It started with illegal throwing of kitchen scraps into a small compost pile on military housing and quickly followed by cloth diapering but for the past 7 years, zero waste and plastic free living has been part of who I am. The start of our little impact family.
I am Jacki of little impact family.
For those of you who have been following zero waste, plastic free living, you may have noticed that many times larger families are not featured. I created little impact family to fill the void and show that just because we have more people (we are a family of 6), doesn’t mean that we produce more waste.
We avoid plastic in the home, make our own medicine (I am an herbalist), bring our own bags everywhere, and have 1 car.
We have lived all over the world….Iowa, Nebraska, Germany, Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin, and now Belgium and meet a lot of amazing people. Like our neighbors who brought us organic squash and local beer to welcome us to the neighborhood.
We are minimalists, even with 4 GIRLS. Our clothes are purchased second hand or through ethical sustainable businesses who use organic fabrics. My favorite shop Conscious Clothing is in Michigan! The past few months have had us living in a 20 ft yurt, a hotel room, and a typical European town home. It has opened our eyes even more as to what is absolutely needed and loved.
We homeschool and zero waste, plastic free living is a part of that. We teach sewing, knitting, gardening, and cooking right along with reading, writing, and arithmetic. We purchased supplies from small business and toys from ethical companies….and of course, plastic free. Teaching our girls to be little impact is important, they are the future.
Every day is a new adventure for us, something to learn, something to do to leave the world a better place.