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!

Moving on from The Book of Rubbish Ideas

2010 has been an incredible year for Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and it’s about to roll out with a BANG!

Tomorrow morning, on BBC Breakfast Television News and on BBC World, the Global News Network, she’ll be giving her top tips on what to do with a rubbish present….and perhaps more importantly, giving advice on how not to find yourself in this situation in 2011!

There’s a tremendous amount of exciting stuff happening in the New Year and the best way to keep in touch with all of our green news is via Tracey’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RubbishAuthor.

But don’t leave this site without having a good look around first!

There’s a veritable wedge of top tips here, with lots of ideas on ways you can lean towards the green and give a positive embrace to living with less!

We hope you enjoy a slow meander through them!

The Team

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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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?”

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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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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A Bagging Update

Celina on the stitch
Celina on the stitch

Hi all, Only a shortie, it’s been a busy week here in the Smith Word Shed…

Friday morning I got together with my Crafty Group and we made our first batch of Morsbags!

I found a fabulous blue and white throw in the RSPCA charity shop that set me back the princely sum of £1.50!

We turned it into almost 8 washable cotton bags!  I say almost, we had 3 others cut and ready to sew, but ran out of time to play…they’re reserved for another day.

We all had a great time, drank copious amounts of tea, poked in the odd ginger biscuit and chunk of chocolate and the all of our creative spirits were exercised!

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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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The Work/Life Balance: Don’t Have a Rubbish One (and some seriously sneaky peeks at what’s coming next…)

Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and The Great British DownshiftSeasons Greetings to all,

It’s Christmas Eve and following a short trip to London, I’m now home in the bosom of my lovely family and preparing for a few days of non-work related fun!

For the past five months, with the kind assistance of dear Thomas, I’ve delivered a rubbish post-a-day to tantalise you, to tempt, to engage you with a bit of rubbish reduction and I’ve had some great evidence to show it’s worked.  But you can have too much a good thing you know 🙂 so I’m taking a firm grip of my work/life balance and signing off until the New Year to enjoy a break with the ones I love.

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