Sunday roundup

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Well, we skived off to Devon for a jolly old shindig and most of you didn’t even realise. Such is the power of modern technology. You can pop off for a jaunt around the country and the blog fairies take care of post dating your thoughts while you’re away.

Shame they don’t do the housework as well really.

Anyhow, let’s have a round up of this week’s goodies here at My Zero Waste.

On Monday, we relaxed a little and took you on a tour for some of the best recycling retail therapy
on the net.

And blow me down with a feather, if I didn’t forget to mention nuts. I talked about balls, but not about nuts. So please pop on over to see our friend Sarah, at ethics trading for all the soapnuts information you could wish for. Soapnuts are the environmentally friendly way to clean your clothes. This is an excellent way to save on anything going into the landfill, as there is no packaging and the nuts can go into the compost bin. I’ll be writing a full length article on the virtues of soapnuts in the future. (alternatively I might see if I can get Sarah to do it for me; but don’t tell her……….)

Sarah also stocks those rather nifty paper potters; which allows you to recycle your newspapers and make them into biodegradable pots. Stock up on them for your gardening friends Christmas presents. Put me on your list too please, as I’ve always wanted one of those πŸ˜‰

On Tuesday I shared that we were feeling much more confident and generally very gloaty and smug about our zero waste efforts. It all got a bit deep and meaningful with the ‘what if’s’ of every household just halving the rubbish they send to landfill, so read it if you want to navel gaze for a moment.

On Wednesday, we joined hands around the world with some inspiring rubbish champions. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a bid to give Mother Nature a bit of a break.

Find out what cool and gorgeous gadget I treated myself to on Thursday.

And find out whether or not our bin lost weight this week with weekly weigh in number three. I was so excited about our news that I put two posts in on Thursday, so alas there was nothing for Friday. Ho hum; must have been all that sea air.

Last week I promised articles on reducing the amount of plastic bread packaging you throw into landfill each week, how to deal with yellow pages and BT telephone directories and which lovely cosmetics companies provide recycling facilities or recycled / minimal packaging.

But guess what? I went on holiday instead.


mr and mrs green on holiday

So you’re just going to have to hang onto your suspenders and tune in next week to read all about it.

Have a lovely weekend. Wished you were here and all that…….

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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. Mr Green says:

    Being on holiday brings a whole load of new issues about dealing with waste. It’s easy setting up your home as a ‘recycling centre’ but in a different setting it’s a lot more challenging. Besides, it’s so tempting to go for the convenience route. We have some inspiration and confessionals on that later …

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Well Mr Green, you may well have some ‘inspiration’ to offer about it all, but I only have confession!

    Over to you then πŸ˜€

  3. Mr Green says:

    Ah, erm … yes, I’ll give this some thought. (mumbles, there must be something)

  4. “I might see if I can get Sarah to do it for me; but don’t tell her”

    Hah! Too late, I spotted it……

  5. LOL – As you know, having experienced my own travels away from home, all you need is a lovely blogger who has a horse at the bottom of her garden ;-D

    Glad you had a great break, which was so well deserved…Here’s a proper welcome back with hugs and all that. Am now looking forward to your confessions.


  6. Mrs Green says:

    Ooops, Sarah; shucks, you read it.
    So how about it then? Do you have time to write something for us? Later in the year if needsbe πŸ˜‰

    Well, you can’t blame a girl for trying!

    Mrs A; oh to have a friend with a composting horse when in Devon πŸ˜€
    If we’d have had room, I’m quite sure we would have bought all the rubbish home with us; I felt terrible leaving it there LOL!

  7. Of course I will but it’ll have to wait until I get back from Wales in the middle of July – is that ok?

  8. Mrs Green says:

    No problem Sarah; there is no time rush on this at all. Have a wonderful time in Wales; I bet you’re looking forward to that πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much! It’s great to have other people’s voices and opinions on products…….

    Mrs G x

  9. Mr Green says:

    So here are some ideas about dealing with waste and recycling while on holiday. As you might guess it’s mainly to do with some forward planning, so that you can deal with those unexpected little wasteful treasures. Happy Hols!

    1- Take some washable bags with you so that you can separate and contain different types of waste such as plastic, tetra packs, glass, etc. This will make storage and disposal much easier.
    2- Find out before you go what recycling facilities are available in the area you are staying.
    3- If you are staying at a resort, campsite, hotel or similar, find out before hand about their waste and recycling facilities. Many organisations are stepping up to a ‘greener image’ and will gladly help you.
    4- Try to avoid the obvious pre-packed processed foods that leave you with non-recycleble waste.
    5- Suggest to your children things like a fresh ice-cream cone, as opposed to the plastic wrapped lollies.
    6- Don’t forget to take your ‘cloth’ shopping bags on holiday.
    7- If you have to travel to a recycling centre to dispose of your waste, try to work this in with an outing or visit to make the trip enjoyable.
    8- Be prepared to make a little extra effort to continue with the waste challenge. It needn’t spoil your holiday and afterwards, you will feel much better that you did not fall into the old consumer traps.
    9- Remember, that holiday resorts are usually the most affected areas for litter and discarded packaging. Be proud to be someone who cares enough to keep your holiday location beautiful and natural.
    10- If you bring your dirty washing back home, there’s no reason not to bring an extra bag of recycleble waste home as well. Sounds euck eh? well, from our experience, it’s most likely to be plastics that can be easily washed, crushed down to a small size and weigh very little. It’s a small price to pay, if you really can’t dispose of this locally on holiday.

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