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Green challenges

Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

How did your G Challenge year go?

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We've been doing these challenges for a while now! I've enjoyed figuring them all out, seeing them as a test of my ingenuity and commitment to living an eco-friendly lifestyle. How about you?

Which of the challenges did you enjoy the most, or find the easiest? Which did you dislike or find too difficult? Are there any you have built into your life, less as a challenge and more of a permanent lifestyle change? Here's what I found:

Easiest challenge: ditching the car, since I don't own a car to start with! But to keep in the spirit of the challenge I stopped getting lifts from people and relied solely on public transport for the month. I'd still really like to get into cycling, though.

Most enjoyable challenge: going vegetarian. I really liked spending so much time looking at recipes (yum!) and I got to try new restaurants and food.

Most difficult challenge: cutting back on standby power. It was really tricky to remember to switch everything off each night. Whoever invents a whole-house power-down switch will have my love and respect forever!

Challenge I've kept: well, it'd be too easy to pick ditching the car here! But I think the reducing food waste challenge is the one that's had the most impact on my habits. I'm now very good at planning my meals and using leftovers. I've also completely ditched bottled water and takeaway coffee.

Leave a comment to let us know how you went with any or all of these - perhaps we can give each other tips on the ones we found difficult...