Green challenges

Green challenges

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

Thinking about reuse

A tip and an extra challenge

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". I think that's a great way to live. Let's leave behind the flimsy bits and pieces that never last, and aim for quality products that can be maintained and reused for a very long time.

New iPod next to an older model

Don't keep up with the Joneses

Saturday, 28 November 2009

I've been thinking about how I can make decisions now that will make it easier for me to refill, reuse and repair stuff in the future. In my opinion, this means thinking carefully when I buy new things, and planning ahead.

Vintage handkerchiefs

Quality over quantity

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

In my last post I talked about how frugality can help us save the planet. But saving cereal boxes to make magazine holders isn't the only way to go. It's possible to think more high-end when it comes to reusing, repairing and refilling.

Putting money in a piggy bank

Saving money by reducing waste

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Normally when we think of reusing, repairing and refilling things, we imagine being very frugal. When you see all sorts of ideas for how you can reuse everyday items, a lot of them come from people are learning how to stretch a dollar further.

Clothes rack

Keep those favourite clothes for longer

Friday, 13 November 2009

The average Australian now buys so many clothes, so cheaply, that when something loses a button or gets a little tear, we think nothing of replacing it with something new right away.


Kitchen opportunities for refilling, reusing and repairing

Friday, 13 November 2009

The kitchen is a great place to get the hang of refilling, reusing and repairing our stuff. We're encouraged to always buy new, but there's a lot of opportunities to be cleverer than that.

Electronic waste

They don't make 'em like they used to

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Appliances and electronics seem to be made for "planned obsolescence", designed to break just after the warranty expires so you have to buy a new one. It's pretty frustrating, but a little of the "repair, reuse, refill" attitude can help us get more life out of these objects.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle logo

Refill, Reuse, Repair

Sunday, 8 November 2009

We've become a bit spoiled these days - it's easy and cheap to buy new things as soon as the one we have gets a dent or gets a little dirty. But there's no reason we can't get a little bit clever about making the most of what we've already got.

Cyclist in Santa Barbara

I'm going to start riding a bike

Friday, 16 October 2009

I have a little confession to make: I'm a little bit scared to ride a bike. I know it's good for the environment, and for my health. It looks like fun. Heaps of people I know are doing it already. But... I'm nervous about doing it myself.

Electricity meter

Electricity: are you really going to use all of that?

Friday, 9 October 2009

If we're going to replace coal-fired power with renewables, let's think about how much of it actually gets used.

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