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.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Do you really need to be reading those trashy mags with the fictitious stories about famous, screwed-up people! Probably not but if you still really want to, get a subscription rather than buying off the shelf. A huge percentage of magazines on the shelf go unsold and trashed, which is a tragic waste of paper and energy. A subscription is cheaper with the convenience of delivery to you. If you have friends who read the same magazines, perhaps you could share a copy (and the subscription costs) rather than each buying a copy. Another option is to borrow magazines from your local library, I know mine has a great selection.
Helping to save the rainforests.


  1. I am rather addicted to buying second hand kids books!
    Good on you Amanda for putting this out there. I've been making a few adjustments too. Was very inspired last year by that couple doing the rubbish free year, and managed to reduce out rubbish out put quite dramatically too. Just takes a bit of thought in action really!

  2. Yes I am at the point now where I automatically sort out the recycling and hate it when we are out in the Mall and there are no recycle bins!

  3. Maybe you could let the Mall know you'd like recycle bins there, they won't provide them if they don't know they're wanted :)