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How can we be the masters of our own environment?
So for the past month (yes you January 2020) I have been feeling like I have fallen into a hopeless hole… the air has been thick with smoke, it’s been raining mud, one day it’s 44 and the next 14 – and Facebook has exploded with the most heart-wrenching stories of suffering (#alltheanimals). I have sat frozen with dispair and heartbroken. I have made all the donations and then sat here wondering “what can I possibly do to help” and “is it too late”??
Chatting with a friend over this very conundrum, she reminded me that all the small things do add up – not to feel despondent about things I can’t control, but focus on all the little things I can totally own. Which got me thinking. Last year I embraced my Keep-Cup and got my disposable coffee cup footprint down to a total of 10 for the year, as opposed to 360+ (#mynameiskateandIamacoffeeaddict). There are so many other small steps like this that I should be integrating into my everyday life, but I can’t possibly wait for a new years resolution to make one change a year…
I need to DIAL IT UP!
So I have decided for the next 11 months I am going to set myself the challenge of making an environmental change every month. Some changes might be small.. others bigger.
FEBRUARY – clingy but not glad
For Christmas, I gifted myself some beeswax wraps and silicone food covers, with the aim to phase out gladwrap this year. I do still have about half a roll left and plan to not use it unless it’s something like a watermelon that needs covering (if you have any tips on how to store a big piece of watermelon please share below!). So far this challenge has been easy – we adopted using containers with lids some years ago so already I don’t use gladwrap that often… I am feeling this new years resolution was a bit of a cop-out. Have you ditched gladwrap?
I also came across a reusable alternative to baking paper – now it really only works as a tray liner (you wouldn’t cut it up to line a cake tin for example – unless you make the same sized cake a lot – then totally go for it!). I can report back that it works really well and is easy to clean! This investment is definitely worthwhile if you bake fish, biscuits, roasts etc or grill toasties. The only thing to be mindful of is when you have a helpful guest who helps clear up after dinner and tosses it in the bin (#yesiwentbindiving).
MARCH – packing more
While we’ve all ditched the single-use shopping bags, there are also the containers at the deli and the plastic bags at the grocer that are still being handed out. My next challenge is to pack my own reusable versions of these items. I will report back soon.
What environmental challenges have you made for yourself? What challenges should I investigate next? I have lots of ideas, but would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below x