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.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Computer Software

Recently we had our computer serviced and some new software installed. We bought the software "off the shelf" on a compact disc (CD) and I didn't think anything of it until I started reading The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers. It suggests that a more environmentally friendly option would be to download your software online, which avoids the environmental impact of producing the CD, it's packaging and transport to the shop, your transport to the shop to buy it, disposal of it when you don't want it anymore etc. Apparently more than one billion unwanted computer disks are thrown away each year! That is a lot of unnecessary waste. So I've missed the boat on this one but perhaps this information will be of help to you.
Helping to reduce landfill.

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