Hello, my name is Charlotte.
I live in Scotland (United Kingdom) and have an amazing husband and two wonderful small people.
Apart from being chief caregiver, activities coordinator, cook, cleaner and counsellor, I teach primary aged kids and have a keen interest in living in a way that has a positive impact on the environment.
Recently, at Christmas-time, I started getting stressed about receiving presents. The idea that someone would give me something that I did not want, did not like, or did not need, was making me anxious. When you live in a modestly sized house, there is only so much room for “stuff”. I realised that the more clutter we have in our house, the more cluttered my mind feels also. This was the catalyst which started me looking for a way to do things differently and avoid the clutter and stress which “stuff” causes.
Writing a blog, I realised, is one way to de-clutter my mind! But wanting to avoid too much stuff is only a small part of a bigger picture – living sustainably, in a way which is good for me, my family, other people and the planet.
My husband and I are Christians, and we believe that God has asked us to look after this beautiful world that we live in. Here are some reasons* that are important to me in the preservation of our planet:
By writing a blog, I can document our journey to living more sustainably, which is a very useful reference for me. But I hope it might also encourage and enable others in similar situations to do the same thing.
I do not want to stress people out or give anyone a guilt complex! It is not my aim to burden those who cannot cope with one more thing in their lives.
It is my hope that if you choose to read my posts you will be inspired to make small, manageable changes in your life, step by step, that will add up together to one big change for the good of the planet. It is my aim to do the leg work to provide some tools for making those small changes as stress-free as possible.
I cannot cope with too much stuff, I could happily live without a lot of things in my life and am on a mission to cut down ‘stuff’. However, there are a lot of things that I don’t want to live without, especially with two young children.
It is my mission to try and find ‘green’ alternatives for us as a family. By green, I mean things which are biodegradable, recyclable, re-usable, sustainable products that have little or no air mileage, support the local (or failing that, national) economy and generally make the world a better place to live in.
This blog is an outlet for our explorations as a family into green living. I have discovered that there is a lot of good information on other people’s blogs focussed on helping the average single person or couple to live sustainably. However, there is nowhere near as much focussed on families, and bringing up children to live ‘green’ in our plastic loving society.
Our focus on this blog is making eco living work for a young family. We don’t want to just add one more stress to an already very full life, we want to really make living a ‘green’ life work for our family. Success and failure will be written about in equal measure!
I would love to hear from other people who are on their own green journey, especially those with young children. Tell me about your highs and lows, and how you’ve overcome struggles to teach our small people to look after their planet. There’s so much to learn and so many opportunities to make living sustainably easier – do share your experience, I’d love to hear about it.
*Click here for an expounded version of the reasons why Christians need to look after this world