Jan 28

Waste Management – How the Germans do it

Germany, have the second highest recycling rate in Europe at 65% (recycling and composting combined).

Germans produced less household waste per head in 2008 than they did in 1997.

In Germany as of 2008 a mere 1% of the household rubbish was landfilled (smashing EU targets set for 2016)

The question is – How do they do it?…..

5 Strategies the Germans are Using to Cut Waste and Eliminate Landfill.

1. Incineration

Incineration or energy from waste is the thermal treatment of waste to reduce its mass and extract energy from the waste in the form of heat. This heat can then be used directly (for example in industrial processes or district heating) or to drive turbines which generate electricity.

Note: In fact 40-50% of ‘energy-from-waste’ plants in Europe won’t meet new EU criteria for energy recovery.

The Germans are big fans of incineration. They have 67 incinerators which is the second highest number of any country in the EU; France have 130


(Energy-from-waste plant next to coal fired power station)

2. Producer Responsibility

It was the Germans who came up with that confusing little emblem the green dot. The green dot signifies the fact that the manufacturer of good within a package has paid a fee towards the cost of recycling/ recovery/ disposal of that package.

The heavier the package, the greater the fee which incentivises manufacturers to ‘lightweight’ packaging as much as possible.

It doesn’t stop there though. There are legal regulations for: end-of life-vehicles, batteries, electric and electronic equipment, waste oil, waste wood, commercial wastes, biodegradable wastes, sewage sludge, and hazardous wastes. (and voluntary obligations for construction and demolition waste and special paper)

Producer responsibility shifts the cost of recycling/ recovery/ disposal from the taxpayer to the consumer.

3. Deposit Refund Schemes

Quite a number of countries across the EU have deposit refund schemes. The idea is straightforward. You pay a deposit on a container, most commonly a glass bottle, and when you return the bottle you get your deposit back. In Germany they run a scheme where a deposit of Euro .25c is paid for bottles of between 0.1 and 3 litres.

4. Landfill Ban

What better way to make sure rubbish isn’t thrown into a landfill than making it illeagal. Well that’s exactly what the Germans did in 2005 and since then they have seen rates of landfilling fall to around 1%. This is all treated waste with organic content <3% or in layman’s terms the ash out of the incinerators. The figure has come down from around 40% in 1995.


5. Pay-As-You-Throw

You have some rubbish to throw away? (for processing in the incinerator). Well you’re going to have to pay for it. Electronic systems are used for identifying and weighing bags of rubbish.

6. (Bonus) Separate Collections

The Germans try to keep materials separate for recycling. For example they make an effort to keep different coloured glass separate, paper and cardboard is kept separate from other recyclables and they have a brown bin to collect organic household waste. That’s another thing – the Germans have a national colour coding scheme for their bins – they must be geniuses :)

German recycle bin

So there you have it – a blueprint for 65% recycling rates and no landfill, courtesy of Germany; thanks Germany.

If you have any comments please feel free to add them. Unless it’s spam, I will approve them :)


Jan 25

UK Receives ‘Pat on the Back’ as EU Waste Levels Set to Soar

The UK received a pat on the back last week for our recycling efforts –

Too right as well, we have pushed our recycling rate up from 7% in 1996/97 to nearly 40% in 2009/10 (including reuse and composting) which is good going if you ask me.

With all the recycling bins everyone has been given in recent years (what do you put in this one again?) and with kerbside collections it would have been hard for us not to have made some sort of improvement.

In the UK there is still a vast difference between top performing councils and the worst performing councils in terms of recycling.

I am getting away from the point here….

Yes, we have improved recycling rates in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Some countries like Germany and Denmark are streets ahead of us with recycling rates of 70% and have been doing it for years. That largely still misses the point.

So here’s the point. Though I am sure many of you may be familiar with the waste hierarchy diagram in some form or other, please allow me to refresh your memory. Here it is:

Waste Hierarchy

credit – barkingside21.blogspot.com

Lets take a quick look at what’s at the top of the  diagram: ‘Reduce’ (lowering the amount of waste produced). Recycling appears halfway down.

As pointed out by Lets Recycle in the article, the report finds that the EU could be doing more to prevent municipal waste arisings. That is because the actual amount of waste we here in Europe produce year on year – is going up….. and it is projected to keep going up (by 7%) between now and 2020! (see pgs 64/65).

Let me just say that again to make it clear: The amount of household waste we produce in the EU is going up each year and is projected to keep going up every year for the next 10 years.

The waste hierarchy is supposed to be fundamental to waste management practices in Europe but clearly this is not the case in practice.

Why are we not reducing the amount of waste we produce, why in fact is it increasing!?

The amount of waste we produce is coupled to economic growth and this is demonstrated by the slight drop in waste arisings in 2008/09 when the European economy faltered.

Well, what does it matter if recycling rates are now so high? This is missing the point again. For every 1kg of municipal waste arisings 70kg of waste are produced further upstream in the process so even if we achieved 100% recycling rates we would still produce mountains of waste in extration, production and the other processes that go into making goods and getting them to the shops.

While it is all well and good recycling we need to reduce the amount of materials we are consuming and the amount of waste we produce as a result, that is the big challenge now.

Further info: The Story of Stuff

Jan 17

Local Environmental Vids

Today I ordered a camcorder from Amazon (Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera – Black). I really wanted to buy a second hand or reconditioned one but the price difference was so small (they were 1/2 price) I thought I would rather get a new one which I know works 100% with a full warranty. I am going to look after it well so it lasts as long as possible.

I have been dying to get my hands on a video recorder and make some vids for my blog and for EMERGE where I am now volunteering again :)

I jumped on Youtube before just to scope out other Youtube vids which were being made in the local area in the same area of interest ie. environmental improvement.

Here are a few of the better ones:

1. Manchester Eco House

2. Plane Stupid

3. Recycling Lesson

4. Valpak Plastic Recycling

So, what do you think of them? My fave is probably recycling lesson then eco house second.

I am going to focus on making the most interesting vids I can for people reading my blog and viewing them.

Wish me luck!


PS. I could not for the life of me get Eco House to embed so click through if you want to watch it. (It’s worth a look and its not long) edit  – embedding for this video has been disabled.

Jan 05

Social Media Challenge for the Waste industry

The UK is in crisis, we are headed for a ‘perfect storm’ as landfill is soon to reach capacity and there is nowhere else to put all our rubbish:


I am NOT an advocate of thermal treatment which results in dioxins and other toxic chemicals being spewed out into the atmosphere but what else are we going to do with all the rubbish we keep producing? – it needs to go somewhere….

One of the major sticking points for thermal treatment is local opposition. I can see a massive opportunity for the waste industry to engage with people, have a dialogue, reach a resolution. 2 words – social media.

I was doing a review of their social media when the idea occured to me.

I have looked at their Facebook Pages, I have looked at some tweets, I have looked at 4 blogs and I have looked at corporate videos. Lets take a look at how they are faring, some of this is slightly comical:

1. Biffa http://www.biffa.co.uk/

As the top waste management company in the UK Biffa appears to take no active role in social media at present.

The Biffa FacebookPage (unofficial) is run by a chap named ‘Moonface’ and has declared a dislike for rival Sita ‘Thank you for not liking Sita, I like you. I like you a lot.’ The page also features comments about the benefits of sleeping in one of Biffas bins, jouvenille comments and some complaints about poor service. You can check it out here:


Biffa Towel Image

Biffa has no blog, I found this on the @biffa twitter handle:

Cute, ain’t he?

The top hit on Youtube was ‘… Biffa hasn’t turned up for 2 weeks’ Well so far, Britans leading waste management comany hasn’t turned up at all on the social media platforms reviewed here.

2. Waste Recycling Group (WRG) http://wrg.co.uk/

No blog, no Youtube channel, no FB Page.They have got a Twitter handle @WRGGroup- this was their last Tweet dated Oct 27th:

http://www.wrg.co.uk/page.php?article=935&amp;name=Waste+announcement+heralds+%22proud%22+green+future+for+lincolnshire 1:24 AM Oct 27th, 2010 via web (I don’t know where this link will take you – click at your own risk)

You can sign up for their newsletter if you want WRG news.

3. Shanks http://www.shanks.co.uk/

@Shanks on twitter describes himself as a Godfather of some description but that isn’t Shanks the waste company.

No blog, no Twitter handle, no Facebook Page. Youtube – check this out if interested in AD (Anaerobic Digestion), which is another waste treatment option.

4. Veolia http://www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/

The French waste giant Veolia are the ones who seem to be making the most effort with social media. Both their CEO and COO are blogging, though admittedly they have both only written 1 post each.


Waste Management CEO Image Waste Management COO Image

CEO Jean Dominique Mallet & COO Tom Spaul at Veolia

The forum and comments sections of the blogs seem pretty bare but I guess they are just getting going. There are also a number of corporate videos on the main website and a couple of podcasts for good measure.

Veolias FB Page is in French though and the @Veolia Twitter handle does not look like this Veolia. No Youtube channel for Veolia UK.

5. Sita http://www.sita.co.uk/

The best thing about Sita’s social media presence is its Twitter presence @sitaUK which has recently started up and gets updated just about every day.

Their comebacks to Biffa’s threats on the Facebook page was ‘We are better than biffa we are sita’. They look kind of pathetic – this is their only post.

They have no blog, Sita Cornwall has opened a Youtube account and have posted 1 vid.

6. Viridor http://www.viridor.co.uk/

Whilst Veolia have the best social aspects to their main website Viridor are probably doing best on the platforms I have been looking at. They are active with accounts on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook and they have the buttons on the homepage of their main website so you can click through easily. No blog though.

It is clear in general the waste industry is barely using the social web.

So my question to the waste industry is – do you have the guts to step out onto the social web? To come out from behind your PR people, have a debate and find a resolution?

Energy From Waste Plant

I know for a fact that anti thermal groups are active on the web because I am part of one! (If you think this seems contradictory I would be happy to explain.)

We need a solution – so lets get the debate going on the social web. The waste companies need to choose their sites carefully (that’s the reason for my opposition by the way), they need local people on side, they need to choose the right technologies that can deliver.

They need to do all of this and they need to do it fast so step out, join the dialogue, win people over, I know you can do it.


Waste companies – if you are interested in social media contact Real Fresh TV in Manchester, they seem to know a thing or two about it (not affiliated)

edit: I am now owner of a social media management company

Dec 01

40,000 Christmas Trees

40,000 Christmas trees are passing through New Smithfield market this year, right in front of the offices where I work! The guy who sells them is the biggest real Christmas tree wholesaler in Manchester and sells to other wholesalers – and also to some of my colleagues!!

The question which has been bugging me is…….  which are more sustainable, real trees or artificial trees?

Here’s what I found:

Artificial Trees

Artificial Christmas Tree


  • Reusable – last 6 years on average. How many years have you used yours for?
  • Less expensive
  • Don’t dry out – already dry!


  • Most made in the Far East and shipped great distances
  • Don’t biodegrade – made from PVC or other mildly toxic plastics and processed wood products
  • Toxic byproducts such as lead in production
  • Energy intensive production
  • Don’t look as good

Real Trees

Real Christmas Tree Farm


  • Natural/ biodegradable
  • Smell nice
  • Can be chipped to mulch, wood chips, compost
  • Farms support wildlife


  • Lots of pesticides used
  • Some transported great distances eg. 40,000 on New Smithfield Market from Scotland, Belgium, Denmark
  • Shed needles – however they are satisfying to hoover up

Conclusions: Real trees are best!!


  1. Buy a live tree and bring it inside year after year (until it outgrows your living room!). I have been reliably informed this is challenging so seek advice if you go for the greenest option!
  2. If you live in or near London, buy your tree from the Christmas Forest, an independent ‘tree-tailer’ that sells trees at seven sites around the city. Trees are sustainably sourced http://www.christmasforest.co.uk/
  3. Recycle your real tree after Christmas – lots of local councils now collect!
  4. Christmas Tree Recycling
  5. Check where the tree is grown! British Christmas Tree Grower’s Association has strict guidelines for its 400+ members including wildlife and other sustainability measures. http://www.christmastree.org.uk/index.htm.

If you have any comments I would like to hear them. A friend on facebook made a good point about Christmas trees being a non native species to the UK.

Take care,


Nov 24

AFSL Event – Creating Sustainable Communities

A local Manchester charity, Action for Sustainable Living or afsl (pronounced afsul), held a Creating Sustainable Communities event yesterday at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

The event was presented by local celebrity Dave Haslam of Hacienda etc. fame and was a great insight into their work, achievements and future plans, as well as being a good opportunity to taste freshly made apple juice (and I mean fresh, it was pressed before my very eyes!)

Presentations – Eco teams from Manchester schools were presented with prizes such as books in recognition of their eco actions such as cutting electricity usage (by 37% in a week if I remember correctly!!).

Projects – Local project managers presented on their projects. There was a project to collect leaves in Whalley Range to help condition and restore top-soil in the local area which can become eroded and degraded without attention, the Moss Cider Project where apples are scrumped locally, pressed and turned into Cider. Both passionately presented.

The founder of afsl gave a few words on their model for work ie. paying staff to support volunteers and how this worked better than the old model which enlisting volunteers to support staff. He also emphasised the need for continuous and sustaned action to build momentum. Funding bodies please take note.

There was a chance to speak to fellow attendees. I made my way to the apple juice and also spoke with a girl who knits with cables and wires! ?

To close there was a round table discussion where everyone was encouraged to input ideas about sustainability in Manchester and raise questions for a pannel of experts including the founder of afsl, a lib dem councillor for Chorlton Paul Ankers and another expert.

This bit was great as it was very inclusive and various issues were raised. Interesting ones for me: Challanges for action in poorer areas (too much else to worry about/ can we tie in ‘green’ issues to other concerns eg. health), energy price increases in the next 10 years, sustainable transport, creation of knowledge centre for local project workers.

It is great to see what afsl are doing, may they keep up the good work and get the funding they need to do so!



Nov 17

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card was sent in 1843 and featured a small child drinking wine with his family. While I don’t commend that behaviour I do commend the fact that these first Christmas cards were recycled! Yes that’s right, the first cards were cut up and the images used in scrap books for children in hospitals and orphanages.

First Christmas Card Recycled

(See if you can spot him)

In 2008 679 million Christmas cards were sent in the UK, which is 45% of all the cards sent for the whole year.

3Rs Christmas Cards

  1. Send a Set with Flickr
  2. Recycled Charity Cards
  3. Make Your Own
  4. Recycle
  1. Send a Set with Flickr

A nice idea to cut out the cards is to send a set of photos to friends and family with Flickr. Here are the steps:

  1. Setup an account on Flickr (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Upload some photos
  3. Create a Set for Christmas
  4. Share the Set with friends and family – via a URL or direct email

Family Scene Beach Environment Family Scene Outdoors Natural Environment


2. Recycled Charity Cards

Charity cards are available from both high street retailers and direct from charity shops. Whilst the charities get considerably more of the cover price when selling direct, the high street shops do provide an extra outlet for charity cards. Recently Harrods committed to a minimum 10% donation for its charity cards. Well done!

You can buy charity cards direct from this website:  http://www.christmas-cards.org.uk

St Ann’s Hospice and St Dunstan’s cards are recycled, look for more!

Recycled Christmas Card

3. Make your own

Card making is the number 1 craft activity in the UK.

Cards: (Try to source recycled/ sustainable supplies and embellishments) http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/new-cards-from-old.shtml

Envelope: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AILtKllFy0M]

Cards: (No 1. on Google Videos for  – make recycled christmas cards – ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-IqAhySbTY

4. Recycle

The Woodland Trust began a scheme to collect Christmas cards for recycling 14 years ago, using the money raised to plant trees in the UK. Alas, 2011 will be the last year they will be running the scheme.

To round things off nicely they are pushing to raise enough to plant 12,000 trees for this campaign, raising the grand total to 200,000.

Cards are collected throughout January at branches of TK Maxx, M&S and HomeSense.


You can also vote on where you think the trees should be planted if you visit this website in January: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/more-trees-more-good/Pages/christmas-card-recycling.aspx


Tip: keep stamps to donate to charity after Christmas.

Friends Of the Earth ecards: http://www.foe.co.uk/living/cards.html

Nov 12

Wrap it up

6 wrapping tips

So you’ve bought some presents (or not yet as the case may be). To add that element of surprise and fun for the kids (and big kids) you have decided you’re going to wrap the presents in the traditional manner. But wait! – check this out first:

Christmas Wrapping Ideas:

  1. Get Creative
  2. Furoshiki
  3. Reuse Wool/ Ribbons/ String
  4. Old Cards As Gift Tags
  5. Baskets
  6. Buy Recycled

1. Get Creative

Heres a list of wrapping paper substitutes which not only mean you will be reusing stuff but will also add an element of interest:

old maps, brochures, magazines (check what’s on there), comics/ comic pages, sewing patterns, wallpaper, old calendars, childrens art, DIY instructions.

Old Map For Recycling Images on Paper can be Recycled

Tip: Think about making it relevant to the recipient.

Recipient of Recycled Christmas Present Recycled Christmas Present - Orange Cake recipe

2. Furoshiki

This environmentally friendly way of wrapping gifts is thought to date back over 1000 years and is making a comeback in Japan. Gifts are wrapped in fabric which becomes part of the gift: Warning may take some skill/talent!


3. Reuse Wool/ Ribbons/ String

Sure, make the final touches using a length of fibre but there’s no need to throw it in the bin afterwards. Why not collect up ribbons etc. once all the presents have been opened (and other peoples too if they don’t want them).

If you have previously been doing this you are already a keen recycler, pat yourself on the back.

Large presents (think bike) don’t need to be wrapped up. A piece of ribbon will do just fine.

Recycled Bow on Christmas Present

4. Old Cards As Gift Tags

Have a hunt through your drawers to see if you have any old Christmas/ birthday/ Easter/ other celebration cards. They can be cut up into smaller pieces to use as gift tags.

Scissors for recycled christmas presents Christmas Card for Recycling

5. Baskets

I am told you can pick up a nice wicker basket at your local charity shop for next to nothing. I certainly recall seeing some in my local charity shop on occasion. Don’t you think they make a great wrapping alternative for gifts such as wine or cheese (or both)?

Wicker Basket for Recycled Christmas Present Environmentally Friendly English Wine

6. Buy Recycled

If you have to give in to that consumer urge have a look round for recycled wrapping paper, preferably with non toxic ink.

Here are a few links, the RSPB paper was recommended to me:




Have you had fun making/ using alternative wrapping? Please take a moment to post a comment.



Nov 04

8 3Rs Christmas Gift Ideas

Thnking of ‘going green’ this Christmas – read on.

Here’s a few gift ideas I came up with.

1. Give An Experience

2. Adopt a Turtle

3. Subscription to Spotify

4. Give Time

5. Make Something Yourself

6. Use Freecycle

7. Reuse – Ebay/Charity Shop/Car Boot Sale

8. Plant a Tree

1. An experience

Give someone an experience this Christmas and they will have a story about how they went bungee jumping, were a keeper at a zoo, or had afternoon tea at Windsor Castle for years to come.

However be careful when selecting your experience – many of them are highly carbon intensive!!

Alternative Christmas Present

Golf lessons: http://tiny.cc/wb5vz

Bungee jump: http://tiny.cc/5wh5c

Spa treatment: http://tiny.cc/gdn4b

Ghosthunting: http://tiny.cc/71xmg

2. Adopt a turtle

Adopt a wild animal, save some trees from destruction, help the world. Right now a turtle is eating a plastic bag it thinks is a jellyfish.


If you donate to a worthy cause your money will go to charity and you will also receive something to give on Christmas Day eg. a card, cuddly toy, certificate.

Adopt a turtle: http://tiny.cc/eeqpz

Save Trees: http://tiny.cc/p0f3t , http://tiny.cc/aof9b

Energy Saving Stove: http://tiny.cc/i3qw9

3. Subscription to Spotify

Spotify is a music streaming service offering streaming of selected music from a range of major and independent record labels’  Wikipedia

7 million people are now using Spotify and its not even available outside Europe. Developed by a team in Sweden this music streaming service has been taking Europe by storm since 2008. With 10 million tracks available at the touch of a button and from major record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal its not hard to see why.

Where Spotify is available anyone with a PC can access all the 10 million tracks for free. The trouble is you have to put up with those annoying banner and audio ads.

For £4.99 a month you can give the gift of ad free unlimited music to a music loving recipient.

Girl Listening to New Music Player for Christmas

The only trouble is once your subscription expires they might well be hooked….

Spotify: http://tiny.cc/ayz29

4. Give Time

Time, the most precious gift of all. Time waits for no man (or woman). Once it’s gone there’s no getting it back.


People need help with all sorts of things. Here are a few examples of things you could do: Help with the kids, lifts to shops/ shopping, trip out, go to the park, walk the dog, cook a meal/ meals

If you have a particular skill, giving your time could be even more valuable. You could teach someone something!

eg. Music lesson/s, computer lesson/s eg. how to use Facebook / Twitter, car maintenance, makeup/ painting nails, budgeting, driving lessons, crafts, home brewing, help to fix bike, DIY

Suggestion: If you have a range of skills you could write them down and offer them over a time period and put a limit on the date it is to be done eg.

Happy Christmas :)

3 hours – Piano Lessons/ Car maintenance/ Makeup

Will do by Jan 15th latest

5. Make something yourself

For the more crafty people you could save money and the environment by making something yourself. Here are a few examples:

Picture book: http://tiny.cc/4xr9n

Plastic bag crouchet: http://tiny.cc/tz1u9, http://tiny.cc/i9g42

If you live in Manchester, UK there are craft workshops which teach you how to make ‘Junk mail jewelry’, ‘Reuse button bags’ and more: http://tiny.cc/yp2b903b1r

6. Use Freecycle

Freecycle logo

Freecycle is a ‘grassoots movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns.’

It is free to sign up and there are 494 groups in the UK alone. Once you sign up you can post on the site offering your unwanted items or requesting items.

I found these items posted in the past few days for my local groups (Manchester and Salford). Don’t you think they might make great gifts?!

DVD Player For Christmas Gift Crey Chair for Christmas Baby sterilizer for Christmas

(Representations of actual items)

Large Teddy Bear – Like New: Large Teddy bear for collection.
Like new with label still on it.

Baby bottle electronic steriliser: Brand new 6 bottle electric steam steriliser. Bottles not included. Brand: Avent express.

Toshiba DVD Player: Toshiba SD 230E – works fine. With power lead, but you would need a scart or other connector. No HDMI (which is why I bought a new one).

Computer Chair: Gray fabric computer chair with arms, swivel mount, and height adjustable. In good condition.

Espresso Maker: Have an espresso maker for offer

A few to avoid: Soil Large amount of soil from extension dig out, 17 Cardboard Boxes, A Bowl I have a spare bowl…

Tip: Make sure to send a convincing message to request items as there may be competition. Eg. make them laugh and be flexible


7. Reuse – Ebay/ Charity shops/ Car boot sale

Ebay – you can use the ebay auctions or buy it now but make sure the item is used/ unwanted/ refurbished as a lot of stores on eBay sell new stuff. http://www.ebay.com/, http://www.ebay.co.uk/


Charity shops – If you have an eye for a bargain why not try picking up a gift at a charity shop? You never know you might stumble across a great find. Try not to go with anything specific in mind, you may just find the right present for that great aunt or even the not so good one.

Charity Shop Inside - Recycled Goods


If you go to a wealthy area you can often pick up the best bargains

Seek out smaller charities

Check out the accessories

Have a chat with the staff to see when items come in. They might offer to find and hold items for you.

Car Boot SaleIf you are prepared to get up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning and get there early you may just grab a bargain. http://www.carbootsales.org

8. Plant a tree

This may be a controversial one for the environmentalists. Planting trees to sequester carbon from fossil fuels is not a sustainable solution for global warming and can be used to justify carbon pollution ie. ‘Yeah, I went on holiday to Jamaica but I bought some carbon offsets…’.

That said planting trees to create or restore a forest can benefit wild animals which live there and can also add biomass to the forest which reduces CO2 in the atmosphere.

The Trees for Life project in Caledonia, Scotland is restoring the Caledonian forest. They planted 250,000 trees in 2008-2009.

Scots Pine

Trees for life http://www.treesforlife.org.uk

Treetwists: http://www.treetwist.co.uk/

Crafty/ Alternative:

For lovers of rock music: http://tiny.cc/utzarodjxy

Hairy Growler jewelry (recycled) http://www.hairygrowler.co.uk/

Handmade Norfolk Soap www.handmadenorfolksoaps.co.uk

English Wine: Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2005 http://tiny.cc/iivo1

If you have any thoughts good or bad about this post please post a quick comment. Also if you have any great ideas on green christmas gifts I would be grateful for the input.



Oct 30

Envirolution: Pollution – Solution – Evolution

Envirolution at the Contact theatre, Manchester, today.

I was there with Nicola on the EMERGE stand and pleanty of people were asking us about EMERGE and Fareshare.

There was a workshop on Windowfarms http://www.windowfarms.org/which was very interesting and I may have to try this out.

I had a go on the FOE smoothie making bike and did a little dance to prove how much I liked the smoothie.

There was solar salsa, planting workshops, live music, they were constructing a brazilian favella style house outside (out of waste materials eg. plastic bottles and tyres and straw.)

It was only a mini festival but good to see the environmental groups and people coming together to have a bit of fun.

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