Storytelling is the best way to get an important message across, and I personally feel most inspired when reading about amazing people who make a change! Today I shall be sharing the story of stay-at-home parent and Dublin blogger Rebecca Flynn.
Rebecca posts on her Instagram and her blog all about positive body image, parenting and food. But, what really grabbed my eye with Rebecca was her eco-ethical efforts, by encouraging her Instagram followers to post what they do to live more sustainably through #smallchangetuesday.
I got in touch with Rebecca to ask her about her own efforts and what inspires her to promote sustainable living…
3 Words to Describe Yourself
Conscientious, empathetic, and honest.
3 Things you Love to Do
Reading, cooking, spending time outdoors with my family.
3 Things you Love to Eat
Roast chicken with all the trimmings. Vietnamese summer rolls. Any sweet baked goods: biscuits, scones, pastries, donuts, you name it.
What inspires you to live more eco-ethically?
Being in nature and appreciating all our beautiful planet has to offer. My children and their future.
What changes have you made to live more sustainably?
We have significantly reduced plastic waste in our house.
We only eat meat a couple of times a week and try to choose the most ethical animal-based produce.
We bathe and launder less, we bulk buy more food, have cut down on food waste, and I have become a big fan of using and assessing what we have instead of or before buying anything new.
What do you think is most rewarding and challenging about living eco-ethically?
It is difficult to make ethical choices on a budget, we have saved money in some areas but can not always afford the most ethical option, eg: cutting out palm oil in food stuffs, choosing organic foods, ethically produced clothing etc. I try not to feel guilty about it though, living in a capitalist society means these choices are sometimes unavoidable, we just have to do the best we can. I also think many eco-ethical pathways are time consuming and having that time, and the knowledge around it, is a privilege. It is rewarding knowing we are doing the best we can with the resources available to us as a family, which is all we can and should expect from anyone, I believe.
What else can you do?
I would ideally like to start cloth nappying with my 8 month old baby.
What advice do you have for other people who want to adapt a more eco-ethical lifestyle?
Start small. Follow social media accounts and groups for tips and tricks. It doesn’t have to be about having a fancy keepcup or metal straws, make do with what you have. Don’t buy anything without first asking yourself whether you really need or want it.
Take heart in what you *can* do, instead of feeling guilty for what you can’t. Vote for politicians who prioritise climate change.
Thanks to Rebecca for giving an insight into her efforts!
If you want to get involved in the action, post your efforts on your Insta story with #smallchangetuesday and tag Rebecca so she can share.