Mr Green saves the landfill, for £1

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Mr Green saves the world for £1

Mr Green saves the world for £1

The other day we were participating in one of our favourite family pastimes …

Browsing the charity shops!

Little Miss Green’s pocket money was burning a hole and she just had to spend it.

I didn’t intend to buy anything and neither did Mr Green, but we walked in and I found the perfect top for him. It was lovely; padded cotton, a light colour (I’m getting a bit fed up of him dressing in navy, grey and black) and a bit more ethnic and funky that his current attire.

I encouraged him to try it on, and all the ladies in the shop stood around him and helped him too by taking his jacket, showing him the mirror and generally clucking around him like a brood of hens.

It looked smashing, except for the fact it was covered in marks. It looked like the sort of marks that wouldn’t wash out, so alas it was no good.

He pointed out the dirty marks to the lady who took one look at it and said “Oh, it’s no good, we’ll have to throw it away!”


That was like a red rag to a bull to Mr Green. He said “Oh, don’t throw it away” to which we were told the ‘rag man’ took the clothes that were no good.

We tried to find out exactly what the ‘rag man’ did with his trusty garments but the lady didn’t know.

We hoped they were sorted and the best were given to those in need, while the others were made into rags or stuffing but we couldn’t be sure. Perhaps they ended up in the landfill for all we knew.

The next thing I heard, as the lady was taking the top out to the back to be disposed of was “Don’t throw it away, I can’t stand the thought of it ending up in landfill. I’ll give you £1 for it!”.

The lady beamed, the manageress shook his hand and Mr Green walked out of the shop clutching his new purchase. As he said in the shop; it would be perfect for wearing in the garden or chopping wood. If he bought something brand new and pristine, it wouldn’t stay like that for ever. And who knows; perhaps he’ll even be able to get those marks out after all…

UPDATE: Since writing this post, we have washed it by hand and it’s now in perfect ‘as new’ condition. What a bargain and the landfill is happy too!


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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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