Sustainable Living

“We have all heard the word ‘Sustainable’, but what does it really mean, and how can we change things? Or do we even need to?”

“I don’t understand all the hype, isn’t the global warming thing happening with or without us getting involved?”

“Yeah sure, I would love to do something, but I don’t have any spare money or time…..perhaps I will just leave it to the guys with money, and power to sort out – aren’t the governments doing something with clean air and natural resources these days?”

If you have found yourself saying or thinking one or all of these at some time, then perhaps you should look further into this web page… Making a difference is EASIER than you think!!

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Let’s look at your back garden and lifestyle

Permaculture… (It sounds difficult, but it is not)

Permaculture sees human civilisation for what it is – a mere strand in the web of life.  By recognising this, we can co-exist more harmoniously with nature, fostering a more stable global eco-system.  Philosophers Bill Mollison and David Holmgren articulated permaculture in the 1970’s.  They succinctly encapsulated the concepts of a permanent diverse and flourishing human culture and food web. Permaculture is built on design principals that are inspired by observing ecological systems and emulating them.  These principals and a wide range of practical applications are relevant to all types of horticultural pursuits, from balcony gardening to the quarter-acre block and from small farms to large commercial enterprises.  Permaculture is an ingenious way of life whose time has come.  It is now practised in 120 countries. – Jenny Allen/Smart Permaculture Design

“Plan for the future…….that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life”. – Mark Twain

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Now let’s consider new home construction

Home Building Alternatives / HEMP construction – ‘Why isn’t everyone doing this?’ (If you have not heard of it, just google it….and no, it is not marijuana!!)

Hemp provides housing options using natural materials from the growing ecological market.   Industrial hemp has been around for centuries and has many cost effective thermal, strength, fire resistant and acoustic benefits for building.  And more so, it is healthy to breathe, and healthy for our planet.

  • “Hemp could end our dependency on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil and coal are non-renewable resources since they are by-products of eons of natural decomposition of the Earth’s ancient biomass” – Hemp Industries Association, 2006

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Earthships

  • Sustainable and self-contained green building
  • Using recycled materials (most of it you can obtain for free, without cost)
  • Internal and external food gardens (botanical cells and water systems)
  • Internal greenhouses for heating and cooling the home, breathe better, feel better
  • Do it yourself, or as a community
  • Be creative!

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Aquaponics, a brief overview

Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics.

  • An efficient method to produce fish and plants (and food gardens)
  • Easy to create (there are many ’how to’ examples available)
  • For small and large spaces at a low start and run cost

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