I’ve always been a bit of a middle-ground person in lots of ways.  I do my bestCereal bar in an opened packet with oats all around it. Since when did I become crunchy? environmentally, but find that I am not always good at being “really good”.  We try – we’ve been a one-car family for quite some time, and cycle as much as we can.  Of course, the only time my husband ever needs the car is when I also have plans…

I remember the first time I heard the word “crunchy”.  “Nicola – she’s crunchy.”  Hmm – what does this mean?  Does Nicola like eating granola bars?  Or does she prefer alternative crispy snacks?

Total faliure

I’d had my second baby by this point.  We bought a set of cloth nappies to use with my first.  I have to say we had a total failure.  As she was so tiny at birth, it was 2 months before she was the minimum weight for them to be effective.  And she had the skinniest legs – we couldn’t get a good seal.  As you may imagine, we ended up with a LOT of washing, and not just of nappies.  We sold them on.

We were more successful when she was a toddler, but only used cloth part-time.  I felt that as my second baby was an average weight, we would be able to manage this time.  And we did.  When we visited the nappy lady to pick up our beautiful, soft little bundles, she asked if we were going to use Baby wearing a pink cloth nappy. Since when did I become crunchy?washable wipes.  “Oh, no,” I replied.  “We’re not going to go that far.”

But a few weeks later, we did.  It seemed silly to wash nappies and then throw away wipes.  And we bought some face wipes, too, and even made our own.  My non-symmetrical rectangles of fleece are still going strong, 7 ½ years later.

A little bit crunchy?

So maybe we were beginning to be a little crunchy.  More recently, my husband has started shopping in the “crunchy” shop in town.  I was a little surprised at the amount my Yorkshireman-accountant-husband was prepared to spend on organic shampoo, but there you go.  I have joined him (mine is Organic shampoo. Since when did I become crunchy?cheaper, obviously), and have started thinking about which products are better for the environment, and better for my body.  My most recent purchase is a bamboo toothbrush.  Once you have finished with it, you cut the head off and recycle the wooden handle.  I am converted.

I blogged a few months ago about some environmentally-friendly products I had bought, and how I felt cheated by the company’s owner.  I’d like to think that companies selling ethical products will also have ethical practices.  I have to say, though, the products were so good I did go back and buy more a few weeks later.  This time, she forgot to dispatch them…  We don’t seem to have a great relationship!

You would have to live in a cave not to have heard about all of the single-use plastic being found in our oceans.  It is hard to make the big shift from using plastic bags and buying food in tubs to totally changing our practice.  If we try to do it all at once, we might lapse back and feel that we have failed.  We can, however, start with small steps.

What can we do?

Supermarket shopping – where possible, we can buy our fruit and veg loose and unwrapped.  Where Bamboo toothbrush on a white cupboard. Since when did I become crunchy?this is not possible, we can contact the manager of our local store and ask them to consider using less packaging.  The more people that do this, the more likely the supermarkets are to make a change.  If they are selling less wrapped cucumbers, they will think again.

We can carry a cloth bag with us.  I am sure I am not the only person who ends up buying something when I least expect.  If I have a bag with me, I don’t need to buy or be given a single-use one.

And there are lots of other small steps we can make.  Being environmentally-friendly isn’t all or nothing.  If we change a little, we may find eventually that we have changed a lot.

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11 comments

  1. I totally agree, it’s not all or nothing. The more small steps we make, the more larger steps we’ll soon be taking. it’s amazing how quickly lifestyle changes become the norm.

    1. I think I get paralysed when I think of all I could be doing, so sometimes end up doing nothing. Starting small makes me now likely to continue with what I’m trying

  2. I do my best when it comes to eco-friendly options. Some are easier to make than others. I avoid palm oil, unless is sourced responsibly, I buy only fairtrade coffee, tea, and chocolate. I also pick British grown sugar. I avoid single use plastic, but I still think I don’t do enough. It’s nice to see more things I can do, like the bamboo toothbrushes, love your post.

    1. Thank you! We do as much fair trade shopping as we can. It is easiernow shops like Lidl have fairtrade coffee!

  3. I dont think people realise that just one action really does make a difference. I tend to buy as many vegetables and fruit which are loose and not in packaging and if a Supermarket doesn’t offer that, which some don’t, I will find an alternative x

  4. There a definitely little steps and measures we can take to help reduce the amount of waste we’re producing (and sending to landfill). Some things, like carrying fabric bags with you so not to use carriers as you mentioned, won’t even make that much difference to your lifestyle 🙂 x

  5. We’ve just had plastic and paper wheelie bins delivered to all the homes on our island. it’s a big step, for us, to change our mindset to start recycling things we’ve never recycled before. Every bit helps though.

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