Earlier this week I attended an inspiring forum addressed by Natalie Isaacs, CEO/Founder of 1 Million Women “a community of women determined to act on climate change”. The forum touted as being about climate change pleasantly surprised me by conveying ideas on the same page as I am about sustainability.
Natalie communicated a worthy message about collective power “As women we decide about 85% of household purchases. If 1 million women all make one better choice, however small, it leads to real change. We are a community of women determined to act on climate change. Together, our choices and how we live make us powerful! ”
If you would like find out more or be counted among the 1 Million Women, click on the link and join. It’s free and there’s much interesting information on the website, such as that outlined by Natalie describing 1 Million Women’s Six Ways to Live Simply. I’ve encountered via blogging the company of many people – women and men – on the journey making similar contributions to sustainable, ethical, good living. I’m not splitting hairs about labels. Whatever you call it, it makes sense.
Besides sharing a teabag, much to the bemusement of family & friends, here are our Six Ways…
Less is More
On the way home last night I detoured to Pitt St Mall “Australia’s busiest and most cosmopolitan shopping precinct” the closest stockist of Sodastream exchange gas cylinders which give fizz to the bubbly water we use to make wine spritzers. I dallied, enjoying the novelty of browsing the stores. The G.O. asked why I hadn’t indulged in some retail therapy. My reply, “Stuff I want but don’t need and can’t afford.”
Recycle, repair, share
Prior to purchasing a new item I assess what is on hand. I wait. You never know what will turn up. I returned the found bread maker to the recycling area but the very next week I found a stockpot that had been on my kitchen shopping wish-list. Before winter clothes shopping I gave last years’ jumpers a wash and boots a polish. They’ll do for another year.
Waste not, want not
I loathe throwing food out. Weekly I buy with an eye to feeding us and keeping our small but useful freezer stocked. That’s where even the minutest leftovers tend to end up if they don’t get taken for lunches. At the moment it’s groaning with homemade chicken stock and backup mashed potato.
Enjoy the journey and the destination
I commute via foot and train. By necessity, the G.O. drives to work sites. Although the fuel provided by his employer costs him nothing, he fitted a Steinbauer Power Module and has his vehicle serviced regularly to optimise efficiency. We don’t drive on weekends unless we need to. We prefer ambulatory expeditions.
Switch off and switch on
Thanks to Meeks I know when our off-peak electricity periods occur, running the dishwasher and washing machine within those times. We don’t have a powered clothes dryer. Our clothes dry on the balcony. Does anything smell better than sun-dried clothes?
Power of the Purse
My first food shop stop is farmers markets where I know stallholders and their products. Then as ethically as I can manage, local stores, and if I have to, supermarkets. My farmers market challenge is to just buy what I need not everything that looks good, so I carry limited cash.
Via 1 Million Women’s My Nana Says Campaign you can also share your tips to stop wasting food. My Nana Says tip is think before you purchase special-unusual ingredients you’ll never use again. Improvise or substitute. Otherwise, diligently use it to the last, such as the bottle of Madeira I bought to make delectable sausages with onion gravy. Yes, it’s all gone, creating tasty slow cooked casseroles during Autumn.
And, you can join 1 Million Women lending support to save the Great Barrier Reef by adding your name to the online petition at World Heritage in Danger.
Regardless of whether you sign up or simply live it, campaigns such as 1 Million Women spread the word & the appeal, and make a difference.
For me, it’s exciting, people feed into the process so there’s always something new to learn, and another step to take.