Meet Melanie

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H! My name is Melanie and I run The Green Abode

My interest in living natural started around the time I began studying Naturopathy at Nature Care College in 2005. Over the 3.5 years studying there I managed to make some amazing friends and learn a lot about the body, herbs, nutrition, massage and keeping the body in balance. I completed my Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy in 2008. Working at a chiropractic clinic and in a herbal pharmacy for many years also expanded my knowledge

Fast forward a few years of working, living and traveling and I decided I wanted to know more about where our food came from, how it is treated and what it has gone through before it reaches our plate. I love food and with my Naturopathy study behind me I kept thinking “what’s the point in advising people on certain foods when these foods may be so poorly grown and managed that the bad outweighs the good”. One of the first things we learnt in college was “first, do no harm” and with very little studies done on the effect of pesticides in our food and soil, chemicals in our environment and the effect of modern technology on the nutritional status of our foods, I decided to go back and study. So off to Western Sydney University I went to study a Bachelor of Natural Science in Food Systems. My theory was “I need to know HOW it is done to be able to CHANGE the way things are done”. In 2018 I graduated after 6 years studying part time while full time mothering!

Being pregnant enhanced my desire to live a cleaner life. I was already fairly “green” in my approach to home life – always choosing natural products to use around the home and relatively unprocessed foods to eat, where ever possible limiting our family exposure to potentially harmful substances.

My approach at home is not only to reduce chemicals in the home but also to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the impact we have on global resources. We implement things such as growing some of our own vegetables, recycling as much as possible, reusing everything we can, upcyling old things into new things, using cloth nappies and cloth wipes, using essential oils and Enjo microfiber cleaning clothes instead of chemical cleaners, using natural skin care products, eating organic foods, using hand-me-down clothes, toys and furniture, eat seasonally, composting, keeping a worm farm and keeping backyard chickens. There is so much more I’d like to be doing and hopefully this will come over time.

In 2015 I started the Green Abode because it made sense! My role now revolves around product sourcing, order fulfillment, managing queries.

 

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I would love to help you with your order. Wishing you and your family well

Mel x