When you're working towards living more sustainably I think that sometimes you can forget the positive steps you've made towards that goal. Probably because doing these things just becomes a part of normal life. However the other day I had a little reminder. I was putting together a few homemade things as a gift for a friend. When I stopped and looked at what I'd gathered I realised that these items were the result of some of the steps we have taken to live a more sustainable life.
Here's what it contained:
- 100% cotton reusable knitted dishcloths (or face washers). I've been having fun making these using cotton yarn from my stash.
- Preserved olives collected from our backyard trees. See the recipe here.
- Homemade Tamatar Kasaundi (Tomato oil pickle). From "The Complete Asian Cookbook" by Charmaine Solomon. This is absolutely fabulous stuff - very spicy! I'll post the recipe soon.
- Homemade laundry liquid. From the book "Down to Earth" by Rhonda Hertzel.
That little lineup of home produce made me stop and think. Those little things do make a difference - we are a more sustainable, resilient and healthy household as a result of being able to produce more of what we eat and use at home.
For us, life is busy with full-time work, after-work activities, volunteering, and time spent planting trees on our country block. It would be great to have more free time to tackle lots more sustainable projects..........but right now, given the time that we have, our way of becoming a more sustainable household is largely made up of continual small steps and learning new skills along the way.
I think little things do add up and small steps can make a difference.
What do you think?