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Eco Tips for Your Rental Home

The Eco section of the Sydney Morning Herald featured an article on how those in rental properties can ‘green it up’ and reduce their environmental impact.

Go here to see the 4 page guide.

And see here for some examples of what some other renters have done.

Are you renting? What action have you taken?

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Busting Environmental Myths

The new SMH Eco section – launched today (Tuesday 3 April) – has an article addressing 9 common myths about environmental action.

These include myths about recycling, drinking tank water, using solar energy, organics, and others.

Click here to read them.

Small easy ways to change the world

Check out the link below to see One Big Village’s 4 page guide on how to change the world, by providing you with info and links on how to reduce your home energy consumption, chnage the way you get around, the products you buy, the way you invest your money, and the way you vote…. relatively small but high impact in making your lifestyle more sustainable

 http://www.onebigvillage.com.au/onebigvillage/OBV_Files/get_involved.pdf

Sustainable tips for holiday giving

No one wants to give up on the holidays or the sense of abundance that the season bestows. The only question is how to be generous without bankrupting the earth. Here are some thoughts. 

 Give things people need and can use, rather than products plucked from the shelves simply because they look good. 

Choose gifts made of sustainable materials — bamboo rather than wood, hemp, organic cotton and wool, fleece made from recycled soda bottles, post-consumer recycled paper, natural cosmetics and organic, fair-trade chocolates and coffees. 

Buy locally made products, as the energy used to transport goods to the stores is one of the huge, hidden environmental costs of the holidays. 

Look for used things with a good story. Old books and maps, retro clothing, antique jewelry and the like are one-of-a-kind gifts that collectors will appreciate. 

Give things that reduce energy usage, such as commuter bicycles, solar-powered products, battery rechargers and carbon offsets. 

Avoid excessively packaged products. The packaging wastes resources without adding value and, if made from plastic, can release toxins after being discarded. 

Give tickets for concerts, shows, museums, sporting events, outdoor activities or parks. 

Give a party rather than presents — and tell your guests that the party’s gift-free. 

Give of yourself. Promise a shift of babysitting or dog-walking or a service that uses your special talents or skills, such as a webpage, a bridge lesson or home improvement help. 

Swap contributions. Set up a registry listing your favorite non-profits and suggest to your friends that they register, too, so you can give to their causes while they give to yours.

Most important, remember that the greatest gift of the season is the holidays themselves. It’s the one time of year when society permits you — indeed, encourages you — to escape from the daily chores and experience the meaning and poetry of life. Don’t miss the chance.

Source: Natural Resources Defence Council http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife