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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Clutter is Anything You Neither Need Nor Love

Small bone china tea cup with gold rim and yellow flower pattern on cup and saucer

In the second in our series on decluttering your home, Kirsten McCulloch visits her grandfather’s house and is challenged to examine the motivations behind her cluttering ways. In the break between Christmas and New Year I  visited my Grandfather’s somewhat empty house on the New South Wales central coast. Empty, in the sense that no-one…

Tiny House to Occupy Wall Street

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

In the US, over 5,000,000 homes have been foreclosed since the bank bailout. With the housing crisis at the crux of the economic breakdown, just think how different things would look if even half those five million people had chosen to build a tiny house, ten years ago. On December 13th Tumbleweed Founder and Small…

Urban Farming About More Than Just Food

With youth unemployment now at over one million in the UK, skills upgrades are more vital than ever. In respose to this need, Cultivate London began an urban farming project in March, in which young people aged 16-24 can learn real gardening skills. The project has both apprentices and trainees, supported by a head grower…

The Riot for Austerity is Back!

Can you cut your carbon footprint by 90% in a year? That’s what The Riot for Austerity is all about.The Riot for Austerity was first started in 2007 by Peak Oil writer Sharon Astyk, with the goal of reducing her family’s resource use by 90% of the American average. This was the amount Peak Oil…

The Plastic Bag Ban

The ACT Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic bags can take 50 generations, or 1000 years to break down in landfill While Seattle is working towards the use of fewer paper cups, Australia’s Northern and Capital territories will soon be using far less plastic bags. From 1 November 2011 no retailer in the ACT will be able to supply the single-use, light…

Quick Tips for Grey Water Recycling

The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains by Art Ludwig

What is greywater? It is the waste water that comes from our washing machine and laundry tub, and our showers, baths and hand basins. It does not include water from the toilet or other sewage water, including water used to wash cloth nappies. Kitchen water is technically grey water but is generally not recommended for…

China the world leader in renewables; wind most mature renewable energy: UN report

Wind turbines expanding along a ridge in Galicia, Spain

In 2010 China was the world leader in investment in renewable energy technology according to the UN’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011. Globally investment was up almost one third in 2010 over 2009, at a record US$211 billion, and for the first time developing economies put more into “financial new investment” than developed ones. Global increase…

Are CFL Bulbs Bad For Your Health?

Many sensationalist news reports have been published over the years claiming some new fangled gadget – be it a vaccine, a microwave, a mobile phone or now, an energy saving light – is really evil incarnate or at least a little questionable. But often these reports are so extreme that they seem ridiculous and indeed…