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Day Twenty one –

Eco Challenge Day 21

Well good job everyone for completing the 21 Day Eco Challenge.  Hopefully you have now developed some life long habits that will help you and your family walk a little lighter on the planet.

Now if you are interested in keeping the conversation going I invite you to join the Eco Everyday Facebook Group.  It’s my closed group so you have to ask me nicely if you can join but I haven’t knocked anyone back yet!  Here a group of likeminded people discuss tips and tricks they use at home to be eco friendly.  At the moment we are discussing Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts that we can give to encourage our friends and family to take some baby steps towards leaving a lighter footprint.

Here is a printable of your certificate of achievement which I hope you will print out and display proudly.  You really are a champion for participating and I am so very proud of each one of you.

Day 21 award

Of course Farewell My Manicure Web TV will be starting in September (date TBA) and if you want to stay informed about what is coming up I encourage you to click the big GREEN button and subscribe.

Until the next time!

Julia

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Day Twenty –

Eco Challenge day 20

One of the joys of gardening is growing from seed.  You stare at the soil day after day, waiting for the first signs of green shoots to poke their heads through the earth.  The about two weeks later they are strong healthy seedlings and then some months later you can reap the rewards of the harvest.

 

So todays challenge is to plant the seeds you harvested days ago, or if you didn’t manage to seed save any, then go ahead and buy some heirloom seeds from The Diggers Club or your hardware store.  Plant them in a sunny spot that is convenient for your to pass daily so that you can tend to them easily and monitor their progression.

 

If you have trouble with little creatures digging them up or birds coming in for a feast of your seeds then here is the perfect opportunity to recycle some of those horrendous water bottles that you may have accumulated BEFORE giving up buying bottled water for good.  Carefully cut the tops off them and use them as mini green houses to protect your seeds from rodents and keep them hydrated.

 

Here’s a little video I made explaining the process.

 

 

Well tomorrow is Day 21, BUT if you would like to follow along with Farewell My Manicure and have the TV Guide to the new Web TV show delivered straight to your inbox then please subscribe by hitting the big GREEN button.

 

Until tomorrow

 

 

Julia

 

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Day Nineteen –

Eco Challenge Day 19

Sometimes the old fashioned methods are the best, most cost effective and the safest for the environment.  Simple cleaning solutions of vinegar infused with orange peel, scented oils and bicarb of soda do an amazing job and are totally toxin free.

So that’s your challenge for today.  Try cleaning your kitchen sink with a sprinkling of bicarb (just lightly, not a snow drift) and spraying with some plain white vinegar.  Use a rag to wipe down the sink and a clean wet rag to go over it to remove the excess.  Your sink will sparkle!

If you would like to join us for the next few days of the challenge please go ahead and click the big GREE button to subscribe.

Until tomorrow,

Julia

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Day Eighteen –

Eco Challenge Day 18

What’s wrong with a little bit of plastic wrap?  When I take it off my sandwich and scrunch it up it doesn’t amount to much.

But think of all the rolls of wrap that you buy in one year and multiply that by the number of families in your street, your suburb, your country and THEN it becomes a big problem!

One person’s efforts do make a difference because if we all stopped using plastic wrap and plastics in general our landfill and water ways wouldn’t be so clogged with this toxic mess that doesn’t break down for hundreds of years.

I want to introduce you to some alternatives, like glass jars, steel containers, and alternate wraps like this fabulous local product called Honeybee Wrap, an organic cotton fabric infused with bees wax and tree resin utilising the antibacterial properties of the wax and the malleability of the resin to form an attractive and eco friendly alternative to plastic wrap.

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So that’s your challenge for today, to say goodbye to plastic wrap forever.  Are you up to the challenge?

If you would like to join us for the last little bit of the 21 Day Eco Challenge just hit the big GREEN button to subscribe.

Until tomorrow,

Julia

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Day Seventeen –

Eco Challenge Day 17

I just love the concept of free food and this is one of the easiest ways to accumulate seeds to grow your own produce at home.

This is your challenge for today.  So tonight while you are preparing the dinner, if you are cutting up a vegetable that contains seeds, scoop some out, place them in a dish on the windowsill and let them dry out.  In a couple of days time go ahead and plant them in some seed trays, an egg carton on the windowsill on straight into your garden bed.  In a couple of weeks they will poke their tiny green heads out and you will have the pleasure of watching you free food grow.

Just think, no food miles, no gas emissions, no toxic chemicals!

If you would like to join us on the final week of the 21 Day Eco Challenge just hit the big GREEN button and subscribe.

Until tomorrow

Julia

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Day Sixteen –

Eco Challenge Day 16

If you ask my husband what thing I invented in my mind before it’s time, it was this, the remote controlled power outlet.  Oh if only I had the know how of how to make and market one of these little gadgets we would have been millionaires by now.  But alas, someone with more electrical skills that me beat me to it.

Standby power not only eats into your electricity usage and adds to your consumption but the ecological impact is much greater.  Because some of our appliances are hard to get at to turn them off at the wall you would benefit from owning at least one of these remote controlled power outlets that let you press a button to turn off the hard to reach DVD player or microwave oven, directly at the power point.

That’s your challenge for today.  Buy one remote controlled power outlet and place it on a hard to reach appliance that has a standby mode.  You will save at least $50 per appliance over the course of the year, and all those green house gas emissions also.

Join us for the remaining days of the 21 Day Eco Challenge by hitting the big GREEN button and subscribing.  The planet will thank you.

Until tomorrow.

Julia

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Day Fifteen –

Eco challenge day 15

If at your place it is anything like our place, the shower is located hundreds of kilometres away from the hot water system, or so it seems.  On a cold winters morning when you are thankful for the hottest of showers you stand for minutes freezing until the shower finally runs hot.

It has always bothered me, that waste of perfectly good water.  During the drought in Queensland a few years back people were encouraged to put buckets in their showers with the express purpose of catching this precious cold water before the hot arrived.

So that’s your challenge for today.  Either in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry sink, the shower or wherever else you use hot water, capture the approximate 24 litres/day that would normally go down the drain.  Use it on the garden, to hydrate your pets, plants, fill the kettle or wash the car.

Join us for the rest of the 21 day Eco Challenge by hitting the big GREEN button and subscribing.  You’ll be glad you did.

Until tomorrow

Julia

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Day Fourteen! – two weeks down and one to go.

Eco Challenge Day 14

It never really finishes you know, this 21 Day Eco Challenge is meant to set in place some habits that will continue with you from this day forward.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and I am hoping that by participating in the challenge you will be developing and Eco Everyday mindset.

Speaking of which, please join the Eco Everyday Facebook group and together we can continue the conversation about how we can help leave a lighter footprint on this planet we all share.  Go to www.facebook.com/groups/ecoeveryday and ask to join (it’s a closed group).

So your challenge for today is to reflect and record.  If you haven’t filled out the little post-it note chart from last week then please do and take some photos of your achievements along the way.

If you would like to join us for the next seven days of the challenge it’s not too late.  Just click the big GREEN button and sign up.  It’s that easy.

Until tomorrow,

Julia

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Day Thirteen –

Eco Challenge day 13

There are many ways in a household to save water and this is just one of them…

When you cook up some pasta, boil potatoes, blanch veggies, think about saving the water that is left in the pot, allowing it to cool down on the bench and then using it to water your garden.  Not only is it recycling water that would normally go down the drain but it is adding nutrients to the soil that would otherwise be lost.

So that’s your challenge for today.  Are you up to the challenge?

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Julia

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Day Twelve –

Eco Challenge Day 12

Just yesterday my husband complained about the number of glass jars we had piling up in the cupboard where our drinking glasses belong.  “Why have we got to keep all these glass jars?” he asked.  “It’s because when the crops are bountiful I will be making preserves and chutneys and bottling the surplus” I said, secretly hoping for that day to come.

Truth is I just can’t bring myself to throw them out.

Some quick facts;

Glass is the ultimate recyclable, being able to be recycled infinitely.

Did you know that the amount of energy that is used to recycle glass is about half of the energy used to make new glass from natural resources.

Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass that is recycled!

Your challenge for today is to try and replace some of your plastic containers in the pantry, laundry or under your sink with glass jars.  Are you up to the challenge?

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Until tomorrow!

Julia

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