Sustainable step – Avoid plastic packaging

When I started transitioning to more sustainable choices I realised most of my plastic waste was coming from food packaging.    To reduce the plastic packaging in my life I have adopted a range of strategies, to varying degrees of success. Depending on how busy life is, what the product is or how motivated I am feeling, I’ll use all or some of these approaches.   Shop … Continue reading Sustainable step – Avoid plastic packaging

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

Sustainable step – Say ‘no’ to plastic straws

You have likely seen an image of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. It is a graphic and confronting image designed to shock us into action.   For me it worked. I love the water and am fascinated by most ocean creatures. The idea of a straw being stuck in the nasal cavity of any animal is very saddening, but especially a … Continue reading Sustainable step – Say ‘no’ to plastic straws

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

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