This time last year, I was a careless consumer. There is no doubt about that.

I remember having a discussion with my mother when I returned from my trip to Europe about how chilly Melbourne was and how much I spent on heating (we have the most thrilling conversations!) and my mother was shocked by my heating bill. I wasn’t too fussed at the time. I had a little money saved from my previous job, I was making more that I had expected for my first month of business, and I had just come back from swanning around Europe without a care, so nope, I wasn’t particularly concerned about the cost of keeping my feet warm while I worked from home.

“It’s not good for the environment though, you know?” she commented.

This hit me.

It hit me hard.

It wasn’t even a consideration of mine, and for the next few days I wondered what others things I was doing on a daily basis that I hadn’t even considered would have an impact on the world around me. I researched and researched and the more I discovered, the more I realised how much my everyday routines were negatively impacting the natural world. It devastated me.

So I started to make small changes. I honestly do mean small changes too; I didn’t suddenly turn into a zero waste, eco warrior over night. I’m still not at that point! But I made changes. I made a start. I made a commitment. Because if we all make small changes, together we make can make a big difference.

I have been on this journey for nearly a year now and I have learnt so many things along the way, and it has become some a huge part of who I am, that I feel my business needs to develop to incorporate that. I’m not quite sure how yet; this in itself is a journey, but I can promise that it will be exciting and raw and honest.