The Live Lightly: 7-Day Challenge is a fun way you and your whānau can practice sustainability and fight climate change. Each day of the week tackles a different action. Our goal is to help you build a new lifestyle that lasts, because everyday is Earth Day. Take the challenge and learn how you can help save the planet one day at a time!

Download your 7-Day Challenge Checklist

 

Find out your Carbon Footprint

MONDAY

Start your challenge by getting an idea of the impact of your lifestyle on our planet and see how your everyday actions can make a difference. 

FutureFit is a tool that turns intention into action. Beyond helping you learn more, FutureFit provides a way for you to choose meaningful action that is tailored to you so that you can form new habits. Completing your personalised carbon footprint lets you see which areas you can take action in to make the most impact.

 

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Find out your Carbon Footprint

MONDAY

Start your challenge by getting an idea of the impact of your lifestyle on our planet and see how your everyday actions can make a difference. 

FutureFit is a tool that turns intention into action. Beyond helping you learn more, FutureFit provides a way for you to choose meaningful action that is tailored to you so that you can form new habits. Completing your personalised carbon footprint lets you see which areas you can take action in to make the most impact.

 

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Eat Sustainably

TUESDAY

Option 1:
HAVE A MEAT FREE DAY

Replacing meat with plant-based choices can offer numerous health benefits and help you take action against climate change.

Option 2:
BUY NEW ZEALAND SEASONAL FRUIT & VEGETABLES

Taking the time to check the labels on your fruit and vegetables and choosing the local version makes a big difference.

Option 3:
HAVE A DAIRY FREE DAY

The majority of New Zealand’s emissions comes from agriculture, predominantly the production of red meat and dairy products, so try to reduce your dairy intake today.

 

Eat Sustainably

TUESDAY

Option 1:
HAVE A MEAT FREE DAY

Replacing meat with plant-based choices can offer numerous health benefits and help you take action against climate change.

Option 2:
BUY NEW ZEALAND SEASONAL FRUIT & VEGETABLES

Taking the time to check the labels on your fruit and vegetables and choosing the local version makes a big difference.

Option 3:
HAVE A DAIRY FREE DAY

The majority of New Zealand’s emissions comes from agriculture, predominantly the production of red meat and dairy products, so try to reduce your dairy intake today.

 

Low Carbon Commute

WEDNESDAY

Option 1:
TRY MOVING BY BIKE INSTEAD OF DRIVING TODAY

Jumping on two wheels is a climate-friendly solution to local trips and parking problems.

Option 2:
GET OUT FOR A WALK TO DO NEARBY TASKS

Not only are you saving money and living lightly, you’re also going to get some fresh air and exercise – it’s a win-win!

Option 3:
TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

By switching to public transport just one day per week you could save as much as $590 every year.

Low Carbon Commute

WEDNESDAY

Option 1:
TRY MOVING BY BIKE INSTEAD OF DRIVING TODAY

Jumping on two wheels is a climate-friendly solution to local trips and parking problems.

Option 2:
GET OUT FOR A WALK TO DO NEARBY TASKS

Not only are you saving money and living lightly, you’re also going to get some fresh air and exercise – it’s a win-win!

Option 3:
TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

By switching to public transport just one day per week you could save as much as $590 every year.

Grow for the Planet

THURSDAY

Option 1:
PLANT SOME NATIVE TREES ON YOUR PROPERTY

Investing in native plants will attract native birds and other wildlife to your property and community. Not only that, but planting trees is one of the best ways to offset some of our unavoidable emissions.

Option 2:
COMPOST YOUR FOOD SCRAPS & GREEN WASTE

Composting is a natural way of recycling that keeps food scraps out of landfill and returns their nutrients to the soil.

Option 3:
PLANT A FRUIT TREE IN YOUR YARD

Get growing and in no time you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labour – at a fraction of the cost of buying fruit from the supermarket.

 

Grow for the Planet

THURSDAY

Option 1:
PLANT SOME NATIVE TREES ON YOUR PROPERTY

Investing in native plants will attract native birds and other wildlife to your property and community. Not only that, but planting trees is one of the best ways to offset some of our unavoidable emissions.

Option 2:
COMPOST YOUR FOOD SCRAPS & GREEN WASTE

Composting is a natural way of recycling that keeps food scraps out of landfill and returns their nutrients to the soil.

Option 3:
PLANT A FRUIT TREE IN YOUR YARD

Get growing and in no time you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labour – at a fraction of the cost of buying fruit from the supermarket.

 

Easy Energy Efficiency

FRIDAY

Option 1:
KEEP YOUR SHOWER TO FOUR MINUTES

To make this really easy, set a timer on your phone or play your favourite song while showering to help you keep track of time. 

Option 2:
WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER

This is a really easy way to save money on your power bill. When you put the wash on today, make sure it’s set to cold.

Option 3:
BOOK A FREE HOME ENERGY ADVISOR CONSULTATION (VIRTUAL)

Learn how to lower your energy bills and have a warmer, drier house with free advice to Auckland residents and ratepayers.

Learn more about a Home Energy Advisor

 

Easy Energy Efficiency

FRIDAY

Option 1:
KEEP YOUR SHOWER TO FOUR MINUTES

To make this really easy, set a timer on your phone or play your favourite song while showering to help you keep track of time. 

Option 2:
WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER

This is a really easy way to save money on your power bill. When you put the wash on today, make sure it’s set to cold.

Option 3:
BOOK A FREE HOME ENERGY ADVISOR CONSULTATION (VIRTUAL)

Learn how to lower your energy bills and have a warmer, drier house with free advice to Auckland residents and ratepayers.

Learn more about a Home Energy Advisor

 

Shop Eco-Friendly

SATURDAY

Option 1:
BUY PRE-LOVED FOR A WEEK FROM TODAY

Buying second hand means a new item doesn’t have to be created – and neither do the emissions. Check out op shops, tip shops and online marketplaces first.

Option 2:
REPAIR AND REUSE AN ITEM

Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life. Before getting rid of them, see if it can be fixed.

Option 3:
RE-HOME BELONGINGS YOU NO LONGER NEED

Try and donate them to your local second-hand shop, or drop them off at your local community recycling centre for recycling and reuse.

Shop Eco-Friendly

SATURDAY

Option 1:
BUY PRE-LOVED FOR A WEEK FROM TODAY

Buying second hand means a new item doesn’t have to be created – and neither do the emissions. Check out op shops, tip shops and online marketplaces first.

Option 2:
REPAIR AND REUSE AN ITEM

Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life. Before getting rid of them, see if it can be fixed.

Option 3:
RE-HOME BELONGINGS YOU NO LONGER NEED

Try and donate them to your local second-hand shop, or drop them off at your local community recycling centre for recycling and reuse.

Start the Conversation

SUNDAY

Option 1:
SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Share that you participated in the 7-Day Challenge or share a sustainable action you are proud of this week. #livelightlychallenge 

Option 2:
TELL A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEGUE ABOUT THE 7-DAY CHALLENGE

Try and encourage someone you know to try the Live Lightly: 7-Day Sustainable Lifestyle Challenge.

Option 3:
ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO FIND OUT THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Measuring your footprint is the first step in taking climate action and to find out where you can have the biggest impact.

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Start the Conversation

SUNDAY

Option 1:
SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Share that you participated in the 7-Day Challenge or share a sustainable action you are proud of this week. #livelightlychallenge 

Option 2:
TELL A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR COLLEGUE ABOUT THE 7-DAY CHALLENGE

Try and encourage someone you know to try the Live Lightly: 7-Day Sustainable Lifestyle Challenge.

Option 3:
ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO FIND OUT THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Measuring your footprint is the first step in taking climate action and to find out where you can have the biggest impact.

Share FutureFit with someone

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