Eco-friendly Style

Is eco-friendly style an oxymoron? Does being fashionable not require a consumerist mindset? Or is it possible to be stylish and sustainable at the same time? Dressing Sustainably A while ago, I wrote a post about dressing sustainably. I mentioned that, in my effort...

Would You Give a Secondhand Gift?

Would you give a secondhand gift? How would you feel about receiving a secondhand gift? With Christmas next week, it is an ideal time to think about alternatives to our consumer culture. I love secondhand or thrift shopping. I am always hunting for a bargain but more...

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....
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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