Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast
E8: What is the true cost of Con-Venience? Explored with artist Louise McCurdy

E8: What is the true cost of Con-Venience? Explored with artist Louise McCurdy

August 30, 2019

Louise is a fellow Oceans 8 Brighton consultant and has been creating informative art from waste plastic since 2006.  

As one half of "Dirty Beach" with Chloe Hanks, they created immersive, fully fitted supermarket installations that mimicked the visual language of large modern retailers but stocked only plastic waste recovered from the environment. Dirty Beach built nine installations in the U.K., Netherlands and Belgium including the Trucost of Con-Venience 'Purveyors of Found and Vintage Plastics'.

Lou is now working with photographer Alex Bamford and can often been found in the environment with piles of plastic and domestic items like washing machines and hoovers.  I recently found an old push around vacuum and she immediately came to mind for a new home for it!

I love the humour and fun that Lou brings into her work and wish there were more people using humour in their environmental messaging as I believe it really does have an impact.

Apologies about the sound quality on this episode, it was one of my earlier recordings before I worked out how to get the levels right!

You can find more about Louise here:

Website

Instagram

Alex Bamford

E7: Setting up the country’s first community recycling hub & stories about ’stuff’

E7: Setting up the country’s first community recycling hub & stories about ’stuff’

August 16, 2019

This episode is a bit longer but Melanie is just too interesting and inspiring so I didn't want to cut much out!

Melanie is the founder of Oceans 8 Brighton a collaboration of projects in Brighton and Hove working to reduce marine debris.  The co-founder of the Green Centre, the country's first community recycling hub and a platform for learning about One Planet Living.  She was also a special needs school Head Teacher and an Asian Tsunami survivor.  If that isn't enough, she also launched the most successful school uniform fundraiser ever in aid of Unicef, raising £57k for water pumps in Sudan in its first year!  WOW!   

There is a phrase that goes something like 'you are not what happens to you, but how you deal with those things'.  Melanie proves that it doesn't matter what life throws at you, by slowing down, consuming less and sharing more you can achieve HUGE things.

She shares her wisdom on building up a super successful community recycling centre from scratch.  Her take on the stories she learnt about every day stuff and how we could live more harmoniously with our planet.  For the hippies among you, we also touch on the amazing things that happen when you sit back and TRUST!

Mel is one of the most humble, yet incredible people you will ever come across.  I know you will be inspired and want to learn more about the stories she has to tell.  You can do so by subscribing to the Green Centre facebook page as she shares her thoughts every Monday.  Some fascinating things to learn and another person whose brain I would totally download if that was a thing.

Grab a cuppa, a comfy seat and a note book and enjoy.

My Blog interview with Melanie

The Green Centre Website

Green Centre Facebook

Podcast edited by Chloe Aust

E6: How to be a zero waste mum with Claire Sumners aka Zero Waste Maman.

E6: How to be a zero waste mum with Claire Sumners aka Zero Waste Maman.

August 2, 2019

The Ocean has a tummy ache!

Claire has two small children and yet still manages to produce very little waste and especially plastic waste.  I am not a parent but I know that parenting is a tough enough job in itself.  So Claire puts me to shame really with my struggles to reduce waste.

Like most of the people I talk to though, she is not superwoman, non-judgemental and certainly not perfect.  I love her upfront say it as it is attitude and her passion for creating a better world for her children to grow up in.

I love the fact that her son says "the ocean has got a tummy ache"!  It is very cute but also a shocking sign of the times.  

Claire's energy and enthusiasm is infectious and I know you will love this episode.  Please share to any parents who are wanting to reduce their impact of the environment.  Then follow Claire to find out more tips and tricks from her journey.