Food security in a climate effected world

At a time when food security is being affected by climate change how do we continue to work towards ensuring healthy food is available for everyone around the world?   The concept of food security is built on four key pillars:   Availability – the production and supply of food Access – physical and economic ability to purchase food Use – sufficient intake of a … Continue reading Food security in a climate effected world

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

Sustainable Step – Deodorant

The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life. Deodorant is something that can divide even the most eco conscious among us. I live in Australia which is a very hot place for most of the year. I also live a very active lifestyle with my family.  I need a deodorant that works!  There … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Deodorant

Sustainable Step – Menstruation

The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life. Periods can create a lot of waste. Pads and tampons are single use items and each one is wrapped in plastic packaging. Over a woman’s lifetime that adds up to a lot of waste.  Menstruation is not something that people generally talk about, so it … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Menstruation

Sustainable Step – Plastic Wrap

The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life. Plastic wrap is something many people think they can’t live without until they try reusable wax wraps.  Wax wraps are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to plastic wrap because they can be used for almost everything plastic wrap can be used for.  I use wax … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Plastic Wrap

Sustainable Step – Bamboo toothbrush

The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life. Did you know that every plastic toothbrush you have ever used still exists somewhere?  Plastic toothbrushes are not recyclable and usually end up in landfill or in our natural environments.  There is any easy switch. Bamboo toothbrushes. There are many bamboo toothbrushes on the market … Continue reading Sustainable Step – Bamboo toothbrush

The ozone layer is healing – there is hope for climate change

It has been over 30 years since all countries of the United National agreed to phase out ozone depleting substances. Since that landmark agreement was signed we have evidence that the ozone layer is healing.  The 16 September is World Ozone Day, and the progress we have made should be celebrated.  It is projected that the Northern Hemisphere ozone will be healed by the 2030s, … Continue reading The ozone layer is healing – there is hope for climate change

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