It has been more than a year since we finished “Our Year of Living Sustainably” blog and we thought it was time to update you on progress. As a family we are still trying to live as sustainably as possible and in the last few months our passion for sustainability has been revived once again.
At the end of 2018 we were quite relieved not to be so publicly “on show” about our drive to live sustainably but as the year progressed we just couldn’t go back to how we had been. We still get our veg box, milk in glass bottles, use an Eco Egg for laundry, travel sustainably (Jane only!!), buy second hand clothes as much as we can, reduce meat consumption and use local butchers, do litter picks and so on but….we do fail in certain areas.
Most of our fails have been around how to reward ourselves and this is where consumerism hooks us in. Last year we went on a package holiday to Spain and flew on an aeroplane (shock, horror!!). But it was an amazing holiday and well worth it. Mark has bought a sports car (second hand) – he is at that age! Jane was very unhappy about the car but for the sake of a happy marriage she gave in.
On a more positive note we arranged a clothes swap last Autumn in Samuel’s school and we are working with our church to host a conference called “Living Sustainably in a Modern World” Tickets here! We have managed to get Luke Pollard MP to speak which we are very excited about as he is talking about Plymouth going carbon neutral by 2030.
Another exciting project is “Sustainably You” where Jane has become a market trader in the Pannier market. She has set up a small business selling sustainable and fairtrade products that she believes in and uses herself. It has been going 4 months so far and we have all learnt a lot. We accidentally bought 80kg of French Market soaps – we had no idea how much soap this would be until our back room was filled with these amazing fragrances and cardboard boxes. The soap is “naked”, that is, no wrapping, so we have loads of different fragrances wafting around our house – lavender, almond, lemon, popcorn, orange, strawberry, thyme and much more…
She is also selling other things like bamboo socks, recycled scarves, Dalit candles and rainbow toothbrushes. It is a strange mix but she is trying to find things that are sustainable, fairtrade, eco-friendly as well as making sure that people want to buy it!
We feel the next part of our journey is working with other people in our community and through our workplaces to share the love of sustainable living. We would love to hear what you are doing so please do get in touch with us!