Top Green and Eco-Friendly Mom Blogger of 2014

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Green living isn’t just a conscious effort to be healthier. It is a way of life, where the eco-friendly individual shares their love for the world they live in. The following post is an interview of the well-deserved blogger who not only lives the green and eco-friendly lifestyle, but helps us understand that living green can actually be easy and even cost-effective. So we dare you to read on if you’re ready to be inspired!

Please turn your attention to Madeleine from nzECOchick our Top Green and Eco-Friendly Blogger of 2014.

1. What is the main reason you chose to live a green life?

NZecochickMy main reason for choosing to live a green life is to reduce my family’s environmental footprint and the rubbish that we leave behind on the earth. I get a total kick out of recycling, fixing and re-purposing items and seeing how little rubbish we can create and finding new ways to reduce our lives (by de-cluttering and eating wholefoods) even further. I also like to be green to reduce our consumerism and staying out of the rat race. I guess I never was very good at being “normal” nor would I want to be!

2. Have you always been vegetarian? If not, what made you decide to be?

I became vegetarian when I was 15. I always said I would be vegetarian as a child and my folks used to laugh as I used to loved chicken and seafood but after reading an article in a teenage magazine about the horrific testing done by the cosmetic world on animals. I decided to never buy another product that tests on animals and shortly after I became vegetarian. Both practices which I still stick to all these years later.

3. Have you ever been pressured to eat meat since you’ve become a vegetarian?

No never. My family was very supportive of my choice and my mum was amazing in making wholefood vegetarian meals as in though days there was nothing premade. My husband has been fantastic and is a meat minimalist and at home is pretty much a vegetarian too. I’ve done two vegetarian pregnancies and found midwives who supported my higher iron needs.

4. What do you love most about being green?

I get a total kick out of being green. I love reducing/ removing plastic and toxins from our lives and that being green saves us heaps of money. I love that a part of being green is having a fantastic garden and eating wholefoods that we cook from scratch. Being green doesn’t just stop at not buying plastic or what products you use in your home but also includes what we put in our mouths and how we treat those around us.

5. What is your favorite meal?

Chachouka-our-wayI have two favourite meals they both have lentils in them which I just love. One is a silverbeet spinach, lentils and free range eggs meal and chachouka Oh and I love chickpeas and quinoa; they are so versatile!

6. What are your kids’ favorite meals?

My boys both love their fruit and veggies and eat everything put in front of them (sometimes with a little extra encouragement). My one year old just loves bananas and dhal and my three year’s favourite meal is homemade sushi he even requested this for this third birthday family meal. They both also love smoothies which we eat for breakfast almost every day.

7. What is your favorite post?

motherhood-truthsI don’t personally have a favourite post I have several that I am very passionate about and am glad that I wrote them like my motherhood truths post and my post on depression. I asked my readers what their favourite post was and most people said my reduce your waste series.

8. Do you belong to any green blogging communities? If so, how do you like it?

I’m not actually part of any green blogging communities but I read of a lot other green blogs.

9. What is the most encouraging quote you can give to others to inspire them to go green?

This is an oldie but a goodie and I think we should all live our lives by this quote not just with regards to being green but how we treat our world and each other

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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