Making Refill film with Rob Greenfield

Recently I spoke with Rob Greenfield. I also put him up, so we got to know each other, and he got to know of my video editing skills with the ‘Switch the Stick’ film I made for our campaign at City to Sea, which has over 100,000 views on Facebook.

As well as being an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. Rob makes films that go viral. He knows what works and what’s sharable.

Rob heard of our campaign Refill, our tap water initiative and wanted to share it with the word.

So together we made this film, which has had so far over 750,000 views on Facebook, and we opened our Refill app global because of it!

It’s amazing to have built this partnership with Rob, getting the word of positive solutions out to a far wider audience. It goes to show what a good dude he really is, as he shares his knowledge with me, giving me guidance in creating video content that goes viral baby! I’m very grateful and realise how special it is, to not only meet then speak with one of my heroes, but to go on and work with him.

Check out the video and once you have, share it!

Then down load the app and start refilling. Every refill is a bottle of water not purchased, a perfect solution to plastic pollution!

Remember, every refusal and refill adds up.

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UKs first Zero Waste shop

The first Zero Waste shop has opened in Totnes! To celebrate they hosted Rob Greenfield on his European tour. I’m a big fan of Rob’s so when I heard he was over, I made the effort to find out where, and make sure I was there!

“Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference.”  You may know him for ‘Trash Me’ when he wondered around New York for a month in all the trash he created when he lived like the average American. That’s just one of his many awesome projects.

We meet at Earth.Food.Love. Wow, what a treat! I’ve been to scoop shops before, but none such as this one. It’s beautiful and they stock so much, even though they’re in a tiny shop. Run by Nicola and Richard, they’re a welcoming couple, quite literally juggling their new shop and their new baby all at once. It works, so much so they’ve created a ‘how to’ guide for others wanting to set up.

It says on their website, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

They even have a peanut butter making machine!! They look at their supply chain, and make sure plastic is avoided in that to, so it’s not just the plastic you see on the shelves they prevent.

It would be a dream come true to see more of these shops popping up, and they’re supplying the tools to help do just that. So get in touch with them if you’re up for the challenge.

If you’re close to Totnes, why not pay them a visit. It’s a beautiful historic town!

They also supply what you need for living PALL easier. 

This video Rob made, with over a million views on Facebook within a week! Together they’re showing there’s a demand for zero waste shops such as Earth.Food.Love. 

Remember, every refusal adds up,

and every zero waste shop that opens will make that a lot easier! 

Cuppa tea, in a real cup!

I’ve yet, and can’t imagine ever being one for running about the streets with a cuppa tea. But I do like to sit in a have one, and when I do, I like a real cup!

Not just because of plastic pollution, but because drinking out of a ‘paper’ cup sipping through a plastic lid, reminds me of, well … kids parties!

This visit to a small cafe I’d luckily just popped in a charity shop and picked up this cool mug, otherwise it was only disposables. They offered a discount if you BYO (bring your own) but didn’t supply any? What would I have done having not gone to the charity shop? I would have gone somewhere else. There’s always somewhere else, and there’s always real cups to be found. 

For take away though, it was great they offer a discount if you BYO cup  

Plastic pollution from coffee cups is through the roof. You only have to be up and about in a busy place early in the morning to see it in full force, everyone is walking about with a cup, and where do they go? Landfill hopefully … The cups are lined with plastic – hence they don’t leak – and the lids are often not the right colour for recycling. Or the right number. Or go in the right bin! There’s a lot of factors to consider …

So remember to bring your own cup. If they don’t offer a discount, ask for one! Or better still, why not sit in and enjoy a five-minute break and a cuppa tea, in a real cup!

cups4Remember, every refusal adds up!