Positive Lifestyle

Journal Intro

Dear Journal,

This year we plan to make many greener choices to reduce the amount we put into landfill.

This journal is to motivate us as a family, but if it helps anyone else that would be amazing!

I think bringing up children with a respect for the earth is so important as they watch us for how to behave and how to care for others. My daughter is 5 and already like a mini hippy, she loves animals and flowers. She will pick up other people’s litter on the beach and always look for ways to recycle and reuse items for crafts instead of throwing them in the bin.

We don’t have a huge disposable income which is why we are planning to replace items as they run out month by month making it affordable to make these switches.

I have been lucky to work with companies who will be providing some of the items to make these swaps and if I love the items I will let you all know and include links. My blog contains no negativity so if I don’t get on with an item I simply won’t review and recommend it but give the company my feedback. If you want me to review your product please contact me or if you can recommend any – it’s always good to hear what works from other people’s experiences.

Although we are no where near zero waste, we have already made some greener choices in the past few years. These include:

  • Using reusable nappies and wipes with our daughter from when she was 1-year-old. We are due another child in April/May and I am working with some cloth nappy companies so will be using them from birth this time.
  • Growing our own organic fruit, vegetables and herbs.
  • We have 3 runner ducks who provide us with free range eggs and their manure has improved the lawn. They love vegetable scraps too.
  • Composting the ‘compost friendly’ foods that the ducks don’t consume. We have 3 compost bins in rotation. With this we don’t waste any food or coffee grounds and at the end of the composting process we add to our vegetable garden; Win-win!
  • My husband loves an up-cycle project and has made many creations with discarded pallets and old oil drums. I will share his fantastic makes when I get a chance.
  • We have started to reduce the chemicals we use for both household cleaning and cosmetics. I plan for 2018 to make a lot of DIY versions of the items we buy without the harmful chemicals and plastic containers. I will be sharing them all with you guys.
  • Last summer we created a nature area in our garden that I hope to work on this summer (as much as I can with a newborn baby anyway).

I hope to share our past and future projects with you, hopefully in a fun colourful way without boring you with too many statistics (although a couple may sneak in there haha).

At the end of each month I will post how our journey has gone for that month and maybe some plans for the following month. So my next journal entry will be in 2 weeks for our January swaps.

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Take Care,

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  1. What a great roundup of tips!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Jenna! This is just how we have been living for the past few years without really trying to go towards zero waste. We have a long fun journey ahead!

  2. Such an amazing post! Thank you for these ideas <3
    Btw, I absolutely love your blog name! πŸ™‚

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Aww thanks Zoey! πŸ™‚ I hope to have many more ideas over 2018.

  3. I think you have a really good care for the earth I mean nothing goes to waste. From what you wrote you use pretty much everything. This is how people should be living.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Joyce that’s a lovely thing to say. This is just the start really though as we do still fill our bin bags, which is why we need to make additional changes.

  4. Great idea to write updates on this! I like the idea of making DIY cleaning products and cosmetics. I think it’s going to be the next thing that I will start doing as well because “green” products are quite expensive here in Greece. I will just use up what I have and then see how I can replace certain things.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks for your comment Nina 😊 It’s on my list to do so come back and check for recipes when you’ve used up your products. Oooo Greece! We visited Kos last year and loved it – I would love to see more.

  5. Hello! I found your blog on the #EthicalHour facebook group, and thought I would come say hello. We have a very similar story (minus the ducks sadly, I would love some ducks or chickens) and we have big plans for a more sustainable 2018 too. It’s always nice to meet people with the same goals! Good luck x

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Hi Hannah! We do love having the ducks – my husband would like pygmy goats next but really need to think about that first haha. I’ve just followed you on Twitter and Pinterest – I’ll check out your page now. It really is lovely connecting with similar minded people 😊

  6. Love the concept of respecting the earth and growing food. It’s so fulfilling and healthy. Cant wait to see the updates!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Anissa! It can only have a good outcome really so it makes sense to live life looking at the bigger picture.

  7. Neil Alvin Nicerio says:

    What can I say? This idea should be shared to all households. Keep the world green.:) Kudos to your blog. πŸ™‚

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Neil! There will be plenty more swaps to come as this is just the start. I’m glad you like my blog πŸ™‚

  8. Wonderful ideas! Green products can be on the pricey side. Looking forward to reading about the DIY solutions you’ll be trying out!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      So far these swaps have been money saving so good all round πŸ™‚

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