Sunday roundup

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Happy Christmas to all our readers!

Happy Christmas to all our readers!

Morning lovelies; we hope you had a joyeux noel, a happy Yule, a beautiful Solstice and a great week!

All the festivities didn’t stop us bringing you the latest on the 3 Rs from Chez Green! So let’s see what’s been hot news on the site this week.

WEEE disposal

On Monday, we reminded you to dispose of your WEEE responsbily this Christmas. Find out how many tonnes of Christmas lights are chucked away every year and how to find out if your gadget, gizmo or applliance comes under WEEE regulations.

Reduce rather than recycle

On Tuesday, we sniffed out a story from West Sussex about their Waste Prevention Advisor training. Advisors are trained to help promote waste prevention and reduce landfill waste. Sounds great to me! Find out more and see if your council offer a scheme too.

Cooking from scratch

One of the popular misconceptions about a zero waste lifestyle is that you have to spend hours in the kitchen making food from scratch. In our short video, I show you how to make a curry in under 3 minutes! Some of you have shared your favourite ‘meals in minutes’ recipes too – come and add yours.

Swappit clean

On Thursday, Ingrid from Swappit Clean took centre stage to tell you about her company; Swappit Clean. She offers customers and huge range of products which can be put into your own container such as cleaning products. Refilling is a brilliant concept for keeping plastic out of the landfill.

Energy from waste

On Friday, Mr Green put pen to paper to bring you his version of the Christmas story.


Finally, our biggest search string this week was ‘men’!

Mmmm, well then I guess I’ll take this opportunity to say Thank You to the man in my life – Mr Green.
His support and enthusiasm since we have begun our zero waste journey has been amazing. He started off reluctantly and hid the odd beer can in the bin, but is now the little voice in my head that keeps me going when I struggle to continue.

When I want a skip on the drive, he reminds me why we’re reducing our landfill waste. When I want to grab a plastic carrier bag, his strong arms come to the rescue. And when I’m overwhelmed that we’re not doing enough, quick enough, he reminds me that every journey begins with a single step.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank another man who is a centre part of our site – John Costigane.
John, you’ve been with us from the start; always sharing your experiences, talking about zero waste with other people, promoting our campaigns to others and being an advocate for change. We deeply appreciate everything you do for the zero waste movement and for your unwavering support.

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,

    Thanks for the kind remarks. I have been very happy to support the Green family challenge, with many other enthusiasts. The success of MyZeroWaste is a credit to your dedication and insight, into all relevant aspects.

    There have been 3 stages which shows how things have progressed over the 18 months, or so . Firstly, the focus was on supermarket practice with its negative impact. Secondly, the idea was to find alternative purchases (Zero Waste Alternatives), an ongoing process. Thirdly, and most essential to the trend, finding and promoting companies with Zero Waste credentials eg Tetra Pak, Lush, local traders, Nestle, Swappit Clean (newest arrival) and others.

    For the future, the idea might be to run a business for the trend to sell Zero Waste products, of very kind. This is outside my experience but there may be others with the necessary acumen to make it possible. One thing is certain the trend will adapt with time, as in the past. Zero Waste is the future and we have all been part of the sustainable effort, setting a necessary example as a guide to others.

  2. I think I might have to move in with you Mrs G…. despite best progress I’m still battling to get the bin from the clutches of Mr A. If only you were a fly on the wall with some of my domestic challenges. The other day I found a broken computer lead in my kitchen bin (aka my plant pot). Mmmm, my husband most definitel needs more work. Nothing gets past me, but I could do with the chance to relax! Totally in agreement re John…. John you are a real trouper… and worthy of your own blog 😀

  3. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs A,

    The challenge is far bigger for a family with contrasting views and a great deal of patience in required. No doubt, there are families with similar diverging outlooks so your fine example is a help for others. Sorry for overlooking your part in the trend as the first of our enthusiasts and it is great that we have all stuck to the task over the 18-20+ months. I plan to change things in the New Year while keeping good contacts with both main blogs.

    On a different topic, have you had any negative local feedback on the commingled recycling which reached you first? There is still confusion here in householders and council staff judging by neighbours’ reactions. One problem might be the secrecy associated with some council practices. Clear information is essential and enthusiasts should encourage this aspect to help progress to best practice.

  4. Jane says:

    Well I reckon it took 25 years to persuade my OH to put a banana skin in the compost bin. At least with something like that it is easy to fish out of the waste paper bin. (Yes, that is what they used to be called before everything was packaged and there was all this eating and drinking on the hoof. Separating at source is much easier.)

    I agree very much with John Costigane about Council practices and plans. Politics is often very unhelpful and takes attention from the main goal. Aiming low ‘trying not to confuse’ and as a consequence not giving clear or enough information is unhelpful and self-defeating AND confusing. I would urge everyone who does not find the information that their Council provides clear and easy to follow to make this very clear to them and to keep on doing so. Don’t just sit back and feel that that one email or letter is enough – push for change and don’t fall for the “You’re the only one who doesn’t understand.” It is far more likely that you’re just the only one who spoke up and by telling them did something about it!

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: Hi John, thanks for that. Interesting when you write it like that – I’d never really thought about the stages we have grown through. Let’s see where 2010 takes us!

    @Almost Mrs Average: Oh dear Mrs A – Mr A needs firmly taking in hand; I think he’s mischievous to keep you on your toes 😉

    @Jane: Jane, you are made of strong stuff LOL! I hope your hubby now takes regular trips to the compost bin. I agree with your on the councils; some of the information *is* very confusing and we need to keep up the demand for clearer instruction so that all can be helped. I think confusing and conflicting information is something that puts a lot of people off recycling and composting things.

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