Green challenges

Green challenges

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

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.

Pantry

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.

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.

Getting rid of standby power hogs

Friday, 22 May 2009

No-one goes out to buy a new TV and thinks "Gee, I'd really like a TV that has a great picture, is affordable, and sucks power even when I'm not using it". We want the best value for money, so making sure there aren't any inefficient products out there is a good start.

Hand switching off the lights before bed

Get into the switching-off habit

Friday, 22 May 2009

Given that switching off power at the wall can save us money as well as help the environment, it's a pretty good habit to get into. But learning new good habits can take a little while, and making them part of an existing habit is one of the easiest ways to start.

Microwave power

What are your problem switches?

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

So how are we all doing with this challenge? How often are you remembering to switch off at the wall?

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