Thinking Outside the Gift Box

Let’s face it, gift giving can be tricky And while it may be ‘the thought that counts’ when it comes to the recipient (and our budgets), how often do we consider longevity or the environmental impact of the gift? While some gifts make our hearts sing, many don’t. Some end up in charity bins or…

Top 5 Australian Potted Native Christmas Trees

Fake Christmas trees, while initially they sound like a good idea (recycled from year to year), eventually they end up in landfill and don’t biodegrade. As these trees are also usually make in factories that produce unhealthy bi-products and use unsustainable resources the method of their creation is also an assault on the planet. Time…

Alternatives to Plastic Bags

In an effort to help us all to ‘do the right thing’, I’ve decided to uncover some simple alternatives to using plastic bags. Two of which are home-grown! It’s plastic free July! Did you know that they are estimating that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than there are fish! To…

Drying Laundry in Wet Weather

After a week or more of rain is the laundry piling up? Don’t have a dryer? Or want to save electricity? Perhaps you live in a small apartment? Let’s look at some options. Maybe you’re a rental tenant like me, and have limited options? I actually hate using dryers; I hate the way they put…

Buy Nothing Day – Will You?

“Buy Nothing Day” usually lands on the last weekend of November each year. In Australia each October we have ‘Buy Nothing Month,’ however internationally in November ‘Buy Nothing Day‘ has become the ‘thing’ you hear more about and for some reason, North America usually celebrates it a day earlier in November than the rest of the…

Preparing for Summer Weather Extremes

With reports in the news that fire season is already well and truly upon us in some areas of Australia, it is now, during the final months of spring that we should take the time to get ready for what promises to be a very hot and dry El Nino summer. In Brisbane of 2011…

Kick it To the Kerb

Depending on where you are on the Gold Coast (as in what Division), this is the time of the year when the words “kick it to the kerb” takes on a whole new meaning. A few years ago during a council kerbside collection week in my district on one weekend many of my neighbours, and…

Rebuilding Lost Memories

I often talk about honouring the physical things we treasure, by displaying or storing precious items in a way that will keep them in the best condition possible for generations to come. If ever there was a time to be reminded of why, then surely the natural disasters many of us have witnessed via the…

Refrigerator Hygiene & Efficiency

When groceries and power bills are getting more expensive, it makes sense to try and preserve food for as long as possible and make sure our fridges are working efficiently. Believe it or not there is a right and a wrong way in terms of fridge shelf hierarchy. So let’s start with a run down…

Happy Earth Day to you!

This week we celebrate Earth Day so let’s look at ways to de-clutter in an earth friendly way. De-cluttering could be looked at as environmental terrorism. Deciding to finally let go of things can have quite an impact on our environment when we consider the amount of stuff that ends up in landfills, however, most…