Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Tuesday 15 January 2008

Auntie Plastic

I have just added a new link to my "favourite blogs" link to take you to the blog of auntieplastic.....an amazing lady from Wales who went for 3 months rejecting supermarkets and plastic packaging...

Here is an edited ( by me, because of space) extract from the first page of her blog

"On October 1st 2007 ( which is next Monday) I a mere welsh housewife, amongst other things, intends to live for 3 months ( 12 weeks to be precise) without entering a supermarket and without putting out a rubbish bin or any recycling. My carbon footprint will be minimal. How can you do this people cry. I can and I will. I have sourced my food. "

"The reason I want to do this is to show that the supermarkets are actually responsible for land fill. When strawberry growers state they have lost part of the strawberry harvest through floods and the consumer in the UK now demands strawberries every week of the year I take umbrage. I DO NOT demand or expect strawberries every week of the year. The supermarket tries to sell me them every week of the year though."

"How does the common man/woman get blamed for the huge amount of waste put into land fill and recycling ?"

"I will show hopefully that if the supermarket had not arrived neither would the land fill and recycling be the huge bind it is today."

"Follow my progress as I survive for 12 weeks, as I hope I thrive for 12 weeks. as I gain a carbon footprint that should be the aim of people throughout Wales and beyond. We cannot afford to waste, yet the supermarkets do. I am not a part of it. I am Auntie Plastic"

I first became aware of her as a result of a post on the INEBG forum...I read the whole blog through from start to finish......I am utterly amazed and impressed by what this lady has done...PLEASE go and read her blog!!

It's inspiring!!

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