Ethical lifestyle

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Kids parties

Kids parties

Last weekend we were invited to a friends’ five-year-old’s birthday party at their house. Despite having a few reservations due to our lifestyle and ethics being what I suppose a lot of people would classify as ‘alternative’ (vegan, healthy food eaters, uncommercial, etc.) we decided […]

Vegan Hiking Boots Update

Vegan Hiking Boots Update

I have now been wearing my Hi-Tec Women’s Lima Hiking boots for a couple of months;  I wear them every time I walk the dog… so daily and a couple of times a week this involves a decent hike through forest, or rougher terrain. So […]

Vegan Alcohol

Vegan Alcohol

As a vegan, you’re probably well versed in scrutinising food labels for animal ingredients, but what about alcoholic drinks labels? Many animal ingredients that are used in the actual product (e.g. dairy, honey, cochineal) aren’t listed, neither are the animal products used in the production. […]

Homemade DIY dog toys!

Homemade DIY dog toys!

After a recent clear-out of the house, we’ve got some unwanted clothing…  a good method is to organise into three piles: A: Clothes to be fixed/reused B: Clothes that can be donated to charity/sold/given to friends C: Old clothes that are really only good as […]

Environmental impacts of new-build housing?

Environmental impacts of new-build housing?

New-builds Construction of new buildings has a significant impact on our environment. Obvious impacts include the use of  land, materials and energy; leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions and production of other waste products. In Victoria, new-builds are now required to perform to a 6 star […]

Vegan Hiking Boots

Vegan Hiking Boots

Weekends are a time of exploration for us (me, hubby, bubba and dog). There is nothing better on a weekend morning to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a long hike somewhere new and interesting. As the winter has well and truly hit, […]

Bush Playgroups and the importance of Nature-Play

Bush Playgroups and the importance of Nature-Play

So, when I had my baby girl (who is now a delightful two-and-a-half year old) I went along to my local ‘new parents’ group. I forced myself to go. I hated it. I’m sure its great for some new parents, but not for me! Instead, […]

The environmental impact of disposable nappies

The environmental impact of disposable nappies

Manufacture The production of disposable nappies has huge environmental implications. The main bulk of disposable nappies is paper pulp fluff, which unfortunately requires the clearing of land for plantation timber. Amounting to around 1.8 million trees annually, this threatens old-growth forests in Canada, Scandinavia and […]

Tea drinking and waste reduction

Tea drinking and waste reduction

I was recently reading an article showing simple ways to reduce your waste, and to encourage you to really consider what you are using, and what you are throwing away every single day. One of the points regarding coffee pods hit a nerve and got […]

Spring Seasonal Eating

Spring Seasonal Eating

In my article ‘Eating Seasonally and Locally‘,  I discussed the many benefits of eating locally and seasonally, so as Spring is well and truly here, I thought it relevant to mention some of the fruit and vegetables that are great to eat at the moment, […]