29 August 2014
Where are they now: Living with Less
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.
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.