KAREN CANNARD – Message is simple: Do one more thing

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I’m writing this column on the train to York, where I’m heading for the next part of the The Clean Bin Project, which came to Stowmarket this week.

After the Brighton launch of what is a very exclusive UK tour, it was a real privilege to bring this movie to Suffolk.

The Canadian couple featured in the movie tackle the serious topic of waste reduction with a great sense of humour, which is right up my street. Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin challenged each other to see who could create the least rubbish and buy the fewest things for 12 months. The film had many laugh-out-loud moments, encapsulating their personal hurdles and some of the wasteful features of 21st century life that are thrown at us.

However, not everyone will want to challenge their partner to an extreme experience like that featured in the Clean Bin Movie, and the producers recognise this. Which is why one of the most impactful statements was the quote at the end of the film: “The most important thing is to do one more thing… and don’t stop.”

Just one more thing!

So if you’re up for an immediate opportunity upon which you can hook your own ‘one more thing’, now’s the perfect time to do it, for next week is national Zero Waste Week! A great time to discover which extra things can be recycled in Suffolk, or think of ways to save your perishables from the fate of the compost bin.

To find out more, visit www.zerowasteweek.co.uk, where the theme this year is food, with ideas on how to ‘use it up’ and feed bellies not bins.

And with the aim for Suffolk to become the Greenest County, I’d love you to sign up and join in. Check out my latest blogpost at www.therubbishdiet.blogspot.com, where I invite you to join me in creating a Zero Waste Week virtual flashmob!

Missed the Clean Bin Project screening? Visit www.cleanbinmovie.com.