Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top echo bloggers to follow - that is me!

I just received an e-mail saying that I had been chosen as one of the top sustainable echo bloggers to follow!  This award is put out by Future Super, an ethical super fund.  They are not paying me anything to post this, but I feel that any way that we can help our fragile world is worth investigating. It got me thinking about what I actually do to live a sustainable life, and what I plan to do in the future.
This is a big one I feel, and one where we can each make such a difference.  Composting sequesters carbon into the soil, and not only does it do that, it enriches the soil so that the vegetables we grow are more nutritious. I went and got a free load of mulch from our local tip to put on top of the hugelkulture raised bed.  There is a good layer of wet newspaper under that.  That will break down over the wet season and be ready to plant out in a couple of months.

In my climate pawpaws grow up everywhere, and an old Italian neighbour once showed me how to tell by the roots which plants are female.  The one in the front has a good strong tap root and is a  male plant. I have one male in the garden so he went into the compost bin and she was planted out to bear fruit!  Growing fruit and vegetables acclimatized to your garden is the best way to ensure that you will get a good harvest, so collecting your own seeds, and growing plants that come up from the compost makes a lot of sense.  I do try to grow as great a variety as I can to get as much diversity as I can though, so am always trying new things. 

I am not so keen on filling up my recycle bin every fortnight as I am not entirely sure that it is all being properly recycled.  A better way is to see if I can find another way to give the product a longer  life while it is in my hands.  The few plastic containers that I inevitably end up with get re-used to grow things in, or to store things in.  I have not been able to never buy things in plastic, but they sure don't get thrown into the re-cycle bin after one use.

Bits of fabric are used to make tote bags and we have slipped right into the habit of using our own bags when shopping. These bags made from scraps are pretty and useful! 

This year I am going to make more of an effort not to bring plastic into the household.  What are your tips to become more echo savvy this year?


  1. Oh dear while I do simple things I must admit to not doing too much on that front. But I am not a huge consumer so I guess that helps.

    1. Definitely that helps. I think it sometimes takes sitting down and assessing how much we do to realize we all make a difference.

  2. Using what nature gives you is the #1 most important thing!! We love this :) thanks for sharing

    1. thank you, it always pays to look close to home first doesn't it?

  3. well done!
    i find it very hard to not bring plastics into the home as a friend does my shopping for me & a lot of things are processed in plastic; bread, BBQ chooks, pet food, frozen foods, etc. i wish things would go back to boxes, paper, tin & jars! but what company is going to go back to things that are easily recycled?
    i am still working on getting my gardens in order, i tend to garden down in our community gardens more for the available water there.
    i don't use my recycle bin as i think it's a waste of time plus i prefer to keep most of the items that go into that anyway.
    great post, gives us something to think about
    have a merry christmas & a happy & safe new year
    thanx for sharing

    1. Hello Selina,
      I agree it is easy to make grand statements about what you are going to do, but often those things are just not possible. Best wishes to you as well, hope you had a lovely Christmas.

  4. Difficult not to buy some foods that aren't wrapped in plastic, but I try my best too.
    I also use all my peels, egg shells, coffee, etc for compost, so my normal household bin is usually just 1 bag every 2 weeks.
    Congratulations on your award. Happy Christmas and New Year Gill.

    1. Sami,
      Everything seems to be a toss up these days. That sounds as though you are doing really well with your bin. I hope you had had a lovely Christmas too.


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