Every month millions of mobile phone handsets in perfectly good, working condition are discarded and sent to Britain’s growing landfills as mobile phone fashions come and go.
Eco-conscious shoppers everywhere might be interested in Purple Gossip, a new website offering a wide range of recycled phones and accessories. Not only can you get your hands on recent mobile phone models, but you can also feel virtuous about helping to save the planet.
By reducing the number of new phones made and distributed they are actively contributing to a decrease in the volume of raw materials taken from the earth to make new ones, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases too.
It’s almost time to go dashing through the snow in my one horse open sleigh (ok, I lied, there’s no sleigh, but it would certainly come in handy this week) to broadcast Slow Down and Green Up on the radio.
Between 10am and 1pm GMT on Wednesday, I’ll be talking about all the things that have tickled my green bone over the past week and as usual, I’ll be giving away free tickets for the ODEON cinema for you to see a movie of your choice.
The lovely Jon Kelly will be dropping in at midday the Odeon Cinema coming in to talk about the hot and happening movies of the week, the absolute must see’s and we’ll also discuss the new film releases too.
Oh, I’ve been well and truly told off by my regulars here – lolol – ‘Where’s yer postings missus?’ you’ve been asking.
Well, I must confess, now we’re in 2009, I’ll be sloping off a bit and posting less frequently than once a day, as I have to crack on with my next book, The Great British Downshift which is an incredibly exciting project.
Anyway, I do have a few bits to put on here and will get them up in the coming days (honest guv), but for today, a super shortie!
I’m just about to head off to the radio studio once again (how I love Wednesdays) and between 10 and 1 I’ll be broadcasting ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ on Apple AM
I was chatting to a batty friend over the weekend who informed me that her office Christmas do was coming up and that she had ‘absolutely nothing to wearsweetie!’
Now her definition nothing to wear translates into the reality of having a wardrobe bulging with slinky numbers, but they’ve seen the light of day twice in the last year and if she wore them again her social standing would clearly suffer irrepairable damage.
I suggested she get in touch with a mutual chum of ours who was facing a similar dilemma.
Or maybe this title should read, ‘Where there’s rubbish, there’s dosh’ – potential dosh anyway.
Respected financial journalist Rob Griffin (yes, there are some) and I have been talking money for a few years. He pens pieces on finance and occasionally I slide in the odd quote from a downshifted perspective.
6. Cook a meal using seasonal, local ingredients, preferably organic
It’s so easy to get to the end of a hard week and say, ‘I’m having that take-away because I have worked hard and I deserve it’. The same motivations can also encourage you to buy ready-made, pre-packed options at the supermarket.
However, in a great many cases, it takes you as long if not longer to heat through these chemically enhanced, over-packed delights, as it does to cook something far more delicious from fresh.
You could save a fortune cooking simple recipes from scratch, using quality, raw ingredients and you don’t have to be a chef to put together a few basic, wholesome meals.
Soups can be really quick to prepare and consider using ‘normally’ shaped vegetables from local farm shops, not the perfectly shaped ones the supermarkets claim we ‘demand’.
Food miles are very important. If it’s been harvested locally, it’s probably fresher and more nutritious than something that has travelled half way around the world.
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.
A survey commissioned for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign suggests that British workers are shelling out £5.5bn on shop-bought lunches each year, while they leave almost the same value of perfectly good lunch foods at home to go off.
Ham, bread, cheese, cold meats and other typical sandwich and lunchbox foods such as fruit, crisps and yoghurts are forgotten and eventually binned, to the tune of £5.06bn every year, while we buy sandwiches and take-aways at lunchtime.
2.1 million tonnes of food fit for a packed lunch are still heading to landfill each year, including: