Decision time: breakfast packaging

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we're told. It was certainly the most difficult for me, as I stood there sleepily trying to make a decision about packaging types.

Apples on a tray, wrapped in plastic

New challenge: nude food

Saturday, 4 July 2009

The more you think about it, the more you realise how much we wrap things up in plastic and cardboard and glass. Obviously, some of it is necessary. I don't fancy trying to bring milk home without packaging! But then again, do my tomatoes really need a styrofoam tray and cling wrap?

Traffic jam

Challenge review: leave the car at home

Friday, 26 June 2009

Spending on public transport doesn't just help us tackle climate change, it also helps people in outer suburbs have better access to essential services, and is good for the economy too.

court gavel

Litigation and climate change

Friday, 26 June 2009

The big sleeper issue around climate change is litigation. Already there are signs that investors, communities and non government organisations will be taking companies to court over their claims on the environment. It is a growing trend


Being more food-wise

Friday, 19 June 2009

Last year Bronwyn suggested we go through our pantries and freezers and use up the food there instead of buying new items every week. Since about 20% of the average Australian's food purchases end up in landfill, that seemed like a great challenge to me! Have you been keeping it up?

Lots of vegetables

Are you still eating vegetarian meals?

Friday, 19 June 2009

More people are going vegetarian part-time - Meatfree Mondays and Weekday Vegetarians are the new ways to try it out without having to go cold turkey.

Challenge review: no bottled water

Friday, 12 June 2009

How are we going on the 'switch to tap water' challenge? Remember, you're doing your bit to save the environment when you leave the bottle behind.

Coffee cup

Challenge review: no disposable coffee cups

Friday, 12 June 2009

Let's review how we've been doing on the older challenges - are you still keeping up your good habits? First up - giving up disposable cups when we get takeaway coffee.

sustainable building

The business case for green buildings

Friday, 12 June 2009

The evidence suggests that owners of green buildings can charge higher rents. The value of green buildings is also higher when they are put on the market. Despite the various risks, green buildings are worth developing, not just for the environment but for profit.

standby button

Reducing standby power: how did you go?

Friday, 29 May 2009

So how did you go with getting rid of all those vampire power suckers over the last month? I did pretty well, I think.

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