Green challenges

Green challenges

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

Shirt on a hanger

Not new, but new to you

Friday, 10 September 2010

Our challenge is to buy nothing new all this month. That does however leave us a few options if we find that we absolutely must acquire something we don’t already own: buying secondhand, and swapping.

An empty shopping trolley

New challenge: Buy Nothing New

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

This challenge is going to be tough! We often don't even think twice before buying new things. But our consumption habits play a big role in our eco-impact, so it's time to rethink them.

Friends chatting

Sell the sizzle, not the (locally-sourced, free-range) steak

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Most people are over-worked and want a solution to their problems, or at least a little more fun in their lives. Should you help them by bragging more about the benefits of sustainable living?

Man looking at juiceboxes

Don't sweat the small stuff: how I make the little eco-decisions easier

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Coffee or tea? Pens or pencils? When I first became a greenie, I felt overwhelmed by the little eco-decisions everyday, wondering if any of it made a difference. Here's how I learned to stop worrying and love the little choices.

Beetroot salad

Eating local means eating seasonal

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Remember our eat local challenge earlier this year? I’ve been keeping it up but with slightly relaxed rules, but it gets a lot harder in winter. I miss the juicy tomatoes I took for granted all summer long!

Hot water bottle and scarf

Winter warmers: 3 eco-friendly ways to keep warm

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

It’s tempting to crank up the heater or plug in an electric blanket, but that’ll wreck all the effort you made to save energy earlier in the year. What are your winter warming tips?

Remote and tv

Getting double-duty from our gadgets

Friday, 23 July 2010

Continuing our look around for potential multi-purpose objects in our homes, today I’m paying attention to my electronics. They’re the kind of thing that you buy once then forget about, as they blend into your everyday life.

Man moving furniture

What's the point of multi-purpose furniture?

Friday, 23 July 2010

In my search for multipurpose items, I saw shelves that turned into chairs and other gimmicky-looking designs. What happens to the stuff you're keeping on the shelf when you switch? But then I saw the point...

Multi-purpose in the bathroom

Friday, 16 July 2010

How are you going with your multi-purpose product challenge? This week I'm tackling the bathroom and looking for ways to reduce clutter by removing single-use products.

Little black dress

Getting the most out of your wardrobe

Friday, 16 July 2010

Instead of following trends that dictate you replace all your clothes every season, why not slow things down with a few multi-purpose clothes that will see you through every change?

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