13 Sep 2021

Sustainable House Day

beginning on 21 September, as well as a program of free online events on 17th October. You can view our full program on our website now.


31 Aug 2021


You’re invited to join in a dynamic workshop exploring ways to take control of your own brain health through conversations around the important relationship between healthy food, social connection, mindfulness, and mental engagement.


28 Jul 2021

The Good Car Company’s bulk buy model is going national

The Good Car Company introduced its used EV bulk buying model two and a half years ago to help make electric vehicles more affordable. Even with recent state-based incentives, such as the ACT’s stamp duty exemption, high upfront costs leave EVs …


20 Jul 2021

Pineapple on pizza? Ballots encourage smokers to bin their butts and protect our planet

A start-up founded by three Sunshine Coast locals is trying to change this with fun, voting-style cigarette disposal units that encourage smokers to bin their butts correctly.


20 Jul 2021


Schools are an integral place to teach and instill sustainable practices within our future generations. Our children learn the impacts of plastic pollution and are more aware of this issue than ever.


16 Jul 2021

Plogging: the locals turning a workout into a treasure hunt

It’s called “plogging” and it’s a great way to get fit, keep our environment clean and take action this Plastic Free July. Plogging combines two words – jogging and the Swedish phrase for pick up, “plocka upp”.


16 Jul 2021

Plastic Free Baby: Online Event

Following on from her successful podcast, she will share tips and stories from her mission to reduce her tiny newborn’s massive waste footprint. Instagram Live


12 Jul 2021

July Seasonal Gardening Tips – Subtropical Queensland

Should you sow seeds or seedlings? That depends! Does your vegetable or herb have a long seed germination period? If it’s quick (<7 days) and a fast-to-mature crop like lettuce, you can sow seeds, raise seedlings and harvest your crop while the weather …


07 Jul 2021

Cook Along with the @ZeroWasteChef for Plastic Free July

After registering, you’ll receive an email with a list of ingredients for the event if you’d like to cook with us. If you prefer to watch and not cook, that’s fine also.


07 Jul 2021

Plastic Free on a Budget

Providing cultural perspectives on plastic waste reduction initiatives in the Asia Pacific region. With Sahar Mansoor @saharmansoor and Tim de Ridder @timderidder1 Bare Necessities - Zero Waste India


05 Jul 2021

Plastic Free July Event Sunshine Coast

-Beach Clean up 8am-9am -Followed by Eco Fair 9am-11am Location: Grass Park Area Located next to Kawana Surf Club What to bring: Keep Cup, Waterbottle, Gardening Gloves for beach clean up


01 Jul 2021

What will you refuse and reuse this Plastic Free July?

Many single-use plastic items can be avoided by making simple changes in our daily habits and choices. Last year, an estimated 326 million people worldwide took part in Plastic Free July.


01 Jul 2021

What’s your 2040?

Ocean Youth, SEA LIFE Trust & the Sunshine Coast Council bring to you…. 2040 The Movie & a Sustainability Workshop for Plastic Free July.


01 Jul 2021

Sea Shepherd Beach Clean-up

July has become the month to create awareness of the environmental problems associated with plastics, in particular single-use plastic products. If you’ve never been to a beach clean-up, then this is the one for you!


01 Jul 2021


Haven’t been to a Scavenge yet? Get excited! You’ll be able to clean-up your local area, sort and catalogue your litter and then exchange it for pre-loved clothes, books, toys and more that have been donated by the local community.


01 Jul 2021

SEA LIFE Trust Global Beach Clean

The SEA LIFE Trust is global marine conservation charity and clean-ups will be taking place in conjunction with SEA LIFE Aquariums around the world throughout July.


01 Jul 2021

Cook Along with @ZeroWasteChef, Anne Marie Bonneau

Please remind your residents to register for this hands on session , where they will make fried rice using ingredients they already have at home.


30 Jun 2021

These Four Plastic Items Make Up Almost Half Of All Ocean Trash

Researchers at the University of Cádiz in Spain have revealed that 80% of ocean trash consists of plastics, while three quarters of ocean trash is made up of just 10 different items, the top eight of which are plastic.


30 Jun 2021

Reuse wins: top findings show reuse beats single-use every time

Today, much of institutional and fast casual dining – and virtually all takeout and delivery – happens using disposable food-serviceware. And all those takeout containers, bags, boxes, condiment packets, plastic utensils, cold and hot cups and lids, and …


30 Jun 2021

How This Groundbreaking Sailboat Is Clearing Plastic From the Oceans

Manta, named for the retractable wings it uses to hold solar panels, is an environmental showstopper. Taking in three tons of waste an hour, 10,000 in a year, it is the first sea-cleaning ship capable of collecting plastic waste on an industrial scale.


30 Jun 2021

Hidden Microplastics in the Fabrics of our Lives

Plastic pollution is certainly created by industrial waste and dumping, abandoned fishing gear, littered or mismanaged single-use plastic items like cups and bottles, packaging and more.


30 Jun 2021

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.


30 Jun 2021

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.


30 Jun 2021

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.


28 Jun 2021

Beeswax Wraps

Back by popular demand! Join in the Plastic Free July celebrations with Natasha Odgers from Natural Connections Wax Wraps Workshops and learn how to make your own beeswax wraps.


21 Jun 2021


Join Final Call artist Courtney Scheu as she leads this immersive, earth-focussed movement experience through the Final Call exhibition. Tap into your mind-body connection through meditation, art, music and movement, while experiencing Final Call artworks …


21 Jun 2021

This is climate change

Filmmakers Danfung Dennis and Eric Strauss break that boundary between seeing and experiencing with their powerful virtual reality (VR) documentary series, This Is Climate Change.


21 Jun 2021

Songs of Gaia (A twilight gathering)

Songs of GAIA (a twilight gathering) is the world premiere performance from Ensemble Beyond Borders, a group of musicians exploring new ways of creating music that reflects the rich cultural diversity of Australia.


21 Jun 2021

Mindful Magic

We invite you along to the Wonderland Spiegeltent Garden to join Chony’s Art Room for Mindful Magic, a free guided art session to ponder the magic of the world we live in, and create your own visual representation of wonder.


21 Jun 2021

Lung Water

Lung Water is a sprawling, brutally tender, torrential contemporary performance inviting audiences out of their depths. As the sun sets, an otherworldly audio journey guides audiences across Chambers Island.


21 Jun 2021

Final Call - Kids

Through an activity sheet, kids will be introduced to the underground world at their feet, pulsing with life and transformation. The space will also feature an installation called ‘Winds of Change’ created by artist Yanni van Zijl and a group of local …


21 Jun 2021

Final Call

Final Call presents new creative works collaboratively conceptualised and developed by six leading Queensland artists — Judy Watson, Robert Andrew, Courtney Coombs, Caitlin Franzmann, Courtney Scheu and Itamar Freed — responding to climate change.


21 Jun 2021

Sunshine Coast Art Prize — Walk + Talk

Currently Director/CEO of the Museum of Brisbane, Renai brings her 25 years’ experience as a corporate creative to the considerable task of judging the winners of this year’s art prize.


21 Jun 2021

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition presents finalist artworks, representing diverse 2D genres including oil, acrylic, print and photography. The prize incorporates a suite of awards, including an acquisitive Major Prize, Highly Commended Award, …


21 Jun 2021

Sites of Connection

The works move beyond the literal presentation of scientific research to demonstrate how artists employ creative methods to imaginatively explore environmental topics, illuminate ideas, spark curiosity, and generate dialogue.


21 Jun 2021

Reading between the lines: Uncovering Butchulla history in the K’gari research archive

Archives of local and national significance across Australia have been founded on colonial systems of record keeping, with institutions valuing written records that uphold the settler-nation narrative.


21 Jun 2021

Sites of Connection — Walk + Talk

Sites of Connection illuminates the work of artists at the intersection of creative practice and environmental research. The works move beyond the literal presentation of scientific research to demonstrate how artists employ creative methods to …


21 Jun 2021


The hybrid live and digital symposium will explore the ethics of interdisciplinary art and will illuminate how vital creativity is in responding to the climate crisis and reimagining our future.


21 Jun 2021


In a beautiful rainforest setting, children (and adult guardians) will forage for natural materials, tools and pigments, and will be guided to create a self-portrait from these materials.


21 Jun 2021


In a show of collective strength, we gather together as the first light rises on the banks of Stumers Creek in Coolum. Through stories, songs, visual art projections, spoken word and the dances of the Custodians of these lands, we bear witness to a …


21 Jun 2021


Curated by prominent Jinibara artist Jason Murphy, the exhibition explores the intricate connection between people and place. The five featured Jinibara artists - Jason Murphy, BJ Murphy, Caitlin Murphy, Allan Kina and Enid Kina - are each inspired by, …


20 Jun 2021


Welcoming artists and audiences to the region, this ceremony will feature the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, the Jinibara Dance Troupe and the First Voices Choir and offer a moment to honour Country, Ancestors and the Original Storytellers and artists of this …


20 Jun 2021

Here, Today: First Nations short films + conversations

We finish our evening with a selection of Queensland-made First Nations shorts and a panel conversation and Q&A with with Warburdar Bununu: Water Shield director Jason De Santolo, local filmmaker John Harvey (Water, Spear, Out of Range), film makers …


20 Jun 2021


Lia Pa’apa’a is a weaver, mother and community based artist, who has been weaving for over twenty years, incorporating weaving techniques taught to her by her family from her rich ancestry of Pacific Islander and Luiseño Native American.


20 Jun 2021


Jinibara Elder and artist BJ Murphy presents a series of sculptural installations on the lawns of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve - ‘Dreamtime Travellers’ created in tribute to Jinibara Country and the continuous flow of cultural knowledge it offers when …


20 Jun 2021


Kuku Yalanji Weaver Merindi Schrieber is a story teller who uses different art forms to tell stories of her land and culture. Merindi is well-known for her singing abilities but has also learnt the art of weaving traditional balji (baskets) from her …


07 Jun 2021

Kids ClimART

About this event Artist Yanni van Zijl presents a special workshop series exploring climate change. Children and their caregivers will create several large and colourful group artworks - playing with paint, ink and charcoal using handmade brushes and …


02 Jun 2021

Talking Circular Communities with Chad Buxton

Chad Buxton is the founder of Circular Communities, a consultancy focused on harnessing this power to help navigate change for good – change that is good for people, business and our environment.


28 May 2021

Speed date a sustainability expert

When: June 19th, 2021, 2pm-5pm (AEST) Where: Online (Zoom link provided upon booking) Sponsored by: Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)


28 May 2021

What is the the Circular Economy

While most people assume that the CE is just about recycling (and no shade if you do), it actually goes much deeper than that—in fact, recycling is the last resort when it comes to an ideal CE.


18 May 2021

What keeps climate scientists like me awake at night - and why the next 10 years are so critical

But what if you decide to wait – let’s say for a few years, or even a decade to two, perhaps to 2050 or beyond.


18 May 2021

Getting the mail on solar installations

The 20 years of data collected by the CER[[i]](https://www.energycouncil.com.au/analysis/getting-the-mail-on-solar-installations/#_edn1), shows Bundaberg (4670) to be the leading postcode for solar installations, while another three Queensland suburbs are …


06 May 2021

15 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

“…and this is all the plastic shit I found in my house” Image: Plastic Planet Documentary (2009) We brush our teeth with it, eat and drink from it and even wear it: from the moment we wake up until we go to bed, plastic is all around us.


27 Apr 2021

Open Studio Artist in Residence - Libby Derham

This is what Sunshine Coast watercolour artist Libby Derham is investigating in her current body of work. Mapping the diversity of the Lagoon Walk at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Libby creates sensory scrolls and watercolours on paper …


27 Apr 2021

Watercolour workshop with Libby Derham

Join watercolour artist Libby Derham as she guides you through explorations of loose and playful watercolour landscapes. Using the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens as the source of inspiration, participants will learn to seek palettes of colour …


27 Apr 2021

Lifestyles of the cool and scaly: Open forest reptile neighbours

Set in a subtropical mix of urban, rural and natural environment settings, the Sunshine Coast supports an extraordinarily rich biodiversity. This applies particularly to reptiles.


27 Apr 2021

Wetlands ClimateWatch Walk - record the change

Within this wetland, life thrives in land on the edge of the sea, flooded by freshwater and salty tides. Volunteer guides will help you to explore the varied ecosystems of the sanctuary: wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, …


27 Apr 2021

Walking Whilst Drawing Sensory Walk with Libby Derham

Learn to slow down and soak up the sights, sounds and scents of the reserve rainforest, whilst creating a personal record of your journey on a mark-making scroll.


27 Apr 2021

The Cedar Rose - a puppet performance

Join Rose Wood on her daily foray into her rainforest sanctuary. Meet Red Cedar, whose ancestors have felled timber in the region for generations. One day the two worlds collide.


23 Apr 2021

Laura Di Mambro on living a conscious life

Following a degree in architecture and a successful career in interior design in England, Laura moved to Australia, intending to continue her design journey here.


22 Apr 2021

Holistic Wellness Festival

Prepare your mind, body and spirit for some sweet health hacks and mind-expanding ideas because the Conscious Life Events team is back in 2021!


22 Apr 2021

Riverside Vibes - Mooloolaba

Life is just better with live music and sunshine! Grab your picnic rug and relax with friends and family as you enjoy original songs by our homegrown Sunny Coast artists .


22 Apr 2021

Secret Garden - Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

Bring a picnic rug and relax with friends and family in this unique and beautiful setting. FEATURE ARTISTS LUCY GALLANT Lucy Gallant is hailed as one of the most talented indie artists on the scene.


22 Apr 2021

How to have a fashion revolution at home

Have you ever wondered where your clothes were made? Or who might have made them? Sometimes it’s hard to picture the kind of conditions our clothes were made in when they’re presented as pretty items in store and online, but unfortunately the fashion …


22 Apr 2021

TOP 5: Sunshine Coast trails by the sea!

Currimundi Lake: ‘Loop the Lake’ walk Rated easy: 3.8km A great circuit alongside both sides of Currimundi Lake and the beach at the end.


21 Apr 2021

Make your own bone broth or vegetable stock

Heralded from a time when meat consumption was typically low and nothing went to waste, bone broths utilise animal waste products (think: bones, cartilage and feet) to create a frugal yet nourishing dietary addition.


13 Apr 2021

Local health service embraces global green challenge

But the innovative team at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is actively pursuing change, with several pioneering programs underway and commitment to a global green hospitals initiative.


07 Apr 2021

Is your plastic food packaging recyclable?

It can also be challenging to figure out which items can be recycled. A recent WWF study found that of 82 common packaged products, only 20% were recyclable at home.


30 Mar 2021

Complete list of electric cars under $75,000 in Australia in 2021

Despite the impact of Covid-19, the year 2020 has seen several new electric cars launched in Australia, adding a little more consumer choice despite a lack of support from government.


21 Mar 2021

Earth Hour: Saturday 27 March - #SwitchforNature

Earth Hour has always been for everyone. Every year, the hour of no power turns individuals, schools, businesses and communities into a millions-strong movement, and it’s never been a more important time to make the switch.


18 Mar 2021

World's Biggest Garage Sale (Bite sized)

The World’s Biggest Garage Sale “Bite-Sized” Open Day will pack enough punch to satisfy even the biggest bargain hunters! If you’ve been to our events in the past, please note this isn’t one of them, it’s a delicious bite of evolved capabilities in …


17 Mar 2021

Gardening Tips for Autumn 2021

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.


10 Mar 2021

MobileMuster encourages Australians to Go for Zero in March

“One electronic device that almost every adult has is the smartphone. This has changed lives, societies and economies,” Duffy said. “But when they are no longer of use, we throw these devices into a desk draw or cupboard.


08 Mar 2021

Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo

The expo will showcase exciting electric transport options now available, including electric cars, e-bikes and e-scooters. You will get the chance to speak with exhibitors, and get the first hand experience of electric car owners.


17 Feb 2021

Our future waste

Around half of the material in Sunshine Coast household general waste bins could be diverted from landfill and recycled. Sunshine Coast Council is therefore looking at how we collect waste from households to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill …


17 Feb 2021

An eclectic ‘second-hand house’ in the Sunshine Coast hinterland

Concerned about the disastrous effects a “throwaway society” has on the environment and humanity, they built a “second-hand house”, where all materials and furnishings were recycled, from the biggest of walls to the smallest of light fittings.


01 Feb 2021

The 'big scrub' rainforest - Mary Cairncross an important remnant

These areas have some of the highest levels of species diversity and richness found anywhere on the Australian continent. Only the wet tropics have a greater species richness.


01 Feb 2021

Creative embroidery workshop

You will work closely with Sharka Borsakova, designer and art worker to create your own embroidery, sharing observations, diverse cultural practises and inspirations in personal space.


01 Feb 2021

Mona Ryder Peer Dialogue Sessions

During your half hour informal meet you will be able to discuss and explore artistic practice, concepts and practicalities relevant to your area of creative practice.


01 Feb 2021

Coffee and Conversation with Mona Ryder

The artist’s work explores themes of domesticity, gender politics and memory through her multi-media practice – a practice that spans more than 4 decades and has been exhibited widely.


01 Feb 2021

Fragile Gardens Exhibition

Mona Ryder’s practice has explored interpersonal relationships, memory, mortality and core beliefs in a rapidly changing world. There is a sense of theatre that pervades the work with an edge of wry humour.


01 Feb 2021

Join the movement: Healthy Sunshine Coast is back for 2021!

One of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular fitness and wellness programs for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from is back and just in time for people to tackle their New Year’s resolutions for 2021.


21 Jan 2021

5 easy reuse projects to become a DIY master

1. Turn an old coffee bag into a sparkly gift bag Who would have thought an old coffee bag could look so good?! Because of their foil lining, used coffee bags can make great gift bags (some of the coffee bags that look like paper are good to go as is!


17 Jan 2021

Coast “fix it” cafés reduce landfill and keep skills alive

Across the Sunshine Coast, an increasing number of fix it type cafes are popping up and old school tinkerers who repair everything from garden furniture to bicycles are busier than ever.


14 Jan 2021

Yandina business compost pilot an Australian first

Food Waste Loop, a Yandina Community Gardens (YCG) pilot program, is collecting food waste from local businesses and turning it into compost which is already in high demand.


22 Dec 2020

Love your Leftovers tips for less waste this Christmas

Love your Leftovers Veggies = Frittata Bundle those leftover roasted veggies into a frittata by adding some eggs and cream. Use up all those leftover herbs and add a couple of tasty items such as capers or anchovies, olive oil and lemon juice to make a …


22 Dec 2020

Christmas Settings - Paper Chains

Christmas decorations can be as easy as stapling pretty-coloured paper into chains. This is a great activity to do with your family and stored properly, will last for years.


22 Dec 2020

Christmas settings - Table Decorations

Martin and Kim encourage us to break out the old family favourite tableware or buy some bling from the local op shop. This is an opportunity to let your kids’ creativity shine in front of the whole family.


16 Dec 2020

Seasonal Gardening Tips for Summer by Anne Gibson

Challenges during Summer As the humidity and temperatures increase, pests, diseases and weeds grow in number too! Fruit flies, grasshoppers, aphids and ants, caterpillars, slugs, snails, whitefly, scale, leaf miners and citrus gall wasps, powdery mildew, …


02 Dec 2020

Nothing new for Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is also the time of the greatest waste. Food goes uneaten, wrapping goes to landfill, unwanted gifts end up at charity.


02 Dec 2020

NightQuarter Workshops

Dont waste money on expensive Christmas presents and decorations. At these workshops you’ll discover ways to save money and have some fun at the same time.


02 Dec 2020

Nothing new for Christmas - DIY decorating

Make a foraged Christmas Centrepiece or Wreath – Workshop 20th December Join Living Smart at the NightQuarter Repair Lab for our Inspired by Nature – Foraged Christmas Centrepiece or Wreath Workshop on December 20.


02 Dec 2020

Nothing new for Christmas: Ditch the wrapping

Join a workshop, check out our videos or get creative with some of our ideas below for a plastic-free, waste-free Christmas. Craft cards, ornaments and gift tags workshop – December 13th  Join Living Smart at the NightQuarter Repair Lab for our …


02 Dec 2020

Get creative with handmade and upcycled presents

Use something you have on hand to create a beautiful custom handmade gift or head to the op shop for inspiration. Make a handmade Christmas gift for your pet – Workshop 6th December Make an upcycled, Christmas gift for your pet or someone else’s pet with …


01 Dec 2020

Eco-friendly sanitary products: join the reusable revolution

The figures are staggering…Three hundred million tampons are sold in Australia every year and over a lifetime, each person who menstruates uses up to 15 thousand single use pads and tampons.


01 Dec 2020

True cost of Christmas

Commit to buying at least one thing second hand this Christmas and make a pledge through the #OneSecond campaign.  Together we can make a real and actionable difference to create new circular and sustainable Christmas traditions.


22 Nov 2020

HAVE YOUR SAY on the future management of our coastal areas

Over the past 18 months Council has been working with the community to develop a long-term Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy to help manage the impacts of coastal hazards like erosion and inundation, to increase the resilience of our region.


16 Nov 2020

Value our heritage – Have your say for a chance to win

The draft Heritage Plan 2021-2031(External link) (External link)is now available for public consultation. All feedback will be used to inform final amendments to the document before the plan is presented to Council in 2021 for consideration.


09 Nov 2020

Nothing New for Christmas - Launch RepairLab Workshop Series

EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY TO REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE The NightQuarter RepairLab has a mission to empower the community to participate in the circular economy. The space provides opportunities for the community to meet with skilled local makers, artisans …


06 Nov 2020

RepairLab Workshop series

The NightQuarter RepairLab has a mission to empower the community to participate in the circular economy. The space provides opportunities for the community to meet with skilled local makers, artisans and craftspeople to repair and reuse furniture, …


06 Nov 2020

Planet arks National recycling week

This established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by: Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources …


05 Nov 2020

Recycle right Sunshine Coast

In the kitchen In this video, you’ll learn: Should you rinse your recycling? How to recycle meat trays What to do with soft plastics you can scrunch up with your hand?


15 Oct 2020

Episode #5: Jacqueline Wilson-Smith & Megyn Carpenter

The Crafting a Circular Conversation series stars serial collaborators who believe in challenging the status quo. These are change makers from across the Sunshine Coast and beyond who are working to reduce waste, increase efficiencies, regenerate, and …


12 Oct 2020


Guided Aura Social Ride Join us on a cruisy pathway ride of Aura’s incredible cycling infrastructure. This ride is aimed at riders who would like to learn about pathway etiquette and meet some new people whilst experiencing some new pathway routes.


08 Oct 2020


This responsive design is known as a “place-based approach” and is evidenced in the following short films, each focused on a special Sunshine Coast building.


02 Oct 2020

Talking Values Based Business with Sarah Wilson

you aren’t living your life with purpose and drive you feel conflicted between how you need to act within your business or employment and your personal value set.


29 Sep 2020

Virtual Cleantech Conference & Exhibition is happening 24 - 26 November 2020

The three day program will focus on the opportunities for the Cleantech industry as an instigator of innovation, economic development, creative collaborations and inclusive prosperity.


25 Sep 2020

Speed Date one of Australia’s leading Sustainable Architects - for FREE

Attendees have the opportunity to meet with 2 architects who are experts in environmentally sustainable design, for 20 minutes each on Monday 5 October between 3-5:30pm .


23 Sep 2020

Living with a Creative Mind

From science and psychology to the mysteries of pineal gland activation, Creative Minds is a diverse exploration into creativity and how we can work with it, to peak effect.


17 Sep 2020

From trash to treasure – the online marketplace for business waste

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! With ASPIRE, businesses can trade, exchange or sell unwanted waste. Surplus or unwanted goods are matched with businesses seeking them.


15 Sep 2020

Connect and Share with Spare Harvest

Moving to the Sunshine Coast several years ago, Helen wanted her family to experience the same connection to food that she did growing up, so they bought acreage where the family could grow their own produce.


15 Sep 2020


See Permaculture principles and design ideas in action. Come along for an inspiring & informative tour of our gardens on the first Saturday of each month.


15 Sep 2020


We have diverted over 1.25 tonnes of waste, and saved over 2,400kg of C02-e emissions from our beautiful environment. We have 10 businesses onboard who are happily separating their waste, and redirecting it for a greater purpose!


15 Sep 2020


It teaches students new ideas, ways of thinking and a change in how we feel about growing food, and teaches the next generation of kids about Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share to usher in a greener and brighter future!


15 Sep 2020


PLEASE NOTE: Parents are welcome to attend, but parent involvement is not necessary as teachers are qualified and numbers are restricted to cater for this.


14 Sep 2020

FABRIC Slow Fashion Artful Living Program

We shine a light on ethically focussed practise, inspired design and resourceful living. This year’s offer includes exhibitions, small bespoke workshops in line with current covid safe regulations, professional development, digital ‘make, fix, and create’ …


14 Sep 2020

Kids’ Program: Worm Lasagne and Magic Potion

Our Worm Lasagne method is energy efficient, blocks weeds and generates healthy organic produce. Then we will mix up a batch of “Magic Potion” that will enchant your soil with E.


02 Sep 2020

Spring into scavenge

Well, Spring into Scavenge is coming to town! This is a waste education event where the litter you collect becomes a currency to purchase pre-loved clothes, books and more that have been donated by your local community.


31 Aug 2020

Episode #4: Matt Jancauscas and Christine Ballinger

On September 16th we will be providing the first networking opportunity of the series along with Brouhaha’s curated Beer and Bento experience. This is where guests can be introduced to some of their craft beers, the producers and artisans they work, and …


28 Aug 2020

The Big Bike Film Night 2020 - Nambour/ Sunshine Coast

Showcasing their 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want - action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is unashamedly and utterly designed and devised for the two wheel devotee!


25 Aug 2020

Plant a self-assessable verge garden

The road verge is the area of land between your property boundary and the road. The typical road verge within our region consists of grass, footpath and a council provided street tree.


24 Aug 2020

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.


12 Aug 2020

SPRUNGG delivers world-class sustainable change accelerator for businesses

SPRUNGG is designed to meet the need for affordable, practical learning and development for businesses, community groups and not-for-profits striving to create more sustainable, resilient business models.


12 Aug 2020

Episode #3: Roz White, Michele Lipner and Cameron McKenzie

Love local, love locavore! We are bursting with excitement to bring you the THIRD episode in the Crafting a Circular Conversation series, where we are talking supporting local - local business, local community initiatives, local business value chain, …


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 …


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 video

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 …


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


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


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 …


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

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

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 …


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

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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

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’.


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 …


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 …


24 Apr 2020

Fashion Revolution Week 2020

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 …


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 …


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 …


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


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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. Families from across the Sunshine Coast had a fun morning at the tree planting event, with 196 …


07 Aug 2019

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.


07 Aug 2019

Everyone is drooling over new mouth-watering food festival

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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

Many of these items contain toxic chemicals that can reduce indoor air quality and negatively affect our wellbeing. When it comes to selecting furniture and furnishings, understanding the nasties that can be used in the manufacturing process and being …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 cafe’s 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 …


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

(For a crash course in why straws are bad for the planet, check out this video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck up its nose.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


28 May 2018

What kind of composter are you?

Composting creates nutrient-rich soil conditioner that provides nutrition for plants, flowers and vegetables and is a fascinating way for kids to learn about the life cycle of plants, soils and different types of waste.


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 …


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 …


14 May 2018

How to introduce your child to craft

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 …


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

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

Soup: There is nothing better about a dreary day than breaking out a big pot and creating a nice hearty soup. A beautiful bowl of soup isn’t just nourishing and low in calories, it’s like one giant big HUG IN A BOWL.


22 Mar 2018

Our most wasted food products

A survey conducted by Social Marketing @ Griffith University for Redland City Council, aimed to explore the food-related habits of residents, inviting participants to audit their fridges and list the foods they most often throw out.


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! Think of all those fibre-filled veggies and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauces and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats.


12 Mar 2018

Muesli Smoothie

Makes 1 1 cup Milk 1 frozen banana 1/2 cup muesli 3 tbsp. greek yoghurt Pop all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.


01 Mar 2018

Lunchbox Sushi

Serves 2 4 slices of soy and linseed bread (or bread of choice) 1 tbsp. whole egg mayonnaise ½ avocado, mashed ½ cucumber, thinly sliced Remove crusts from each slice of bread.


01 Mar 2018

Leftover Banana Chips

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. So even though you may have thought they were healthy, these are a much healthier alternative.


01 Mar 2018

Homemade LCM’S

TIP: I personally prefer any treats to be homemade, at least then I know exactly what ingredients are being used. ‘Yes’ this is sugary,' No' we aren’t recommending it daily, but as a ‘treat’ every now and then, your children …


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 …


27 Feb 2018

Waste-not-Want-not Dressing

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27 Feb 2018

Vegemite Scrolls

Makes 20 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted 4 tbsp. Vegemite 1½ cups tasty cheese, grated Preheat oven 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.


27 Feb 2018

Stale Bread French Toast

Learn how to make this simple and delicious meal thanks to Kim McCosker and the 4 Ingredients team. Not only can you view and enjoy their ‘how to’ video above, but also discover the step by step method and ingredient list as you watch (click …


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) Preheat your pizza oven/ stone.


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. Place tomatoes on a paper lined baking tray, cut side up and drizzle with the oil.


23 Feb 2018

Taco Popcorn

It’s gluten free. 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

Serves 6 2 cups stewed apples 1/2 cup sultanas 200g leftover biscuits 100g butter, melted Preheat oven 180C Spoon the stewed apples into a 20cm pie dish.


22 Feb 2018

Green Summer Fruit Frappe

5 lychees 10 mint leaves 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks 10 ice cubes Pop all ingredients into a blender with 1/4 cup water. Blend together until the ice is completely crushed.


21 Feb 2018

The Eat to Live Fridge

I want to introduce you to The Eat to Live Fridge. It is a fridge that, with your help, stores products for as long as possible and with as many nutrients as possible.


21 Feb 2018

4 Practical TIPS to Reduce Waste at School

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

DID YOU KNOW: In Australia, the government estimates food waste costs the economy $20 billion each year?! When fresh produce is in abundance and on sale, we tend to buy in bulk.


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 todays lunch!

Get inspired. Transform leftovers into quick and tasty meals. Learn simple and fun ways to make the most of your shopping budget. Queen of easy (and tasty) cooking, Kim McCosker, and the 4 Ingredients team have come on board as campaign partners to …


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 …


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

It’s a perfect activity to get the kids interested in producing their own food as they can watch progress each day. Minimal equipment is needed and supplies are readily available at health food stores or online (see notes at the end of the article).


19 Dec 2017

Top 10 Summer power saving tips

With household power prices continuing to soar, save power and help prevent power bill shock with these tips. Close windows, curtains and blinds during the day.


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, …


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 …


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


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

The state-wide ban applies to all retailers including supermarkets, take away food outlets, restaurants, pharmacies, butchers and convenience stores. The ban covers singlet style plastic bags less than 35 microns thick including compostable, degradable …


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

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 …


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 …


02 May 2017

The most energy sucking appliances in your home?

. One thing you can look at immediately is the energy efficiency of the appliances you use regularly, and whether they are the main culprits or not.


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

The problem is once in a while has become too often, with the average NZ household eating takeaways 2-3 times a week (compared to the once a fortnight recommendation).


02 May 2017

Health rules to make life easier

Here are a few pointers taken from my book Fresh Start (there are more in the book!), and some super fresh, healthy recipes that will fuel you with lots of goodness, and make you feel great!


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 …


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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