My 39th birthday has passed, and I’m finally feeling moved to make my mark in the world. To do something bigger than my own efforts at living sustainably. I know that in order to leave my daughter with a better world than the one she was born in, I have to start reaching out and affecting more people. So here I am, starting a blog to record my efforts and hopefully attract others to join with me and make an impact together. For ourselves, our children and everyone’s children.
For the record, I’ve reduced our household garbage, which consists mainly of plastic in one form or another, to just one grocery bag’s worth a week. Recyclables amount to the size of a banker’s box every two weeks. And compost, probably two or three produce bags full a week. We barely use anything disposable. I’m only on the second of the two-pack 100% recycled paper towel rolls I bought over a year ago. A 12-roll pack of 100% recycled toilet paper lasts two months at least. We have fun homemade fabric napkins, and never use paper napkins. I bring my own shopping bags, reuse ‘disposable’ utensils and I try to remember to bring my own glass food savers whenever I want to order take-out.
My daughter, she gets it, and is always aware of the waste that is being produced. She has even decided that she won’t ask for her favourite toys anymore if they come in wasteful packaging. But when she sees it around her and she asks me, “Mom, why do people waste?” it’s really hard to give her a satisfactory answer….
So, I’ve decided that I don’t want to be a Mom that just points out what other people are doing wrong. I want to show her that we can make things change. That yes, we can do things at home and on a personal level, but that we can even influence other people. So, here I am embarking on something very new and scary to me, but something I know will be life-changing and fulfilling.
Thank you for joining us!