The Book of Rubbish Ideas is Now Available in Digital Format!

We are delighted to inform you that the printed Book of Rubbish Ideas (which completely sold out) is now available in digital format.

Whether you have a Kindle, a Sony E-reader, a Barnes and Noble Nook or almost any other device, it is almost certain to support ePub or Mobipocket format.

The original cover price of the paperback was £6.99, but you can buy the digital version for just £4, then download and start reading straight away.

Go to MagicOxygen.co.uk/tbori  to make your savvy eco-purchase, then make a nice cup of tea and go find a comfy chair!

Oh, and before I go, I am hard at work right now writing the follow up to TBORI… so if you know of a company or person I should feature in my next best seller, please get in touch.

Rubbishly yours,

Tracey x

P.S. If you buy the book and love it, please help me to spread the word via your social media. If you write a review, let me know and I will link to it and send you a free copy of the next version!

Video: Tracey Smith & The Book of Rubbish Ideas

I shot a little film recently with a team from Sustainable Somerset, exploring the content of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and I thought you might like a sniff around my kitchen…

Please feel free to pinch, publish and pass on!

Rubbishly yours,

TSx

Tracey Smith on Newsnight Tonight?

JP: Unchallengingly, the thinking woman's crumpet

I might well have been, had I lived closer to the centre of the universe (London that is).

Late this afternoon, I received an invitation to appear on tonight’s Newsnight on the BBC; it seems they’re going to be talking a load of old rubbish…

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From the lovely John Naish on The Landfill Prize!

Enough, breaking free, John Naish

Golf club-shaped urinal, anyone? Motorised ice-cream cone holder?

In the depths of the global crunch, why would anyone want to waste precious money on pointless junk that ends up in the trashcan after a couple of uses?

But sales of consumer nonsense are still rocketing – stuff such as wand-shaped TV remote controls, desk-top hoovers, and electric toothbrushes costing hundreds of pounds. Even a hollow plastic golf-club you can wee into while playing a round (don’t show it to Tiger Woods, please). We’re still madly addicted to consumption.

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Oh, There’s So Much To Catch Up On!

Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas
Catching a cuddle in the back of a van...all to be explained soon...

And only one lifetime to do it – eek!

Hi all – delighted to be back blogging again on The Book of Rubbish Ideas.

After a rock and roll of a summer (well, as much as being an author can ‘be’ rock and roll of course) doing literary festivals around the country, evaluating and playing with new eco-goodies about to hit the market and penning planning notes for my next book, I decided I needed a bit of well earned time out…so I took it…by the horns in fact, hence last entry August…ehem…

I thought I’d pen a quick series of catch up blog posts so you can see what’s been going on and so that you don’t feel left out – I’d hate you to feel left out…particularly as it’s all been so exciting.

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

What on Earth’s an Earthship?

Building with the earth very much in mind
Building with the earth very much in mind

I love hearing from people who are doing amazing things to protect and care for our present and future environments for the generations yet to come.

I genuinely feel very excited to be one of many optimistic green activists, at a pivotal point in earth’s history; we are the generation that will make incredible positive changes.

Gillian Trott dropped me a line recently with information on her Earthships; do read on, I think you’ll find they could be right up your street… Continue reading “What on Earth’s an Earthship?”

I’ve Got Rubbish ‘Ways With Words’

Dartington Hall, Totnes
Dartington Hall, Totnes

Of all the Literary Festivals I’ve appeared at this year, Ways With Words at the beautiful Dartington Hall in Totnes is the one that has given me the biggest squidgy feeling in the pit of my stomach.

The annual festival takes place from July 10-19 at Dartington Hall in South Devon and my slot is carved into the schedule on Monday 13th at 2pm. 

“Few people who visit Dartington Hall are untouched by its magic,” explains Festival Director, Kay Dunbar. “The combination of the medieval courtyard, the majestic Great Hall and the extensive gardens and woodlands creates a captivating setting for a literature festival,” she adds.

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Sustainable Garden Pleasures: The Firewinder

The Firewinder on Glastonbury Tor
Tom, Joe and the Firewinders on Glastonbury Tor

Recently, I had the pleasure of driving with Joe Wadsworth in the Brighton to London Eco-Rally.   Aside from being a great co-driver, he’s also partly responsible for waving the flag for the ingenious Firewinder.

Here, Joe shares his views on renewable and sustainable energy, as well as letting us into the secrets behind one of the hottest eco-products to hit the market this year. 

Q – What is the Firewinder, who invented it and tell us more about them?

A Firewinder is a wind powered lantern – the Original Windlight. It was conceived by the founder of the Firewinder Company, Tom Lawton, and resembles a three foot high pasta twist with LEDs on the edges that light up when it spins in the wind. Firewinder breathes with the wind, the greater the windspeed the brighter the lights.

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Unleash Your Creativity (and cut down your rubbish!)

Learn 'rubbish reducing' skills for life!
Learn 'rubbish reducing' skills for life!

Good grief, it’s almost July and that means one thing…

The race is on for work-at-home parents up and down the country to crack their most important jobs out before the onset of the 6-week school holidays.

I’m not trying to make it sound like it’s a torturous event, on the contrary, it’s an honour and privilege to share the break with them (quite often something we only recognise after they no longer ‘need’ us) but I’m a firm believer in balance and there will be times when I rely on Spielberg and the electronic babysitter to give me a welcome rest.

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The World (on/at/and) My Feet…

"It's the world Jim, but not as we know it..."
"It's the world Jim, but not as we know it..."

It’s crafty Friday yet again.

A few creative mums and I usually get together once a week for a bit of cutting, sticking or Morsbagging and today we decided to draw pictures all over each other – henna pictures to be precise and what a giggle it was.

We used a couple of the henna book complete kits by Alieen Marron, (The Henna Body Art Kit and Tribal Tattoos) which contained a few transfers, a tracing pencil, some tracing paper and all the other malarkey.

I’ve been hankering after a tattoo of the earth on the sole of my feet for ages.  I wanted it there, not for anyone to see particularly, but as a symbol for what I’m trying to do; spreading the message about ways to be kinder to the environment by ‘lightening our footprint’.

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