Helen with Spot of Earth

I’m Helen and I blog at Spot of Earth. The zero waste lifestyle has kind of crept up on me over time. I spent my early childhood in rural North Yorkshire, where my dad worked in forestry and my mum worked hard as a stay at home mum. They grew most of the fruit and vegetables we ate and also kept chickens and goats. Having children in my mid-twenties encouraged me to attempt to replicate for my own children the idyllic childhood that I’d been lucky enough to experience.

I started a blog in 2011 to write about my thoughts on life in our rural village and parenting amongst other things. This evolved over time and I finally went self-hosted as Spot of Earth this year. I discovered Zero Waste Week in 2014 and then when I took part in 2015 I decided to make our changes more permanent. During my research into the zero waste lifestyle I also discovered Bea Johnson’s website, a few Facebook groups and the Zero Waste Bloggers Network. What a wealth of information there was! It was great to feel like there were others trying to achieve similar goals.

breadWe had been composting, cooking from scratch and using cloth shopping bags for some time. Prior to Zero Waste Week 2015, I had made my own deodorant using the Zero Waste Chef’s recipe. Following Zero Waste Week, we simply carried on changing our habits one at a time. My husband now has a reusable coffee cup in his car and has just started using a safety razor. I’ve switched to hankies instead of pocket tissues, kitchen rags instead of kitchen roll and bar soap instead of liquid in plastic containers. I’ve spent the last few months refining my shopping routine. This is a process that is still ongoing. I have yet to try making our own toothpaste, I’m still on the hunt for a milkman who will deliver milk in glass bottles and there aren’t many bulk suppliers local to us. Zero waste is a lifelong journey that we are undertaking and I’m enjoying the ride immensely!

I love knowing that we’re reducing our impact on the environment. I love it when I receive comments from friends who say that Spot of Earth is having a positive influence on their shopping choices. I love it when my children want to get involved.

If you’d like to keep up with our journey, you can find Spot of Earth here and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

Helen McGonigal

Helen McGonigal

Helen McGonigal is a happily married mum of three from County Durham, north east England. Besides working as a freelance writer for a range of clients, self-publishing her picture book 'Mummy Makes Milk' in collaboration with Hilda Kripp-Partridge and blogging at spotofearth.com, Helen also runs literacy workshops in local schools. She is passionate about child literacy and children's literature, parenting and education, the environment and eco-living and is also an enthusiastic cook and avid theatre-goer.
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Helen McGonigal is a happily married mum of three from County Durham, north east England. Besides working as a freelance writer for a range of clients, self-publishing her picture book 'Mummy Makes Milk' in collaboration with Hilda Kripp-Partridge and blogging at spotofearth.com, Helen also runs literacy workshops in local schools. She is passionate about child literacy and children's literature, parenting and education, the environment and eco-living and is also an enthusiastic cook and avid theatre-goer.

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