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Is ‘Slow’ Essential for a Sustainable Life?

Hand made sign saying "drive slow" in front of a tree.

‘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…

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…

The Pros and Cons of Eco-Friendly Cars

car plugged in to a charging station with the words "zero emissions" visible on the back

Eco-friendly cars have been growing in popularity, as the effects of global warming continue to make headlines all over the world. Manufacturers of green cars are constantly trying to improve the functionality of electric and hybrid cars with the aim of eventually replacing the conventional automobile with zero carbon emission models. There are a variety…

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…

Have you heard of cell phone pollution?

Cell phone pieces

It seems these days that you can’t go anywhere outside your home without seeing someone walking down the street or driving their car without talking on their cell phone. Ever since cell phone technology improved to make cell phones much smaller than when they were first invented, you can literally see them every you look.…

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…

PUL Fabric for Nappies: The Better of Two Evils!

Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, Storm Cloud (blue)

PUL is a waterproof backing that was originally used in the medical field where waterproof material which could be sterilized and ready for reuse was needed. Its uses have evolved to include the manufacture of a variety of modern diapers and diaper covers which largely solved the leaking problems associated with older style cloth diapers.

Guinness Ratify Cloth Diaper Challenge Results

Guinness have ratified the evidence and the official Guiness World Record for most cloth nappies changed simultaneously is 5,026 people. The Great Cloth Diaper Change was held around the world on April 23 (US time) with the aim of raising the public awareness of the benefits and ease of cloth diaper use. The unofficial record…

Western Meat Consumption Causing Malnutrition in Africa

Western diets high in meat are coursing malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study presented recently at an international conference looking at agriculture and its effects on nutrition and health. The report, presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), finds that if people in Western countries at less meat, the price of…