Each One Really Does Count!

A fundraising recycling company
A fundraising recycling company

I’m heading up to the big smoke on Monday, by train of course, to meet the guys at Each One Counts.

They run an on-line collection programme for mobile phones and ink jet cartridges and re-manufacture new cartridges for resale.

They also work in conjunction with a collective of charities including Battersea Dog and Cats Home, Cambodia Trust, The Children’s Foundation and The Woodland Trust, encouraging each of them to raise awareness of the EOC scheme and in return they give them a share of the revenue raised.

Around 700 million cartridges were thrown away worldwide in 2003 and this has risen year on year since. The recovery and reuse of toner and inkjet cartridges reduces landfill by millions of cubic feet of non-biodegradable material.  Each discarded empty laser printer cartridge adds approximately 1.5kgs of unnecessary waste. Continue reading “Each One Really Does Count!”

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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Wake Up and Freak Out!

A good friend sent me a link to a short film created by a very talented animator called Leo Murray.

It touched a raw nerve in me for many reasons.  I enjoyed the simplicity of the movie itself and the straightforward explanations of the problems we’re facing with climate change and I particularly connected with the references to the pressure we’re put under by advertisers to buy, buy, buy, as I’d outlined in my chapter on ‘Rubbish Obsolescence’.

I urge you to set aside 10 clear minutes, make yourself a cuppa and sit and watch it and if it leaves as much of an impression on you as it did me, be sure to pass a message onto your friends to watch it too.

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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”

Dive Into Your Bins During Energy Saving Week

This year’s Energy Saving Week is being celebrated right now, between the 20th and 26th October. 2008.

Energy Saving Week is designed to promote positive action among householders through a concentrated programme of events across the UK, via a range of partner organisations and the Energy Saving Trust’s network of regional advice centres.

The aim is to help consumers learn how they can reduce their carbon footprint and show how significant savings can be made in money, energy and time by making a few changes.

Of course, it’s a very small sideways step from making an effort to save energy, to living more sustainably and reducing your rubbish and there are lots of interesting facts throughout their website on the benefits of composting and rainwater harvesting amongst others. Continue reading “Dive Into Your Bins During Energy Saving Week”

Who are Alastair Sawday Publishing?

The lovely Sawdays eco-offices just outside of Bristol
The lovely Sawday's eco-offices just outside of Bristol

Hi everybody – this is Thomas and I thought I’d write today’s post to give Tracey a day off. I guess I’m what you would call the administrator/moderator of this blog but it is probably far more accurate to describe me as the guy who tweaks and fiddles with things and often stares at the screening muttering, “What have I done? Why has that right hand column vanished?”.

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to talk a bit on behalf of Alastair Sawday Publishing, as we are the folks publishing Tracey’s book. I don’t want this to come across as if we’re simply blowing our own trumpet as I think it will be of genuine interest to people who are interested in what Tracey’s is up to. You can be assured she’s being published by a company that walks the walk as well as talking the talk. Continue reading “Who are Alastair Sawday Publishing?”

The Rubbish Solution’s in Transition

So what is a Transition Town (village, city, forest or island for that matter)?

In their own words, it is: – “A community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question: “For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?”

It sounds like a bit of a mouthful at first I know, but once you get your head around the concept it’s pretty straightforward and by heeding it’s recommendations, you can make an immediate and considerable difference to reducing your rubbish too!

Be a shining green light in your community - make it a Transition Town!

Last night, I attended the inaugural meeting for my village to become a Transition Town (or should I say, a Transition Village, but the movement’s called Transition Town, oh you get the idea, don’t be picky)…

The Transition Town initiative was set up by a guy called Rob Hopkins, who is now in hot demand by feature writers up and down the country, all queuing to explore his concept of ‘everyday life, post-oil’; me included. His book, ‘The Transition Handbook’ sets out his vision of a solution.

So what is a Transition Town (village, city, forest or island for that matter)?

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A Bit About the Book

So I went right through the house, room by room. I went inside and outside too, giving the garden, shed and garage a thorough prodding in the process, but it needed more. I had to explain why I felt we’d all arrived at ‘peak landfill point’ and despite many great, green initiatives, why there was still so much apparent apathy surrounding the issue of recycling and rubbish reduction in general.

The concepts I explored rolled over so many other topics and I suddenly found myself inadvertently writing a guide to solving credit crunch problems, combating addictions to shopaholism and even how to have better nookie by reducing ones levels of stress!

My original manuscript from 'The Book of Rubbish Ideas' - coloured in by my daughter!
Some of my original manuscript from 'The Book of Rubbish Ideas' - coloured in by my daughter!

I was asked to write ’The Book of Rubbish Ideas’ at the beginning of 2008 and I foolishly thought it was going to be a doddle. I write and talk about sustainable living issues for a living, I’m never short of a simple, green idea and I lean towards those that save me money and favour the environment.

By the very definition of its title, penning pages about cutting down the amount of personal and household rubbish we produce, should be an easy extension of what I witter on about everyday!

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