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14 tips for reducing plastic use in the kitchen

02-Jul-2018


Plastic is convenient and using it has become a way of life for many of us, especially in the kitchen. It’s so easy to reach for the plastic wrap when preparing lunches, or tear a...

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A day in the life of OzHarvest

29-Nov-2017


OzHarvest groups across the country are waging their own “war on waste” by rescuing surplus fresh food that would otherwise end up in landfill and getting it into the hands of needy...

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Amy’s zero waste mission

08-Nov-2017


Amy Handy is on a mission: to reduce her personal footprint on the earth. The mother of three has spent the past the past five years working towards a zero waste...

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Before you begin – assessing your needs and preferences for your new home

04-Apr-2018


Whether you are building or buying, spending some time to really think through the way that you will use your home now and into the future can save you a lot of time and money,...

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Beyond green…..5 other reasons to build a sustainable home

04-Apr-2018


It’s a common misconception that building a sustainable home costs more money, and that it’s all about saving the environment. In fact, a sustainable home may not cost you any extra if...

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Changing lives with the clothes we buy

25-Apr-2018


Living Smart speaks with Alice Jones, co-founder of ethical, Fair Trade clothing company, Sinerji, on getting started in ethical fashion, the impacts of the fashion industry on people and the environment, and...

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DIY Natural Cleaning

12-Feb-2018


It only takes a walk down any supermarket cleaning aisle to comprehend the abundance of products for home cleaning. The underlying message from manufacturers of detergents, disinfectants, bleaches, crèmes, powders and pastes...

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DIY: Sustainable Day Spa

02-May-2017


There’s nothing like a pamper session to set your zen to ten. The sounds, the scents, the special stuff they apply to your skin to make it feel extra smooth, soft, and...

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Five easy ways to recycle household items

08-Nov-2017


The average Australian household produces approximately 1.5 tonnes of waste per year. Reducing the amount of waste your household sends to landfill is easy with these tips on recycling everyday items. Batteries, aerosols,...

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Getting started with ethical fashion

25-Apr-2018


It's Fashion Revolution week, let's talk.....  There’s a certain sense of gratification about heading out shopping and coming back with a mini haul of new clothes. But...

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Green on the inside – the best pot plants for healthy air and a gorgeous interior

06-Apr-2018


  Indoor plants are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to transform your home, and generally require very little care or love to thrive. Even better,...

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How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

05-Dec-2017


The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions that everyone can use to help fight the festive war on waste. From green gifts, food and tech waste tips to...

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How to line your rubbish bin now the single-use plastic bag ban is here

25-Jul-2018


“What do I line my rubbish bins with now?” is the question on everyone’s lips since the ban on single-use plastic bags came into effect in Queensland. For years, using free supermarket...

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How to remember your reusable shopping bags

05-Jul-2018


The single-use plastic bag ban is here and it’s now illegal for retailers in Queensland to supply customers with singlet-style plastic bags for purchases. Although many retailers will sell heavy duty shopping...

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It’s a wrap! Beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap

02-Jul-2018


Beeswax wraps are a great option to include in your mix of solutions to avoid cling wrap or other single use packaging. Swapping out single-use plastic wrap is easy with these natural wraps that are hygienic...

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Join the War on Waste Sunshine Coast Facebook community

14-Aug-2018


As the war on waste gains momentum, communities of passionate people are popping up on social media to discuss solutions and share ideas. On the sunny coast, a Facebook group called War On Waste -...

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Keeping backyard chickens

02-May-2017


Keeping chickens in the backyard has many benefits and done...

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Live with less around you: an introduction to Minimalism

02-May-2017


Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home? Then the Minimalism lifestyle movement may be for you. Guest blogget Nicole Lutz explains. What is Minimalism? Minimalism is based upon the idea of...

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Our most wasted food products

22-Mar-2018


Fruit, vegetables, bread products and leftovers are the most common foods thrown out by residents in the Redlands area, according to a recent study. ...

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Plastic bag ban: what it means for you

08-Nov-2017


From 1st July 2018, it will be against the law for retailers in Queensland to supply customers with single use plastic bags. The state-wide ban applies to all retailers including supermarkets, take away food outlets,...

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Reduce waste with Spare Harvest

08-Nov-2017


The inspiration to bring about change can come from unusual places. For Helen Andrew, a surplus of mandarins that no one else wanted was the motivation for starting an online community aimed at creating connection...

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Rethinking your hair care products

12-Feb-2018


As we embrace healthier lifestyles and become more conscious of chemicals in our foods and environment, it’s important to also consider what we are putting into our bodies through our skin and...

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The Last Straw: straw responsible venues on the Sunshine Coast

16-Jul-2018


As awareness grows about the disastrous effects plastic straws have on our environment, more venues that serve drinks are considering reducing or eliminating single-use plastic straws from their beverage services. The Last...

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To straw or not to straw? And the best reusable straw options

05-Jul-2018


With hundreds of cafes, restaurants and bars signing up to The Last Straw pledge to be straw responsible and Woolworths committed to ending the sale of plastic straws by the end of...

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What kind of composter are you?

28-May-2018


Composting is surprisingly easy and can be a fun, educational activity to do with the kids. Not only does composting reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill, it turns...

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What to keep out of your recycling bin

08-Nov-2017


Using kerbside recycling bins to recycle household items reduces the amount of waste that goes into landfill. However, contamination of the recycling remains one of the biggest challenges for Council kerbside collection programs. Placing non-recyclables in...

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Whole food, plant-based diets for health & wellbeing

08-Aug-2018


With so many fad lifestyle programs and diets filling our social media feeds, finding a practical approach that is healthy, nourishing and improves vitality can be challenging. The key to a happy...

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