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How I Lost 20 Pounds in One Year

I admit this title doesn’t have the same ring—or as many exclamation marks—as those headlines you see in supermarket magazines: “Drop 10 pounds in 10 days!” or “Be beach body ready in two weeks or less!!!”And it’s strange that those types of headlines continue to sell. Because if it were so easy to lose weight …

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More Thought, Less Waste

Over the past year, Jon and I have been working to reduce our “wasteline”: we’ve cut out most single-use plastic from around the house and I would estimate we’ve managed to decrease our overall plastic usage by at least 80%. We are now approaching the most dangerous time of the year for both waste and …

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It’s not about the straws

One of the topics dominating headlines this year, both within environmental circles and mainstream media, has been the campaign to ban single-use items, in particular plastic straws. It didn’t take long for the pushback to begin, from those with a valid need to use a straw (although this article highlights a number of alternatives) to …

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World Cleanup Day

Saturday, 15th September is World Cleanup Day! Come along to Monkton Park between 10am and noon to take part. Not in Chippenham? Check out the World Cleanup Day website to see how you can participate wherever you are in world. PLEASE NOTE: This clean up is not being run by Off the Ground, but rather …

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Reduce, Reuse, and Refill

[ Many thanks to the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald for publishing my column about the importance of reducing waste and favouring reusable products over disposable. We create the future we want by working on it today … and won’t it be better if the next generation doesn’t have to clean up our mess? ] Habits: …

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Just a simple question …

I was on my way home this evening when I noticed a can I had been meaning to pick up had been joined by a second. Whether left by the same person in the same place as part of a normal routine, or an example of how litter attracts litter, the result was the same: a pile of rubbish …

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And the total is …

Over three years and 20 clean ups, Off the Ground has found 4,016 plastic bottles. Many thanks to everyone who entered their best guess in the contest–check out our Facebook page for the winner. You can still get one of our new bottles–head on down to the Chippenham Carnival today (14th July) and see the …

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Refill Chippenham

This is your chance to win one of our new Refill Chippenham branded water bottles – just answer this question: How many plastic bottles has Off the Ground found between 2015 and the end of June 2018? That’s approximately 20 litter picks focusing primarily on parks (Donkey Field, Monkton Park, and Pewsham Park). You can enter by emailing …

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It all adds up

Things have been a bit quite here on the blog while I work on a new project ahead of the Chippenham Carnival on 14th July – here’s a sneak peek! Pop by the carnival to say hello, and if you want to get involved before that, please come along to our unofficial clean up this …

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