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Join Norwex in New Zealand – for FREE

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

That’s right, you can join Norwex in New Zealand starting April 1st, and for the first month, you can join for free!! (And no, this is not an April Fools Joke.) I am so excited because I LOVE this company, and just love what they are doing to get safe, environmentally responsible products available to…

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…

So Many Inspiring Bloggers

Today I’m sending you elsewhere for your dose of simple, sustainable goodness. Have you ever looked at my Linky List page? There are now literally dozens of blogs linked up over the eight categories. I love that there are so many blogs in this general niche of sustainable living, and the culture of blogs linking…

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.

Where Does All the Mercury Go?

Mercury emissions by light source (en)

There is no doubt that compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are more energy efficient than their predecessors, incandescent light bulbs. But the issue of their mercury content ending up in landfills is very real. The Australian Government’s FluoroCycle scheme is a voluntary system supporting industry in recycling fluorescent lights, thereby keeping mercury pollution from entering the…

How Guerrilla Gardeners are Changing Public Policy

Guerilla gardening crocuses in Glasgow, photo by Michael Gallacher

Guerrilla gardening has taken off around the globe – and it’s not as subversive as it sounds.  It  has many applications, though it particularly refers to the enforced cultivation of public or private land that would otherwise lie fallow, by concerned, green fingered citizens. There are many international schemes to further the aims of guerrilla…

Vote for Swap Shuffle Share!

Swap Shuffle Share

Swap Shuffle Share is “an online community who swap their backyard bounty at meet-ups, shuffle carrots for cabbages and rhubarb for radishes, and share home-grown tips and tricks about home-growing.” This is a grassroots organisation, up until now solely funded by founder Natasha Kuperman, and exactly the sort of important movement I think Paul Gilding…

Sustainability Education Portal Launched

The Antarctic Environment (for 2-4 players)

The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (what a mouthful!), has recently added an Education Portal to their website, with entry points for students and teachers, though the information reached doesn’t seem to be significantly different for the two groups. Categories include Sustainable Living, Biodiversity, Marine, Heritage, Land, Water, Parks, Indigenous Australians,…

The Future of Sustainable Farming Lies in the Hands of Women and Children

Women reclaiming sustainable livelihoods; Spaces lost, spaces gained; Edited by Wendy harcourt

Sustainable farming has proven to be a rewarding practice both for people and the planet.  Though gender roles are deeply rooted in many communities, educating women on agricultural growth is becoming more widely accepted. The benefits of encouraging women in agriculture extend to the entire family both in terms of health and economics. At this…

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…