Plastic Free July – Do it! It’s time.

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Plastic free July. This is not about egos or being too busy to 'take on new stuff'. It's not about 'oh but my beloved glad wrap or zip locks'... It's about taking a month to explore a new way that quite literally means we hand down our planet in better shape than it is, to our kids. Who doesn't want to be a part of that incredibly positive collective action step. I never really considered myself 'an activist' because I didn't feel comfortable with the stereotype - the guy hanging off a … [Read more...]

This family went everything organic for 2 weeks

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This is such a powerful little 90 second doco. You can catch the article about their story here. I remember when I learnt about pesticides and we went organic with most of our food nearly overnight. It was our least financially able time. I was so affected by my new found knowledge that we just made it work. We learnt the short cuts such as using bones to make stock and veggie soups using pan juices and fats to saute the next meal's beginnings instead of 'new' glugs of oil or knobs … [Read more...]

6 eco ideas for keeping your hands warm

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You might be thinking "why is she wanting to help me keep my hands warm all of a sudden?" Well, I saw these today at the 'impulse buy' eyeball position at the post office.   These "instant hand warmers", enough for two hands in two pockets for the day, have come all the way from the USA, wrapped in plastic and are non degradeable themselves. They are sold as a 'convenient quick way to get warm' and it got me thinking... Have we really become so convenience driven and busy that … [Read more...]

Hey – You’ve got a new disease!

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There's something I want to clear up. An article about a 'new disease' has come into the lime light. Orthorexia Nervosa is the name. You can read here about it. Now, yes there are many eating disorders and yes, it is essential that people affected work with a practitioner for support and recovery, but my fear with this media coverage is that people are being made to think that we are 'being crazy' for insisting on a pure food source and opting to support a transparent and just food system at … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on… fluoride

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Fluoride is a topic I discuss at length in my Low Tox Life e course  (coming up again Feb 26th) with the wonderful Holistic dentist and wellness educator Dr Ron Ehrlich and BMed Science, Naturopath, Clinical nutritionist and lecturer Tabitha McIntosh. Activist Erin Brockevich in the USA does a lot of work to raise awareness on fluoride in the water too. You can check a post out she wrote just today on the subject HERE. It just seems rather crazy to put a known neurotoxin into the drinking … [Read more...]

Really? The ‘worst’ fad diets are Paleo and I quit Sugar?

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The noise about food on the interwebs can get so loud sometimes. Eat this, don't eat that, do this don't do that... But today, when I read that the British Dietician's Association rated Paleo and quitting sugar among the worst extreme diets, well, I just had to laugh. Read the article here. The fact that these ways of eating are on a list that included the 'drink your own urine' diet is craziness. Why are all the packets of weirdness on the shelves not targeted as 'extreme' and 'crazy' … [Read more...]

Lifting the lid on Teflon in your child’s uniform

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Yesterday was the discovery of Teflon technology where I never expected it to turn up, when excitedly picking up my little man's very first school uniform. If you've read my post on Teflon (READ HERE TO GET UP TO SPEED about everywhere teflon makes it's way into) then you'll also know that DuPont the company who produces the technology have been forced to get it out of their non stick coatings by 2015. While the material replacing it is still frought with doubt by environmental schientists, it … [Read more...]

And the award for the MOST unsustainable packaged product goes to…

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I often go into supermarkets. They help me see what the advertisers are saying 'we need' and then help me formulate the arguement against. Synchronicity on today's curious little mission as I received this in my inbox from Danielle LaPorte today. Indeed. Those days are over! There is no arguement easier than the one I make today. Today, I saw this... That tiny, thin sachet of plastic with 'fresh herbs' already 'conveniently' chopped? $2.98 Better still - or tragically … [Read more...]