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  • Devi reviewed Baby Peppers

    I first came across Baby Peppers' products on Instagram and immediately fell in love with their bloc... Read more

  • Philomena reviewed Mulbury

    Being a person who is concerned abou the environment and global warming, I have been using Mulbur's ... Read more

  • helene reviewed The Swag

    We LOVE our Swag bags! We use them at the supermarket to put the vegies and fruit into and then wet ... Read more

  • Veronica reviewed Baby Peppers

    These are such gorgeous products. I love giving them as a meaningful gift.

  • John Edwards reviewed Baby Peppers

    The quality and passion of Baby Peppers is second to none. A genuine love for people and planet mean... Read more


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Tips For a More Eco-Friendly Road Trip

By helene | July 4, 2018 | 0

What is your favourite way to see the world? Mine is undoubtedly via a road trip. Mr Recycled, Maxwell and I are about to embark on our first 2 week road trip without our other 2 boys. We have had a smaller trip as a trio, but this one will take us across to Daylesford, Melbourne and back via the Great Ocean Road, over 2 weeks.  I have so many memories going way back to being a little girl that revolve around family road trips. With our own children, we have driven across Australia on many occasions.  One of our…

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Eco Friendly Furniture Paint with Shabby Duck Studio

By helene | July 2, 2018 | 0

Shabby Duck Studio began as a home based business in 2013 and opened their bricks and mortar store in 2015. Joining us on the Sustainable Home Hub, their second store in Busselton opens mid-July. Their furniture paints are all safe and easy to use. They contain little or no VOC’s and because they don’t need sanding, there is no risk of hazardous paint dust in your home, or on yourself. Owner Monique, is a former high school teacher and college lecturer. After her retirement from teaching, she took up furniture restoration again and focused on improving her skills and researching…

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A Million Reasons Why

By helene | June 29, 2018 | 0

It is so easy to get caught up in the small, everyday moments of life. You forget that there are huge, enormous things to worry about, think about, take action about. Noticing the small things is very very important in being mindful. Being present in the current moment, seeing all the little reasons why life is good, improves your wellbeing. However the big picture can get lost in the daily grind of waking up, dealing with health problems, kids, cleaning the black grime off the shower, the grotty toilet, the marks and dust on the floors, paying the bills, worrying…

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How to Choose the Best Reusable Shopping Bags

By helene | June 27, 2018 | 2

It is so wonderful to see all of the action and advocay for banning single use plastics coming to fruition. This includes plastic bags, straws, water bottles and coffee cups. People out there are starting to realise how important this is and make changes. We have a very long way to go. With the announcement of Coles and Woolworths ceasing to hand out single use plastic shopping bags, the conversation about reusable bag options is ramping up. What does this plastic bag ban really mean? And what are your best choices when it comes to reusable shopping bags? We have…

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Recycled Picture Frames & Homewares

By helene | June 25, 2018 | 0

Mulbury manufacture furniture, homewares and picture frames using recycled Australian hardwood timber, mainly Victorian Ash. So far they have saved over 20,000 lineal meters of Australian hardwood from going to waste. Joining our Sustainable Home Hub, the team at Mulbury only use recycled Australian hardwood timbers that would otherwise go to waste and landfill. “We hand rub natural waxes and oils into these beautiful hardwood timbers to nurture and moisturize them, giving these timbers a second chance to be admired once again” explains founder, Gerard Melder. Open for 26 years, Mulbury has a dedicated staff of 6 passionate people who all share…

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How to Turn a Wall into a Whiteboard Using Paint!

By helene | June 21, 2018 | 0

  **This post is brought to you in partnership with Monsta Paint Children’s bedrooms need to be a place they can be themselves. It is not just where they rest their heads, but also where they grow, develop, brainstorm, imagine and dream. If you were lucky enough to have a space all of your own as a child, you will probably remember the joy of your very own room in your home. I grew up in the country in a big old limestone house, filled with art and books and my parents bohemian style. We had big rooms with very…

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How to Create a Vintage Laundry

By helene | June 18, 2018 | 2

Creating a more sustainable home often involves thinking, more than anything else. Considering what you really need, what you can use that you already have, what is out there secondhand, what could be upcycled or used in a unique way. It is about planning and thinking outside the square a little. Hilary wanted to sort out her laundry and needed something better than the hammer-lock shelves and plastic tubs she already had. She has a huge laundry, but as it is also her sewing room she needs the space! For a time, she had assumed she would just add built-in…

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Decor and Design 2018

By helene | June 15, 2018 | 2

The Decor+Design show in Melbourne is always around my birthday, so on a couple of occasions, we have made a family roadtrip out of the event. This year, Mr Recycled, Maxwell and I, will be hitting the road for a 2 week holiday, starting in Daylesford, then to Decor and Design, finishing with a Great Ocean Road experience. I am getting excited! If you have never been to Decor+Design, it is a must! For me, the first time I attended, it was the combination of seeing and meeting all of the creatives on show, coupled with the International Seminar Series…

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Simple Tips For a More Sustainable Home

By helene | June 14, 2018 | 0

It can be so overwhelming when you start to look at all of the things you could be doing to live in a more sustainable way. Worrying about it all just leads to eco-anxiety, which I spoke about here. What you want to do is find a balance between being completely ignorant about the need to live more sustainably, and worrying about every little piece of packaging and the hopelessness of trying to reduce our carbon emissions. Every step does help. Every little thing you do in your daily life, makes an impact and the more of us doing these things,…

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The Elementals Collection by St James Whitting, Coloured by Resene

By helene | June 13, 2018 | 0

There are so many talented people in Australia, and 2 of our most creative, experienced and passionate interior designers, Kate St James, and Catherine Whitting, of St James Whitting, are delighted to announce their collaboration with Resene paints, to create the Elementals Collection. Kate and Catherine are part of our Sustainable Home Hub and Kate also features in my book, and on one of our podcasts here.  With more than 50 years of combined experience, St James Whitting specialises in environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly building and interior design, and believes that everyone has the right to beautiful and sustainable design, filled with…

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20 Budget Hacks For Decorating Your Home

By helene | June 12, 2018 | 28

Having a home you love is important to many of us. It can be easy to feel like you will never have the home you dream about, but there are plenty of ways to create a beautiful home you love, that is better for the planet and your pocket! Budget is one of the top things people tell us about when we ask about the barriers  to creating a home you really dream about. If you take a sustainable approach to your home, you can create a lovely place to live, without breaking the budget. Here are 20 budget hacks…

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renovate restore recycle strippng out old homes and using materials to renovate period properties

Renovate Restore Recycle Forever!

By helene | June 12, 2018 | 0

You are going to love this Sustainable Home Hub feature, sharing the story of Renovate Restore Recycle.  Based in Bendigo, Victoria, owner Christian Bloomfield, says that funnily enough they are probably the only salvage yard in Australia that doesn’t actually have a yard and isn’t open to the general public! Renovate Restore Recycle demolish and strip out old period houses that are going to be demolished or renovated. Building materials such as windows, doors, flooring and timber are salvaged from these jobs and then uploaded onto their website This means wherever you are in Australia you can access the amazing salvaged finds…

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