Sustainable step – Get rooftop solar or green electricity

Sunshine. We get a lot of it where I live. Driving around the suburbs there are a lot of houses with solar panels taking advantage of all that sunshine to produce electricity.  And it is easy to see why.  Our rooftops are a large expanse of unused real estate so it makes good economic sense to use that space to capture the power of the … Continue reading Sustainable step – Get rooftop solar or green electricity

Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this mess

In the dark reaches of my mind I think about why. Why we have mistreated this vast and beautiful planet beyond her capacity to sustain us. Perhaps if we referred to her in the masculine rather than the feminine we wouldn’t be in this mess.   As a society we tend not to exploit the masculine, we tend not to neglect the masculine.   Why … Continue reading Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this mess

How I lost my vegetable patch in one hot dry week

Brown dry lawns devoid of grass. Trees that have dropped their leaves in an effort to conserve energy.   Deadpan earth devoid of life and hard as concrete.   These signs of dry and drought conditions are all too familiar in my part of the world, and are a dispiriting sight for any gardener.     In an effort to live more sustainably, I have been … Continue reading How I lost my vegetable patch in one hot dry week

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

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?

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

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 – 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