12 Aug 2020

Crafting a Circular Economy EPISODE 3: Roz White, Michele Lipner and Cameron McKenzie

In a Plastic Free July special, Matt and Christen share their unique approach to business as well as their passion for reducing single-use plastics, embracing sustainability and being ambassadors for Reef Check Australia.

12 Aug 2020

Beautiful blooms: How to grow and use edible flowers

From adorning cakes to transforming a bowl of leafy greens, edible blooms are easy to grow and full of goodness. You may be surprised by just how many types of flowers can safely make the transition from garden to table.

06 Aug 2020

Our Resilient Coast - Have your say

Sunshine Coast Council is continuing its journey to develop ‘Our Resilient Coast. Our Future’, a long-term strategy to better understand the impacts of coastal hazards (beach erosion and short or long-term seawater inundation of land), and reduce impacts on our coast and communities over time.

06 Aug 2020

Major Grants Program for not-for-profit organisations

Information on eligibility, category priorities and assessment criteria Community Grants Guidelines When is funding available? There are 2 rounds per year:

24 Jul 2020

How much do you value your waterways?

Take part in our 10-minute survey for your chance to win one of three iPads! Healthy Land and Water are asking residents to tell us if they are (or aren’t) using their local waterways.

23 Jul 2020

Sourdough - Fermented Foods Friday

Join the local fermenting legend Elisabeth Fekonia, accredited permaculture teacher from Permaculture Realfood, Friday 24 July, 10am to learn how to make fermented sourdough. Be sure to schedule it in the diary and pre-prep your ingredients.

22 Jul 2020

Doonan Open Data Expo & National Tree Day

Come along on August 2 or 3 to plant a tree for National Tree Day and learn how science, technology and culture helps us care for nature at the Doonan Open Data Expo.

20 Jul 2020

Recycle Right Sunshine Coast

If too many of the wrong items end up in our recycling bin, this can spoil the load and no one wants that! Check out this video with Sandie Johnston from the Sunshine Coast Council’s Waste 2 Resource Education Program as she shows us all we need to know about the essentials of recycling.

20 Jul 2020

Not sure what plastics you can change?

• help us to track the trends in the common plastics that households use • discover for yourself all the plastics that ‘sneak’ into your shopping • set yourself up to measure your Plastic Free July success

17 Jul 2020

Annual Humpback Whale Migration – East Coast Australia

During their annual migration of up to 10 000 kilometres, humpbacks can easily be seen off the coast of New South Wales and Queensland.

07 Jul 2020

The 'ABC Quick Check' bike service

The ‘M’ Check is an easy bike safety check you can do at home before your ride – without being an expert. This stands for: A = Air B = Brakes C = Chain, crankset and cassette Quick = Quick release axles Check = Test ride

07 Jul 2020

Make your own cutlery keepers with Gretchen Keelty

Gretchen Keelty shows you how to make your own bespoke and practical cutlery wrap so you have your own stylish and practical way to keep your BYO cutlery with you on the go.

04 Jul 2020

2021 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards

Everyday people are encouraged to apply - you don’t have to be famous! We’re looking for the unsung heroes. If you know of a person or community group who make a difference to life on the Sunshine Coast, don’t miss the opportunity to nominate them for the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards.

01 Jul 2020

Episode #2: Matt Hepburn, Christen McGarry and Bernie Craven

In a Plastic Free July special, Matt and Christen share their unique approach to business as well as their passion for reducing single-use plastics, embracing sustainability and being ambassadors for Reef Check Australia.

01 Jul 2020

Horizon Festival: PLASTIC BELLY

Set to an original sound score by Harel Tsemah, and filmed on the beautiful secluded beach at Third Bay in Coolum, this work is both visually captivating and deeply sensitive to the current times.

01 Jul 2020

MODERN CLOTH NAPPIES with Vashti Wadwell and Kelly Lavery

13 July web page live with video 15 July video goes live Facebook!

01 Jul 2020

Make your own beeswax wraps with Natasha Odgers

You’ll be rapt with this sustainable alternative to plastic food wraps. This video demonstrates how fun and easy it is to make your very own beeswax wraps.

01 Jul 2020

Tea Blending with Monica Naples presented by living Smart

Learn which plants to grow in your garden to add to your daily cuppa or craft your very own herbal tisane. Take a stroll with Monica through her own tea garden and demonstrates the art of tea blending.

01 Jul 2020

Cloth Nappies 101: eco-friendly alternatives to disposables

Dirty nappies are a major contributor to waste dumped in public places. Nappies are also of the top contaminants that are mistakenly plastic in yellow lidded recycling bins here on the Sunshine Coast.

01 Jul 2020

Leave No Trace or Trash: Tips for Zero Waste Camping Trips

It’s always harder to keep up your low waste lifestyle when away from home because you are far away from your tried and trusted bulk stores and you don’t know the area and where zero waste is supported.

30 Jun 2020

Beach clean up Free T-Shirt Bag Workshop

Come along for the free workshop

30 Jun 2020

Pick up Ten Little Pieces – anywhere, anytime

The organisation was founded by Sunshine Coast local Alison Foley, who was recently recognised with the 2020 SCC Australia Day Award for the Environment and Sustainability for her efforts in tackling plastic pollution.

30 Jun 2020

Be part of the solution – plastic free July beach clean-ups

And with a surge in single use plastics due to Covid-19, local environmental groups are concerned about the potential impact of even more plastic pollution on Sunshine Coast marine life.

30 Jun 2020

Our Visionary Ocean Warriors – turn trash into treasure

Jazmin Simmons and Poppy Ives, 15, will host a mini festival at Caloundra’s Happy Valley in September where people can turn trash into treasure. Every ten pieces of litter collected earns a Trash Token which becomes currency to purchase second hand clothes, toys and books at a pop-up market set up on site.

29 Jun 2020

Amy’s zero waste mission

After reading Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home Amy was determined to reduce the amount of landfill her family generated with a focus on plastic use.

29 Jun 2020

DIY Reusable Beeswax Wraps

Here is a short video by the fabulous team at 1 Million Women that shows you the most simplified version of making a reusable wax wrap.

29 Jun 2020

Plastic Free Tea

How do we know which tea bags can go in the compost and which should go to landfill? Which tea bags do not contain plastic and which tea bags do?

29 Jun 2020

4 ways to line your bin - plastic free

Now, how to line a garbage bin at home has become a hot topic of conversation…and a source of confusion. Sure, you could use the fifteen cent heavy-duty bags from the supermarket but that would defeat the purpose of trying to reduce single-use plastics.

29 Jun 2020

Going for zero: choosing plastic and toxin-free bathroom products

You might have a keep cup and you’re doing pretty well at cutting down on plastic use in the kitchen. But walk into your bathroom and it’s filled with plastic bottles, tubes, tubs and pump packs filled with ingredients you can’t even pronounce and it all feels a little overwhelming.

29 Jun 2020

14 tips for reducing plastic use in the kitchen

We recommend starting in the kitchen as it’s generally the place where our plastic-using habits are most prolific. It’s also where most plastic is brought in from outside the home.

29 Jun 2020

Anytime, anywhere: helping kids take action on ocean pollution

But how do you get the kids involved in taking action on ocean pollution? Living Smart has partnered with Ten Little Pieces to create this guide for parents, teachers and anyone who spends time with children to empower them to take action on ocean pollution.

09 Jun 2020

The rise of sourdough at home: Sunny Coast bakers share their journeys and tips

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked sourdough bread…the irresistible, comforting aroma that that evokes a sense of the simple life. With many of us having extra time at home time on our hands, due to Covid-19, more people have been discovering the soothing ritual of sourdough breadmaking.

07 Jun 2020

SPRUNGG Sustainable Change Accelerator Program

Create better and change for good. The SPRUNGG Sustainable Change Accelerator program, from Sustainable Innovation CO- powered by FAN, is designed to help food and agriculture businesses bring about radical change, better innovation and a more sustainable world.

04 Jun 2020

Return to Vendor

Therefore it was a no brainer for him to move onto his next business challenge that tackles the issue of single use takeaway food packaging.

31 May 2020

Resetting your kitchen to reduce waste and plastic

Living Smart hosted a series of workshops for Plastic Free July, designed to cut through the information overload and make waste and plastic reduction achievable for everyone.

28 May 2020

Daily bread: the local artisan bakers nourishing us from the inside

Recent discoveries indicate First Nations Australians were turning seeds into flour for breadmaking over 36,000 years ago. The origins of leavened bread (using a raising agent) are uncertain but it is thought that sourdough, one of the oldest forms of leavened bread, dates back to the Middle East around 8000 BC!

26 May 2020

Seasonal Gardening Tips for May - Subtropical QLD

The lawn may not be growing as fast as in summer, but make the most of grass clippings by using as mulch or adding to your compost.

25 May 2020

Farming in harmony with nature: The Falls Farm

From Gourmet Traveller magazine to the plates of Brisbane’s top chefs, The Falls Farm is renowned for its fresh, nutrient dense, healthy produce. Set in an idyllic Mapleton location between two of the Sunshine Coast’s most spectacular national parks, The Falls Farm is a remarkable tale about farming in harmony with nature.

17 May 2020

Episode #1 : Michelle Christoe, Yas Grigaliunas and Todd Widdicombe

Be part of the conversation and join the change-makers crafting a circular economy approach to business. We are in the middle of a sustainability reset and challenging the notion of ‘business as usual’.

15 May 2020

Cloth Nappies 101

Vashti from Nest Nappies and Kelly from Strucket talk about all the different styles and types of cloth nappies and how to use them.

07 May 2020

DIY at Home

Repairs and repurposing Identify what needs to be done and determine if you can do it yourself (or if it is a job for the professionals - like electrical or plumbing work).

06 May 2020

Small Space Gardening

Potter about your patio Anne Gibson, the Micro Gardener - introduction to growing microgreens It’s the perfect time to get dirty. Dirty hands that is, by digging deep into some micro gardening on your patio, veranda, landing, balcony, courtyard or deck.

06 May 2020

Keeping backyard chickens

With self-sufficiency becoming the new norm, it’s no surprise that chickens are popping up in backyards everywhere. Keeping chickens has many benefits and done properly will reward you and your garden for years to come.

06 May 2020

How to use Bokashi Bins

The micro-organisms in the mix also ensure the waste does not putrefy. To complete the composting process the waste is transferred outside and buried beneath the soil.

06 May 2020

How to Make a No-Dig Garden: Morag Gamble's Method for Simple Abundance

Permaculture is the skill we all need to learn how to help us through this challenging period. The world urgently needs more permaculture gardens, designers and teachers everywhere.

06 May 2020

How to Grow Microgreens in a Punnet – The Micro Gardener

Learn how to grow nutrient-dense organic food gardens in urban spaces. Dig in with quick, easy DIY tips and lessons by expert organic gardener, author and speaker, Anne Gibson.

06 May 2020

Easy Everyday Sourdough Bread

27 Apr 2020

Robyn Cook: people, passion and random stuff

If you’ve been following Robyn’s hilarious Facebook live “Random shit in my house” videos during lockdown, you’ll know she has a keen interest in the wild and weird things that people have in their homes.

24 Apr 2020

​Gardening Tips for Autumn

April and May are prime planting times for our autumn and winter crops. We only have short seasons during autumn and winter (June/July) so it’s best to make the most of them.

24 Apr 2020

Free Love your Leftovers recipe eBook

Leftovers can be turned into quick and tasty meals and are a great way to make the most of your shopping budget. No one like to see good food go to waste These recipes have been shared by Sunshine Coast households and by the fabulous team at 4 Ingredients.

24 Apr 2020

Fashion Revolution Week 2020

It’s Fashion Revolution Week. This is the week, traditionally, when we pause to remember the 1,138 fast fashion workers who tragically lost their lives, with many more who were injured, at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh on 24th April 2013.

24 Apr 2020

ARISING from Disruption

ARISING from Disruption is a series of interviews with thoughtful, creative and entrepreneurial people stepping up and talking about how they are coping, adapting and thriving despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

23 Apr 2020

Food Matters Favourite Freezer-Friendly Dinners

With a routine that’s been thrown out of the norm and greater inconsistency between days working and getting that all-important paycheck, it’s a great idea to have some healthy home-made meals on hand when you need them.

23 Apr 2020

Embracing change through what we wear

The fashion industry is responsible for up to 10 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Watch this video for three ways you can reduce your fashion footprint and still dress to impress.

23 Apr 2020

Creative online Fun for Kids

The Horizon Festival has curated some great creative online home activities for kids KINDY + PRE-SCHOOL Zdoodle Drawing App A simple, no-nonsense drawing app for iOS, perfect for entertaining little humans.

17 Apr 2020

5 Easy Ways To Ease Anxiety with Food Matters

Anxiety, panic and overwhelm are emotions that have become all-too-familiar within our modern society. The ever-increasing pressure of the world, with a growing mental health epidemic, now thrust into the midst of a viral outbreak will have large-scale consequences for public health long after the lockdowns finish.

16 Apr 2020

The wash-up on coronavirus and food from CSIRO

On our virtual sofa, we spoke with resident expert and senior food microbiology consultant, Cathy Moir. Here’s what she had to say on all things food and coronavirus.

16 Apr 2020

Free 4 part Permaculture course with Morag Gamble

Morgan Gamble has created a free masterclass about COVID-19 and permaculture, 10 practical how-to films and 12 blogs about no-dig gardening, simple composting, worm towers, quick vegetables, growing medicinals, creating a thriving edible garden, community food systems creating a small scale garden, some recipes and more.

10 Apr 2020

Simon’s Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Recipe by Simon Bryant - dirt(y)Serves four INGREDIENTS 150g whole red lentils (skin on) 700g of peeled potatoes 1 onion 2 celery sticks 1 carrot 2 cloves crushed garlic 1tbsp tomato paste 1 cup diced tomato 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 100g mushrooms 100ml cream 100g butter Handful of grated cheese Handful of parsley Olive oil Bay leaf (optional) Thyme (optional) Puff pastry (optional) METHOD Cook 150g whole red (i.

31 Mar 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) support for business

If there is a COVID-19 transmission in the workplaces contact your local public health service or phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time.

28 Mar 2020

Headspace, Mindfulness for your everyday life

Headspace are offering free meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out in your time of isolation. You can listen to these anytime, anywhere to help you feel calm and grounded in these uncertain times.

28 Mar 2020

B-WELL & PROSPER: An online space to discover Wellbeing & Mental Health tools, resources, programs

Our content is simple, engaging and provides you with real, practical and inspiring information. Signing up to the B-Well + Prosper Hub gives you access to all of this content + more!

27 Mar 2020

REAL (FUN) SCIENCE @ HOME

These times of the Covid-19 pandemic can be tough for parents with school-aged children at home (not to mention for children with their parents always around!

26 Mar 2020

Thousands of free online resources at Sunshine Coast Libraries

Spending a lot of time at home? Struggling to keep the kids amused? The Sunshine Coast Libraries website has thousands of entertainment and educational resources that can be accessed online - for free!

26 Mar 2020

How Spare Harvest can help you share what you have

Now is an ideal time to experience the joy of sharing. Never before in our recent history has the need to come together and support each other been so important.

25 Mar 2020

Viral kindness: the acts of generosity bringing our community together

Tough times can often bring out the best in a community and the coronavirus crisis is no exception. Across the Sunshine Coast, acts of generosity and kindness are bringing people together as we learn to adapt to a completely different way of life.

25 Mar 2020

Getting started with microgreens

Microgreens are the “saucer on a windowsill” herbs and leafy greens that have risen to fame as petite garnishes on the plates of celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone.

25 Mar 2020

At Home in My Neighbourhood #CovidKindness

The threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting lives worldwide, social distancing and self-isolation will be a challenge for many people with feelings of loneliness having a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

24 Mar 2020

The Living Smart guide to accessing local food and supporting our local producers

Here on the Sunshine Coast, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and local goods grown and crafted right here, in our own backyard.

21 Mar 2020

Creative meals with microgreens

Vibrant, tasty and nutritious, microgreens can bring salads, smoothies and main meals to life. Their rich green and fuchsia hues are an ideal way to enliven a boring salad, garnish your favourite chargrilled meat or add verve to school lunchboxes.

19 Mar 2020

Energy savings for small business

Free help aimed at saving on professional services energy costs. Tailored advice and tips to help cut energy costs for small businesses in the professional services industry.

16 Mar 2020

Do natural hand sanitisers work? Can you make your own?

With the outbreak of the serious virus COVID-19, known as coronavirus, we are naturally concerned about whether natural hand sanitisers will be as effective as synthetic chemicals.

05 Mar 2020

New Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is excited to launch our new Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood. The Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood was developed in consultation with the early childhood community over a three-year period and promotes a whole-service, play-based approach to delivering pleasurable food education to young children.

23 Feb 2020

Brewing change: cheers to the microbrewers embracing sustainability

Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast is home to a growing number of microbreweries embracing both the craft of beer-making and a commitment to sustainable practices.

21 Feb 2020

February Seasonal Gardening Tips – Subtropical Queensland

February is typically the time of year when we get the most rainfall in our climate. Heatwaves, hail and even cyclones. Based on past patterns, we often get heavy downpours and thunderstorms, creating hot humid conditions and temperatures can be very uncomfortable.

30 Jan 2020

How to cope with extreme heat days without racking up the aircon bills

Original article found at: theconversation.com Summer in Australia is getting hotter. Extreme heat events, with daytime temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, are becoming more common and we are getting more of these days in a row.

28 Jan 2020

Sunshine Coast Design Book

The Sunshine Coast Design book is the result of a collaborative process that included: residents design professionals planners professional associations and community groups of the Sunshine Coast.

17 Jan 2020

9 Reasons to Eat More Plant-Based Foods in 2020

From cafes to celebrities, it seems everyone is jumping on board the plant-based food train and for very good reason. Whether you want to reduce the level of meat in your diet or go vegan, there are many benefits for having more plants and less meat for your health, the environment, animals and society as a whole.

16 Jan 2020

Ethical and sustainable activewear to keep you moving

From the gym to Pilates to school drop-offs and coffee with friends, activewear is everywhere. Comfortable, relaxed and the perfect accessory to a laidback Queensland lifestyle, our obsession with taking gym wear to the streets shows no sign of slowing.

10 Jan 2020

Eight new electric vehicle models set to join Australia market in 2020

At least eight new electric vehicle models will hit Australian shores in 2020, opening up further choice for drivers wanting to reduce private transport emissions or simply have the latest in automotive technology.

10 Jan 2020

Combining home solar, batteries and EVs will be better deal than solar alone by 2024

A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has found that by as early as 2024, it will be cheaper Australian households to invest in solar, storage and an electric vehicle in combination, than in a solar system alone.

16 Dec 2019

Seasonal Gardening Tips for Summer by Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener

It’s been a stressful time for many normally enthusiastic gardeners to sustain their garden, even without water restrictions. Whether you’re on town water, with the moisture available to keep gardens growing or relying solely on tank water, it’s a good time to reflect on your water management and consider implementing sustainable practices.

22 Nov 2019

How to get the most out of your next Op Shop Clothing adventure

Whether you are new to op shopping for clothes or a regular, we thought we would share some useful tips from Emma Willmann, Statement Styling and Katie Roberts, Sustainability in Style who were facilitators for our recent fabric program Op Shop rambles in Maroochydore and Nambour.

15 Nov 2019

Designing for multigenerational living

Multigenerational housing has the potential to offer creative solutions to some of the social and environmental challenges of our time. A panel of experienced and emerging architects, along with community members with lived experience discussed the role multigenerational housing could play in shaping our communities of the future at the recent Sunshine Coast Open House forum held at the Innovation Centre.

15 Nov 2019

Could a co-housing development help you find your tribe?

Unsatisfied with the housing options served up by mainstream developers, a Sunshine Coast couple is exploring alternative responses to housing and whether there is sufficient interest in our community to explore co-housing or cooperative housing opportunities.

15 Nov 2019

Building a locavore movement: supporting local producers on the Sunshine Coast

Did you know that almost a quarter of the strawberries grown in Queensland are grown on the Sunshine Coast? In fact, an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and other items are grown right here, in our own backyard.

14 Nov 2019

Recycling Mythbusters

What can and can’t go in the recycling bin can be confusing and recent reports about the “waste crisis” have reduced the trust Aussies have in council kerbside recycling.

14 Nov 2019

7 Golden Rules of Kerbside Recycling

Recycling may seem complicated so follow these rules to help with the war on waste. And remember to reduce and reuse first. #1 LOOK FOR THE LABEL The Australasian Recycling Label is a proven system that tells you which bin each piece of packaging goes in.

16 Oct 2019

Strucket: the innovative household product that helps you reuse

When Kelly Lavery found herself constantly soaking onesies, bibs and items covered with bodily fluids from baby number three, little did she know that the experience would ultimately transform households across the country.

16 Oct 2019

Seasonal Gardening Tips for October

In October, we move into our fifth season here in SE QLD. ‘Sprummer’ is a highly changeable period during October/November, where we transition from spring into summer!

15 Oct 2019

An appetite for change: the power of 1 Million Women

Conservationist, activist and founder of 1 Million Women, Natalie Isaacs is proof that a single person can change the world. The former cosmetics manufacturer who started a global movement of women and girls after reducing her own electricity bill shared her story with Sunshine Coast changemakers at the second annual Spring into Sustainability lunch recently.

13 Sep 2019

Powering Queensland’s first community energy project

The first community energy project by a Queensland group is now up and running with a social enterprise in south Brisbane successfully powered by community-funded solar.

13 Sep 2019

Joanna’s love of the ocean drives sustainable jet ski business

Sustainability champion Joanna Kristoffersen spent much of her childhood living on a yacht off Mooloolaba so it’s no surprise that she has a strong affinity with the ocean.

05 Sep 2019

Seasonal Gardening Tips for September

This year, we had a wetter than normal June (which was very welcome!) but warmer than average temperatures during July - and a very short winter.

29 Aug 2019

Energy Efficient Communities Program

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.

07 Aug 2019

Hundreds of hands plant 3000 native plants for National Tree Day

“We are definitely coming back again next year” was the phrase heard repeatedly at Sunshine Coast Council’s National Tree Day celebrations. More than 350 pairs of willing hands planted 3000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers at the Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve in Verrierdale yesterday, Sunday July 28.

07 Aug 2019

Everyone is drooling over new mouth-watering food festival

The Sunshine Coast is ready to welcome food lovers and the world’s best chefs from far and wide. With a number of the 50 events on offer already sold out, and registrations for The Food Fair increasing by the day, the event is proving popular with locals, and visitors to the Sunshine Coast.

07 Aug 2019

3 steps to creating better, greener events

Are you new to events or an experienced event manager looking to plan a sustainable event? At Living Smart we share a lot of events for people to attend, so thought we would take the opportunity to share these handy resources for the people who organise them.

02 Aug 2019

Have your say by this Thursday 15 August – Sunshine Coast Design

Council is developing a Design Strategy for the Sunshine Coast Council area to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE GOOD DESIGN of new communities, buildings, streets and spaces.

26 Jun 2019

Heidi Middleton is redefining what a small, ethical fashion business looks like

Channelling her passion for art, fashion and sustainability, Heidi Middleton is redefining what a small, ethical creative fashion business can look like today. Heidi’s latest project, ArtClub was born from a desire to make things of beauty, with purpose and meaning.

26 Jun 2019

From food to farm: a local company’s war on waste

Earthborn has been turning raw organic materials such as green waste into value add products at their Palmwoods site for almost two decades. The family-owned company has been involved in green waste recycling since its inception in Australia, through its Gold Coast-based sister company, Phoenix.

26 Jun 2019

Biophilic cities: where all living things flourish

The inaugural National Clean Technologies Conference was held on the Sunshine Coast in May 2019 bringing together clean technology innovators, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders from around the world.

15 May 2019

Australian Wearable Art Festival

Runaway Art, part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Horizon Festival, took place this August. Designed to bring together acclaimed fashion designers and wearable art masterpieces, it was also the platform to launch the much larger wearable art festival in May 2019.

02 May 2019

Why the Circular Economy is such a hot topic

Circular economy thinking is not new, leading think tank, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been cheerleading CE principles to governments and industry for almost twenty years.

18 Apr 2019

Hivve – A smart, clean power solution for schools

The impact of changes in Australian electricity markets and a growing community desire to embrace environmentally sustainable practices is leading schools to consider how they meet their future energy needs.

18 Apr 2019

Easter 2019: Check out your Fairtrade Easter egg options ... and where to buy them!

Easter is just around the corner and there’s one question on everyone’s lips: What Fairtrade Easter eggs and other treats are available, and where can I get them?

18 Apr 2019

Celebrate People and Nature - Biosphere Nomination for the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council is leading a nomination for the local government area to become a UNESCO Biosphere. A biosphere is a special place. It’s where responsible development and people living sustainably sits alongside active conservation - just like our region.

15 Apr 2019

The 2019 Ethical Fashion Guide is here!!!

For the past 7 years the Ethical Fashion Guide has grown to engage with 480 fashion brands to improve the lives of millions of vulnerable workers in the textiles industry globally.

12 Apr 2019

Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy - Our Resilient Coast. Our Future

We’re commencing the journey to develop ‘Our Resilient Coast. Our Future.’, a long-term strategy to help manage the impacts of coastal hazards. Coastal hazards include erosion of our beaches, and short or long-term seawater inundation of land along the coastline.

12 Mar 2019

Locals making a difference beyond Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2019 is almost upon us. This stand against climate change has grown from relatively humble beginnings in Sydney in 2007, where 2.2 million people switched off their lights for one hour, to becoming the largest environmental movement on the globe.

07 Mar 2019

How to be a sustainable traveller

Many of us love to travel, but how do we avoid all the single use plastic that can often go with it? Beyond your reusable drink bottle and reusable bag, Lonely Planet share some tips on how to reduce your throw away plastic and how to be a more conscientious traveller.

06 Mar 2019

Make it a Plant Power Day today

No matter what choice of diet or way of eating you follow, there is one thing everyone can agree on: increasing our plants (fruits and veggies) is always a good thing.

06 Mar 2019

100 Million reasons to choose Qantas

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said that business had a responsibility to lead on environmental issues. Some examples of changes to be implemented across Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar from later this year include:

27 Feb 2019

One year’s waste in a jar

Our population is growing at record levels, and so is our waste. According to Blue Environment’s 2018 National Waste Report, Australia produced 67 million tonnes of waste in 2016-17.

26 Feb 2019

Compost – Turn Waste into ‘Black Gold’ for your Garden

One of the easiest ways to save money, reduce waste, grow a healthier garden and tread lighter on our beautiful planet is to make your own compost.

24 Feb 2019

Sunshine Coast plans to pick up for Clean Up Australia Day

With Clean Up Australia Day fast approaching, there are already 83 sites registered on the Sunshine Coast for the nation-wide event on Sunday March 3.

24 Feb 2019

Eating an ice cream cone can save a turtle!

Eating an ice cream cone can save a turtle! Who would have thought that choosing to eat an ice cream cone could save a turtle?

20 Feb 2019

​Coke with no straws attached

Coca-Cola Amatil Australia has heard the community message loud and clear and have announced it will no longer distribute plastic drinking straws or stirrers in Australia.

08 Feb 2019

More than one tonne of marine debris from Clean Up for the Hatchlings

Turtle hatchlings across the Sunshine Coast have started to emerge from their nests and make their way to the ocean. To help support these beautiful creatures, more than 700 community members came out to the annual Clean Up for the Hatchlings event on Saturday February 2 held at beaches across the coast.

06 Feb 2019

World Pizza Day is here!

That’s right, there is a World Pizza Day! Have I answered all your prayers and dreams at once? I thought as much. Pizza is that soul food that pretty much everyone loves.

01 Feb 2019

New Years Resolutions Don't Work

How are your New Year’s Resolutions tracking? Hands up if you set a New Years Resolution for 2019? Keep your hand up if you’ve already lost momentum or you realise it’s quickly taken a back seat?

17 Jan 2019

Boredom be gone! Creative holiday activities for kids

“I’m bored, Mum.” “What can we do now, Dad?” Sigh. It’s a couple of weeks (or days) into the school holidays and the kids are looking to you for inspiration and fun stuff to do.

15 Jan 2019

Low-tox, eco-friendly furniture and furnishings for the home

Our homes are a place of refuge, where we escape from the world and spend time with loved ones. They’re also where we tend to accumulate “stuff” - furniture, soft furnishings, clothing, toys, electronics, tools, kitchen goods…the list goes on.

15 Jan 2019

DIY Paper Plant Pots

Paper pots are a fun, eco-friendly alternative to plastic pots for anyone who grows vegetables, herbs or flowers from seeds. Paper pots degrade naturally once plants seedlings mature and are an ideal way to use up excess newspaper.

22 Dec 2018

Plastic Free Christmas

Are you looking for some fun holiday activities for the kids that tap into their creative abilities? Why not create a few DIY projects to keep them busy?

16 Dec 2018

Rising and resisting: harnessing the power of the positive for change

There’s a new grassroots activism emerging from deep within our communities - where knowledge is openly shared, creative strategies for change are hatched and movements unite for a common purpose.

01 Dec 2018

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia?

When we think of electric cars, most of us think of Elon Musk, or his electric car company Tesla.When we imagine the setting for this Tesla car we’ve just conjured, we generally think of city surrounds, with perhaps a young hipster, or business tycoon behind the wheel.

28 Nov 2018

Reduce waste with your renovations

Thinking of renovating your home?Have you considered the amount (and cost) of waste this exercise will produce?When we plan ahead, we can reduce waste in any project we work on, so why should home renovations be any different?

20 Nov 2018

Lower your household electricity costs

The rising cost of electricity is in the news almost every day. But how much control can we have over our power bills?After we’ve shopped around for the lowest rates, what other low cost ways can we achieve lower electricity costs.

08 Nov 2018

Help shape Australia’s energy future by downloading the CSIRO Energise App

The new CSIRO Energise App gives each of us the opportunity to be a ‘citizen scientist’ by contributing information about energy consumption in our own households to a major research project.

15 Oct 2018

What is good design and how can it be applied in a school environment?

There are many factors which contribute to positive education outcomes in a school environment. Purposeful design of campuses, buildings, social spaces and classrooms can facilitate deeper learning, greater social connectivity and a more discernible connection between the culture of a school and its architecture.

15 Oct 2018

The benefits and outcomes of good design for schools

There are many factors which contribute to positive education outcomes in a school environment. Purposeful design of campuses, buildings, social spaces and classrooms can facilitate deeper learning, greater social connectivity and a more discernible connection between the culture of a school and its architecture.

15 Oct 2018

Queensland verandah inspires lifetime of architectural practise

The Queensland verandah is recognised as one of the original icons of quintessential Australian living. The timeless appeal of this shaded outdoor living space is the unlikely inspiration for a lifetime of work by celebrated architect Professor Kerry Clare.

12 Oct 2018

Palmwoods café leads the way in hospitality waste reduction

A Sunshine Coast café has embarked on its own war on waste, cutting the amount of waste it sends to landfill to just one cupful per day.

04 Oct 2018

Creating a DIY miniature succulent garden

Succulent plants are everywhere right now. You’ll find these quirky, fun splashes of greenery adorning tables in cafés and bringing colour to interior and exterior spaces.

17 Sep 2018

What is sustainable surfing and why should you get on board?

There’s no doubt that surfing is one of the most popular leisure activities in south-east Queensland. With our mild winters, superb beaches and fine selection of breaks, why wouldn’t it be?

07 Sep 2018

Your go-to guide for buying bulk food and household products on the Sunshine Coast

There are loads of places across the coast where you can self-serve bulk foods, bringing your own reusable containers or using paper bags or reusable glass containers supplied.

06 Sep 2018

Get your fashion fix from Another Woman’s Closet - the Coast’s lively preloved clothing market

Sex and the City meets a girl’s night out is a fitting description of the vibe at the Sunshine Coast’s dynamic, preloved clothing market, Another Woman’s Closet.

30 Aug 2018

A minimalist approach to moving house

Moving house can be an exciting and stressful time. There’s so much to think about and organise. It’s also an excellent opportunity to ditch excess stuff that you have accumulated and no longer need or use.

18 Aug 2018

Schools War on Waste Film Competition

Sunshine Coast Council is calling all young aspiring Sunshine Coast, film-makers and environmentalists to submit a short 2 minute film featuring their School’s War on Waste.

14 Aug 2018

Join the War on Waste Sunshine Coast Facebook community

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 - Sunshine Coast has clocked up 350 members with more joining every day.

08 Aug 2018

Whole food, plant-based diets for health & wellbeing

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.

02 Aug 2018

Find your reusable cup style with one of these handmade beauties

In our fast-paced world, there’s something indulgent about drinking coffee or tea from a real ceramic cup, an experience which many reusable coffee cups don’t quite capture.

30 Jul 2018

Fight Food Waste

Food saving habits start when you LOOK.BUY.STORE.COOK. Here are some quick tip to start reducing your food waste. LOOK So many of us forget to LOOK at what we already have in our fridge, pantry and freezer before shopping.

25 Jul 2018

The Slow Clothing way to manage your wardrobe

Jane Milburn is a sustainability consultant and founder of Textile Beat. She upcycled a career in agricultural science and communications to champion Slow Clothing as a creative and ethical way of dressing that engages hands, head and heart.

25 Jul 2018

The Slow Clothing Manifesto: 10 actions for being more conscious of what we wear

Jane Milburn is a sustainability consultant and founder of Textile Beat. She upcycled a career in agricultural science and communications to champion Slow Clothing as a creative and ethical way of dressing that engages hands, head and heart.

23 Jul 2018

Sustainable business practices boost SME success

Australian SMEs are set to benefit from customers demanding more than just a place to shop, with around three quarters (73 per cent) of shoppers actively seeking out businesses that offer sustainable products and services.

16 Jul 2018

The Last Straw: straw responsible venues on the Sunshine Coast

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.

05 Jul 2018

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

Would you believe that Aussies consume a whopping 10 million plastic straws per day? As straws cannot be recycled, they end up in landfill or waterways where they add to the plastic problem in our oceans and harm marine life.

05 Jul 2018

How to remember your reusable shopping bags

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.

02 Jul 2018

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

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 and look beautiful in your fridge or on a table.

08 Jun 2018

Sunshine Coast kids stepped up to the challenge to get active to get to school

National Walk Safely to School Day (NWSTSD) was held on Friday 18 May 2018. Now in its 19th year, the purpose of the event is to celebrate active travel as part of the school day and encourage those students who haven’t walked to school before to give it a go and experience the benefits.

29 May 2018

Op shop styling hacks with Emma Willmann

Personal stylist, sustainable fashion advocate and queen of the capsule wardrobe, Emma Willmann, knows the power of clothes. A former criminal prosecutor turned image consultant, Emma launched Statement Styling to help women find their authentic style and become the best version of themselves.

29 May 2018

Get op shop savvy with Emma Willmann

Personal stylist, sustainable fashion advocate and queen of the capsule wardrobe, Emma Willmann, knows the power of clothes. A former criminal prosecutor turned image consultant, Emma launched Statement Styling to help women find their authentic style and become the best version of themselves.

28 May 2018

What kind of composter are you?

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 would-be waste from your household into a resource for your family.

28 May 2018

Nana’s Rice Pudding

Serves 4 Ingredients 2¾ cups full-cream milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ cup short grain rice ¼ cup sugar Method Place the milk in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.

23 May 2018

Leftover Banana Ice Cream

by Janene Inigo Ingredients Banana And your choice of: Vanilla Cacao or peanut butter (or a combination of the above) A pinch of salt Method

23 May 2018

Banana and Date Loaf

by Simone Bright Ingredients 1-2 over-ripe bananas 1 teaspoon bicarb soda Dash of nutmeg and ground cinnamon 1 cup pitted dates ½ cup brown sugar ¾ cup orange juice 60g butter - melted 1 egg 2 cups self raising flour (or try using almond meal with baking powder).

21 May 2018

Your creek, your river, your voice

Calling all South East Queensland residents, We’d love to know how much you value and use your local waterways. Take part in our anonymous 10-minute survey and you’ll be in the running for one of ten $100 Coles Myer Gift Cards.

21 May 2018

108 dresses: the label of love empowering women in India

Imagine if you could use your talent to create something beautiful and at the same time empower other women to lead more fulfilling lives. Andi Vendy is doing just that with her ethical fashion label 108 Dresses, which provides employment and upskilling opportunities for women and single mothers in India.

14 May 2018

How to introduce your child to craft

Introducing your child to craft can be a fun way to spend time together and enrich their natural creativity. Google “craft for kids” and you’ll find thousands of ideas to get you started including painting, drawing, sewing, needlework, pottery, paper crafts and card making.

25 Apr 2018

Getting started with ethical fashion

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.

25 Apr 2018

Changing lives with the clothes we buy

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 how to dig deeper to find out more about the clothes we buy.

19 Apr 2018

The questions you should ask your project builder

Project homes can be an ideal way of achieving a more affordable home, as they are designed and built to a formula that reduces risk and allows for economies of scale for the tradespeople, construction systems and materials.

16 Apr 2018

White roofs – the best idea you’ve probably never heard of

Have you ever noticed how much hotter the black asphalt on a road is, compared to the white lines painted on it - or a light coloured concrete path nearby?

16 Apr 2018

5 features to look for when buying a new home

You probably have a list of the features you’re looking for in your new home - the number of bedrooms, size of the garden, whether it needs renovations or if it’s ready to move in.

06 Apr 2018

Questions to ask before getting solar PV installed

Solar PV prices having rapidly fallen over recent years, whilst energy prices seem to keep increasing. Having a solar system installed on your roof can be a smart investment.

06 Apr 2018

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

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.

04 Apr 2018

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

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 you design features in right from the start - and it may even cost you less by making some clever design decisions and reducing excess space.

04 Apr 2018

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

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, and will make sure that your new home is the right fit for you.

22 Mar 2018

Spag bol number one in favourite meal survey

It will come as no surprise to pasta lovers that the family favourite, spaghetti bolognaise, was the most popular home-cooked meal for residents in the Redland area in a recent study.

22 Mar 2018

SOUP – A delicious and nutritious anytime meal

No one likes to see good food go to waste. Soup: There is nothing better about a dreary day than breaking out a big pot and creating a nice hearty soup.

22 Mar 2018

Our most wasted food products

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

22 Mar 2018

Choosing the right fertiliser for native plants

It is generally understood that the addition of organic matter (mulch or compost) to the garden is for the improvement of soil health, which in turn improves plant health.

22 Mar 2018

5 ways to engage your child in nature play

Nature is more than just a faraway national park. So much can be discovered be getting outside and into your local bushland, park or forest.

16 Mar 2018

PASTA – A HERO Leftover Dish

Pasta is an absolute hero dish when it comes to using up leftovers! Pasta provides the perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals as it is usually eaten with nutrient-dense food partners.

12 Mar 2018

Muesli Smoothie

For a quick breakfast on the go… why not try a smoothie?! Makes 1 *1 cup Milk *1 frozen banana *1/2 cup muesli *3 tbsp.

01 Mar 2018

Lunchbox Sushi

These present beautifully and are very popular with the kids. Serves 2 * 4 slices of soy and linseed bread (or bread of choice)

01 Mar 2018

Leftover Banana Chips

NO salt, NO sugar- the perfect lunchbox alternative. DID YOU KNOW: The commercial banana chips that you see in the supermarket have been deep-fried, hence why these banana chips bear no resemblance.

01 Mar 2018

Homemade LCM’S

Leftover breakfast cereal? Why not make a special treat for your kids lunchboxes?! TIP: I personally prefer any treats to be homemade, at least then I know exactly what ingredients are being used.

28 Feb 2018

Discover hidden gems in Redlands reserves

The wondrous diversity of the Redlands is ripe for exploration. Whether you’re out for a short walk in nature, or a more adventurous day trip, the region boasts large tracts of bushland and islands with distinctive places that are relatively unknown.

27 Feb 2018

Waste-not-Want-not Dressing

Reconsider throwing your leftover condiments away- they could be the perfect ingredient for a salad dressing. Have a tiny bit of mustard left in the jar?

27 Feb 2018

Vegemite Scrolls

These easy Vegemite and cheese scrolls are a delicious snack, even when the budget is tight. Bake them as an after-school snack or to pop into your kids’ lunchboxes.

27 Feb 2018

Stale Bread FRENCH TOAST

Reduce food waste and enjoy a delicious breakfast made from your leftover stale bread. Learn how to make this simple and delicious meal thanks to Kim McCosker and the 4 Ingredients team.

27 Feb 2018

From-the-Fridge Pizza

Serves 1 * 1 large Lebanese bread * 2 tbsp. pizza paste * 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (whatever cheese you have) * 1 cup mixed bits from the fridge (pepperoni, olives, capsicum, capers, cherry tomatoes etc)

27 Feb 2018

A Dozen Tomatoes and Thyme Soup

Serves 4 * 12 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthways * 2 tbsp. EVOO * Thyme from 6 sprigs * 1 litre vegetable stock Preheat oven 180C.

23 Feb 2018

Taco Popcorn

Four reasons why we should use popcorn as a snack more often: It’s gluten free. 2. It’s a healthy snack, air-popped popcorn has only 30 calories per cup or if you choose to pop it with oil on the stove, it has only 50 calories per cup, making it a great diet food.

23 Feb 2018

Apple ‘Leftover Bikkie’ Crumble

Don’t throw those leftover bikkies away… you’ll regret it come dessert time! Serves 6 * 2 cups stewed apples * 1/2 cup sultanas * 200g leftover biscuits

22 Feb 2018

Green Summer Fruit Frappe

Leftover fruit? Get creative with refreshing summer fruit frappes! * 5 lychees * 10 mint leaves * 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks * 10 ice cubes

21 Feb 2018

The Eat to Live Fridge

Tired of your fridge being a messy den of unidentifiable leftovers, little plastic containers and spills that someone pretended not to see and forgot to clean up?

21 Feb 2018

4 Practical TIPS to Reduce Waste at School

Nutrition is key, but learning nutrition is essential! Throwing lunchbox food out, or discovering your child hasn’t eaten much during their school day is one of the most frustrating issues parents have.

20 Feb 2018

Top 10 Veggies to Freeze

Avoid food waste! Kim McCosker and the 4 Ingredients team have shared their top tips for freezing the right fruit and vegetables! DID YOU KNOW: In Australia, the government estimates food waste costs the economy $20 billion each year?

20 Feb 2018

Lime & Salmon Cakes

Serves 2 * 1 Lime * 415g canned pink salmon, drained * 1 egg * 3 slices wholemeal bread, finely grated Into a large bowl, grate the lime zest, then juice the lime.

19 Feb 2018

Zucchini Fritters

> Serves 2 * 2 eggs * 1/4 red onion, finely diced * 1/2 Zucchini, grated * 2 tbsp grated carrot Beat eggs and add remaining ingredients; season with sea salt and cracked pepper.

12 Feb 2018

Rethinking your hair care products

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 hair.

12 Feb 2018

Last nights dinner, creates today's lunch!

No one likes to see good food go to waste. Get inspired. Transform leftovers into quick and tasty meals. Learn simple and fun ways to make the most of your shopping budget.

12 Feb 2018

DIY Natural Cleaning

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 for household cleaning is that we need to use chemicals to keep our homes fresh, clean and hygienic.

31 Jan 2018

How to keep school lunches safe in the heat

This article is part of a series that draws on the latest research on back to school transitions. In it, experts explain how best to prepare children for school, and counter difficulties such as stress or bad behaviour.

09 Jan 2018

Practical mindfulness

Too busy to sit and meditate? Can’t possibly juggle family and work responsibilities and that yoga class you’re wanting to attend? We get it.

09 Jan 2018

A buzz of insect activity helps your garden

If you watch a garden intently for long enough, you will notice a buzz of insect activity - in the air, on plants, in flowers, and within the soil.

20 Dec 2017

How to grow your own sprouts

Growing your own sprouts at home is fun and easy. It’s a perfect activity to get the kids interested in producing their own food as they can watch progress each day.

19 Dec 2017

Top 10 Summer power saving tips

Summer in Queensland can be long and hot. It is also peak demand time for our power supplies. With household power prices continuing to soar, save power and help prevent power bill shock with these tips.

19 Dec 2017

Three tips to reduce food waste with OzHarvest

OzHarvest Sunshine Coast has rescued over 100 tonnes of excess food from landfill since 2014. Coordinator Michele Lipner is passionate about tackling food waste, regularly attending markets and events to talk to community members about healthy eating, nutrition and minimising food waste at home.

19 Dec 2017

Bags that keep on giving

Across the country and throughout the world, thousands of people are turning to sewing to bring about change. Using fabric from upcycled quilt covers, coffee sacks and feedbags, these new age artisans are crafting bags that provide a unique alternative to less planet-friendly options.

06 Dec 2017

Pea and ham croquettes with fiery aioli

Credit: Ben Dearnley Turn leftover Christmas ham into delicious finger food for breakfast, lunch or tapas with these tasty croquettes. **Prep Time: **15 mins ** Cook Time: **30 mins ** Ingredients: **11 ** Difficulty: **Easy ** **

05 Dec 2017

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

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 sustainable summer holiday renovations and decluttering we’ve got it covered!

01 Dec 2017

Tips for choosing or changing electricity retailer

How to shop around Customers in South East Queensland are able to choose their electricity retailer. This means you can shop around for an electricity retail offer that suits your household or small business.

01 Dec 2017

SUNDAY ROAST FRITTERS

Leftover Sunday Roast - rehash your roast into these delicious fritters! RECIPE: www.ozharvest.org/wasty-recipes-by-ozharvest/

30 Nov 2017

The War on Waste Survey Results are in ...

The War on Waste survey has been completed by 36,722 Australians, making it the largest study of its kind on waste in Australia. Some great stats and facts here for your interest (PDF)

30 Nov 2017

National Food Waste Strategy

The Australian Government launched their ambitious strategy in November 2017, have embarked to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030 Here is the report (PDF attached) or for more background info visit the website

29 Nov 2017

Unwind and recharge in nature with these short walks

There’s nothing like immersing yourself in nature to disconnect, unwind and recharge the batteries. Getting out of town and into a park is a great way to exercise, spend time with the family, and switch off from technology for a couple of hours.

29 Nov 2017

A day in the life of OzHarvest

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 families.

13 Nov 2017

how to make Clean out the Fridge Soup

08 Nov 2017

What to keep out of your recycling bin

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.

08 Nov 2017

Seasonal Planting for kitchen gardens - with Anne Gibson

Living Smart speaks with The Micro Gardener, Anne Gibson on gardening for the seasons in our region. How would you describe our south-east Queensland climate?

08 Nov 2017

Reduce waste with Spare Harvest

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 and reducing waste.

08 Nov 2017

Plastic bag ban: what it means for you

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, restaurants, pharmacies, butchers and convenience stores.

08 Nov 2017

Love Your Leftovers with 4 ingredients

Millions of people around the world follow Kim McCosker’s recipes every day, turning to her 4 Ingredientscookbooks for simple, family-friendly meals and treats that don’t break the bank.

08 Nov 2017

Five easy ways to recycle household items

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.

08 Nov 2017

Breakfast Box recipe from 4 Ingredients

This simple and nutritious breakfast is another popular before school breakfast from 4 Ingredients. Children just love the layers and it’s an easy way to get them to eat fruit for the first important meal of the day.

08 Nov 2017

Banana Bix-Shake recipe from 4 Ingredients

Here’s a breakfast treat the kids will love from Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients. It’s the perfect way to Love Your Leftovers and use up any excess bananas.

08 Nov 2017

Antipasto Tart recipe from 4 Ingredients

Love Your Leftovers with this simple and delicious tart from Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients. It’s the perfect way to make the most of just about any leftovers you have in the fridge – zucchini, feta cheese, corn, asparagus, baby spinach, semi-dried tomatoes.

02 May 2017

Your Home. Australia's guide to sustainable homes

Your Home is Australia’s most comprehensive guide to environmentally sustainable homes. Your Home continues a long-standing effort by the Australian Government, in partnership with the building and design industry, to give comprehensive, expert and independent advice to everyone interested in building homes for a sustainable future.

02 May 2017

The most energy sucking appliances in your home?

No one likes when the electricity bill goes around - well no one we know anyway. Often the bill is higher than you were expecting.

02 May 2017

Live with less around you: an introduction to Minimalism

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.

02 May 2017

How to make healthier takeaways at home

We all know that takeaways aren’t the most nutritious choice we could be making, but let’s face it – everyone loves a good burger and fries once in a while.

02 May 2017

Health rules to make life easier

Great health is more than just eating well and exercising. Stress, sleep, caffeine, alcohol, breathing and digestive health are all equally important factors. Here are a few pointers taken from my book Fresh Start (there are more in the book!

02 May 2017

Green granny flats and studios: 10 of the best

As cities sprawl and become less affordable for many residents, the suburbs are seeing the rise of self-contained studios and granny flats. We look at the changing regulations controlling these small ‘secondary dwellings’ and feature 10 sustainable designs that are striking the right balance between urban infill, amenity and precious urban vegetation.

02 May 2017

Fact Sheet: Excess Produce - Chilli Powder

Presenter: Gardening Australia, 08/04/2017 SERIES 28 Episode 06 - Turn your excess chillies into powder to warm up any dish! Pre-heat oven to 120 degrees Celsius (fan-forced oven)

02 May 2017

DIY: Sustainable Day Spa

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 supple - you wish you could do it yourself at home.

02 May 2017

Camping with a conscience: tips for more sustainable family holidays

Great article from our friends at http://liveforless.com.au (image: Liveforless.com.au) Camping is a great way to spend time together outdoors as a family. It’s also a relatively cheap and sustainable way to holiday.

02 May 2017

50 working mum hacks to make life easier

Are you a working mum with too little time on your hands? These life hacks and tips will help you organise your life and home so things run more smoothly.

02 May 2017

33 Things to do before you're 3!

99 Things To Do Before You’re 3 is Nature Play QLD’s outdoor play solution for infants and toddlers, aged 0 to 3 years. The information on this page has since been developed into an App called GROW with Nature Play.

21 Mar 2017

How to manage food waste at home

Great article from our friends at Live for Less As this excellent graphic by Foodwise shows, continuing to let our food waste end up in landfill is not a very good idea.

21 Mar 2017

From garage to granny flat: an eco-friendly renovation

If someone asked you to picture an ‘eco-friendly’ home, what would spring to mind? Good Environmental Choice Australia reports on an inexpensive, sustainable renovation.

16 Mar 2017

My Simplicious food waste cheat sheet for trolls (Sarah Wilson)

It would seem my latest book, I Quit Sugar: SIMPLICIOUS, is a little contentious. The fact I advocate doggie bags, double dunk my teabags, and cook up my friends’ fish bones into stock apparently leaves some a little uncomfortable.

16 Mar 2017

Living with the Tesla Powerwall for a year: the first Australian case study

Savings in excess of 90% have been reported by the first Australian to install a Tesla Powerwall after a year of living with the solar system.

16 Mar 2017

15 (more) clever ways to use your leftovers (Sarah Wilson)

I’ve also asked a few foodie friends to contribute, including Curtis Stone whose latest book What’s For Dinner is really very, very clever. Martyna Candrick is a recipe developer and photographer in our orbit.

15 Mar 2017

Did you know that Australians throw out one out of every five shopping bags?

OzHarvest is passionate about minimising food waste and protecting our environment for future generations. Here’s why…Local food facts Australians throw out $8-10 billion of food every year.

07 Oct 2016

Do I really waste food?

Have you ever… put leftovers in the fridge only to rediscover them a week later with some fuzz growing on them? bought some fresh fruit only to see its passed over until it’s shrivelled and unappetizing?

27 Aug 2016

Going Bananas for Banana Cupcakes with Maple Icing

NEARLY every household has bananas that begin to spot and go black. No need to waste you can either freeze them for smoothies and purees or even better, use them up in some yummy baking for the family.

27 Aug 2016

Battle of the Coffee Cups

Half of the plastic produced globally goes into products that are used only once, which creates a staggering amount of waste. This is one reason why we don’t use disposable cups at home.

26 Aug 2016

Switch off and save: The appliances that eat into your energy bill

You€Ûªre taking positive steps to reduce your energy use by turning down the heater or air conditioner, but did you know that a number of household appliances are busy using electricity even when they€Ûªre on standby mode?

26 Aug 2016

How to teach your children to use less energy

Most kids love learning new things and relish the opportunity to be helpful around the house. When you explain the importance of saving energy, they’ll be more than happy to do their bit.

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