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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog begun in 2012 about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.

I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps.

Around 2018 I tried a new way of writing my family's and my own UK travel adventures. Britain is a brilliant place for a staycation, mini-break and day trips. It's also a fantastic place to explore so I've begun to write up reports of places that are easy to reach by public transport. And when they are not that easy to reach I'll offer some tips on how to get there.

See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Unwanted post

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

Thin plastic magazine wrappers continue to pour through our letter box, they are definitely waste. But I’ve discovered that they can be recycled via my workplace, Friends of the Earth. This is not as good news as it should be as clearly I’ll have to work there forever as the recycling facilities they offer is an even better draw than their continuing hold on the Employer of the Year contest.
As for local flyers, well the sign in the pic NO JUNK MAIL seems to do the trick. Loads of houses have them now and the result is we know about less pizza places, not that we eat less pizza.

Verdict: using the no junk mail (not even pizzas) is as effective and even quicker than signing up to the mail preference service to ban junk mail. It did mean that we nearly missed the Give & Get event that was held locally though because no one put a leaflet through our door.

1 comment:

Nicola Baird & Pete May said...

Has your line manager seen this? Well done FoE for recycling pastic from letters but why do so many organisations use them? Is paper now passe?