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Lets Get Energized says:
Ecotopia Back to Uni Kits for Zero Waste Week

Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Living

The lovely ethical people at Ecotopia (powered by 100%  renewable energy suppliers Ecotricity) have asked us to share some news as part of Zero Waste Week (1st – 7th September 2014).

As this years theme is “one more thing”, they have pledged to do even more than they already are (as if creating a clean energy future for Britain was not enough!), so they will be sharing hints and tips on their Facebook and Twitter pages and would love to hear what your “one more thing” is. Use the hash tags #onemorething #zerowasteweek and #GreenBritain to get involved on social media.



They have also launched three eco-friendly back to uni survival kits. It includes a healthy variety of essentials that students (or teachers!) will need for your first few weeks. They have even included a cheeky herbal hangover comforter – it will ease the pain of that unavoidable first hangover from hell!

There are lots more Zero Waste Week Price Reductions at the Ecotopia shop here too, so happy shopping!


Anna Celeste Watson says:
3 Recommended films to inspire you to action for Zero Waste Week

Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Film/Video, Sustainable Living
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As Zero Waste Week continues this week, I thought I would share a couple of films I have been recommended on the subject of reducing waste. Perhaps this is something like me, you can add to your #ZeroWasteWeek pledge (i.e., watch the films and be inspired, or maybe prodded more likely, into action!) or maybe Dorset Energized will put on a screening sometime – please let us know if you want to get involved with a film night or know anywhere in Dorset screening these!

1. Trashed (Feature Film, 2012)

Trashed – No Place For Waste, starring Jeremy Irons, looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current ‘waste industry’. The film premiered in Cannes 2012 and has won 8 awards.

You can watch this online for a very modest download fee – just go to or watch the trailer below:

2. N0 Impact Man (Feature Film, 2009)

In No Impact Man, Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage. No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change.

You can watch this online for FREE – just go to or watch the trailer below:

3. The Story of Stuff (Short Film, 2007)

The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

You can watch this short film online for FREE – just go to or watch the trailer below:


There’s so many more great looking environmental and food themed films out there I want to watch, but these 3 should do for now!

Please send us your reviews on these films and any other recommendations by submitting your Comments below : )


Anna Celeste Watson says:
Take the Zero Waste Week Pledge

Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Living


This week (1st – 7th September 2014) is Zero Waste Week and they are calling upon us all to take a simple pledge this week as an opportunity to reduce landfill waste and save money.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s theme is “One More Thing” – what one more thing could YOU do?

Zero Waste Pledge Ideas include:

  • Ditch plastic carrier bags
  • Pack a zero waste lunch
  • Recycle your Tetra Pak cartons
  • Take clothes to a textile bank
  • Shop naked!
  • Declutter without landfill
  • Reduce food waste
  • Repair something
  • Spread the word!

You’ll feel good so live longer!!!

There’s a rather amusing post on the Zero Waste Week blog claiming that by taking the pledge you’ll feel good and therefore live longer! Okay, bit of a mad claim but they say, and I have to agree:

People who feel good about something are happy. Happy people are healthy. Healthy people live longer. You’ve been meaning to set yourself a goal, right? And that recycling bin has been tugging at your conscience. Now’s the time to get some support, encouragement and help to do what you’ve been meaning to do anyway.

This probably sums up the whole ethos of Dorset Energized too – getting involved with supporting renewable energy is naturally energizing, it makes you feel good, plus you can even save money especially by reducing waste and using less energy in the first place.

Sign up and find out more at:

Check out our own Energy Efficiency section for lots more ideas on reducing waste too.

3Comments | Post your own comment

  • vince adams comments:
    "I want to live lots longer so I am doing it all, come on it feels great just making an effort and knowing together the effect will be huge. "
    September 4, 2014 a 5:02 pm

  • Anna comments:
    "You are very welcome Rachelle – its such as great idea and hopefully will inspire lots of people! I’m also pledging not to use plastic bags. I always try and re-use bags and try to never to get plastic bags, but sometimes I forget to pack my bags when doing my food shop so somehow they keep accumulating and they are really not good thing so I will definitely try harder : ) "
    September 1, 2014 a 4:25 pm

  • Rachelle Strauss comments:
    "Hey there, thanks so much for the Zero Waste Week shout out and I’m glad you like my rather tongue-in-cheek blog post :D "
    September 1, 2014 a 4:19 pm

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