This bank holiday weekend – instead of enjoying sleepy lie-ins and country walks – we chose to move house. Right up there with getting married and changing jobs; it pretty much lived up to its reputation as one of the most stressful things you can do. Our stress, however, was greatly influenced by our prior disorganised laziness; in which we had shoved random bits and bobs into carrier’s bags and holey bin liners, leaving them to fester in storage for 3 months.
Everyone who knows me knows that I love food. I love fresh, healthy fruit and veg, and I love chocolate, crisps and almost anything fried…
For me it’s not just about the eating. It’s the fun of browsing recipes, experimenting with ingredients and enjoying the social atmosphere of cooking for others. So, as part of my journey to living a greener, more sustainable life, food seemed like an important place to start. A key part of living more sustainable is getting to grips with organic produce. What is it? Why should we eat it? What are the pitfalls? And, more importantly, how can we incorporate it into our lives with little effort or expense?
After much deliberation, procrastination and general faffing, I realised today that I actually need to crack on with this journey of “A lazy Girl Goes Green”. There’s no use skirting around the meaning of this or the definition of that; if I’m not going to pull up my sleeves and actually attempt to live more sustainably!
In some ways it’s refreshing to know that I’ve stayed true to my roots, and approached my first blog with the kind of half-hearted and disorganised enthusiasm that I’ve approached so many of other personal projects throughout my life. Like the time I bought a drum kit to form that progressive metal band, or the time I (almost) completed a holistic massage course with a dream to “make holistic clinics more popular than GPs!” You can’t knock my passion, determination and get-up-and-go attitude. You can, of course, knock my general lack of commitment and ability to see anything through to the end. They don’t call my lazy for nothing I guess.
Growing up, I always saw my family as rather resourceful. Whilst my Nan grew herbs in her garden and knew how to make cleaning products with water and a bag of lemons; mum shopped around for the best deals and made most of my clothes as a child. My uncle Fred perhaps took it a step too far, and saw resourcefulness as a need to save absolutely everything he came across (including dolls heads in the skip or leaflets in the local library) and hoarded a variety of things “just in case they might be needed one day…”
Our nation is currently having a love affair with plastics. Not the Hollywood style plastics which pimp up our faces and make us look beautiful; but the kind of plastic that takes money, energy and resources to produce and discard (and actually makes our planet look pretty ugly!)
To kick start my journey toward a greener life, I thought it would be useful to begin with some definitions and facts summarising what is actually considered green, ethical and sustainable. So, here starts my “understanding” series: an exploration into the things which supposedly define “being green”.
Before I embark on my green living journey – transforming my lazy habits into lazy green habits – it might be helpful if I define what this actually entails. Should I be swapping my car for a bike, growing my own vegetables and making my clothes from scrap fabrics? Do I need to check every label in the supermarket for organic, fair-trade, recycled and natural products? Or better still, is green living boycotting the supermarket altogether and buying only sustainable, local and seasonal produce with no carbon footprint? Eeek, It all sounds a little too much like hard work to me!
Ever felt a little lost when it comes to the world of Green Living and overwhelmed by scary messages of climate change? Do you feel passionately about looking after our planet, but simply feel you haven’t the time, energy or talents to get going? You’re not alone!
My name is Trudi, I’m 29 years old, and I’m lazy…! Not in the sense that I sit around all day and relax (I wish!). But when it comes to going green, it always seems a bit too much like hard work!
So I’m setting myself a challenge. If lazy old me can transform my idealistic and passionate beliefs about a healthier planet into physical action; maybe there’s hope for us after all!
Join me, as I try to find my way through the jungle of going green the easy way; sharing my discoveries, ideas and advice for making a difference without breaking the bank or your back!