ReNewy Living is an eco-living social enterprise that believes in the power of local action to create a lasting environmental & social legacy. Our mission is to empower local communities to adopt positive, everyday approaches to sustainable living.

Grounded in Newcastle NSW

Stories, News & Voices

Sharing stories that strengthen commitment to nature, community, and a healthier planet.

Maitland City Op Shop & Preloved Shop Guide

Set halfway between Newcastle and the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, Maitland is a town with [...]

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Bateau Bay Op Shop Guide

Bateau Bay is known for its picturesque, unpatrolled swimming beach located within the Wyrrabalong National [...]

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Positive & Genuine Truths about Living Sustainably

Expensive. Organic, fair trade, ethical, reusable. Vegan. Words that conjure up what sustainable living doesn’t [...]

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Creativity is at the Heart of Sustainable Living

Tapping into our creative streak helps us cope with stress (aka develop resilience), appreciate beauty [...]

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DIY Christmas Bon Bons with Good Gifts

Christmas Bon Bons are a traditional Christmas favourite. But the little trinkets inside the commercial [...]

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Using Discarded Waste as the Alternative Blank Canvas

Rubbish, waste, debris, litter, leftovers. All waste comes with a synonym of names. If you [...]

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How the Buy Nothing Project Changed My Way of Living

Buy new, buy now retail shopping is available to us every day, both online and [...]

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Embrace Curly Hair for a Good Hair Day Every Day

For too long, I’ve been seeking a positive curly hair experience. So it was an [...]

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Upcoming Workshops & Education

Events & workshops for sustainable living

Wallsend Op Shop Trail

Saturday 2nd March 2024

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Cessnock (Bellbird) Community Clothes Swap

11am – 12.30pm, Bellbird Community Hall, Saturday 23rd March 2024

North Cessnock Community Clothes Swap

Saturday 4th May 2024

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Wallsend Op Shop Trail

Saturday 1st June 2024, 9.30am – 11.30am, starting at Wallsend Library

FREE bookings here...
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Online Eco Store

Your go-to online eco shop for preloved items & creative reuse to help you reduce your environmental footprint.

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Highlighting the top blog posts and best online eco shop products.

Locally Handcrafted Natural Soaps for a Plastic Free Bathroom

Local to Lake Macquarie, NSW Mell started her natural soap business – Honeybee House Skin [...]

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Bring Your Own Sustainable Habits to Your Overseas Family Holidays – Part 2

If we could predict how our ingrained daily sustainable habits would work in another country, [...]

Discover People’s Eco-Strengths in our Community

This series of short stories and videos come from everyday people in our community. Each [...]

Spark Imaginative Play by Choosing Alternatives to Single-Idea Plastic Toys

Photo Credit: Uniting Preschool Caves Beach This guest post story is written by Michelle Ryan [...]

The Re: Club is Reinventing the way we Shop for Clothes

The Re: Club is reinventing the way we shop for clothes so we can re-wear [...]

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How Our Local Crop Swap Helps Backyard Gardeners

Do you have an abundance of asparagus? A plethora of parsley? Loads of lemons or [...]

My Low Tox Journey

After six months of honing in on what French for Tuesday offers to our community [...]

6 Ways to Create a New Normal for Grocery Shopping

It’s early 2020, and the global pandemic COVID-19 virus has shaken up our everyday living. [...]

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Hi there! A little bit about Mardi, the founder of ReNewy Living

Mardi Lee, a local eco-living facilitator from Newcastle NSW, has been guiding our community toward environmental consciousness since 2017. ReNewy Living grew from her desire to demystify the concept of sustainable living, and show people how to integrate simple sustainable practices into daily life.

With over 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher, Mardi combines resourcefulness, creativity, and sustainability in her workshops. Her inquisitive and practical nature is reflected in the diversity of informative stories, which are designed to enrich your sustainability journey.

ReNewy Living also offers a selection of upcycled, preloved, and creatively reused products to support your sustainable lifestyle.

About ReNewy Living...

As Featured In…

ABC Newcastle

How a chocolate wrapper from 1998 points to a bigger plastic problem. Mardi shares what she thinks this vintage wrapper reveals about our modern waste problem.

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21st August 2023
(ABC Newcastle Breakfast)

Creativity: Uncovered

Mardi chats about the link between creativity & sustainability, including op shopping, resourcefulness, mindset and how important it is for all of us to embed creativity into our everyday.

June 2023
(Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeart)

ABC Newcastle

Mardi shares her personal stories and insights into gifting more mindfully to help us simplify Christmas with family and friends.

13th December 2022
(ABC Newcastle Breakfast)

The Newcastle Herald

Mardi shares how her eco-friendly bon bons evolved to support other small businesses and make our Christmas table feel and sound like Christmas!

Saturday 3rd December 2022

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ABC Newcastle

In recognition of Buy Nothing New Month, Mardi shares two reasons why she’s passionate about buying nothing and how being a part of the Buy Nothing Project facebook group supports buying nothing every day.

October 2022
(ABC Newcastle Breakfast)

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Living Smart Podcast (Lake Macquarie City Council)

Listen in to Mardi’s stories about “Getting Creative with Rubbish” and how resourceful we can be with waste and marine debris.

Search ‘Living Smart Lake Macquarie’ wherever you get your podcasts, or listen in on apple podcasts here…

September 2021

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The Newcastle Herald

Highlighting the benefits of more eco-friendly, low tox, green cleaning for A Spick and Span House and Planet.

March 2020

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Proud Member of the Social Enterprise Council of NSW

Member of the Social Enterprise Council of NSW