This week I'm talking sustainability, you can read more about why here
. Yesterday I shared a list of
40 simple ways to live more sustainably
. To show you I practice what I preach and just how easy it can be, I'm sharing some of the things we are doing right now...
I am making an effort to buy products I need from second hand markets, charity stores and garage sales. I needed a new baking dish and rather than purchase one new, I found this one at my local charity store for $5. It matches a set of mixing bowls my mother and father were given for a wedding gift some 40 + years ago. My mum still uses the mixing bowl. So not only do I have a 'new' baking dish that meets my needs, I have a lovely sense of nostalgia to go along with it.
I'm buying local and loving it. Bent on Food
is a local cafe that sell a fine range of products. This is my third jar of Caramalised Onion and Thyme Jam which makes the most divine pizzas. The strawberries in the Ricardoe's
Strawberry Jam are grown about 40 minutes drive from here and it is truly the best strawberry jam I have ever tasted (sorry Gran!). As for the honey, it's sourced about 10 minutes drive from my house and tastes divine.
I am buying organic as often as I can. My budget does not always allow as organic products are generally more expensive, but each week I add a few new organic products to my trolley. I figure small changes are better than none. Planning meals, rather than throwing random things in the trolley also helps me to purchase an increased number of organic products and still remain within budget.
I am supporting local farmers, buying high quality products at a fair price. This is important to the sustainability of our industries as well as future food security. No farmers, no food.
I am gradually removing chemical cleaners from my home and replacing with natural cleaners. Lemon, vinegar, bicarb and eucalyptus now play a central role in cleaning my home and I am delighted with the results. Check out this useful link
to see how effective natural cleaners can be.
We're growing our own vegetables. We have a two acre block but we can't afford the large enclosed vegetable patches we have planned. In saying that we're not waiting. We gathered up every available pot, elevated them away from the rabbits that roam our property and got planting. We have lettuce, cauliflower, brocolli, red spring onions, leeks and herbs all on their way to our dinner plate. Our own organic fair.
We are reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill by redirecting food waste to compost. Not only does it prevent waste, but it saves money when it comes to composting our vegetables and fruit trees. Did I mention we have fruit trees? We have lots and lots of fruit trees all planted in the last twelve months. We have lemons, limes, finger limes, oranges, mandarins lemonades, figs, mangosteens, bananas and pomelos just to name a few.
Speaking of trees, plant trees indigenous to your area. Your soil will love it, it will attract local wildlife and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If you have nowhere to plant trees, join your local Landcare
group and support their projects or get your family involved in events like National Tree Day
. In the last twelve months we have planted around 60 trees on our property, the majority indigenous natives (we like to think we are teaching the Squishy valuable lessons but he just likes whacking them with bubble wands...sigh).
Educate yourself. Read about what others are doing in a bid to live a more sustainable life. It's inspiring and it will give you ideas about the small (and large) changes you can make to reduce your footprint on the earth.
So we are making an effort to lessen our footprint on the earth with a view to giving back more than we take. It is a day to day choosing to live more consciously, to leave this place in a better condition than we found it.
What are you doing to live more sustainably?