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Low Impact Day

By Fredrica Syren

After watching No Impact Man last week, we continued discussing how hard it must have been to go “zero impact” for one year, living without pretty much everything that Colin Beaver and his family were used to. So many times when we talk to people about what we do to help save our planet, we get a lot of “I could never, would never, live without that,” etc. Well, we already have learned to live without tons of things, so we came up with the idea of trying one low-impact day a week. It began on Sunday for us.

This meant we would not use electricity unless necessary (kids’ night lights would be okay), so we wouldn’t be using chargers, the dishwasher, and or laundry machines. We wouldn’t use our car either, so we’d only go places we could bike, walk or travel to by trolley. We would, of course, eat at home and be super conscious about trash.

So last Sunday was our first low-impact Sunday, and it went pretty much like any Sunday except we didn’t go anywhere by car. Instead, we biked to the nearest park 20 minutes away. Bella understood about our special day and was super excited, saying she wanted to be outside as much as possible and wanted to plant something in our garden.  She also suggested she could use a smaller light in her room to help. We harvested some of our potatoes and ate them for lunch.

We barbecued lunch and then hand washed the dishes together. When it got dark, we lit candles all around the house (safe distance from Noah) and cuddled and played. Once our kids were asleep, James and I played games — something we have not done for years.

I will say that our first low-impact day was easy, and I’m looking forward to seeing whether we can figure out more things we really can live without. The one idea we came up with was not to use our phones all day. It was so nice to have a day with no interruptions from text or calls. It was all about play, biking and hiking and making our home and garden even nicer.



About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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