Guest Writer

3 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid, & How to Replace Them

Unsafe product fact sheet from ConsumerSafety.org | SustainableSuburbia.net

Today I have a guest post from Consumer Rights Investigator and Advocate, Lindsey Pasieka.  Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk about some lesser known toxic ingredients that are found in everyday items. We’re all used to searching for home and child-safe cleaning products, and we blanch at the idea that people used to buy…

5 Simple Swaps for a More Sustainable Yard

Adding “passive” features that provide more shade in your yard can reduce energy use by 50% | SustainableSuburbia.net | image by Janice Nicol

Today I have a guest post for you from Janice Nicol, landscape design specialist and the founder of YardKit (more detail at the end). Sustainable living reaches beyond the walls of your home. A great landscape is beautiful, sure, but it also performs well — cleaning water, preserving resources, and adapting to shifting seasons without…

How to Grow Microgreen Peas

close up of microgreen pea shoots

If you love salads, you will definitely love microgreens. They are not only nutritious but also incredibly simple to grow. When growing microgreens, no garden is required. You just need to find a sunny spot anywhere in your house, and you are ready to go. Of all the microgreens available, the simplest to grow is…

Should Your Home Have a Green Roof?

Some people might say that green roofs are nothing more than fancy gardens simply located on top of homes and buildings… and those people would be entirely wrong. Green roofs represent one of the most comprehensive and multi-layered solutions in modern green building technology: they combine amazing functionality with progressive environmentalism and beautiful aesthetics, adding…

Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

How to Choose Utensils and Cookware that Won't Make You Sick | SustainableSuburbia.net

It seems like such a simple thing – toxin-free utensils. But, more and more, people are discovering that manufacturers have traded convenience for safety, and consumers are paying the price. Here’s how to choose utensils that won’t make you (or your family) sick. Avoid Plastics, When Possible Plastics often contain BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical…

Five ‘Green’ DIY Projects for the Home

Smarter Renovations Planner | SustainableSuburbia.net

There aren’t many people out there who wouldn’t like to do a little more at home for the environment. Recycling and re-useable bags are definitely a front foot forward, but what if you want to go that little bit further? Sure there is some government information about green building projects and tens of companies offering…

How to Grow Chemical Free Grapes

Grapes - Sweetness by Marina Del Castell (Flickr) | Sustainable Suburbia

Do you enjoy a glass of wine, or a bunch of sweet grapes? Did you know that Grapes make the top 10 list of most pesticide laden foods in both Australia and America? Today I am pleased to welcome Guest writer Mackenzie Fox, who describes why that is, an how you can avoid using pesticides…

10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

41osHoneywell Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter | SustainableSuburbia.net

This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…

Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

Flood Proof Mum | SustainableSuburbia.net

I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…

7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions | SustainableSuburbia.net

A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…

Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

Healthy Homemade Dog Food by Holly Lindsey | SustainableSuburbia.net

This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…

Soap Making & Living Simply after Cancer Strikes

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This week I am so pleased to bring you a guest post from artisan soapmaker of more than ten years experience, Ros Wathen of Larkrise Soaps, about her inspiring journey to more natural living. My family had always lived a fairly healthy life, cooking from scratch, growing our own vegies, keeping chooks, making bread, preserving…

DIY Non-Toxic Drain Cleaners

DIY Natural Drain Cleaning with vinegar, lemons and bicarb soda

Almost everyone has experienced problems with clogged drains at one time or another. Most people really don’t think about potential issues with their drains until a problem actually occurs. When it does, the reaction of many people is to run out and buy commercial drain cleaners in the hopes of quickly putting an end to the problem. However, there are many things that you should be aware of regarding the use of commercial drain cleaners.

Got a Toothache? Visit Your Kitchen Pantry

Got a Toothache? Visit your kitchen pantry. Sea salt by happy Krissy | SustainableSuburbia.net

Most of us will have some traditional remedy lying around the kitchen to relieve a toothache in a pinch. But, if you’re anything like me, there were some remedies your grandmother swore by that left you a little doubtful. So you splash out on highly branded products which manufacturers promise will relieve your ailments, rather…