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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 …

A Convenient Choice to Make A Difference

| At home, energy, nature, waste

By Claire Greenhalgh, Sustainable Activity Centre Think about this number for a minute – 156.8 billion.  In this country, we have used and disposed of 156.8 billion plastic bags since 1977.  (That’s close to 429,000 every hour).  Amazing isn’t it? But the most amazing thing is how they are created and how long they last.  These 156.8 billion …

Flies are not a Curse

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter Flies! This year after all the wet weather they are peskier than normal. They drive us to distraction. They love to hang around humans because they feed on secretions from our eyes, mouth and nose and on our sweat. We consider them a threat to our health but they …

Volunteering

| community, health, waste

By Lizette Salmon,  Repair Café Albury-Wodonga coordinator It’s often said that volunteers are the lifeblood of an organisation. I disagree. At Albury-Wodonga’s Repair Café they’re the blood, the guts, the heart and the backbone. Our Repair Café opened in November 2015 and keeps getting better, thanks to an ever-growing team of dedicated helpers. At each session …

Plastic consumption

| At home, At work, food, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga In 2050 the ocean will have more plastic than fish. This statement may seem unbelievable but sadly it is true if current trends continue. Did you know that the amount of plastic thrown away every year is enough to circle the earth four times!! There is currently 5.25 …

Variety is the Spice of Life

| At home, food, garden, health, nature, waste

By  Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability There is a particular type of potato that is much prized by the French Fries industry, it’s reliable size, shape and frying properties ensure perfection when serving ‘fries with that’. However, inherent in this very popularity is a dark side. It’s grown in huge monocultures all over the world.  There are …

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 …

Living Simply

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

By Stacey Rich, PhD candidate at La Trobe University  One loaf of bread changed the direction of my life. That’s not the whole truth. It was a loaf of bread and a jar of jam. The bread and the jam were both made by me, with yeast caught from the air in our kitchen, and berries my …

Food Waste

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter In our family growing up we were expected to eat everything on our plates at meal times. The idea of wasting food was anathema. Today in our household I still feel guilty if I leave a morsel. Any food scraps are composted or fed to the chooks, nothing …

Presence for Christmas

| At home, community, health, waste

By Claire Greenhalgh, Director of the Sustainable Activity Centre We have seven chickens and love to give any spare eggs to friends and family. Often, we have more than we need in our humble home of four, so we gladly share. Frequently it’s done with an exchange of some other item while spending time with the recipient; …