Lucette's challenge for 2017
"I have decided to follow the Climate Diet for my 21 Day Challenge.
"This is basically a way of eating which takes into account the emissions (in carbon-equivalent) of the food we eat. The graph here doesn't include the transportation of the food - it is about the emissions created in the production of that type of food.
"The reason red meat and dairy items are so high is because of the methane gas that cows and sheep expel - it is a more potent climate change gas than carbon, so it makes those foods much worse choices if we are trying to take care of the climate and environment.
"I've pretty much always been an omnivore, but for this challenge I will stop eating red meat and dairy especially. I am a bit shocked to see that eggs are quite high - about twice as high as beans - so I will limit eggs too (usually I eat one a day).
"It's complicated for us here because we have Laura's Dairy, a great example of how a sustainable future dairy farm can work, and I'm really in support of what Laura is doing, so I will continue to drink her milk, but not buy any butter, cheese, yoghurt etc. from any other sources.
"If you want to see the sources used in creating the graph pictured here, go to the facebook page for Climate Diet Aotearoa."
2016 Waste Reduction (Claire's challenge)
My first thoughts when reflecting were …...that I haven’t done as well on my challenge as I had hoped, well, thats what I thought until I read Jacquelines e mail yesterday and caught up on Lucettes great blog, it then made me realise that I have actually made a change which I will continue and stick to so instead of it being a challenge for a week and then forgotten I will continue, so thats actually, great!!!
My goal was to reduce rubbish waste in our house, which like I say, I have, but not as completely as I thought! I have spent a huge amount of time thinking about it and reading about it!! To the extent of even getting a library book out and reading it!! As well as reading articles about people and how they have gone rubbish free for a year and how!!
My first and greatest of achievements is going plastic bag free, which I have done!!!!! Yay!!!!! And on this there is no going back!!! I can hear you saying we have all been doing that for ages!! Well, I was sporadic with good intentions but never really cracking it, but now I have!! Yesterday I read in the Akaroa Mail that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea!! How frightening is that!!
Other changes… School lunches Ive been working on for a while reducing wrappers etc so the boys have good compartment lunch boxes and I wrap sandwiches in paper that I then put in the green bin, chips etc I only buy in large bags and then decant them into the box or into the many bread bags I have collected , don’t worry thats next weeks challenge!! Im also baking more so that helps to eliminate wrapper, and I have just googled how to make waxed material!!!! It is SO EASY!!! Im not sure why it always cost a fortune to buy, so I am going to the market tomorrow to buy the beeswax and away I go!! Maybe its trickier than it sounds!
So my challenge for next week for the final week
- is to only buy unwrapped bread ( that will then by a challenge not to eat it as Im trying not to eat bread as its my downfall!!!)
-get the milk nature matters milk all week not just once!
-try to find meat not wrapped in plastic
-buy loose nuts,crackers, baking stuff etc
- continue to try and get my family on board!!!
- continue to nag my son to do his spring challenge which he set himself and that was to read more….. but hasn’t got around to picking up the book!!!
I really think the Spring Thing has been great!! Well done Jacqueline and Lucette!