Your Rubbish Mission, Should You Choose to Accept it…

Is to take part in my rubbish poll – please click below for the rest of the questions!

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How To: Get Started With Composting

composter-3Recently, I featured a piece by horticultural expert, lecturer and all round nice bloke, Phil Gamble

Today Phil explains the rudimentary basics of composting, how it works and what it does.

In my opinion, wintertime is the perfect time to get a compost heap going.  There are so many delicious vegetables to fill up your plates and here’s how to ensure the peelings don’t fill up your rubbish bags!
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My Top Ten Tips for Downshifting Success – Part 1 (Tips 1-5)

What do you do with your time?
What do you do with your time?

Some years back my family and I undertook a major downshift. 

It was truly life changing and it got me rooted on the road to simple, green living.

Consequently, I started an awareness campaign called National Downshifting Week (now InterNational) and I wrote a great many articles on the subject.

Recently, I’ve been plotting and planning events for the 2009 campaign and I’ve been re-reading some of my old pieces.  

I came across a great top ten tips list on ways to simplify your life and in these difficult times of credit crunch crisis, I think the information contained in it is more relevant than ever.

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How To: Get Down and Dirty Together, Creating Community Soil

‘Bigger, better food is waiting in your compost heap.’

givernyI recently caught up with a delightful man and a horticultural expert, Phil Gamble.

Trained at Cannington College, Somerset in it’s heyday, Philip’s background includes two posts as Head Gardener and ten years on the lecturing staff at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. He’s an established freelance lecturer and popular speaker, he’s an experienced garden guide, practical demonstrator and photographer.

He’s busy with designs for two clients at the moment in between his programme of illustrated talks, short courses and garden days.

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Rubbish Q&A Day

Tracey ready to answer questions
Tracey is standing by her computer and is ready to answer your questions!

A quick note from Thomas:

Hi everybody and welcome to the first Book of Rubbish Ideas Q&A day. Anybody out there who wants to leave Tracey a rubbish and sustainable living related questions may do so by leaving a comment under this post and Tracey will then get busy finding an answer for you. So keep this post up, pop back and refresh often to have a look at the questions and answers as they come rolling in throughout the day.

But first, many of you submitted questions last week so Tracey has got a head start and has answered many of them already. Thanks to everybody who submitted questions and here they are with Tracey’s responses:

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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”

Fancy trying The Rubbish Diet?

We’re lucky enough to have another guest poster today so thank you to Karen Cannard (who you may know better as Almost Mrs Average) from the The Rubbish Diet blog for today’s piece.

 

“I am so frazzled at the edges” pleaded the voice at the end of the phone.

“I’ve hardly had any sleep.  Spent yesterday in London.  Got home to Somerset to find the car had given up on me. Had to get up at the crack o’dawn to do my weekly radio show in Taunton. I was late.  I hate being late. Then had to sort out a blimmin’ hire car to get to Bristol for some important charity work at NACOA.  I’m still in Bristol.  My blogpost has done a disappearing act.  It’s 8.30pm.  I’ve got a 90 minute drive home and I just need to go to bed!” Continue reading “Fancy trying The Rubbish Diet?”