29 August 2014

Where are they now: Living with Less

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This month at Sustainababy it's all about being Eco Inspirational, as we are celebrate 12 months of Eco Challenge success stories. In this series, Where are they now, we are catching up with our previous challenge winners to find out what they are up to.

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Meet Carolyne Bird, our most recent winner of the Sustainababy Eco Challenge. As winner of the Live with Less Eco Challenge, Carolyne turned old magazines and broken crayons into fabulous party favours. Since appearing on the Sustainababy blog only a month ago, Carolyne’s creative images have been repinned hundreds of times on Pinterest. Inspiring stuff!

Sustainababy: Tell us a little bit about yourself Carolyne …

Carolyne: I’m Carolyne, mother of Elliot who just turned 1 and keeps me on my toes! We live in Adelaide, where both my partner and I work part time and look after Elliot when the other is working.

SB: What made you decide to participate in the Sustainababy Eco Challenge?

CB: I came across Sustainababy just before the Live with Less Eco Challenge. ‘Live with less’ was my New Year’s Resolution for 2014, which hasn’t been completely successful up to now, so joining the challenge seemed a perfect idea, and well-timed to assist me with decluttering in preparation for a house move sometime in the coming year.

SB: What was the biggest challenge to overcome during your Eco Challenge?

CB: With working, caring for a toddler who sometimes only has one 20-min nap a day, involvement in a number of committees, and first birthday party preparations in the Eco Challenge month, it was difficult to find time to actually sort through things. I also find it challenging to let go of things that I have kept for sentimental value, or for their potential future usefulness, so I need to be in a certain mood to successfully declutter! Other aspects of living with less (less waste, relying less on the car for transport) were easy as we’re already on that path.

SB: What changes have you continued with?

CB: It has been less than a month since the challenge concluded, but I’m sure these things will be long lasting: I continue to walk /ride where possible, rather than use the car. I now have a box at the ready for anything I come across to pass on to friends or giveaway, and think harder before storing something for a potential purpose (mostly things that are destined for the recycle bin that could find new life in a craft project). I’ve also had an ‘audit’ of my fabric stash and donated around 2.5 kilos to Precious Hearts (to make into quilts, toys etc for kids with congenital heart disease).

SB: What is your biggest eco challenge currently?

CB: Prior to having baby, we grew a reasonable selection of herbs and veggies but in the past year it has been a challenge to keep on top of the veggie patch. It’s a lot sparser than it was but I haven’t been able to get over the hurdle of planting more things, even though when we come to do it I’m sure it really won’t take much time. It’s such a lovely thing to be able to eat produce straight from my garden and I miss it so I must do something about it. This spring weather should help!

SB: What eco projects are on your ‘to do’ list?

CB: To switch out our few chemical cleaners with natural alternatives. To buy nothing new in August.

Great timing on the project to switch out your chemical cleaners with natural alternatives, as the next round of the Sustainababy Home Detox Boot Camp will be commencing soon! 

If you would like to get involved with the Sustainababy Be Eco Inspirational Eco Challenge this month, you can read all the details here. But be quick, as entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

CATEGORY: Real Life Eco, Eco Inspirational | POSTED BY: Belinda Doyle |

26 August 2014

Create Sustainable Family Mealtimes and WIN

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What are mealtimes like at your place? If you are like most families these days, it can be difficult to schedule time so that everyone can sit down and share a meal together. And if you are like most families with children, it can be a battle just to get everyone sitting, let alone keep the food on the plate (or even the table!) and to encourage everyone to eat a variety of healthy, sustainable food options.

If this sounds like your household, then the Sustainababy September Eco Challenge is for you.

Meet mealtimes expert, Jo Turner, author of the book Mealtimes Without Mayhem, and creator of the Toosh Coosh booster seat and toddler trays. Toosh Coosh booster seats revolutionise family mealtimes, giving kids the support and height they need to be able to sit properly at the dinner table with toddler trays to contain the mess!

This month we are giving you the chance to win a Toosh Coosh booster seat, toddler tray and Meals Without Mayhem cookbook valued at $95.

For the month of September we are challenging you to re-think the mayhem and create sustainable family mealtimes at your place. This might include:

  • Creating some family friendly recipes or menu plans using sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients;
  • Reworking your schedule so that you organize to have a family meal together a few times a week;
  • Getting organized and reducing your reliance on takeaway or pre-packaged frozen meals on those busy nights;
  • Sharing the challenges of baby and toddler mealtimes with others and developing tips for making mealtimes run more smoothly;
  • Create a collage of family mealtime photos for the month. You could even tag us on Instagram #sustainablefamilymealtimes @Sustainababy.

If you are keen to be part of the Sustainable Family Mealtimes Eco Challenge during September, then this is what you’ll need to do:

  • Request to join our closed Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Facebook Group here. In this group you'll meet heaps of other like-minded ecoceptional mums doing the eco challenges who can support you along the way.
  • Spend the month of September making mealtimes with your family 'sustainable'.
  • If you'd like to be in the running for the prize pack from Toosh Coosh, tell us about sustainable family mealtimes at your place.

You can either do this by:

  • Creating a video and posting the link on our Facebook page;
  • Blogging about the Sustainababy September “Sustainable Family Mealtimes” Eco Challenge on your personal or business blog (and posting the link to our Facebook page); OR
  • Emailing a short summary of your journey (500 words maximum) and supporting photographs with subject line “September Eco Challenge” to info@sustainababy.com.au before 5pm AEST Tuesday 7th October 2014. Please ensure that your summary is grammatically correct, as the winning summary will be published word for word on the Sustainababy Blog.

The winner will be contacted by email and their summary will be published on our blog no later than 5pm AEST on Wednesday, 8th October 2014. This eco challenge is open to only Australian residents.

Did you know that Toosh Coosh is going green globally with eco friendly products ~ and you can help! Take a look here before 31 August 2014 to see how you can help Jo kickstart the next step in the Toosh Coosh journey.  You will receive some fabulous rewards in exchange for your pledge. A win for everyone!

So what are you waiting for? Change your mealtime mayhem this month!

CATEGORY: Toosh Coosh, Sustainable, family mealtime | POSTED BY: Belinda Doyle |

25 August 2014

Where are they now: Our April 2014 Winner

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This month at Sustainababy it's all about being Eco Inspirational, as we are celebrate 12 months of Eco Challenge success stories. In this series, Where are they now, we are catching up with our previous challenge winners to find out what they are up to.

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Sustainababy: What made you decide to participate in the Sustainababy Eco Challenge?

Sharyn: I have been on an "eco" journey for quite a few years now and I love connecting with like-minded people. I am always looking at ways to see how I can improve on living "eco" and by participating in the monthly Sustainababy eco challenges it gives me new ideas and helps me to improve my "eco" life.

SB: What was the biggest challenge to overcome during your Eco Challenge?

SW: For the specific eco challenge I won, the biggest challenge was to stop buying soda water - even though we only had soda water once a week, it was still something I wanted to stop. The eco challenge gave me incentive to do this. Since this challenge we have not consumed any soda water at all.

SB: Do you have a favourite eco quote or song lyric?

SW: I love "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ― Margaret Mead

SB: Ooooh, this is one of my favourites as well! What changes have you continued with?

SW: All changes I have made from all the eco challenges I have continued with - they are a way of life and once I start doing them it becomes part of our way of life.

SB: What is your biggest eco challenge currently?

SW: Trying to figure out what "eco" building materials we can use to fix parts of our house (when things needs replacing/redoing etc).

SB: Sounds like you need to connect with Ali Thompson ;) What eco projects have you completed since you started completing Sustainababy's monthly eco challenges?

SW: Quite a lot actually - lots and lots of little projects/changes. For example, even though i already made a lot of our food from scratch I have begun to make my own sourdough bread. I have also de-cluttered (but still want to de-clutter further).

SB: What eco projects are on your 'to do' list?

SW: I still want to de-clutter more over time - for me it will be a long-term project I think. I also want to make even more food from scratch such as crackers etc. My ultimate fantasy big dream eco project is to one day build our own little eco sustainable house - I don’t know if it will happen but it is on my dream list :)

SB: Would you recommend participating in the eco challenge to others?

SW: For sure - I often "eco" talk to my friends and family telling them what I do, what they can do etc - they don’t always listen/do what I say (ha ha) but at least I am trying. Maybe if I can get them to participate in these challenges they will start doing a bit more :)

If you would like to get involved with the Sustainababy Be Eco Inspirational Eco Challenge this month, you can read all the details here.

CATEGORY: Eco Inspirational, eco journey, eco parenting, ecoceptional mum, Real Life Eco, Eco Challenge | POSTED BY: Belinda Doyle |

17 August 2014

Where are they now: Reformed Eco Assailant

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This month at Sustainababy it's all about being Eco Inspirational, as we celebrate 12 months of Eco Challenge success stories. In this series, Where are they now, we are catching up with our previous challenge winners to find out what they are up to.

Bel Doyle was the winner of our Buy Australian Made Eco Challenge in August last year. A self-professed eco assailant, Bel joined in the challenge as a dare. A year later and things are quite different. Bel is now a regular contributor at Sustainababy. Here’s how it started:

Sustainababy: Followers of Sustainababy may have already read your story, but for those who are new, tell us a little about yourself.

Bel: I am stay-at-home Mum to Paddy (three) and Frankie (almost two). We have been living in Bungendore, New South Wales, for the past year (not too far from Canberra), but are currently smack bang in the middle of a cross-country move to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

SB: What made you decide to participate in the Sustainababy Eco Challenge?

BD: Honestly? It was a bit of a dare from a friend who didn’t think that I could do anything ‘Eco’. Being an ex-Roxby girl, I’ve been following the Sustainababy journey since its inception, never in a million years thinking that I would actually participate. Being Green just seemed too hard. But with lots of support from the extended Sustainababy online community through the Eco Challenge forum, online resources and sharing through Facebook and Twitter, I did … and then I did some more … and suddenly I became ‘one of those Mums’ (the Green kind!).

SB: And your biggest eco achievement this past year?

BD: Detoxing our home as part of the Sustainababy Home Detox Boot Camp. You know that I was skeptical about the whole thing when I signed up, but it actually worked! Even Mr Eco Assailant is on board with most of the changes … except for the suds free dishwashing detergent. We still have a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ version. We are a work in progress!

SB: What’s currently on your eco ‘To Do’ list?

BD: Re-establishing our backyard farm at our new place! Whilst living in Bungendore I have established a fantastic veggie patch and I am sad to say goodbye to our lovely Araucana chooks. I have quite a few plans for all those pallets and boxes that will be used to move our stuff though, so stay tuned for an update or two on the blog.

SB: Have you had any Eco Fails or embarrassing moments attached to your eco efforts?

BD: Ha ha … you want me to choose just one? OK. I was recently trying to prove to my other half that popping popcorn in the saucepan the old fashioned way is MUCH better than all the packaging associated with the microwave variety … and I set fire to the kitchen! I will tell you about bottles of home made tomato sugo exploding in the middle of the night another time ;) #ecofail

If you would like to get involved with the Sustainababy Be Eco Inspirational Eco Challenge this month, you can read all the details here.

CATEGORY: eco inspirational, eco challenge | POSTED BY: Belinda Doyle |

14 August 2014

Where are they now: Re-Wrapping It!

 

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This month at Sustainababy it's all about being Eco Inspirational, as we celebrate 12 months of Eco Challenge success stories. In this series, Where are they now, we are catching up with our previous challenge winners to find out what they are up to. 
 

Natalie Davies was the winner of the popular Re-Wrap It Eco Challenge, using recycled materials when wrapping a gift and sending a greeting card for the entire month of February. In this post we hear about Natalie’s life and projects since her challenge win – including a new addition to her family!

Sustainababy: So can you tell us a little about yourself Natalie?

Natalie: I live in the northern suburbs of Adelaide with my husband, miss two year old and mr three week old.

SB: Congratulations on baby number two! So many of our past Eco Challenge winners have had, or are preparing for new babes since their wins. What made you decide to join the Eco Challenge?

ND: I decided to join as I was interested in challenging the way we live. I was especially interested in tips for improving our quality of life for our children. We are the biggest role models for our children so I wish to impart eco values while they are young.

SB: What did you find most difficult about participating in the challenges?

ND: It takes time to establish some of the practices. Like buying Australian made, removing chemicals hosting Eco parties and Giving Eco gifts.

SB: What other challenges have you been inspired to tackle as a result of participating in the monthly eco challenges?

ND: Since starting the challenges we have started a herb garden project and have plans for a massive veggie garden on our backyard.

SB: What were some of the overall benefits of your eco challenge participation?

ND: We as a family are much more conscious of being more self reliant and watching our environmental impact.

SB: Hooray! That’s what we like to hear. Would you recommend these challenges to others?

ND: I would recommend the challenges to others as we all could do with being more aware of our environmental impact. My daughter has really enjoyed participating too even though she doesn't know she is.

SB: I think that is so sweet. Your daughter will grow up not knowing anything other than being ecoceptionalTM, just like her Mum x.

It was great to catch up with Natalie and awesome to hear that the Sustainababy monthly eco challenges are having a positive impact long after the challenge is finished.

You can also catch up with our first ever eco challenge winner, Ali Thompson, and two-time challenge winner Raelene Sutton here and here.

If you would like to get involved with the Sustainababy Be Eco Inspirational Eco Challenge this month, you can read all the details here.

CATEGORY: eco Inspirational, ecoceptional mum, Re-Wrap It, eco challenge | POSTED BY: Belinda Doyle |

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