the six r's & why recycling isn't the answer

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We live in a throwaway culture here in Europe and the US under the illusion that waste is OK as long as we recycle. And if we're honest, this suits us just fine because it requires very little extra effort. Instead of putting our rubbish in the black bin, we put it in the green, brown, pink or [insert colour according to your local council here] bins and think no more about it - we can feel virtuous, we've done our part, now our empty cans will magically be turned into a shiny new aeroplane - go us!
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anyone can grow their own urban garden

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National Gardening Week has finally sprouted with spring slowly letting Mother Nature in, it's a prime time to sow, deadhead and fork your way to harvesting an array of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. By simply bringing together sunlight, soil, water and nutrients you and your family can enjoy the fresh, organic and scrumptious flavours that gardening brings. Sticking to the basic principles of gardening can have a huge impact on the environment, the community and can help keep finances well and truly tucked in your pocket. As Ben Mann says in his interview - growing our own food is one way we can help to change the food system (and environment) for the better. "But gardening is easier said than done" I hear you say, looking at your wilted flowers and leaves chewed by Vine Weevils or some other type of pest€¦..
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7 things you can do to save money and go green today

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This week we are going green. With very little effort, not much money, and a little imagination we can make some real savings. If you think you've heard it all before think again - some of these surprised us and we do this for a living! (The gadgets mentioned in this piece are all available in the UK, but we're sure you will be able to find alternatives wherever you are).
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keeping it clean

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I know I'm a bit late to this being a co-founder of VTV, but my obsession with cleaning products is almost as bad as my obsession with shoes. But while the worst side effect I am likely to get from a bad pair of shoes is sore feet, the chemicals in my (many) cleaning products could be a real danger to my health.
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Top Ten Tips to Save Water at Home

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Water needs a whole new mindset. It's the one resource upon which everything else depends and although it covers 70% of the world's surface, just 3% of all the water on the planet is fresh, meaning the rest is salt water and not drinkable. And what has technically always been considered a renewable resource it is increasingly under pressure.
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join the litterati project

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I took this picture after enjoying a day's cricket at Lord's (the English home of cricket) earlier in the Summer. Once a bastion of the upper class, Lord's is now a place where all can enjoy cricket in this historic stadium - famous for its 19th century pavilion. It's not as posh (or as privileged) as it once was, but it still has that elegant, traditional feel making it a unique atmosphere for a cricket game. There's no football-style chants at Lord's (as at other cricket grounds) but a genuine appreciation for the game and polite applause!
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