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Bathplug

Why do I want to do this?

It seems unlikely that I'll ever wean my husband off his overflowing baths. This is the next best thing: reuse the water. I think I ought to be able to pass a hose through the bathroom window and save at least some of the bathwater: a blessing, in droughts.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have worked out a way to get bathwater out of the bath and into buckets/watering cans and, ultimately, onto the plants. I'll have rescued at least ten litres at least ten times.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a red poppy (101flowers)
Mooncup

What's this about?

The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a ‘super-absorbent’ tampon’!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too.

The Mooncup is designed to be folded and inserted into the vagina, then removed, rinsed and reinserted up to every 8 hours. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls, allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. This seal is released for removal, allowing you to empty the contents, rinse or wipe and reinsert.



Why do I want to do this?

I've noticed a fair bit of squeamishness about menstrual cups, and I'd like to do my bit to compensate for that.


How will I know I've done this?

I will have done three discrete things that express my appreciation for and endorsement of the Mooncup.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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In Credit

What's this about?

Buy Nothing Day is a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.

As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? We all know recycling is OK for the the evironment, but consuming less is better and Buy Nothing Day is a great way to start.



Why do I want to do this?

Quite frankly, I have far too much stuff. It will be very good for me to remember what I used to know: that I can actually get along quite happily without spending a penny and without acquiring junk I don't need.


How will I know I've done this?

For a period of 24 hours on a date specified by whoever it is that organises Buy Nothing Day, I will have refrained from purchasing anything - in person, online, or whatever. I may or may not have taken part in an organised event associated with Buy Nothing Day.
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Welcome to Woking

What's this about? Why do I want to do it?

I stole this goal (along with a couple of others) from 101 of a Wolf, who says:

Square Mile Living involves drawing a square around where you live and then exploring what resources you actually have in your square mile. It aims to give you a way of exploring your neighbourhood, helps you discover local businesses to support and puts you directly in touch with your immediate community.

Which I think would be a very good thing for me to do. I work and worship in Guildford, ten minutes down the railway line; I'd like to feel more connected to Woking.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have walked down all the streets within my square mile, and have listed the facilities within that area.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Vegetables

What's this about?

A veg box service is like the milkman, but with vegetables. A bit less predictable than the milkman, too, as I understand it.


Why do I want to do this?

I'd like to support local farmers (if there actually are any around my way, which I must confess is something that I have no idea about). I'd like to eat better, and to push myself into eating things I wouldn't usually try.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have found out about what kind of veg box services are offered in the Woking area. I will have made a decision whether or not to pursue any of these further.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Cat in the Wrapping

Why do I want to do this?

I've never been keen on the idea that 'Christmas = spend loadsa money!!!'. I have more sympathy for the one that goes 'Christmas = spend time and trouble on people you love'. That's what this is about. It's also a variation on 'Recycled Christmas', which was a goal on the old list. Besides, I like making things.


How will I know I've done it?

For Christmas 2010, 2011 and 2012, three of the presents I give will have been made by myself. These can be edible, wearable, practical, frivolous, or whatever.


I'll record this in posts in this journal - after Christmas.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a red poppy (101flowers)
Orchid, Shaving Mirror

Why do I want to do this?

Ew, ming, you might say. But I already use a Mooncup, and am very happy with it. Occasionally I wear sanitary towels for moral support, if you like, and hate them, because they are plasticky and sweaty. Actual cotton (as opposed to 'cotton-like feel', which really isn't) would be fantastic.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have made at least two washable, reusable sanitary towel equivalents.


I'll record this... do you really want to know? I'll post about it in this journal, but don't worry: I won't illustrate it. Unless I manage to make a really good pattern, obviously.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a red poppy (101garden)
Finch
NB: this is neither my bird nor my bird-feeder. I think it's a South American variety of finch. My photo, though.

What's this about? Why do I want to do it?

I have two bird-feeders. One is the sort that hangs, and one is the sort that sticks up out of the ground on a pole. I have two bird-boxes. One was on the fence when we moved in, and the other was a birthday present, and is in the bedroom because I haven't put it up yet. In each case, the clue is in the name. 'Bird', not 'squirrel'. I wish to keep the squirrels off the birds' food, and stop them eating the baby birds. Why do I wish to do this? As an ex-Isle of Wight resident, it is my solemn duty to regard a grey squirrel as a mangy, disease-ridden, festering tree-rat. No quarter given.


How will I know I've done it?

I will have devised a series of contraptions that prevent squirrels getting at the bird-feeders and stealing the food (the food that the jay knocks out of the upright feeder is the jay's problem, I think), and getting at the bird-boxes and disturbing/killing/eating the nesting birds. A healthy family of blue-tits would be a good indication that this has been successful.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Cow, Calf

Why do I want to do this?

Two words: food miles. This will take a bit of lateral thinking, but I ought to be able to do it.


How will I know I've done it?

For a period of seven days, I'll have eaten nothing that was not produced on the British Isles.


I'll record this in a post, or a number of posts, in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Local Produce: Grey Squirrel and Rose

Why do I want to do this?

Two words: food miles. I couldn't manage even one meal of food I'd grown myself, but I'm pretty sure I could do a day of local produce.


How will I know it's done?

For 24 consecutive hours, I will have eaten only food from Surrey or adjacent counties.


I'll record this in a post on this journal.

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