Let's jump right into this week's challenge! We're going to do one more paper-reducing challenge and then, we'll move onto something else next week (I can hear you cheering ... lol). Here you are:
Receiving and paying paper bills is a lot of paper and a lot of waste ... not to mention resources getting the bill to and from one's home. So, this week sign up to receive at least one paperless bill and pay it online. If you're not sure how to do this, contact the biller for instructions.
If this is something you already do, please write a post about all the benefits of paying bills online.
Are you willing to give it a go?
Last week we didn't buy reading materials and, instead, swapped with friends and family or read online publications. How did you do with that challenge? Here's what our Honor Society had to say:
Maurie Kirschner accepted the challenge but then, the current issue of Vegetarian Times came out ... and well ... she caved! However, she did a few other Eco-friendly activities that day which you can read about HERE. Maurie says she failed and succeeded, all in less than an hour. I think the successes won!
EcoGrrl joined us. Once she realized that it took her 10 minutes to get through a $5.00 magazine, she decided to stop buying them. She's also tired of receiving those unwanted news supplements so she's calling the Oregonian and asking them to stop delivering them.
Ange found a blog that swaps magazines. She received two vintage Martha Stewart's in exchange for a couple of French magazines ... and she is offering to swap French magazines with anyone who is interested. How cool is that! She also suggested putting up a sign in a local café to start a book swap club ... members swap books and hold occasional meetings to discuss what is being read. Great idea ... and sounds like fun!
Le-Chat sells books online that were found in the trash ... and what can't be sold is given away. You can read about one of her recycled "finds" HERE. I'm constantly amazed at the usable items that Le-Chat finds and recycles. Brilliant!
Mrs. Green loves the library, shares a newspaper with a neighbor and limits purchased magazine subscriptions to only one a year (which only comes out every other month). She found a shocking statistic about the amount of waste generated in the publishing industry. Read about that HERE.
Argentum Vulgaris took the challenge. He has reduced paper use in his house by a considerable amount. Way to go, AV! You can read about what he's doing HERE (wow ... a 4-pack of toilet paper lasts two plus months!).
Ann shared a brilliant idea with us ... in her area, residents put "No circulars" or "Addressed mail only" stickers on their mail boxes. Any complaints received about these requests being ignored could cost the delivery person their job. She also wrote a wonderful post on Planting trees and native plants. Thank you, Ann!
From an October challenge, Energy Saving shared THIS SITE with us. It includes a lot of good information!
Thanks to everyone who participated! By the way ... if you have an idea for a challenge ... perhaps something that you're struggling with ... please send it in. We'll tackle it together!
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WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!