The bicycle: such a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.
Last summer I bought a cargo bike from a lovely woman named Nic who had moved to Montmorency and no longer had a place to ride her bike. I had seen them in Amsterdam years before, watching the Dutch ferry their kids to school as part of their daily commute complete with leather satchels, baby capsules and even their dogs riding in the front cart. I had wanted one for so long – until one day, the universe delivered…
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This is the thing with sustainability, it has to be sustainable.
For some legends like Bea Johnson that line is pretty far. For others, jugging work, kids…. life in general, sometimes the sacrifices outweigh the benefits… Continue reading “The line”
One Friday afternoon I was listening to the My Open Kitchen podcast and the girls recommended making a list of 20 things one believes in, here’s mine.
The importance of kindness, generosity and gratitude
The old fashioned way of living Continue reading “Beliefs”
Do I love it so much that it makes me do a happy dance in the change rooms!?
Mindful consumerism: deciding slowly.
A list of considerations… Continue reading “The happy dance rule”
Once you make the mental shift towards sustainability, you’ll find that slowly everything will just fall into place.
When I first had Oliver I began to think about the world that he would inherit, and how different it was to the world I was born into as an 80’s child with wooden toys and landline phones and long bike rides before sunset.
By comparison Ol has been born into a much faster era made up of overstimulating technology, plastic toys and extreme advertising.
As much as I can I try to create family rhythms at home that are based on my childhood, and even my mum’s childhood as a nod to my Nan, however these days the reaches of technology and plastic are pretty prolific… When I grew up we collected shells on the beach, now we collect plastic.
As part of this journey I came across Zero Waste legend Bea Johnson’s interview on CGTN America (in a late night YouTube rabbit hole no less) – an unforgettable clip about how Bea and her family live without contributing waste to landfill.
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These days I think we tend to overcomplicate life – taking on too much, without ever taking the time to step back and reflect.
By being busy we feel as if we’re achieving, but at times it can begin to feel like a bit of a treadmill. I’ve listed below a few quick ways to get back to basics and pair things back to achieve a bit more clarity.
+ Turn off the TV. It is amazing what can be done with those spare hours each day, even if it means just spending more time with the humans in our lives… we can take back so much time with just one switch. Continue reading “On simplifying life”
When we think about it, the most powerful vote we have isn’t the one coming up in the next election, but rather all the little ones we make every single day, with our dollars.
Every single time we make a purchase we are choosing to condone that brand’s behaviour, whether they’re a small family business or a large corporation, we are saying ‘yes I agree with your practices, keep doing what you’re doing’.
This is an incredibly powerful thing; we have the power to support those humans who are trying really hard to change the world and do the right thing, and we also have the power to starve the multinationals and bring about change for the better… Big brands are always trying to work out what their customers what, and nothing speaks louder than dropping sales. Continue reading “The little votes”
It’s rare that I get the chance to sit and have a coffee alone, but the other day Sam fell asleep just before I was about to drop into the green grocers and I took the chance to sit for a few moments at the back of Husk in Hawkesburn Village.
I sat there admiring the newly-tiled courtyard, after having walked though the shop listening to the creak of the big wooden floorboards, in awe of the open fireplaces and white washed walls and thought… one day I would love to have a house just like this.
Why is it though, that in order to enjoy something, our first thought is to ‘own’ it? For the cost of a four dollar coffee, I can enjoy it now, and every Saturday for the rest of the year if I wanted to.
I hope that one day we start enjoying things in that moment; appreciating that we already have it to enjoy, because really, isn’t that the key to having it all?
Realising that you already do…
There is nothing more peaceful than living in a simple home that has been de-cluttered Konmari style in order to be surrounded by only a few things that we truly love. Realising that less is more certainly makes for a much more mindful shopper.. enjoying the art of browsing and mentally absorbing the designers creativity without the impulse to purchase. Over the years I have learnt a few things about a capsule wardrobe:
+ The happy dance rule. If it doesn’t inspire a happy dance in the change rooms don’t buy it. Unless you physically cannot walk out of the store without taking that AMAAAZING item home, then leave it on the racks – if you’re unsure now, you will only grow to despise the purchase in a few short months. This applies to everything from clothes to beauty products to items for the home, just a few happy dance shopping trips later and you will have saved a lot of money and saved the planet from the tonnes of environmental resources that go into making goods that no-one really values.
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One of the keys to living a simple life is having less in every part of the home, including the bathroom cabinet which works to simplify the beauty routine in terms of time, products and ingredients.
Where possible I try and substitute highly processed beauty products for whole beauty products (kind of like whole foods for the skin), in order to reduce the amount of chemicals soaking into my skin each day. It’s usually pretty basic ingredients that can be found at the supermarket or health food store. Over the years, I have developed a few favourites:
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