kiora koutou ( hi everyone )
I’m Tracey and this is the first blog of my new business, Somewhat Green.
Why Somewhat Green?
It’s really undeniable that the planet is not coping with us humans: there are too many of us and our habits are causing major problems.
I’m a bit like a bull in a china shop in that once I decide something, I go at it full-hog. You name it, I’ve researched it or I’ve done it. Diets, cures, schemes: I’ve worn the t-shirt. Normally, though, I do it intensely for about three weeks and then move onto the next thing.
However, the planet is too important for any changes I make to be temporary. They have to be permanent changes. So, I do what I can, buying whatever I can afford on my budget as long as it helps the environment in some way.
This is what being “somewhat green” is about. It’s about doing what you can in the understanding that small changes will make a difference.
After much thought, I decided to launch Somewhat Green to sell products that have at least one of the following characteristics:
Made or designed in NZ
I have a blog that describes these characteristics in more detail.
Focus on Quality
My main aim with Somewhat Green is to sell products that are high-quality. I know that buying high-quality products is often difficult as everybody has a different budget.
When I think about buying quality products, however, and I gasp at the prices in front of me, I think: “what did my parents do”. They had no choice but to buy quality because that was all that was on offer. Often they had to save up for what they wanted. You had to pay a lot of money for a fridge, for example, but it lasted 25 years.
I’m sure everyone has bought something that has lasted a long time. I vividly remember the pain of buying a pair of school shoes for the astronomical price of $250, but they lasted for five years and were worn daily.
Quality products are made with expensive materials and the people making them need to be paid fairly.
How can a t-shirt be $5 considering what it takes to make a t-shirt? I know manufacturing in large quantities is cheaper, but I think there are major shortcuts being taken somewhere for a t-shirt to be $5.
This mind-set of buying low-quality, cheap products is massively affecting the environment.
Passionate About Living Green
People could mistake the name Somewhat Green as meaning I’m maybe, possibly, kind of, could be, perhaps, sort of, in a way, not definitely, not absolutely, yeah, nah… a little bit green.
This is so not true.
I’m passionate about trying to make a difference, about making this planet a better place.
My main goal is to try to persuade people to pay more for environmentally friendly, quality products that use natural materials instead of cheap, low-quality products that just fill up our landfills.
I also know there are so many people that are better at being green than I am. So, I want to celebrate that by sharing their stories and their ideas. I try to share good, positive stories, stories that are making a difference. Check out my Facebook page at ‘somewhatgreennz’ and find me on Instagram.
I’m here to make being green a little easier for everyone by doing as much product and supplier research as I can. Please have a browse through the selection of products on Somewhat Green – there really are some little gems. I add products regularly too, so keep checking back.
Thanks for visiting my website and feel free to ask any questions about any of my products.
noho ora mai
( stay well and look after yourselves)
naa (from ) tracey