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21 Day Challenge Blog

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42 students and staff from Lyttelton Primary School have signed up for the 21 Day Challenge. Some challenges include reducing screen time, walking to school, using less plastic, planting/growing vege plants, going to bed early.

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Six from Lyttelton Community House have signed up and are taking on challenges around wellbeing and exercise.

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We had a wonderful afternoon on Sunday sharing skills related to our four areas of focus - FOOD, WASTE, ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING. We enjoyed learning how to make our own beeswax wraps, fresh cheese and elderflower cordial, as well as amazing Japanese fabric wrapping for gifts and other brilliant ideas for reducing food waste.

Lucette's challenge for 2017

"I have decided to follow the Climate Diet for my 21 Day Challenge. climate diet graph

"This is basically a way of eating which takes into account the emissions (in carbon-equivalent) of the food we eat. The graph here doesn't include the transportation of the food - it is about the emissions created in the production of that type of food.

"The reason red meat and dairy items are so high is because of the methane gas that cows and sheep expel - it is a more potent climate change gas than carbon, so it makes those foods much worse choices if we are trying to take care of the climate and environment.

"I've pretty much always been an omnivore, but for this challenge I will stop eating red meat and dairy especially. I am a bit shocked to see that eggs are quite high - about twice as high as beans - so I will limit eggs too (usually I eat one a day).

"It's complicated for us here because we have Laura's Dairy, a great example of how a sustainable future dairy farm can work, and I'm really in support of what Laura is doing, so I will continue to drink her milk, but not buy any butter, cheese, yoghurt etc. from any other sources.

"If you want to see the sources used in creating the graph pictured here, go to the facebook page for Climate Diet Aotearoa."

2016 Waste Reduction (Claire's challenge)

My first thoughts when reflecting were …...that I haven’t done as well on my challenge as I had hoped, well, thats what I thought until I read Jacquelines e mail yesterday and caught up on Lucettes great blog, it then made me realise that I have actually made a change which I will continue and stick to so instead of it being a challenge for a week and then forgotten I will continue,  so thats actually,  great!!!  

My goal was to reduce rubbish waste in our house, which like I say, I have,  but not as completely as I thought!  I have spent a huge amount of time thinking about it and reading about it!!  To the extent of even getting a library book out and reading it!! As well as reading articles about people and how they have gone rubbish free for a year and how!!

My first and greatest of achievements is going plastic bag free, which I have done!!!!! Yay!!!!!  And on this there is no going back!!! I can hear you saying we have all been doing that for ages!!  Well, I was sporadic with good intentions but never really cracking it, but now I have!! Yesterday I read in the Akaroa Mail that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea!! How frightening is that!!
 
Other changes… School lunches Ive been working on for a while reducing wrappers etc so the boys have good compartment lunch boxes and I wrap sandwiches in paper that I then put in the green bin, chips etc I only buy in large bags and then decant them into the box or into the many bread bags I have collected , don’t worry thats next weeks challenge!! Im also baking more so that helps to eliminate wrapper, and I have just googled how to make waxed material!!!!  It is SO EASY!!!  Im not sure why it always cost a fortune to buy, so I am going to the market tomorrow to buy the beeswax and away I go!! Maybe its trickier than it sounds!
 
So my challenge for next week for the final week
- is to only buy unwrapped bread ( that will then by a challenge not to eat it as Im trying not to eat bread as its my downfall!!!)
-get the milk nature matters milk all week not just once!
-try to find meat not wrapped in plastic
-buy loose nuts,crackers, baking stuff etc
- continue to try and get my family on board!!!
- continue to nag my son to do his spring challenge which he set himself and that was to read more….. but hasn’t got around to picking up the book!!!
 
I really think the Spring Thing has been great!!  Well done Jacqueline and Lucette!

2016 Local Food (Lucette's challenge)

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Lucette kept a blog of her Spring Festival challenge in 2016: to eat only food grown within 100km of Lyttelton. Read more about it here.

2016 Reducing food waste (Jacqueline's challenge)

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Well I'm a week into my Love Food Hate Waste challenge and I have to say it's not worked out quite the way I expected.  I had been thinking I would be researching lots of  what to do with scraps etc and being very clever with all my wonderful ideas but I've not been and I'm actually going to be really boring because the huge thing that I have been doing in this first week which I have to say has had an enormous impact is planning and shopping with a list!!  If you had told me this a few weeks ago I would have rolled my eyes and thought oh no not another one.....  However I attended the Love Food Hate Waste workshop held by the City Council  and whilst feeling it was a little like a Tupperware party looking at storage options I went away thinking about the segment on planning and why do we store endless food and bulk buy when  we just eventually throw a lot of it out.  So I went  through my larder, my fridge and freezer and discovered enough food to feed us all (5 of us) for several weeks - I gathered all the duplicate jars together, discovered barley that I didn't even know what to do with and I admit threw things out that were just too old to be useful.  So why was I going to go shopping later that day and I have nothing in the cupboard to eat!!

I bit the bullet and planned all the meals for the next 4 days and then shopped only for what I didn't have.  And much to my amazement shopping   was quicker and cheaper.  Coming home and knowing what to cook has made the whole cooking process much easier - if I know it's rice I put it on as I come in not dashing around at the last minute boiling it to oblivion.  And even more surprising is that I am actually doing more cooking.  I always thought that cooking needed to be spontaneous and by buying what was on offer and sorting out what to cook was the best and cheapest way  but I have to say we have eaten better and cooked more this week.

At the end of the first week my green bin had no food waste in it, my bokashi  has about a cup of food scraps, the peelings and tea bags have all gone into the compost and I have began o develop the most complex shopping list system on the planet.... but more on that next week.