Sunshine. We get a lot of it where I live. Driving around the suburbs there are a lot of houses with solar panels taking advantage of all that sunshine to produce electricity. And it is easy to see why. Our rooftops are a large expanse of unused real estate so it makes good economic sense to use that space to capture the power of the … Continue reading Sustainable step – Get rooftop solar or green electricity
Brown dry lawns devoid of grass. Trees that have dropped their leaves in an effort to conserve energy. Deadpan earth devoid of life and hard as concrete. These signs of dry and drought conditions are all too familiar in my part of the world, and are a dispiriting sight for any gardener. In an effort to live more sustainably, I have been … Continue reading How I lost my vegetable patch in one hot dry week
Composting is one of the easiest things we can do to divert food waste from landfill and care for our soils. There are a wide range of options when in comes to composting. These include composting bins, compost towers, worm farms and Bokashi. Depending on your composting needs (i.e. the size of your home or family) there is a composting option that will work … Continue reading How to compost your food waste
Did you know, in Australia we use 150,000 km of wrapping paper at Christmas? That is enough to wrap the world in paper almost four times. And this doesn’t even include all the birthdays and weddings and other celebratory events throughout the year. You’ll be glad to know that there is a more sustainable approach to gift wrapping. Drawing inspiration from furoshiki, a Japanese … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Rethink gift wrapping
Australian’s are concerned about the environment. When it comes to environmental sustainability our top three concerns are plastic in the oceans, landfill waste and natural environments. Recycling is something we can all do to help address all of these concerns. Recycling diverts resources such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum away from our natural environments, like the ocean. It diverts usable materials from ending … Continue reading What are the benefits of recycling?
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. We get to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the warm sunny days (or cool winter days if you live in the northern hemisphere). But have you ever considered the waste that is produced at Christmas time? In Australia, waste increases approximately 30% over the Christmas period. A large proportion of this waste comes from packaging, … Continue reading Top sustainable Christmas gift ideas
Herbs are very easy to grow at home. Most herbs require very little space – you can sow them in a small pot and put them in a sunny spot on a windowsill or veranda. Or you can plant them directly into your garden. Give them some water and they will be very happy supplying you with fresh herbs whenever you need. Aside from the … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Grow herbs and vegetables