Putting money in a piggy bank

Saving money by reducing waste

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Normally when we think of reusing, repairing and refilling things, we imagine being very frugal. When you see all sorts of ideas for how you can reuse everyday items, a lot of them come from people are learning how to stretch a dollar further.

Clothes rack

Keep those favourite clothes for longer

Friday, 13 November 2009

The average Australian now buys so many clothes, so cheaply, that when something loses a button or gets a little tear, we think nothing of replacing it with something new right away.


Kitchen opportunities for refilling, reusing and repairing

Friday, 13 November 2009

The kitchen is a great place to get the hang of refilling, reusing and repairing our stuff. We're encouraged to always buy new, but there's a lot of opportunities to be cleverer than that.

Electronic waste

They don't make 'em like they used to

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Appliances and electronics seem to be made for "planned obsolescence", designed to break just after the warranty expires so you have to buy a new one. It's pretty frustrating, but a little of the "repair, reuse, refill" attitude can help us get more life out of these objects.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle logo

Refill, Reuse, Repair

Sunday, 8 November 2009

We've become a bit spoiled these days - it's easy and cheap to buy new things as soon as the one we have gets a dent or gets a little dirty. But there's no reason we can't get a little bit clever about making the most of what we've already got.

Paper recycling facility

Choosing recycled paper for lower impact

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The paper we use doesn't have to come from old-growth forests or plantation timber. There are so many more recycled paper options out there these days.

Individually-wrapped bananas

Over-processed food leads to more packaging

Friday, 31 July 2009

Some foods create a 'need' for packaging that didn't exist before: single serves of peanut paste? self-heating, pre-mixed coffee? I really think we can do without them.

Chocolate cake

Nude food on the weekend

Friday, 31 July 2009

Nude food is a challenge, but I'm finding it satisfying to try - my most recent attempt was a Sunday spent at home.


Zero waste on-the-go

Thursday, 23 July 2009

One of the ways you can get closer to the nude food ideal is to look at what reuseable items you've got around the house, ready and waiting to help you out on the days you're eating away from home.

Sandwich in paper wrapper

Day 2: Lunch dilemmas

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Reduce, reuse, recycle - if I can't avoid packaging, how will I dispose of it?

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