I believe most moms nowadays are trying to be more eco-friendly, treading lighter on the earth buying more organic where it is possible and keeping our kids safe from nasty chemicals as far as possible. Even if it is just little things like saving energy or petrol or joining your local recycling initiative it does make a difference.
My green journey started when we lived in New Zealand. While being pregnant I received a little booklet from my midwife. I was astonished to see the differences in what was redeemed safe to eat, do, and put on your skin or hair in New Zealand. This was not some green company promoting products; it was the government issued information. It was so different from what I knew after having Queen Amé in South Africa. We were already doing a lot of things towards recycling; saving electricity by smart meters and using fresh local products, avoiding chemicals in cleaners and skin or body products was a natural change. Changing to be more eco-friendly was not hard in New Zealand. The whole country is so earth aware.
When the decision was made to return to South Africa before Princess Mia was born. I must have thought it might not be that easy to maintain our green lifestyle. I did stock up on a lot of modern cloth nappies. There was huge variety in New Zealand and at that point I could not find a lot in South Africa. I was really upset when we returned and I struggled to get the same product that I could easily get at the supermarket. It took me a while to find what I needed. I remember also wondering if it was worth it, but I believed then that if I just keep going it will make a difference.
I am so happy that today only three years later so much has improved. It is a lot easier to get organic products. There are so many online green shops. You can even get earth friendly house cleaners at most supermarkets or pharmacies. I don’t have to pay a company to come and pick up my recycling. Sustainable development is becoming less and less “weird” (I will never forget the realtors face when I asked if we were allowed to build straw bale houses in one of the local estates)
There are a lot of little things you can do. As said before I was planning to do a new thing every day of 2011. That might be a too tall order but I believe every little thing you do counts. More on this with resources in a following post
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