French for Tuesday is an Australian sustainable living, eco-friendly blog and shop for you to live an authentic and smart low impact lifestyle that treads lightly on your health and our planet.
I believe low tox sustainable living is positively possible when we have a strong local community. Communities are rich in knowledge and resources. Our sense of belonging to place and others is what connects us.
For us to live a wholehearted, low impact lifestyle, we need to go on a journey of simple change, one step at a time. We can navigate this change, and ultimate freedom, together by:
- Using what you already have
- Thrifting and purchasing second hand
- Supporting Australian made and owned
- Creating and making
- Following the R’s of waste reduction – Refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling
There are many ways to live an authentic, sustainable life. Many of them include taking small actions to refuse, reduce or avoid to gain maximum benefits. Going low tox, reducing plastic use, reducing waste, reducing consumption and resist buying brand new are principles that support low impact living.
Embracing a thoughtful, true-to-yourself, low impact and sustainable life gives you the freedom to live well, spend less, connect with your community and protect our amazing earth. A low impact life is beneficial to you, but also flows on to contributing mindfully in our immediate community, which impacts upon our national impact, which impacts upon the biggie – our planet.
French for Tuesday was founded by Mardi, a down to earth Australian with a very French sounding name. Mardi’s wealth of experiences, stories and approach about living a more eco friendly life give you the tools for living a more meaningful sustainable life. She has a passion for maintaining the beauty of our Australian outdoor, natural environment.
Since childhood, Mardi has always practised living sustainably. Becoming a family of four has strengthened the need for living a more low-impact lifestyle.
Mardi’s formative growing up years were in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney Australia. Bateau Bay on the Central Coast of NSW was the childhood school holiday place to be for Mardi.
Mardi is now settled with her family in the beautiful Lake Macquarie (Newcastle) region of NSW.
Mardi uses the perfect blend of personal, everyday low impact living practises to live a wholehearted sustainable lifestyle.
The concept of sustainable, eco-friendly living is how I grew up. My core growing up time was in the eighties. An era of mass commercialisation, big clothes, big hair and …Glad Wrap. Sitting in the quadrangle at school, how I wished for the plastic film that clung to my friends’ white bread vegemite sandwich. At the time, I felt tainted that my lunch was packed in tupperware containers and paper wrap. Yet this practise has become a part of my being.
On family outings, my parents always premade our food and drink, carrying it to any big event. Paddle pop icecreams were a real treat. I wondered why other family’s said their day out was expensive?
I’ve always had a love of reusing things before tossing them out. When I was a little one, my yellow globite school case was filled with shiny, brightly coloured chocolate wrappers. Ready to create with the Perkins paste and paper.
School holidays were enjoyed at our beachside holiday house on the Central Coast, NSW. This was a house built by my grandfather in the 1950’s and extended upon in the 1980’s so we could all enjoy staying there at the same time. A lot of the house decor, kitchenware and furniture was from the 1950’s – a time when the holiday house was new. By the eighties, it was starting to look a bit old hat. The adage of “but there’s nothing wrong with it” lived on with everything.
From my growing up in the ‘burbs of Sydney, I’ve learned:
– there is something truly unique about following your own trend
– my personal style is dictated by the things I really love.
– the importance of creating connections between the past and the present to build an authentic, sustainable future
– to minimise new-ness and maximise the lifespan of things in the world already.
I’ve learned that knowing the provenance of vintage fashion, household items and furnishings develops rich and meaningful connections to sustainable living. Everything old has a story that keeps on telling through the generations! When that story is told and shared, the interconnection between people, places and things becomes stronger.
I look forward to helping you embrace this love of a simple, sustainable and zero waste lifestyle.