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Online Shopping

| At home, money matters, transport, waste

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and member of Wooragee Landcare Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?  Not long to go.  Will you go shopping in store or online? I don’t usually shop online as I like to see the item in its actual size and shape, but it seems that I am …

Eco-Building

| At home, energy, garden, money matters, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival event officer Are you building, renovating or wanting to live in a more energy efficient home? This weekend, there will be four free events to help you, including a tiny house experience, speed dates with a sustainable building designer, a workshop on sustainable house design and a …

Reducing Environmental Nasties

| At home, health, money matters, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Albury-Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival event officer No one likes polluted land or water, but how many of us do as much as we can to prevent it as well-loved local Luisa Pelizzari? Radio presenter Luisa is mindful of ‘invisible’ contaminants and avoids harmful chemicals in garden, cleaning and personal care products. “It …

Saving Energy

| At home, community, energy, money matters, nature, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer So much of what we do is automatic – jump in the car, switch on the air-con, pop clothes in the drier, but such habits hit the hip-pocket and harm the environment. What if we hopped on a bike, flicked on a fan and hung out the washing …

A Plastic Ocean – starts here in our towns

| At home, At work, community, money matters, nature, waste

By Nicki Munro, Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability Did you know that just 8.7 plastic checkout bags contain enough embodied petroleum energy to drive a car 1 kilometre? Or that by 2050 plastic items could outnumber fish in the ocean? Australians are the second highest producers of waste per person (after the US), with each …

Living with Batteries

| At home, climate change, energy, money matters, waste

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) When people ‘who already had electricity’ began putting solar panels on their roofs, we off-gridders were a bit sceptical. These people weren’t used to skimping a bit to save power, or even at all, and weren’t about to give up on all those juice-guzzling devices we never had. …

Swap Shop

| At home, community, money matters, waste

By Carolyn Re, Albury If you yearn for a fun-filled shopping spree without spending cash or maxing out your credit card why not try setting up a free ‘swap shop’ at home? A group of my friends did this recently and it worked a treat. Like most people we had assorted items hanging around the house …

Adani and Westpac

| climate change, community, money matters, nature

By Tracey Esler  The earth is one big living, breathing, interconnected entity. The Great Barrier Reef is like the canary in the coalmine and it’s seriously ill. Our very own Westpac Bank may well put the final nail in the Reef’s coffin if they lend money for the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. …

“Bringing the Light”

| community, money matters, nature

By Richard Paschke, Wangaratta Stephanie Woollard is one of the most impressive young people I have met in my life. In August last year Stephanie invited me to a screening of the documentary ‘Bringing the Light’ which portrays the company ‘Seven Women’, and the impact the company has on many of the poorest women and men …

A New Cup

| health, money matters, waste

By Halve Waste I’ve discovered a new reusable cup.  It doesn’t hold hot or cold drinks, nor does it go in the dishwasher.   This cup brings a smile to my face when I walk down this aisle at the supermarket.   No longer do I need to purchase the other two disposable items when I do my …