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 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”.

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3 responses to “

  1. Hiya 🙂

    Thank you for putting up this story. We really appreciate your support and anything that will raise our visibility. we’ve had so much support it’s been amazing and we are grateful to all the wonderful comments and links we’ve had.

    I love your blog; it’s so ‘real’ and I’m learning so much too! you are so resourceful and your ‘about me’ page – the home school thing and the comment from the lady that has had issues in her life due to school problems *really* struck hard with me.

    Our dd is now home schooled and I often wonder if I’m doing the right thing, whether she will ‘turn out ok’, whether she will get through adult life; but then your story comes along and I see an honest, resourceful and strong woman who is the product of a ‘free range’ childhood and it really warms my heart and gives me hope.

    Mrs G x

  2. alifelesssimple

    Thanks for the kind comment Mrs G and glad to hear your site is doing well.

    I’m sure you are doing the right thing for your daughter and I’m sure every parent who takes the time to think about their child’s education worries about if they’re doing the right thing or not, the sad fact is most people don’t even think to think about it! LOL

    At some point things might feel like they’re not going to plan but then one of the most useful skills you can have is to be able to take what’s coming at you and ‘get on’ with it.

    Having some computer problems at home at the mo but will be back on your site soon!

  3. The style of writing is very familiar . Did you write guest posts for other bloggers?

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