Mrs Green’s six stories on Sunday

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Compost bin made from recycled materials

Compost bin made from recycled materials

Morning folks! I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.

It’s time to share some great stories from around the world; all with a reduce, reuse, reuse or composting theme.

If we follow these trends, we might end up with a zero waste world after all.

I’m supposed to select six stories, but I have just four this week; there’s a bonus video at the end!

Make a recycled compost bin

You might have heard people talking about how easy it is to make a compost bin from recycled materials. you just grab four or five pallets and fix them together and voila.

If you’re a person who needs more direction and instructions than that, the folks over at Re-nest have just the post for you. Follow their “How To: Make a Shipping Pallet Compost Bin” article with a great picture and a link to a clear tutorial.

Reusing everyday products

We all know the 3R’s  by now – Reduce, reuse, recycle. This week I’ve been browsing the “Alternative uses” website which helps you extend the use of everything you already own!

You can find out all sorts of pearls of wisdom such as how to lubricate your bike chain without the use of dirty, smelly oils, uses for coffee grounds and what to do with old plastic bottle tops.

Enter your own ideas and be in with the chance of winning a prize for your suggestions.

Ten uses for plastic plant pots

At the end of the gardening season, we find stacks of plastic plant pots lying around the place.

We reuse ours in the spring, but if you’re over run with them, you’ll find “10 uses for plastic plant pots” over on the Re-Nest website.

I’d love to hear your suggestions too!

Wrap rage

You’ve probably experienced road rage, but I bet you’ve experienced wrap rage too!

It’s now an official term which relates to frustration or aggravation from trying to open packaging.

Apparently 67,000 people in the UK get injuries every year from cut fingers to sprained wrists by wrestling difficult-to-open packaging using scissors or knives.

The following video is a bit tongue in cheek, but we all deserve a bit of entertainment at the end of another busy week saving the environment.


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,

    Is it any surprise that those who thoughtlessly use plastic packaging (waste), also give no thought to the consumer who has to open these future waste items? Their only concern is the profit derived from the article, some of which really should pay for the waste’s disposal. In truth, I cannot remember the last time one of these pack was purchased, personally speaking.

    The plastic paint tin designed to replace metal tins, is all very well, but suddenly resulting waste has been increased. A better idea would be to show refillable systems for this item, rather than glorify in the excellence of plastic. From the Zero Waste perspective this has scored ‘Null Points’.

  2. Peter says:

    What an interesting piece on difficult to open packaging. Thank you for the share!

    We have attracted the interest of Age Concern with a new evolution of the Re:tie tamper evident cap design that not only looks like it will work better with the manufacturing processes, but may possibly lead to a small additional aid with this form of cap/closure to assist opening for those suffering difficulties.

    I am happy to give you first peak:

    Hope you like it.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: 😀 I agree with your thoughts, John – there are so many people who think plastic is the answer to everything and just add a new design to soften the blow. Sometimes yes, plastic *is* good, but at other times there are better alternatives.

    @Peter: Hi Peter, well if your new evolution of the Re:Tie can use even LESS plastic, then that would be great – good luck!

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