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, April 19, 2009

Fish Tank

Bella has two fish named Fairy and Splash. They're easy pets that require minimal work and that's what a busy mum like me needs! Their tank needs cleaning regularly, during which about a third of the water is removed when we vacuum it. The Green Book suggests using the removed water as a nutrient-rich solution for your indoor and outdoor plants. I never thought of this and have been tipping it down the drain and using fresh water to feed the plants.
Did you know that 1.2 billion people in the world don't have access to safe drinking water? Crazy eh! Don't you feel so blessed that you can just turn on the tap and it flows freely. How priviledged we are in New Zealand, it's something to be truly thankful for.
Helping to conserve fresh water.

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