Hello and Welcome! This is where I’ll be posting detailed updates on how the shop is coming along, my personal journey towards a Zero Waste and Sustainable lifestyle and general life woes. So have a browse, read a couple of paragraphs if you fancy and follow me on this incredible journey.
My name is Jessica Peck. I’m 23 years old and live in Carmarthen, Wales. I’ve always had a great love and passion for the environment. My long term goals include getting my own small holding, building a house from straw and living as sustainably as I can.
For now – I live at home, work a full time job at Glangwili Hospital as a Ward Clerk and – until recently – pondered my life as a tired, rundown and unhappy resident on this earth. The latter being why I decided to put my foot down and say “No, I refuse”. I refuse to grow old wondering if I had tried harder now, I would be happier then.
So here I am – trying. Because I have a dream.
I’m dreaming of clean natural environments and air. I’m dreaming of a reduction in CO2 and for the ice at the poles to slow down their melting. I’m dreaming of meadows full of pollinators and fields full of happy farm animals. I dream so many dreams. Then I wonder, why must they be dreams?
This might just seem like a lot of tree hugging nonsense to you (or hopefully you’re completely with me) but this all stems from real issues we’re having. Right now.
So what am I doing about it?
Well – for the past year – I’ve been reducing my plastic issue, taking steps to reducing my carbon footprint, paying the little extra for organic when I can and growing my own fruit and veg in our modest garden. I’m also fortunate to have access to my grandparents smallholding – my mother is taking it over and we have plenty of chickens and ducks (running a muck in our large field) to keep us stocked up on eggs.
But that wasn’t quite enough. I found myself getting frustrated with all the plastic packaging and non-biodegradable items that I was forced to purchase when there was no alternatives. There was no where nearby where I could go and shop plastic-free. It was difficult trying to stick to my new goals without it and I found myself failing almost every time I had to go shopping. The re-useable shopping bags just weren’t enough.
So enough is enough!
It’s time Carmarthen got its own Zero Waste – completely plastic packaging free – shop. And I’m here to do it.
This blog is to keep you updated on every step I take towards getting the shop opened and every hurdle I make towards the zero waste and sustainable lifestyle I plan to lead.
So stay connected – like my facebook page – and join me on this journey. I’d love to have you tag along.
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