My name is Amanda. I am married with 3 gorgeous kids, living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since becoming a mum I have reflected on the beautiful New Zealand that I was so blessed to grow up in. I look around and see how our country is changing over the years and realize that my children and my children’s children will not enjoy that same blessing if we collectively continue to treat the planet the way we do. That saddens me and I am committed to making environmentally-friendly changes in my life and to raise my kids to be mindful of the environment in their lifestyle choices. Hopefully I can be a good example.

The task of saving our earth seemed a little overwhelming to me. So instead of putting it in the ‘too hard’ basket and doing nothing, I decided to break the task down into more achievable ‘bits’. I’m committing to make small, achievable changes regularly (at least 4 per year), in a bid to ‘do my bit’.

This website is a diary of my journey. I hope it inspires you to consider how you can be more environmentally-friendly. There are others out there who are far more committed and inspiring than I, whom I greatly admire. I am just a regular consumer trying to make one small, positive change at a time - because I believe that if we all do a little, collectively it adds up to a lot.

I have called this site EcoMum because my children are my motivation to care for this earth our God has given us to be stewards over. The reality is that we probably won’t feel the effects of our mistreatment of this Earth, it is the future generations that will. Let’s ‘do our bit’ to ensure a bright future for them.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Compartmentalised Lunch Boxes

I bought these great lunch boxes with several compartments for my kids so I could stop wrapping items individually in plastic wrap, e.g. Gladwrap. Plastic wrap contains dangerously toxic chemicals and contributes to landfill. These lunchboxes are actually fishing tackle boxes, available from your local plastics store (e.g. Payless Plastics or similar). I’ve found they can be a bit hard to get hold of because they’re often sold out due to their growing popularity. My kids had fun decorating them with stickers (ones that won't wash off) to personalize them. Click here to read more tips on how you can eliminate the use of plastic wrap.
Helping to reduce landfill and saving time on wrapping!

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