In the spirit of Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff video and book and her emphasis on simplifying our lives, I’m happy to be participating in a new community blog carnival called “Spring Cleaning: Get the Junk Out!” (If you haven’t yet read my post from yesterday, please check out my interview with Annie Leonard and find out why she only has to be responsible for 1/6th of the stuff that she and her daughter use.)
About the carnival: For the next 10 weeks, each of the bloggers hosting the carnival (listed below) will take a turn presenting a different theme and linking to participants’ posts on that theme. There will also be a way for you to link to relevant posts on the same theme, whether posts by you if you have a blog or by someone else whose writing you would like to share.
The carnival is the brain child of blogger and Fake Plastic Fish reader Katie from Kitchen Stewardship, and each week, she will post information about the topic and host a give-away related to the theme. So please get out your calendars and mark down the dates for the various carnival topics. It will be fun. Hopefully each participant will try and come up with a post from their own unique perspective.
Of course, no matter what the topic, my posts will always relate to plastic in some way.
Here’s what Katie has to say about the carnival:
We’re going to spring clean here at Kitchen Stewardship in a unique way. Instead of focusing on your physical space, we’ll look at a myriad of issues that you may want to get out of their diets, cleaning cupboards, bad habit collections or mental baggage. Each week, a different blog will host a theme that fits their mission and a linky for YOU to link up any pertinent posts.
Related posts for the linky might include a tips post, a recipe, a personal story of getting that issue “out”, or even questions you have about the issue.
Here’s the list of hosts and weekly themes so you can plan to participate.
- 3/23 Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship: antibacterial soap/bleach
- 3/30 Amy @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free: gluten
- 4/6 Beth @ Fake Plastic Fish: plastic food containers
- 4/13 Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up: refined sugar
- 4/20 Micaela @ Mindful Momma: parabens
- 4/27 Lenetta @ Nettacow: food additives
- 5/4 Kelly the Kitchen Kop: CAFOs
- 5/11 Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers: pesticides
- 5/18 Mandi @ Organizing Your Way: clutter
- 5/25 Claire @ Saving Money Plan: debt
Each week, you’ll find information at the Kitchen Stewardship blog about WHY you might want to “get out” a certain topic…then head on over to the hostess blog every Tuesday for multi-level options to help you make a change. You’ll get ideas to take Baby Steps, Making Strides, or a Leap of Faith to get it all out.
Take a look at the themes: What do you have questions about? What will be the hardest topic for you to tackle?
If you’re in whole hog, feel free to grab a button for your sidebar that will direct your readers back to this post, where the carnivals will remain updated as they happen.
I’m looking at this carnival as a way for me to learn about topics that I may not normally dive into because of my emphasis on learning as much as I can about plastic and alternatives to plastic. And I also see it as a great way to understand how all the topics are related. One change we make in our lives inevitably leads to other changes. For example, when I realized that all frozen convenience foods came packaged in plastic, I had to learn to eat whole foods. When I learned about the toxic chemicals that can leach out of plastic from food and personal care containers, I began wondering what other chemicals had been added to the foods I eat and products I use.
So I hope you will join me in the next 10 weeks. And if you have experience or ideas for me about any of the topic items, please share your thoughts in a comment below. A few of them have me a little stumped at this point.