This Time It’s Personal – Our 50th Post!

Woah, 50 posts! That’s a cool little milestone and we are quite proud of it, so this week for our 50th post we thought we would do something a bit different. We are nearing the end of the year, and it’s about this time that we find ourselves thinking and reflecting about the past 12 months. So, I thought it would be good to get a little personal update from our regular writers, to see where they are at and how they have found their first year (well, 7 months) of Use Good Stuff! Hopefully this is of interest to some of you! And y’know what, you should be interested, because all of these humans are amazing. I also chucked my own wee update in there, because I’m a little bit self absorbed.

7 months and 50 posts in – while it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, we are still having a blast. So thanks for coming this far with us, we appreciate it a whole bunch!

James van Dyk

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 8.11.50 pmWhen Emma approached me and asked if I would like to write a monthly blog on an issue relating to sustainability, I was incredibly flattered and excited. While it was hard to tell whether we would get an audience, I was quietly optimistic. It was such a brilliant idea! Still, I was prepared for no-one to be reading what I wrote, so I decided from the outset that if no-one else would read my articles, I would at least write them with the purpose of educating myself.

My experience with Use Good Stuff has certainly been an education. I don’t want to write these articles without doing hours and hours of research first; at least, that’s how I do it now. Initially I would try to write and research simultaneously; an incredibly inefficient way to work! But it has been so rewarding. The amount of topics I could write on keeps on expanding with the more research I do! Rather than running out of ideas, as I feared would happened at the start, my horizons keep on expanding.

We’re nearing the end of the year now and with 2000+ likes and people constantly telling me they love the blog, I couldn’t be more chuffed for our little team. Big love to Poppy and Emma C., you guys rock and I’m super impressed by what you guys do! And of course I must congratulate Emma B. for all the work she’s done and the successful blog she’s created; great job Emma! Here’s to another 50 posts!

Emma Cusdin

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 8.07.35 pmWhat a delight it has been to indulge in my deepest garden desires and learn how to make my lifestyle as sustainable as possible. Thank you to all who write, all who read and all who discuss! When I started writing for UGS I was absolutely just a gardener and I knew little to nothing about the impact I was having on the planet. I have been endlessly inspired by the contributors and the people who contact us with ideas and encouragement about the blog. Plus Poppy, Emma and James are some of the babin-est babes I know, they are like my little enviro-buddies.

As well as spinning yarns about your garden this year I have been traversing the country performing in primary schools as a Mexican Jumping Bean that can’t sprout. Seriously. Also a Golden Goose who is passionate about recycling. Again, it’s the honest truth. I have seen so many schools with veggie gardens and kids who yell out at me daily that I can’t sprout because I need sunlight and water. How wonderfully encouraging it is to know that most kids have a good understanding of how to be eco friendly and how plants grow. Every 2 months or so I have embarked on a new sustainable change in my life and I’ve never regretted it. Keep going UGS mates. Every little change is a little change towards the good! You don’t need gladwrap, plastic bags, plastic toothbrushes and microbeads but you do need a planet to keep all your stuff in. Keep planting & keep smiling. Happy birthday UGS.

x E Cus.

Poppy Stowell

Poppy copyHey folks!

It’s awesomesauce that I have the opportunity to write a little about me and what a superdoodle project I think this is. Because it is, and I can’t stop being excited about it. Everyone involved in Use Good Stuff is freakin’ cool, funny, intelligent, and also hot as hell. And I’m not only saying that because I am one of these people. Seriously, I wait in anticipation for each post and I love reading the wisdom nuggets that each person brings to the table… Such delish wisdom nuggets. I couldn’t be prouder of the team. *heart emoticon*

I also love writing and sharing my own journey and experiences with the world – it reminds me to stay true to my goals, and connecting with people is legit why I want to do this. You’re all fabulous.

I am coming to a point in life where I have many different options ahead of me, so it’s nice to know that the monthly write up can remain part of my routine. I have two new friends in my garden, and these girls will feature in my next post so keep an eye out! Basically I hope that you have been enjoying the blog as much as I have. Hit me up with questions and suggestions; they’re always appreciated. Big Love *second heart emoticon*

Emma Blick

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 10.52.55 pmThis year has been wonderful. I’m so pleased with how everything is going with the blog, and I adore the cool people I get to work with. The rest of this year is going to be pretty full on! I’m in the middle of moving city because I’ve wrangled myself a new job in the capital! So the last few weeks have seen me packing up my life and sorting and organising and also panicking a little bit. I’ve lived in the South Island my whole life so it feels like a pretty big change for me, but it’s all very exciting, too.

I think the move will be a huge benefit to the progress of Use Good Stuff. There are a bunch of awesome businesses and organisations based in Wellington that I would love to work with, and it also means I get to work more closely with our Graphic Designer (and my favourite person in the world), William.

Aside from that, I’ll be spending Christmas with my parents in Blenheim and enjoying some much needed time off. I don’t have a whole lot of time to spend on the blog at the moment just because everything is a little hectic, but I’m positive that next year will bring some amazing things for us 🙂


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