On Monday 10th February, The New Joneses – a movement showing how easily Aussies can change consumption habits for smarter, less wasteful and more money saving lifestyles – came to Melbourne.
Channel Seven’s Sunrise challenged their own weather presenter, Edwina Bartholomew to live a sustainable, energy efficient, no-waste, money saving life, living in The New Joneses House.
The Sunrise crew moved into the 8 star energy rated Ecoliv home, which was erected in Federation square and furnished by Gumtree, Leonard Joel and Sacred Heart Mission. The New Joneses house brought to life the way we can source second hand, extend the life of existing goods, reduce demand for new goods and make better use of our finite resources, all in a seriously stylish way.
Beds and linen were sourced from Grand Hyatt, highlighting that even in luxury hotels we’re sleeping in beds someone’s used before!
Food for the crew and a catered VIP breakfast with Saint’s Captain, Nick Riewoldt, and Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, came from Farmhouse Direct, Australia’s first online farmers’ market, where you can buy direct from farmers and producers online to support local Aussie producers.
School tours encouraged kids to eliminate food waste, teaching them the importance of composting, worm farms and getting our vital nutrients out of the rubbish bin and back into the earth. Food thrown in the bin and sent to landfill doesn’t break down as nicely as we’d imagine, rather it produces methane, a toxic gas around 20 times more toxic than the carbon pollution from our cars! One of the best ways to reduce our impact on our planet is to cut out food waste. Shop to a list, buy what you need, use what you’ve got, turn leftovers into something else, compost it, feed it to the worms, just keep it out of the rubbish bin!
The Channel Seven crew also drove the Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle which uses no petrol, adding zero tailpipe emissions to our air. Parts of the car are even made of up-cycled plastic post-consumer waste.
powershop.com.au, The New Joneses energy partner, showed that the cheapest energy on the market is coming from companies (like Powershop), who are backed by 100% renewable energy. Our LED partners at LEDified also highlighted how switching from halogen down lights to LEDs can save up to 89% on our lighting bill. Illuminating, eh?
Once the Sunrise crew moved out, The New Joneses home was invaded by the crowds of the Sustainable Living Festival, generating such interest that crowd control was required to manage the queues waiting to get inside!
All up, when The New Joneses came to town, they showed simple ways to transition to sustainable, stylish and smarter lifestyles that are good for us, our people, our wallets and our planet.
For simple tips on saving money and making some easy and powerful changes to your life and our planet check out http://www.thenewjoneses.com. You can also find fantastic second hand pieces for the home in Gumtree’s Home & Garden category.