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October 3 - October 24, 2018

Pure Planet Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • Scott Chase's avatar
    Scott Chase 10/24/2018 2:46 PM
    I joined the challenge through my new energy provider Pure Planet.

    It has been a good experience: I pushed some activities a bit more through the challenges, and tried some new ones. I managed to tackle challenges in six categories, with my three water challenges coming about through the serendipitous arrival at the beginning of the challenge of a package of free water saving devices that I had forgotten I had ordered! And getting out in nature acted as the catalyst to finally visit Pollok Country Park, where I had a lovely two hour woodlands ramble. I'm happy to state that most of my new challenge activities are now habits, while the remaining ones will take a bit more effort.

    Despite the 'competition' aspect of the challenge, I started with no interest in any competition with other participants, yet once I saw that I was near the top of the leaderboard on my team, I did push myself a bit harder! 

  • Martin Arcari's avatar
    Martin Arcari 10/24/2018 8:46 AM
    Pleased with how this Eco Challenge has gone. I haven't had to go particularly out of my way to make improvements, but the impact has really built up after only a month!
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Scott Chase's avatar
    Scott Chase 10/24/2018 4:44 AM
    With regard to a potential shortage of water, living in Scotland I would have thought that would not be an issue. However, there was some temporary disruption to water supplies in parts of Glasgow earlier this year, due to fire hydrant vandalism; and some areas in the countryside were also affected by water shortages--possibly due to the lack of rain we experienced.
    So water conservation is important: using less water, e.g. for bathing and washing up; reusing water, e.g. watering plants with dishwater and finding ways to collect rainpipe water.
    Finding water substitutes (this one I'm not sure of, other than substituting different drinks for water. As far as cleaning or other uses of water, I don't know).
    Stockpiling water--if feasible--to provide a temporary alternative supply.This could be as simple as keeping a supply of water in bottles/tanks/etc. for times when the supply is cut off (and a good idea to regularly use up and replenish this supply so you're not stuck with stale water). And keeping a supply of water decontamination tablets.
    If relevant, finding efficient ways to carry water over a distance (still common in Africa).
    The quality of water is also key, i.e. having regular access to a supply of clean water. This is likely the responsibility of the local authority or region, with alternative sources put in place when the water supply is contaminated.

  • Steven Day's avatar
    Steven Day 10/24/2018 2:10 AM
    This has been a fun way of learning to think and of being reminded of what is important. Thanks to my Pure Planet colleagues for the encouragement and for fielding a great team.
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

    Steven Day's avatar
    Steven Day 10/24/2018 2:08 AM
    I spent some time talking to a parish councillor about a new housing development near to where I live; and about what was being down to protect the natural environment, water sources, and drainage - as well as for people, and their safety. The housing is near to a fast road and there is a local debate about where and how to locate a road crossing. One view frames the potential location from the perspective of drivers; the other from pedestrians... I think the foot bound one should win, to make it nearer to the centre of the development, and the traffic slowed to deal with it. It's complex!
    Energy Online Energy Audit
    What most interested or surprised you about your own energy footprint?

    Scott Chase's avatar
    Scott Chase 10/23/2018 3:30 PM
    The results (using the Scotland Home Energy Check) were a bit different to what I was expecting: initial estimated electricity costs considerably higher than my actual bills, and results (after filling in all of the detail) that showed not as much saving as I expected--£84 (9.4%) off of an annual bill of £895, after a suggested expenditure of almost £2100 for moving to low energy lighting and replacement of my almost 20 year old combi boiler (both of which are at the top of my list for energy saving improvements). And I don't quite understand why the survey didn't ask for energy usage in kWh as opposed to (or in addition to) the £ amounts that were asked for.

    I believe that perhaps what might have skewed the results are a) inaccurate answers to some of the questions (not being entirely sure of the correct answer); and b) energy usage that probably differs from the norm (e.g. two of my three bedrooms are used primarily for storage, and never heated during the winter).

    I feel that with more detail to the questions and accurate answers the results might be more enlightening. I'll likely go and have a chat to Home Energy Scotland to find ways to improve the accuracy of the audit.
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Angela Ristow's avatar
    Angela Ristow 10/23/2018 2:01 AM
    I have found a local recycling centre in Frome. Who although does specify household waste - I have found that I can drop all my plastic from food at this depot to be recycled. 

  • Scott Chase's avatar
    Scott Chase 10/22/2018 11:10 AM
    A nice walk into the city centre for a meeting, and a meander on the way home.

  • Helen O'Brien's avatar
    Helen O'Brien 10/22/2018 2:08 AM
    Spent weekend with an expert on LED lighting and all my lightbulbs are now sorted! do need a new light switch!

  • Scott Chase's avatar
    Scott Chase 10/21/2018 10:05 AM
    A nice walk this afternoon with a small group (none of whom I knew) around Glasgow Green and through the People's Palace. I got to share some of my knowlege of things local.
    One thing I discovered this weekend is that the 'Go for a Daily Walk' challenge doesn't have to be outdoors (there's a separate challenge in the Nature section for that!). Trying too hard, perhaps, but it has gotten me outside more than usual--always a good thing.