Green challenges

Green challenges

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

solar panel

Saving energy is more popular these days

Sunday, 31 October 2010

When I started looking into environmental issues, people never considered saving money on their bills by switching lightbulbs or looking at the energy star ratings when they bought appliances. But now a new survey shows just how popular it's becoming.

Bed and table

Just the tip of the iceberg

Sunday, 24 October 2010

When was the last time you had to get rid of large furniture or appliances? I bet it was tempting to just take it to the tip and let it be someone else's problem. Here's why it's a good idea to find a new home for those things.

A woman vacuuming the carpet

Spring cleaning - a chance to prepare for summer

Friday, 15 October 2010

Spring is here! Time for fresh asparagus, exercising outdoors again, and spring cleaning. And it's a good time to prepare your home for the hot weather that will be here soon.

Family walking down a street

Green living is community living

Friday, 8 October 2010

The old fashioned view of green communities is of hippie communes. These days we’re more likely to think of Transition Towns and community gardens. But it doesn’t matter if you’re No Impact Man living in New York City or if you’re building an earthship in a country town... making green choices encourages community spirit.

Shopping trolley filled with reuseable bags and shopping

Why I feel lucky to be buying nothing new

Sunday, 3 October 2010

It's easy to feel smug when looking at the consumerist masses. But this challenge has also made me feel lucky and grateful for the opportunity to Buy Nothing New this month.

The Cockburn family

Going the extra mile: buying nothing at all!

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Some people take the 'buy nothing' idea to new heights by becoming self-sufficient. You might not realise it, but It's possible to do in Australia on a suburban block.

Woman reading a book while seated in a hammock

Don't we have something more fun to do than go shopping?

Sunday, 26 September 2010

In 21st century society, we’re all used to shopping: if we’re not self-sufficient for all our needs, we’re going to have to exchange money for goods and services at some point. But let’s keep it in perspective - shopping is something we have to do, yet there are way more fun things to do with our spare time than trekking around a shopping centre.


It's not just what you consume, but how you do it...

Friday, 17 September 2010

Product-sharing services like libraries and taxis have been around for ages - but new technology and greener attitudes are turning them into modern and convenient options.

Newspaper ad says 50% off

Five ways to resist impulse shopping

Friday, 17 September 2010

We get so much encouragement to spend, spend, spend. But is it really necessary? I'm learning how to stop the impulse shopping and make better decisions.

Man repairing a bike

Learning how to avoid planned obsolescence

Friday, 10 September 2010

As we move on through our challenge, it might be worth revisiting the idea that we must have new things all the time. One of our previous challenges was to Refill, Reuse and Repair - the skills you learned during that challenge will come in handy now.

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