Before we get started today, I'd like to tell you that our challenge is being "simulcast" over at Gaiatribe. Our good friend Elizabeth Barrette asked me to write a little about how these weekly challenges came about ... so, if you have a few minutes, hop over there and check it out.
How did everyone do on the "No Spending Diet"? Check out our Honor Society for some great articles and ways in which people made this challenge work:
Sober White Women at http://thoughtsofasoberwhitewomen.blogspot.com/2009/07/for-smaller-foot-print.html
Chicamom85 at http://chicamom85.blogspot.com/2009/07/change-world-wednesday-7152009.html
Melissa at http://greenbeangal.blogspot.com/2009/07/saving-resources-in-unusual.html
Sinclair at http://naturewithme.blogspot.com and http://sharingourgifts.blogspot.com
Dafthermit at http://theblackbuscompany.blogspot.com/2009/07/reduce-footprints-change-world.html
Ecogrrl at http://ecogrrlnetwork.blogspot.com/
Eemilla at http://eemilla.wordpress.com/
GigiSxm at http://adventuresingigi.blogspot.com/2009/07/change-world-wednesday-challenge.html
Art Ist at http://4oneaday.blogspot.com/
TC at http://livesmartbook.blogspot.com/
Kate at http://holdfastseeker.blogspot.com/2009/07/less-stuff.html
Elizabeth Barrette at http://gaiatribe.geekuniversalis.com/2009/07/15/saving-and-reusing-household-items/
Lawrence Brown (sorry, don't have a site address for Lawrence).
Argentum Vulgaris at http://tomusarcanum.blogspot.com/
Kelly at http://www.ivebecomemymother.com
Thomas Winther at http://www.renewablesathome.com/reuse/repurposing-stuff
Aid Renegade at http://www.aid-renegade.com/2009/07/how-to-cut-electricity-bills/
Rewinn at http://rewinn.blogspot.com/2009/07/this-week-in-sustainability.html
Inge' at http://dementiafor2.blogspot.com/2009/07/no-new-shoes-for-mama.html
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Are you ready for a new challenge? Last week's challenge addressed the need to reduce our consumption ... participants were asked to not buy anything new for a week (except for food, health and safety products). This week's challenge (which only has one "level") was recommended by one of our favorite followers, Sas_Consultant, and is all about reusing:
We all know that it's better to reuse something we already have rather than buy something new. But what about those items that are sitting in closets, storage sheds and the "back room" ... those things that we don't use and probably haven't used in a long while? I'll bet that there is someone who could use it. So, this week, take a look around your home and put together a box of no-longer-used items and ... "reuse them" by giving them away. Donate them to local charities, shelters, retirement homes or the Humane Society. See if your neighbors might need them or perhaps a family in need would appreciate them. This challenge has a double impact ... we'll be making items available for reuse and we'll be helping others. It's a challenge with heart!
We're changing the world ... one challenge at a time!
As always, I would love to hear from you!