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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Christmas has become pretty overwhelming of late and each year I dream about taking the boys away to a secluded cabin on a lake somewhere and avoiding it altogether. In my dreams we fish for flatties during the day and play cards at night, we have long sleep-ins and read books out on the deck in the morning sun, me sipping hot coffee while the boys feed bread to the local birds…
Failing that dream ever coming true, I have been trying to work out ways to help the boys to focus on the important things and enjoy the magic and meaning of Christmas.
I have worked out a few things along the way…
1/ Involve them in the act of writing cards, and have a conversation about the person and what kind and meaningful words you can write together. Continue reading “Christmas”
I have always believed that your name can influence your life; my friend Fabian’s name means bean counter and he’s a gardener, another friend Crystal has a salt business, and since I married and changed my surname to Jarred, I have developed an obsession with jars.
In particular I’m quite fond of the angular jars with gold lids that so often contain pickles and relishes, and have roped in both my mum and sisters (all condiment queens) to set aside their prettiest jars. From a sustainability perspective, I believe recycling should only ever be the last resort and that reuse is always a better option.
The trick to removing that sticky label glue is Tea Tree Oil (or any citrus-based essential oil that happens to be on hand, Eucalyptus likely works just as well).
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The other day I had a spare container and decided to pop into Donnini’s, a pasta shop I had walked past a hundred times on my way to the green grocers without ever stopping in… I’m not sure why not really, habits I suppose. Anyway I was making a pesto sauce and decided to buy a few nests of freshly handmade tagliatelle for us to have as a quick weekend lunch when I got home.
At just over seven dollars to feed our family lunch, I wondered why I had ever attempted to hand make pasta in the past… Why is it that we think the best option (particularly from a health/environmental perspective) is to make everything ourselves from scratch, when there are craftsmen nearby making much better food than we could, that we could easily buy from them in a sustainable manner. Continue reading “A sense of community”
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.
– Michael Pollen, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
My nan used to always say that what you spend at the greengrocer, you save at the doctor’s.
I have been going to the same greengrocer every week for the past six years – he has seen me single, pregnant, with a baby and now a son who tottles around the store with his little trolley opening blueberry packs and stealing nuts that fall into the dispenser tray. I think Bob is about 70 odd and he’s told me before about watching kids grow up in his store… I’m pretty sure that some of the boys who help carry my shopping back to the car are probably customer’s sons who were offered a job the day they turned 15.
Shopping this way is good for everyone; the fruit & veg isn’t plastic wrapped like the supermarket’s and I know that the person who buys the fruit at the wholesale market has actually tasted it and had a conversation with the grower. I can do almost my entire shop here waste-free, save for the odd milk carton or yoghurt tub, and it’s cheaper overall when you consider that I’m not buying much packaged food and instead making most meals from scratch. A quick stop to the butcher and the bakery next door and I’m done.
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Since having children I have become a lot more aware of the environment and making sure that we leave this earth in good condition for generations to come.
At first, working towards Zero Waste might seem overwhelming, however every little effort collectively makes an enormous difference. Even if you do just one thing, start shopping with a reusable bag or using a Keep Cup rather than a disposable coffee cup – every little plastic bag and coffee cup saved really does add up when change happens across millions of people.
Here’s a few relatively effortless ways to reduce your environmental footprint:
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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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When you break it down you only need a small handful of basic cleaning solutions to keep a natural clean home. I tend to refill amber spray bottles that I have bought in the past. Over the years I have developed a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials:
- Bi-carb soda
- White vinegar
- Vanilla essence
- Olive oil
- A few basic essential oils
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