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I AM sure I’ ve mentioned I work for News Limited . Yes, publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Australian , and in my case the Central...


I AM sure I’ve mentioned I work for News Limited. Yes, publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Australian, and in my case the Central Coast Express Advocate. I edit the entertainment liftout, Alive, and do a variety of editorial tasks. Stick with me here, it’s all relevant.

Anyhoot, News Limited is committed to cutting carbon emissions across its operations and last week, by way of its 1degree initiative, launched a competition for employees – the prize a Toyota Prius. All one has to do is pledge to take up a personal environmental action, for a period of two weeks, and explain how it cuts carbon emissions. My pledge is pretty simple, shameless really. I have pledged to wear thrifted finds, head to toe, for two weeks. So far, so good, except for a store-bought T-shirt here and there.

I sometimes discover I’ve worn an entire outfit of op shop buys by happy accident but have never set myself the task of doing it deliberately. It’s been quite fun and I can’t wait to share more pictures from my entry – and as far as the rant on cutting carbon emissions, don’t get me started. (I’m sure I’d be preaching to the converted anyway, right?)
Pictures: Courtesy News Limited.

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20 comments

  1. Good luck with the challenge. How cool would it be to win a free environmentally friendly car!

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  2. gosh i hope you win! ps. check out the new cafe at the erina heights shops. it's a cafe/book exchange and it is absolutely wonderful!

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  3. So much fun here. Didn't know you did editing. My daughter is learning the ins and outs of editing in her Bachelor of Creative Writing, and loves it.Have fun with the challenge - good excuse for more op. shopping (not that you need one).Looking forward to more pics!

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  4. You'll get through this 'challenge' easy- I don't think you'll find it too hard! You find the best opped goodness. Good luck with the competition.

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  5. Love the thrift challenge idea - you go girl!

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  6. Hope you win, I would love a Prius

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  7. I love that colourful batwing top you're wearing! What a great thrift find! Looking forward to your daily updates.

    I hope you win! A Prius would be great for that road trip you're planning. x

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  8. can't wait to see more of your pics! I love this idea... what did some others pledge to do?

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  9. You look great! Good luck.

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  10. Totally hoping you win. Totally. Oh gosh. You just HAVE to win!!

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  11. fab idea go go go thrift chic. not to be sneezed at either i rekkon buying second hand clothes is an essential way to live conscienciously and cut emissions. the way we dress is a political statement that we make everyday. you do it so well, esp like the second outfit you look super hot and confident xx

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  12. Wow, I hope you win!! Good luck!
    Yes, I'm a big fan of the op shop clothes, mostly for environmental reasons. But I am always amazed at how frequently I find something in my size (like when people accidentally shrink things in the wash - it's good for short people like me!), but it seems nearly impossible to find clothes when I go to regular retail stores.

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  13. gorgeous fun pics! all the best, hope you win that fabo Prius!!

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  14. oh good for you - hope you win!!! great looks too...you'll be starting thrift store shopping tours soon! you seem to find all the good things!

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  15. this is such a wonderful idea!

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  16. Hi Katie, I just came across your challenge via Pia Jane Bijkerk's blog, and I love it! I'll be sharing my own finds on my blog, and rooting for you for the win!

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  17. Hope you win, and even more that your colleagues are inspired to emulate you! I haven't bought clothing in a store for at least a couple of years, I keep finding great stuff at yard sales, and rarely spend more than a dollar for an item. More often than not from my earrings to my shoes the entire outfit costs way less than ten dollars. Even if you don't win the car...you win!

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  18. Hi Kate,

    I found out about your challenge through Pia Jane Bijkerk. I've done a post to support you:

    http://thedecodetective.blogspot.com/2009/06/kates-op-shop-challenge-via-pia-jane.html

    Good luck, hope you win!

    Best wishes,
    Trudi

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  19. Wonderful idea! I'm a big fan of second-hand shops and have managed to convince my two daughters that they are fun places to play around with your cash without a lot of impact on the planet. I posted today on my favourite shop for "second-hand scores" (and one of my most recent, favourite purchases) out here in Tofino on Canada's west coast.

    http://theheartoftofino.blogspot.com/2009/06/second-hand-scores.html

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