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.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Menstrual Cup

Every time I shop for feminine hygiene products I feel ripped off because you pay so much for what you get. They’ve hiked the prices and we have to pay them because there isn’t an alternative. Well guess what? There is an alternative and it’s called a menstrual cup. A menstrual cup is a reusable cup made from soft silicone rubber worn internally like a tampon. It collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it and unlike tampons it is not a disposable product, so you only need to buy one. There are a few different types available - Mooncup, LadyCup, DivaCup etc. I’ve bought one and I’m going to try it out the next time an opportunity rolls around. Menstrual cups are said to have a lifespan of 10 years; which means not adding thousands of tampons to landfill and our waterways, and also saving a lot of money. In addition I have also purchased some Outrageous! EasyPads (reusable cloth pads) to use in conjunction with my menstrual cup as a back-up panty liner. Poppy Pads actually give away 10 free pads a month to interested customers.
Helping to reduce landfill.

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