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Shopaholic Goes Greener

When I first met Jean-Denis, apart from his business suit, he owned 5 t-shirts, 2 jeans and 2 sweaters. I won’t tell you what I owned then, but I can tell you it’s even more unreasonable now. Jean-Denis’ wardrobe hasn’t changed since. He owns different t-shirts now, but he doesn’t have more of them.  As…

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Waste Disposal and Reduction was officially the area that I’ve scored the least in when I started this diet. Waste Disposal for many South Africans is as simple as putting it all in one wheelie bin and let the municipal rubbish removal service take care of the rest. Why would I want to separate the…

Giving In on Home Heating

Petrol Prices: Grrr! Over the last few weeks, my husband and I have changed our cars and now each use smaller, economical (so we thought!) vehicles. We both need cars due to our work places being several miles away and the local transport is either unreliable or in my case, doesn’t get me to work.…

This Land Is Your Land

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the attitudes in my country toward energy and the environment. A quick Google search for non-profits supporting environmental causes will give you around 13 million results, a small sampling showing many that have popped up within the last ten years. Another search, this time for energy conservation initiatives…

In many countries there is a range of extreme temperatures going from snow to really hot summers. In Costa Rica we have only two seasons: the dry season (December to March) and rainy season (April to November). The temperature in the place where we live ranges between 14 º C and 27 º C (52ºF…

Reducing or Offsetting ?

The other day, as we were planning our travel to Saguenay, we signed up for a car-poll and ride-sharing website. Unfortunately, no one accepted. How can we reduce our carbon footprint – with a solution that would allow us to live our passions like skiing and scuba diving? When public transport is available, we use…

Becoming an Ethical Consumer

This week I found myself visiting a Vegan Free Food Fayre and it got me thinking about the issue of ethical consumerism and cosmetics. The cosmetics and perfume industry is internationally important, being worth €67 billion (roughly $90.6 billion) in Europe alone (2010) and is very competitive. People feel the need to always look their best…

The November Funk

It’s week four of the energy diet, and I’d like to say that things are progressing, my energy intake has decreased drastically, and that I’m a new, “green” person. That, however, would be lying. Now that we’re halfway through the diet, I think I’m going through an experience which many people share. It’s that point…

Someone Call Me a Cab

Transportation At the start of my 360° Energy Diet, this was my second highest scoring category, yet it could be the lowest score at the end of the diet due mainly to restrictions in a public transport system in Gauteng, at least in the area that I live in. I own a Toyota Verso 1.6S,…

A Frustrating Week on the Diet

1) My epic failure over the last week The last week and a half has been a bit frustrating for me in terms of the Energy Diet. I had set a personal goal of cutting down on my transportation-related CO2 emissions and, instead, I believe my carbon shoe size increased by a digit or two.…