Monday, 2 July 2007

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Global warming, climate change, environmental issues, being green - you can't ignore it. It's everywhere: on the news, in chain emails, in the papers, online. A number of local councils in the UK have started ABC programmes. One week the regular household rubbish is collected and on alternate weeks recyclable rubbish is taken; glass items are a separate collection, and garden waste is another one again. Our council encourages you to buy a garden waste bag which they collect (pretty sporadically as far as I can tell), and then they sell the compost they have made with your garden waste back to the public... Alternatively, you can have your own compost heap in your back garden - I went for that option. Unfortunately no one told me that you had to nurture a compost heap. Grass and flower cuttings don't just turn into compost on their own! So now I have to take all the grass out, and put a rotting agent in there. It can come as no surprise that I've been putting this off for a while... ~sigh~

Then there are the supermarkets trying to reduce the number of carrier bags we use. Stores are now selling some rather good looking jute totes (or hemp or whatever). They are very popular. This weekend whilst shopping with my sister, we noticed just how many people were carrying reusable bags, and just managed to get the last two in John Lewis. I think they're kinda cute. During the shopping frenzy (we started at 9am for an all day session in the sales), I saw some beautiful glass earrings that I just had to have. When I came to photograph them, I started hunting around the house for something to display them on, and found a glass tumbler that previously had shop bought dessert in it, some gauzy ribbon left over from a present I wrapped for someone eons ago, and a few flowers from a bouquet I'd received last week. Now that's what I call reduce, re-use, recycle!

1 comment:

Maia said...

Hi, I found you through Ravelry. I came to your blog and couldn't resist commenting on your compost. I hope you don't mind. I am a big fan of compost and it is very easy if you stick to a couple basic rules. The first is that you have to have greens (kitchen waste, grass clippings, old flowers) and browns (anything that used to be green and has dried up like leaves, straw, grass clippings). The second thing is to give it moisture. It should be as wet as a like a wrung out sponge. I keep a bin of browns next to the compost and add some every time I add greens. If you keep a roughly equal amount of greens and browns slightly damp your compost will turn out great. Old bits of beer, wine, and coffee are great too.