Saving the planet

I love composting. Seriously. It's fab.

Back in 2002, I built two compost containers in my garden. They've seen a lot of action since then, let me tell you. I take great pride in my compost: garden waste, teabags, egg-shells, cardboard, potato peelings, you name it, it goes in there.

Every now and then, though, I like to give my compost a bit of a treat. You know, something a bit different to help develop a richer, more rounded end product. So I pop down to Tescos and buy some exotic fruit—guavas, mangos, passion fruit, stuff like that—and I throw it straight into the compost.

Composting is my own small contribution to helping save the planet.

It's good to be green.

But did you see It's Not Easy Being Green on BBC2 this week? Eeeew! There was this women's Tupperware™-type party for tree-huggers where the saleswoman was trying to convince the other ladies to buy something called a menstrual cup. Some sort of sporting trophy, you might think, but no: the saleswoman explained how a menstrual cup was an environmentally friendly, reusable alternative to certain female sanitary products. You know what I'm talking about. "And when you want to clean them, you just pop them in the dishwasher", she cheerfully explained.

Dishwasher. Very green.

The dirty bastards
The dirty, dirty bastards!

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. It's funny, but I only found the remains of three of tea bags when I was emptying my compost containers last weekend - and those were all near the top of the compost. But my compost bins are pretty large, and it takes me a long time to fill them, so perhaps that's long enough for them to rot down.

  2. It might runneth over, but, if it's in your head, you're not using it properly. Not that I would expect anyone named Keith to use it at all, you understand.

  3. I'm a bit worried about bio-degradable carrier bags: As someone who stores things in carrier bags long term, am I going to find the bottom falling out of my world? (as opposed to the king prawn madras I had last week, when the world fell out of my......)

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