Mom Love Contest

Posted by Steve Reble on

Watching Mandy (my wife, pictured here with our son Hucky) take on motherhood over the past 5 years has been a site. She is a force. Researching, reading, engaging and playing. 

It came naturally to her, but maintaining the balance between who she is as a person and who she is as a mother is not easy. Especially in this era of expectation. Mom's are often expected to be everything to their kids, while also holding down a job, exercising their bodies and souls, supporting partners and still having time for friends and hobbies. 

It's a lot, and for our family, the great pause has given me an opportunity to appreciate how much my wife has done for our little guys (aged 3 & 5) to ensure they grow into caring and courageous boys and men. 

A big part of this has been environmental stewardship. Mandy has found courses (if you're in Toronto, check out the Pine Project, it's amazing) and books, games and lessons to guide them on a path of understanding, connection and appreciation of the natural world. And I love her for it.

Tell us how your Mom has helped guide you (directly or indirectly) to become more sustainable and connected to the natural world. We'll choose five answers and send your Mom an etee hit kit!

Put your answers in the comments below!


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Congratulations to the commenters below, we'll be contacting you shortly about your etee hit kit !

Sarah Gregory
“My mom has always been a champion of the environment. Made sure I always knew the difference in what could and could not be recycled, she used to embarrass me at picnics and other events but fishing out the plastic from the garbage, and would told me she didn’t care what people thought of her, she was doing what was right for the environment. Every year at Christmas she picks a new product (for many years it was 7th generation toilet paper) that is responsibly sourced, uses recycled resources, and most of all less or no plastic and gives that to everyone, it has been bamboo straws, and re-usable grocery bags, and toilet paper. Every year we go to a family camp of about 250 people and she used her own money to buy everyone re-usable water bottles to reduce the number of single use water bottles. She is always looking for ways to be the most Eco-conscious and conservative she can be. After I got over the childhood embarrassment I now admire and appreciate all that she taught me, and how she continues to be a champion no matter what.”


Cynthia Fogliatti
My mother had a tremendous effect upon me growing up and, although she has passed, still influences me to this day. She lived frugally, according to her Scottish/English heritage, with the mantra “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!” She was wonderfully inventive in fashioning “fixes” for various problems and I look at everything—especially now with the Coronavirus crisis keeping everyone sheltered in—with the question of how I might reuse it, repurpose it, or at least recycle all or parts of it. This has saved our family a lot of money getting another use out of something and NOT buying items we don’t really need. There’s also a bonus factor: it’s fun to put your mind to work inventing creative solutions!

Susan Young
My mother, Anne Cochran, raised us in the 60’s and 70’s and was an EarthMother before her time! She always had little nature/ science projects going. We made terrariums, and sprouted seeds, and raised tadpoles,(of course releasing them when they became frogs!) . We got up at night to watch meteor showers, and we rose before dawn to see a bunch of migrating monarch butterflies clutched together on a tree on someone’s farm. We took lots and lots if hikes through state and national parks. Through all of this, she shared her deep love of nature! She also educated us about recycling! Even back in the the 70’s , she recognized the evils of plastic, and taught us how and why we should avoid it!

Thank you ,Mother for teaching us to respect our Mother Earth!!!

Your love has been passed down to your kids and grandkids! All 3 generations use Etee products!!❤️🌎 Happy Mother’s Day!

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  • Growing up we laughed at mom for being a “tree hugger” and getting newsletters from the SEIRA club. But she was relentless, knowing some day, we, and more of society, would come around. She ignored the complaints from city neighbours in the early 2000s about her compost pile. She didn’t care when we came home and told her about the snacks other kids had at school. She told us to look at the plastic. And I do. How my mom shopped and shops really effects my own purchasing. She hasn’t owned a dryer in years, and this year she was ecstatic to get solar power so she can be basically off the grid. My momma loves the planet and has taught me to do the same!

    Rose Henbest on
  • My mom is the most generous, strong, intelligent, and healthy person I know. She has taught me everything I know to lead an active, healthy, clean and sustainable lifestyle. I am a healthcare worker currently working on the frontlines in NYC. My mom has given me the support I need to get up everyday and go to work. Whether it is a positive message or a cute gift, she knows how to put a smile on my face in these darker times. She helps me be strong and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without her. She always gives me the best tips to keep myself healthy which is so important right now. I love her so much and I wouldn’t be who I am today with her.

    Carly Staffin on
  • My mother was an early adopter of plastic-free and environmentally-friendly living over 30 years ago, when a multiple chemical sensitivities diagnosis upended her life. I learned so much from her about reducing chemical use and exposures, clean eating, organic and whole foods, and developing a new respect for nature by not using pesticides and herbicides in the garden. Today I incorporate all of these practices, and many more like them, in my daily life.

    Heather R., Toronto on
  • My mom is usually ahead of her time. She was into composting and the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle back when I grew up in the 70s.
    Today at the age of 76 she is still doing those things as well as shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops to avoid purchasing new when a perfectly good version already exists.
    She is an amazing model of thoughtfulness, compassion and love. I am doing my best to pass these along to my daughter.

    Jen Carstensen on
  • My mom taught me to love and respect nature. She has always been an environmentalist. And at almost 90 her happiest times are enjoying nature.

    Joanne Graham on
  • Please delete my earlier comment – I got carried away writing about my mother and forgot to write about how conscious she was about the sustainable world before this became a “thing”. My mother, or Mum as I called her, taught me how to cook, knit and sew. She taught me to care for sick animals and how to spend time in the woods looking for small wild creatures. She was funny, had an amazing sense of humor and quick wit. She graduated from college in the beginning of the Great Depression and wanted more than anything to work as a teacher but there were no jobs. Because she lived through WWII, she was very conscious of shortages. She taught me as a small child not to litter, and to chastise those I saw doing this. We often took walks and always carried a bag to pick things up. She recycled all paper and glass in our house, saved bags and jars and taught me to do the same reusing them. She taught me how to grow food and take care of a garden – to this day, weeding around flowers and vegetables sustains me. She knew about healing herbs and taught me a lot about these precious plants. She sewed most of my clothing and taught me how to do this – we even made our own bathing suits! Conscious of waste, no food was ever wasted when it could be a future ingredient for the next meal. And as a child, we had no washing machine and washed our clothing by hand in the yard, in winter in the bathtub. To this day, I do not use a dryer – everything is hung to dry in the sun saving precious energy. I have taught my own daughter to be conservative with energy as well, and because of what I learned as a child, she has a great appreciation of the natural world. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

    Francesca Austin on
  • My mother moved here from the Philippines after she met my father, but she was my incredibly strong single mom till I moved out for uni. She didn’t have the opportunity to learn to be sustainable, but her experiences provided me with the motivation to improve my impact on the planet while teaching her to do the same! We still have a long way to go but it’s been a wonderful experience learning together!

    Diane Watson on
  • Even if she didn’t really know about it, my mom thought me not to waste and to reuse lots of things. So in her way she was mostly no waste and sustainability the more possible.
    When I began looking for ways to be more sustainable, waste less, be more linked with nature, I realised I was already doing many things that my mom thought me! So I only had to add some more rituals in my life to be even more efficient that way.

    julie comtois on
  • My mother, or Mum as I called her, taught me how to cook, knit and sew. She taught me to care for sick animals and how to spend time in the woods looking for small wild creatures. She was funny, had an amazing sense of humor and quick wit. She graduated from college in the beginning of the Great Depression and wanted more than anything to work as a teacher but there were no jobs. She had to help out in the family business and became a disk jockey at the family’s radio station, WHDH in Boston, MA. Her call name was Nancy Lee (her brother later named his first child after her radio name) and she worked the station throughout the 30s and part of the 40s during the war, managing live talent like singing cowboys.

    Francesca Austin on
  • Mom lead by example, they had a compost bin, she ensured everything that could be recycled was put to the curb in the proper containers, used refillable containers (Tupperware) for storage, avoided purchasing single use plastics, donated to charities all surplus clothes furniture & household items.

    Rosanne Robinson on

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