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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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