Sunday Roundup

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A roundup of this week's rubbishy events

A roundup of this week's rubbishy events

Welcome to another roundup. It’s a chance for you to catch up on all the latest news from zero waste towers.

First up, a plea for help. Yesterday we spent time talking to Jessica Seldon who is studying for a Masters in Broadcast Journalism in London.

She is currently putting together a documentary about waste in the UK for her studies. Jessica has been interviewing people about their lifestyles and now wants to speak to a waste ‘expert’. It’s ok for her to say she’s read something somewhere, but she wants to talk to someone in the know to add some valuable insight to her documentary. So far she has been shunned by companies because she is ‘just a student’.

How sad is that?

So if you’re a ‘waste expert’ of some sort and could spare some time for Jessica, please get in touch and I’ll pass on your details. I can vouch that she is very professional, punctual, polite, friendly and efficient. And remember, people of Jessica’s generation are our future, so please give her a chance…

Zero waste shopping

We started the week by feeling we were back at nursery. We went out shopping and realised, with our new resolution of zero to landfill, there was a lot to learn. We nearly got caught out with a couple of dustbin demons. Have a peek and see what they were with our first zero waste shopping trip of 2010.


Home composting is a great way to reduce landfill waste and get something back for all your hard work. Many people have asked about composting, so we shared a beginners guide to compost. If you have questions, hop over to the thread, post up and I’ll answer them for you!

Recycling clothes and textiles

Did you know we landfill nearly 1 million tonnes per year of clothing and textiles in the UK? One of our readers, Nadine, shared a shocking story of fashion retailer H&M who were caught deliberately destroying clothes that the store no longer needed with box cutters or razors. We came up with some reuse and recycling ideas and we’d love to hear yours.

Recycle jumpers for AIDS orphans

On a similar note, Sandie Roach wrote an excellent guest post about reusing old jumpers and recycling them into blankets to help AIDS orphans in South Africa. Find out more with  “The art of Recycling warmth“. Many of you were taken on a trip down memory lane at the thought of unravelling jumpers!

Dr Paul Connett on incineration

We were fortunate enough to hear Dr Paul Connett’s “Zero waste and sustainability” talk. He’s spoken over 2000 times across the world and is a world leading expert in incineration. Find out what he had to say about a zero waste future and share your thoughts.

A lentil eating cat

This week’s dustbin demon was also our food waste, but I found a cunning solution with a lentil eating cat. Did you have any food waste this week? Come and tell us about it!

Next week we’ll be in the mood for love and you’ll be able to win some handmade, organic chocolate complete with zero waste packaging from Cocoa Loco. You’ll be able to find out how to recycle old audio cassette tapes as well as discover more ideas for zero waste convenience food. And, don’t miss this one – we’ve found landfill-friendly rubber gloves!

In the meantime; I never realised I was so bossy! Check out my 40 seconds of rummaging through BBC reporter’s John McGuire’s waste to see how he could reduce his weekly rubbish. I rather told him off about the green beans!

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. Steve Plater says:

    Re Jessica Seldon’s search for waste experts for her planned documentary: a good starting point could be the presentations at the Friends of the Earth conference on waste last year, “Taking out the rubbish”. All at .

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Steve Plater: Great idea – thank you Steve; I’ve passed this on to Jessica 🙂

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