Recycling obsolete and unwanted audio visual items

Unless you are under 25 it is very likely you have old audio tapes, VHS, CD’s and DVD’s you no longer need, and maybe can’t even play anymore. If your parents are getting to a certain age then the prospect of helping them downsize may be looming! I went on a mission to see how I […]

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Giving new life to your soles

If shoes I no longer need have any kind of life left in them I take them to a charity shop, or street shoe bank. However I was at a loss about what to do with shoes that have fallen apart. This is a challenge of being an inspiring minimalist, I tend to wear the […]

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Cleaning rubbish in the name of art!

How and why I found myself cleaning rubbish This year I am aiming to volunteer for Thames 21 at least once a month. The clean up I had planned to attend for May was cancelled. I saw a request for help with cleaning rubbish collected on Thames 21 clean ups for an art project. This […]

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Bagging it up!

As the carrier bag tax in England is into its third month retailers are starting to see the huge difference that a 5p levy on plastic bags is making.  Tesco has reported an almost 80% drop in bag usage and M&S (who have been charging since 2008) have seen a 75% drop.  Wales, Scotland and […]

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Paper or e-cards for Christmas?

The dilemma of Christmas cards As an aspiring minimalist, and someone concerned about unnecessary waste, physical Christmas cards have felt a bit wrong for a number of years.  However I felt a compulsion and societal pressure to do them. Every year getting them done by the respective posting deadlines (for friends & family overseas) was […]

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The art of engaging commuters

Collecting coats Its 7am on a cold and still dark Tuesday morning at the jubilee gate line of Waterloo station and I am wearing an oversized t-shirt and telling sleepy commuters about the annual Wrap Up London coat collection. I must be nuts, I should be in bed!  I have helped with this event at […]

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