Olive

A Child of Books

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Every year for Christmas I buy Olive a book. Not just any book, though, a special one.

Usually, the requirement is that it has to make me well up with tears when I read it and encompass something of the phase or stage of life she’s in. I don’t think I’ve ever shared these books with you, so I’m going to do that now, along with the book I’ve picked for this year and why it strikes a special chord with me.

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Eco-Friendly Living

Lifelong learning, zero waste month, and how I became a garbage picker

Once upon a time I was a Literacy Outreach Coordinator. It was a brief period of time, but I gained a lot from that position, the most important lesson being the vital importance of a concept called lifelong learning.

Lifelong learning is the idea that learning doesn’t stop when you graduate high school or university, it’s a process that continues your entire life, through taking classes, mastering new skills, and yes, reading. Basically, it means continually challenging yourself to learn new things and pushing yourself to grow as a person.

I have been thinking a lot about lifelong learning because for a while now, it’s felt like I have been sort of set in my Eco-friendly ways.

I make my cleaners and lotions, I bring my bags to the grocery store, I recycle and compost and shop secondhand. I’m proud of the choices I’ve made and how I’ve managed to continue with them for so long, but it also doesn’t feel challenging anymore. In some this is great, I’m used to not buying paper towels and using a drying rack, it feels second-nature , but although I’m constantly making little tweaks or changes it also really didn’t feel like I was progressing in any significant way.

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Eco-Friendly Living, Natural Living

Natural Skin and Body Care 101

It’s been ages since I wrote about what’s filling my medicine cabinet and my makeup bag so I thought I’d do a giant post summarizing the products I’m using these days.

When you’re trying to make the switch to natural products, knowing what to buy and where to buy it is often the hardest part. Hopefully, this post will make things a bit easier!

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All You Need Is Less, Eco-Friendly Living

Guilt Free & Green

One of the best things I’ve experienced since my book was published and I began writing my Guardian column is the way this community of environmental activists, authors, bloggers, and experts come together to enlighten, teach, and support each other.

Blogger, author, TED-talker and internationally renowned zero waste activist Bea Johnson wrote a review for my book, despite the fact that I was a total nobody from Canada she’d never met. Author and environmentalist Billee Sharp wrote the foreword for my book, because she fundamentally believed in the message I was spreading and the way I was doing it. They both lent their support and her name to my book and I was incredibly grateful that they did.

I was recently approached by a publisher who asked me to do for another writer what Billee and Bea did for me two years ago. I am so happy to be sharing it with you now!

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