What have you done for the Planet Lately?

Sung to the tune of Janet Jackson’s song “What have you done for me Lately” I have this habit of thinking of songs that match what I’m talking to someone about or what I’m thinking of!

Tonight I put in an expression of interest to a blog I follow called ‘Recycled Interiors’ I’m hoping they might share a post of mine on their blog, they have over 10,000 followers!  As I wrote about all the reasons I’d love them to share my blog, I realised I haven’t written about what I’ve done environmentally for a while.

I often post my Op shop finds on my Facebook Page, but someone looking at my blog may not realise what my real passion is!

So here’s  what I have done lately…

  1. I went into a local Op shop today in my lunch break. I didn’t find anything, it was a very brief look & that in itself is a bit environmental that I didn’t buy something for a change!  I’m trying to get ‘less stuff’ but can’t resist the pull of Op Shops
  1. I have been de-cluttering the house a bit lately. I have sold a few things on the local Buy Swap Sell page for cheap!  I’m trying to minimize.
  1. My Mum & I have a little honesty plant stall going out the front of my house. I live on a main road & there is quite a bit of traffic, I am capitalising on this.  All plants are babies from other plants & are potted in recycled pots or cartons/ containers.  I sell all plants for $2 only & in about 2-3 months we’ve made $107.00 It’s a lot of fun checking the mail box each day.  I’m going to take my Mum out for a meal with our money!  When my mandarins are ripe, they will take priority!
  1. I a bit obsessed with making things out of recycled cardboard boxes.  I recently made a little boat from a box for my nephew’s 13th He got his boat licence for his birthday.  I filled the boat with fishing stuff, his favourite drink, chips, etc.  He said it was one of his favourite gifts.  I also made a little stable for my friends 40th & put a handmade knitted horse I’d bought for her in it. Her dream is to get a real horse.stableAnd finally, I made another cubby houses for my baby girl, which she loves. This one has doors so small only she can squeeze in them.

cubby5. I have begun making my own yoghurt. Do you know it really is easy!  Surprisingly so.  I think it may be the next post I write!  Would anyone like to know???

yoghurt

  1. I made a Dogs Bed for my Jack Russel, Spot, from a pair of old jeans, filled with clothes I was going to donate. I saw this on a Facebook Clip put on by ‘Tip Dog’. I found him snuggled up in his kennel on them this morning.
  2. I learnt to make my own Sauerkraut. Some friends & I get together & teach each other how to make natural foods.  Our first lesson was on making sauerkraut & the 2nd was the yoghurt.  We have our own Facebook group & plan on doing more sharing/ teaching.
  3. I grew (well they grew themselves) a heap of Pumpkins!  They went over the fence into my neighbours yard, who I sweet talked into keeping them.  I then shared the pumpkins & made them a Pumpkin Cake to say THANKS! pumpkins
  1. I visited a really great local farm who have a sustainable focus on Easter Sunday. My husband & I came away really inspired & started revamping our garden & yard, moving water tanks & planning for another garden.  Next plan is for bees!
  2. Yesterday I visited a local nursery & got some new seedlings & planted them, the chooks almost totalled my last lot!
  3. I found a new form of Art I enjoy, recycling canvas’s with a collage of quotes/ pics from magazines.
  4. I made a cake for a friend, entirely of fruit!cake
  5. I made homemade/ homegrown oven dried tomatoes
  6. I continue to drink Banrock Station red wine! Most Environmental wine I know of.
  7. Today I signed up for an awesome local workshop on composting. I really need to learn more, to maximise my current compost.
  8. I have also signed up for a 21 day to a More Sustainable Home Program starting May 23rd with www.recycledinteriors.org I can’t wait!
  9. I save wrappers & encourage my Mum to continue making her amazing recycled package bags.  I got her to make one for my friend, who loved mine.

mums bagMostly though, I continue to care. The environment is such a concern to me, it is never far from my thoughts.  I try to be mindful of things I do & look for new ideas to implement.

You can check out my earlier lists of what I do here http://myownclarity.com/trying-to-be-green/ and http://myownclarity.com/trying-to-be-green-part-ii/

Fingers crossed I get a guest post on recycled interiors, I’d be pretty excited!

Now over to you Greenie; What have you done lately?

 

4 thoughts on “What have you done for the Planet Lately?

  1. So, what have I done for this planet lately? The answer is probably absolutely nothing. I`m ashamed. And you listed so many activities! (I think that box is just perfect). When I get home, I`ll have to think about some activities to show environment is something I care about as well (but so far I was just like “meh”, like everybody else around).

    1. Thanks Sid, well if it makes you think about it, I’m happy! Plenty of room for movement! Perhaps you can get a worm farm for your apartment!!??? 😄

  2. – We have a native garden & always plant plants that are appropriate to our local area
    – I try not to get plastic bags at the supermarket & if I do, I either reuse them or take them back to the supermarket to be recycled
    – I try to limit the new baby things I buy (I am very lucky to have a sister who gives us lots of pre-loved things)
    – I tried to use cloth baby nappies but found this difficult. Now I at least try to use them sometimes
    – I used to try to ride my bike rather than drive, although I must admit this hasn’t been the case lately
    – I vote for the Greens
    – We buy things off ebay (& op shops)
    – We try not to eat too much meat

    PS I’d like to know how to make yoghurt!

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