The tale of Sunrise the rabbit

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She may look cute, but she's in the dog house

She may look cute, but she's in the dog house

Sunrise the bunny is in the dog house, so to speak.

Although she has hopped her way into our hearts and home, she has not grown out of her nibbling habit.

We don’t mind if she’s nibbling hay, grass or doing the weeding by nibbling the dandelions; but excavating the wall through from the fireplace into a cupboard was quite a sight to behold.

This week she nibbled a wire – Mr Green’s headphones wire to be precise – and he was not amused.

It’s ok that my computer cable has exposed metal, that, my friends is cute and funny, but when it came to Mr Green’s headphones, suddenly it wasn’t such a cute characteristic after all.

The most annoying part was that it seems impossible to replace just the cable on a set of headphones. “Couldn’t you wrap duct tape around the wire?” I enquired hopefully, but I was met with a thunderous stare. (Again, that’s ok for my computer cable but not for him).

The headphones were rendered useless and Mr G had to buy a new pair, but this weekend I read a headphones review and came across a set of ‘Beats Pro’ which are the Rolls Royce of headphones. They’ve been built with ‘man bags’ in mind which means you can chuck them around and they’ll withstand the test of time.

These beauties have aluminium hinges which means they fold up without strain but best of all they have a detachable cable, which means if bunny love strikes you can replace just the cable and keep the rest. Oh joy!

As music lovers Mr Green and I know the fate that awaits headphone cables; it’s not just love bites from bunnies that they are prone to. Over time something just seems to happen, things start to deteriorate, the odd ‘white noise’ sound kicks in, you have to start holding onto the cable to get any sound in your left ear and you know the cables are on their way out.

At £349 I don’t think I’ll be treating Mr G to a pair of these headphones just yet, but what a great idea to have detachable cables.

What about you? What fabby ‘zero waste’ design have you come across?

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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. nicola baird says:

    ah poor you but the rabbit looks cute. Until i had kids and pets my stuff simply didn’t wear out (and there are times I’ve wished it would so I could legitimately get myself a new item of clothing, it feels faintly weird to be wearing stuff STILL that I wore at uni, surely I should have moved on a little sartorially). But now I’m in my 40s things are wearing out that I had no idea could, eg, sheets. My mum now tells me that she remembers her mum employing a lady for a fortnight each year to come to their house and cut sheets down the middle so they worn inside could be turned and put on the outside. I’m explaining this badly… I’d be willing to forsake a holiday to get a fab person to spend a fortnight at mine doing all the mending jobs collected up over the year! It almost feels like a business opp. Nicola

  2. Sandy says:

    Wow Nicloa, sounds a very good idea to me, the only thing that seems to be worn out around her is me, seriously, head phones are a bit of a bind and you cant recycle all of them, pity you can’t strip the cable for something else or can you ? we have the same problem, but ours is a dog ok and funny when she chews my shoes, but chew his and she is my dog and can’t I control her. men ah ?

  3. Karin says:

    My mother-in-law used to do that too, Nicola, on her own, or perhaps she and her friend helped each other. She also made pudding cloths out of old sheets and some got used as dust sheets during decorating. We use our old ones as dust sheets but nothing else.

    The first set were good quality Egyptian cotton and lasted at least 15 years, but recent fairtade and organic sheets have not been so robust. Mind you the second lot I bought were a better quality cotton, so might do better.

    Cute and fluffy as it is, Ray, I do wonder if a rabbit’s place is in the house. I’m not a fan of pets indoors, especially if they can wonder about unsupervised.

  4. katherine says:

    Our cat has chewed through more headphone wires then I can to recall! I sympathize with you (as someone who also has a stripped computer cable from the attack of the 12 pound cat.) 😉 Enjoying your blog!

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @nicola baird: You’re right; it DOES feel like a business op because like you I wouldn’t want to be the person doing all the repairs. I have heard about the sheets thing; but I have images of them falling apart when you try to tuck them in if the weakened material is now on the outside!

    @Sandy: No doubt mr G will strip the cable for something – he does on most things!

    @Karin: I’m still a sheets snob and my Egyptian cotton ones are going strong; shame about the fairtrade / organic ones not lasting so long. I find that with bamboo clothing too.

    @katherine: Thanks for sharing your cute story Katherine; I never had a problem with the cats chewing wires – funny animals!

  6. Teresa says:

    I bought music CD’s with cardboard covers rather than plastic ones and thought at the time how environmentally friendly this was. Then I went away for a few days only to find one of my cockatiel hens had decided to chew the edges of them to make a nest as she was about to lay her first egg. She still lays eggs but she doesn’t make “nests” first. I keeps my CD’s in my bedroom now.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @Teresa: 😀 love that story; even chickens are mischievous; who knew!

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