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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Perry is a hard-working, single mum, with 3 active children who really keep her on her toes. She works as a care assistant in her local community, which presents her with many physical demands during the working day, yet she still finds the time and energy to keep her house ticking over, with an eco-friendly emphasis on sustainable living and minimal rubbish production.
At the end of the day, Kim’s the one who has to put the rubbish out!
So how does she do it?
Here are Kim’s straight talking, top tips to surviving life and motherhood, whilst leaning towards the green:
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!”
The world of celebrity is so mightilypowerful; 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 publiceye 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!