Last weeks Challenge: Don't use Garbage Disposal!
I'm glad to say that we don't have a Garbage Disposal! It's usually our dog and our new compost pile! We also save good veggie peels for stock. I was so happy that for the past few weeks our garbage can has not been full. I feel so depressed when I drive or walk down our neighborhood and see them all over-flowing! I've always asked Hubs, should I go ask them if I can take out their recyclables, but he says no, lol. It's also annoying that our city doesn't offer a recycling program (that's another post), but we still recycle.
Here are some of my favorite posts from the "Honor Society"
Mrs. Green not only doesn't use a disposal, she's passionate about eliminating food waste ... actually, she's passionate about eliminating all waste. So much so that she has an entire blog dedicated to exactly that (check it out HERE). In this POST, Mrs. Green offers a very creative idea for saving water. It's one of those things that will have you slapping your forehead and saying "Why didn't I think of that??".
Jenn left us a comment saying she has no food waste. Wow!! How does she accomplish that? She has pigs, chickens and a hungry guard dog. Oh ... and she also has worms (vermicomposting) and a composting bin. Nothing goes to waste at Jenn's place! Great job, Jenn!!
NotEasyToBeGreen took the challenge. She's using veggie scraps to make stock and shares that the homemade version is much richer than the store-bought variety. She also shares a clever water saving tip: "Put an empty bucket in the shower and let it catch some of the cold and gray water from your shower. Then use it to flush the toilet as needed." And if that water contains a little soap/shampoo ... well maybe it'll help clean the toilet. Did you happen to read the wonderful post that Jennifer shared with us on Monday? If not, don't miss it ... it's thought provoking (read it HERE).
My favorite publication, The Shopping Charity, mentioned our challenge HERE. Other topics covered include A Green Wedding Guide, using coupons & gift codes to support your favorite charitable cause, the estimated dollar value of volunteering, and the recall of the Baby Jogger Jump Seat. Lots of up-to-the-minute news ... check it out!
Nicole B. doesn't use a garbage disposal so she shared a very clever water saving tip with us: "I keep one or two empty milk jugs under my sink and when I need to let the water run for any reason (waiting for it to heat up, etc.) I fill the milk jugs instead of wasting the water. I use the saved water to give to my dogs and water my plants." Great idea, Nicole! Nicole also tweeted our challenge so stay tuned for the #CTWW Gang ... she's listed there, too! Can you guess which twitter ID is hers?
Once again our friend, Rewinn, gets the award for creativity. In this POST he shares his water saving idea ... Water Farming. No, he's not talking about growing water or even implementing a large-scale water management system. He's suggesting something easy to do ... something with a huge impact. So go check it out. It's brilliant!
If you like this weekly post and want other to join in or want to share your favorite posts on twitter don't forget to use the Hashtag: #CTWW! I always RT them!
Okay ... as promised, we're going to begin daily challenges today. Our friend, Rewinn, suggested that we participate in the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast which is an initiative of the New England Regional Environmental Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Even though many of us are not Christian and don't observe Lent, we are interested in living a "green" life so ... I thought it might be fun to post their daily challenges and see if we can accomplish them. So here's how it'll work. Every day, I'll post the challenge. On Wednesdays, throughout this event which ends on Easter, I'll do a little recap of our efforts in accomplishing the various tasks. The same rules will apply, here, as with our weekly challenges ... if you write a post about the challenges, or tweet about them, you'll be listed in our Honor Society or #CTWW Gang accordingly.
So what do you think ... ready to be challenged on a daily basis? Here's our first challenge:
Consider and discuss the actions we might undertake to lessen the impact of Global Warming and learn about the impact our life choices have on the lives of future generations. Find out what we can do to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for generations to come.
Until tomorrow ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!