November 2011

This month we have already bought new…

a fireguard

a set of baby safety fittings for sockets and cupboards

two bamboo baby spoons from the Eden Project 

My excuse for the first two is that we had a 9 month crawling baby coming visit (the gorgeous Sebastian whose grandmother makes the ‘Clever Elsie’  clothes featured in this blog, and for whom i made the colourful bunting).

Do i need to make excuses? no, but it’s good to think hard about the choices we make. The spoons are lovely ethical organic bamboo, a very eco friendly alternative to plastic. Just a shame i saw ‘made in china’ on the packaging… bamboo grows very well over in the UK don’t they know!

The choice with the spoons was either buy second hand plastic spoons off ebay but not know if they are BPA free, or  buy the bamboo ones with the hidden carbon footprint.

Small fish in the current stormy economic/environmental seas? (bad metaphor perhaps). If we could be more mindful of everyday, small decisions perhaps the big problems would be easier to solve.

What we’ve learnt over the last year is that Ed and I don’t always make the best decisions with commodities; time limits, every day life and sometimes simple retail desire get in the way. But i feel happy that some of the time we try, we enquire and we think.

I am breathing a sigh of relief as the garden goes to sleep, even though there are greenhouses uncleared and bulbs unplanted. Winter is coming, with rain and damp.  talking of damp, another minor local environmental disaster looms: damp proofing! Our damp house needs nasty chemical tanking…

or we could start a mushroom business?

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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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One Response to November 2011

  1. All very sensible purchases with a crawly baby in the house.
    There are lots of things left undone at our allotment too – hey ho, there’s always next year :o)
    All the best with the damp proofing. Your house will feel so snug after.

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