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Thursday, September 15, 2005

NEWS: Poyzer Power

My god this woman is unstoppable. No one is safe. Not even a young affluent couple living in a luxury apartment downtown. They are just like most urbanised people. Comfort and convenience first! Sound familiar? You are not alone!

In tonight's 'NO WASTE LIKE HOME' the Poyzer Panzer challenged them to change their ways and their response was basically:

If recycling takes me an hour and I could do something better with that hour then I am not gonna recycle!

This was going to be a disaster. Their lifestyle was massively challenged by Penney. Surely she had met her match and would fail to convert these two consuming criminals?

These guys blew her targets (water consumption, food miles, landfill waste and so on) out of the water, so to speak. And they loved it...well most of it. No-one's perfect.

At the end of the show they had become active in their own apartment block working with the 180 other apartments to reduce water consumption and working with the building management to get the building greener and recycling more.

They even started writing letters to their local Member of Parliament and even sent one to TONY BLAIR!!!

They were so amazed at how easy it was to be greener and they took to it like ducks to water.

This is what I came away with:

Going green is not expensive.
On the contrary it saves money.

Going green is not difficult.
On the contrary it has never been easier.

Going green is not depressing.
On the contrary it is uplifting.

At the end of the show Penney gave them the money she calculated they had saved and they wanted to take her out to dinner as a thankyou for changing their lives and flushing away their ignorance.

Penney was in tears. What a transformation. Awesome show! Nice one Penney.

Personal lessons learned? We are pretty good at the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle but there is always room for improvement. I need to study our water consumption (dishwasher, bathroom etc) and get it down. Really need to exercise more sense when shopping and get the non-recyclable packaging and the food miles down. Must find a non-supermarket to shop in.

Watch this space.



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At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Love the site,
In the Poyzer Power article, you stated that:

"Going green is not expensive.
On the contrary it saves money."

In my experience I've always found environmentally friendly products quite expensive. Where am i going wrong CH!?

At 1:24 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hi there

Thanks for your comment.

I think in general we are all led to believe that we need to spend our way to being green. As if buying organic is enough to change the world.

Buying organic is a great start but I think the reality, perfectly illustrated by the BBC's 'No Waste Like Home' t.v. show, is that being green is not about how much you spend.

It is about what you buy, not how much it costs and perhaps more importantly it is about the lifestyle choices you make.

Tell you what, as I suspect you are not alone in thinking that you gotta spend green to go green, I will do an article on this very topic.

I will outline how even those of us with the least money can go green and even SAVE money.

Keep checking the site...will research the article and post it asap.



At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Albert said...

This was certainly one of the best so far. Amazing how the boys cut down their waste by 90% and water consumption by 75%!

Did anybody see what they had installed under their sink?

At 4:04 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hi Albert

Yeah was awesome. They had a waste compactor under the sink I thought and it sent compostable waste somewhere that needed compost. Not sure how that worked. Interesting idea though.




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