In the midst of a global pandemic and a frenzy over toilet paper, maybe it is time to look at the way we live our lives day to day at home.

Perhaps with all the recent world events going on, and the potential impact is is going to have on every aspect of our lives, maybe it is a message for us to consider how we can easily live more sustainably. Reduce our impact on the planet, and reduce our reliance on the global economy.

And, I don’t want to be one to join in the hype about Covid 19 – so I wont (find the current guidelines here). But It certainly has got me thinking about the way we live our lives at the moment. Especially the toilet paper madness. Now, is it the news and media outlets? Is it herd panic? Why is no one buying canned foods, dried fruits, sustainable produce? Or are they and we just aren’t hearing about it?  If you have no food to eat people, you wont be needing the toilet paper!

The way the toilet paper saga is playing out in Australia.

So, it has had me thinking. About how much we rely on the outside world instead of being as self sufficient as possible. And perhaps, if we all started making the move to a simpler life, when something like this does happen, maybe we would all be a little more prepared? Maybe? I don’t know.

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I read Wendyl Nissens book “The Natural Home” recently and loved it (highly recommend..you can get it here). She gave such honest and easy insights into how you can easily live more sustainably without really even trying that hard! In it she talked about how she set herself a ‘Nanna Challenge”. For a month she wouldn’t eat anything with more than 5 ingredients in the label or anything her Nanna wouldn’t have recognised. This really resonated with me. How much we have moved away from a life of quality to quantity just because we could and because it was convenient.

And if you take a moment and think back, would our Nannas have relied on society as much? The humble garden patch would have most likely grown some vegetables – neighbours would have come together to share and swap product reducing the need for shopping centres and regular grocery shops. Backyard chickens would have provided protein with eggs and most likely the odd bit of Sunday dinner. Bread and sweets would of all been made at home using basic ingredients – flour, sugar, yeast – all of which are long lasting and only needed to be purchased occasionally. 

Reducing food waste by using up all leftovers

Left over food would never have been wasted. It would have been made into pies, soups, casseroles.

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Now, I understand times have changed dramatically since then but there are still some elements of simple change that could reduce our reliance on society and increases our personal independence.

Here are some quick ideas I came up with but I’m always keen to learn more so please let me a comment below or send me a message here.

  • Wear your clothes more than once before washing them.  This saves on washing powder, water and wear and tear of your clothes.
  • Connect with neighbours, friends and family to create a share economy to use less resources
  • Swap out your chemical cleaning products for natural alternatives. You can generally get by cleaning everything with Castille soap, Bi-Carb, Borax, Washing Soda, Salt, Citric Acid and Vinegar.  Everything will last longer and cost you less in the long run.  Not to mention the reduced chemical load.
  • Consider reusable products in your home.
  • Paper towels can be replaced with cut up towels or if you aren’t handy get some unpaper towels here. Buy them once and never have to buy again (or at least  not for years).
  • Make the swap to reusable menstrual pads. The average woman uses 15 000 disposable pads and tampons in her lifetime.  You won’t have to buy anymore for years.
  • Buy from your local butcher and fruit market. Chances are you are supporting a small business who really needs it more than the big guys.

I can’t help to look around my home at the moment and think, could I live here sustainable for 2 months without venturing out? Do you think you could? I don’t know. But I also hope I don’t have to find out.

Comment below to let me know what you think!

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