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Less is More is Back!

April 20, 2014

I blogged last year about Claire Lewis, an inspiration “eco-blogger” from Ireland, and her Less is More Challenge.
Well, it’s back and ready to launch again for this year’s Earth Day (22nd April).

Here is what Claire says on her blog about the Challenge and the reasons behind setting it up:
“This challenge was born out of the need to help people realise that they CAN and they actually DO make a positive impact in the world that we live.
I firmly believe in the ripple effect – I have dropped a pebble in an ocean of my fellow man-kind and hope these ripples have an everlasting effect.
Teaching a can do approach and the more the merrier with this challenge.”

The Challenge comprises 10 easy steps, and you can choose to implement as many of them as you want to in your daily life, and then keep them going for as long as possible! (except for the watching the film. Watching films on a loop, no matter how good they are, is never going to save the planet. Just watch them once.)

  1. Pack a lunch for work.
  2. Use a reusable bottle for your water – Bobble Bottles are great for filtering as you go and are offering a discount during Earth Month.
  3. Do not purchase Clothing for one day. But if you have to try and only purchase clothing that give back and make an effort to tackle environmental issues in the production of the product. I don’t think in one day you will in counter a fashion emergency!!
  4. Swap a Chemical Based home cleaning product for an ECO alternative, two of my favorite companies are Lilly’s Eco Clean & Ecover
  5. Discover Terracycle and the ways you can help to “Eliminate the Idea of Waste”!
  6. Buy local organic produce or pre think your shop for the week to reduce food waste.
  7. Plant a Tree and/or a plant that native bee’s LIKE.
  8. Cycle to work or take public transport.
  9. Watch the film HOME & film Trashed.
  10. Just open your mind for one day to the little things you can do to instill change in our world globally starting with yours

I am sure that you may already be doing at least some of these, but maybe pick just one more, and give that a go. For a day, for a week, for a month, and see what ripples we can create?!

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  • Reply Angel Jem April 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

    When I have a chance to watch I am going to watch the film Home. I’m trying to be environmentally aware, I really am…. but I’m probably very normal in falling off the wagon now and again. Earth Day is a very good chance for me to commit to actions I want to do anyway but forget about. Thanks for the advice.

    • Reply Jen April 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I can’t take any credit for it I’m afraid-all the work of Claire Lewis 🙂

  • Reply Maria April 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Today I planted rosemary sage & lavender at my allotment. Neighbour is removing some trees from his garden (they are unsafe) and has offered us the wood (free) for our wood burning stove. I have lots of surplus rhubarb so offered it around and had lots of takers!!!

    • Reply Jen April 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

      That sounds great Maria-good work 🙂

  • Reply Vivienne Downes April 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I buy eggs from a guy who keeps hens on allotments at back of my garden. I give him back the egg boxes & any dandelions I dig up his chickens love them. Jam jars are recycled in similar way for jam making or for honey as they have hives too. We often swop surplus veggies & plants as well saving not just money but Eco friendly too !

    • Reply Jen April 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Fabulous Vivienne! Fresh eggs and local honey with none of the upkeep-win win!

  • Reply lizard100 April 20, 2014 at 7:19 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Jen April 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      No problem!

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