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Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2013

Today is Earth Day! And there are events going on all around the world, in communities and schools to help raise awareness of climate change and the impact that we are all having on the Earth.

I have been berating myself for not finding the time to do something special to celebrate, and for not making any grand gestures, or organising an event here in my own community.  But then I thought “Is that really what Earth Day is all about?” Surely it is about making changes in your everyday life to make it more sutainable, so that, in turn, our lives on the planet are more ssutainable too. Maybe I should give myself a break and assess what changes I have already made that fit in with the whole ethos of Earth Day.
I blogged recently about Claire Lewis’ Less is More Challenge,

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so thought that I would re-visit this to see how many of the 10 things on the list I have managed to accomplish today. If you remember, this is the list:

1. Pack a lunch for work
I am at home with the boys, so no need for me to do this one, but hubby always takes a packed lunch to work, so big tick there I think

2.Use a reusable bottle for your water – Bobble Bottles are great for filtering as you go and are offering a discount during Earth Month.
Again, I am usually at home downing vast mugs of tea, but hubby takes a reusable bottle to work everyday-doing well so far…

3. Do not purchase Clothing for one day. But if you have to try and only purchase clothing that give back and make an effort to tackle environmental issues in the production of the product. I don’t think in one day you will in counter a fashion emergency!!
Easy peasy! I can’t quite understand why it should be hard for anyone, no matter how much of a clothes horse you might be to not buy clothes for a day, but maybe it is hard for some people. Safe to say we have managed it. And also not to beuy any new clothes for the last (nearly) 8 months! We have had ‘new to us’ clothes, and I went to a fab Swish the other day (more on this to come!) so some have even been free!

4. Swap a Chemical Based home cleaning product for an ECO alternative, two of my favorite companies are Lilly’s Eco Clean & Ecover
We routinely use Ecover cleaning products, as I have long thought they are so much kinder to the environment, AND now I know all about their Message in a Bottle and their mission to close the loop on plastics recycling, that is one more incentive (that and my very own personalised bottle..)

Ecover message15. Discover Terracycle and the ways you can help to “Eliminate the Idea of Waste”!
I kind of know of Terracycle, but really must look more in to the work that they do-bit of a fail here…

6. Buy local organic produce or pre think your shop for the week to reduce food waste.
We get an organic fruit and veg box from Riverford, and since taking part in the Waste Watcher’s campaign with Wiltshire Wildlife we have really ‘slimmed our bin’. Our Green Johanna has helped us to pretty much eliminate food waste, and              I am now pretty good at incorporating ‘dead’ fruit into delicious puddings….

I will admit this doesn't look that appetising, but it tasted pretty great!

I will admit this doesn’t look that appetising, but it tasted pretty great!

But we all know just how complicated it can get when you really start to think about what you are buying..!

7. Plant a Tree and/or a plant that native bee’s LIKE.
I can’t quite claim to have planted a tree today but one my lovely readers has just sent me some lemonbalm and lungwort in the post (thank you Hazel!), which she assures me are good nectar sources for bees, so we will get on and plant these out ASAP and try not to kill them off…

8. Cycle to work or take public transport.
I have to confess that both hubby’s work and BigSmall’s pre-school are just that bit too far to cycle to and not on regular bus routes, although we do try and walk into town whenever we can.May be a half mark here..?!

9. Watch the film HOME & film Trashed.
As regular readers will know, I went to a screening of Trashed put on by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and even got to meet the Rubbish Queen herself, Karen Cannard-I would thoroughly recommend this film to everyone. Need to check out Home though.

10. Just open your mind for one day to the little things you can do to instill change in our world globally starting with yours.
I hope I am already doing this. One of the main things I am trying to achieve with My Make Do and Mend Year is to prove to people that just by making some little changes in your lives, you really can make a big difference. Is it working? I hope so!

So there you go. 8.5/10 maybe? Not bad I guess.

And I guess, the ‘take home message’ is that living a more sustainable life often isn’t always about making grand gestures, or bit statements, it’s also about making little changes that are achievable to you and your family, but that can have a real impact. If we all do the little things, then big things will happen.

Less really is More…

How did you get on with the Less is More Challenge? Or did you do anything else instead for Earth Day?

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  • Reply niamhington April 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Happy Earth Day. Well done on the challenge.

    • Reply Jen April 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Thankyou!

  • Reply Anni April 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I think there should be an earth year or even lifetime.. 😉

    Anyways, I thought I’d share this with you:
    http://bastelbazooka.blogspot.de/2013/04/crocheting-20.html

    Cheers, Anni

    • Reply Jen April 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Every day is really Earth Day.
      I LOVE your bag! I have been experimenting myself with VHS tape, and love the fact that it comes on it’s own spool when you get it out of the case! The red trim is gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Hazel April 23, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Well done 🙂 I got a similar score, I think.

    I talked about Earth Day with my Rainbow unit on Friday and they drew pictures of ways they could help they earth. We talked through recycling, not leaving taps or lights on and other easy changes but they were all most concerned about littering, especially in the sea and where it affects wildlife. I might organise a litter pick for them to do as they’re keen.

    And talking of community, I think that could be added onto an Earth Day list and you definitely get Brownie points for all the things you’ve organised. I think changing things and getting people motivated at ‘grass roots level’ is as vital as changing government policy and big party politics, so give yourself a big pat on the back!

    Glad the plants made it to you okay! Get them planted (in a pot if necessary) and water them in well and you’ll be fine 🙂

    • Reply Jen April 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Hazel, and well done for all your good work too 🙂

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) April 23, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Just ticked a few boxes but still room for improvement … I can give up most things but my car is my only “luxury” in that I work till 6pm most days & public transport would take me well over an hour to get home. I did that journey for years before learning to drive at the tender age of 49 ! After being off work ill for 11 months just over a year ago, I now get home in half the time & don’t feel so totally wiped out. Maybe I can claim Brownie points for binging up a family Car less & not taking holidays abroad ???

    • Reply Jen April 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Most definitely Vivienne. The car is the thing that we would find hardest to do without too. And I think your health always needs to take priority.

  • Reply ♡eM April 23, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Wow! I’m doing much better than I thought! Thanks!

    • Reply Jen April 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Yay!

  • Reply TheMadHouse April 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Happy Earth Day. I love Ecover laundry products

    • Reply Jen April 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      They are a pretty inspirational company

  • Reply saraband April 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I buy some Ecover products but also do a lot of cleaning with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar/water in a recycled spray bottle.

    • Reply Jen April 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Me too! And bicarb too 🙂

  • Reply a field somewhere April 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Happy Earth Day! We planted a tree over at @fieldsomewhere
    http://afieldsomewhere.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/pledge-to-change-international-earth-day/#more-1459

    • Reply Jen April 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Fanatastic!!

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