Mrs Green’s six stories on Sunday

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A lamp refashioned from a 'junk' telephone by Junktion

A lamp refashioned from a 'junk' telephone by Junktion

Another week has passed and it’s time to share my six stories in a Sunday with you.

Each story has a reduce, reuse, recycle or compost theme and will help us reduce our landfill waste or work towards a zero waste future.

If you have a ‘must read’ story, then feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!

Reuse glass bottles

From vases to lamps to bird feeders, you’ll find some lovely ideas for reusing glass bottles over at Re Nest.

You’ll even find out a safe, effective method to cut glass, using a candle flame and cold water so that you can try some ideas at home.

Check out “Ways to reuse glass bottles

Ban bottled water

Over on the other side of the world, residents from Bundanoon in Australia have voted to ban bottled water in their community.

They are concerned about the environmental impact of our love affair with the bottled stuff and will be installing public fountains instead.

Get the scoop on “Australia towns bans bottled water

Junktion’s recycled products

Over in Tel Aviv, the innovative people behind Junktion believe there is enough stuff in the world already.

They take ‘junk’ out of context and create unique, stylish and functional items from it. It’s recycling at its best and proof that one man’s trash can be another’s treasure.

My favourite is the telephone lamp pictured at the top of the post.

All items are for sale and are shipped anywhere in the world.

Supermarket packaging

The LGA has accused supermarkets of forcing consumers to pay higher prices for food because they are “reluctant to curb excessive packaging” with calls for supermarkets to “pay more for the packaging they produce” so that councils can invest in better recycling services.

In addition, the LGA want Hilary Benn to force WRAP to publish how much packaging each of the supermarkets produces so that consumers can “make informed choices about where they shop and which products they buy”.

Read all about it in “Fury over councils’ renewed attack on packaging“.

How to recycle your body

For the ultimate in recycling we need to think about the end of our days.

Are there useful parts of ourselves that can be recycled or reused?

Tracey Smith answers this question with her “I’m ready for the ‘ultimate’ in recycling” and tells you all you need to know about becoming an organ donor.

Declutter your wardrobe

Finally, if decluttering your wardrobe seems like a daunting task, bear in mind that choosing outfits for work, nights out, dinner parties, holidays, gym and other activities means the average female will spend 287 days rifling through their wardrobe.

Now there’s motivation to go and sort though those hangers and only keep the things you love or need! You’ll gain an extra 287 days in your life to do something meaningful.

Read more with the Telegraph’s “Women spend nearly one year deciding what to wear

That’s all from us; we’ll be back tomorrow with more rubbish adventures.

Have a wonderful day!


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:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    I welcome the LGA comment on supermarket practices, even though the LGA have much to do themselves. We simply have to convince the retailers to bring reusable/refillable systems forward as these can reduce waste to Zero for particular products eg home commodities like coffee, salt, dried coconut and related items.

    The LGA should promote best practice throughout the UK to give 60% recycling to all councils. That will reduce their landfill bills.

    As for body recycling/reuse, my view is that we should compost corpses rather than ‘landfill’ or ‘incinerate’ them. AD may be the best route to investigate for this future development. This is obviously a big change from current practice but it fits nicely with the sustainable trend.

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