I'm now a busy mum of 4, however my interest in the environment began in my teens when I refused to let my mum buy any household products or hairspray with CFCs in, and got the family recycling bottles and newspapers, which back then (eighties) we had to take on a 10 minute walk to the nearest bottle/paper bank!
I then joined up to various green organisations in my late teens/early twenties and felt like an eco-warrior. When I had the children, I got into washable nappies in a big way and in 2004 ended up running Plush Pants Cloth Nappies, an internet based reusable nappy business. In the spring/summer of 2008, aware of an impending recession, I decided to the launch a second website, Terry Nappies, which specialises in advising on and selling the most cost effective reusable nappies.
I'd been aware for some time that a large amount of our sales on the nappy sites were menstrual products, often bought by women who didn't have any babies, so in early 2009, I opened Earthwise Girls, a dedicated site for stuff for girls, like eco-menstrual products, and shampoos that don't have nasty toxic ingredients.
I'm a member of Friends of the Earth and the Women's Environmental Network, and am also involved in a local campaign against proposals to build an incinerator in South Oxfordshire.
Things that get my goat include people who can't be bothered to recycle, or don't seem to realise that we actually have only the one planet and we all need to accept personal responsibility for using our resources carefully and wisely.
I like having time to sit and smell the roses. It doesn't happen as often as I'd like, but I try to make it happen. I also like doing spontaneous things with the kids, they are often the most fun and memorable things that you ever do.