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Day Eleven –

Eco Challenge Day 11

Making smarter choices in the home for you lighting source not only cuts down on green house gas emissions but will save you money!  Don’t you just love a win win situation.

Energy efficient LED light bulbs may cost more to purchase but the real cost of old fashioned incandescent lightbulbs becomes apparent when you look at their short life span and how much energy it takes to run them over time.  An LED lasts 5 – 10 times longer and uses just one fifth of the energy!

So today’s challenge is to choose one (or more if you can) of the lights that you use most in the house and change it to an energy efficient LED.

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Until tomorrow,

Julia

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Day Ten –

Eco Challenge Day 10

Did you realise that if you leave the tap running when you brush your teeth that ten litres of water go down the drain?  Over time, multiply that by the number of people in your household, your neighbours and friend’s households and it amounts to a monumental waste of this precious resource.

Ten litres of water is as much as some people on this planet have to use in an entire month!

So your challenge is to make sure you turn off the tap when you brush.  Some people even go so far as to brush their teeth in the shower.  Also help to educate those around you about the ten litres.  I’m sure many will be surprised.

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Until tomorrow

Julia

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Day Nine –

Eco Challenge Day 9

I have definitely noticed a decline in the amount of rubbish I put in my city council bin since starting a compost heap.  By putting all paper, trimmings, cuttings, weeds, kitchen scraps and peelings into compost, not only am I creating nutrient rich material that inevitably will be used on my garden but I am helping to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill.

So today’s challenge is to create a compost heap or worm farm to feed your scraps to.

Here is a video I prepared a while ago to tell you about worm farming and your  local city council’s web site will no doubt have information about composting that you can download or you can go to www.cleanup.org for more information.

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Until tomorrow.

Julia

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Day Eight – I can’t wait!

Eco Challenge Day 8

Plastic, plastic everywhere,

It’s like nobody seems to care!

Recycle, reuse, refuse to buy

A plastic bag love? No say I.

A product that we can refill

Yes that will help reduce landfill

Laundry liquid, soap, shampoo

And all the earth will say THANK YOU!

Todays challenge is to choose one product that you routinely buy and switch to a refillable option.  Are you up to the challenge?

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Julia

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Day Seven! Keep up the Good Work!

Day 7

Every day we need to be eco wise, however today there are no challenges just some time to reflect on your efforts.

Fill in this printable with all the good news.

How many coffee cups did you STOP going to landfill?  

How many plastic bags did you STOP from going into our oceans?

How many plastic water bottles did you REFUSE to buy?

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Then congratulate yourselves and all the other participants of the challenge for your amazing efforts.

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Until tomorrow

Julia

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Day Six –

Day 6

Cooking with fresh herbs has always been a joy of mine, but in the past I have gone to the grocery store and bought tubes and tubes of those chopped herbs that you keep in the fridge.  Nowadays I have a fabulous herb garden which not only supplies me with fresh herbs but gives me great joy to tend and look after.

With all the plastics that we use contributing to micro-plastics in our oceans, how much better would it be to have a fresh herb garden growing on your windowsill?

That’s your challenge for today!  Plant your favourite herb in a cute little pot on your windowsill and reap the rewards.

Are you up to the challenge?

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Until tomorrow!

Julia

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Day Five –

Day 5

Did you know that in Australia alone we spend over $385 million on bottled water!  Most of these discarded water bottles end up in our landfill where they won’t break down for hundreds of years.

So your challenge for today is to avoid buying bottled water.  You can do this by;

-installing a tap filter at home or using a filter jug

-use a refillable water bottle and carry it where’ve you go

-ask for tap water in restaurants and please don’t buy expensive imported water as the amount of green house gas emissions increases when things are transported over distances.

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Julia

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Day Four – What are you waiting for?

Day 4

Each year in Australia 80 – 100 million tons of textile waste is donated to charities and a whopping 25% of that ends up in landfill.  Thats 20,000,000 – 25,000,000 tons of clothing, sheets, cloth etc.

With our consumer society being what it is and clothing out of India, China and Pakistan coming into our shops at ridiculously low prices the tendency is to accumulate more and more clothing!  So I would like to invite you to participate in Thrift Shop Thursday every week.  When you are getting ready for school or work or whatever it is that you do, choose one garment from your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in twelve months and find someone to give it to rather than sending it to the trash.  It may be a charity or a friend who you think might appreciate the style.  Then the trick is NOT to replace it with more clothing without having a good hard think about if you really need to or not.

The bonus is you will have more room in your wardrobe and you will not be contributing to our landfill problem.

Are you up to the challenge?

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Julia

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Day Three – Are you with me!

Day Three

I know, I know, you have heard this one before… but do you DO it?  Every time?

We are all so busy rushing around, popping in to the grocery store to pick up something for dinner and ooops looks like we have left the green bags at home again.  Never mind one bag won’t hurt, will it?

Well I’m here to tell you it will!  So make some changes in your routine, put them on a hook by the door, keep a small purse size one in your handbag for those pop down the grocery store moments, and know that collectively we will all make a difference.

Here’s a handy dandy printable shopping list (print on the reverse of your waste paper) which highlights the green bags at the top.

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Until tomorrow…

Julia

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Day Two – How are you!

Day Two

Hi Everyone!

It’s day 2 of the 21 Day Eco Challenge and today is about recycling.

We are so lucky in Australia as the majority of us have easy access to curb side recycling through our City Councils.  Other smaller towns have places they can take their recycling to which are close at hand and yet we send enough tin cans to landfill each year to make 40,000 fridges!  Crazy!

So today’s challenge is to learn what goes into the recycling bin and practice recycling each and every day.  I have a printable which is appropriate for this area but you local council’s website is bound to have one too.  So print it out and paste it to the front of the bin in you house and teach everyone what goes in it and what goes in the normal household waste bin.

Recycling printable

Are you up for the challenge?

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Til tomorrow,

Julia

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