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Week #21. Share or hire rather than buy.

In todays society, we've become very accustomed to having everything we need at the drop of a hat. Whether it be a car, a kitchen utensil or even a wheel barrow. Just about every item you could possibly need, you would have in a drawer, a cupboard or buried at the back of your garage somewhere. Although this is handy, it unfortunately also contributes to the world wide problem we have of overconsumption. How, you ask? Let me explain a little more for you...   What is overconsumption? When I say consumption, people immediately think of eating right? Well consumption isn't just about food. The very meaning of consumption is 'the action of using up a resource'. Therefore overconsumption is the...

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Week #20. Donate what you don't use.

It's great doing a clean out around the home, isn't it? Moving on what you don't use or need can leave your entire home or even just a room/space in your home feeling fresh and revitalised without costing you a cent!   What do you do with the goods though?   I find sorting into 5 categories helps me do this successfully.   1. Keep. This is obviously for things that I currently use or intend on using in very very near future. It stays in an accessible place to come into play very soon. (If it's not going to be used very soon, consider putting it into category 2).   2. Donate. This is for items that are still...

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Week #19. Use your buy, swap & sell sites.

Have too many clothes, homewares or other items around the house you're not using, but don't want to just give them away? You did pay good money for them and they're still in great nick after all!   Well, maybe you could sell them on to someone who needs them more than you, so they can be used rather than just sitting in your cupboard.   There are so many places you can do this online now! Websites such as e-bay and gumtree are long time favourites here in Aus, but now Facebook has their own 'marketplace' for this as well as Instagram having profiles like 'lovedbyfinn' or 'fableandfling' plus countless others.   There's also dedicated clothing websites such as...

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Week #14. Start composting your scraps

Ever considered starting your own compost heap? Or perhaps a worm farm could help you deal with your food scraps? In this blog, I'll break down not only the different types of composting you can do in your own backyard, no matter how small it is, but the benefits you provide the planet by having one! What is composting? Composting is the breaking down of organic matter such as food scraps, yard waste and paper materials. There are 3 ways to compost: 1. Aerobic - organisms needing oxygen that break down the natural matter. 2. Anaerobic -  organisms NOT needing oxygen that break down the natural matter. 3. Vermicomposting - using worms to break down the natural matter for you...

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