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

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 is Officially a ‘Hot Woman’…

Hot Women International Campaign for the Global Warming Alliance

I recently met an amazing lady, Louise Burfitt-Dons, head of the Hot Women International Campaign for the Global Alliance…sounds like a bit of a mouthful, but it has a fitting and very worthy title and an enormous task in hand.

She officially welcomed me as a Hot Woman, which I’m absolutely delighted about and I thought I’d tell you more about the organisation, it’s aspirations and achievable aims;  over to Louise!

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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?”

Author Tackles Great North Swim for Children of Alcoholics

Would You Like To Sponsor My Wetsuit? (that'll be an attractive little number...)
Would You Like To Sponsor My Wetsuit? (that'll be an attractive little number...)

Morning all!

Just a shortie to bring you a pressing news item from my local paper.

Please find the following article by Joanna Davis printed in today’s Dorset Echo.

A DAUGHTER of an alcoholic will be taking the plunge into Lake Windermere to help the children of addicts.

Busy mum-of-three, author and broadcaster Tracey Smith will swim a mile at the beauty spot on September 12 as part of the Great North Swim.

She plans to raise £18,000 for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) to mark the charity’s 18,000 phone calls it has fielded from troubled children of alcoholics.

Thorncombe resident Tracey, 43, wishes the charity was around while she was growing up.

Tracey said she has only felt ready to talk about her mum’s alcoholism since she died three and a half years ago.

She said: “People seem to hide it under the carpet and don’t talk about it.

“I wish I had NACOA when I was a young thing.

“I couldn’t see an end to my darkness and I took an overdose at the age of 11.

“I remember waking up the morning after in a white bed in a white walled hospital room feeling so relieved and thinking I was in heaven.

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Earthwise Girls Rule!

Be an earthwise girl
Be an earthwise girl

Meet mum of 4 and ‘mumpreneur’ Christine McRitchie.

She somehow manages to fit in running 3 flourishing internet eco-businesses, alongside the demands of family life.

Plush Pants Cloth Nappies was her first venture: “I took on Plush Pants when my youngest baby, Victoria, was just under a year old. It’s been a labour of love and there was a lot to do as the business had been run down, so I’m very proud of how big it’s become in the last five years and in particular the popular Nappy Trial Scheme, which I’m a huge fan of, as it’s how I came to use washable nappies myself.”

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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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Hair today, gone tomorrow and other things…

Going grey with style...
Going grey with style...

Afternoon all and sundry.

After many happy years of gert lush long hair flapping about in any sort of a wind, I decided to have it all lopped off.

It was a decision I took a few weeks ago and I thought I’d just kick it around a bit before heading for the scissors to see if I wanted to change my mind, but as time went on, the more it irritated me, the hotter I became on sunny days and so finally, yesterday, I lunged for the blades and ooh, I feel like a new woman!

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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!”