Sunday Roundup

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crispbagsAnother week has passed and spring is in the air. We’ve enjoyed so much sunshine that the garden is unrecognisable from how it looked a week ago. We’ve prepared the beds for planting and have given up on three of them so will be grassing them over.

Sacrilege I’m sure, but I know my limitations and ten years of horsetail has taken its toll on my optimistic nature.

Here is our roundup of this week’s reduce, reuse and recycle stories; all bringing the promise of a zero waste future (or something like that).

A zero waste family

On Monday we introduced you to Sian, Chris and their four lovely boys who are taking on a zero waste lifestyle! They’ve set themselves a goal of only needing to have their bin emptied once a month, which is a wonderful target. Find out more about this family and the plans we’ve put into action.

A zero waste Birthday

We celebrated Little Miss Green’s Birthday last week and now have a new member of the Green family. She does indeed enjoy her greens, as well as some browns and lots of hay. Say hello to Sunrise and see how we managed to turn our celebration into a zero waste day.

Love your leftovers

Food waste is a massive problem, so we asked what we could do about it. Sainsbury are providing some of the answer with their “Love your leftovers” campaign. We popped into our local store to see what they were doing. Have a read and pick up some tips to reduce your food waste.

Dan Norris envisions a zero waste nation

We were delighted to welcome Dan Norris to the site this week. He shared the Government’s vision for a zero waste nation and very uplifting it was too. Come and have a read and add your thoughts and comments to the article.

Food waste Friday

This week we had minimal food waste and we’ve discovered we have a rather useful bokashi bunny – she polished off Little Miss Green’s unwanted breakfast with a bob of her tail. Unfortunately, she also created a dustbin demon. What landfill waste can a rabbit possibly produce?

Is your butcher green?

It might seem strange to associate a butcher with a green award but now is your chance to nominate your local retailer. The search is on for the UK’s greenest and most environmentally responsible meat retailer. Maybe your local butcher sources meat from animals reared locally, reduces energy consumption or recycles left over meat or packaging. Find out how to vote.

Coming up

Next week you’ll be able to find out why someone sent me a snake and cup in the post, how to sign the Friends of the Earth anti incineration campaign and we’ve put together all your suggestions for reusing silica gel.

For now, take a look at this video. Sian and her family live in a small house yet have made great use of their space. She talks us through her recycling area and shows that even with limited space, where there’s a will  there’s a way …


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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:

    Having a home system for waste separation is essential to keep material, previously binned, ready for recyclate collections. The blue bin commingled collection makes this even easier since all, except glass, can be placed in 1 location. This makes it the most householder friendly system though problems exist at mrfs.

  2. sandy says:

    Looking forward to next week. we have just put this system in place in our porch/ (conservatary lol.)
    with boxes under and on top of shelving, some cardboard some old plastic baskets.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: A co-mingled collection is certainly top of the league for household participation. I’m learning that more and more with reports and surveys that I read.

    @sandy: Let us know how you get on, Sandy! You’ll be amazed when you see Sian’s next report on what she and her family have achieved 😉

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