Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 08:15

Welcome, Cal.

MOB rants

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 21:51

I found an online report from the environment agency online. Here's an extract. (Skip it and read the end).

 ' The environmental impact of all types of carrier bag is dominated by resource use and production stages. Transport, secondary packaging and end-of-life management generally have a minimal influence on their performance. Whatever type of bag is used, the key to reducing the impacts is to reuse it as many times as possible and where reuse for shopping is not practicable, other reuse, e.g. to replace bin liners, is beneficial.The reuse of conventional HDPE and other lightweight carrier bags for shopping and/or as bin-liners is pivotal to their environmental performance and reuse as bin liners produces greater benefits than recycling bags.Starch-polyester blend bags have a higher global warming potential and abiotic depletion than conventional polymer bags, due both to the increased weight of material in a bag and higher material production impacts.The paper, LDPE, non-woven PP and cotton bags should be reused at least 3, 4, 11 and 131 times respectively to ensure that they have lower global warming potential than conventional HDPE carrier bags that are not reused. T. Recycling or composting generally produce only a small reduction in global warming potential and abiotic depletion.'

So, according to the government, it is production, not disposal, of plastic bags that causes pollution and paper bags are no better unless they are used 3 times. Most importantly, recycling makes little difference to global warming! 

So what is the recycling initiative about?


Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 18:38

Wow, Mummy MP, that's quite an achievement, especially for someone who has been so unwell.

I suppose our achievement has been to take up the awful paving that covered our entire garden (actual pavement slabs, very heavy and hard to dispose of) and replace it with topsoil and plant it. OH is not interested in gardening, but he has actually worked hard, wood-cladding an old breeze block chicken shed, taking the front off it, linking it with a pergola and calling it a summerhouse. It looks great! I've planted it with climbers and when they mature, it should be even better. We've learnt as we went along and made qwuite a few mistakes, but in another couple of years, we should have a genuinely lovely garden. And we've only been here ten years!

MOB rants

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 18:08

That's an enviable lifestyle, figrat. However, I think most people want one stop shopping and go to a supermarket and then take prepackaged fruit and veg becaue it is quicker. I could shop in small shops too, but I can't park free to go to them, or have to walk further with the bags.


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:26

I suppose they could die happy in a beer trap but I'm sticking with beheading  - quick and bird-friendly.

MOB rants

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:21

Wonderboy, I quite agree- that is unacceptable, perhaps a job for trading standards. I like your OTT ending, too, a bit of humour helps a lot.

Still on t shirts and the female shape, I go for baggy and buy a size bigger to get the room I want for my various undulations.


How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:13

Well done, Bookertoo! I still wish I were tidier, though p there's such pleasure in seeing a well-ordered space. My gaden will always be 'informal'.

One very happy Birthday Girl:))))

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 09:03

Happy birthday. And you didn't keep clobbering him with heavy hints? He must be a man in a million.


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 09:00

i guess this is a reference to people who put blank comment boxes on different threads so that they can be notified by email when people respond to the thread?

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 07:36

Persuading my husband to do something!

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