Only we can save the world

It’s ages since I’ve put together a post with ideas about how we can do our bit for the planet, support our communities and generally save the world, so here goes…

We can fix things:

We can see value in what’s around us, in what others might consider waste, and we can turn it into something useful or beautiful, or both:

We can support local business, small producers and community activities:

We can make thoughtful choices when we spend our money:

We can grow and cook our own… that way we know what’s in what we eat:

And we can share our stories:

I have no idea what I was talking about at this point!

I have no idea what I was talking about at this point!

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  1. What an upbeat and inspiring post. There is so much goodness here. I love the photo of you in front of the beautiful quilt. You’re enjoying life and making a difference.

  2. I very much enjoy reading your posts with ideas on how to make this world better and healthier.
    I also appreciate you taking the time to research topics and environmentally-friendly alternatives (like the loose-leaf tea instead of the tea bags containing plastic). I try myself to have a life-style with a smaller impact on the planet, although it’s difficult at times to do on your own, especially when time is limited and one lives in a large city (less access to grounds etc).
    Thank you!

  3. I’m happy to say I can tick some of those boxes!

  4. Way to go Dr Snail – you are definitely saving the world one post at a time!! I think you would be bowled over if you could ever see how your example filters out and influences the world 🙂

  5. nettyg

     /  November 22, 2015

    I tick a lot of those boxes too. And you influenced me on the “buy bigger/bulk” front too. We…being myself, dog and chickens with cats having a small dollop…… all eat yoghurt, the good gut natural stuff, and it was a ‘duh’ moment when I saw your post on buying bigger to save having lots of smaller containers. So I do now, a big 2kg that comes in handy little buckets that I can re-use for all sorts of things, and share around to friends and neighbours as well. 1 bucket every 10days/2 weeks compared to 4 maybe 5 little ones……they get re-used too, never thrown away. And I love your ladder allotment, is that an upcycled pallet? and which camellia have you planted for tea, I was just thinking recently I’m going to try growing tea when I move. Thankyou for a joyful post.

    • The ladder allotment was bought as a kit some years ago (before we discovered the joy of pallets!) but if I was to make another one it would be from recycled wood.
      The tea id Camellia sinensis – it was given to me as a gift. It should do OK outside, but I want to get it rather bigger before I risk that, so I’m growing it on in a pot indoors at present. Fingers crossed that it thrives.

  6. Your posts always remind me that there is something I want to change for the Fella and myself. This time it is a reminder that I want to find some healthy soap — healthy for us and the planet. Thanks for your inspiration on walking a little lighter in this beautiful planet

    • It’s a pleasure. I found changing soap relatively easy as it’s something made by quite a lot of small, local producers. The additional benefit is that last time I bought some I went to collect it and it was completely packaging-free – just cut from the block 🙂

  7. So happy to say I do some of these things naturally and some because of you. Well done !
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  8. I like how practical and utterly do-able your ideas are–and I like that you practice what you preach–good role models!

    • My problem is that I can always think of more to do… but I guess that’s true with everything. Little steps are manageable, huge ones don’t get done because they are too daunting.

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