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OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge!

Written by Stephanie on February 12th, 2017.      2 comments

You will have probably guessed by now, by reading previous posts, that we are passionate about sustaining our earth for future generations.  Martin's full time job is actually in energy management, helping large businesses reduce their energy consumption and look at alternative energy uses.  At home and in our honey business we have substantially reduced what we send to the landfill, we avoid over packaging, try to avoid one use plastic, buy bulk, reuse or recycle as much as we can and purchase locally as much as possible.  

All Sweetree honeys are packaged in glass jars, our propolis in glass bottles, we use paper bags instead of plastic at the markets and we are currently investigating compostable pouches for our bee pollen.  We still have lots of work to do but we are getting better!

I believe that if everyone just starts somewhere and does a little bit (e.g. saying no to supermarket plastic bags) it will make a big difference to the future of our earth.  It can be really hard to take on new behaviours and even harder with our busy lifestyles these days. I found it easier to start by following a few organised challenges like 'Plastic Free July' and 'Recycle Week', I just stared out small and now many of those behaviours that I found hard are now automatic.

New Challenge!

I've recently come across a new challenge which I'm keen to try.  It's called the 'OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) Sustainable Me Challenge'.  Each month this year we will be challenged to test out an environmentally friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health.  It gives us the challenge to try something new for the month and decide if we want to adopt it more in our lives.  January's challenge was to stay away from one use plastic and styrofoam when eating out. The current February challenge is to drive less, this also coincides with Aotearoa Bike Challenge.  Driving less could be interesting for us considering we live on a busy rural road!  But I'm keen to think outside the square, one way I could drive less is to share with the neighbours in getting our kids to and from school.

OSOF say "Give it a go for one month and see if you like it.  If it’s something you can get on board with, great! Adopt it as part of your regular routine.  If it’s a behavior that doesn’t work for you, that’s ok.  After 12 months and 12 activities, you just might have a few new actions to add to your sustainability portfolio.  If possible, rope a couple of friends or family members into participating with you.  The more support you have, the more likely you are to keep up with the behaviours for a full month – enough time to decide whether or not it’s something you can take up for the long term."

Good luck and have fun!  Let us know how you get on!

Read more about the Sustainable Me Challenge
Find out about the January Challenge
Find out about the February Challenge

Check out the eco friendly items in our online store!


Sweetree Honey says ...
Thanks Erin, well done on minimising plastic use. If we all do our bit I'm sure it will make a difference! Thanks!
Erin says ...
Great to hear a local business is interested in sustainability. I am trying to minimise plastic use as much as possible. It disappoints me that so much produce is packaged in single use plastic! So good to see you package your honey in glass!

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