I don’t have a written policy as such, more that I try to be conscious of the impact on our environment & have been since I established my practice in 1998. I have been passionate about our planet & sustaining it for most of my life. One of the reasons I chose to adopt a child was because I felt there were enough people on the planet & certainly there are plenty of children needing a loving family.
In my practice, I have long used essential oils from sources that are organic, organically grown, naturally farmed or wild picked sustainably. My base oils tend to be largely organic & cold pressed to ensure you have an excellent product with maximum nourishing benefits. I mostly use a local supplier Kobashi in Devon who I have an excellent relationship with. Scott one of the owners & I have had great conversations about sustainability while I place orders. They are very particular about testing their products stringently for nasties such as insecticides & pesticides.
I rarely fill my bin at work, taking almost everything home to recycle, e.g. used couch roll makes excellent firelighter in my burner & the worms love breaking it down in my compost bin in the summer.
I only purchase natural toiletries & cleaners & think about reusing packaging or containers wherever I can.
The bottles & jars I use to mix up my “TLC in a Bottle” are glass, & although these may be heavier to transport, I feel that they can be recycled more effectively more often than plastic. I also use aluminium rather than plastic caps where I can.
Personally, I try to be ethical but still need to make improvements & that is usually money dependent. So I enjoy buying second hand clothes & mixing it up to have fun & yet still feel good in what I wear. We buy organic & local when we can, but I still confess to the convenience of supermarket shopping all too regularly. I have a steel re-useable water bottle (not aluminium due to traces that can be ingested) which I feel “bare” if I leave home without it. I use recycled loo roll & buy natural products where possible. I try to eat ethically but know there is room for me to improve this.
This is the main reason we sold our house, where we had a very productive veg & fruit garden, including a mini polytunnel, & bought a 1.9acre field. It took us years to finally achieve and finally managed this in 2017. We have already planted hundreds of young trees as part of our mission to plant a permaculture food forest. We feel we are just playing as our knowledge has many gaps, but we felt we needed to consume less & plant more, and that actions speak louder than words. We aim to improve our own food production, hopefully share what we grow & learn as we improve & learn, & leave a legacy our child could be proud to inherit.
As I learn and join up more dots, I will try & improve to reduce my impact on the planet in my home, field & workplace. Always learning … looking after me, looking after you, your family, our community, “our planet”.
Warm regard, Nicolle
“Nobody really owns anything. We give back our bodies at the end of our lives. We own our thoughts, but everything else is just borrowed. We use it for a while, then pass it on.
We borrow the sun that shines on us today from the people on the other side of the world while they borrow the moon from us. Then we give it back. We can’t keep the sun, no matter how afraid we are of the dark.” Deborah Ellis, award-winning author, feminist and peace activist.