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Thrifty – A Sensible Life Choice

| At home, community, energy, food, health, money matters, waste

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery Being thrifty is not about being miserly. The dictionary defines thrifty as follows: Using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. With this in mind, I do believe it is a sensible approach for living life. From an early age I witnessed my parents struggling through hard times in a …

Generating Electricity

| climate change, community, energy, money matters

 By Bruce Key, Member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH)     There is some good news and some bad news.  First the bad news.  During the next several decades most of the electricity generating infrastructure using coal as a fuel will need to be replaced.  The reasons are obsolescence, air pollution and CO2 emissions. Now …

Eco-friendly Decluttering

| At home, health, money matters, waste

By Thea McCarthy, Wangaratta In my parents’ and grandparents’ time it was an era of austerity and there wasn’t much stuff around. The experience of scarcity, of material things being limited and valuable, is now largely history.  In our throw-away society we accumulate more because it usually costs less to buy a new item than it …

Cooking Under Pressure

| At home, energy, food, health, money matters

By Leanne Murphy, Beechworth        I’m a recent convert to the wonders of pressure cooking, and wanted to share the benefits of this efficient way to cook all manner of meals, from steaming vegetables through to cooking hearty stews. We’ve had our pressure cooker for a couple of years now, and I love it.  When I first broached …

Maintaining garden tools

| At home, community, garden, money matters, waste

By Wolfgang Huber, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga member How are your small garden tools looking? A bit blunt or rusty and in need of some TLC? The Repair Café, run by a dedicated group of volunteers with a focus on fixing things, has seen increasing interest in servicing of garden tools. It is great to see people …

A different way to do business

| At work, community, money matters

By Chris Halburd, B Lab Europe Advisory Board Member and Solicitor at Skinner & Associates In the aftermath of the global financial crisis and with a maturing understanding of the interaction between humanity and the planet there has been a growing acknowledgment that business as usual is no longer a realistic long-term option. This has resulted in …

Winter is coming

| At home, energy, money matters

By Melissa Kane, Eco friendly Mum … And I’m not talking about A Game of Thrones, but like our favourite Throners it is time to prepare to do battle (with winter around your home). I would like to share a couple of life hacks with you to make winter more bearable. My favourite is the …

A Minister for clothes?

| At home, community, money matters, waste

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Researching family history is fascinating, you learn so much about past lives, and understanding our past should  enable us to better handle our  future. My granddaughter, Kim, loves to sew and design clothes, so I showed her the contents of her Great, Great Grandmother’s sewing box.  Kim was puzzled by a …

Sewing

| At home, community, money matters, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga I love my sewing machine. It was a birthday present 30 years ago and has been ever the faithful companion. In my twenties I taught myself to sew and made lots of my own clothing. A decade or so later, I discovered the joys of reupholstering, giving old chairs …

How Not to Waste Food

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Karen Bowley, member of Wooragee Landcare and Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) After our Christmas and New Year festivities and feasting,  we will still probably have a lot of food left over.   According to Sustainability Victoria research, each household wastes about $2,000 worth of food, and in NSW, in Sydney alone, there is about …