Sustainable step – Get rooftop solar or green electricity

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

How I lost my vegetable patch in one hot dry week

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

How to compost your food waste

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

Sustainable Step – Rethink gift wrapping

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

What are the benefits of recycling?

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?

Top sustainable Christmas gift ideas

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

Sustainable Step – Grow herbs and vegetables

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

Sustainable Step – Audit your rubbish

The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life. It may sound a bit gross but the best way to identify where your waste is coming from is to audit your rubbish. How many rubbish bins do you have in the house? One in the kitchen, bathroom, home office?  To do a rubbish audit, … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Audit your rubbish

Sustainable Step – Composting

The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life. One of the best things I ever did was start composting at home.  The amount of food waste that it has diverted from landfill in my home alone is astonishing.  I have two compost bins, a standard bin that sits on the ground and a … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Composting

How green is your electricity company?

Rooftop solar has grown in popularity across the world.  It is common to see solar panels soaking up the sunlight and supplying renewable energy to households.    But let’s get real. Not everyone can install solar panels.  Rooftop solar systems require a significant upfront investment. While the systems will pay for themselves over time (approximately 4 years), not everyone has the money to invest in a … Continue reading How green is your electricity company?