Bi-monthly Challenge – March 2014

17th March 2014 by

It’s Challenge Time!

At Otesha, we like to challenge ourselves (and our readers) to live more sustainably. That’s what our cycle tours and all our other programmes at Otesha are about! Regular readers of our musings will know we set a challenge with each newsletter. We want your ideas, the challenges you want to take part in – or have already tried! Email info@otesha.org.uk to give us some suggestions!

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This month, though, a sustainable transport challenge, with a few options…

1. If your bike’s rusting away - get it out, give it some love and get it (and your lovely self) back on the road. (If you need help, pop along to our free Dr Bike workshop at our office on Tuesdays 5-6pm!) If you want some cycle training, lots of local councils offer free sessions, they can be a great way to feel confident on the road. We’d love to see photos of you and your trusty steeds. Email them to us or tweet @OteshaUK

2. If you’re a regular bike commuter - try something new. What about a mini-weekend bicycle tour? It’s a great way to see the UK, a wonderful, cheap holiday, and you’ll feel so alive! Or go and get skilled up in bike-maintenance so you can be a self-sufficient cyclista. (You could also sign uP1060484p for an Otesha tour!)

3. Help someone else get on their bike. Let’s face it, some of us couldn’t cycle much more if we tried. So why not support someone else to start cycling… you could join a campaign or give more practical support with bike maintenance, or join someone on their commute to work to help them feel more confident on the road. You could check out organisations like this, this, and this, for a place to start!

4. If cycling isn’t for you, switching your travel habit, to foot, bus, or train is super too!

We challenge you to re-think your spring cleaning!

3rd May 2013 by

We’ve been noticeably chirpier with the spring season upon us and so we’ve all been discussing about ways to start anew and get set for the coming months.  Here at Otesha, we’re closing our winter box and doing a spring clean.
This time around, we challenge you to re-think your spring cleaning!  There’s many ways you can start.  We’ve come up with a list below but if you want to add anything, drop us a line and of course, tell us how it went. We’d love to hear from you.

  • Make your own cleaning products.  It may sound daunting but it’s much easier than you think.  Our ever lovely Jo wrote a blog on how to start.  Check it out here.
  • You may also need to un-clog some drains.  Here are some helpful tips for a more natural way to clean drains. cleaningThrow away those chemicals; they go straight to our water supply.
  • Start by checking out our new and improved “3-Rs” at the bottom of our Fun Action Ideas page.
  • Instead of dropping any unused items and clothing in the bin, drop them to a charity of your choice or consider posting them on freecycle.  One’s rubbish could be someone else’s treasure.
  • Take a look at your air filters – they often need washing to keep things moving.
  • Use the sun to dry your clothes outdoors. On those very *few* days of rain, don’t forget to keep the dryer filter clean.  It makes it more efficient.
  • If you’ve got a garden and are tending and cleaning, consider growing heirloom varieties to help to preserve biodiversity.  And rather than using toxic pesticides, use natural pest control.
  • As the weather is warming (and hopefully the sun is still shining), consider walking or cycling instead of driving. Or, choose the bus/train.
  • Consider removing your shoes upon entering your home.  It’s amazing how much dirt you track through the house and when you take your shoes off it means less cleaning!
  • Adjust your curtains as the days warm up – open them in the early morning and after the sun goes down.
  • It’s difficult to make your large appliances eco-friendly but you can do things to help them be more efficient.

    Fridges and freezers are designed to cool and keep things cool this isn’t want things want to do natural, heat moves into areas of low heat so they are fighting against nature. Keeping your space about 2/3 full in both fridge and freeze means they have less to do as heat moves between the foods, and maximize the efforts of the fridge/freezer.

Do you have more tips for us? Let us know!

Need a new challenge?

6th January 2011 by

So, we’ve been concocting monthly challenges for a couple of years now and we’re beginning to run dry of ideas (don’t worry our idea power is renewable but our brains need a little recharge). That’s why this month we’re challenging you to challenge us back! We want you, dear reader, to send us a monthly challenge that you’d like to do and see others do too. Our favourite will get the fame and glory of being February’s monthly challenge.

We’ve challenged you to go rubbish free; holiday in the UK; have a digital detox; get a green energy supplier, an ethical bank account and a seasonal vegetable habit; and to draw everything single thing you buy (that was the weird to accompany all the other wonderfuls).  You can brush up on these and all the other monthly challenges here.

So please send your monthly challenge ideas to jo@otesha.org.uk and give us something great to grapple with in 2010.

True North Cycle Tour

30th September 2010 by

Come on tour with us this August 2015 in Scotland!

Get into Green Jobs

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Our Green Jobs programme aims to provide training and work experience for young, unemployed people.


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