The shops are already full of Christmas decorations. Santa can be found in every shopping centre and kids are getting excited. Its a time of giving, receiving, creating tonnes of rubbish and overeating. But not to be totally bah-humbug its also a great excuse to get creative with the kids. Check out www.ecotoys.com.au for some great ideas for creating Christmas decorations. Start saving your loo roll holders for the great eco-Christmas Crackers!
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In our family, we spend far too much time talking about, making and drinking tea. We love the stuff, and coffee is also up there as a favourite beverage. We have, it would seem, worn out our relatively new kettle, as a result of our addiction. For my husbands birthday we bought him a tea handbook, which provides everything you need to know about growing, processing, making and tasting tea. So now I know a bit more about tea it was time to find out the effect that tea and coffee has on the environment and local communities.
The population of Australia is around 23 million, in the UK its around 63 million. These are massive numbers. When seen like this what on earth can one person do to have an impact on climate change? Well, one person’s efforts might seem insignificant, but one million people have the chance to do something much more substantial. That is why I love the Australian website 1Million Women whose aim it is to inspire one million Australian women to take practical action on climate change. Cutting a tonne of CO2 each through simple, easy to implement measures. Why not make that pledge?
EcoMove, an innovate removals company has come up with a simple eco-friendly solution to help you move house. The company started in 2010 in Melbourne and it is the owner Stefan’s aim to roll out nationally as soon as possible. EcoMove take out the stress of having to hunt down cardboard boxes. They deliver sturdy plastic boxes to your door, fully assembled and pick them up when you have finished.
I felt like a bit of a scrooge this Christmas. Presents for my 2 year old consisted of things she needed, like a new toothbrush and a toddler cutlery set. However, when she spent most of the holidays playing with a cardboard box and bubble wrap, I realised that she would not be emotionally damaged from my meagre gift giving.
Wood can be considered a fairly green construction material. However, there can also be significant environmental and social impacts associated with logging. With the help of Greenpeace’s ‘Good Wood’ guide it is easier to see the wood for the trees so to speak. Whilst it advocates using wood sourced from certified schemes such as the Forestry Stewardship Council, there is a load more advice in relation to which wood is good, the five best and worst imported timbers in Australia and questions to ask before buying timber products. An essential read for any eco-conscious renovator.
Halloween as a kid was very exciting. Dressing up in scary costumes, staying up late, making lanterns, and gorging on the haul of treats collected. Living in a neighbourhood full of kids its obligatory to get involved again. The shops are full of cheap plastic masks, costumes and accessories at this time of year. But there are great ways of creating a truly green halloween (and also staying on track with the Salvos ‘Buy Nothing New Month’).
Instead of a short‐term, throwaway attitude to ‘stuff’, Salvos Stores Buy Nothing New Month extends the life cycle of goods, maximises the embedded cost and resources in the stuff we buy and gives an introduction to the re‐cycled, free‐ cycled, upcycled , secondhand, ‘swishing’ and sustainable alternatives that are better for you, your wallet and the planet