About Living Gentler

We are an average family trying to do our bit for the environment, our health and our pockets, we are concerned about the planet and how we humans are polluting it. We are only the current stewards of this world it is our duty to do the best to have a liveable planet to pass on to our children and grand children.

So what on earth is ‘Living Gentler’? and how does it work?

Basically Living Gentler buys into making the planet more survivable, living more sustainable lives and reducing our impact on our planet.

We have all seen or heard about the Blue Planet program and how polluting plastic is, we see how plastic fragments pollute the sea ice at the poles, and get into the food chain causing harm to the earths lifeforms….. but what can we do?

What can the average family practically do to lessen its impact on the world we live in? How can we pollute less, look after ourselves a bit better in the process, and do it on a budget?

Well perhaps we could all live a bit gentler couldn’t we?

I applaud those that can, the eco warriors, the green activists, the ethical vegans, and the 24/7 recycle and re-users for their commitment and aspirations, I really do, and one day, a step at a time we might get there.

But for now ‘Living Gentler’ is not about those major changes, it is about taking small steps, making small changes to our lives that are beneficial to us and the world we live in.

We can all so something, and maybe we can do a lot of small somethings that will add up to a big thing! Human nature shows that for most of us for something to be sustainable it has to be easy, at least cost neutral, make us feel good, and if possible save us time. This is why sugar and carbs is so prevalent in the mass of ready meals and takeaways people eat, they are cheap, quick, easy and make us feel good for that moment.

Generally in life radical departures from the norm tend to be destined to fail, the effort is often to much, adverse peer pressure mounts, convenience beckons, and the cost of living goes up, then the plan fails.

So for the average family with children, parent(s) working or not, and in these austere post recession times with a tight family budget, are the uber-eco approaches really practical? I know we would struggle to do everything everyday.

So what is the solution?

We feel we  should we be looking for a gentler approach where we are more able to find an acceptable eco / life / budget balance? Smaller steps, at least doing something rather than trying to do everything. Many people many small steps with a common aim to make a difference.

With Living Gentler I intend to log and blog our attempt at finding that balance.

This is our journey to being greener, more sustainable, eating healthier and cleaner, and living gentler as a way of helping us, and at the same time doing our bit for the planet….. You don’t have to, but it would be great if you joined us!