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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Lip Balm That Lasts – for AGES

Lip care includes hysdrating more by drinking water and applying lip balm liberally, as the lips have no oil glands. Norwex lip balm moisturises and protects lips with organic aloe vera, coconut oil, and tea tree oil, and is gluten and paraben free.

The AWESOME Norwex Lip Balm is currently 35% off! This is another product I bought 3 of at full price just a couple of weeks back. Oh no! But it’s okay, ’cause I wanted those for Chrissy presents for my kids, so I couldn’t have got them in time if I’d waited πŸ˜‰ Having done…

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Attractive bottle of olive oil with several sprigs of rosemary inside.

Okay, so Christmas is in 4 days. Who’s finished their present buying/making frenzy?? Not me, haha! One thing I try to do every year is have the kids help with making gifts for their grandparents and aunts and uncles. Years ago my family decided to only buy gifts for the kids, but I have always…

Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

Dishwasher powder is toxic. Would you eat it? | SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know that dishwasher powder (or tablets) is likely one of the most toxic items in your house? In America, in a two year period, 14,000 children were admitted to emergency after eating dishwasher tablets. They are incredibly caustic and burn mouth and throat as they go down. In Australia, over 2000 kids each…

My Secret Love: Rescue Gel

Timeless Relaxation Rescue Gel by Norwex. Help melt away stress and tension with a synergistic blend of natural and organic botanicals

Well, not so secret really, since I keep a bottle next to my bed, in my bag, and often in the car too. Long time readers will know that I love to use essential oils, and that is the basis for this “magic in a bottle”. This stuff is AMAZING. My favourite way to use…

Join Norwex in New Zealand – for FREE

Count Me In! Join Norwex gfor Free NZ | SustainableSuburbia.net

UPDATE: I wrote this post overΒ two years ago when Norwex was first launching in NZ, and since then WOW it has really taken off. New Zealanders love Norwex, and really, it’s no wonder πŸ™‚ Β The Fresh Start Package you can get on joining hasn’t changed substantially from the image below, but there is now a…

Non-toxic Baby – Top Norwex Baby Shower Gifts

baby with Norwex hooded towel

Having a baby is often the reason people start transitioning to a less toxic lifestyle. That moment when you realise your baby is lying on carpet coated with toxic cleaning or fire retardent chemicals, dressed in cloths that are coated with laundry powder fillers, breathing in endocrin disrupting phthlatates from the scented candle you have…