30 DAY ECO CHALLENGE DETAILS, HINTS AND TIPS
April 1st: Calculate your personal Carbon Footprint. You can do this via this link CarbonFootprint.com
April 2nd: Plan your meals for the following week. By planning out your families meals for the week you only buy what you need and cut down on water food as when you plan you can plan for leftovers the next day for lunch for example, or using similar ingredients in different dishes so none is wasted.
April 3rd: Purchase an Eco-friendly reusable shopping bag
April 4th: Shop local for your weekly food shop. Shopping local not only supports your community and small businesses, but it cuts down on the transportation needed to import food as a lot of local shops get their produce from local suppliers. By buying local seasonal produce you are also increasing the taste and quality.
April 5th: Meat free Monday. A vegetarian diet produces 2.5 x less carbon emissions than a meat rich diet and uses less than half the amount of land. Try a meat free day once a week, if you enjoy the veggie alternatives maybe you can increase to two or 3 days a week eventually.
April 6th: Walk somewhere you would normally drive to. If somewhere is less than a 30 minute walk away, try walking or cycling there instead of driving, not only is this good for your carbon footprint, it's also good for your health.
April 7th: Use as little energy as possible today. Be conscious today of the electricity and gas you are using, turn lights off when you leave a room, don't leave things on standby, turn on one lamp instead of two or three. If you become more conscious of what you are using you will find yourself using less automatically.
April 8th: Look at your cleaning products and accessories, can you make changes? Cleaning products full of chemicals are so harmful to the environment and dish sponges and foam dishcloths and scourers are all made of plastics that don't breakdown. But, there are some great alternatives on the market now. Take stock of what's under your sink and spend some time today researching alternatives that you can try.
April 9th: Go to a local public space and pick up litter. There are many initiatives now where you can go and volunteer and pick up litter from beaches, parks and other public areas. But you don't have to be a part of one of these initiatives to do this, get a box or compostable bin bag and head on down to your local park and spend 30 minutes picking up litter, if you can grab a friend or family member too, even better! Better still, why not organise your own initiative and get a group together? As long as you follow current Covid guidelines.
April 10th: Swap a paper bill or statement to online only. We all get things through our letter boxes everyday that we could access online. All you need to do in most cases to stop this is go online and tick a box to say you would prefer to not receive paper bills or statements but instead view them online. Think back over the last week or so what mail you have received and see if any of this can be transferred to online only.
April 11th: Save as much water as you can. Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth, don't fill the washing up bowl more than you need, make sure you fill the washing machine to capacity each wash, use your grey water to water your plants. There are many ways you can save water if you are conscious of it. So give it a go today.
April 12th: Meat free Monday.
April 13th: Plant something you can eat. There is something very satisfying about eating something you have grown yourself. So grab a pt and some soil and give it a go, whether its seeds from something in your fridge or a trip to the local garden centre, it can be herbs, chilli's, vegetables, the list is endless.
April 14th: Repair or repurpose an old piece of clothing. Have a look in your wardrobe and find something that you would otherwise have thrown out, whether it's because it needs repairing or simply because it's not fashionable anymore. Take the time to repair it or repurpose it into something you will wear, maybe it's two separate pieces that you make into one new one.
April 15th: Go vegan for a day. Eating a vegan diet could be the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on earth, a new study has suggested. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent. So why not give it a go for a day?
April 16th: Calculate your personal plastic consumption. You can do this via this link plastic-pollution-calculator
April 17th: Change as many lightbulbs as you can to LED.
April 18th: Turn off the heating for a day. If it gets chilly, try putting on an extra jumper or a blanket instead of the heater.
April 19th: Meat free Monday.
April 20th: Have a 3 minute shower. Try and limit your shower time to conserve water, see how much time you really need when you're conscious of the time.
April 21st: Look at your food waste, can you use it in a different way? Think outside the box, if you have over ripe fruit can you stew it or make a jam or chutney or use left over pasta from the night before in a salad for lunch for example.
April 22nd: Donate $1 to The Canopy Project for Earth Day. The Canopy Project improves our shared environment by planting trees across the globe. They have been working with earthday.org since 2010. Every $1 donated plants a tree. So click the link and head on over now and donate $1. Canopy project link
April 23rd: Make a composter for food scraps. Fruits, vegetables, grains, bread, unbleached paper napkins, coffee filters, eggshells and newspaper can all be composted. If it can be eaten or grown in a field or garden, it can be composted. This link takes you to a simple 'How to' for cheap a DIY composter. Why not give it a go?
April 24th: Do your washing on the cold cycle. Detergents now clean just as well in cold water and you are saving energy by not heating the water. 75-90% of the energy used in a wash cycle is used to heat the water, so by using a cooler water you are reducing the energy you use in each wash. Please note if you are washing very delicate or specialist items please refer to the wash label.
April 25th: Try a shampoo bar for your hair. Shampoo bars use minimal packaging, so no plastic waste, they are also more compact so take less transport to ship than the equivalent amount of bottled shampoo. They can be safer and even kinder to the environment if you choose ones made from natural ingredients.
April 26th: Meat free Monday
April 27th: Look at your beauty regime, what changes can you make? There are lots of things you can do to overhaul your beauty regime, stop using facial wipes and disposable cotton pads, opt instead for a washable facecloth and reusable cotton pads. Look for products with eco friendly packaging, reuse jars and bottles where possible. Look for brands that use natural ingredients and brands that give back to the environment.
April 28th: Dry your clothes outside. Take advantage of the spring weather and dry your clothes outside, if you don't have a clothes line simply take you airer outside or hang them from things in your garden on coat hangers, there is always a way around it. If it is raining today, then you can do this one on a different day!
April 29th: Get something repaired that you were going to throw away. We all have something buried in a cupboard that has stopped working or something we are going to throw out and replace that probably could be repaired by taking it to the right place. Take a look around your home, do you have pair of shoes for example that need new soles and heels, or a coat that needs re-proofing, or a watch that has stopped working?
April 30th: Research exactly what can be recycled in your area and what you need to do with it to make sure that it is. Every council area has different recycling rules and abilities. Take a look on your local council website and find out what can be recycled in your area and where you need to take it in order for it to be dealt with properly.