The Latest From British TV: No Waste Like Home

bbctrash.jpgIf British imports like “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “Pop/American Idol” can be a success, then why not a show about reducing family household waste? Sound’s far fetched, but the BBC is producing a successful show based specifically around the concept of taking an otherwise sloppy and wasteful household and teaching them how to reduce their ecological footprint. It’s as much about economics as it is about taking a proactice environmental stance, but either way, if it proves entertaining and popular, it can’t help but have a positive impact on the promotion of ecologically inspired efficiency. (BBC link) (Via Alt-e)

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

4 responses

  1. Hi Triple Pundit
    Love your site
    No Waste Like Home is indeed a great show and we have written much about it on our site.
    Sadly the news from BBC America is not looking good. We contacted them to find out if the show would be making the trip across the pond and the answer currently was no.
    But you can of course change that. If you want the show in the US then visit:
    and tell them to get that show over there asap! It might just work!

  2. Hi TP,
    Namaste is right – it is an excellent show and a real fact-packed eye opener.
    I spent time with Penney recently and can tell you, shw is so ‘switched on to switching off’!
    Simple, green living is not rocket science, but it does benefit from a little coercion and encouragement.
    I am aware there are lots of groups in the USA who are making moves towards simpler, greener living and if you had the programme, I am sure it wouild help more people on their way.
    Take Namaste’s advice and make your voice heard!
    Tracey Smith
    Creator of National Downshifting Week

  3. Hi my name is Jay Glennie and if you look at the credits you can see my name as the creator of the BBC2 show No Waste Like Home. Obviously for a number of resasons i.e the environment and my bankbalance(!) I would love for the show to be returned not only to our screens but to screens worldwide Fundamently we need to take time out and think of the environemnt first so getting ringing the BBC!
    Jay Glennie

  4. No Waste Like Home was an important wake up call. A clarion call, if you will, to the knowledge that our industrial way of life is totally unsustainable. Why? Simply because the petrochemical cornucopia which has thus far fuelled and driven our (increasingly dark, given Iraq and the coming resource wars) infotainment led dreams of continued growth without end in sight is based on a lie. The lie that energy to fuel our economies will always be cheap and readily available. A lie that, in even in the mainstream, and mainly brain dead, media, is steadily unravelling and starting to emerge into the light of day. That lie is predicated upon the basis that fossil fuels are nearly inexhaustible. They are not. The energy crisis of 1973 and 1979 were politically engineered and thus were avoidable. The coming energy crisis, the peak production of conventional oil and a little while later, natural gas is not avoidable. For the simple reason it is based not this time upon politics and greed but upon geology and world demand/supply. As for oil shale, tar sands and the so called hydrogen economy? They are little more than vapourware. I will not bore you all with the details here of why that is so but would urge those still reading (and therefore still thinking) to research the whole basis of our fossil fuelled industrial way of life. As a baseline for further research read: Matthew R Simmons, Richard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, Julian Darley, Prof Jeremy Leggett, Prof Albert Bartlett. For web based research two great starting off points are: and For a more far reaching (though perhaps challenging) perspective I would recommend as a jump off point into the real geopolitcal machinations behind peak oil and the so called war on terrorism. WARNING: (AND I AM SERIOUS) for those of you who prefer to maintain their comfortable illusions about the world energy situation (ie. cheap and available energy for decades to come, as per the IEA and Saudi Aramoco officials) I would strongly suggest you do not research peak oil. If you do as I have done (conducted an extensive, intensive, and still ongoing) two year study programme you may not like what you discover.

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