10 Uses for a Tin Can

Did you make a tin can telephone as a kid? I did but are there grown up uses for a tin can? We throw away (and by 'throw away' I mean recycle) a lot of tin cans. Even though are recyclable, it would be great to extend the life of some of them to reduce the impact of...

Where Can I Recycle That?

I am often asked, "Where can I recycle X?" or "What can I do with Y when I'm finished with it?" We all know you can put glass, aluminium, rigid plastics and paper products in curbside recycling bins. (You do know what can be recycled, don't you? No more...

Recycling is Good. This is Better.

There is something better than recycling. It is National Recycling Week and that has prompted me to write this post. I know we've all grown up believing that recycling is the 'green' thing to do but we actually need to recycle less. What? Recycle less? Doesn't that...

Opting out of Consumer Culture

I'm going to discuss a perhaps controversial and unpopular topic in this post: opting out of consumer culture. I talk a lot about conscious consumption and my belief that ending over-consumption in our society is going to be a key factor in reversing climate change....

My Childhood Lessons in Sustainability

I've been looking back on my early life recently at I notice some childhood lessons in sustainability. When I look back, I can see the roots of a lot of my current sustainable living values in my childhood home. I grew up in the 1970s and 80s. My mum and dad were...

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....
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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What is Conscious Consumption?

What is Conscious Consumption?

I use the phrase 'conscious consumption' quite a bit. I think it might need a bit of elaboration, particularly my definition of it. Conscious consumption is often thought of as being 'ethical consumption'. While that does play a role, in my mind we need to bring more...

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