Here’s another quick tip for gardeners: you can get awesome garden tools for next to nothing by buying second hand! You can find garden tools going cheap at garage sales, online at places like Facebook or Craigslist, and at tip shops. I like to go for the older tools. They don’t look as ‘nice’ as … [Read more…]
See some of my recent scores from eBay, along with tips on how to find the good stuff.
FreeCycle is a great way to give a new life to stuff you no longer want, and to divert still-useful waste from landfill tips. Here are some of the useful things I’ve picked up…
We had 9 cubic metres (4.6 tons) of mulch delivered – and I have to move it all by wheelbarrow!
There was a little bit of discussion about feeding scraps to pigs on my original entry about our pig project. There are quite strict laws around the feeding of scraps and waste to pigs in Australia (and many other countries), and you really need to make sure you’re doing the right thing. The NSW Department … [Read more…]
Australia, and many other countries around the world, are legislating to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs. It is estimated that this initiative will reduce Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 800,000 tonnes of CO2-e; not bad, but it’s still only 0.14% of our total emissions. That said, any saving is progress. I’ve … [Read more…]
Not long ago I dropped and broke a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) in the garage. D’oh! I had a vague recollection that there’s a procedure you should follow to safely clean up broken CFLs, due to the small amount of mercury inside them. So, geek that I am, I jumped on the computer to look … [Read more…]
Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/h2oalchemist/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The proper disposal of ewaste (electronic waste – old TVs, stereos, computers, faxes, printers, etc) is becoming a significant issue. These products contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and brominated flame retardents. People are upgrading to flat-screen TVs in record numbers, leaving them with huge unwanted … [Read more…]
We had another meeting of the Kiama Council Sustainability Advisory Committee tonight, and as always it was a fascinating and stimulating discussion. One of the topics that came up was the question of whether Kiama could ditch plastic bags. There was a [newspaper article in October last year](http://www.kiamaindependent.com.au/article/council_moves_ahead_with_plastic_bag_ban) where the Council announced its intention to … [Read more…]