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

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

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

Thinking twice before buying bottled water

Reducing our use of plastic bottles by using a reusable water bottle is one of the easiest things we can do to live more sustainably. Bottled water is quite a recent phenomenon.  As a society we have been convinced that the water that comes from our tap is somehow inferior to the water that is bought in a plastic bottle.   And we pay a … Continue reading Thinking twice before buying bottled water

Why normalising reusable coffee cups is important

Sometimes normalising something is as simple as putting it on T.V. When the ABC series War on Waste aired its episode about the scourge of disposable coffee cups, millions of people were spurred into action.  Reusable coffee cups went from something you saw occasionally to being the norm.  Reusable coffee cup manufactures saw huge increases in inquiries and sales. Keep Cup reported a 400% increase … Continue reading Why normalising reusable coffee cups is important