Home, Garden and Planet

Home, Garden and Planet

Environmental scientist and author REBECCA BLACKBURN discusses the tips, tools, tricks and trials of being green around the home.

seviettes

Are serviettes the new plastic bag?

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Today I had breakfast at a café – and they gave us seven paper serviettes! Why should a breakfast for two require so many?

makeup

How safe is your makeup?

Monday, 27 October 2008

Have you ever wondered if your makeup is safe ? It’s worth thinking about because surprisingly few of the ingredients have been properly tested.

kangaroos grazing

Kangaroo - Gamey and ghastly or posh restaurant food?

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Overseas, kangaroo is served in the finest restaurants – while here in Australia it has a reputation for being tough and not particularly good tucker. Is that because we just don't know how to cook it?

How walkable is your neighbourhood?

Sunday, 12 October 2008

While the Prius continues to score big in the green glamour stakes, a far simpler (and cheaper) way to cut your transport emissions is to live near what you need. But how do you find out what is within walking distance?

Indian girls

Can just one person make a difference?

Friday, 3 October 2008

I’m a great fan of inspirational stories and I have just finished reading a good one. It’s a terrific tale of mountaineer Greg Mortenson, who after a failed attempt at K2 finds himself in a remote village in the corner of Pakistan.

backpack

How to find $200 worth of free stuff

Friday, 26 September 2008

I’m feeling smug today – this week I found $200 worth of stuff! On Wednesday on my cycle to work I saw a guy dumping stuff on the footpath. I asked him if he was giving the stuff away? Yes he says.

Lemon tree

Organic food at bargain prices

Monday, 22 September 2008

I'm all inspired - my lemon tree has got its first flower buds! There is something very rewarding about growing your own food - it's cheap, tasty and best of all it can be organic.

Clutter

Is minimalism the answer to sustainability?

Monday, 15 September 2008

I have a dream - one day I will own only what I need. Not a single unwanted book, jumper, or do-dah will reside in my home. It will be Spartan, calm and orderly. Everything will be easy to find. There is something very admirable about minimalists. They travel lightly through life - it looks so serene.

tea cup

How many teacups do you need?

Friday, 5 September 2008

I have been researching the lifecycle impact of ceramic and paper cup. And what I found surprised me - it takes 14 000 KJ of energy to source clay and manufacture a ceramic cup.

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