Welcome ... if you're new to our weekly challenges, please click HERE for information.
My bloggy friend, Argentum Vulgaris from Tomus Arcanum, offered two suggestions this week ... one is for a challenge (which we'll talk about in awhile) and the other is to post challenges a bit earlier so that our friends in other parts of the world will actually get the post on ... or close to ... Wednesday. It's a good suggestion so, from now on, Change The World Wednesday will be posted at 12:02 am (eastern time) on Wednesdays. Thanks, AV!
I loved last week's challenge because it was all about awareness. We challenged ourselves to let the water trickle from the faucet instead of running it full blast. It sounded simple but I found that it meant being "in the moment" and "conscious" of my actions ... and a lot of turning the water pressure down after initially blasting it. It's a habit which I will continue to work on.
Let's see how our Honor Society did with it:
In this POST, Argentum Vulgaris shares 5 ways in which he is saving water. Here's #1 on his list: 3 minute showers. Wow!
Ange took the challenge. Since water in France is expensive, she's highly motivated to conserve. By the way, Ange wrote a couple more articles on our challenge about antiquing (read them HERE and HERE). Be sure to stop by and check them out ... she includes pictures and I must say ... Ange truly turns cast-offs to treasures!
Also from our antiquing challenge, Mrs. Green offers us this POST. In it she suggests a bunch of ways to get/give used things and she also reminds us that the very best purchase is no purchase ... so only buy when an item is really needed. Thanks for the reminder, Mrs. Green!
For our water challenge, Mrs. Green wrote an article entitled "Conserve Water". She offers some wonderful suggestions ... I particularly found the "Recycle Your Veggie Water" fascinating. It just shows what a bit of thinking and planning can do.
Le-Chat joined us and wrote an article about her Rain Barrel. She offered some suggestions both in that article and in her comments on last week's challenge. One idea that I thought was particularly interesting was to use water from the shower, or from a rain barrel, to flush toilets. Brilliant!
Kate is, by her own admission, obsessed with saving water. So much so that she has started a "Stream Team" in her town to bring awareness to the Ipswich River and the water use issues it has. For now, she's dealing with the Ipswich River in another way ... it's flooding. See these posts (HERE and HERE) for some great photos of what's happening in her town. We hope your basement continues to stay dry, Kate!
Sinclair joined our challenge and posted about it HERE. Thanks, Sinclair!
EcoGrrl is being very conscientious about water. One of her ideas is to empty the dog's water bowl into a plant rather than down the drain. Nice idea! I have to warn everyone ... if you go to EcoGrrl's blog, be prepared ... she has posted pictures of her cayenne truffles with chili flakes on top. They will definitely make you drool!
Green Gal joined us and wrote this PIECE. She noticed that the kitchen sink got the most use and that the faucet typically got turned on to full power. She also talks about a recent program she watched ... a documentary called Summit on the Summit which hopes to raise awareness to the issue of unclean drinking water in Africa.
Cathy took our challenge. She's thinking of posting a sign in the bathroom to remind everyone to save water. While I was browsing around Cathy's site, I noticed a page on Green Tips ... WOW! Cathy includes all kinds of information so, if you get a chance, swing by and check it out!
Millenniumhealth joined us and wrote about our challenge HERE. She shares that Spain has been dealing with drought conditions for the last 6 years ... so saving water is important. At her house, rain water is collected into large containers. If you've ever thought that rain barrels aren't worth it, listen to this ... Millenniumhealth collected enough water in one day of heavy rain to last her family an entire summer.
In What I Planted This Week, Rewinn shares what went into the ground recently. And ... he also shares that his veggies are being supported by water reused from dish washing or collected in various containers when it rains. He lists a few reasons why this is a good idea so check it out!
Kira, whose blog prompted our water challenge, was off and running and then ... tragedy struck ... a water leak to the tune of 5 gallons an hour. Read about her Water Trauma, HERE. We're keeping our fingers crossed for you, Kira!
Wasn't that good? I don't know about you, but I always learn new things from our Honor Society. Thanks to everyone who participated! I've Stumbled and Tweeted your posts.
As I mentioned earlier, Argentum Vulgaris offered us a suggestion for this week's challenge. It's a great idea and I'm taking him up on it. Here it is:
This week, make use of returnable/reusable containers at the market. If your store takes back bottles (or any other containers), return them. If bulk shopping is available, reuse the bag/container for your next purchase. If you buy veggies and use the store's produce bags, keep the bags and reuse them on your next trip.
If this is an activity which you do on a regular basis, please write a post about other ways to reduce container waste when shopping.
So what do you think? Are you up for this challenge?
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!