HOW THIS ALL STARTED
This year I became conscious that as a family, we weren’t living in a very environmentally responsible way, and became determined to make some changes. As I started to research the process, I came to realise that it really wasn’t as simple as I would have hoped. Products and information aren’t always readily available, or particularly affordable. It dawned on me that that would be a huge barrier to many people. Even those with a conscience often find it hard to devote the time, energy and money it requires to move to living a more sustainable existence. This led me to start a FaceBook page to share my journey, and to create a place to gather tips and research for others to use as well. I wanted to start a conversation that wasn't as extreme as the Zero Waste movement, and therefore access a wider audience. I believe if everyone were to make a few small changes, we could start to have a bigger impact than just a select group doing it all. I believe attitudes are shifting and if we can educate people to help them understand simple ways they can achieve a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, we could make a really incredible shift in habits.
The next stage of the plan is to host a local event to bring more people on this journey with me. If I can hold an event that provides workshops, demonstrations and products to equip my local community with the tools and skills they need to make their living habits more sustainable for the future of the environment, I feel I can achieve more tangible results.
WHAT WILL BE AT THE EVENT - THE PLAN
Below is the first draft of the areas I'd like to cover at the event. The focus is on the reduction of household waste and the use of plastic, however, I would also like to incorporate the idea that this can be financially beneficial for those living on smaller budgets, like myself.
Toiletries & Cleaning products
Home products - reusable alternatives to disposable versions
Veg box delivery/Organic Farm produce
Clothes swap & Book swap stations
Veg/Fruit plants and seeds
Recycling information - Local Authority
Reducing food waste
Mending instead of replacing
Reusing and up cycling
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
I have the time, passion and skills to facilitate this event, but what I don't have are the funds it requires to make it happen. At this stage I need £900 to cover the cost of the venue hire, local marketing, presentation materials and event collateral.