Sunday Roundup

Filed in Blog by on April 11, 2010 2 Comments
FavoriteLoadingAdd article to favourites
the latest news from My Zero Waste

the latest news from My Zero Waste

Welcome to another Sunday roundup. Hasn’t the weather been amazing this weekend?

Mr Green and I have been out in the garden making it look cared for again, Sunrise the rabbit has been enjoying long days of fresh grass and Little Miss Green is in her element playing in the stream and climbing trees.

Zero waste shopping

On Monday, Mr Green launched our new site, “Zero waste shopping”. The question on everyone’s lips when we tell them we created only one dustbin full of rubbish for the year is “How did you do it?” One of the ways was with careful shopping and this is where our new site comes in. This is your opportunity to name the products, brands and stores that are providing consumers with naked goods or recyclable packaging. It promises to be a great resource and we’re looking for people to register and get things going. Read more about it with “Zero waste shopping is here“.

Our zero waste family

You might remember Sian, her husband and their 4 boys took on a zero waste challenge. We went to see how she was doing and her results are incredible. Find out what tiny amount of waste they are now creating with “How are our zero waste family doing.” If you’re local and think you would benefit from some one to one advise, or if you live further afield and would like some telephone support, please contact us!

Deposits on bottles

Do you remember collecting empty glass bottles as a kid to return them for a deposit? We found a store in Ledbury doing this very same thing and it’s not 10p any more! Find out how much loot you can make with “deposits on bottles are back!” Is there anywhere local to you who offer deposits on bottles?

Recycle your bra

The average woman has 4 unused bras at home and there are heaps of women that need them, from the homeless to women living in third world countries. We’ve discovered 7 ways to recycle your bra. Have a rummage through your underwear ladies and see if you can do some recycling this week.

Food waste Friday

Come and see how much food we had to throw away this week and find out about a young boy of seven who has motivated me to declutter. What about you? How is your ‘5 things’ challenge working out?

Rewards not penalties

In the news this week was a story about a successful recycling pilot. The Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead are rolling out a scheme to reward residents for recycling. Are there any readers from that Borough here? We’d love to hear from you to see what you think!

Coming up

Next week, if I can drag myself away from the sunshine and my decluttering to spend time at the computer, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of fun and frolics. You’ll discover one of the weirdest things ever that I am growing this year (thank you Jane), the numerous places on the internet where you can connect with us and we’ll be getting stuck into a meaty debate on political vs personal power.

Don’t miss it!

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.

Comments (2)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Nick Palmer says:

    Zero waste shopping is a great concept to spread. Recycling can only go so far to reduce the waste we are responsible for generating. People making informed purchasing decisions can do more to alter manufacturing processes and wasteful use of materials than anything else. Closely allied to reduction of physical waste is reduction of energy use.

    US energy consumption by sector

    This little graphic (US based) shows how most of our energy impact is “out of sight, out of mind” – transportation, mining, resource extraction and manufacturing of the goods we buy are the majority of our impact. A place to plug goods which have lower total impact, a longer design life, and also assist the stabilisation of the global economy is something I have been thinking about for some time and it’s good to see your initiative

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Nick Palmer: Hi Nick, good to see you again; thanks for your comments and positive feedback on the zero waste shopping site. The link is good; well worth taking into consideration for the ‘bigger picture’ – as you say, recycling only goes so far, we have to stop waste at source or say no to it.

Leave a Reply