Good habits

Busy pro­fes­sional and mum Laura Byrne shares her best tips for liv­ing a con­scious life in the eas­i­est way pos­si­ble

Nadia - - NADIA + ECOSTORE -

For work­ing mum Laura Byrne, life is all about a bal­ance of try­ing to do the right thing, with­out mak­ing daily tasks oner­ous. She and her hus­band and their sixyear-old son are a “typ­i­cal Kiwi fam­ily” she says. Liv­ing in Point Che­va­lier in Auck­land, they en­joy ex­plor­ing the neigh­bour­hood on their bikes, hiŠing the beach in sum­mer and mak­ing the most of the lo­cal ameni­ties. Laura has re­cently be­gun brew­ing her own kom­bucha and has brought bee­hives onto their prop­erty as a way of in­creas­ing the bee pop­u­la­tion in their area.

CLEAN LIV­ING

“My rule of thumb for house­hold prod­ucts, which I also ap­ply to food I buy, is that if I’m un­sure of what the in­gre­di­ents are, I’ll try to stay away. I’ve switched all my clean­ing and body prod­ucts to eco­s­tore, be­cause it’s an easy way to do it. It started when I was preg­nant with my son – I was look­ing for prod­ucts that are less harsh on the body and the en­vi­ron­ment with­out hav­ing to make things from scratch my­self.”

ECO-COM­MUT­ING

“We’re a one-car fam­ily and my hus­band bought an e-bike a year ago. He’s just about paid it off through sav­ings on bus fares and it now takes him 17 min­utes to com­mute from door-to-door, whereas the bus took 40 min­utes. Plus, go­ing to and from work ev­ery day he gets ex­er­cise that he wouldn’t have oth­er­wise.”

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