In recycling we trust

Recycle cards and save our woods says Corrie star Samia Smith

Who says season's greetings are just for Christmas? Throughout January you can recycle all your unwanted cards at special bins in store*. Recycling the cards generates money, which the Woodland Trust uses to create new woods throughout the UK.

Coronation Street star Samia Smith, who is backing this year's campaign, says, 'It's such a waste to throw away your Christmas cards when all you have to do is take them down to your local store. I try to be green at home – we recycle all of our bottles and have colour-coded bin bags for our rubbish. And at work they recycle our scripts so, you never know, your loo roll could have once been a Coronation Street storyline.'

For more information and details of how you can get involved visit

*Including selected Express stores

Samia Smith

Bag for life

Charlotte Church uses reusable bags

Celebrities like Charlotte Church (right) are backing the increasing move to reusable bags, and Jutexpo, the world's largest manufacturer of eco-friendly jute bags and supplier to Tesco, has been named a green business pioneer in the Barclays Green Leaders in Business Awards. Jutexpo was set up in 2002 by Barrie Turner, working with independent jute farmers to produce – so far – over 12 million bags.

Did you know? People use an average of 216 plastic bags each per year – that's four each week. It could be reduced rapidly if everyone bought two jute bags a year.


I'm really worried about the rising price of energy. How can I save money?
Lisa Ayrton, Sheffield

With winter upon us it's easy for energy costs to soar. So is lending a helping hand with energy comparison costs, including green energy. And the website's money-saving tips can show you how to beat the credit crunch and still be green.

Win a top eco treat

Titanic spa

Being green doesn't mean you can't pamper yourself as Titanic Spa, near Huddersfield, shows. And now the UK's first eco-spa is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a two-night spa break for two including a three-course dinner, breakfast and Champagne. You can indulge in a private mud chamber session, a natural facial and stone massage each, an Elemis foot treatment and a pro-collagen hand and nail treatment and enjoy full use of the spa's heat and ice experience**.

To enter email your details to by 20 February 2009 or for postal entries and full prize-draw terms and conditions see page 105. For more about Titanic visit or call 0845 410 3333 for reservations.

**This prize must be taken within three months of winner notification and is subject to availability. Prize cannot be altered or exchanged in any way. Travel, spending money, additional meals other than stated or additional hotel/spa expenditure are not included in the prize

Greener living every day

Tesco is relaunching its green website. The good news is the new Greener Living Everyday site will show you easy ways to be green, with articles, games, recipes, competitions and even a blog on keeping chickens!

Look out for the new site on from the end of January.


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