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Anger and the Greater Good

“Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry,” is the tagline of Dr Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk himself. In Pixar’s delightful film Inside Out, Anger is personified as a fiery figure who spews lava from his head when his buttons are pushed. Throughout popular culture, anger is considered a negative emotion, …

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Yesterday I was dismayed to see a report published by a German consumer group that said to avoid bamboo cups for hot drinks. It is hard enough to encourage people to switch to reusables that a potential health implication is the last thing that’s needed! I reached out to eCoffee, one of the leading producers …

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Tip of the Iceberg

I have to admit I wasn’t initially intending to write as much as I did this month for Plastic Free July, but I hope that you found it useful to have a virtual peek inside my cupboards. I just wanted to wrap up with a few thoughts. After reading this series, some people may be …

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Reflecting on my Wasteline

Plastic Free July is coming to an end, but it’s been great to hear from people throughout the month about the changes they’re making. I think everyone who has taken part has embraced the challenge in the way it was intended: not as something to be done for a few weeks then forgotten about, but …

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‘Tis the (Summer) Season

Jon and I decided to take advantage of the good weather recently and go on a walk around Chippenham just for the sake of a little exercise. We had no bags or litter pickers, just a desire to get moving. However, the universe had other plans. It wasn’t long before we found a Tesco bag …

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Festival Fundamentals

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post entitled Why People Litter that outlines the reasons I’ve identified that drive littering behaviour in the UK. Very soon after it was published, the Off the Ground Twitter feed was full of photos of a littered Hyde Park after a sunny Bank Holiday weekend, prompting me to …

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Reduce Your Wasteline: Get Social

If you watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani’s recent series War on Plastic, you’ll have seen that they focused on changing the behaviour of people living on a single street and—spoilers ahead—they managed to reduce the amount of single-use plastics by a whopping 45%. I am firmly convinced that one of the reasons for this …

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