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Introducing Sammy

I would like you to meet Sammy. Sammy is an eco-bench and, following up on last week’s telephone box, this is another idea looking for adoption.* During a visit to the village of Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire, I was introduced to this project that saw villagers create ecobricks—plastic bottles stuffed with single-use plastic—that were then …

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Planting Ideas

I promised in a previous blog post that I would share a few project ideas and here’s the first. While many will be more general and applicable to anywhere in the UK, this particular one is specific to Chippenham. Indeed, it’s specific to this phone box on the corner of Malmesbury Road and Wedmore Avenue. …

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Creating a Cleaner Culture

Culture can be described as the unwritten rules that a group of people follow. In the UK, for example, you just don’t jump to the front of a queue. Ever. With the Rugby World Cup on, the Off the Ground Twitter feed has been full of people amazed by the sight of Japanese supporters cleaning the …

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Changes

Shorter days, cooler nights, colourful leaves: the last few weeks have shown the change of seasons is beginning to take place, and it’s probably no surprise that today marks the first day of autumn (in the northern hemisphere at least!). I thought I would take advantage of this seasonal transition to let you know that …

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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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