3 recycling stories of the week

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Mrs-green-my-zero-wasteGood morning!

Here is my weekly round up of three zero waste stories from the internet.

Each story focuses on a reduce, reuse, recycle theme to help make the world a greener place and it’s a week of celebrations!

Mrs A joins the Zero Waste Alliance UK

Our very own Mrs A, who has been a banner waving stalwart from our humble beginnings, has been snapped up by the Zero Waste Alliance UK as a newly appointed member of the charity’s board of directors!

I couldn’t think of a better person for the job.

The Zero Waste Alliance UK (ZWAUK) is an educational charity which actively promotes innovative resource management to help UK industries, societies and governments achieve realistic objectives for zero waste. How cool is that?

Read Mrs A’s announcement “you heard it here first”Β to find out more and go and give her a bit of moral support.

How green is upcycling?

I love Jennifer’s blog posts as she is always so thought provoking and isn’t scared to be controversial.

Recently she spoke out about something I’ve been feeling myself – just “how green is upcycling?

I’ve despaired at junk modelling projects and wept at the thought of keeping cds to make coasters but I know many of you love the creative side of turning trash into treasure. The thing is, what happens when you turn trash into, well, more trash?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

$25K for zero waste!

Over on zero waste home, Bea and her family are celebrating after winning at The Green Awards in LA providing them with a $25,000 prize to take Zero Waste to the next level.

Their idea is to upgrade their blog, create a presentation to show at schools, PTA’s and community centres, shoot room by room how-to videos and build a bulk locator app.

Bea shows you how they even managed to make their trip zero waste!

Check out Bea’s post; ‘granted‘ and go and offer your congratulations.

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. Hey Mrs G, thanks for the ZWAUK mention. Got my first board meeting in June….looks like things are going to be busy. Will be back to tell you more ;0) x

  2. Tracey says:

    I had a friend who made garden furniture out of old builder’s pallets where one bit had been damaged, so they couldn’t be used as a pallet anymore!

    He’d never heard of upcycling before I pointed out that’s what he was doing. He did a very good job and we bought a bench from him and I love it. He sanded it all down and waxed it (or some kind of water-proofing?) and it’s great. It gets use from me in the summer-time and the underneath is used as a hiding spot by the cats during the rain or during winter! πŸ™‚

    Unfortunately he’s moved away now, but he’s inspired me. I’m on the hunt for old pallets on free-cycle as I’m hoping to “upcycle” them into a herb-garden bed with a lockable “cupboard” underneath (for my veggie-box deliveries and any postal deliveries that are too big for the letterbox – so I leave it unlocked, but then when the delivery is made, it can be locked by the postie/veggie-box man and secure until I get home and unlock it!). I would also like to attempt to make a table to go with the bench. πŸ™‚

    But yes – “upcycling” rubbish into tat isn’t the way to go! πŸ˜›

    Congrats Karen! Sounds like a challenge, but you’ll be in a great position to make even more of a difference than you’re already making! πŸ™‚
    Congrats to Bea too! That’s an achievement and a half! πŸ™‚

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @[email protected]: It’s all very exciting; can’t wait to get some updates and let me know of anything you want shouting about on MZW πŸ™‚

    @Tracey: Your friend sounds really creative; what a lovely sounding bench! Good luck with the herb garden and cupboard; I’m sure it will be a success. I’ll be after a guest post from you πŸ˜‰

  4. Julie Day says:

    Congrats to Bea. I gives me hope that maybe my humble start with my new blog could go somewhere too. Food for thought.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Julie Day: Absolutely – our blog started from nowhere – it could be you next Julie!

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