Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Even I can manage a bit of recycling. Can you?

I'm attempting to avoid all the tags....can you see me? Head down, trying not to make eye contact, shuffling along. I may just pull it off...

Didn't think so.

I've been tagged.

A few times.

I'm saving the lists for another day (one when it's not quite so sunny and I haven't got quite so many small children flapping around my ankles)...but I'm going to do this one quickly because the gorgeous Jo Beaufoix and the equally gorgeous Sparx have tagged me. Apart from not being able to say no to two such lovely ladies, it's also for a good cause...

So this is the story.

Almost Mrs Average at The Rubbish Diet has roped in the Mummy Blogging community to spread the Recycling word. From June 22nd until 28th it is Recycle Week and each of us must make a pledge to waste less. So click HERE to see my pledge.

And if I fail???

Well I didn't want to make it too difficult for myself (not like Jo who has pledged to compost all her kitchen and garden waste and if she fails to do so, will allow her 4-year old daughter to apply her makeup and post a photo of the result - can't wait for that one).

So if you haven't clicked on the pledge above I will quickly tell you. I have pledged to re-use all my carrier bags for the week and if I fail to do so then I will abstain from computer use for a day (just the thought is making me giddy). My husband will be especially pleased with this forfeit as less time on the computer means more time with now all I have to do is make sure he doesn't hide the bags in a sly attempt at sabotage.

And just a bit of info about carrier bag usage because it isn't just a game of tag after all...

"In 2008, UK Shoppers picked up a staggering 9.9 billion new carrier bags. That's an average of 400 per household - or enough to fill 188 Olympic swimming pools.

To produce that number of bags required around 180,000 tonnes of oil and emitted greenhouse gases equivalent to up to 100,000 extra cars on the road.

If you and every household halved the number of bags that are picked up, we would reduce waste and save energy. Over a year, this would mean using around 90,000 fewer tonnes of oil and a reduction in greenhouse gas production equivalent to taking up to 50,000 cars off the road."

I'm just off to find those pesky carrier bags. Wish me luck...

And just to end this post I have to, of course, tag five more people who I think will be able to shoulder the responsibilty as well as me!! Nothing like a bit of pressure...

Hee hee.

Here goes.

Tasha at WAHM-BAM

Karin at Café Bébé (who incidentally has just launched a fantastic new website - so do go and check it out).

The Wife of Bold

Rebel Mother at Another Day in the Madhouse

Mama Po at Home Mum of 2 (or 3 if you count their Dad)

And here are the rules for the tagees...

1. Visit and sign up to one of the pledges to waste less.

2. Share details of your pledge on your blog.

3. Choose 5 other bloggers who you think will be up for a bit of recycling fun.

4. Return to The Rubbish Diet and share your pledge in the comments section.

5. Optional - As a thank you to all involved, The Rubbish Diet will be publishing a British Mummy Bloggers' Recycling week carnival on Monday 29th June. To be included, simply submit your favourite post revealing the progress of your pledge by Saturday 27th June to

Can we be turned from simple Mummy Bloggers into Mummy Garbloggers? Only time will tell.


  1. Hi Emily, I agree with can do it. I love the fact she's getting some practice in before next week LOL :-D

    Thanks so much for joining in. Can't wait to find out how you get on. A day away from the computer would be a blogger's nightmare, so good luck.

    If you get a chance, I'd love you to drop by and add your link to the initial pledge. It'll be great to see how far this thing travels.

    And thank you to everyone else who joins in too. What worries me now, is that it's winging it's way around so fast, I hope I can keep up with the comments :-D

  2. Bright girl like you? No problem!

    You can do it,


  3. AMM - We'll see!! A day without the computer is my idea of torture!!

    AMA - No problem at all - happy to help out!! I'm sure this will whizz round the blogosphere...

    GG - Thanks darling. Hmm.. We'll see just how bright I am!! Don't fancy a day without the computer!!

  4. Sorry darling - just realised (as I was lying in the bath pondering how much water I was wasting...) that I never thanked you for tagging me in aid of such a good cause. I have duly signed up and will post my notes on the experience in due course.

    G'luck with your pledge - does 're-using carrier bags' mean the same as, 'go out to gorgeous little boutique and invest in a fabulous new canvas/jute shopper (Fair Trade bien sur!), with funky hand-embroidered slogans/detailing and flaunt/take everywhere with you to fill with any goodies you may pick up on your travels'??

  5. Mamma Po - Oh my darling you are very welcome!! And yes - I totally think re-using carrier bags means buying fabulous new jute got the right idea!! For you, it'll be a breeze I'm sure x

  6. Good luck with the pledge. We have to re-use our carrier bags here because otherwise we have to pay 27 cent for a new one and they are just cheap old ones me being tight won't pay.

  7. magnumlady - Thanks! Yep they're just starting to stop giving bags away at the local can pay for the big strong ones, but the crappy thin ones are becoming obsolete - what am I going to use for my bin bags now??!