Green Challenge: Reduce Week 3

For more information about this challenge see the intro post,  week 1 and week 2.

Life, Love, Green

Confessions:

#1 Josh Turner Shirt: $30.00 This is one of those items that I don’t regret having, it was a great concert last week, but I do regret the price 🙁

#2 Digital Photography Book – I will say that this is very eco friendly though its a digital book! Check out all of these books from Ella Publishing so cheap!

Success:

I”ve been doing really good about going shopping and only what is on my list. I’ve also managed to avoid Michael’s craft store and I’m trying to find alternatives to the idea I have in mind, I’ll let you know what I come up with next week.

Hints:

As I said last week there are other ways to reduce your impact besides not buying things. Here are just a few

  • Make sure to turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Use some of the new light bulbs out there that use less wattage and put out the same amount of light.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and turn up (or down if its winter) the temperature a few degrees when your sleeping or out of the house.
  • Turn off the AC and open windows on nights that are cool and low humidity.
  • Close the curtains and blinds on your windows during the day.

 

Giveaway:

Now onto the second item that will be included in the Reduce Challenge Giveaway, a set of 4 eye shadows from Everyday Minerals!  Its easy to get entered in this giveaway, just comment on any of the Challenge posts (one comment per post) and let me know what you are doing to reduce your impact! At the end of the challenge I will draw a name to get the whole package. So come on and join in!

(These were not donated, they are duplicates from my own collection. I just like them so much I thought I would share!)

12 comments on “Green Challenge: Reduce Week 3

  1. Oh, I have completely fallen off the wagon this week. Technically, I didn’t spend money on myself but we were starting to run low on baby supplies (diapers, formula, etc) and whenever I go to restock these, I always end up buying other things for E that she probably didn’t need. Plus, I’ve been home sick a few days and when I get bored at home, I always find myself buying ebooks online and reading them. Although, reading isn’t a bad thing but buying electronic versions of things can really add up. The worst part is that since things are 1-click, it’s so easy to lose track of how much you spend…

    Hopefully next week will be better.

  2. WoW Amber ~ YoU are sO giVinG! =) This is a really great giveaway! I love yoUr challenge, too…It’s a great thing to get better at and to motivate people too.

    Korea is wonderful in the fact that recycling is mandatory as well as composting! So rock on to KoReA! Also I always try to be a minimalist when it comes to buying stuff..:)

    ThanKs for thE insPiraTion, siSteR!

    ~AbiGaiL

  3. I’ve figured out the leaving the lights on disease. It’s your mom’s fault 😉 Seth’s got it too!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve had the AC off for almost 2 days now and it is AWESOME. Have you tried Method toilet cleaning stuff? Our toilets are gross magnets….and I’m willing to try just about anything (that doesn’t smell).

  4. Following from the green blog hop! 🙂 I’m always trying to reduce my impact, but we’ve recently switched my twins to completely on cloth diapers. Hoorah!

  5. I live in a fairly comfortable climate in western Oregon, but when we have hot days (like yesterday and today) we open all of the windows at night and then close them up, and all of the blinds, before leaving for work. Our house stays pretty cool in the dark. We don’t have A/C but really don’t need it here.

  6. I do the simple things like not washing clothes until I have a FULL load and using thermal cups. I take my thermal cups with me so I don’t end up using paper cups at work or from a convenience store. Easy!

  7. I unplug everything in my house that I can, like washer, dryer, dishwasher, TVS. It saves at least $50 a month on electricity. I also have a garden year round because I live in a mild climate. At work instead of using disposable forks and spoons I have a regular fork, spoon and knife that I wash after use.

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