articles & guides


How long does X take to break down?

May 20th, 2013.

How long do different types of waste such as paper, plastic and other materials take to break down in the environment? That’s a tricky question, but here’s some decomposition figures to consider.

Pepper Mill Made From Reclaimed Teak

May 12th, 2013.

I recently received this pepper mill made from old-growth teak; reclaimed from structures built in the early 20th century.

Portable evaporative air conditioner – MightyKool

May 7th, 2013.

An electricity and water miser, the MightyKool from Swampy Cooling Systems is a portable evaporative air conditioner designed with energy efficiency and off grid living in mind. Nearly 4 years on and I still think it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

The Greening Power Of One

April 28th, 2013.

A man in India has grown a 1,360 acre forest from scratch on his own – and there are some lessons in his efforts for all of us.

Heating Pads – Save Money & Slash Carbon Emissions

April 22nd, 2013.

Suffer from cold feet? You might be able to avoid energy-sucking space heaters by using a heating pad.

Rethink Cigarette Butts

April 20th, 2013.

Cigarette butts are one of the most common litter items found on roadsides, beaches and waterways around the world. They aren’t just unsightly – cigarette butts are also toxic.

Fabric Protectors And The Environment

April 14th, 2013.

Fabric protector products might help prevent carpets, upholstery and other textiles from staining – but this protection may come at a cost to the environment.

Greening baby wipes

April 10th, 2013.

Every where we turn it’s plastic this and synthetic that – including baby wipes; and it’s not just the packaging. Learn more about the impact of diaper wipes on the environment and alternatives.

Dealing With Dog Poop

April 1st, 2013.

Millions of tonnes of improperly disposed of dog poop hits our streets, parks and beaches each year. It’s not only smelly and unsightly, but dog poo poses a significant threat to the environment.

Child-Free Women – Social Heretics?

March 29th, 2013.

One of the greenest things anyone can do is not have children. The price paid for taking that stance can sometimes be high, particularly for women.