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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Prefold Cloth Nappies

Flat and prefold cloth nappies (or diapers) are the least expensive of the modern cloth nappy family, but by no means the worse for it. Prefold nappies are really just as easy to use as pocket diapers, and  no more likely to leak, as long as you have a good nappy cover. While prefolds can…

Installing Residential Solar Power Systems

two rows of solar panels cover one side of our home's roof

(This article updated in May 2012) It is is becoming more and more cost effective to install solar power in homes, around the world. This is not only because of the reduction in costs associated with building a rooftop solar power system (costs of PV solar panels dropped by around 50% in 2011 alone), but…

Using Fitted Cloth Nappies

Three colourful bamboo fitted cloth diapers

Fitted cloth diapers (also called fitted cloth nappies) are a version of the modern cloth diaper that is easy to use and generally highly absorbent. They are better for the environment than disposable diapers (the jury really is not out on this anymore*) and many people claim their babies get less diaper rash with cloth than with disposables.