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by Flo
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: life got me in its claws..........I won :)
Replies: 11
Views: 472

Re: life got me in its claws..........I won :)

I had the same attitude when I took on a double sized allotment plot (admittedly it was clear of weeds as it had been used) - I was told that as a single older person I should take a smaller plot but I seized the big one with both hands and have kept it in good order as well as supplying two househo...
by Flo
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A month without plastic
Replies: 5
Views: 899

Re: A month without plastic

I've been involved in a consultation group of older people and the environment recently. Waste disposal was the hottest topic and we had the packaging buyer from M&S come to visit us to answer questions. It seems that plastic packaging adds to the shelf life of a lot of fresh food and so stops wasta...
by Flo
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Don't buy anything new in 2009!
Replies: 51
Views: 12355

Re: Don't buy anything new in 2009!

I've managed to go round two major shopping centres recently and bought nothing. I looked at the prices of items that would be nice to have and thought I'm not paying that for that so I didn't. On a third trip, I did pick up a couple of good enough woolly shirt items to wear down the allotment from ...
by Flo
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year
Replies: 34
Views: 6063

Re: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year

Also instead of buying salad bags buy a load of salad seed packets and grow in a window box. That doesn't work very well in winter in a foot of frost as salad type plants are not frost resistant. But it's certainly a good one for the growing months. Trouble is that people buy the bags of salad in t...
by Flo
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year
Replies: 34
Views: 6063

Re: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year

(Having worked in our local charity shop you'd be amazed at the cr4p some people donate, expecting it to be sold!) MW Oh no I wouldn't from the same experience. However, all the suggestions made so far for the reuse of clothes when necessary at some distant point in the future are filed. Where I th...
by Flo
Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year
Replies: 34
Views: 6063

Re: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year

Well I've done a house audit to see where the rubbish comes from just to see if there are quick fixes to start the ball rolling (well it's cold out there). I run a compost heap on the allotment (large one - double the normal size) so that takes care of vegetable peelings, tea bags, shredded receipts...
by Flo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year
Replies: 34
Views: 6063

Re: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year

Well the general rubbish bin was emptied this morning. It's now returned to the yard free of rubbish. I've been out taking items to a charity shop and came back to find that the postman had left me a gardening catalogue wrapped in cellophane that won't recycle. :roll: I've also managed one minute pl...
by Flo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year
Replies: 34
Views: 6063

Re: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year

You know Clara you have hit the nail on the head with my rubbish. Stuff in packaging that you can't reuse or recycle. Part of local family is in a health food co-operative and I placed an order last time around for cleaning items which was good for the budget as well as good for the lack of waste an...
by Flo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year
Replies: 34
Views: 6063

I fancy going on a rubbish reduction year

I don't think I have a hope in hell or anywhere else of managing a rubbish free for a year but I really don't fancy putting out my bin for another six months or so. I think I shall have to include the recycling bin in my efforts too. It's going to be a major rethink on the shopping front and a lot m...
by Flo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: HelP the bots are out to get me
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: HelP the bots are out to get me

Cheer up - I'm often here with a bot for company. It makes me believe that someone reads the site even if it's only a bot.
by Flo
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Wonder of Woolworth's
Replies: 26
Views: 1344

Re: The Wonder of Woolworth's

Tis the second of the many to go - MFI, Woollies, Whittards of Chelsea, Officers Club, Zavvi, Adams so far. All within a few weeks. Use up your Christmas vouchers folks. Else you may never get anything with them at this rate. :roll:
by Flo
Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What to do down the allotment now?
Replies: 16
Views: 2103

Re: What to do down the allotment now?

I've a compost heap to turn and one to move. Hope that someone has bought me a shovel - especially if they want courgettes and marrows again this year. :mrgreen:
by Flo
Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The not the New Years Resolutions Thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1194

Re: The not the New Years Resolutions Thread

Go to the Lost Gardens of Heligan too, you'll find it's just as much fun and a bit less commercial than the Eden Project. Take a day for each. Make a holiday of it.
by Flo
Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Don't buy anything new in 2009!
Replies: 51
Views: 12355

Re: Don't buy anything new in 2009!

I'm certainly with janemiss on the prices in charity shops. There has been a steep hike in prices recently as well as continuous requests for clothing stock locally. I'm usually quite good at picking up items second hand but the point has come where it is as cost effective to buy new at the moment -...
by Flo
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Don't buy anything new in 2009!
Replies: 51
Views: 12355

Re: Don't buy anything new in 2009!

Can I make a little comment here. Hmm but you are still consuming even if you don't buy anything new aren't you? It's a sort of half way house to jumping off the consumerist way of life. Or you can cheat and do all your shopping for items where you can't buy new before you start in 2009. Then you ha...