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?
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
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
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
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