Mrs Green’s recycling stories of the week

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Morning folks,

I hope you’ve had a good week.

Here is my round up of this week’s zero waste stories – focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling our way to a more sustainable future!

Great reuse for newspaper

Over on Green Living Review, Michael reminds us how useful newspaper is in the garden for mulching and keeping weeds at bay.

After questioning whether or not newspaper ink is too toxic to use near edible plants he goes on to tell you exactly how to utilise this resource on your allotment.

Check out “Reuse newspaper as mulch for your garden

Oak leaf cordial

Recently I came across Rachel’s lovely site; Growing things and making things. It chronicles her and her husband’s journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

I learned from Rachel that you could make a refreshing drink from oak leaves, doesn’t that sound intriguing?!

Check out her photos and recipes for Oak Leaf Cordial and let me know what you think.

Congo-Brazzaville to ban plastic bags

I came across this story on April’s site, “Trash free living

Apparently Congo-Brazzaville is to ban the production, import, sale and use of plastic bags in a move to fight environmental pollution.

A spokesman for the Government said “Congo has witnessed major environmental pollution caused by discarded plastic bags which block drainage systems, causing floods and landslides”.

I find the different motives across the world for banning plastic bags fascinating as blocking drainage systems wasn’t really something I’d considered much in the UK.

Read “Congo-Brazzaville to ban plastic bags” for more information.

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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. Hazel says:

    I used newspaper and compost to create two new vegetable beds last year and it worked brilliantly. Definitely going to do more this year.

    I discovered Rachel’s blog recently too, and have been directed back there a couple of times since, through links and google searches. I hadn’t seen this recipe though; very interesting. There aren’t many oak trees near me- I shall have to keep an eye out for one with reachable leaves.

    Re: plastic bags; I’ve read in the past that other countries (Bangladesh?) have had problems with plastic blocking drains. I can’t remember what they’ve done about the problem though.

  2. Julie Day says:

    I too have never thought about plastic bags blocking drains but can see in my mind that they will do. I know that they kill wildlife who eats them.

  3. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the link, Mrs Green 🙂
    So glad you like my site!

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Hazel: Glad to hear the newspaper on the beds worked well for you. I’ve not done it because I can envisage a horrible mess if it rains. I guess that is just not the case.

    @Julie Day: Yes, my only real awareness was of plastic bags being detrimental to wildlife…

    @Rachel: No worries; I’m sharing another post of yours in a few weeks too LOL!

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