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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Toxic Cooking: Choosing Safer Cookware

Non Toxic Cooking: Choosing Safer Cookware | SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know chemicals can leach from your cookware into your food? Not just from plastics in the microwave or from Teflon either. More about that below. First, safer choices for your cookware: Stainless Steel – as long as you don’t have a nickel allergy, that is. Avoid cleaning frequently with abrasive materials which may…

Mindfulness and Simple Living, the Only Way I Know How: One Small Step at a Time

Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unravelling, it’s the unravelling And it undoes all the joy that could be. Joni Mitchell, Blue

It’s hard to reduce consumption when you are always seeing what other people have and wishing for it. It’s hard to be happy with your average size, west facing, three bedroom home when you are busy envying your mother’s lovely sunny north facing living areas, or your friend’s big north facing, fruit tree filled back yard with all its great nooks for kids, or another friend’s four bedroom home with large separate living areas and perhaps a study.

Cleaning the Indoor Air with Ionisation: Beeswax Candles, Himalayan Salt Lamps, and Electric Ionisers: Do They Work?

Can beeswax candles really clean your air?

According to the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health in America. While one common concern in America, Radon, is less of an issue in Australia (because we don’t generally have basements), the Australian Environment Department also notes that “many chemicals present in…

5 Easy to Make Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Five Easy DIY Christmas Gifts | SustainableSuburbia.net

Christmas is only 2 days away, but you can still make these easy gifts, each of which takes between minutes and an hour or two (mostly waiting time). You may even have the ingredients sitting in your cupboard! If not, it’s too late to order them online, but in Australia at least, most are available…

Christmas Presents to Clean the Air

potted peace lily | sustainablesuburbia.net

Did you know that the air inside your home could be anything from two to one hundred times more toxic than the air outside? Your inside air is typically contaminated with a bunch of toxic chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldeyde (a known caricinogen), phthalates, and brominated fire retardants. If you have a…

Less Toxic Living is Live – and I’m Giving it Away!

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I am so excited to be able to announce that Less Toxic Living is finally available!

An even more exciting announcement is that I am giving away the PDF copy completely FREE!

And, there are free gifts! Only available with a special access code, which I am going to give you! Normally, you get that by buying a paperback copy. But for a limited time you can also get them with the PDF (see the bottom of this post for your special launch access code).

Are Your Candles Slowly Poisoning You?

I've told the kids we can save the eccobulb for earth hour next year. It's definitely their favourite. | SustainableSuburbia.net

Plus, Free Gift Offer (limited time)! Did you know that paraffin candles are made from a petroleum waste product? That they start as a greyish-black sludge which is bleached with 100% pure bleach (whereas the bleach we consider nasty in the laundry is only 10%), creating billions of tonnes of dioxin, and doing who knows…

What is Really Lurking Under Your Sink?

The Truth about Toxic and Non Toxic Cleaners SustainableSuburbia.net

You know you should probably switch to non-toxic cleaners, but without the nitty gritty of why, it’s hard to hustle up the motivation. After all, the cleaners you buy usually say they’re “green” or “natural”, so they can’t be all bad, right? I mean, those ones aren’t giving you cancer or anything, are they? The…