Saturday, June 09, 2007

Birthday Week - Challenges

Every month we issue a new challenge to readers, and put up a poll so you can tell us what you've done. It's another way to have interaction with Bean-Sprouts readers. But really the purpose is to challenge ourselves to live greener and more thoughtfully. The challenges this year were:
  1. The Kettle Challenge 26 votes

  2. Switch It Off 13 votes

  3. Car Tyre Pressure 12 votes

  4. Turn Down Your Thermostat 13 votes

  5. Visit A Farmer's Market 15 votes

  6. Green And Clean 42 votes

  7. Ditch the Disposables 16 votes

  8. Reduce Junk Mail 34 votes

  9. Save Water - Recycle A Brick 22 votes

  10. Tariff Change 23 votes
220 people voted in the polls last year, and as you can see from the mega-challenge-chart, most of you are already pretty green. That's fantastic. Even better is that 71 people pledged to make changes to be more green in future. I hope you're all keeping up the good work.

This month's challenge is to drive slower and save fuel. There's a poll for it in the right-hand sidebar.

My favourite thing about the challenges is the unexpected routes they often lead me down. For example I learned that
Thanks to all of you for the questions, tip-offs and leads you provided along the way. I'm really looking forward to what we can do and learn in the next 12 months of Bean-Sprouts challenges.

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I am now in my third cycle using a Mooncup.

* much more comfortable and less leak-prone than the alternatives for heavy days and especially overnight!
* no more running out of pads/tampons/etc.
* At first I was inserting it slightly too high inside and it pressed on the nerve to my bladder, leading to constantly feeling that I needed the loo. I have the hang of it now, but it did take time to learn.
* Getting it in, the leaflet describing how to fold the cup for insertion does not show the best fold to use. A google search turned up narrower folds that insert better.
* Getting it out at all the first time took a bit of doing. Once learnt it is easy to get in and out, though. But I haven't yet mastered getting it out without managing to squeeze the sides together and spill the contents all over my hand...
* you do need to wash it out at every emptying before reinserting. Which can be inconvenient in busy public loos unless you have a bottle of water with you.

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I treated myself to some dryer balls in Boots when I had a couple of vouchers to use. I also found that they definitely cut down significantly on the amount of time the dryer is on. Mind you, I try really hard not to use the dryer at all if I can help it - which is even more eco-friendly. But it is there and gets used if needs must - but now for less time. I've also cut down to one quarter of the washing powder and find that gives better results than without using any - for us, anyway. Everybody has a different amount of soiling depending on their daily routine as well as different hardness of water so different amounts of washing powder (or none) will suit.
I'm happy that I'm reducing our footprint a bit as well as emptying the family coffers a little less at the same time.
Jo

Steph in Roker said...

I'm still happily using my homemade hankies, and plan to make some for friends & family ready for Christmas.
Hubby & I now never fill the kettle more than a cupfull or two, and I've forgotton where the dryer button is on my washer/dryer, and my 2 clothes horses are in constant use in the kitchen.The kids wear funky coloured stuff, so the kitchen always looks cheerfull and homey.
Keep it up sis. love you. xxx

Bill of Ballaugh said...

What, in the name of the Great Panjandrum, is a Mooncup? Or do I really need to know? Sounds vaguely like something your Mum would say "I'll tell you later, Bill." to, and then never would.

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Yep dad. Definitely and "I'll tell you later.

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