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Visualisation of Zero Litter At the Singapore Marathon (8-9 Dec)

We know that visualisation is a powerful technique to create change in ourselves and our environment. Top athletes; NLP, people in business and many others use visualisation to see an outcome for themselves . Here’s a snippet from the web about Visualisation.

Am wondering if we can change the way participants behave in the Singapore Marathon (SCSM). Typically we see a festival of trash along the street, in the Singapore River, along the beach and we showed last year that due to where the participants tossed their trash (in drains, grass, drops in the river) the cleaners are unable to pick it all up. In 2017 at the SCSM, the green ambassadors picked up about 4kg of runners trash along a 5km stretch after the professional cleaners had finished. This consisted mostly of gel packets.

SCSM – just after the check point

Collaborating with Green Nudge, we will be collecting pledges from as many runners as possible to put their rubbish in the bin to keep the route safe and clean AND to carry their own water bottle that can be refilled at the hydration points from 4-7th Dec. (awesome if you will help us)

For 10 minutes a day and during the 8-9th Dec, can you help us to visualise EVERY participant (50,000 participants) putting their cup, gel packet, banana skins, creams and whatever other rubbish they have into the bin as they move along the running route?

It would be amazing if as many people as possible can visualise a large mass event with zero waste left on the streets, grass, rivers, coastlines, drains and bushes

Many thanks for your help. See some of you at the REPC to collect pledges and the SCSM to direct participants to Bin It Right.


#75 Nice-Cannes Marathon: Part 2: The Observational Run

Merci beaucoup tous le monde pour votre aide. Désolé pour seulement écrire l’anglais. J’utiliserais Google pour traduire.

Two days of campaigning, running around with participants leashed to a tyre and now run day. The thought of waking up at 4:45am to get to the start point meant a restless night. Ah well, if I can complete a 135 miles in 59 hours without any sleep (Arrowhead 135), running a marathon distance (26.2miles) with zero sleep should be simple.

Article on the day:

Chasing the Rabbit

bunny dogs

The organisers agreed to start me off at 06:30am (1.5 hours before the official start time) as long as I remained on the pavement until the elite runners had over taken. Uncle would accompany me on bicycle for as much as the route as he could.

Instructions: “Stay on the bicycle path (Promenade des Anglais) until the lead runners have over taken you”

A pre-start is like the rabbit on the track. How much distance could we (me and Teera-Wates) make before the runners caught us? Place your bets.

Route Map

It was expected that the lead runners would overtake at about 10km. My competitive streak kicked in, to see if we could make it to 15km before being caught. Storming along the course, we completed 7km/hr. We were sooo fast, we ran right past the turn off (highlighted in the above route map).

The signs changed from 11km to a 16km mark on the bend. Maybe there was a loop back? Uncle tried to call me back, instead I went over to the check point that was about 50m from the 16km sign. They were directing me towards Cannes…..ahhh the temptation…..

Uncle showed me the map…. We needed to retrace our steps and return to the turn off point just after the 11km mark. Gutted and losing 15-20 minutes, we fought as hard as we could and got to 13km before being caught.

LEad pack

C’est tant pis. Une autre temps.

nephew daughter

JJ’s nephew caught me at about 22km and JJ’s daughter at about 25km

After that so many people thanked me for the planet and for their children and grand-children….so many people motivated me on to continue the fight.

“Bon Courage!”

“Allez allez allez!”

Constant waves of cheers pushed us along especially when the pacer groups overtook.



But one person can only go so fast. Many hands make light work….and on the first steep hill, one man helped to pull Teera-Wates up.

Between 30-35 km, there were more hills. Natalie (a fellow participant) came to pull the rope as did another runner when she was tiring to help me along. Another fellow runner carried Teera-Wates for 1 km.

Collaboration makes light work of the burden of waste.

It was great to have help. Great that so many people want to see change. Great that so many people want to be involved.

The only other time when runners have actively helped me pull my tyre, was in my first marathon in Singapore 2006.

Did the Runners Bin It to keep the course safe and clean?

There were many awesome runners who diverted to put their rubbish in the bins, but as the number of runners ahead of me progressively increased, more litter appeared: tubes of creams, empty gel packets, paper cups and plastic cups, banana skins, oranges, sponges. When the majority of runners had been through the check points, there were times when there was a carpet of litter on the floor (especially sponges), one had to tread carefully to ensure you didn’t trip up.

Along the coast, the wind howled and an angry spirit went through the check point, throwing plates of food and cups on the floor. Cups that had been dropped on the floor were sucked into mini vortexes to be tossed into the bushes or on the beach.

RUNNERS YOU CAN BIN IT! …Les coureurs mettent toujours vos déchets à la poubelle!

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The Finale

Running End

Completed in 7 hours and 27 seconds and collected medal and t-shirt without packaging + a small food bag with a bottle of water…..well I skipped the food bag and bottle.

And finally a quick look to see if participants understood what the bin colours meant….

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Now to write a list of recommendations to the organisation and then onwards to the Singapore Marathon to ensure participants Bin It right!

Articles after the marathon:

Mentioned in the 6pm news that night.

Have I inspired a nation to focus on the burden of society’s waste?

It’s already on the cards. In 2018, action started when China banned imports of recyclables. The EU has now agreed on regulations that will come into force over the coming years. France will be taxing single-use plastic in 2019, which will most likely be passed onto the consumers. It is up to the consumers to push back to ask for discounts if they BYOR (Bring Your Own Reusable) to places such as take away and shopping. Many coffee shops already provide a discount when you BYOR cup.

Keep It Away From Landfill

Manufacturers need to place a value on disposable resources so that they can reuse packaging to reduce landfill. This can be easily done by providing a small money back incentive to shoppers such as 5cts. There are already furniture & clothing manufacturers who will already take back your items when you no longer want them to refurbish/repurpose/repair and provide a money back incentive.

It is up to our societies to make the norm:

  • Reuse – by supporting organisations such as Freecycle , charity shops or hosting/attending a Really Really Free Market
  • Repair – by hosting/attending Repair Cafes (singapore call’s theirs Repair Kopitiam)
  • Repurpose – allow your DIY creative imagination make use of junk to create something unique. I have reused a bedside table in a bathroom as a sink pedestal, or door handles as coat hooks.

All stakeholders (the organisation, sponsors, and the participants) can be part of the action to reduce the environmental impact of our disposable convenience.

Let’s do it with as many Green Nudges as possible with as much collaboration as possible.

Do let me know if you would be interested in helping Nice-Cannes marathon move towards a zero waste event. Either send me a DM via Twitter or Facebook the Tyrelady




#75: Nice – Cannes Marathon Part 1: Stirring the Pot

If someone said to you: “Come to my country <<where you cannot speak the language)>> because you <<who is an unknown person>> can inspire the nation to be more environmentally conscious” – would you go?

I met Jean Jacques (JJ), a charismatic French adventurer, at Rovaniemi 150 in 2017. He was intrigued about Lumi, my lovely 15kg ice tyre that would was part of my gear…

JJ’s great adventure for 2019 is to drive in a Tuk-Tuk from France to Japan
To follow his great escapade see here

After the event, we kept in touch and he suggested that I should be part of the Nice Marathon as they would welcome someone encouraging more ecological actions in events. As “je parle Français tres mal” and had no confidence that my presence could create change, I made an excuse for 2017.

In May 2018, JJ encouraged me again to come over as he believed I could inspire the people and raise general awareness about waste and disposable plastic. To ensure I did not make another excuse, JJ provided the contact details of the Nice-Cannes marathon organisation’s President. I checked the organisations eco-regulations and knew they could improve

Hence I wrote to the organisation and presented two agendas:

  1. To pull a tyre and start early
  2. To help reduce waste at the event with a potential for the event to go cupless & single-use plastic free in the future

The Nice-Cannes Marathon organisers responded that I participate and observe how the event was run. Then as part of a 2-3 year plan to go cupless…..


Yes – it would be awesome for a mass event over 10,000 participants to go cupless and single-use plastic free. Of course I had to go! ….And to ensure participants supported the cause I had to be part of the expo, even if it meant learning to parlez Francais by watching YouTube videos 3 days before leaving for Nice, France. Love a challenge 😉

Before arriving to Nice articles announced my imminent arrival:
10 Oct:

29 Oct:

30 Oct:

Thank you to the Race to The Kings organisers for providing me free use of the photograph that has been used within the articles.

Wednesday: Arrived in Nice.

JJ had organised an interview with a journalist and had painted a tyre with a glossy white. However, materials were still required for the expo such as a spare tyre for participants to try out at the expo.

Finding A tyre

Finding Gage Pneu – the Pledge tyre

Thursday 1 Nov 2018: Preparation Day

  • Design Tee-ra Wates – the Nice Marathon racing tyre
    – she wanted to represent the fish in the ocean with plastic fish spiraling above
  • Design signs for the expo – JJ is way more professional and routed out a sign + created up some frames to place the signs on.

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Friday 2nd Nov 2018: Expo Day

Picked up my bib number + a back pack within a plastic bag within another plastic bag that contained samples and vouchers. Lots of exhibitors giving away “stuff”. I looked away.

The marathon organisation had provided a Sustainability Statement board to be signed. Despite Thursday being an expo day, no one had signed the board. It was time we got to work and parlez Frenchiese.

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My Frenchchessi: Excuseze-moi. Ecritez-vous le nom pour l’ecological reasons. Par que je n’aime pas plastique unique et je vois marathoniers bring their own bottle to all events + put all their waste in the bin…La Signe si vous plait. The eco-wall after a couple of hours!

With backup from the team: JJ and Uncle were speaking to everyone about reducing waste and Bring Your Own Reusable bottle / cup / hydration pack and to put their rubbish in the bin.

I could wander off and see if anyone wanted to play with Gage Pneu.

Je tire un pneu dans la marathon en Dimanche. Voulez-vous tire moi pneu?

This got me lots of strange looks. JJ again supported my bad French and explained.

Talking Tyres

The tyre represents the burden of our waste to us. Would any of you like to see how that burden is to us if we continue with our “convenience” life style?

And many said they knew me as they had read about me! Many pulled the tyre to see what it would be like to pull a tyre…

In the programme on page 19:

Friday evening, we were exhausted but happy the eco-board was now full.

Saturday 3rd Nov 2018: Expo + Press Conference

More of the same stuff – getting passer-bys to pull Gage Pneu and encouraging everyone that went by to sign the board that they do want to see change in events.


Finding space for folk to sign towards their environmental responsibility to the environment

15:30 – Another interview for a production company. I could no not speak French and found nor could I speak English!

16:30 – Press conference

Press Conference

And finally to present Gage Pneu to Pascal the president of the organisation.


Sunday is “run day”, time to head home into the mountains to sleep.

Going Home

Good Night

By the end of 2 full exhausting days, we had found many people who supported being greener, and for the organisation to take much bolder actions to reduce waste especially in the realm of disposable plastic.

Our environmental disaster where we have over 1 million animals dying mostly in the sea and some on land means this invisible oil spill (ocean plastic) needs to stop. We must switch off the disposable / single-use plastic tap at the source! At the same time, we need to look beyond an alternative convenience and grow up to take responsibility for our actions. Paper is not a substitute for plastic. Paper is from trees which are the lungs of our world! #BYOB #BYOR

As an adaptable society we can do this.

Thank you to Uncle, JJ, the marathon organisers for promoting the cause and everyone who signed supporting the cause.

We have one life to make it right! And everyone who signed the eco-board agreed that runners can and should bring their own reusable bottle / cup / water bladder to all run events with many pledging they will do so next time. #BYOR

Bon Courage Marathon Organisers! Bon Courage Marathoniens!


Pourquoi devriez-vous refuser immédiatement d’utiliser le plastique jetable / à usage unique?

Nous savons très bien pourquoi il est important pour la santé de notre planète, des animaux et des générations futures, d’éliminer le plastique jetable à usage unique de nos vies.

Le plastique est un matériau extrêmement poluant et durable. En faire un usage unique est un gaspillage et nous devons en garantir la gestion. C’est à chacun d’entre nous de veiller à jouer notre rôle pour mettre fin à l’empoisonnement de notre monde.

1. On ne peut pas garantir que votre plastique «recyclé» est réellement géré de manière responsable
Autrefois, la plupart des pays (y compris les pays développés) déversaient leurs déchets dans l’océan. Tout comme les Victoriens utilisaient la Tamise comme dépotoir. Re:

Aucun de nous ne peut garantir que les «matières recyclables» que nous mettons dans les bacs de recyclage seront gérées de manière responsable, même si vous pensez que l’emballage est «recyclable».
Les États-Unis, le Royaume-Uni, l’Australasie, l’Europe, Singapour et le Japon exportent tous du «plastique recyclé» vers des pays comme la Chine, le Vietnam, la Malaisie, l’Indonésie et la Thaïlande. Lorsque la Chine a cessé d’importer cette année, les pays développés ont envoyé des quantités encore plus importantes aux pays asiatiques qui accepteraient cette ressource potentielle. Ces lieux sont également connus pour déverser leurs déchets dans l’océan / la décharge et avoir des problèmes de gestion des déchets.

EU Trash

EU Trash

De plus, nos déchets électroniques contiennent des métaux lourds toxiques pour tous les êtres vivants.

Autrefois, le nord de l’Italie envoyait ses «matières recyclables» en Calabre pour y être traitées. Malheureusement, les entreprises chargées du traitement des déchets déversent illégalement les déchets directement dans la mer Méditerranée ou les brûlent ouvertement.



2014 – L’Italie se voit imposer une amende par l’UE pour ne pas avoir géré les déchets. Ref: pour-illégal-gaspillage-idUSKCN0JG1AJ20141202

2. Le plastique photo-dégradant produit des gaz à effet de serre
En plus des matières recyclables expédiées dans le monde entier, le plastique photo-dégradant (dans les décharges et dans l’océan) émet du méthane et de l’éthylène, deux puissants gaz à effet de serre. Le méthane et l’éthylène sont également émis par les plastiques jetables à usage unique!

3. environ 1 million d’animaux meurent chaque année de la consommation de plastique
En 2015, un article du Guardian a souligné que 90% des oiseaux avaient du plastique dans les intestins:

Au fil des années, nous avons beaucoup entendu parler des poissons et mammifères marins ingérant du plastique. Le plastique est de « la malbouffe » sans apport nutritionnel.

Et même les animaux terrestres mangent du plastique. Cerfs, vaches, chèvres…

Lorsque les coureurs ou cyclistes utilisent des chemins et des routes sur lesquels se trouvent des animaux, ils laissent quand même leurs déchets et emballages plastiques sur le sol.

Richmond Park

4. Il n’est pas étonnant que l’on retrouve du « microplastique » dans notre intestin
On sait depuis longtemps, et cela a été confirmé.
Si les baleines et les dauphins ont été découverts avec du plastique, c’est que nous empoisonnons lentement nos propres sociétés avec des perturbateurs hormonaux et des éléments toxiques.

5. Le recyclage du plastique est une progression linéaire vers la création de micro-plastiques comme le nylon, le polyester, etc., qui finissent également dans les déchets.

Nous créons donc deux problèmes: le plastique et le microplastique qui finira à la décharge s’il y est jeté.

Le cycle de vie de la bouteille

Bottle Lifecycle

Que puis-je faire pour réduire la pénétration de plastique à usage unique / jetable dans le flux de déchets?
Chaque semaine, lancez-vous un défi en plastique tel que:

Fréquenter les magasins qui offrent des produits sans emballage plastique. Recherchez les magasins Zéro Déchet dans votre région. Ceux-ci nécessiteront que vous apportiez votre propre matériel réutilisable.
Soutenir les agriculteurs / marchés locaux qui offrent souvent des produits sans emballage.
En savoir plus sur les produits que vous achetez. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des conseils sur les solutions de rechange aux produits que vous pourriez acheter:
Parfois, cela peut vous amener à découvrir de nouveaux produits exceptionnels lorsque vous décidez de ne plus soutenir les marques sous emballage plastique.
Tout comme vous utilisez un porte-monnaie pour mettre votre argent, utilisez votre propre contenant pendant votre marathon (bouteille, gobelet, poche à eau ré-utilisables).

Merci de votre geste qui garantira une meilleure vie sur notre planète.

NB: Les produits à usage unique / jetables constituent une exception dans le secteur médical, où la santé et l’hygiène sont importantes.


Le French Blog Post

Je viens de Singapour et je parle Anglais. Je dois être prêt à parler Français parce que je vais rejoindre le marathon de Nice.  J’ai donc appris de YouTube et J’utilise Google pour traduire. Oh merd! Pas le temps d’apprendre

Voici un article pour commencer



Why you should be refusing and avoiding Single-Use / Disposable Plastic Immediately

Finally all the evidence is in of why it is important for the health of our planet, animals and future generations to remove single-use disposable plastic from our lives.

Plastic is a fantastically versatile long lasting material. Making it single-use is a wasted resource and we cannot guarantee its management. It now becomes up to each of us to ensure we play our part to stop the poisoning of our world.

1. You Cannot Guarantee Your “Recycled” Plastic is actually being managed responsibly

Once upon a time, most countries (including the developed nations) used to dump their waste into the ocean. Just as the Victorians used to use the Thames River as a dumping ground. Re:

None of us can guarantee that the “recyclables” we put in the bin or recycle bins will be responsibly managed even if you believe the packaging is “recyclable”. News from the USA, UK, Australasia, Europe, Singapore, Japan have all been exporting “recycled plastic” to places like China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand. When China stopped importing earlier this year, the developed nations sent even larger quantities to the Asian countries that would accept this potential resource. These places are also known to dump waste into the ocean / landfill and have waste management issues.

Additionally our electronic waste contains heavy metals which is toxic to all animals including ourselves.

Once upon a time Northern Italy used to send their “recyclables” to Calabria to process on their behalf. Sadly the companies have been illegally dumping the waste which has been seen falling into the Mediterranean Sea or simply been openly burning the waste

2014 – Italy was fined by the EU for not managing the illegal waste Ref:

2. Photo-degrading plastic produces greenhouse gases

In addition to our recyclables being shipped all around the world, photo-degrading plastic (in landfills and in the ocean) emit methane gas and ethlyene which are 2 powerful greenhouse gases. Seems much more is emitted from single-use disposable plastics!

3. Approx. 1 million animals die each year from plastic consumption

In 2015, a Guardian article highlighted that 90% of birds had plastic in their gut:

Throughout the years, we have been reading about marine life with plastic in their gut. Plastic is junk food offering zero nutrition.

And even land based animals are eating plastic. Deer, cows, goats….

When run / cycle events have used land that have animals on, the participants have still dropped plastic litter on the land in the form of gel packets



4. Unsurprisingly micro-plastic has now been discovered in our gut

It has been known for assumed for some time, and now has been confirmed. If the Whales and Dolphins are anything to go by that have been discovered with plastic, we are slowly poisoning our own societies with hormone disruptors and toxic elements.

5. Recycling plastic is a linear progression towards creating micro-plastic shedding materials like nylon, polyester, etc which also end up in the waste

So we have now created 2 issues: micro-plastic which we are consuming and it will shed in the landfill if it is dumped there.

Bottle Lifecycle

What Can I Do to Reduce Single-Use / Disposable Plastic Further Entering the Waste Stream?

Each week set yourself a plastic challenge such as the following:

  1. Find shops that offer plastic free shopping. Search for Zero Waste shops in your area. These will require you to Bring Your Own Reusable
  2. Support farmers / local markets that often offer produce without packaging
  3. Learn about the products you purchase. See here for some tips for alternatives to products you might purchase: Sometimes this might lead you to discovering new awesome products when you decide to no longer support brands that have single-use plastic packaging
  4. Request shops (like clothes) reuse their own plastic packaging
  5. Just like carrying your own wallet, make it a habit to Bring Your Own Reusable bottle, cup, bag, cutlery as a basic
Thank you if you do take action to help all living things on our one planet.
NB: Single-use / disposable is an exception in the Medical industry where health and hygiene is important.

Always Keep Fighting

There is a famous scene in The Matrix where Morpheus offers Neo the Red Pill of truth or the Blue Pill to stay in the fantasy land.

When you begin to notice the “out of place” things that are wrong, you can never turn back. Litter is a great example. So many people ignore the rubbish dropped on the ground: notice the litter along your streets, in your towns, along the river banks or in the river, along the beach or in the sea. When you begin to notice, you will always notice it. You can choose to ignore it or you can pick it up and dispose of it as best as possible so it does not become a threat to our natural planet.

In 1997, Captain Charles Moore discovered a very large plastic island in the Pacific Ocean and warned societies about it. We ignored it, hoping the problem would disappear. It didn’t! It just grew into an in your face environmental disaster that still we are slow to respond.

  1. In 2008, I attended a green London and found out over 50% of London’s “recyclables” by boroughs were being shipped out to China to process. I didn’t re
  2. After the China ban in Jan 2018, the UK, USA, EU along with many other rich developed nations continued to export “recyclable” plastic & e-waste to other Asian nations like Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, etc to process. Many in the rich countries continue to be fooled that their waste management system is superior in processing their “recyclables”. The China ban and now more recently the Malaysian ban has exposed the flaw of relying solely on “recycling” as the solution to managing our waste from convenient disposables.

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    You can read this article here:

  3. The truth about recycling plastic is, it is a linear progression towards the development of micro-plastic shedding materials such as nylon, polyester, and the other synthetic fabric.
  4. From the invisible oil spill (plastic ocean), millions of animals (mainly marine life and birds) a year are dying from plastic ingestion.

And as we continue to ignore the environmental disaster, unsurprisingly we at the top of the food chain have micro-plastic in us.


To read more about this see here:

The experts claim that this will affect our autoimmune systems and aid the transmission of toxins and harmful bugs or viruses. Whales and dolphins have been dying from plastic ingestion.

Whale Plastic Bag

Finally advocates (presumably plastic manufacturers) have been saying this is a distraction from climate change. It should be noted that photo-degradation of plastic, particularly single-use plastic is contributing to the global warming / climate change


BBC Article:

It is interesting that we can immediately respond to the “Y2K” potential disaster or a visible oil spill. But the plastic environmental disaster???

So which pill will you continue to take? The red pill or the blue pill. We are all stewards for this world.

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”


Numbers 35:33 “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.”

The corporates and governments do need to take action, but we can also take action and be part of the solution. Refuse disposable / single use plastic and take on the plastic / zero waste challenge to reduce the disposable waste you produce. Here are some tips to what you can do:

If you want to share what you have done to reduce your disposable plastic waste then leave a message for me on Twitter: @TyreLady or Facebook:


Zero Waste Office

As part of learning about how the 3Rs can be implemented in companies, have now helped a some companies begin their journey to zero waste as well as been involved with sustainability teams with Corporates.

Since China banned the import of various recyclables, there have been damming reports around the world at how Recycling really needs to be a small part of the conservation on resources instead of the major role it currently takes in many economies and we all need to be part of Reduce Reduce Reduce.

If you have time, this is a great post that summarises up to date what have also been finding with our recycling economy:

china ban

Thus, would like to share with you what I’ve learned so far about helping companies become zero waste, so that others can begin to progress and reduce waste at their own company.

The first is to gather a team from different areas and take a bird’s eye view with an audit & current behaviour so there is a baseline. For example:

1. Quantify water and energy usage

Quantify and cost how much water and energy is used per month and what are the current systems in place.  e.g.

a) Facilities using it (these can often be broken down further such as for water – toilets / taps / kitchen). e.g. In many hotels, the tap water has been seen to be left on to speed up washing of food products or for washing up; In companies toilets have large 5 litre cisterns which is all used to flush the toilet.

b) What type of bulbs are being used?

c) Are machines left on after work hours?

2. Define the specific Office waste that is being generated.

Quantify and cost the quick used office stuff costs / month. e.g.

a) Stationery
b) Office cleaning stuff such as bottles / tins from cleaning chemicals
c) Bags for bins
d) And other stationary items deemed necessary such as Pens, Staples, post it notes

You can find out a lot of these quickly from admin.

3) Quantify the general waste that is going into the bins e.g.

It’s easy to gather a quick review by opening the bags that are going out each day + ask the cleaners how many bags of general waste is generated. e.g. that are typically seen:

a) Food waste
b) Tea bags / coffee grounds
c) Coffee cups
d) Crisp packets
e) Take away containers
f) Paper waste

Next Step

Get your team engaged to discuss how to reduce the items you have identified.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

1. To reduce water and energy

a) there are technologies in place such as using LEDs (one company found they saved the company thousands when they switched to LEDs); look at leasing light bulbs (Philips offer a solution); computers can be automatically shut down after a time period of non-usage (group policies); lights can automatically shut down after a certain time.

b) make people responsible for doing tasks such as switching off the lights before they leave the office ; shut down their computers at the end of the day or before the weekend. People do need reminding.

c) toilets / sinks there are devices to reduce water consumption or again make people more mindful

2. To reduce specific office waste

a) Can your office go paperless? This will reduce the need for most stationery

b) Finance will still be receiving and might have to deal with paper so instead of staples, consider paper clips; Instead of pens, consider pencils; Use paper scraps for scribbling ideas or use wipe boards

c) In meetings consider electronic white boards instead of flip charts

d) There are now shops that supply cleaning products and you refill your own bottles. Do note suppliers will find this a hard area for corporates if they are trying to maintain an ISO standard. Perhaps the ISO standard needs to change to be more sustainable!

3. To reduce general waste

This is probably the hardest area as there are people who like convenience even if it is hurting the environment and our resources. If going green is inconvenient or a chore, there are many people who would prefer to look the other way or blame the government or supermarkets or some thing else for not having to change. You can present the facts and look at ways to make it easier for everyone to come on board.

a) Consider a food waste bin and if your food waste is significant, consider a biodigester / dehydrator.  These come in all different sizes. Food waste can be composted and can be used in a garden or perhaps create a company garden.

b) Watch out for tea bags as the bags themselves have typically been made from nylon fibres (plastic). Source tea bags that have compostable bags or use loose tea and supply decanters. Popping up around the world are places where you can bring your own containers to purchase the office food supplies! If you are ordering vast quantities request the company supply the items in reusable containers that can be returned to them.

c) Encourage the company to BYOR (Bring Your Own Reusable) bottle / thermal mug (which can be used for any liquid) / cutlery / plates / bags and identify places that accept BYOR. You might find creating pledges or departmental competition for how many less bags / less weight of rubbish are generated by the end of the week with a team treat to help.

d) Consider in your team weekly meeting to bring up one sustainability item twice a month that can be tackled. You can then begin to understand people’s concerns.

Hope this post has helped with suggestions to get you started and please do add a comment with what has worked for you to change behaviour in the office environment.


Marathons #73 and #74: Plym Trail Marathon

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Tyre: Freeus-Blod
Event Type:
 Tarmac path that goes along the Plym Trail cycle path. This is a small friendly event and options for a 1/2 marathon or full marathon distances.
Sustainability: The RDs have said the events will be cupless next year 🙂
Start Time: 09:30
Weather: @18 degs C by mid-day
During: Checkpoints every 3-3.5 miles stocked with jelly babies + gels + crisps + peanuts + water to refill
At the End: Medal + small goody bag with food, water

After a restless night car camping and waiting to take off, we were greeted by a couple of wild horses in the village. Had not expected the FirstAndLastRunning’s website pictures would be real! It is real and something to ease off the urgh of sleep deprivation + prowling pervs.

Davey pulled up and greeted us with an early morning welcome sending out more mega-watts of positive energy to the world.

Both Davey and Lesley are 100 marathon clubbers , so they know how to ensure all runners needs are satisfied.

Whilst in the “waiting lounge” (the Village Hall) captain Davey announced that next year the FirstAndLastRunning events will be cupless! Hooray was the response from participants who were there and was pleasantly surprised no one quipped about it.

Time for me to get on the run way and control tower Davey directing that everything was clear for take off. With a final description of the flight path, was soon taking off from Clearbrook Village, up past that dodgy car park, cruising along a high path for a couple of hundred metres. We then flew back past the village, and onwards down towards Plymouth for 6 miles to a turn around point at the end of a path and the entrance to a furniture making factory on one side and a railway track that a steam train uses on the other side. The flight path then returns back up to Clearbrook village and is repeated along this 6 mile track. It is in Dartmoor, so you can expect to view beautiful scenery at a good altitude above flat ground.

Here is a tour with Free-us Blod for part of that route.

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Despite the small numbers, still met folk from a previous marathon and a fellow Fetchie. Other memories of this run was the man who put his hands on his hips and asked with indignation “what do you think you are doing?”, the lady who exclaimed “goodness gracious me…what?” My response “Sorry lah, am foreign. Please be forgiving me.”

Thought I would only be doing day 1 due to a lack of training beforehand, but Uncle persuaded me to do day 2 as it had taken us 6 hours to reach Clearbrook and as he says we should make the most of it. I just needed to be able to move my legs.

The route was pretty clear of runners’ trash. Of course did my duty as last runner and picked up trash – 6 gel tabs and 2 gel packets picked up for an estimated 60 runners.

At the end, there was a final education time to a group of cyclists to teach them about disposable plastic and why thinking zero waste really is the way forward. Loved the line by a Nigerian guy

“Why are you pulling the tyre with a plastic bucket? Is it a metaphor to show us that we are going backwards with disposable plastic?”

Day 1 landed in 7:43:51.

Marathon Recovery tip: If you find you’re stiff when you get up, this might be due to dehydration. Ensure you drink lots of water (for me at least 2 litres) after the marathon and more the day after. It’ll ensure you can get off your seat!

Day 1 Night

Airplane seats suck when they are on a slant. Just seem to constantly slide down and the legs / body can never be comfortable. Yes – we stuck to car camping that night and again pretended we were in business class. We were joined by a fellow runner who simply pulled up and went to sleep. Think I might have had perhaps half an hour of sleep at 6am. Oh well I’ve trained for zero sleep running.

Day 2: 

This morning, water poured from the skies, thoroughly soaking the ground and continued to pour down for hours after. Today’s animal greetings were from a bunch of sheep that had gathered round the cars. The awesome Davey gave another energised send off. Despite the lack of sleep, zero breakfast, and a miserable day, one could only smile being in the country.

It was wet but warm with waterproofs on. Puddles had formed and in parts water was streaming on the ground which tends to slow down the tyre. Free-us Blod happily scooped up the water. But it was just great to be in the open, breathing clean air and fantastic to be active than sitting on my butt for days programming on “trivial” important company stuff to improve their processes.

Day 2’s route is the same as Day 1.

It would only be after about 3-4 hours when the rain eased off and besides the hard core runners out there, saw very few people unlike day 1 when the sunshine and warm day had lots of bystanders out and about.

As the last runner back, again did my duty to spot & pick up any runners’ litter. Perhaps due to the wet day, I did not see any gel tabs or gel packets this time on the return journey to the village. Great job runners!

Overall really enjoyed this run despite the lack of sleep. It’s always fun to see the same runners multiple times as well as to have the space to enjoy the views.

Day 2 landed in 7:40:00, 3 minutes faster than the previous day!

Thank you to:

  • Davey and Lesley for letting me participate in this event. I enjoyed the route despite the ups and downs
  • Uncle for marshaling the turn around point and Richard for the mid-point.
  • To all the other runners for their encouragement

Also thank you Davey for pledging to go cupless next year, and to reduce the single-use packaging.

Some final animals whilst crossing Dartmoor


Preamble to Marathons #73 to #74 – Creep Alert


Looking Down at Clearbrook Village and Dartmoor

At times, am not the most organised person and tried to find accommodation close to the Plym Trail Marathon. There was no room at any inn, and was repeatedly told “it’s bank holiday weekend”. Easy decision – camp out – which have done before. There was a car park at the top of Clearbrook Village that had a scenic view of Dartmoor and a gorgeous full moon was floating in the clear sky, lighting up Dartmoor. It was really spectacular and reminded me of Arrowhead 135. Being in a remote location on the edge of wilderness is always magically. I was to be slapped out of Alice in Wonderland mode.


With a Full Moon on a clear night, this car park has a spectacular view

There were 3 other cars in the car park. One car had moved to be closer to another car and then the other car left. I went out to survey the area for a good camping spot. The other car re-parked closer to where we were parked. Thinking it might be another runner, I went to speak to driver in the car. He was a white male in the driving seat, maybe in his early 20s, alone. From here on, I refer to him as “Perv”.

Me: “Hi – you camping here to run tomorrow?”

Perv: “Oh is there a run?”

Me:  “Yeah.”

Perv: “Are you camping”

Me: “Yeah – thought we’d camp here in this awesome place. You camping too?”

Perv: “No. Am going to be in my car. Out here for the night.”

Me: Confused – “It is a perfect night to watch the moon…”

Perv: “Yes it is”

My spidey senses were tingling and I returned to the car slightly unnerved by the tone of his voice and told Uncle (aka Mr RF) who was in the driving seat. Uncle asked me for my thoughts and I brushed them aside wanting to believe the best. I put warmer clothes on as there was a chill in the air, which made me think about nature’s call. I got out of the car again and this time so did the Perv, who walked in the same direction I was going. He was just a couple of metres ahead of me and turned round to ask “Are you camping?”

Me: “Oh yes” I responded a little confused.

Perv continued to walk towards the bushes and I u-turned to return to the car. As I began to tell Uncle my concerns, the man also returned to his car. At this point we noted that cars were coming into the car park, pausing for a moment where we were and then leaving.

As we were parked right in front of the view of the full moon, I asked Uncle to move the car to the right hand side. Perv also relocated his car next to ours.

Me to Uncle: “Nature is calling, but I need you to watch me as I head for that bush and watch that guy because I think he will get out of his car as well.”

As I headed towards the bushes, the man also got out of his car and walked this time towards my track in my direction. Uncle jumped out of the car and demanded “Where are you going?”. The man was caught off guard and fumbled over his words. Perhaps he thought we were 2 females in the car and thought I was the second female when I had put on warmer clothes. Although I was now hidden behind the bush, I could only hear Uncle’s voice. Perv seemed to mumble.

Uncle asserted again “What is in your hand?”

Perv mumbled something and then returned to his car and drove away. Uncle later on told me he went to look at the man’s licence plate, and the man quickly drove off away from the car park. Who knows what would have happened if Uncle had not intervened.

Feeling unsettled, we decided to relocate ourselves in the village parked up next to the village hall and car camped with the doors locked…..urgh…..was just like being in an airline seat. We told ourselves it was like being in the Premium option, but all the same. Somehow had to rest for the marathon the next day……

I later heard that the car park is a popular “dogging” site (new slang term for me)

Dogging Definition

Gratitude: There are nasty sex predators in this world and have encountered them whilst growing up in this world from molesters, potential rapists and stalkers. This incident reminded me of all of them from 8 years old until now… I needed to let those memories pass on by so that I could rest. Tomorrow was a new day.

Am thankful to my mother who made me learn a martial art when I was 11 years old. Am thankful to the police I have spoken to in the past who taught me to be observant in all surroundings. Am thankful to Uncle for confronting the man. Am thankful to God for always keeping me safe.

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