Take an eco-challenge


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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 20:16

Eco-challenge: Gift Opening

Gift Opening

Open gifts with care and attention to the wrapping paper, ribbons, tags and boxes. 

The challenge is to see how much can be saved and put away for reuse during your next holiday season.

Did you know that paper can be ironed on a low setting if you find there are two many creases in it from a previous wrapping.

On the inside of sheets of paper write the dates when used and see how many years one sheet of paper can be used.  This can provide great entertainment in years to come as you remember gifts wrapped in the paper years past or simply how many years you’ve seen it come back in circulation.

Save tags and reuse again another year….saves time on writing out new tags and money buying new tags.

Ribbon can be added to new ribbons another year, can be reused as is, or added to children’s crafts.

Boxes often fold flat and take up little space.  If they can not be folded, take on the puzzle challenge to find out how many you can nest together.  Wrapping the parts of a box rather than the whole box itself saves the paper and has a prepared box for next year’s use.

Can you reuse any parts of pre-packaged gift items?

This article was originally published in the October 2011 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

Thursday, 31 December 2009 14:49


illuminationDecember, dark mornings, early evenings, winter weather, holidays – It is the season of illumination! Whether an evening at home or inviting family and friends to a festive party – illumination brings atmosphere, comfort, and essential lighting. Illumination via electrical sources also brings increased cost to your pocket and the environment. Can you still light your home festively and be kinder to your pocket and your planet? Absolutely! A few tricks and changes and you're on your way.

Sunday, 28 February 2010 14:47


Launched in Belgium in 2009 to encourage employees' environmental awareness, ecocheques are now available for employers to share with their employees as extra benefits to increase ecological purchasing power and make environmentally conscientious purchases. Ecocheques are similar to repas/maaltijd or guest cheques and employers may opt to give employees up to 250 Euros per year in ecocheques. They are not considered wages and therefore are generally not subjected to taxes or social charge implications. No employee contribution to the ecocheque system is required either. The nominal value per ecocheque is not to exceed ten Euros though may be dispersed in greater values. They are valid for two years from their issue date.

This article was originally published in the February 2010 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

Thursday, 25 February 2010 14:45

Small Step: Precycling

Ok, you have started recycling or have stepped up your recycling and reuse of items.  The time has come for the next small step to make change in your environment - Precycling!  Precycling eliminates or reduces the need for recycling or use by consciously preventing waste before it happens.  Simply put - Thinking before consuming.