Be a nudgebreaker

May 29, 2012

A sensible, fuel-saving idea in stopped traffic

In stopped traffic, have you ever noticed that when one driver nudges ahead a meter or so, everyone behind usually does the same thing?  It seems we do that in any lineup, whether at the bank, grocery store or airport.

Does this ripple effect get anyone where they’re going any sooner?  Well, no.  But everyone does end up burning an extra shot of fuel – and producing an extra puff of greenhouse gas – each time they press the gas pedal to nudge forward.

So why not be the ‘nudgebreaker’ the next time you’re in stopped traffic, and resist the urge to edge forward?  You’ll save fuel for yourself and everyone in the line behind you – and you’ll be doing your planet a little favour.

1% for the Planet

Have you ever heard of 1% for the Planet?  It’s an association of over 1,300 businesses worldwide who put their money where their mouth is by donating at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes.  The reason?  Beyond demonstrating a solid commitment to the environment, it’s their way of showing that the marketplace is a key part of the solution to our environmental challenges.  1% for the Planet has been called the ‘gold standard’ of corporate philanthropy.

So – if you’re a business, why not join 1% for the Planet here?

If you’re a consumer, why not try to find what you’re looking for from a 1% for the Planet member, here, or buy 1% for the Planet, The Music, on iTunes or Amazon, or encourage your favourite store to join?

Prevent ‘refrigerator rot’, save money and do a good thing – all at the same time!

From the readers of Slate magazine, here are five ways you can save on your food bill and reduce waste at the same time:

1. Create and stick to a shopping list: so that you don’t overbuy, especially perishable produce

2. Buy food with cash instead of on credit: to resist the urge to buy too much or to buy impulse items

3. Stick to a single cuisine: so that your leftovers don’t look like the United Nations in a fridge

4. Limit your ‘experimental purchases’ like exotic produce: they usually have a big carbon footprint, and can easily spoil before you figure out how to cook them

5. Schedule one night a week as leftover night: to use up all those leftovers

You can check out Slate’s full list of food-saving tips here.