My motivation to start living lightly wasn’t about saving the planet or reducing our carbon footprint or anything like that... I was driven purely by the need to save enough money for a home deposit for our family of ten!
We switched to cloth nappies and wipes, became aware of switching off lights and appliances, took shorter showers, began walking instead of driving, and became strict with meal planning to avoid buying takeaways. I’m competitive by nature, so once I became good at one thing I’d push to do better, adding more goals to my list.
Who knew that trying to save money would ignite a passion for reducing waste? It sounds silly, but it connects to so many aspects of our lives and the future we want to create for our children. The world of waste reduction isn’t limited to the waste itself – it links to how we approach life in general, and in this respect, the sky is the limit.
The benefit that I found is not just the money or the house we helped to save for, but that my journey acted like a ripple in an ocean and influenced all my friends and family too - family who probably wouldn’t have done so otherwise.
I highly encourage others to find their ‘Why’. Do you want to save money? Help our planet? Help animals? Start a garden? It’s a personal choice only YOU can make, but one thing for certain is that it is addictive and worth it! It doesn’t matter if you start small, all that matters is that you start.