Green January

At the beginning of this year the Green Film Fest team challenged themselves to stick to a green-themed resolution.

From wasting less food to buying less stuff, we're now one-month in. Find out how we've been getting on:

 

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Inspired by Just Eat It at the 2015 Festival, my green resolution is not to waste food.

The biggest change I've made is planning out the week's meals on a Sunday and this simple change has meant a lot less waste. As a vegetarian, it's easy to impulse buy whatever delicious fruit or veg has just come into season at the farmer's market and end up with far too much fresh produce. But now, spending 10 minutes planning meals for the week, I'm only buying what I absolutely need and no longer sending woefully bendy carrots, moldy peppers, or squishy zucchini straight to the compost bin. The hardest part is sticking to the plan each week (not being tempted by take out!) and getting creative with the leftovers.

Gemma Bradshaw, COO Strategy & Operations:

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The amount of stuff we have in our lives - and that too often ends up in landfill - has been on my mind for a while, especially after seeing Terra Blight back in 2013. So, I finally challenged myself to buy fewer things. 

There have been a few testing moments. Like when all those sales newsletters started popping up in my inbox, when my umbrella broke and I realized I only had one pair of wet weather shoes. But some determination, repair work and admitting to myself I can only wear one pair of shoes at a time, means so far I've stuck to my resolution.

The added benefit is all the money I'm saving. Win-win. And I'll be sure to pledge some of those savings back to the Festival this year! 

 

Debbie Chisholm, communications co-ordinator:

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Inspired by An Omnivorous Family's Dilemmawhich screened at last year's festival, my 2016 green resolution is to have at least one meat-free day a week. 

Apart from a few near misses when I absent-mindedly went to the fridge to eat some leftover chicken, I have to say this hasn't felt like a huge change in my life at all. 

I'd go as far as to say it's been easy, in fact, I've occasionally wondered: this is too easy, am I really making that much of a difference? Naval-gazing aside, the benefits to my health, my wallet and my carbon footprint are reason enough for me to keep going. Let's hope the rest of the year feels this easy!  

 

Krystal Pirani, development co-ordinator:

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I know I’m a little late to the resolution party, but it’s never too late to start! My green resolution is to stop buying new bags of clay for pottery, but to start reclaiming my old bits of leftover clay. 

In the film Landfill Harmonic, musical instruments were made entirely out of garbage. This film has inspired me to also turn waste into art.