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

Give it away!

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This week I'm trying to use a giant tin of tomatoes for our Waste Not, Want Not challenge.

I'm sure I could find a use for it myself, but I've decided to stick with the spirit of the Christmas season and donate it to a charity food bank, along with a few other pantry items.

When we buy too much food then leave it sitting around, we're frittering away resources while others are living in hunger.

Victorian food donation organisation FareShare says that although many people recognise the social benefits of their work, not everyone realises the environmental benefits.

They did a study that shows for every kilo of food they recover and give to the needy, they're saving 1.5 kg of greenhouse gases, and 56 litres of water, from being wasted.

So if you've got excess non-perishable food, consider donating it to someone who could really use it instead of letting it gather dust in the back of your pantry.

It meets two needs in our society: reducing our ecological footprint, and helping out the less fortunate.

Most charities and churches are looking for help around Christmas time, and again during winter.

And lots of workplaces do a collection at this time of year - if yours doesn't, why not do a bit of a collection from your friends, and consider it part of this G Challenge?