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If you are somebody who hate’s throwing things away..anything away at all, then maybe you can relate to the disquiet I felt this weekend at that very prospect! Angst turned to a feeling of quiet satisfaction at having round some very do-able little projects to avoid that which I dread! Wasting anything! The subject this time raspberries – the end product, raspberry gin!
If you’ve ever wondered at the amount of rubbish that washes up on a beach, particularly in some of the most beautiful parts of the world, then this is a story that might make you feel optimistic about life. Sportswear manufacturers Adidas have produced the first ever pair of recycled shoes using waste products for the ocean.
Much as we all love the joy of Christmas, there cannot be one of us that doesn’t feel a little bit guilty about the waste and excess that results from a such a jolly good time. Presents, food, drink, festive extras – there just seem to be more and more of everything these days from Christmas jumpers, to Elves on Shelves, to 3D Advent calendars! Progress is progress as they say, but we believe that we can all do our bit to have a more ‘resourceful little Christmas’. Here is our guide to doing your bit, whether it’s recycling, up-cycling, making an informed choice about what you are spending your money on, or doing that little bit extra for a deserving cause – we hope that this will give you some food for thought at least. Obviously you can go through your normal recycling routines with paper waste, packaging and food, but at this time of year, there are plenty of schemes out there to inspire you.
At the risk of appearing to be slightly obsessed with trainers, we couldn’t help but have an ‘air punching’ moment when we heard about this great initiative by specialist running shop, Runners Need, to ‘recycle your running shoes’. As keen runners, we find ourselves hoarding trainers, sometimes because we have an unhealthy emotional attachment to them, but more often than not, because we haven’t been able to think of a better place for them to go.
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There are those of us of a certain age which will no doubt remember with fondness being urged to collect postage stamps for whichever Blue Peter Appeal was applicable at the time. It was almost a way of life. Blue Peter always made the best of what everybody else was going to throw away, whether it be cereal packets, the labels off of Heinz Baked Bean tins, or postage stamps.
If you have a child of a certain age, ie. primary school age, you will no doubt have experienced the flood of birthday party invitations that often goes with the territory. All very lovely – a fun afternoon for your child, but then there’s the obligatory presents, cards and of course wrapping paper! It all mounts up. Now, I know that re-gifting is a popular habit for many, know people who bulk buy presents and others who have a very stringent ‘present purchasing policy’ but the real killer can be the £2 or £3 on a card which frankly, the child may or may not even look at.