Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Upcoming Earth Carers

I can't believe it is the second half of the year already! Where is the time going? (I think I am starting to sound old)

That means it is time for Earth Carers courses again.

I just wanted to let you know about the two upcoming courses.

Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) will be starting their latest course on Wednesday August 6. To find out more about the content of the course, head over here.

Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) will be starting their course on Thursday 11 September and their course information can be found here. These lovely ladies are the wonderful people behind Plastic Free July.

Both courses are free and run for five sessions over three weeks. It is a great way to find out more about your waste as well as being able to meet amazing people. I thoroughly enjoyed my Earth Carer courses.

On another note it was great to get a mention on the PFJ latest newsletter. If you have come here via the email, please say hello and let me know how you are going with the challenge. Make sure to head over to Eight Acres for the PFJ Giveaways.

Take care

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let There Be Light

There are so many people in this world that do amazing things. They create things that can change the lives of others. These can be big things. These can be small things. These can be things that look like small things but have huge, positive impacts.

Alfredo Moser is one such person.

When we were in Belgium earlier this year, we were fortunate enough to go to the Atomium. What a place. One of the exhibitions showed photos of lights made using plastic bottles. Moser had this amazing idea and is now providing light, without the need for electricity, to thousands of households across the world. What a guy!

This idea has been taken one step further, adding a small circuit, solar panel and LED light, so that the light can be used at night.

You might want to head over to Decorator's Notebook to see how Design Can Change the World.

I think this is a great way to use waste as a resource.

I'd love to know what you think.

Take care

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Plastic Free July Update

I am now three days into the PFJ challenge. 

On day one I had my first dilemma. After the virus I had last week I was left with a nagging dry cough that just wouldn't go away. As I had been keeping myself (and everyone else in the house) awake, I thought I should head to the chemist. I bought some liquid, opened the box to find a medicine cup (of which I already have many) and a plastic seal on the bottle. 

It is amazing where we find little pieces of plastic. Even when I bought a couple of sandwich wraps (before I knew how to make my own) the swing tags were attached to the wraps using plastic. Tiny little pieces making their way into so many of the everyday things we do.

In today's email from Green Lifestyle magazine there was a great write-up about PFJ.

Take care
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