April 2011

Ahhh, finished work at last…

So what about this jolly old maternity pay and what about equality for the sexes? Will the new proposal to share maternity leave with the man/other partner really make any difference? In theory yes, what a great idea, one that is used in various other countries already. But in practice will many men take up this offer of leave?


Don’t we still live in a society where men on average earn more than women and are still the main breadwinners in the majority of relationships? I don’t know the facts but if this is the case then this needs to be addressed before steps like shared parental leave can truly work and can truly be equal, Until then it might seem that men in high powered, high pressured jobs are unlikely to take the leave offered, partly because of the massive drop in earnings but also because of pressure from their employers not to take extra time off.

And oh yes, what of women in high powered, high pressured jobs? They really still have very little choice in the matter, our society makes very little effort to balance to effects of basic biology. When it comes to money and greed, businesses have the power.

 And it is terribly patronising to women to simply assume that £123 a week is sufficient to replace their earnings, but not for their obviously higher earning partners…


 By the way, Ed and I support the ‘no career at all’ model! We had a very interesting discussion with a friend about ‘aspirational living’ in relation to earning more and buying more, and wondered just what are we all aspiring to?

What about our lovely rainbow coloured bamboo nappies? Sent over from the hot canary islands where no doubt they dried in an hour. We are thinking washable nappies but no sun!

Not many people we have met at NCT or ante-natal groups seem all that concerned about using washable nappies or the huge amount of waste produced by disposable ones. It’s depressing. As is the huge market pressure to buy anything and everything for your baby, cashing in on new parent’s insecurities. Our inspiring NCT (www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com) leader Gillian pointed out that the best way to ensure our baby is well and happy is simply to get to know it, this can rarely be replaced by fancy technology or gadgets.

The garden is bursting into colour, snow-like plum blossom and the first tulips under the plum trees are blushing slowly red. Our bluebells are emerging and flooding the back garden with the first hint of purple, interspersed with huge dandelions and daffodils. Shoots are popping up in the warmest, south-facing greenhouse, nearly ready to be transferred to the larger, cooler greenhouses at the back.


And finally, we have painted our front door the most fabulous sky blue.

A trip to Wilkinsons’s got us a fairly cheap can of gloss paint but then i looked at the VOC content and Ed cycled up to the green shop in Bisley (www.greenshop.co.uk) and bought a can of OSMO paint that cost double.

It was a thoroughly beautiful experience painting the door with the sweetest smelling natural oil based paint!


About itiseasytobegreen

non-new-stuff buying, recession proof, low earning, artist mum of one plus artist/naturopath husband. Who says green living is expensive?
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3 Responses to April 2011

  1. emy says:

    nice info 🙂 thnks

  2. feahhh says:

    I would say that you should bare in mind that for some people it is not easy to wash nappies, my husband works extremely hard to help us survive in this expensive world, his job is very messy and so to wash his clothes plus nappies plus baby clothes (we don’t have many as we don’t want to waste) plus my clothes is just unrealistic. We buy nature baby care nappies and use biodegradable bags when needed – don’t judge your NCT members without knowing backgrounds. Just because something is right for you it doesn’t make it right for everybody.

    • Hi there, yes absolutely, we only write about what is right for us! We would never say that what we do is right for everyone, after all every one has different priorities, different ways of living, tastes and traditions. What we write in this blog is only ever to plot our own journey, our own thoughts and experiences. Sometimes we might write about things we see and hear and voice our opinion.
      In mine and Ed’s experience, with only one baby, we can cope with the extra 60degree washing load every other day or so, but then Ed and I probably don’t wash our own clothes as often as we should! We are lucky to have been given a ceiling drying rack which makes drying them less of a space issue too. My mother in law washed her first baby’s nappies by hand with water boiled in the kettle! I think i might find that a bit hard… to say the least!
      Ed and I also use naturebaby and moltex nappies for nights, times when we need a nappy to last more than two hours without leaking and for the odd time when Rubio has had an upset tummy, basically to save us from night time leaks and because piles of pooey nappies to wash on top of an ill baby is no fun for anyone as i found out last weekend. But basically we use these nappies because we want to, simple as that, no other excuse! it is a choice we’ve made, it’s not ideal we know and we aren’t perfect (and they are blooming expensive, especially Moltex at £16 a pack!). As for these ‘biodegradeable’ nappies and bags, it’s just such a shame that in landfill, where they mostly end up, they are in an anaerobic environment, so biodegrade very slowly if at all and create loads of methane which causes global warming… http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/04/63182?currentPage=all
      But at the same time Ed and I feel strongly that some improvement on normal nappies is better than none, unlike a friend of ours who said because biodegradeable nappies don’t biodegrade fully we might as well use pampers etc, and that the idea of ‘biodegradeable’ nappies is just greenwash. But we think naturebaby nappies and the like are an improvement in some ways, as they contain fewer nasty chemicals, the manufacturing process is slightly greener and some are unbleached.
      This might be interesting: http://www.ciwm.co.uk/CIWM/Publications/LatestNews/FirstUKFacilityCouldDivertTonnesOfNappiesFromLandfill.aspx
      I have heard there are nappy washing services that wash cloth nappies for you, and the price is supposed to be comparable to disposable nappies. Anyone used a service like this?

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