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29 Jun 2020

DIY Reusable Beeswax Wraps

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

28 May 2020

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

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

06 May 2020

Small Space Gardening

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

06 May 2020

Keeping backyard chickens

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

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.

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.

05 Mar 2020

New Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood

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

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.

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.

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 Mar 2019

Locals making a difference beyond Earth Hour

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

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.

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.

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.

08 Feb 2019

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

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

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?

15 Jan 2019

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

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

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.

15 Oct 2018

The benefits and outcomes of good design for schools

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

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.

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.

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.

08 Jun 2018

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

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

29 May 2018

Op shop styling hacks with Emma Willmann

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

29 May 2018

Get op shop savvy with Emma Willmann

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

28 May 2018

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

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.

22 Mar 2018

Spag bol number one in favourite meal survey

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

22 Mar 2018

SOUP – A delicious and nutritious anytime meal

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

22 Mar 2018

Our most wasted food products

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

16 Mar 2018

PASTA – A HERO Leftover Dish

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

12 Mar 2018

Muesli Smoothie

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

01 Mar 2018

Lunchbox Sushi

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

01 Mar 2018

Leftover Banana Chips

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

27 Feb 2018

Stale Bread FRENCH TOAST

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

27 Feb 2018

From-the-Fridge Pizza

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

23 Feb 2018

Taco Popcorn

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

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.

12 Feb 2018

Last nights dinner, creates today's lunch!

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

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 ** **

01 Dec 2017

SUNDAY ROAST FRITTERS

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

30 Nov 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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