Back in January 2016, I made a video; an introduction to my 40×40 Bucket List. since then I have made one every week. It has since evolved into a Kettle List vlog, what with me turning 40 and getting a new list and all, but the basic premise remains the same – I chat about Bucket List stuff, albeit sometimes tenuouSustainablesly.
As I now have a blog, it would be a bit remiss not to plug my Vlog and try and accomplish my dream of 50 subscribers, so from now on, once a week, this will be my Monday Thing: A rundown on the week that has passed, and what I have vlogged about. This week? Sustainable living – is it on the kettle list? No, but being alive is a prerequisite to completing my list, so it is tenuously linked by default…
Fun fact: I studied Global Development and Sustainability at University. I was a total green-based hippy sort; into recycling, making my own things and reducing my footprint in terms of plastic, carbon and water use.
Second Fun Fact : I have accidentally been a vegetarian for a whole week. Ruined my streak by eating a chicken burger today, but I certainly intend eating less processed food and meat products going forward. So this week we are chatting about getting back to my sustainable roots…
We first got a TV during that period when Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall were doing the rounds about free range chicken and eating better food ( I want to say it was around 2008, because Ethan would have been quite small and I remember him chasing the chickens we had up and down the garden) At no point during my experiment with ‘simple living ‘ did I think about going meat free. However my week of accidental vegetarianism has made me reconsider my goals with regard to how I want to progress both my health and my lifestyle.
I remember at that time that I got a copy of the classic John Seymour book on setting up self-sufficient farmstead on a small bit of land; the plan was to grow veg, make my own bread, generally live the ‘good life’.I am currently sat on my settee, on my lap-top, surrounding by tat wondering where it all went wrong. Although I don’t feel as passionate towards the whole eco living life as I once did, I certainly want to return to something less complicated and natural.
My home feels a lot greener now I have introduced so many plants, and this past week, where I have accidentally been a vegetarian has made me realise that I am in control – to a point- of what comes into our house, what I buy and what I eat.
It seems somewhat ironic as Christmas approaches – a time that is notorious for over consumption and temporary throw away tat – that I want to pick-up the green gauntlet, as it were, but I feel 2019 is going to be a year where I have to make a lot of decisions about what I am keeping, and what I am getting rid of, and how I intend living going forward. As part of this, I will be having a mass pre-Christmas clear out, and will be setting up that promised giveaway by the end of the week – Keep an eye on Twitter for info on how to enter.
What little steps are you taking this week that will make your life easier?