Kirsten McCulloch

Kirsten McCulloch is an Australian mother of three living in the suburbs. She has a background in writing and editing, particularly for the web, and a life long interest in living sustainably. On her journey to reduce her energy and resource consumption, she makes her own non-toxic cleaners, keeps chooks, has a few fruit trees, and a mostly organic vegetable patch. She is learning to knit and crochet but she can’t sew to save her life. She is trying hard to declutter her home. Slowly. She is trying to teach her children to value the natural environment and not to waste resources, with somewhat patchy success to date.

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Climate Change could mean higher exposure to toxic heavy metals

Climate change means higher exposure to heavy metals | photo: Pheonix Dust Storm by Alan Stark, Flickr | SustainableSuburbia.net

A study published this month gives us even more reason to be concerned about climate change, and to reduce toxic chemical use. ‘People’s exposure to chemical contaminants could increase due to climate change,’ says Dr Bhabananda Biswas, a researcher with the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) and the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute.

Why You Should Go To A Norwex Party

A review from Angie at Know.Shift.Repeat. (She’s all about reducing the chemicals too, but she’s not a Norwex consultant – just a customer). She says if you are invited to a Norwex party – GO! I say, if you’re not invited – have one of your own!! And of course, if you want to have…

How are Australia’s 160 Million Hectares of Eucalypt Forests Responding to Rising Carbon Dioxide?

The Story of the Understorey - Rising CO2 and how it affects our forest | SustainableSuburbia.net

Six years of research by Western Sydney University shows that higher carbon dioxide (CO2) levels cause significant changes in the diversity of our forests understories. They first established that “Australian trees can’t take advantage of extra carbon due to a lack of soil phosphorus and that rainfall has bigger effects on forest growth than elevated carbon dioxide.” Now, three years…

Scrubby Corner EnviroCloth Instructions

The Scrubby Corner Cloth gives you two functions in one towel: a soft, self-purifying cloth for dusting and cleaning (basically an EnviroCloth), and a special “scrubby” corner pocket for when you need a little extra boost of cleaning power. The soft, absorbent microfibre is ideal for wiping and cleaning, with the added feature of a…

Envirowand Instructions

This Microfibre Duster and Cleaner can attach to our Telescopic Mop Handle to reach those out-of-the-way places you thought would just have to stay dusty. It works great all by itself too! The two-sided sleeve slips on the bendable wand to make cleaning around furniture, under the fridge, and all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies…

EnviroCloth Instructions

Norwex EviroCloth, travel pack, magnetic envirocloth, scrubby corner cloth| SustainableSuburbia.net

High quality microfibre that grips to skin when dry. This multi-purpose, antibacterial microfibre removes dust, dirt, grease and bacteria from washable surfaces. Wet with water and wring out well, and the cloth will wipe away dirt, water, grease and unsanitary residues and up to 99% of germs and bacteria. Remember, this is your “everything” cloth.…

Enviro Towel Instructions

Suede microfibre, very compact, use wet or dry – is super absorbent and dries quickly. This towel dries and cleans at the same time. WHERE TO USE: Use for sports towel, tea towel, hair towel, drying dishes or for dusting highly polished surfaces without streaks. Use dry to dust or moist to clean. For use…

Entry Mat Instructions

Your first line of defence against the dirt, dust, chemicals and allergens that are carried inside every time someone enters your home. Where to use: Place inside your home’s entryways and always wipe the bottoms of your shoes to prevent as much outside dirt and grime from entering your home as possible. Maintenance: Use the…

Dusting Mitt Instructions

My Norwex dusting mitt when dusting after being away for 6 months | SustainableSuburbia.net

Blue mitt with thumb. The structure of the ultra fine fibres and the natural static charge inherent to synthetic products enables the Dusting Mitt to attract and trap dust and dirt more efficiently than cotton. WHERE TO USE: Anywhere that requires dusting! For example: blinds, fans, banisters, vehicle dashboards, tops of cupboards, lamps, screens etc.…

Dishwashing Liquid Instructions

Norwex Dishwashing Liquid is biodegradable, free from Phthalates, SLS, SLES and dyes. Ultra concentrated and 100% all natural, this gentle, sudsing formula reduces soap use by up to 70% as it gets your dishes spotless, even in the hardest water. It is suitable for septic tanks. Also great for removing grease from hands!

Dish Mat Instructions

A great timesaver.  Wash and go with dishes, pots and pans and fine crystal.  Use mesh side up for maximum absorption.  The Dish mat is much more absorbent than any towel you could set dishes on, then you hang it to dry and it’s machine washable.  In fact, it soaks up to 1.5 times its…

Descaler Instructions

Norwex Descaler

An effective and environmentally friendly product designed to dissolve mineral build up, rust and watermarks on shower screens, tubs, sink and tiles. The enzyme-based, non-toxic, and biodegradable solution is fantastic for removing calcium build-up from glass shower screens and around taps, and has a lovely, fresh scent. A little goes a long way – it…

Cutting Board Instructions

This eco-friendly Cutting Board made from rice husks is safe, durable and easy to clean. Natural, made from biodegradable materials, non-toxic, BPA free, no artificial colouring and food-safe. Where to use: Use to prepare fruit, vegetables or meat products. How to use: Place the Cutting Board on a stable kitchen surface. After use, remove all…