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

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