Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Mummy's Shoes Inspired Little Acts

In the last 5 years I have been quite concious of waste and doing what I can to live in a more sustainable way. We try not to use the tumble dryer, we recycle what we can and take more showers than baths (OK so the later is probably more due to lack of time but I will use it for brownie points!)  No matter how privileged we may be I feel we are all accountable for the environment and the way we live.

So when Proctor and Gamble invited the Mummy's Shoes Household to take part in their Future Friendly Campaign we jumped at the chance and so last week we lived a 7 day week in an even more green and sustainable way.

Recycling Box provided by P&G which Belle decided to play in

Here are a few of the simple things we did in our week which you could try too:

- Make Tea the Eco Way - Only boil as much water as you need
- Walk - Belle and I walked to the shops to get the groceries. We usually drive or do an online shop so this really is something we will try to do more often
- Wash at low temperatures - As part of the week we were provided with a range of household products that use less energy, work with less water and produce less waste. So I used Ariel Gel which can be used at 15 degrees and also Ariel Liquitabs which can be used with a wash at 30 degrees. The results were the same as when I usually wash at 40 or 60 so this is something I shall definitely be doing in future.
- No tumble dryer - We try not to use the tumble dryer for the average wash so this isn't new but thought it was worth a mention.  If you hang out your clothes correctly on a drying rack you can get away with also not having to use an iron.  I have mastered the art of doing this now and very rarely have to iron!
- Wardrobe - I went through Belle's clothes and donated what she no longer wears to an orphanage in Bulgaria
-Activities for the kids - Last week we got some junk mail put through the door, some sort of home catalogue, so Belle went through it with scissors and cut out her favourite pictures. She made a great collage. She had so much fun and it was such a simple thing to do.
-Grow your own - I always get so much satistfaction growing our own Herbs and Veg, you know nothing has been sprayed on them and children love helping plant and pick. I also find Belle is eager to eat ALL vegetables that she has helped to grow and pick herself.
-Weather Station - Belle and I constructed a weather station and each day we would go out and observe the weather in our garden (pictures below)

Belle with her weather station

Tumble Dryer Free and still lovely and soft

Apple Tree

Ready to make Apple Pie

There is a great learning tool below, where you can spot all the different ways and 'little actions' which could help you to save energy in the house. It is fun and interactive for adults and children alike...

I learnt a few things from there which shocked me. For example did you know that recycling just 1 aluminium can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours! There are lots of little facts like this that are very interesting.

I really do encourage you to do a few inspired acts, you will feel so good for it knowing you are helping our environment and you will also save money too. It isn't hard an doesn't take much time out of your day.

Let's look after our children's world!


  1. i love this post. i do try and be green when i can but i think i will have to try harder now and take some tips from you.

  2. Aw thanks. I still need to try harder too, it feels so good when you do!