Nous ferons changer le monde! We are going to change the world!
If it is not you my little one, who will begin to change the world, who will do it?*
Hello and Welcome to Sustainable Suburbia
If you want to create a healthier more sustainable life for yourself and your family, you are in the right place.
If you want to reduce the toxins in your home, the toxins you are putting into the environment, the toxins your family are absorbing, read on.
I’m Kirsten, author of Less Toxic Living: How to Reduce Your Everyday Exposure to Toxic Chemicals – an Introduction for Families. I’m also an Australian mother of three, passionate about learning to live more sustainably, creating a healthy environment for my kids, and contributing something to the communities we inhabit. And I’m now also a Norwex Sales Consultant in Canberra (and online) and Leader. A bit more about that below…
My doctor may not have had good people skills, but at least he knew how to get to the point. His words that tore apart my sense of both my body and my future were delivered with cool unconcern: “You might have a few miscarriages.”
I was sitting across the desk from my old stick of a gynaecologist in his cold office, while he told me that I’d been born with only one ovary, and what it would mean.
‘It shouldn’t affect your fertility,’ he said ‘But you might have a few miscarriages while your uterus learns how to stretch properly.’ I don’t remember what questions I asked him. I was twenty-four, and having a baby seemed a long way off. Still, it felt quite cruel, this sixty-something male doctor talking about losing a baby as though it was nothing. And I remember wondering why I felt suddenly lessor. Like my body wasn’t what it should be.
But his pessimistic diagnosis eventually led me to a proactive response, to investigate everything that could benefit my fertility.
Fast forward a few years, and I was ready for a baby. Miscarriage is a lot more common than most people realise, and can also be more devastating. I wanted to do whatever I could to avoid having any, let alone ‘a few’. I couldn’t do anything about the size of my uterus – smaller than normal, with only one ‘corner’ reaching up to my single fallopian tube. But I could minimise other risks. That’s when I really starting focussing on reducing the toxins in my life, especially the ones I put into my body.
Being a massage therapist, and the child of veggie growing, composting parents, caring about organic produce and environmental toxins wasn’t exactly new to me. In fact, I’d written a column of DIY non-toxic cleaning tips for a local ‘green youth group’ newsletter when I was only about eighteen.
But now it was personal.
Fast forward a few more years (okay, more than a decade), and I have three kids, aged three, seven and eleven. So now I worry about the toxins in their lives too.
That’s one of the reasons I make my own household cleaners, and am always learning to do more.
But more than that, I want to disconnect our lives from dependency on Big Corporations, on toxic chemicals that hurt us and the planet; on an economic system that is unsustainable, both in the way it trashes the world we live on, and in the way it keeps claiming to ‘trickle down’ to benefit the poor, while the gap keeps widening.
Making your own non-toxic cleaners may only be a small part of that, but it is a real part. It costs way less, reducing your dependence on big business, and it keeps the toxic chemicals away from your children, the garden and the rivers your waste water ends up in.
So are you ready to get the toxins out of your home? To create a healthier environment for your family and a healthier planet for future generations?
Start by checking out my free non-toxic cleaning printables, to help you save money and time, and reduce those toxins. You can also read my book, Less Toxic Living – I am giving away the PDF as a FREE download (there are also a paperback & kindle versions for those who prefer them).
Wondering why I made the book free? Here is where I talk about why that is, and what my aims are for this website.
Stop Press – February 2014: I am so excited to announce, I have now just signed up to be an independent sales consultant with a company I have a lot of respect for – Norwex. They are all about reducing the chemicals in our lives, in particular in cleaning and personal care products. If you interested in knowing more, check out the catalogue, or my Norwex online store, or friend me on Facebook (and send me a message telling me you’re interested in Norwex!), where I do occasional online Norwex “parties”. If you live around the Canberra area, in Australia, you’re also welcome to contact me about seeing Norwex in action, which really is the best way to learn about it.
Who else is here?
As well as giving you straight up information here, I talk a lot about my own family’s journey. So you’ll hear about my kids – Liam (twelve), Mikaela (seven) and Eliane (four) – and my husband Chris. I used to have a couple of other writer’s who contributed regularly, Angela & Eileen, and do still accept the occasional guest post too.
*This is from a french postcard quoted by Professor Ian Lowe in his foreword to the 2010 edition of Sustainable House.
(This page was last updated in 2013)