The Confessions of an Overcommitted Environmentalist
Mar13

The Confessions of an Overcommitted Environmentalist

 Sometimes life gets in the way of eco-ness When times get tough sometimes the eco aren’t as savvy as they would like to be. This sweeping generalisation is made on the basis of my own experience and with a little backing from academic literature. Busyness and money are preventative barriers to making eco-friendly choices. This academic paper (by one of my economics lecturers) shows that we are more likely to adopt positive...

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Zero Waste Cup Life Hack
Jan13

Zero Waste Cup Life Hack

A simple origami life-hack to impress your friends at parties. Waste reduction can sometimes make you look like a weirdo. Whether it’s asking the store clerk to put your sandwich in your hand rather than a plastic container, or confusing the heck out of the register person at the supermarket with your collection of cloth produce bags- the truth is that waste reduction is still fringe dwelling in most parts of the World. So when...

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Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon
Dec24

Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon

Are you running late? Never fear! The best of us get a little bit behind schedule from time to time (or all the time). If you are one of many who are spending your Christmas eve day chasing store closing deadlines this quick little DIY should help you out a lot. The best part? You (likely) won’t have to spend a cent. If you have visited a trendy store at any time over the past year and have a paper shopping bag hanging around...

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Shop The Christmas Rush Without Waste
Dec18

Shop The Christmas Rush Without Waste

It’s that shopping time of year! It’s pretty safe to say that the majority of us will end up at a shopping complex at some point of December. Some will be gleefully skipping down the isles doing the big present shop while others will be trying hard to find a table to sit and wait at while silently protesting the Christmas Shopping experience. Whatever side of the love/hate scale you sit on, adopting just one of these waste...

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Recycled Fashion Things To Do and Make
Nov11

Recycled Fashion Things To Do and Make

Rounding up some not-so-shabby recycled chic. Sometimes when we have a little down time it can be fun to get crafty. Unfortunately it’s not always easy to locate craft projects that are useful in a hurry. There are only so many DIY’s you can store in one life, so here is a round up of some recycling inspired DIYS that can result in some very usable outcomes (no macaroni noodle picture frames here). So here goes a...

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Style Tips For Thrifted Success
Nov09

Style Tips For Thrifted Success

How to get the most out of your secondhand purchases. Whether you are a seasoned thrift-a-holic or someone who just likes to dabble in the odd eBay purchase there is no denying that buying secondhand can be pretty thrilling! The best bit about secondhand shopping is that you get to recycle in a way that benefits the planet, makes you look and feel good, and saves money. If you have been following the theme for the week you might have...

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National Recycling Week
Nov07

National Recycling Week

Recycling for our fashionable future. Each year Planet Ark work for an entire week to educate us Australians on the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.  Established in November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a...

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Recycled Paper Notebook
Jul26

Recycled Paper Notebook

Giving a Crap About Paper A little while back I changed my toilet paper options to something that better suited my personal values. First and foremost I was looking for a way to buy my recycled toilet paper plastic free, and secondly I was pretty stoked I could fund sanitation projects in developing countries while wiping my bottom. Double win. The downside? Annoying amounts of toilet paper wrapping. Unfortunately the two companies I...

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3 Easy Zero Waste Life Hacks
Apr08

3 Easy Zero Waste Life Hacks

Living a less wasteful life doesn’t have to be difficult. Yesterday’s post was all about the trials and tribulations of a family who lived one year with aim to have zero environmental impact. Those of you who followed up on this documentary may have noticed that their eco-living experiment wasn’t the most user friendly way to live (no refrigerator or electricity seemed to be deal-breakers). Fortunately there are some...

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Throw-away Culture: No Impact Man
Apr07

Throw-away Culture: No Impact Man

No Impact Man On my regular documentary binge (it happens every few days) I came across a gem on ABC iView called No Impact Man. In November 2006 author Colin Beavan, started a research project for his next book ‘No Impact Project’. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no long avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin left behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as...

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