Less Toxic Living

Climate Change could mean higher exposure to toxic heavy metals

Climate change means higher exposure to heavy metals | photo: Pheonix Dust Storm by Alan Stark, Flickr | SustainableSuburbia.net

A study published this month gives us even more reason to be concerned about climate change, and to reduce toxic chemical use. ‘People’s exposure to chemical contaminants could increase due to climate change,’ says Dr Bhabananda Biswas, a researcher with the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) and the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute.

Why You Should Go To A Norwex Party

A review from Angie at Know.Shift.Repeat. (She’s all about reducing the chemicals too, but she’s not a Norwex consultant – just a customer). She says if you are invited to a Norwex party – GO! I say, if you’re not invited – have one of your own!! And of course, if you want to have…

The Chemicals in Household Dust – and How to Avoid Them

How toxic is your household dust? SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know that household dust can often contain harmful chemicals including phthalates, pesticides, brominated fire retardants and countless other pollutants tracked in from outdoors, or shed from your inside furnishings and appliances? Indoor pollution is often significantly worse than outdoor. Five things you can do Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter.…

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…

Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

How to Choose Utensils and Cookware that Won't Make You Sick | SustainableSuburbia.net

It seems like such a simple thing – toxin-free utensils. But, more and more, people are discovering that manufacturers have traded convenience for safety, and consumers are paying the price. Here’s how to choose utensils that won’t make you (or your family) sick. Avoid Plastics, When Possible Plastics often contain BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical…

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…

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…

10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

41osHoneywell Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter | SustainableSuburbia.net

This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…

Soap Making & Living Simply after Cancer Strikes

This week I am so pleased to bring you a guest post from artisan soapmaker of more than ten years experience, Ros Wathen of Larkrise Soaps, about her inspiring journey to more natural living. My family had always lived a fairly healthy life, cooking from scratch, growing our own vegies, keeping chooks, making bread, preserving…

The Fabulous Norwex Makeup Removal Cloth

Fabulous suede microfibre Norwex Makeup Removal Cloths in purple, green and blue

Well, we are in the middle of giveaway central here at the moment, and I have 5 winners to announce from last fortnight’s giveaway, plus another giveaway to talk about! First, this fortnight’s giveaway. And yes, this time it is open World Wide and with No Social Media requirement! This week I was planning to…

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…

One Cloth to Clean it All (Well, Almost)

Giveaways! Parties! Excitement! Announcements! It's all happening at Sustainable Suburbia this month

The Norwex antibac envirocloth is a really “grabby” microfibre cloth, which means that it not only picks up all the dirt, it then holds on to it, instead of transferring it to the next surface you wipe. The fact is, the products I’ve tried really do work. They clean exceptionally well, with nothing but water.