Rubbish Interviews: Renowned Sculptor and Artist, Robert Bradford

Commissioned by Repack to celebrate Recycling Week
Commissioned by Repack to celebrate Recycling Week

Thanks for taking time out in between your exhibitions to pen a few words for my rubbish loving readers!

Could you kick off by telling us about your particular area of creative expertise and explain how you found yourself amongst the rubbish in the first place?

I have worked as an artist and a painter in England and America for years and began making sculptures about thirteen years ago in Bristol, starting with large scale public art firework pieces, using scrap timber and tree waste. Continue reading “Rubbish Interviews: Renowned Sculptor and Artist, Robert Bradford”

Rubbish Interview – Debra Rawling: Case Study in The Book of Rubbish Ideas

The inspirational family Rawling
The inspirational family Rawling - Debra, Emily and Jeremy

It all started when we became friends with Tracey & Ray some years back. It was great to have found other people like us who had had enough of the “more-better-best” rat race and who wanted something else out of life. We met up and realised how much we had in common. Tracey & Ray were so much further along the path and we were just taking our first steps.

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We’re Getting More Creative in the Crunch!

As belts are tied even tighter, millions admit to becoming more resourceful and crafty.

According to a new report, 80% of British consumers admit to releasing their creative flair in light of the economic downturn, seeking alternative means of stretching the pound through arts, crafts and do-it-yourself-style activities. One in four has converted their home into a self-sustainable eco-system by planting fruit and vegetables in window boxes and back gardens.

The research, commissioned by 100% organic juice and smoothie firm, Grove Fresh, looks at how the more basic things in life can often be the most rewarding and satisfying. With the economic climate in slow decline, the report reveals that Brits are becoming more practical and inventive. Continue reading “We’re Getting More Creative in the Crunch!”

Rubbish Interviews – Lara Burgoine of Planet Apple

Cowboys & Indians Wigwam - Cath Kidson design – available at Planet Apple.
Cowboys & Indians Wigwam - Cath Kidson design – available at Planet Apple.

If you have children, toys are quite possibly the bane of your life.

From the moment the little ones pop into the world, a wild and random assortment of plastic toys seem to arrive for them too.

If you’re lucky and the object is solid enough, it’ll might still be fit to pass onto a sibling or friend. But a large amount of plastic toys just don’t cut the mustard these days and often end up being taken back to the shop because a bit has fallen off, or are frustratedly thrown in the bin; destination landfill.

If you’re searching for better quality toys that will stand the test of time, read on.

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Rapanui Clothing Take All the Wrappers Off

George Drake-Knight, taking almost all his wrappers off...
George Drake-Knight, taking almost all his wrappers off...

I love companies who are ‘what it says on the tin’ and the ethical guys at Rapanui Clothing certainly tick that box and are ramping things up a notch and aiming for gossamer transparency too.

They make and stock a range of limited edition, natural, organic and ethically sourced garments and started as an underground t-shirt maker on the Isle of Wight. With degrees in Business and Renewable Energy between them, the Drake-Knight brothers Martin and Rob founded the company on an ambitious sustainable business model. It quickly established itself amongst the most ethically progressive clothing companies around.

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Rubbish Interviews – Kate McFarland

Kate McFarland surrounding herself with rubbish!
Kate McFarland surrounding herself with rubbish!

It’s always good to hear viewpoints from ‘the other side’ and the inspirational Kate McFarland is now the Assistant Waste Partnership and Strategy Officer for Norfolk County Council.

In the book, she offers great insight to the ‘Zero Waste Week’ initiatives that are taking place around the country and in this extended interview, she gives up her thoughts to a few chewy questions and has one absolute flight of sustainable fancy!

 

Q1) Is it true what ‘they’ are telling us about landfill?

Are we really running out of time to use this option to get rid of our black bags and if so, what’s going to happen next?

A1) In the words of the dog from that insurance advert, “Ooooooh yes!”

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Eco-Celebs

Eco-friendly, FairTrade lover, Chris Martin - front man of Coldplay
Eco-friendly, FairTrade loving, Chris Martin - front man of Coldplay

The world of celebrity is so mightily powerful; in truth, it’s probably immeasurable.

One of my hopes in writing ‘The Book of Rubbish Ideas’ was that I might be able to tap into some of this energy and encourage changes in sustainable behaviour by showing how the international ‘stars’ do green!

These days, the definition of ‘celebrity’ seems to be in a perpetual state of evolution, as the parameters continue to open ever wider, so I’ll quote the current definition of one from Wikipedia.

A celebrity is a widely recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. The word stems from the Latin verb “celebrere” but they may not become a celebrity unless public and mass media interest is piqued.’

People in the public eye can influence fashion changes, eating habits and beauty product purchases in a heartbeat and I think as a resource for encouraging positive eco-change, it remains relatively untapped, so hereto lays my quest!

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