We did our challenge 8 years ago. Over that time, I couldn’t count the number of times parents have been impressed with our “one year one bag” achievement until they learn that we don’t have children.
But over the years I have met many families who do manage children (their bowel motions, their expectations, their instant and constant need for food…) and manage amazing waste-less households. Most recently, Candace and Max of Glen Innes, Auckland, with school aged Nena and toddler Marcy have just completed a low key new year’s resolution to “waste less.” –But what’s happened is incredible. They ended up going completely hard core and didn’t put their Auckland Council rubbish wheelie bin out for one whole year, but that’s not all. They had baby too! I am in completely in awe of them. TV3 News aired their story last night.
Candace is also the author of one of my favourite blogs: Real Living, striving for a wasteless life. Here’s a link to the “one year one bin” post. Any time looking around this blog is time well spent as it’s full of great DIY tricks, recipes and inspiration galore.
If you are a parent of preschoolers and you are still reading, firstly thanks for being so gracious. Of course everyone has different circumstances, and taking on additional challenges may not be what your mental health is screaming out for right now. However, if you are up for seeing what big or little changes you could make check out Waste Free Parenting with Kate Meads (you may know her as the NZ famous Nappy Lady). The website is packed with product information and tips, and connects you with the Waste Free Parenting workshops offered throughout the country. The workshops are fun and usually include free or discounted products.
In the meantime, hat’s off to all the parents!
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