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?

Plastic – we need to step back

Plastic is actually quite remarkable and is useful for a wide range of things. However our infatuation with and reliance on plastic has gone too far and we need to take a step back.  Largely driven by company profits, plastic is now everywhere.  It is cheap to make, light to transport and because there is no accountability for its end of life management, its use … Continue reading Plastic – we need to step back