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Daily Carbon Count

How much carbon do you create every week?  Take the challenge to reduce your carbon footprint alongside hundreds of others.  Each day shows you a way to live more sustainably so get your family, friends and colleagues aboard and crush carbon.  Live, eat and play the sustainable way every day of the week. Share your carbon saving hacks using #sustainableipswich

Money Saving Monday

Save some serious dollars and a tonne of carbon emissions every year by developing a new energy saving habit this week.  Hot showers, big screen TV's air conditioners and heaters all create tonnes of carbon and cost plenty of money in power bills.  As the world warms up, it is more important than ever to use only the energy we need.

Tips to reduce your water usage:

  • Get clean quick and have a shorter shower.  An average shower uses 9L of water per minute so make your shower under 5 minutes.
  • Turn the water off when brushing your teeth.
  • Turn the water off when shaving.

Tips to reduce your energy usage:

  • Turn off lights when not using them.
  • Cold?  Close all the windows and doors, use curtains to stop heat leaving the room and get cozy on the couch with a warm blanket.
  • Hot? Open the window instead of turning on the air con.  If you do need air conditioning, make sure it's set to no colder than 25 degrees and close all the windows and doors in the room to keep the cool air in.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Turn appliances off at the main power switch when you go away.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it's full.  You'll save water and energy as well as money on detergent.

Start finding measurable ways to reduce your carbon footprint by joining the 1 Million Women Carbon Challenge and learn to live, eat and play the sustainable way!

Nude Food Tuesday

Packaged processed foods require more energy to manufacture than un-processed food therefore creating more carbon emissions.  Plus, the packaging creates unnecessary waste that needs more energy to be recycled or disposed of properly.  Finally, any food waste we send to landfill emits methane, a gas 20 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide.

You can easily reduce your carbon footprint and waste by:

  • Opt for a nude (unpackaged) lunch and use your re-usable coffee cup when you buy coffee.
  • Make sure your lunch contains only items that you can eat, re-use, compost or recycle.  This will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and reduce the amount of energy and resources used to make plastic single use packaging.
  • Use up left overs instead of sending them to waste.  Oz-harvest have recipes to help use up left overs.
  • Do a waste audit at home, school or work and see how much waste is in your lunch box!

Go nude, leave pre-packaged food on the shelf and live, eat and play the sustainable way!

Zero Waste Wednesday

The aim of 'zero waste' is to send nothing to landfill - and it starts with all of us!  If you love a bargain but don't really need it, leave it on the shelf until you are sure you need it.  Making items that are single use takes a lot of energy and resources increasing carbon emissions.

Remember your Rs and you are on the way to living zero waste:

  • Refuse – what you don’t need. Think about what you buy and use the power of your dollar to tell companies what you need, don’t need and that you support companies that are ethical and sustainable.
  • Reduce – what you do buy. Do you need that impulse item, can you buy less of something so you don’t throw any unused items?
  • Reuse – instead of buying something that is single use, buy something that you can use over and over again or upcycle and make a new treasure.
  • Recycle – if you can’t do any of the above, make sure you recycle so the item can be recovered and is not sent to landfill.

To use your purchase power when buying items, look for stores that promote zero waste:

For more information on being zero waste visit 1 Million Women and learn to live, eat and play the sustainable way!

Buy Local Thursday

The goods and services we choose to spend our money on have a huge effect on carbon emissions. It’s very easy to trim our carbon footprint down even further by choosing locally made goods over imported wherever possible.

Reasons to buy local:

  • Reducing the distance your purchases travel means less transportation, refrigeration and energy used.
  • Local communities are able to provide almost everything we want or need.
  • Supporting local retailers - remember to look for the 'Made in Australia' logo or search online for local Ipswich suppliers for your next purchase.

Start your buy local shopping trip at the Ipswich Community Directory and learn to live, eat and play the sustainable way!

Carbon Footprint Friday

It’s easy to reduce your carbon footprint today and every day. If you have participated in all of the activities during Sustainable Ipswich Week you have reduced your footprint and contributed to a better environment.  Well done!

What actions do you pledge to continue with in order to keep on reducing your carbon footprint?

  • Turning off lights when not using them
  • Walking instead of driving for one trip a week
  • Taking public transport
  • Opening the window instead of turning on the aircon
  • Using energy efficient light bulbs
  • Eating local produce
  • Planting trees.

Join the 1 Million Women Carbon Challenge and share your carbon reduction score from Sustainable Ipswich Week as you learn to live, eat and play the sustainable way!

Trees for the Weekend

Go green this weekend!

Planting a tree or shrub is not only enjoyable, it improves your environment, physical and mental health, reduces your carbon footprint, provides habitat for wildlife and beautifies the space. This weekend, plant a native tree in your garden and welcome the butterflies and bees.

Native plants:

  • Are likely to thrive
  • Require less maintenance
  • Use less water
  • Provide habitat for native wildlife
  • Produce an abundance of flowers, adding colour and fragrance to your garden.

Community Planting Day

If your garden is already thriving, come along to our next community tree planting day and help improve our waterways:

Event: Community Planting Day
Date: Saturday 24 August
Time: 1.30 pm
Location: Cribb Park, 39 Pelican Street, North Ipswich (meet at the end of Fitzgibbon Street)

For more information visit the Ipswich Garden of Eden Facebook Group.

Council Fee Plant Program

Council provides free plants to assist residents in going green:

  • Residents receive 6 free plants per year
  • Groups receive up to 100 plants per year.

For more information visit the Free Plant Program webpage and live, eat and play the sustainable way!