As I said in the title, we are just one small family, from a small town, doing our bit for the environment. My husband is a Chartered Waste Manager and his profession is all about environmental waste management. He quite literally lives and breathes it (he specialises in compost production). For our part, my children and I leave him to do his work, and we tolerate the awful smells that permeate his clothes, his car, and his skin… but I digress.
My focus has been on making small changes in the home to improve our impact on the wider world. I am trying to cut down on our consumption of disposable plastics. My children and I drink from reusable bottles rather than buying them when we go out and about. I use a travel mug for my coffee on long journeys, and I take a flask when we are on daytrips and outings.
I recently bought a set of aluminium drinking straws for the children, which are very pretty. No more disposable plastic straws for us! And my latest triumph is making the switch from disposable plastic toothbrushes to bamboo ones. I bought a family pack of bamboo toothbrushes that have nylon bristles and are fully biodegradable. They also came with a box of bamboo cotton buds which I hadn’t seen before, but which will be very useful.
My next challenge is switching to a more eco-friendly shaving regime and continuing to avoid buying products with unnecessary plastic packaging from our local supermarkets.
How are you making the small changes at home? Remember, we can do our part to make the world a better place. It all helps.
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .