Well hello. Welcome back to Random Bites. Hope you didn't mind too much but we helped ourselves to a blog break over for the last few months. When you find there's barely enough time to tend the veggie patch or live the homesteading dream…something has to give!
Last year, we found ourselves in need of a digital detox – kind of ironic for an online store - but too much screen time and not enough outdoor play, can take its toil on the eco-warrior soul.
Change was in the air, so this year, we decided it was time to sow… quite literally. Time for more hands on, than eyes on the screen. Tanya's back to sowing seeds, getting her hands dirty in the potting mix, whilst I've been tending the Ecolosophy patch and cranking up the vintage Singer, getting touchy feely with fabric, friends and Boomerang Bags...more about that later on.
Tanya and her two mini entrepreneurs, B and M, have been busy with their new creative project - B&M’s Secret Garden. A home nursery stocked with succulents, seedlings and crafty things made by the boys (read mum). They’ve been a hit at the local markets and the boys have been eagerly stashing the pennies from their little enterprise, to spend on their ever evolving machinery and tractor fetish.
And me, well I’ve been itching to get stitching for a while and until this year, couldn’t get a chance to lift the hood off my new sewing machine – that’s my new, old machine. A beautiful, pre-loved, 1960's electric Singer, in tip-top condition. A delightful Christmas gift that has been sitting patiently in the spare room collecting dust for over a year…until now.
Out of a weekly sewing and craft session with friends, I’ve got involved in our local Boomerang Bags group. This is a national movement to recycle old fabric, that would otherwise go to landfill, into beautiful shopping bags that you borrow and bring back for others to use. It’s a wonderful, people-powered concept bringing our community together to reduce the use of plastic bags.
The one thousand (yes 1,000!) Boomerang Bags that we'll be making over the next few months, will be placed in handcrafted, wooden crates at locally owned supermarkets, for people to grab instead of plastic bags - no excuse for single use now! There are Boomerang Bags groups springing up all over Oz, so who knows, maybe one day you’ll get to use a Boomerang Bag made by the crafty ladies and gents on the south coast of WA. I'm keen as mustard to use the Boomerang Bags in the Ecolosophy shop too - I know our regulars will absolutely cherish them.
Our town has rallied many times to become plastic bag free over the last twenty years and we've never quite made it but I have a really good feeling about this initiative. Real change is often slow but the push to go plastic bag free, really seems to be hitting the mainstream now - it's exciting to be getting hands on to make it happen.
So what do you have planned for yourself this year? Whatever you’re up to, remember to let yourself out to play. Close off your device, just a little more often and never forget to live and do the things you believe, not just like or tag them.
And when you've had some digital down time, I'll be making sure the Ecolosophy social feed continues to share eco inspiration from the patch, but maybe just a little less often than before. After-all, there’s a thousand bags to sow, seeds to plant, veggies to harvest and life to live...For more information on the Boomerang Bags initiative and to find or start a community near you visit their website here. If you live in Esperance and want to be involved in our group, come on over and join the Boomerang Bags Esperance Facebook page.
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It rained and the roof leaks, but the cat has found a patch of sunshine and the self-sown seedlings are taking over the garden...life abounds even in the dry!