When I’m not at Sustainable Marketplace, I try to be active playing tennis, going for the occasional run or heading out for a bushwalk, but I also love spending time with a book or pottering around the house. So you get to know a little bit more about who’s behind Sustainable Marketplace, I thought it might be a nice idea to share with you some of the things and activities I enjoy. Hopefully we get to hear about what you enjoy and why you got started or how you are traveling on your sustainability journey.
My kids call me the ‘crazy bird lady’ for good reason. ‘The Bird Way’ by Jennifer Ackerman (publisher Scribe Publications) is a very entertaining “new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think”. I’ve only just started reading it but am loving it already and learning heaps. Seeing our local magpies and butcher birds with renewed awe!
I thoroughly enjoyed ABC’s Fight For Planet A: Our Climate Challenge, when it aired in August. This must-see series amongst other eye-opening stories, follows five different households in order to look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and help protect our planet for future generations. Craig Reucassel’s presentation style is very entertaining - and equally effective. If you want to learn more about climate change and sustainability but missed the series, it is still available on iView. And don’t forget Craig’s original War and Waste series, also available on iView.
If you’re keen to learn more about ethical fashion, the Good On You website and app are really good resources. Good On You rate fashion brands for their responsibility, sustainability and fairness towards the planet, people and animals; aiming to drive the fashion industry to change its serious problems with pollution, waste and human rights.
Eco store products
Last year I purchased a pack of beeswax wraps from Bee Natural and they’ve become my absolute favourite in the kitchen. These wraps are a bit stickier than other beeswax wraps I’ve used and do a really good job of sealing bowls and containers and keeping our food fresh. Beeswax wraps are now readily available in a range of sizes and if looked after will last for at least 12-18 months.
DIY at home
At the moment: making face masks! A few weeks ago I decided it was time to supply each family member with their own set of cloth face masks so I watched some YouTube videos, chose an easy to make pattern, delved into my little stockpile of left-over fabrics, dusted off my sewing machine and set to work. And it has been great fun! We all have one or two personalised face masks now and I’ve even started to make them as gifts for friends.
Favourite travel companion
(Besides my husband Glenn): my Klean Kanteen water bottle. Somewhat battered and bruised from years of being carried around (and occasionally dropped, oopsies!), this trusty travel companion is the perfect size and keeps water cool for hours. I always have it with me when we go hiking, play sport or travel.
With travel allowed within our own state for now, we’ve just spent a weekend on the NSW South Coast, visiting Bermagui, Tilba, Tathra, Cobargo, Bega and Eden. Such a stunning region: rolling hills, endless empty beaches, gorgeous walks and drives, and so much indigenous culture and history, all waiting to be explored. One of our favourite walks is the track up the Mother Mountain, Gulaga, in Tilba; a highly spiritual place which is of great importance to the local Yuin People. The NSW South Coast took a massive hit last Summer with the fires, and the local economy can probably do with as much support as we can give. Visit if you can – it is well worth your while.
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