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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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 over 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 🙂  The Fresh Start Package you can get on joining hasn’t changed substantially from the image below, but there is now a…

The Absolute, Hands Down, Best Way to Clean Glass

Norwex dynamic duo - envirocloth and window cloth | SustainableSuburbia.net

There are literally dozens of posts out there about cleaning glass without nasty chemicals, recommending everything from vinegar to metho to corn flour to Ammonia (which okay, arguably is a bit nasty, but better than some options). But what’s the best way you ask? Well, it’s simple really. The best option, the one that uses…

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…

Norwex is going to New Zealand!!

Norwex on Purpose: join us for a chance to discover how you can earn extra income while improving the quality of life for your familyand community by radically reducing chemicals in our homes | Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Palmerston North.

Woohoo, Norwex is going BACK to New Zealand for another round of info sessions and giveaways! If you are in NZ or know someone who is and either a) want to try using Norwex yourself, or b) are looking for some way to make some extra income or even a full time job, in a…

Goodbye Dry Skin, Hello Olive Oil Salt Scrub

Norwex MEDITERRANEAN Meditation Olive Oil Salt Scrub, Eco Cert

The Mediterranean Meditation Olive Oil Salt Scrub is one of my favourites in the Norwex skin care range. Made from 100% Dead Sea salt, which is super high in minerals, organic olive oil and organic citrus essential oils, with no nasties, it is like a little home spa treatment for your skin. I especially love to use…

How to Use the Norwex EnviroTowel

Envirotowel - a super absorbent, extremely durable towel that polishes and dries quickly.

Firstly, the EnviroTowel is quite different to the EnviroCloth – this is something that often causes confusion. The EnviroTowel is actually a suede microfibre, and is more similar to the to the make up removal cloth or the Norwex sports towel, than the other cleaning cloths. So what’s it good for? Think of it as…

8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Lotion | A bowl of Shea butter | SustainableSuburbia.net

Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are…

What’s Your Why?

vision

In the world of business and entrepreneurial practice, this is a question we are asked to think about, because if you know your why, you are more likely to take the actions needed to get you to your where or what. But it applies in other parts of life too, including learning to live more…