Julia Hailes MBE


" I wear many hats, but they're all green."

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  • Which? on plastic bags (Aug12)

      I've done a lot of speaking and writing about plastic bags!  I've even written a poem on the subject, for one speech I made.  Which? asked me to give them an expert view for an article in entitled 'Plastic bags at breaking point'...

  • Washing up tips with Fairy (May12)

    Procter & Gamble, manufacturers of Fairy liquid, asked me to write some consumer advice about the greenest way to wash dishes.    One of my bug bears is people who rinse their plates under the tap before putting it in the dishwasher - either wash the plate or put it in the dishwasher...

E for Good

In 2011, I set up E For Good, with Melinda Watson .We’re campaigning to reduce the amount of electrical waste (e-waste) as well as setting up systems to increase repair, reuse and efficient recycling. This is the focus of my work in 2012.

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Which? on plastic bags (Aug12)

 


I’ve done a lot of speaking and writing about plastic bags!  I’ve even written a poem on the subject, for one speech I made.  Which? asked me to give them an expert view for an article in entitled ‘Plastic bags at breaking point.   As well as being interviewed on the topic, I wrote a short piece which included an action list for supermarkets to:

1.  Encourage customers to bring their own bags and reuse them as much as possible

2.  Promote recycling of all polyethylene film, along with carrier bags

3.  Close the loop and make carrier bags from recycled plastic


Washing up tips with Fairy (May12)

Procter & Gamble, manufacturers of Fairy liquid, asked me to write some consumer advice about the greenest way to wash dishes.   One of my bug bears is people who rinse their plates under the tap before putting it in the dishwasher – either wash the plate or put it in the dishwasher. There’s no need to do both.  Another washing up horror is washing dishes under a running tap – particularly if it’s hot water.  I find it very difficult watching other people wash up, if they’re being wasteful – and sometimes can’t stop myself trying to change other people’s washing up habits!  Eek.


Eco-Sheets – Using Recycled Plastics

In January 2011 I took my son Connor (far right in picture) to see the Eco Sheet factory.  Melinda Watson from the Raw Foundation came too (pictured far left) – and Amanda Barry-Hirst from Greenhouse PR.  Omer Kutluoglu, one of the founders showed us around.   They’re making brilliant use of recycled mixed plastics – turning them into fascia boards for the building industry. The plastic boards are long-lasting and infinitely recyclable – they’re replacing plywood, which may come from rainforest areas and has to be replaced regularly.