Author: Melissa Morozzo

January 21, 2010

Green resolutions

2010 has a distinctly futuristic ring to it, especially if you're one of those people who say ‘twenty-ten' rather than the clunkier ‘two thousand and ten.' Of course, now that we are officially living in the future, there's no excuse for any decidedly twentieth-century
December 10, 2009

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas

Nobody likes an eco-Scrooge at Christmas time. An eco-Scrooge would tell you to save paper this festive season by wrapping all your gifts in newspaper, pages from magazines or the used wrapping paper you carefully conserved from last year. An eco-Scrooge might suggest cooking only as much
November 19, 2009

The Good and the Bad: The Bad

The bad news comes from Legambiente's annual report, Ecosistema Urbano, a collaborative project with the Istituto di ricerche Ambiente Italia and Sole 24 Ore newspaper. The report looks into the eco-credentials of 103 Italian cities and then ranks them. Most of Tuscany's major towns have sadly slipped

The Good and the Bad: The Good

EUROPEAN WEEK FOR WASTE REDUCTION November 22-29   Be inspired by this Europe-wide initiative aimed at companies and individuals to reduce the amount of stuff thrown away. See the general website ( and one specifically for Italy ( both sites are jammed with practical
November 5, 2009

Don’t be a drip

I'm not a person who gets easily depressed. In fact, I'm usually annoyingly chirpy. Nonetheless, there are times while researching BeGreenInFlo when I come across something so dismal that even I want to throw myself under one of Florence's eco buses. I recently attended a green film
October 8, 2009

The trash trail – Part two: organic waste

Something strange appeared in suburban Florence about a year ago. We woke up one morning to find shiny brown bins for organic waste in the street and neat plastic bins and wads of organic-waste-disposal bags on every doorstep. The rubbish fairy had come in the night.   According

The weight of consequences

The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano   translated by Shaun Whiteside Doubleday €19,20     It's a terrible thing to say, but I was determined not to like The Solitude of Prime Numbers, the award-winning book by Italian author Paolo Giordano. I'd heard
September 24, 2009

A student-friendly green guide to Florence

  When you’re in a foreign country, there’s a great temptation to leave all your green habits at home. After all, you’re only here for a few months and you want to make the most of your stay, not waste time worrying about turning lights off, right? Florence is a beautiful city, a Renaissance wonderland […]
September 10, 2009

The trash trail – Part One: George Clooney’s rubbish

Some couples go shopping together. Some go to the cinema or out for a romantic meal. Others (read: my other half and I) think it's great fun to spend a morning touring Case Passerini, a rubbish-processing plant on the outskirts of Florence.   Case Passerini processes Florence's
July 16, 2009

Fresh n’ green

You know summer's here when travelling on the bus is like stepping into Dante's steaming Inferno and you get the urge to lie naked on your floor tiles at night with a couple of ice cubes tucked under your armpits. Fortunately, there are many environmentally friendly ways to