2016 – New adventures in Transition

So the festivities are drawing to a close and we start turning our minds to the coming year and the challenges it could bring – What shall we learn? Who will we share it with? What will we grow? Do we have to throw that away or can we find a new use for it? Do we really need a new one of those? We don’t need that any more but how do I find out if someone else does?

For those of you already familiar with Transition and the way we try to live, these are probably familiar questions and ones that you revisit frequently but for those new to thinking about a lower impact lifestyle they may not be so usual so where do you start?

Small steps are always easiest to take so why not take a look at your bin, NO, we haven’t gone mad, honestly! What you put in your bin can tell you a lot about where your mind is right now and where you are on your journey to a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.  Are you putting any recyclables in the black bin? Does the whole household know what can and can’t be recycled? How much single-use plastic is in there?  What is single-use plastic? Have you thrown something away that could be re-used? Could that cardboard go in the compost bin? Do you have a compost bin? Could that vacuum cleaner be repaired?  See –  open the bins and a whole host of questions come tumbling out!

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The wonderful folk over at The Rubbish Diet have launched a three week slimming club for bins and provide lots of help and support if you’re new to rubbish watching or just need a boost. If watching the whole bin is a bit much right now or you’ve already taken a look at your general rubbish, you could always take a look at our own Plastic Challenge and focus on just one important area.

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To find out more about what happens to the things we throw away in Stratford check out the District Council’s website and remember that no matter how hard we try and convince ourselves otherwise, there really is “no such thing as away”.

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Other useful resources:

Zero Waste Week UK

The Story of Stuff

There a a whole host of resources talking about the effect of plastics on our seas – these are just a few – The Marine Conservation Society, Greenpeace and Surfers against Sewage, a blog called Plastic Soup NewsNational Geographic and even Wikipedia!

 

And for those of you up for more in depth study:

There are now a whole host of free online courses available for study in the comfort of your own home. Sites such as Futurelearn  and the Open University provide access to these.

 

Oh and if you find something broken that you think could still have life in it but don’t know how to fix it – watch this space for news of our next Repair Cafe.

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Let us know how you get on….