Daily Archives: June 9, 2008


Taken from This is Gloucestershire


A Family from Longhope is aiming to become the greenest in the Dean with its own recycling challenge.The Strauss family has launched a website and set a mission of creating zero waste.

Rachelle Strauss said: “We are a family of two adults, one child and a cat living in the Forest of Dean and we’ve set ourselves this challenge after being inspired by a blog called ‘Rubbish diet’. We thought if this woman can do it then we can do it.”

“We aim to achieve this by recycling all we can and by looking at changing our shopping habits to avoid things with packaging that we cannot recycle such as some plastics.

“It’s a fun site with a serious message and we hope to inspire other householders in the county to follow our progress and take their own recycling challenge.”

Every member of the family is doing their bit to help the environment and they have each been allocated tasks.

Mrs Strauss said: “One thing me and my husband are always trying to get out of is cleaning tin cans and taking peelings to the compost bins.

“We have decided that my husband, Richard, will do the compost and I will do the cans.

“Our seven-year-old daughter, Verona, is even helping by reminding us to take our re-usable bags to the shops and choosing sweets without cardboard packaging.”

The website myzero waste.com will include articles, competitions, polls, a monthly challenge to get people started and a dustbin demon which highlights items that many people throw away without thinking.

Mrs Strauss added: “I was responsible for setting up the Gloucestershire Freecycle movement, which has now been split into county council areas.

“So recycling and keeping things out of the landfill is something that we are passionate about.

“The key with us is that we are a regular family, doing our thing, so we know the difficulties and challenges the average household faces when it comes to recycling”.

To find out more visit http://myzerowaste.com .