Long before I had a garden, I used to live a far more sustainable life. I had a small flat in the city centre and didn’t drive a car. Now, my carbon footprint is much greater, although I endeavour to use all the means I can to minimise the negative impact I make on this earth.
One such endeavour is making use of sites such as Freegle (a UK equivalent of Freecycle, though that does exist here, too). Thus, tonight I handed over the old bathroom carpet, which had actually been hanging round the house for a couple of years, while I plucked up the courage to fit my bathroom with lino. (I needed to keep the carpet as a template.)
Aside from saving the carpet from landfill, I have moved one step closer to creating a home, inside as well as out, which is a space I truly want it to be.
Clutter has been a major barrier to harmony and creating a low-impact space. A year gone January, after reading People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara, I brainstormed what to do in overcoming this barrier, and in truth it took me a long time to get started.
Then summer came and quite a lot has been achieved since then. There is still some way to go but I am making in-roads and the picture of what I really need to do is becomig clearer. Not least, I need to save money – lots of it – for the more costly projects, such as having a wood burner fitted. But having goals is good, isn’t it now?