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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; …

Turtles in Trouble

| At home, community, nature, waste

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Long Necked Turtles (also called Eastern Snake Necked Turtles or ‘stinkers’, are often seen  crossing our wetland lined road.  In the absence of a Turtle Crossing Supervisor they are surely taking their lives in their little webbed feet.  Fortunately, on this quiet country road it is usually possible to stop a …

People Powered Economy: A Forum On Social Enterprise

| community, food, health, waste

By Dr Helen Masterman Smith, Charles Sturt University Local residents are leading the way on sustainable community development projects at The Commons in North Albury. Established in July this year by the Goodlife Community Co-operative, The Commons is run by residents who enjoy working with others to help people, animals and the earth. It’s a …

Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival 2016

| At home, At work, community, energy, food, garden, health, money matters, nature, waste

 By Amber Rodd,  Energy & Sustainability Officer, AlburyCity This year’s Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival is better than ever with a new, improved and extended format. Our month-long program covers all of November and includes more than fifty events, from workshops, talks and films through to markets, exhibits and tours. Green thumbs will love our …

Cycling Trips and Tips

| community, fitness, health, transport, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga As you read this while munching your cornflakes, I’ll be on day two of a three day cycling holiday on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. It’s Australia’s longest continuous rail trail, running from Tallarook (just south of Seymour) to Mansfield, a total of 134km. I’ll be pumping the pedals with my …