasted in the oven with garlic, but over on Allotment2Kitchen, mangocheeks shared a gorgeous sounding beetroot and cumin pasta recipe. This is definitely on my ‘to do’ list!

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. John Costigane says:

    Great to see the ACC finally beaten in the US, though it took special circumstances to ensure victory, Mrs Green. I remember your hosting an ACC internet event some time ago, giving an accurate view of your UK experiences. The over-riding memory from that forum, was the dishonest basis for the event: it being simply a mouthpiece for plastic company interests.

  2. Julie Day says:

    Know what you mean about plastic bags. I see so many people still using them in Sainsbury’s. It makes me want to scream. I too like beetroot, but I have the bottled pickled version, and of course recycle the jar and lid.

  3. Lobma says:

    Here’s another drink container to get us all in a positive frame of mind. Last week it was recyclable milk containers, now it’s aluminium cans!

    Things are looking a little better 🙂

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/organic-biodegradable-aluminum-can-developed-in-taiwan-2206028.html

  4. Jane says:

    Unpickled beetroot – I absolutely adore it and this is definitely going on my ‘to do’ list too. I keep seeing it on the market stalls as I walk by…. and umm it still cooks up well when you have left it far too long in the fridge or vegetable rack than you should have done!

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: Ah yes, I remember that – with hindsight I would probably not have got involved 😉

    @Julie Day: Julie, Sainsburys is one of the store where I see more people using their own bags. I guess it must be a geographical thing…

    @Lobma: thanks John; I wonder what you have in store for us this week – will go and check it out when I’ve got around all the comments!

    @Jane: Beetroot is brilliant, and like you say doesn’t really suffer effects of deterioration like other veggies can.

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