In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that we would be looking at ways to reduce the amount of rubbish that we throw away.
We are doing this by going on a “Rubbish Diet”, we are going to Slim our Bins, with Waste Watchers! This is an initiative set up by Wiltshire Wildlife, to encourage the good people of Wiltshire (and beyond!) to try and think a bit more about what they are throwing away.
I met up with Emma Croft from Wiltshire Wildlife, who is organising the campaign a little while ago, and she told me a little but more about it.
In 2008, Karen Cannard started her blog The Rubbish Diet, featuring a diary of her attempt at her local council’s zero waste week. In just 8 weeks, Karen and her family managed to slim their rubbish down from two wheelie-bins a month, to just one carrier bag! And over the course of two years, Karen managed to save £2500! (now if that doesn”t make you sit up and pay attention, then nothing will!)
Amazing and inspiring stuff! Karen has written a free e-guide-The Rubbish Diet Challenge, which contains hints and tips to help everyone do the same. You really should read this-it is truly inspiring. Karen is by no means an ‘eco-warrior’ and started her own challenge from the view-point of an ‘average family’, so it just goes to show that anyone can do it, and still lead a ‘normal’ life…
Emma told me that she was basing Wiltshire’s Waste Watchers on Karen’s Rubbish Diet, but there will also be additional workshops and events to raise the profile and to get people involved. I am very excited to be running a family Upcycling workshop in Warminster library with Emma on the 2nd March, making magnetic memo boards and magnets out of rubbish!
There will also be regular newsletters to keep everyone on informed, motivated and on track! As soon as I work out how to link to them, I will post them!! (if anyone knows, can you help me please..!)
I am going to share our ‘journey’ with you here on the blog, so do feel free to join in, you don’t have to live in Wiltshire to get involved! And if you do live in Wiltshire, and want to get on board, then you can find Emma’s e-amil address at the bottom of this link, follow on Facebook and Twitter @SlimBinWilts.
Now that’s a much more worthwhile diet than giving up chcoloate, don’t you think…?!