Green challenges

Green challenges

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

Drinking from reusable bottle

Planning ahead

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

What I've learned this month is that the main reason people buy bottled water isn't the taste, or the health concerns, or the marketing. It's the convenience! But is that a good enough reason to damage the environment?

Oily water

Oil and water

Monday, 6 October 2008

Brace yourselves: I got the calculator out for this post and have been trying to do some maths. I've been trying to work out the oil used to package the bottled water we drink in Australia.

Recyle symbol made of plastic bottles

Ask for a refund

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Only 35% of plastic water bottles actually get recycled, even though they're completely, totally, 100% recyclable.

Unlabelled bottled water

Spot the difference

Monday, 29 September 2008

Can you tell the difference between tap water and bottled water? Tests show that most people can't.

Drinking from the tap

Tip-top tap

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Why does tap water get such a bad reputation? Australian standards for water quality are among the highest in the world.

Tap water served at a cafe

Nearly slipped!

Monday, 22 September 2008

A short holiday nearly broke my challenge - but I caught myself just in time.

Drinking fountain in Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

Bottled water: the alternatives

Thursday, 18 September 2008

If we're going to give up our bottled water, what are the alternatives? Find out what your options are...

No more bottled water!

No more bottled water for me

Monday, 15 September 2008

Today I start a new G Challenge: no more bottled water for a month. I'm looking forward to this one!

Coffee cup

Last drop, and a new challenge

Friday, 12 September 2008

Well, this is the end of the takeaway coffee cup challenge. How did you go? I think I did pretty well...

Coffee cup

Mug style

Friday, 12 September 2008

Ceramic cups and travel mugs last for up to 10 years, or 3,000 uses. So it's worth choosing one that suits your personality - you'll be looking at it for a long time! Here's a few suggestions...

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