This year, it's time to sow… quite literally. Tanya's back to sowing seeds, getting her hands dirty in the potting mix whilst I'm cranking up the vintage Singer and getting touchy feely with fabric, friends and Boomerang Bags...
No doubt that our global consumption of plastic products is bad for the planet but it ain't all about the waste. Plastic can be pretty bad for us too...here's some top tips to avoid single use plastics for Plastic Free July.
One of our absolute top, number one, favourite garlic recipes is THIS awesome mushroom soup. Seriously...if you like mushrooms and garlic, you have to try this.
I am a HUGE fan of my feathery friends - chooks, ducks and the beautiful birds that visit my backyard - but in the chooks versus ducks debate, I come down firmly on the side of ducks…read more
Before the sun sets on summertime, here's a quick update from the Ecolosophy Patch...
Wishing you 'Peas on Earth' this holiday season from Tanya and Rose, the small fry, chooks and ducks at Ecolosophy xox
This week, four fabulous ladies from Cityhippyfarmgirl, Tree Change Dolls, Natural New Age Mum and Tsuno share their simple living tips for the silly season. Here's what they said…read more
So... I'm a bit of a nerd about wildflowers! Our home town of Esperance, in Western Australia, is right in the thick of some exciting wildflower action…read more
Bookworm or garden guru, coffee guzzler or organic man, we've got something for everyone! We've put together a Father's Day pictorial gift guide so you can give the favourite man in your life, a gift brimming with serious eco credentials!
Meet Lindsay Miles…she's a sustainability educator, planet lover and plastic free guru! She blogs at Treading My Own Path and imparts a little 'living with less waste' inspiration after Plastic Free July…read on
I'm not a big bread eater but my family members are. They'll easily scoff a loaf in a day or two and the waste from plastic wrapped supermarket loaves was driving me nuts. I needed to start making bread from scratch…read on.
As Plastic Free July looms, I have a confession to make…at home, I'm not quite Plastic Free. I know, I know, we blog about Plastic Free-ness all the time. Surely, I must be Plastic Free by now? Well… I'm not quite there yet. I'm what you'd call a Plastic Free Wannabe. But I really, really wannabe!
We're huge fans of WGAC (Who Gives a Crap) - the ultimate 'hipster' brand of recycled loo roll with some serious eco credentials. They donate 50% of their profits to charity Wateraid helping to provide sanitation to disadvantaged places around the globe. They use 100% recycled post consumer waste (think BPA free) and there's no chlorine, inks, dyes or perfumes. And it's fun - I mean check it out - the packaging really is way too fancy to throw away so you can have heaps of fun trying to come up with the best ways to recycle it. Check out these crazy cats…errr well dogs, from WGAC's entertaining Insta feed (it seems loo roll of any persuasion needs a cute doggie ad).
Yep, it's that time of year again and for all the loveliness that is Winter, the cosy jackets, warm fires, clear crisp weather that's just terrific for gardening (no sweating, no sunburn, no mozzies, no flies and no snakes hallelujah!) unfortunately it also brings those beastly bugs that cause sniffles and sneezes and snotty noses. Last year was our first with a kid at school and he managed to bring home a ridiculous number of colds... no joke, every.single.one. Now we're not generally a sickly bunch but one by one, over and over and again, we all went down. I vowed that this year would be different, this year I'm was going in armed to the teeth with some homemade echinacea tincture and Nannas Old Cold Remedy.
On our recent travels through the inter web, we stumbled across a super funky and exciting new brand called Tsuno. Tsuno is an Australian social enterprise run by a rocking chick called Ros who donates 50% of all profits to health, education and business projects focussed on empowering women around the globe. And what does Tsuno sell? Wait for it…women's sanitary products…yep, we just used the words super funky and exciting to describe women's sanitary products.
You may not know that most sanitary products are made of plastic and dunked in chemicals and they ultimately end up in landfill - a big no-no for women's health and our environment. So how does one go about making the sanitary product industry more eco friendly as well as improving life for women around the world? Enter Ros and Tsuno…read more
Nature nurtures human beings. Many of us seek peace and solace in green space, be that in our favourite park or underneath a tree. We know intuitively that nature makes us feel good - we seek it out on holiday and flock to the beach or bush at the weekend. We bring flowers as a token of love and gift bunches to people who are sick. The beauty and tranquility of nature helps us to breathe and to heal - it reliefs our pain and stress. We extend an 'olive branch' to forgive and we plant trees to remember and to honour those we've lost.
We're celebrating our first cyber birthday this week and we'd love you to share your thoughts on our social feeds, our store and our blog. Take our survey to tell us what you think about our brand, ethos and products. We estimate the survey will take you a few minutes (unless you're super keen and it may take you a little longer!)
A few weeks ago, a little post popped up in social feeds across Oz - you may have seen it. It was a link to a brand new tumblr page called Tree Change Dolls. These pre-loved dolls are made from discarded toys rescued from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania by their creator, Sonia Singh. Sonia gives the dolls a 'make under' by swapping their high-maintenance, high-fashion, scary hair and make-up, for a more 'down-to-earth' style…
Anyone who grows their own vegetables inevitably reaches tipping point of too many vege, especially when they hang out with generous like minded souls. I call it 'too many any vege syndrome' and over the years I've picked up a trick or two to deal with this seasonal glut.
This morning, as I was picking powdery mildew affected leaves from my giant New Guinea Bean plant, it occurred to me that maybe it was time to come clean. I take a lot of pictures of our beloved patch, but in the manner of our social media world these days, they are always angled to show it in the absolute best light possible - when it's just been watered and the yucky bits are hidden from view! We get lots of lovely feedback on how pretty our patch is and you could be forgiven for thinking that it's all sunshine and rainbows, fairies and unicorns here in our little glade but in the interests of keeping it real, it ain't that perfect that often...if ever.
On a recent guest blog over at cityhippyfarmgirl, there were lots of really nice things said about the pictures of our garden (aw shucks) so I'd like to show you where we drew our inspiration from. Our garden pales in comparison to this garden. This is my happy place. This used to be my local. This is Veg Out Community Garden in St Kilda. Let me show you around...
Dear Australia Post,
We have a terrific idea for you. We really think you'll like it. Imagine if you were to launch an eco version of your parcel post service. One where you incentivise people to reduce their carbon footprint instead of penalising the ones that do.
Today I'm feeling blessed. As I write this it is New Years Day 2015. Last night, I was pyjamma'ed and drinking tea by nine and asleep by 10pm. I know, I know - 'YAWN' you may say but I woke up feeling pretty freakin' fabulous...so there! Read more...