Sample pages – Study (and the book’s been released!)

Click on the book cover to view the Introduction
CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO VIEW THE SAMPLE PAGES

Hi everybody

I thought I’d use today’s post to formally announce the release of The Book of Rubbish Ideas. It will start hitting the shelves today and you should start to hear more about it in the press. You can also now purchase it online here

Thank you to everybody for showing so much support, both on and off the blog, and as a small way of showing our appreciation I have posted another set of sample pages for you to look at. I’ve selected the brilliant chapter on things to do in the Study to reduce electric, paper and other household rubbish.

Read the Study Chapter from The Book of Rubbish Ideas

In the meantime Tracey will continue to make this blog as interesting, informative and inspiration as possible. There’s still a lot more to come so bookmark the RSS feed, pop back daily and please share your comments and ideas with us.

Cheers
Thomas

Author Appearances (Get Me)…!

It’s just a shortie today for two reasons. Tuesday’s post about writing letters to the supermarkets has opened a floodgate and I have a mini-deluge to reply to, which is fantastic!

Oh just how much would I love this to hit the nationals? I’d need a full-time PA!

Also, I’ve been on the radio most of the day and I’m all talked out.

I broadcast a 3-hour show every Wednesday called ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ and there’s absolutely no prizes for guessing what that’s all about… After that, I did a few pre-recorded interviews and drank far too much coffee. Continue reading “Author Appearances (Get Me)…!”

Sample pages – Kitchen

Click on the book cover to view the Introduction
CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO VIEW THE SAMPLE PAGES

Hi everybody

Tracey is understandably still not quite up to resuming her wonderful work here just yet so to I thought I’d leave you with another set of sample pages from the book (which is now less than a month away from being published!) I’ve uploaded the chapter on the Kitchen, which is a great example of how Tracey approaches each room in the house to completely de-clutter it and provide stacks of hints and ideas on how you can reuse, recycle and reduce. Many of the things Tracey mentions elaborate on some her posts on this blog about food rubbish, plastic rubbish and household rubbish.

Read the Kitchen Chapter from The Book of Rubbish Ideas

Plenty to read over the weekend – enjoy!

Cheers
Thomas

Samples pages – Introduction

Click on the book cover to view the Introduction
CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO VIEW THE SAMPLE PAGES

Hi everybody

While Tracey is taking a much deserved breather after her visit to the hospital yesterday, I thought I’d post some samples pages from The Book of Rubbish Ideas. I’ve selected the Introduction as it gives a great overview of what the book will be all about:

Read the Introduction to The Book of Rubbish Ideas

Cheers
Thomas

PS Tracey is fine by the way but just needs a day off to recover. She’s aiming to be back online by tomorrow so we’ll hear from her then.

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?”

Eco-Celebs

Eco-friendly, FairTrade lover, Chris Martin - front man of Coldplay
Eco-friendly, FairTrade loving, Chris Martin - front man of Coldplay

The world of celebrity is so mightily powerful; in truth, it’s probably immeasurable.

One of my hopes in writing ‘The Book of Rubbish Ideas’ was that I might be able to tap into some of this energy and encourage changes in sustainable behaviour by showing how the international ‘stars’ do green!

These days, the definition of ‘celebrity’ seems to be in a perpetual state of evolution, as the parameters continue to open ever wider, so I’ll quote the current definition of one from Wikipedia.

A celebrity is a widely recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. The word stems from the Latin verb “celebrere” but they may not become a celebrity unless public and mass media interest is piqued.’

People in the public eye can influence fashion changes, eating habits and beauty product purchases in a heartbeat and I think as a resource for encouraging positive eco-change, it remains relatively untapped, so hereto lays my quest!

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A Bit About the Author

Tracey Smith is just an everyday gal, a wife, a mum and a very proud downshifter. “I’ve a passion for writing and I love spreading the word about simple, green and sustainable living…to a fault sometimes.”

Tracey Smith

But before I get to that, thanks for wanting to look!

There’s not much to say here really – I’m nothing special – just an everyday gal, a wife, a mum and a very proud downshifter. I’ve a passion for writing and I love spreading the word about simple, green and sustainable living…to a fault sometimes.

I’ve been in the doghouse on more than one occasion for putting my ‘work head’ on and going off on one about some green issue or other, when I really shouldn’t have, but I can’t help it. The other week, I was milling around Bridport with my husband and there was a stand outside the Art’s Centre with a very nice man from Recycle Now and another from West Dorset’s recycling department. I was dragged away, politely (ish) by Ray who reminded me that it was actually our wedding anniversary and asked me nicely if I could, ‘Just shut up for a bit’.

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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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