Mrs Green goes to Cannes

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Mrs Green heads off to CannesWell, ya know, I haven’t actually been to Cannes, but I’ve been to Cannes.

Allow me to explain.

You remember a few weeks ago I sort of revealed what I’d been up to in my lovely organic farm shop in Ross on Wye?I showed you photos of me in front of the cameras showing someone rather lovely how to shop naked.

Now you’ve all waited so patiently I can reveal the full story and the name of our mystery man.

Here he is again, snapped by the Paparazzi at this year’s Cannes Film Festival:

Our naked shopper signing autographs

Our naked shopper signing autographs

And walking the red carpet:

"Where's Mrs Green?"

“Where’s Mrs Green?”

Do you recognise him yet? Let’s get him to take his glasses off and give us a full frontal:

Oh yes, it's him!

Oh yes, it’s him!

Woohoo! None other than Jeremy Irons; the very man you saw in Field Fayre in Ross on Wye a couple of weeks ago (except you didn’t because those photos were taken a year ago).

So here’s the scoop.

Back in June 2010, I was contacted by Candida Brady; film producer with Blenheim Films. She told me she was making a documentary about waste and sustainability (Called “Trashed“) and wanted to spend time with someone who had achieved zero waste at home. She explained they were talking to experts from around the world, including one of my all time heroes Prof Paul Connett, and that she would like me to show them how to reduce waste at home.

Oh, and she just happened to drop into the conversation that she would like me to show Jeremy Irons how to reduce his waste too.

<faints on the floor>

Now I only have eyes for my beloved Mr Green, but oh yes, I don’t mind admitting to allowing quarter of my good eye to flow from head to toe over Jeremy’s fine frame.

Fast forward to May last year and we headed off to Ross to do a bit of naked shopping together – Me, Jez and a film crew – yay!

We spent a few hours with me talking a load of old rubbish and showing our favourite A-lister how easy it was to shop with reduced packaging, especially when you have brilliant stores like Field Fayre on hand to help you. In there all fruit and vegetables are sold loose. Not only does this reduce packaging but it reduces food waste too because you can buy exactly the amount you want. In addition you can refill cleaning products from Ecover such as washing up liquid, fabric softener and detergent. Sandwiches and cakes are sold with fully compostable packaging and there isn’t a plastic carrier bag to be seen. In fact when we first started shopping there, David was giving away reusable cotton bags to all his customers. It couldn’t be simpler to do your bit for the environment, could it…

Here are some shots from the day:


Be still my beating heart. I can’t believe I’m actually meeting Mrs green at last…


I wouldn’t let just any man hold my shopping bag I’ll have you know…


Have you ever seen a naked shopper with one this big, Jeremy?


And did you hear the one about the naked cucumber?


Well of course Jeremy, I’d love to share your sandwich to help reduce food waste


Oh go on then; just one slice of that delicious cake too


Oh come on Jeremy; you’re not going to buy that non recyclable packaging are you?

Take a peek at the official trailer and let me know what you think:

And here you can see Jeremy being interviewed at Cannes about the film:

We’re hoping to have a local screening some time during zero waste week, where you can catch my two minutes of fame (yes, a whole TWO minutes!) so I’ll keep you posted and we can all meet up for a bit of a chin wag (and to watch Jez of course).

HUGE thanks to David and Yolanda from Field Fayre who shut their shop from screaming fans for the afternoon so we could have Jeremy Irons all to ourselves some peace and quiet for filming 😉

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. Tracey says:

    I think a “Squee!!!” is well and truly deserved! 😀
    That’s amazing! 😀

  2. Eveline says:

    great trailer, I put it on my facebook so that everbody going to think about waste.
    Whow! Jermey Irons. Great! Your are a lucky woman! I love your blog en lifestyle.
    Thank you!

  3. jen says:

    How super frickin’ exciting, and I can’t believe you’ve been able to hold it in for so long. Cheers to a film about waste reaching the mainstream and the high society of Cannes and to you for being part of it!

  4. Ann says:

    Brilliant, Mrs G., just brilliant!

  5. Carrie says:

    Wow that is sooooo amazing!! The trailer looks brilliant, I will definitely be watching out for this one! Well done Mrs G :O)

  6. Julie Day says:

    I would be in awe at meeting him, too. Well done, you. To get to show someone famous as that how to reduce waste is great.

  7. One word Mrs G. Coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool !
    😀 x

  8. the star dust gets in my eyes; bravo to my zero waste and all concerned…
    this documentary film will offer solutions to the wasteful and harmful habits of our species..BRAVO!

  9. Naomi says:

    Holy crap, Mrs. Green! I am gobsmacked! GOOD for you! This is so exciting and so very well-deserved. Congratulations, my friend!

  10. OMGoodness … and may I say WWWWWOOOOOOWWWW! That is totally awesome, Mrs. Green … and I’m so happy that the world is getting acquainted with your brilliance! Congratulations … you so totally deserve to be featured! I loved what Jeremy Irons said about using his celebrity and that it would be daft not to use it for good. I liked him before … I like him more now! Can’t wait for the film and to see your lovely face on the big screen! 🙂

  11. Sooz says:

    That’s so exciting! Well done!

  12. Jennifer says:

    How exciting! So, we’re all supposed to get 15 mintues of fame, right? You have 2 minutes down, 13 to go!

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