The Future isn’t orange! Camden bin-bag scheme axed

It is difficult to describe the euphoric feeling of elation and relief that overwhelmed me, as I thumbed through the latest edition of the Camden New Journal.

I always enjoy taking the Camden pulse via the pages of the CNJ, but here was something truly special; news that Camden Council was throwing in the towel – wrapped in an orange bin-bag, no doubt, and banishing the orange scourge that has blighted our borough for the past 18 months.

Back in 2017, despair and a degree of panic was starting to grip me, when regular, unsolicited deliveries of bulky packs of orange plastic rubbish sacks kept thudding onto the door mat.

Where did they come from? What was I supposed to do with them? I studied the instructions, emblazoned on each bag: “Household rubbish” – “NO RECYCLABLES” – “NO FOOD WASTE” – “NO BROKEN GLASS” – “NO HOT ASHES”.

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Plastic Cup Final

Ok, so I’m not a natural cheerleader for faux continental coffee shops offering dizzyingly priced cuppas with names like Toffee Nut Latte Cream Frappucino, but credit where credit’s due.

On our troubled and challenged planet, anyone who does anything to lessen the climate carnage deserves a mention for showing willing, at least.

181231 GAIL'S K TWNSo this week’s High-Five goes to Gail’s Bakery for switching their disposable cups to fully biodegradable ones.

Of course, the environmentally conscious among us should all be bringing our own reusable drinks container but, by the time we’ve crammed our ready supply of canvas bags, reusable nappies, the water bottle and the packed lunch into our ecological rucksack, our reusable-made-from-recycled-materials-coffee-cup doesn’t always make it. Continue reading

Peak Stuff Christmas

Tis The Season To Be Jolly! Well, you could be fooled. Walk along your local High Street, amid a sea of faces with worried scowls, and shop keepers, who look distinctly depressed. That’s those, whose businesses haven’t already shut up shop and are now particularly un-festive, darkened by rain blackened sheets of warped plywood.

It seems that shopping is so-last-year, no one’s in the mood. Have we finally reached ‘peak-stuff’? If so, good! It’s time for us all to get with the programme and stop using shopping as a form of leisure and entertainment.

Of course, local shops are not going to like that one little bit, but change happens and we all need to change with it. In these Internet times, High Street shops need to keep prices low and costs lower. This means that local Councils need to start charging business rates according to how much profit a business makes, not according to some ‘pick-a-number’ arbitrary scale. Likewise, cash rich landlords must be limited, by law if necessary, to keep commercial rent rises in line with inflation, not choking retailers to death.  Continue reading