Tag Archive | Recycling

Is London not beautiful?

For this post I got inspired by my girl friend who discovered a lot of interesting things while having a little walk in our neighbourhood. She likes to go down to the Thames river bank enjoys the views over London, fresh air and the sound of the waves. However, on this occasion she made some shocking pictures of stranded rubbish that was swept onto the little bank we have only 2 minutes next to our home. I was surprised to see so much stuff. I know that the Thames is not the cleanest river of all and you can usually see that the water is not really clean, but the amount of plastic and rubbish in this river is just ridiculous. I think the pictures say it all.

By the way the red basked on the left was not even damaged and we have now in our storage cupboard.

What does a coconut have to do in the Thames?

This little duck seems to have escaped the bathtub and was looking for a bigger adventures.

The most concerning thing for me is that all the plastic rubbish will be swept out onto the sea and over many, many years will make its way into our food chain and will ultimately end up in our bodies. Therefore, we decided to go down to the river bank again on our next day off and collect all this rubbish and put it where it belongs –  in the bin. Anyone joining?

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Organic veg to your door step

On the search of finding options that will make it easier to eat healthier and life a better lifestyle, we came across a leaflet through our door a few month ago. It was from Abel & Cole and offered local and organic vegetables and other fresh produce for home delivery – and we gave it a try.

First of all, we compared the prices of organic produce in the supermarket and Abel & Cole and found that it more or less does not make a big difference. The charge for delivery on adds another £0.99 on your overall bill which is really cheap when you compare that Tesco wants you to pay about £5 for each delivery.

Another great things about Abel & Cole is that you can have your seasonal fruit and vegetables put together and chosen for you in a weekly box. The company will put the things together and you can easily add your likes and dislikes. When you go on holiday or still have enough for the next week, just let them know on time and you can skip a week.

We decided for the smallest vegetable box for the moment and are really impressed. Check out this lovely picture of our first vegetable box with some fair trade bananas and organic lemons!

I really love the colours and everything we tried so far, just tastes so much better. I also like that in coming weeks there will be some vegetables in this box that I have not used for cooking before, such as fennel. This ill add some fun in the kitchen and we can explore some new recipes with some lovely produce.

A few more things I like: you can check out the farmers that contribute most of the produce online. They take the box back on your next delivery – perfect recycling or even reusing! Very easy to use website and fantastic customer service. Delivery is usually very early morning and they leave the box at a place where you ask them to. Additional great produce including milk, cheese and lot’s more.

Therefore, if you live in London and want to eat healthy or spice up your cooking, try Abel & Cole. And if you do not live in London, I am sure that there is something similar on offer in your city.

Is recycling really difficult?

Alright, today I need to let some steam go off in this blog post. For the past 3 month we (my girlfriend and I) have a big blue wheely bin outside our house for all our recycling and additionally, a small brown bin for all the food waste. Something I am used to since I am a small child. Apparently, not os for many of my house mates. But this is not the actual problem, the problem seems to be the ignorance and misinformation about recycling. When be first started to separate our glass, plastic and paper from the general waste, most of our flatmates did not join at all and just continued throwing everything into the general waste. When we talked to them about the issue they willingly listened and explained that they do not know how to recycle and what can be recycled. Therefore, we made some pictures and explained it all to them and put some instructions next to the bin. It was working maybe for a few days and then everything went back to normal and all rubbish was landing in the general waste bin. One comment we received was if we really believe that recycling will help the environment at all and that it all is just a big scam or hoax. Really????? I could not believe what I was hearing…!

Recycling by Nour El Refai (nourelrefai)) on 500px.com
Recycling by Nour El Refai

Anyway, we continue to get our hands dirty by getting plastic, paper, cans and other recyclable stuff out of our general waste bin. We will also continue reminding everybody in our house share what proper recycling looks like and why it is important.

Do you have similar stories? Please share them!

Friends of glass

Here we go it is 20 minutes to midnight and I still have not started my post. I was thinking for the past hour about what I can share with you from today  and I has an interesting little story that I wanted to share with you, but then I got hooked on that little facebook game from friendsofglass.

During my time studying at Oxford Brookes University I had a little part-time job helping out to promote friendsofglass and their campaign. During this time, I learned a lot about the power of social media and about glass. Additionally, I met a lot of really interesting people online and offline.

Some of my friends on facebook and some followers on twitter might have already seen the game as I posted already about it. However, I thought it definitely is worth a blog post as well.

First of all, I like share a few things about friendsofglass. It is a non-profit organisation and initiative from FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation, and should raise awareness about glass a packaging material. As you might have noticed, plastic, tetrapak and other packaging materials have taken over from glass for many products. However, glass has some amazing benefits that should bring it back to fashion. One of the main reasons glass should be used more often is that is can be 100% recycled and over and over again without loosing any its characteristics. Check out a list of some more reasons why you should use glass wherever you can. Additionally, you might have read in my recent post about plastic bottled water that there is some serious health risks from drinking out of plastic bottles as chemicals can leak into the water.

But back to friendsofglass and their creative stuff they come up with. Check out the amazing facebook game that they have on their facebook page. The aim it to  recycle 5000 virtual bottles by inviting 4 of your friends to join you in drinking some water out of a bottle, then passing it to your chosen friend and create a cycle that will allow you to finish the bottle and recycle it. It is cute and has very cool graphics. Just love it! So, please join to cause, drink and recycle.

Another great stuff is Hank – The singing bottle. Check out the video here:

Leere Flaschen/empty bottles

Image via Wikipedia

All in all, I think it is great stuff for a really good and important reason. If you have a twitter account please join #tweetrecycle, just let the world know how much you recycle in the real world and have fun tweeting to other people who like to do their bit in reducing out impact on the environment, bottle by bottle by bottle. Have fun and next time you are in the supermarket shopping think twice and look for glass packaging as an alternative.

This cause or campaign shows what can be done with social media to get people interested. Make it fun, interesting and use all the tools that are available (video, platforms, games, interactive maps and so on). Do you already use social media to that extend for your business? Do you have a cause that you are supporting? Or do you just like to share your insights about the use of social media in your area of interest, please let me know!

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