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Jessica Nelles – Baby’s Nest, Eco Blogger

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in profiles | 0 comments

Jessica Nelles – Baby’s Nest, Eco Blogger

When we first made the decision to live an eco-friendly life it seemed very overwhelming with all the changes we’d have to make so we started with small steps.

We felt what we were putting on our body and in our body would have the greatest impact so we started there. 

It took time and my goal was to change one thing a week and sometimes when that was too much, we tried for once a month.

 

Jessica Nelles, Baby’s Nest

What kind of world do you dream of for your child/children?

 

I envision us moving out to the country with our daughter and becoming self-sufficient. We’d plant acres of gardens, raise chickens, pigs, alpacas and goats. We’d have solar panels and make use of reusing as many items as we possibly could. We’d teach her to nurture and respect animals, the environment and to learn about where her food come from. We’d spend the weekend cooking using fresh vegetables, we’d spend lots of time canning in the summer for the long winter months.

She wouldn’t have to worry about the water being contaminated. She wouldn’t have to worry about reading labels because everything she eats would be healthy. She wouldn’t have to worry about the air she breathes being polluted. She wouldn’t have to worry about cancer, carcinogens, flame retardants, pesticides. She could sleep soundly knowing her health is not in danger. She would live in a clean, healthy, loving world.

She would never worry about the daily toxins we currently face and the impact it may have on her health. She wouldn’t think twice about what she is eating or wearing. She would learn how amazing fresh dried linen hanging outside smells. She would love naps out on the deck, soaking in the sun and warm breeze.

She would educate herself on the issues in the world and attempt to make a difference. She would learn to respect and care for everyone, she would grow a kind heart towards mother earth.

She would understand that life is not about material objects but rather family, friends and love. She would fight for the rights of humankind, fight for those who need to be fought for. She would save the bees (after all her nickname is Bee), she would fight for healthy food and options to be offered all around the world.

 

 What are the day-to-day actions you take to have an impact?

 

We have slowly started to change our minds towards how we view the world. This year we planted a vegetable garden, given it’s only small as we live in a city but to tend to it reap what we sow is worth it.

We also tend to buy furniture, clothes and other items used or as we call them previously loved. We have opted to use cloth diapers for my daughter, hand dry clothes when we can, changed what we put on our bodies (shampoo soap, makeup etc) and what we put in our bodies (going to grass fed, organic etc).

When we buy or do new things we always consider the impact it will have on the environment .We use only sustainable, eco-friendly and organic items. We also recycle and reuse as much as possible on a daily basis.

Photo: My first meme.....

What are some big steps you have taken to make an impact?

 

I started a blog geared toward informing parents about their options when it comes to eco-friendly baby, toddler and children’s items. I want parents to be informed and to make smart healthy decisions for their children.

I write informative articles, post DIYs, host giveaways and focus on reviews for healthy products.

 

What are the results of these actions?

 

I’d like to think more parents are choosing eco-friendly options for their children or at least considering the options I have presented.

 

What advice could you provide to others?

 

Small steps. When we first made the decision to live an eco-friendly life it seemed very overwhelming with all the changes we’d have to make so we started with small steps. We felt what we were putting on our body and in our body would have the greatest impact so we started there.

We looked into local sources when we needed to buy things, we discovered our local Farmer’s Market, we found organic farms near us that we could buy meat from.

It took time and my goal was to change one thing a week and sometimes when that was too much, we tried for once a month.

There are some big ticket items we have yet to replace (mattress’s) but for now we do what we can. We have them sealed in an organic mattress protector topped with a 100% real wool blanket and an organic waterproof protector.

Big ticket items take a while to get and it’s a goal to work towards so take small steps for now.

I never use to label read but I do now. I am very aware of everything that goes into and on my body. I tend to only buy things when I can read the label and know exactly what the ingredients are.

If there are a lot of chemical looking names, we skip over whatever it is. I started small and it became easier, now it just happens, I don’t even think about it.

 

Jessica Nelles, eco blogger at www.babysnest.ca

Jessica Nelles, eco blogger at www.babysnest.ca

 

Jessica blogs at Baby’s Nest, an Eco-friendly website that links parents with Eco-friendly options for babies, toddlers and children. In addition to linking resources, Baby’s Nest also hosts reviews and DIY projects. Jessica also blogs at The Journey of Ty, Jacob and Phoebe, a website about parenting through the difficulty of infant loss and rainbow babies. Jessica is the mother to one very lively earthy child and two heavenly children. In her free time….wait, she
doesn’t have any free time, but she does dream of moving out to the country, raising some animals and living off the land.

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Jennifer Webster – Eco-entrepreneur

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in profiles | 0 comments

Jennifer Webster – Eco-entrepreneur

I truly believe that small changes add up to big impacts, so start small.

Jennifer Webster, eco-entrepreneur, Play Me Mama Crafts

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What kind of world do you dream of for your children? (e.g. what makes you tick?)

There is a part of me that really wants a simple, back to basics world for my children. For example a world where they know where their food came from and they appreciate the items they have and how to make those items last.

I want them to know that when we shop at a local independent shop we are helping someone who lives in our community to be better also.

I want them to know nature – but also support them if their interests lie more in the technology side of life. I also want them to see the world and experience different cultures and ideals – to not live in a bubble.

 

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Silk- Wings – Play Me Mama Crafts

How do you have an impact day-to-day?

One of the day-to-day actions I use is trying hard to shop with a conscience. Going to the store with a purpose of buying better items and only what we need. I sometimes get odd looks in the grocery store because for example in the summer months there are little to no fruits and veggies in the cart, but I buy as much local fruit and veggies at the farmers market as I can till October. I like being able to talk to the actual person who grew and picked the items and I like my kids knowing that’s just how it is done. I also look at the items we need and try and buy used first. It may take a little longer to find an item, but saving up is never a bad thing.

For my business I have made an effort to be as eco-conscious as possible. I re-purpose, re-use and if I have to buy items I look for sustainable and organic first.

Some days I feel like a total hypocrite, I know that I can do better yet I find myself standing in the GMO filled grocery store putting items in the cart because I don’t think I can afford to feed us better food. I know I should buy us all better clothes and yet know I can make a $5.00 t-shirt last through two kids if I take care of it. I’m still a work in progress that is for sure.

 

What are some big steps you have taken to make an impact?

This past year we have worked on removing toxic personal care and cleaning products from our world and have moved to a more organic, local diet and I love the results.

We have also worked hard to be less consumptive, searching for used items before buying new, saving up for items instead of impulse buying and contemplating if we really, really need an item before we buy it (and this goes for birthday and Christmas gifts). For example with Christmas we moved from giving gifts to sharing experiences with the cousins, giving all the kids time to get to know each other and build memories as opposed to just getting more stuff.

I have also found help in friends both in person and online. When we get together we talk about what new products we have tried, what we have eliminated. I love learning and with knowledge comes the chance to make even more changes.

 

What are the results of these actions?

With the personal care items I hear the kids talking to other family members about how they can change also. They also question food sometimes (well they use the “is it organic or local” as an excuse when they don’t want to eat what they are offered!)

But I notice for example our house smells better without the toxic smells of commercial cleaners. And I notice how toxic other people’s houses smell when we go to visit. I like how all our skin seems healthier, how we now know better. The excitement that comes from the hubby going to the farmers market to pick up a new soap scent and how he is looking forward to trying their new shaving cream line, is awesome, as he has been the hardest to “convert”.

As for the experiences, the kids know their family better and now ask for experiences as opposed to the trendy toy (but don’t get me wrong they still want lots of presents at holidays!)

 

What advice could you provide?

I truly believe that small changes add up to big impacts, so start small.

For example, when we started to change our personal care items I did not go through and throw out the ones we had, we just replaced as we used items up. This is also a great way to see your consumption habits (like the fact that it can take us years to use a bottle of shampoo!). I have not used traditional deodorant for 14 years, but have only recently switched to natural toothpaste…it is a process.

You know your lifestyle and yourself and what will work for you, trust your instincts and go for it!

Jennifer Webster
Jennifer Webster, Play Me Mama Crafts

Jennifer Webster, Play Me Mama Crafts

I‘m a chief household operator for M1, M2 and almost M3, partner, blogger, #GreenMom contributor, #PreemieParent, #BaseballMama and generally eco-conscious Mama behind playmemamacrafts.com.  Play Me Mama eco-friendly dress-up products will be back available soon…
 
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