Category Archives: Focus on Reducing

Maitland City Op Shop & Preloved Shop Guide

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

Bateau Bay Op Shop Guide

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

DIY Christmas Bon Bons with Good Gifts

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

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 [...]

Toronto NSW Op Shop Guide

I discovered the Toronto op shops at the start of the new millennium when we [...]

Hot Tips for Op Shopping Mindfully

It’s tempting to go to the op shop with the urge to buy everything just [...]

5 Unique Guiding Principles for Op Shopping

Shopping centres filled with chain stores that sell brand new items have become bland, conspicuous [...]

Visible Mending Books to Help You Start Repairing your Clothes

Have you stopped wearing the clothes you love because of a pesky hole, slight tear [...]

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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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 [...]

How Our Local Crop Swap Helps Backyard Gardeners

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

Ways to Use Surplus Homegrown Lemons

It’s early August, and our lemon tree is bursting with lemons! We have a whole [...]

Thumbs Up for FOGO Recycling our Food Waste

I’ve always wanted to do the right thing for recycling our food waste. However, we [...]

Microplastics are a Gigaproblem

Plastic doesn’t go away nor biodegrade. It just breaks up into irretrievable microscopic, teeny tiny [...]

Books to Motivate You to Start Living a Plastic Free Lifestyle

Just thinking about going plastic-free can be overwhelming. But the more we know, the more [...]

Socks are Miscellaneous Textile Waste

Instigated by an inbox message, I discovered that socks are miscellaneous textile waste that add [...]

Why I Created these Handmade Unique Christmas Bon Bons

Christmas Day for us is about sharing a baked meal with family and friends. Before [...]

I Made this Practical & Affordable Reusable Shopping Bag

The geometric design on this dark blue t-shirt captured my attention on my opshop travels. [...]

Sewing Couture Style Dresses From Waste

In this video, Melinda shares her inspirationally creative Waste to Art story on sewing couture style [...]

Blue Wrap Couture

Here is Melinda’s story on her evolution of ideas and design which inspired her submission [...]

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