Kitchen

Ethically Sustainable and Nutritious Recipes to Make at Home

(Image source) There are many ways to and reasons for eating ethically. From veganism and vegetarianism, to growing a vegie garden or only buying organic; the sky’s your limit when it comes to eating ethically and sustainably. As the carbon footprint from excessive livestock farming increases and food waste around the world intensifies, it’s important…

Natural Oven Cleaning – Before & After Pics

Natural Norwex oven cleaner before and after pics | SustainableSuburbia.net

You might laugh when you hear that some members of my family have been known to laugh at me for being a Norwex consultant (not to mention talking so much about non-toxic cleaning on this blog), because they know how much I hate to clean. Actually, the truth is I hate to tidy more than to…

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Attractive bottle of olive oil with several sprigs of rosemary inside.

Okay, so Christmas is in 4 days. Who’s finished their present buying/making frenzy?? Not me, haha! One thing I try to do every year is have the kids help with making gifts for their grandparents and aunts and uncles. Years ago my family decided to only buy gifts for the kids, but I have always…

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…

Got a Toothache? Visit Your Kitchen Pantry

Got a Toothache? Visit your kitchen pantry. Sea salt by happy Krissy | SustainableSuburbia.net

Most of us will have some traditional remedy lying around the kitchen to relieve a toothache in a pinch. But, if you’re anything like me, there were some remedies your grandmother swore by that left you a little doubtful. So you splash out on highly branded products which manufacturers promise will relieve your ailments, rather…

How to Make a Homemade Solar Oven, out of Cardboard!

Bread baking in a carboard box solar oven, seen from above.

The sun has poured its energy onto the earth for billions of years. The radiating warmth from the sun heats water, warms homes, and grows food. Amidst sweltering summer heat, a solar oven or cooker is a fantastic way to prepare a meal without heating up your home. There are myriad solar ovens available for…

Save Energy By Using Smaller Appliances For Food Preparation

We are always on about trying to save energy here at Sustainable Suburbia, for the sake of both the climate and  reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources. But saving energy for many people is firstly about saving money, and there’s nothing wrong with that either.  Living a sustainable life means living within our means –…