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difference to how I view my actions and their effect on her future. Being part of the solution, rather than the problem, keeps me focussed on what I do and my husband is 100% behind our zero waste lifestyle which helps no end!

I have a mantra about our throwaway society, ‘There’s no such place as ‘away’” I want to see the words, ‘waste’ and ‘rubbish’ being removed from our vocabulary and replaced with ‘Resource’.

We are working on a project at the minute which involves sending used crisp packets to the Philippine Community Fund (link http://myzerowaste.com/2010/02/ recycling-crisp-packets-on-local- news/) who then turn them into bags.

My concern is that in 20 years time we will be digging up our landfills, to retrieve our old waste for re-use. My fear is that we only realise how wasteful we have been when it’s too late!

What is the most rewarding aspect of recycling / the most frustrating?

I love being able to show that ordinary people can make a difference and if everyone did a little, the collective action would have a big impact.

I am frustrated, however, by the lack of standardisation for recycling across councils in the UK. My greatest frustration is the lack of labelling on plastics, which prevents us from knowing how best to recycle.

Have you any views on how best

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to teach the next generation about what you do and why it’s important?

I believe that it is vital to normalise the whole act of recycling and reducing our waste. Once you integrate this into normal family life, it will become second nature.

If you had one wish that was related to what you do, what would it be?

To make the process of recycling simple, so that people don’t even have to think about doing it. It will then become a natural way of living. To do this, I believe that manufacturers, governments and consumers need to work together – no more ‘us and them’! http://myzerowaste.com Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126
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