Monthly Archives: October 2013

Whole Planet Foundation: Giving back around the World

Would like to see these guys come to Australia.


Whole Foods Market began as a small natural grocery store in Austin, Texas with a mission to sell meat and poultry free of growth hormones and antibiotics, unprocessed grains and cereals, and a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Over time, Whole Foods Market expanded into other states and countries with its unique approach to offering whole foods while promoting environmental sustainability, local and international community service, and supporting employee happiness and excellence. Over the years, Whole Foods Market has grown into an international chain of natural food supermarkets operating over 340 stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Scotland.

Whole Foods Market just so happens to be one of my favorite places to grocery shop as it offers many organic and “real” foods, not all the processed garbage that has become a huge part of the American diet. Through the work I do as a social…

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Blog of The Day…

The Dumpster Project

What does home look like in a world of 10 billion people?    How do we equip current and future generations with the tools they need for sustainable living practices? We believe promoting awareness and education in an engaging manner are critical to answering this question – and that’s why we got a used dumpster.  With the help of Professor Dumpster and the Dumpster Team, the dumpster will transform from a barely habitable garbage container to a sustainable house and interactive teaching lab. From design to implementation, the lab will challenge students to apply their science, technology, engineering and math skills to every part of the renovation process.  Professor Dumpster will need all the help he can get because he’s about to make the dumpster his new home address!” – The Dumpster Project

Putting your money where your mouth is style teaching.  Love the concept and will certainly enjoy reading the trials and tribulations of this project.


The Lemon Tree Project

Came across this exciting project. Would love to see more of this in our urban landscape. Not only does this have a positive effect on food security, it has positive implications socially. Great way to get people to talk with their neighbours and other community members.

I strongly encourage my readers to check this blog out and start utilising their front gardens.

The Story of Stuff

I’m about to share a video that I can’t believe I have never seen up until yesterday.  I’ll admit I have heard of it but I have never made the time to watch it.

This is a great resource for those who educate and are passionate about sustainability, consumerism and social issues related to the production and consumption of stuff.  Please take the time to watch. I’m glad I did!

Related Links…

The Story of Stuff Project

Waste not want not…

I came across this article yesterday Do Australians waste $8 billion worth of edible food each year?

The title of the artcle was enough to disturb me little lone the content of the article.  So how many of us are guilty of wasting food?  I’ll be honest I’ve done it myself.  So why do we do it?  Quite often people don’t check the pantry or fridge before they go shopping,  we have lost the art of using leftovers, we cook too much food, we buy a take-away instead of using what we have at home or we mistakenly throw out food before the use-by/best-before date.

A couple of months ago, along with other waste management/sustainability officers, I met Jon Dee.

Jon Dee

Jon Dee (black suit) is located in the centre and I’m  on the side (in red)

Jon Dee known in my profession for being one of the co-founders of Planet Ark and has now put his energies into Do Something!. This is an organisation that empowers people to make social and environmental changes.  Jon Dee spoke of a new campaign ‘FoodWise‘.

‘FoodWise’ is DoSomething’s national campaign to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. The main ethos behind it is for Australians to become more educated and informed about the food that they eat.

Did you know?…

  • Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase.
  • Up to 40% of the average household bin is food.
  • For the average Australian household $1036 of food is thrown away per year.

The website that has been created for this website is great and is very informative.  One of my favourite aspects of the site is the Recipe Finder.  This is where you enter the ingerdients that you have in your fridge or pantry and it will give recipes that will use some or all of the ingredients that you have entered.

Food Security and Food Waste is certainly  a hot topic of discussion within my professional circle at the moment.  I do believe the more we educate the more aware people will become.  For some it is just a matter of changing bad habits for others it might be learning about using leftovers.  However we need to keep this topic out there.   Dealing with food scraps left on a plate I believe is a total different conversation.  We need to stop the waste before that stage!

Lunchbox Baking

So this isn’t a cooking blog but I have to share this fantastic recipe.  These days many schools (here in Australia anyway) have a no nut policy due to many children being allergic to them.  Unfortunately this rules out the humble muesli bar from school lunch boxes.  However this recipe I’m about to share with you is nut free and I will guarantee your children will love (if anything gets the stamp of approval from our 7 year old you know you are onto a good thing).  Easy to make and full of nutrition (B vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Phosporous and Phytosterols) and not one number in sight.  That’s right, unlike looking at the ingredients labelled on the packaging of a conventional muesli bar that may leave you confused because you are not sure what you are about to ingest, you know what you are going to eat with these.  So without further adue here is the recipe…

Muesli Bar Recipe

Will be interested in feedback and if you have been daring enough to try some variations.

Happy baking!!


Long Weekend = Geocaching

Well I had to share my wonderful weekend with my family and a very dear old friend and her family.  It was fantastic and very much needed.  One aspect of the trip I want to share with my readers.

On our journey to Morgan we decided to do some geocaching.  This is something I introduced my step children (and my fiancé) about 12 months ago.  They love it!  It is relatively easy to start up and the only real cost to start is purchasing a GPS.  You can do it without one but you may prove to be more successful with one.

With our newly registered geocache name (we have registered as a family unit) I put together a little booklet of some geocaches we might find over the weekend.  We managed to find seven.  One beat us this time around but we will head back sometime to find it.

The fantastic thing I find about this “game” is the low cost, it’s fun for all the family and it teaches you so much about areas that may have never noticed and are literally within your neighbourhood.

In the next day or so I will share some photos of our glorious weekend.