Mrs Green’s six stories on Sunday

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One of my favourite looks from 'The Uniform Project'

One of my favourite looks from 'The Uniform Project'

Gather ’round dear readers, it’s time for some story telling.

On a Sunday morning I take a break from writing and share some great stories from around the world to do with reducing, reusing, recycling or composting our way to a zero waste future. If you ever have any suggestions then please contact me and let me know!

Reuse your Junk

Peter, over at Junkk is looking for all your fabulous and funky ReUse ideas. He has teamed up with the Guardian to offer prizes for the most innovative and interesting suggestions.

You’ve got a few days left to submit your entry as the competition closes at the end of June.

I know you’re all bursting at the seams with suggestions, so why not enter, inspire others in the process and see if you can win? Remember, the simplest ideas are often the most profound.

Zero waste future

You’ll need to make a cup of your favourite brew before sitting down with this story.

In it, Sarah Lozanova shares a three page article on her vision for a zero waste future by learning from the expert – nature.

Reuse greeting cards

Some people are just so creative and inspirational.

I reuse old greetings cards as tags and sometimes make them into new cards, but Tina from Eco salon shares 8 clever crafty and creative ways to reuse greetings cards.

Recyclable yogurt pots?

Rachel’s is switching its organic yoghurt pots from polystyrene to 60% recycled PET to reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill.
The Welsh firm has said it is the first dairy brand in the UK to adopt the material. The new packs will hit shelves by the end of the month.

It is hoped that increased rPET use would convince more local authorities to accept yoghurt pots for recycling. A step in the right direction or another problem do you think? Is 60% recycled PET enough to make a difference or is it still an non recyclable material?

Reusing milk bottle tops

Over on the Clean Bin Project, Jen shared a lovely story about reuse of plastic milk bottle tops.

It has something to do with girl scouts and geocoaching! Find out how Jen donated her plastic milk bottle tops to a great cause and saved them from landfill with her ‘DIY reuse crafts‘ post.

Sustainable fashion

So you think you have nothing to wear?

This week I read an amazing story about The Uniform project.

For one year, this lady will wear just one dress as an exercise in sustainable fashion (she has 7 identical dresses for laundry purposes). Every day she reinvents the dress with layers and accessories; the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-downs.

This is a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, where all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for slum children in India.

Could you wear the same outfit for a year? I was decluttering my wardrobe the other week and a lady on twitter inspired me by saying she had 15 items in her wardrobe. I didn’t even get close to that!

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. tammy says:

    Hi Mrs Green – LOVE your blog. I make mailers from empty cereal and pasta boxes.
    Click here to see how
    http://thefrugalmusician.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/the-frugal-musician-makes-a-cardboard-mailer/

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @tammy: Hi Tammy, glad you love the site – we aim to please!
    Your cardboard mailers idea is brilliant. I had never thought of doing that. It looks really effective and imagine the cost to you (let alone the environment) if you bought new. Genius! Thanks for the link 🙂

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