Rubbish on the Radio: For your listening pleasure this week

Win a Saturday nite at the movies!
Win a Saturday nite at the movies!

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.

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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 on the Radio: Non-Smelly Eco-Pits and Free Cinema Tickets

Have sustainably non-niffy-pits with a T'eo
Have sustainable non-niffy-pits with a T'eo

It’s Wednesday and time again for my weekly radio show, ‘Slow Down and Green Up’.

Between 10am-1pm today I’ll be skillfully lacing together a 3-hour extention of The Book of Rubbish Ideas, packed full of great music and chat showing you how to live more sustainbly!

Today I’ll also be talking to a very nice lady from Lush about alternatives to those spray can and ball type deoderants – both of which seem to be empty in a heartbeat and one of which you can’t even recycle.

I’ll also  give  you my own personal review of a few of their anti-armpit pong products too.

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The Work/Life Balance: Don’t Have a Rubbish One (and some seriously sneaky peeks at what’s coming next…)

Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and The Great British DownshiftSeasons Greetings to all,

It’s Christmas Eve and following a short trip to London, I’m now home in the bosom of my lovely family and preparing for a few days of non-work related fun!

For the past five months, with the kind assistance of dear Thomas, I’ve delivered a rubbish post-a-day to tantalise you, to tempt, to engage you with a bit of rubbish reduction and I’ve had some great evidence to show it’s worked.  But you can have too much a good thing you know 🙂 so I’m taking a firm grip of my work/life balance and signing off until the New Year to enjoy a break with the ones I love.

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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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The Woodland Trust Launches Their Annual Christmas Card Recycling Campaign

Coronation Street's Samia Smith really digs the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme
Coronation Street's Samia Smith really digs the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme

The resources section at the back of The Book of Rubbish Ideas is packed out with some of the most inspirational, eco-friendly innovators and The Woodland Trust is no exception.  

They do incredible work protecting and planting new areas of woodland and ensuring we have lots of lovely clean air to breathe!

Recently, I caught up with Robert Lane from the Trust and asked how the plans were going for this year’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme and how my readers could get involved.

He told me, “If everyone in the UK recycled just one Christmas card with The Woodland Trust this year, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity would be able to plant 15,000 trees!”

Now imagine how many trees the charity could plant if everyone recycles all their cards in the special bins at W H Smith, Tesco, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer stores, throughout January. The cards are recycled which generates money, which the Woodland Trust uses to create new woods in the UK.

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WRAP Help Local Authorities Through the Economic Downturn

The Lichfield Family. (Photo pinched from the WRAP website)
The Lichfield Family. (Photo pinched from the WRAP website)

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent Rubbish Q&A Day here on the blog and thank you again for all of your thought provoking questions.

One particular question left me with strong concerns about the stockpiling of recyclable materials, in light of the blip on our economic landscape.

My research uncovered the plummet in the trading price of steel to £0.00 per tonne.  The knock on effects of this hiccup could be disastrous for the public and manufacturers alike, but I’m delighted to counteract that story with more promising news.

WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), the Government’s waste advisor, is set to launch a new advice forum for local authorities to help them deal with lower prices and weaker demand for recyclable materials.

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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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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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More on Norfolk’s “Waste Free Week”

Kate McFarland bin diving
Kate McFarland bin diving

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I wanted to get Kate McFarland’s thoughts on the story in the Norfolk Evening News about Norfolk’s “Waste Free Week”, as she is the Assistant Waste Partnership & Strategy Officer at Norfolk County Council and a regular trashy pundit. And true to form, she quickly got back to me and this is what she had to say: Continue reading “More on Norfolk’s “Waste Free Week””