Planning Our Buy Nothing New Month

October is Buy Nothing New Month. It is an idea that started in Melbourne and is spreading across the world. Read more on their website. Although I practice conscious consumption, I've never attempted any sort of 'buy nothing' month. This year I want to give it a try....

Where to Borrow, Hire or Buy Secondhand

Reducing consumption requires knowing where to borrow, hire or buy secondhand goods rather than buying something new. With Buy Nothing New Month coming up in October I thought it would be a good time to look at the secondhand options. If you have been through the...

Eco-Conscious Decluttering

Let's talk eco-conscious decluttering. It is nearly springtime here in Australia and most of the East coast is in lockdown. With the warmer weather often comes spring cleaning and with time on our hands, decluttering might move up the to-do list. Spring always feels...

How to: Newspaper Seed Raising Pots

With the approach of Spring, now is a good time to talk about making newspaper seed raising pots. If you are a keen bean (see what I did there?), you might already be starting some Spring vegetable seedlings indoors already. Whatever your seed planning schedule,...

Cook Without Disposables

It is possible to cook without disposables such as plastic wrap, baking paper and aluminium foil. I have a few alternatives that I use and I will share them with you here. Why Cook Without Disposables? We know that plastic wrap is a single-use plastic best avoided...

Mindset Shifts for Sustainable Living

Changing habits is hard so mindset shifts are often required. This holds as true for trying to live more sustainably as for anything else. Over time, I've made a few mindset shifts. I've made a bit of a list below of some things that come to mind with the thought that...
Why is landfill a bad thing?

Why is landfill a bad thing?

I was asked the other day, "Why is landfill a bad thing?" At first I thought this was some kind of rhetorical or 'devil's advocate' question. I'm pretty sure now that it was asked in all seriousness. So, I thought, if one person had that question, many others must...

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My War Against Unsolicited Mail

My War Against Unsolicited Mail

I am in a war against unsolicited mail. Naturally, we have a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on our letterbox so we don't have to deal with supermarket catalogues, take-away menus and the like. Real estate agents still seem to think their 'property evaluation offers' are not...

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Solar Power One Year On

Solar Power One Year On

Our solar power was installed on 27 May 2020. Shortly after we were able to disconnect completely from natural gas as heating was our only gas appliance. A year on, I thought I'd talk a little about our experience. Our System ECG Electrical in Canberra installed quite...

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My Footprint Project Fails

My Footprint Project Fails

Have you had any family footprint project fails? I hope I don't paint a picture on this blog that our own family footprint project has been free of mishaps and mistakes. Do you love those Pinterest Fail memes as much as I do? Well, I thought I'd share some of our own...

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