Phone Directories – Why waste the tree please opt out today!

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Yes I was hyperventilating this week, when I received my very large pack of items that I will NEVER use – the phone directory for my area and the golden pages. Tightly packed into plastic to keep the thousands that are dropped outside homes and might never even make it in the door. The packs also contain needless amounts of advertising – No I don’t want a new car insurance policy or SKY – I already have both and I can sort myself out thanks!!

But, then behind an advert lay a “Very Important” letter. Yes it actually was important as it contained the information needed to ‘opt out’ and no longer receive this useless piece of information. I would have thought it made more sense to send just one letter to each home in Ireland stating you have to opt in to receive a directory or even collect one from your local post office. I know the majority of people who will still rely on a directory will be the over 60’s and I appreciate that, but even then most 60 year old’s I know can use the computer aptly.

So I thought I would get going in my opt outed-ness and I logged onto www.phonebookoptout.ie. I thought it would be as simple as entering my address but no I had to create an account!!! So I did and it really wasn’t that bad I just kept thinking of the tree’s I would be saving.

Also apparently the reason we all receive a phone directory is to do with a European Communities Regulation 2003 to do with the Electronic Communications Networks and Services – bizarre to say the least?!

Saving urban tree’s from strangulation!

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I have a huge problem and I need all of my green following friends to help me save urban tree’s from silent strangulation. When a young tree is planted – mostly by local county councils, government agencies, landscapers in estate common ground etc. – they are tied to posts using a rubber tree tie. The problem is – nobody comes back to loosen these tree ties and the tree effectively grows around this tie, consuming the rubber band and deforming the trunk!! It is a very sad sight to see.

You can help save these tree’s by just acting. Simple as it may seem but just loosen the tie or if the tree is no longer at the mercy of the wind and is well established then the tie can be cut off and even recycled…If everyone looks out for these tree’s they will not be subjected to this needless occurrence.

You can always wear your green cape and goggles – you might just be a green super hero for a day 🙂

The Honest Company – “What’s Inside” Food Supplements?!

This is a little topical right now, as reports in the media lately suggest that food supplements are just a ploy by organisations to fool you out of money. I do agree there are a large number of supplements available that contain a fraction of what it says on the tin! I recently started on an Organic, Vegetable based multi vitamin to keep a pep in my step and I am taking the Solgar range. The Solgar brand couldn’t have come more highly recommended by my Aunt, who is a nurse, with years of experience and lots of courses under her belt in eating organically and the teachings of British nutritionist Patrick Halford.

The Honest Companies – “What’s Inside” information section on their site contained an excellent graphical explanation on Food Supplements.

Check out the other “What’s Inside” information Blog Posts on my Blog if you like this you will like all the others too!

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The Nappy Decision – “Cloth” or “Disposable”??

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When I became pregnant on my first baby over 4 years ago now – without hesitation I decided I wanted to use cloth nappies! At the time I was living in a basement apartment that didn’t have great washing line facilities and I knew one of the main things for cloth nappies was the benefit of wind drying otherwise the benefits of using them in the first place would be greatly reduced if I had to go down the tumble drier route.

With statistics such as in the UK alone each year there are over 3 BILLION nappies ending up in ladfill taking between 50-100 years to breakdown – never decomposing just getting broken down into smaller bits! Scary thought isn’t it, and the length of time is longer when you wrap the nappies in non biodegradable plastic bags.

When I did go about having a look at cloth nappies I got a sample from a company called – Little Comfort – they made nappies from bamboo. All I can remember is the negative reactions from everyone that I suggested it to – it was so extraordinary that people had such an aversion to something so simple and environmentally friendly. Well I have made up my mind that if I have another, and please God I will,  I definitely will be using the cloth version without doubt – I have my washing line in place and even in the 4 years since I researched the quality and advancement in the cloth nappies has been amazing.

I am starting My Waste Free Home next Monday 1st of July where all my waste will be processed on-site/at my home sending nothing to landfill, using a Hot composter and a Pet Pooh Loo. For the mums who are interested in the concept of My Waste Free Home but would struggle with the problem of disposing of lots of dirty nappies on a weekly basis, cloth nappies would solve all of these problems. It may sound crazy but one of my favourite green companies in the world – TerraCycle actually have developed the method of recycling disposable nappies!! Check out more about it here.

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Useful Links:

http://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/

http://www.thebabyplanners.co.uk/category/cloth-nappies

http://www.rollercoaster.ie/Discussions/tabid/119/ForumThread/141267651/Default.aspx

When the Product Is Worth LESS than the Packaging….?

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How on earth did we end up living in a world where the product is, majority of the time, worth LESS than the packaging.

Ever wake up Christmas morning searching for your screwdriver or wire cutters to free Barbie and her pals from her packaging?

Why do we allow this?

Why do we get sucked in and get FOOLED by packaging?

Why do companies think this is OK?

I would call on governments and companies to share the amount of money the customer is spending on the packaging? Big and Bold telling the customer how much the packaging they are buying because they have no choice actually costs…..I bet in a jiffy we will revert back to the old school way of purchasing items WITHOUT all of the excess wasteful packaging.

What do you guys think?

Useful links:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/spelman-plans-to-get-tough-on-toy-packaging-and-recycling-2000525.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/12618/why-toy-packaging-so-difficult-open

http://thepeoplesdesignlab.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Toy-packaging/454223-23010

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/environment/waste_management/l21207_en.htm

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/january/shopping/product-packaging/overview/product-packaging-ov.htm

http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/stories/5-ways-to-fight-retail-overpackaging