Rubbish on the Radio: to entertain your ears this week

they're not just for the fruit bowl you know...
Bananas: they're not just for the fruit bowl you know...

Happy days!

It’s mid-week – not that I’m wishing the week away – and it’s time for my regular trip to the Apple studios in Taunton to broadcast Slow Down and Green Up to a willing audience.

Today, between 10am and 1pm, I’ll be talking natural face masks with Jude from the local branch of Lush and I’ll be giving you my top tips for making your own versions using the contents of your kitchen cupboards and fridge!

If you have any burning questions to put to her, give me a call in the studio on 01823 342591 and I’ll get you and answer on air.

I’ve also got the lovely Jon Kelly from the Odeon Cinema coming in too.  He pops in every Wednesday to talk about the hot and happening movies of the week, the absolute must see’s and we discuss the new film releases too.  As usual, I’ll be giving away 3 pairs of tickets to go to your local Odeon Cinema to see whatever takes your fancy.

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Rubbish on the Radio: Non-Smelly Eco-Pits and Free Cinema Tickets

Have sustainably non-niffy-pits with a T'eo
Have sustainable non-niffy-pits with a T'eo

It’s Wednesday and time again for my weekly radio show, ‘Slow Down and Green Up’.

Between 10am-1pm today I’ll be skillfully lacing together a 3-hour extention of The Book of Rubbish Ideas, packed full of great music and chat showing you how to live more sustainbly!

Today I’ll also be talking to a very nice lady from Lush about alternatives to those spray can and ball type deoderants – both of which seem to be empty in a heartbeat and one of which you can’t even recycle.

I’ll also  give  you my own personal review of a few of their anti-armpit pong products too.

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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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Philosophies of a Downshifter: thinking about the ‘good life’

Downshift your time commitments and enjoy more 'life'
Downshift your time commitments and enjoy more 'life'

Earlier this year, I made a connection with a delightful gentleman by the name of David Frayne.

He was conducting research on one of my favourite subjects, downshifting, and I put him in touch with a few of my contacts.

Following on from my recent piece about the Menmuir family, I thought you might also be interested to read David’s very insightful conclusions from his study.

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This ‘Woman’s Hour’ Has Arrived!

jenni-murray
Jenni Murray from BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour

Dearest all, I’m in London and currently looking out of a window onto the world and the clock is ticking along, getting ever closer to 1am – eek!

I had a call late yesterday from Radio 4 (as you do) asking if I could just whip up to Town and go do Woman’s Hour?  Well, as you know, I’m not a girl to shy away from a bit of media, so I grabbed the opportunity to chinwag with the iconic Jenni Murray in a heartbeat!

The only trouble was/is, I have to be in the studio at 8am and the current laws of physics won’t allow for me to get up there from my neck of the woods with time to spare and as the Tardis is in for a service and MOT, I thought it best if I come up the night before.

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Rubbish Interviews: We’re Only Making Plans for Nigel (‘s Eco Store)

Nigel and Nigel from Nigels Eco Store
Nigel and Nigel from Nigel's Eco Store

On a completely unrelated side note, for those of you too young to remember, the above was a fantastic song by XTC.

Back to business: Today I’m talking ‘shopping’.  Eek, shopping?  Yes, well, I’m not a complete non-consumer you know, but I am very selective. 

Nigel’s Eco Store is an award winning online retailer of environmentally friendly products I know you’ll love. Inspired by stylish, innovative and functional eco design, Nigel has handpicked a variety of products and gifts that’ll help you to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and live a more planet-friendly life.

There’s something for everyone including home furnishings, kitchenware, gadgets, office products, kids toys and energy saving devices. All products are environmentally sound, made of organic, recycled and energy efficient materials that will not only look great in your home, but will help to reduce your contribution to global warming.

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It’s Quite Simply a Natural Matter

natural-matters-logo

Natural Matters was launched in 2005 and from slow beginnings has now grown to be a leading UK resource for people looking to live more naturally in everything they do.

From green living to complementary practitioners and everything in between, the site is a one stop web portal that visitors find themselves returning to time and time again.

Earlier this week, I managed to stop the lovely Fleur, founder and GM of Natural Matters, in her tracks long enough to pose a few green questions; here are her responses. Continue reading “It’s Quite Simply a Natural Matter”

The Credit Crunch is Swamping British Environmental Intentions

But being environmentally friendly need not cost a thing, according to the 2008 Environmental Attitudes Report.

Claire Russell with her family
Claire Russell with her family
Last week we featured Claire Russell of Click4Carbon, a green portal that gives us a new way to support eco-friendly projects and find out all we need to know via the Internet. 

I thought you might also be interested in the fact-packed conclusions from the research they carried out recently. Continue reading “The Credit Crunch is Swamping British Environmental Intentions”

Click4Carbon’s Top Rubbish Tips

Claire Russell from Click4Carbon
Claire Russell from Click4Carbon

 

I had a lovely chat with a very busy and gorgeous Claire Russell, founder of the recently launched environmental website Click4Carbon, who were featured on Sky News earlier this week.

Here she talks about the concept behind her innovative website and explains why she believes those little things in life really can make a big difference to our environment. Continue reading “Click4Carbon’s Top Rubbish Tips”