The importance of ‘wasted’ time

Olivia Goodhill in Quartz writes that Michael Guttridge, a psychologist who focuses on workplace behaviour, says “There’s an idea we must always be available, work all the time. It’s hard to break out of that and go to the park.” But the downsides are obvious: We end up zoning out while at the computer—looking for distraction on social media, telling ourselves we’re “multitasking” (a brain drainer in itself) while really spending far …

Ditte’s story on reducing landfill waste at home

Ditte shared with us a journey to reduce waste: I’ve been working in the environmental field for many years and yes, it feels good to transform a section of a drain line into a living stream but what does it really help if we still clog up our waterways and oceans with plastic and use household toxins that pollute our water and land? I felt more had to be done …

Backyard veg gardening and bee-keeping

Nadia has been looking for resources that can help her build an organic garden in my backyard. It’s still a hobby at this point but she hopes to eventually be able to produce organic, home-made products that she can sell. Here’s some websites she found and wants to share:   1.) Tips for Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden 2.) Guide to Bee Keeping – storing and selling honey

Useful Links – Biodiversity

Biodiversity is all about ensuring longevity of flora and fauna species through a range of available genetic specimens. These resources will teach you more about ensuring biodiversity in your pocket of the world.   Books: Archer, M & Beale, B (2004) Going Native Living in the Australian Environment, Hodder Headline, Sydney Going Native is a controversial and practical book about Australian conservation strategies and how our land use is seriously …

Useful Links – Living Simply

Living Simply is one of the main topics of the Living Smart courses. These resources will help you find ways you can bring simplicity into your life. Books: Suzanne & Kate Gibbs, The Thrifty Kitchen, Penguin Australia The Thrifty Kitchen is your guide to cooking and shopping on a budget without compromising on flavour or goodness, brought to you by one of Australia’s most respected food families. Join food editor and …