Welcome

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.

Amanda

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Recycling

If you already recycle, bravo to you!
We have been recycling for some time via the fortnightly Council kerbside collection - cardboard, paper, glass, cans and plastics (check with your Council re which types of plastics they accept, it differs in different areas).
But you can take your recycling a step further if you wish by seeing if other items you want to dispose of are recyclable through a different service. The Recyclers of NZ have an online directory on which you can search, either by the material you wish to dispose of, the company name if you know it, or by the service you require e.g. kerbside collection. You can refine your search by Region or Town/City. You'll be surprised at what can be recycled... polystyrene, tyres, computers, mobile phones, batteries, paint etc.
Helping to reduce landfill and saving money on rubbish bags.

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