Books

Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

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I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…

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).

Rob Hopkins on the Power of Just Doing Stuff

How local action can change the world

We are living in times of great change. Changes in climate, resources and economy are encouraging people around the world to take the view that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. These are ordinary people, people just like you and me, and they’ve had enough.

Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

Made by Hand, Searching for meaning in a throwaway world, by Mark Freuenfelder

There are at least three driving forces behind the cultural movement towards DIY activities. One is frugality. Another is the desire to live more ethically and sustainably. A third driving force is a certain disenchantment with aspects of modern life. It is a desire to slow down, smell the roses and feel the texture of the wood. To develop a stronger connection to the world around you, and a better understanding of the items you use everyday. It is largely this desire to experience life more fully, or at least, in a different way, that motivated Mark Frauenfelder to become a do-it-yourselfer.

And We Have a Winner…

One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square by Lolo Houbein

My ten-year-old son Liam did the honours today, drawing a name out of a hat, to determine the winner of our giveaway of One Magic Square. In front of exited onlookers, Liam drew out the name… (Drum Roll Please) Dani So our winner is Dani of Ecofootprint ~ South Africa. Congratulations Dani, I hope you…

You Are Not What You Own (and Neither am I)

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life. Francine Jay

‘The compulsion to identify with consumer products reaches deep into our lives – from our choice of homes to what we put in them.’ (The Joy of Less, Francine Jay, 2010) I’ve been reading (the kindle edition of) The Joy of Less: a Minimalist Living Guide, by Francine Jay, and also her short ebook Miss…

Is ‘Slow’ Essential for a Sustainable Life?

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‘I’ve realised wanting to do too much is almost as toxic as wanting too much stuff.’ (Tricia Hogbin @ Little Eco Footprints) I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of ‘slow’ lately, as embodied by the slow movement, and I’ve been wondering: is our fast paced lifestyle inherently unsustainable? I don’t mean unsustainable only…

Simply in Season: Buy Local, Think Global, Cook Seasonal

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Only a decade ago I couldn’t get the grapes my pregnant body craved because they were out of season. Yet now I spend perhaps a third of the year refusing to buy my children the grapes they can see in the supermarket because they are grown in the USA and imported to Australia, where we live; we are trying to buy local at least to the extent of buying produce grown in our own country. Though when Australian grown mangoes appear in the shops in Spring, I must conclude that they have travelled thousands of kilometres south to where we are still huddled beneath our thick quilts on frosty nights.

Buy Local, Think Global. It is a slogan that represents the local food movement and is becoming well known as we consider the fossil fuels burned and carbon emissions released when we fly grapes half way across the world so we can have the convenience of eating them year round. Before the long months of nausea in my first pregnancy, when I craved juicy oranges and mandarins and the elusive grapes, I had little awareness of the seasonal nature of produce.