I’ve just read this book, which I took out of the library near work. Written in 2008 it is a light and easy to read first hand account of a woman aiming to live greener.
I found it whilst searching the shelves for a book on how to make my own cleaning products which won’t destroy the planet. I couldn’t find one, so took this out instead.
I am so glad I did, it covers all the issues and guilts I feel on a daily basis and has really spurred me on to do more. We have stopped buying supermarket veggies- instead purchasing locally produced seasonal veg from Pea’s local veg shop near his work. Everything comes in a cardboard box and we have requested no plastic bags. It is great. (Now I Just need to tackle the plastic bags my in-laws insist on putting all their home-grows into).
I am pleased with myself having already minimised my bathroom products (I use coconut oil as a body moisturiser and green people sun cream), I rarely wear makeup and my mascara comes off with warm water so I don’t have to used any remover. (I use a flannel and water to wash with- no products). What I do with the bronzer I bought yers ago which I feel too guilty to use (mica makes it shimmer- which is mined in terrible conditions and I don’t agree with digging up the planet to make me look shiny!) Do I throw it away or use it up? I don’t want to use it, but throwing it away is so wasteful for the poor planet! Argh
I must get back into using Soap Nuts for the washing up and laundry, or my Eco Eggs which are both shamefully gathering dust. It was bolstering to hear them being spoken of highly. I boiled the reusable wipes in soap nuts and water before sticking them in the washing machine with a regular wash, saving the need to a) wash them separately which would be a tiny load or b) give them a machine rinse before joining another laundry load. The boiling worked a treat, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before!
I used the WWF carbon footprint checker, which I found somewhat horrifying, I must try harder (the veg box will be a good start) and I ought to cycle to the train station more often too instead of getting a lift. (I use 9 tonnes of carbon a year, the average is 12.
These are just small steps, but I feel if I work through what Kate Lock has done before me, I can really improve my conscience!
I would love to contact her and find out how she feels these days. Whether the planet is getting the help it needs (the book was written in 2008). I can’t seem to find her though, and not being a user of Twitter I can’t contact her direct. I’d love to talk more.