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!

A Few of My Favourite Bits from UK Aware

Danny Carnegie - one of the founders of UK Aware
Danny Carnegie - one of the founders of UK Aware

I’m back in the saddle after spending 3 days up ‘in the smoke’ (that’s London to you missus) attending www.ukaware.com.

I was helping Dave Hampton (the Carbon Coach) to host the speaker panels that were on Friday and Saturday and sat on a panel too on Saturday afternoon.

It was an amazing event – Mr OOFFOO himself, Al Tepper, was there and I had very eco’nversations with the delightful Ruby Wax and the charmingly talented Oliver Heath too.

I could witter on about how much I loved the whole thing, but my calves still haven’t forgiven me! I must have walked 500 miles….

Instead, I thought I’d tell you about my personal favourites in attendance at the show.

1) Morsbags – what smashing ladies (and gents) they are. This is a sociable guerilla bagging group for want of a better description and if you’ve got a sewing machine, you need to visit their site at www.Morsbags.com

2) Nether Wallop Trading – I was honoured to present a little award to them for their Paper Potter….if you’re a keen gardener (and even if you’re not) have a look at this at www.NetherWallopTrading.com

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Tesco Rebuke the Recycling Robbers

It certainly does
It certainly does

Supermarket giant Tesco will no longer be giving Green Clubcard points for customers who have returned empty items to deposit in their recycling machines.

The machines are designed to take a variety of recyclable materials including plastic, tin and glass and are located in around 40 branches of the store throughout England and there’s one in Scotland too.

Consumers were encouraged to clean and return their items and place them in the machines after inserting their Clubcards. The machines usually awarded one point for every four recycled items deposited, however some unscrupulous customers were found to be cutting their plastic bottles in half in order to get ‘double points’ by putting two items into the machine instead of one whole one. As a result, from this point on ‘Green Clubcard’ points will only be issued for aluminium cans, which cannot be tampered with.

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Scotland Announce £5M Tender for Plastics Recycling Facilities

They've got a lotta bottle
They've got a lotta bottle

The Scottish Government is inviting businesses and organisations to bid for a total of £5 million in funds from its Mixed Plastics Capital Grant Programme.

The funding is available to cover up to 30 per cent of the total investment required to develop new plastics recycling facilities in Scotland.

The £5 million programme is being officially launched in partnership with WRAP Scotland (Waste & Resources Action Programme), which will be dealing with applications and administering the scheme.

Scottish households generate over 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year – enough to fill a football stadium.

But, according to WRAP Scotland Director, Iain Gulland, “It’s not just households, but Scottish businesses, too, which are creating a large amount of plastics waste, and it is costing Scotland a lot of time, energy and resources to manage. However, this £5m package turns this situation into a real opportunity.”

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A Very Social Solution to Killing Off the Plastic Bag!

Grrr...there's even bags for the boys...
Grrr...there's even bags for the boys...

I came across an incredibly inspirational company last week called Morsbags, with a delightful strapline of ‘Sociable, Guerrilla, Bagging’.

‘What are you on about now, you crazy woman’, I can hear you from here you know!

I’ll tell you, I haven’t felt this excited and sane about a project in a long time…

Perhaps the story is best told by the creator of Morsbags, Claire Morsman.

A young female minke whale was washed up in Normandy France on April 6th (my birthday) in 2002.  This was in the contents of her stomach.

  • 1 x plastic/aluminium crisp packet
  • 2 x English supermarket bags
  • 7 x various coloured dustbin bag bits
  • 7 x transparent plastic bags

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How Do You Ban the Dreaded Plastic Bag?

Here's a book designed to show you the way
Here's a book designed to show you the way

Ban the Plastic Bag is a small but very evocative read from the green shelf of Fragile Earth Books and essentially, it sets out a community action plan for a carrier bag-free world.

Every year 17 billion carrier bags are given away free in the UK;  that means an average of 300 carrier bags for every man, woman and child.  Plastics do not biodegrade and scientists now estimate that plastic lasts for up to 1,000 years.

Every carrier bag that has ever been produced is still on the planet, in landfill, hedgerows, or floating in the sea. Plastic bag litter is lethal, killing over 100,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and turtles every year.

Worldwide, people are rallying:  in Bangladesh and Taiwan carrier bags have been banned;  China has announced it will soon do the same.  Ireland introduced a 15p levy on plastic bags, which has led to a 90% reduction in their use.  Marks & Spencer has introduced a similar charge.

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Each One Really Does Count!

A fundraising recycling company
A fundraising recycling company

I’m heading up to the big smoke on Monday, by train of course, to meet the guys at Each One Counts.

They run an on-line collection programme for mobile phones and ink jet cartridges and re-manufacture new cartridges for resale.

They also work in conjunction with a collective of charities including Battersea Dog and Cats Home, Cambodia Trust, The Children’s Foundation and The Woodland Trust, encouraging each of them to raise awareness of the EOC scheme and in return they give them a share of the revenue raised.

Around 700 million cartridges were thrown away worldwide in 2003 and this has risen year on year since. The recovery and reuse of toner and inkjet cartridges reduces landfill by millions of cubic feet of non-biodegradable material.  Each discarded empty laser printer cartridge adds approximately 1.5kgs of unnecessary waste. Continue reading “Each One Really Does Count!”

Got the Sniffles? Ditch a’Tissue….(bless you)…

The only thing you'll want near your poorly beak
The only thing you'll want near your poorly beak

It’s that time of year again.

Actually, in my house, it’s been ‘that’ time of year since the kids broke up for their Christmas holidays!

There have been more coughs and colds going around the village than you could shake a snotty stick at and I’ve been rather dismayed to see one too many empty plastic wrappers for pocket-sized tissues wafting around the streets.

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Rubbish on the Radio – 17th December 10am-1pm

‘Tis midweek again  – yippee!

My regular rubbish readers will know I broadcast a radio show called ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ on Apple every Wednesday, between 10am and 1pm (GMT).

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Rubbish Interview: With Danny Carnegie, creator of UK Aware

Creator of UK AWARE, Danny Carnegie
Creator of UK AWARE, Danny Carnegie

As the founder of UK AWARE, 33-year old Danny Carnegie takes comfort in his perception that he’s just an average Joe. He plays football once a week, he loves snowboarding, he never wears matching socks, he doesn’t enjoy going to weddings, he comes from a one parent family, he lives in a three bed semi in west London and he still works full time as a fire fighter.

He’s just a regular bloke who realises that we, ‘normal’ people/consumers are the ones who hold one of the keys to fighting climate change. He passionately believes that the masses need easy, green options to be as available and acceptable as conventional ones, ‘If they were made accessible, then which sane person wouldn’t choose them?’

What does ‘eco’ mean to you and why are you so motivated to spread the word about living more sustainably?

To me, being eco means living in a way that you can morally justify to yourself whilst considering the impact that your choices have on the world. I also feel it includes gently encouraging people to think a little more about the options they have and the impact that their choices have.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy a comfortable modern lifestyle; it just means that you should consider for a moment longer what is really important to you.

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