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Green challenges

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

Wrapping up our paperless challenge

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Credit: Librarian Avenger, via Flickr.com under Creative Commons

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So how did you go with your paperless living challenge this last month? I feel like I’ve made some good changes; I also feel like there’s so far to go yet before I can really say that I’m paper-free.

The problem with a paper-free life is that although you can change your own habits and decisions, there’s always someone ready to give you more paper whether you want it or not. It can be very frustrating when you’ve been trying hard to do the right thing.

For example, I thought I was doing well with the challenge, showing my boss how we could use a project management software to exchange comments on documents instead of printing them out and writing on them. And I’d managed to find a brand of tissues made from recycled paper too.

But then I was cleaning out my handbag and realised it was full of receipts - it’s just such a habit to take them I forgot to turn them down when offered. Did you have any similar experiences?

The secret to any change in your life, including the G Challenges, is to make sure that you don’t let “Perfect” become the enemy of “Good”. Or the enemy of “Big Improvement on What I Did Before”, even. The receipts went in the recycling bin, and I’ll try to remember to turn them down in future. But it doesn’t make my other changes worthless - they still have had a positive impact.

The environmental issues we face in Australia, and around the world, are both urgent and important to solve. We can’t afford to say “near enough is good enough”. But it’s important to remember our successes too, and that every change you make for the better is a wonderful thing.

So take a moment to congratulate yourselves on the work you’ve done in the G Challenges, maybe brag about it to your friends (just a little bit!) to show them that reducing waste-paper is something anyone can do, and think about what you can do next.