Editorial

Have Yourself a Resourceful Little Christmas!

Much as we all love the joy of Christmas, there cannot be one of us that doesn’t feel a little bit guilty about the waste and excess that results from a such a jolly good time. Presents, food, drink, festive extras – there just seem to be more and more of everything these days from Christmas jumpers, to Elves on Shelves, to 3D Advent calendars! Progress is progress as they say, but we believe that we can all do our bit to have a more ‘resourceful little Christmas’. Here is our guide to doing your bit, whether it’s recycling, up-cycling, making an informed choice about what you are spending your money on, or doing that little bit extra for a deserving cause – we hope that this will give you some food for thought at least. Obviously you can go through your normal recycling routines with paper waste, packaging and food, but at this time of year, there are plenty of schemes out there to inspire you.

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Recycle Your Run and Get a £20 Reward!

At the risk of appearing to be slightly obsessed with trainers, we couldn’t help but have an ‘air punching’ moment when we heard about this great initiative by specialist running shop, Runners Need, to ‘recycle your running shoes’. As keen runners, we find ourselves hoarding trainers, sometimes because we have an unhealthy emotional attachment to them, but more often than not, because we haven’t been able to think of a better place for them to go.

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Christmas Shop for Charity

Most charities and charity shops are well stocked with festive… Read more »

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Collect Your Stamps for Charity

There are those of us of a certain age which will no doubt remember with fondness being urged to collect postage stamps for whichever Blue Peter Appeal was applicable at the time. It was almost a way of life. Blue Peter always made the best of what everybody else was going to throw away, whether it be cereal packets, the labels off of Heinz Baked Bean tins, or postage stamps.

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Box Clever for Kids Birthdays

If you have a child of a certain age, ie. primary school age, you will no doubt have experienced the flood of birthday party invitations that often goes with the territory. All very lovely – a fun afternoon for your child, but then there’s the obligatory presents, cards and of course wrapping paper! It all mounts up. Now, I know that re-gifting is a popular habit for many, know people who bulk buy presents and others who have a very stringent ‘present purchasing policy’ but the real killer can be the £2 or £3 on a card which frankly, the child may or may not even look at.

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Sugar Tax Just Sugar Coating the Problem!

So the long awaited and campaigned for sugar tax has come to pass and we all rejoice. But is it enough, or is it just sugar coating the problem. I have been on a voyage of discovery about sugar content over the last few months having inadvertently begun weaning myself off the stuff, at about the same time as a Sugar Smart leaflet came home from my daughter’s school. And when you understand the scale of the problem, a sugar tax is really nothing more than a glorified PR stunt – the fact that they have linked it to improving PE in schools just proves that point! That is not that as easy as it sounds and will take more than a few quid!

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Charity Christmas Cards – All Are Not Equal!

If like us you are torn every year by the desire to communicate with your loved ones and friends during the festive period, and the unnecessary waste that is inevitably produced by the tradition that involves writing a big pile of cards, putting them in an envelope, stamping, addressing and posting them, then you will probably do what we do, which is try to offset that guilt in the hope that others will benefit from your actions in the form of a charity christmas card.    Of course, the retailers are very well aware of the dilemma we feel, and cash in at every opportunity!

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Special Summer Offer From Ohyo!

If like us, you have a particular issue with people buying bottled water,  and then throwing that bottle away, the associated waste and processing of that waste, then this is a product you may be interested in.  There are lots of reusable bottles out there, and we will be bring you our verdict on the good on the great at some point soon, but we didn’t want you to miss out on a special summer offer from Ohyo especially for you.

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