Now I know on the one small change blog - it says to post at the beginning of the month - but you may have picked up - we have had a bit of a month. Well a bit of a few months actually! It doesn't seem to be getting better quickly either. Hmm.
Still. Here I am. March 30th. 'By the skin of my teeth' I think is the saying! Oh and isn't that just a weird saying for children, foreigners and aliens!
This month has been all about community and yogurt! An odd combination perhaps but there you go - I said I was sleep deprived! Even with my mad month I have been able to talk - yes my mouth still works just as well - not so much sense but still it just keeps on going!
So I have been promoting making your own yogurt with a starter culture, ideally with raw milk from returnable bottles.
I have been mentioning this to a few people over the years but since the idea of ripple change came to me with the one small change commitment, I have been waxing lyrical about it all...
Veritable strangers who knock on the door find they are pressed with tastes of yogurt, sent links. Encouraged to try it themselves...
So far, I know of a few people who have gone from regular purchasing to making their own regularly. So on my figuring - only with the definites that I know about, I have changed 10 pots of shop bought yogurt a week into 10 pots of home made yogurt a week. At least 4 of those pots are using raw milk in returnable jars so that is about four milk cartons a week saved as well.
So the tally so far is 520 yogurt containers a week (with who knows how many food miles) and 104 bottles of milk a year. From me just mouthing off! Just imagine!
And that is just the beginning - if people think I am going to shut up now they are going to be sorely disappointed!
Still, that is just a drop in the ocean of what this post is about.
Really - the whole one small change project is about communication and encouragement and excitement. If you tell a neighbour or a friend about any good thing and they make only one small change in the year on account of your words - that is still a large ripple spinning out from a small conversation.
I have just chosen to use yogurt as my example. I would like to think that over the next 10 years, my words, enthusiasm and encouragement will be responsible for thousands and thousands of yogurt containers NOT being made from oil and thousands of litres of yogurt NOT being shipped from one side of our vast nation to the other.
Like I said in my last one small change post - just think of the pile of yogurt containers from the year of your family eating yogurt - or 10 years or the life of your child?
Surely - you too could consider making your own yogurt? Sourcing local milk in glass containers?
If you would like to - go to this post to find out how!
(I'll hop off my soap box now - but welcome to my community!
Come change with me!)