Monday, April 28, 2008

The Giver Wrap Up

It's been almost a month now of giving and I just wanted to say thank you to all who participated in the first Burbanmom Challenge. Together, twenty-five of us donated over $1469.00, 49 bags and 32 hours. And I know that much more was donated than was tallied (ie: Crunchy's Goods4Girls work and her Head Shavin' Shenanigans). I know that I still have about 20 bags of cast offs from following Chile's Cut the Crap Challenge that still need to be taken to Goodwill.


In other news, I will be taking on a couple of new challenges in May, including Crunchy's Extreme Eco Throwdown and Greenbean's Be A Bookworm Challenge. Here's the lowdown on both:

Crunchy has challenged us each to try to do something we otherwise thought would be impossible. We are allowed to choose from seven different challenges: No Plastic, No Paper Products, No Driving, Local Food Only, No Garbage Output, No Excessive Water Usage and No Electricity. We can do a different challenge each week or choose one (or more) to do the entire month. We are allowed one "Day of Rest" per week where we do not have to follow the rules of the challenge. I'm going to do the "No Plastic" challenge for the whole month, just to get a taste of what Beth Terry does every single day. Who knows, maybe I'll find I can go plastic-free too!

GreenBean has put out a challenge that I think will be the easiest one ever. And that's good because I'll need an easy one to balance out The Throwdown. GreenBean is challenging us to read a single, ecologically relevant book in May. Dude, I have FOUR OF THEM on loan from the library sitting on my desk. The real challenge will be picking which one to dig into first. I HIGHLY recommend this challenge to anyone. Whether you're just starting down the eco-path or you've been at so long that you don't remember what Charmin is or where your dryer is located, you'll take away something very valuable from this challenge. So join me, in joining GreenBean on her Be A Bookworm Challenge. I promise it'll be the most pleasant eco-challenge presented this year! (ummm, besides mine, right? ;-)
- Burbanmom

7 comments:

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Wait! I have numbers/info to add to your Giving Challenge, I just haven't had the time to get them to you. (As I recall, I drifted off in the middle of reporting a few days back and never resumed.)

Beth

Green Bean said...

Jeesh, Beth! Get back on the train girl. ;-) Actually, I felt the same way when I read this and then I realized I don't have anything else I'm giving right now. But I might, dammit! In all seriousness, thank you for a great challenge, Erin!

Also, thanks for mentioning my challenge. I feel like a good book can change your life. That and cutting out plastic for a month, which is what I'm aiming for too. Thank goodness, Beth has set an example for us. I already have visions of myself sitting down with my weekly plastic count.

arduous said...

I loved your challenge! Seriously, I think it's been my favorite challenge ever. I am looking forward to GB's challenge though ... I too need a nice and easy one.

eco 'burban mom said...

I have jumped on Green Beans Bookworm Challenge, it was perfect timing! I got the email from the library today that Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is finally back and waiting for me to pick it up! So happy to have it and a challenge to go with. However, I worry I am just not green enough for the Eco Throw Down. Somehow I think I am still a little bit "green behind the ears"!

Also - I am with Beth, just today I added my "I am a giver" hours worked and bags donated to your challenge post. Thanks for a great one, while I was picking up recyclables and picking through trash cans at the little league fields I was counting my hours!!

Blue Collar Crunch said...

Yeah, I'm not sure I've really realized what all I've gotten myself in for this May! But your challenge was quite fun, and I still have about four boxes of books sitting in my kitchen that will eventually end up at one library or another...

arduous said...

Oh, Erin, I also donated a couple boxes of crapola to Goodwill. All misc junk. You probably don't want to put that in your side bar though. ;)

MamaBird said...

Yup! I have stuff for you to tally too, just been busy (sorry)! How do I give you the info, email you?