Guest Editor: Yummy Green Mummy
Hi I’m Katie! Yummy Green Mummy started off as a way for me to share my findings on eco baby products – however the ball has markedly picked up speed, and Yummy Green Mummy is now covering more and more sustainable subjects – this is so exciting! As the kids are growing and we as a family are growing, new challenges face us – not just in what we buy and how we live, but in raising our children. It’s a long hard road parenthood, no one is perfect and sometimes hearing about those imperfection in others can help you realize this – the grass is always greener, right? There will be a fair few posts on our parenting successes and disasters I’m sure! Living a Green life has become a small obsession, everything is an exciting challenge on how we can shop, eat, clean, play, dress… as green as possible. We are very much at the beginning of our journey and have a long road ahead of us. I’ll be sharing it with you all as we go down this amazing path to a greener and more sustainable future. I’m so passionate about this beautiful earth we live on, we need to nurture her and help her grow to an old/older age.
What (or who) introduced you to the socially conscious lifestyle?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always thought of the environment as Mother Earth, and I knew it was something special. But it wasn’t until I became pregnant that my passion and understanding of shopping, and living more ethically, became apparent in our lives. The thought of putting anything on my twin babies skin or in their mouths that was either full of chemicals or unethically made did not sit well with me. Call it Motherhood opening my eyes! This was then a snowball affect to where I am today, and we’re still going.
What tips do you have for someone who is trying to make lifestyle changes so that they are more socially conscious?
Don’t rush! It can be a big step for some people, so don’t beat yourself up if you’ve bought something that’s less ethical. Make it fun too, I love looking online and finding sites and brands that sell the types of items I like – EcoHabitude being a great example! Get to know your local shops too. I buy items for the kids all the time, some might be 5 sizes too big, but if I like it I buy it, and they always grow into it. Another big change for us was asking – “do we really need this?” I ask myself this a lot, and it’s ok to say “yes I do”, or “no I don’t” but I still want it, but making the decision consciously is a good step. And lastly, even if you only make one change on where you shop, this is still making a difference and you should be proud of yourself.
What’s currently at the top of your lust list and why?
I’m really lusting over the Autonomous Wide Leg Trouser – they’re so unique. The fact that they are ‘made to order’ is amazing, as there is then zero waste. I’m saving up my pocket money!!
If you were to have three “famous” people join you for a coffee date, who would they be? And why?
Firstly it would be Emma Watson, she works really hard within the fashion industry, trying to help people become more aware and socially conscious – and she’s Hermione.
Tracy Chapman, I listened to her constantly when growing up, and her music talked to every part of me. I’d love to find out where those amazing songs came from, and how she sees the world.
Jimmy Fallon, and not for any reason than he makes me laugh, and the conversation might need lightening up every now and then!
What would you like to change about the world?
It would be easy to say, stop global warming, unethical practices, the size of the meat and dairy industry etc., but if we as people don’t change then we’ll always have these problems. So I think I’d like there to be more awareness of how every action creates a reaction, and what that reaction means.
If money was no object, what would you be doing with your life?
We’d probably buy a plot of land and build an Eco house/ Earth ship. But with some high tech green gadgets for my husband. Then we’d go traveling, see family and friends all round the world, take the kids to some amazing places, and then settle into making the house we built a home. I’m sure there would be ‘Green’ business ideas coming out the woodwork too.2