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?”

I’ve Got Rubbish ‘Ways With Words’

Dartington Hall, Totnes
Dartington Hall, Totnes

Of all the Literary Festivals I’ve appeared at this year, Ways With Words at the beautiful Dartington Hall in Totnes is the one that has given me the biggest squidgy feeling in the pit of my stomach.

The annual festival takes place from July 10-19 at Dartington Hall in South Devon and my slot is carved into the schedule on Monday 13th at 2pm. 

“Few people who visit Dartington Hall are untouched by its magic,” explains Festival Director, Kay Dunbar. “The combination of the medieval courtyard, the majestic Great Hall and the extensive gardens and woodlands creates a captivating setting for a literature festival,” she adds.

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Look ‘Inside’ The Book of Rubbish Ideas!

Read there, buy here!
Read it there, (buy it here)...!

Ooh!

I nipped on Amazon this morning (as you do) and The Book of Rubbish Ideas popped up (as it does) and there’s a new ‘sneaky peek inside the book’ thingie widget to play with…!

(How sad – so easily pleased…)

Anyway, I thought perhaps new readers to the blog might like to have a good sniff through some of my rubbish ideas.

Click here to read them and if you feel a burning urge to purchase, come back and do it direct with the publishers by clicking on the book icon on the right.

I believe they’re still offering the best deal at £4.54 or £3.50 for Sawday’s Travel Club members – RRP £6.99.

Thanks to you all for your continued support of my work and the book and feel free to Tweet it up!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

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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Eco-Chick Rallies from Brighton to London in a Winner

Penney Poyzer, Oliver Heath and Tracey Smith
Penney Poyzer, Oliver Heath and Tracey Smith

Phew!

I’m home from the 2009 Eco-Rally and oh, what a gig it was.

Late Sunday night found me and my co-driver Joe Wadsworth hovering outside the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton, awaiting a full collective of hungry eco-celebs (Quentin Willson, Robert Llewellyn, Penney Poyzer and more)…

After the exciting arrival of the Tesla and once the blokes had all taken it for a spin around the block, we eventually went trotting off to get a bit off Thai tucker and I sat next to the lovely Robert Llewellyn (Kryten from Red Dwarf).

Carl Honore, the bestselling author of In Praise of Slow joined us and good food was munched by all.  Robert had half an eye on my tasty veg spring rolls and I thought it only fair to share the love…but he wasn’t getting a look in at my sweet and sour prawns.

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Rubbish Chick Drives in the Eco-Rally

The Eco-Rally Drivers
The Eco-Rally Drivers

Morning all!

Yes, I know, long time no natter, well, I’ve been up to my ears talking rubbish!

I’ve been doing lots of Lit Fests which are great fun and doing talks around the country on ways to cut the crud out of your life and save yourself a fortune in the process (by the way, if you’re interested in booking me, click here).

And today, I’m about to pack my bag and head to Brighton beach!

On Monday, I’m driving with a delightful handful of planet-loving celebs in the Eco-Rally 2009 (get me, the little ‘Z’ lister!)…

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A Few of My Favourite Bits from UK Aware

Danny Carnegie - one of the founders of UK Aware
Danny Carnegie - one of the founders of UK Aware

I’m back in the saddle after spending 3 days up ‘in the smoke’ (that’s London to you missus) attending www.ukaware.com.

I was helping Dave Hampton (the Carbon Coach) to host the speaker panels that were on Friday and Saturday and sat on a panel too on Saturday afternoon.

It was an amazing event – Mr OOFFOO himself, Al Tepper, was there and I had very eco’nversations with the delightful Ruby Wax and the charmingly talented Oliver Heath too.

I could witter on about how much I loved the whole thing, but my calves still haven’t forgiven me! I must have walked 500 miles….

Instead, I thought I’d tell you about my personal favourites in attendance at the show.

1) Morsbags – what smashing ladies (and gents) they are. This is a sociable guerilla bagging group for want of a better description and if you’ve got a sewing machine, you need to visit their site at www.Morsbags.com

2) Nether Wallop Trading – I was honoured to present a little award to them for their Paper Potter….if you’re a keen gardener (and even if you’re not) have a look at this at www.NetherWallopTrading.com

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Come and See Me at UK Aware (and would you like a free ticket?)

The only green expo you need
The only green expo you need

Hi all,

I realise I’ve been conspicuous in my absence lately – don’t tang me – I’ve been way past busy!

And regular readers here will know I advocate a proper work/life balance – that’s essential to keeping your sanity and making all the pieces fit.

Actually, I’ve only hopped onto the computer to take a little stroll up email mountain and the computer’s on a timer – 10 minutes and I’m off; the Easter holidays are for grown ups too you know and right now, I’m surrounded by a thousand pieces of lego and excited children. I’ve got a bank and a roof garden to design and construct – so I’ll be brief…

Next week, I’ll be packing a bag to head to UK Aware at London’s Olympia.

Here’s a little blurb on the gig.

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Rapanui Clothing Launches 2009 Graphic Art Competition

That caught your eye, didn't it!
That caught your eye, didn't it!

The boys at Rapanui are back again with an expansion on their successful competition of 2008 to source up-and-coming designers. For their 2010 Collection, due for release this summer, the lads have made entries available to all.

Mart and Rob were inspired to open the doors to the Rapanui design studio after appointing Eve Ottaway; a recent fashion technology graduate, her insane enthusiasm for the brand made hiring her and putting her in charge of sourcing for 2010 a no-brainer.

Eve has developed a national program to encourage students to get involved and has been up to her neck in PDFs, TIFs, and the rest since. Rob and Mart have decided to keep her busy by opening the competition up to graphics graduates, artists, and doodlers globally.

Rob explained, “We felt at first that the student population was a great way to source new artwork, the universities and art colleges of the UK are brimming with talent. The students get the opportunity to work with a global brand and we get access to the hottest talent.”

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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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