Small steps

Slowly progressing towards being more sustainable

Slowly progressing towards being more sustainable

I think that I may be giving you the wrong impression of my life… although I only tend to write about things to do with sustainability, that doesn’t mean I lead a sustainable life. I really don’t. The aim of starting this blog was to describe the things that I am doing to make myself more sustainable and, perhaps, to encourage other people to have a go at something similar.

If you came to visit, you would find that we live in a perfectly normal house, although we do have quite an unusual garden. We have a television and dvds; we have computers; we have a car. But you would also see the bottles of water for flushing the toilet; the heavy curtains to provide insulation; the jars of bottled apple on the dresser; the Kelly kettle and thermos flasks containing hot water for later use.

If you followed us around, you’d find that we have a car; that we shop in supermarkets; that we go to the cinema; that we buy things we don’t need. But you would also find that we use the bus and the train; we shop at the people’s market, the local organic food shop and at the local farms; that we enjoy a walk with the dogs and chatting to the folks we meet every day; that we try to support small and local producers and crafts people.

I know that I live a life that relies on other people not being as fortunate as me, on pollution and greenhouse gas emissions on goods being transported around the world. But I’m trying to do better. I’m trying to have less impact, to be more thoughtful about my actions, to buy less, to ‘tread more lightly’. I hope that what I write will encourage you to do the same. After all, if everyone did a bit to help the planet, cumulatively the impact would be massive.

Fancy joining me?

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  1. Sustainability is such a massive subject that there is almost almost something we can do better. And every little thing, I’m sure, makes a difference.

    Hearing what other people are up fills me with ideas, and with inspiration.

    This week I’m trying hard to use real hankies instead of loo roll for my nose. Small things!

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    • We have lots of real hankies… great if you have a washing machine, less so if not!
      I too love the sources of ideas and inspiration I get from all the comments

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      • I work outdoors all day, so most hanky moments are drips rather than great snots! I might reserve a roll of loo paper for those 😉

        I’m washing various other soiled cloths, so it seemed rather silly to be using tissue for something that is a) mine! and b) not so hugely offensive in the great scheme of things.

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  2. I’d love to be living a completely sustainable life too but I’m just not that good! I think that every little bit helps though, and the more you do the more you want to do. Over time you find you have made more changes than you expected! If only everyone tried to tread lightly we would all be better off.

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  3. It’s so nice to read about how you are trying to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. I think a lot of people automatically assume that you are either all in or not, but they rarely realize that there is always something one can do to improve.

    I found your blog through NaBloPoMo; I’m so glad you shared this there. 🙂

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  4. Every destination in our life requires many individual steps to get there. I applaud your journey. In reality, none of have truly “arrived” yet. 😉

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  5. Actually I’d guess you’ve probably helped quite a few people look at how sustainable they can be and given us a nudge or a reminder when we slide.I’m all for recycling when I can and putting unused things to other uses whee possible. I know food is my big pitfall because I don’t bulk cook and freeze things, I tend to eat bing meals for convenience most of the time. The cooker actually became known as the library at one point because I’d stuck some books in it I wanted to hide and forgotten about them. I think you’ll have to mark my report card ,Trying but Could Do Better. You may not be perfect but you’re setting a great example.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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  6. Reblogged this on my chronic life journey and commented:
    This is a great post about how we can try to be sustainable in whatever way we can.

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  7. Love your blog. love your attitude. love your snail! 🙂

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  8. Love that you have discussed this as I often feel, especially in my city apartment-work life restricted in our sustainability efforts. We do what we can but a certain amount is dictated by our environment. Once we move to our house in the country, it will be easier to live more sustainably, and we’ll be much poorer, so necessary.
    I had no idea about water being that expensive. My MIL lives in town and pays for water, most of which is dedicated to her garden, but in the city we have rented apartments for the last decade and the water is paid by the body corporate/owner, and our house in the country has rainwater tanks only. I’m impressed by your initiative to use free water 🙂

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    • For us water was quite an easy resource to think about. All the uses that we make of it can be directly measured, so we could work out where savings could be made. Things like electricity are much more difficult to get a handle on – how much electricity does boiling the kettle or baking a cake equate to? For that you can only make best use of resources – fill the oven when it’s in use, only boil as much water as you need etc.
      Anyway, living in a city apartment you probably use a lot less of some things than living in the country – there’s probably public transport available and apartment blocks require less energy because they insulate each other, for example. However, I hope your move to the country will open up more choices to you and allow you to be a bit more sustainable!

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