Is my blanket trying to kill me?

Organic food, cosmetics, cleaning products and agriculture made sense to me as soon as I heard the terms – no one wants to be ingesting, inhaling or, what is effectively, marinating themselves in dangerous chemicals all day. But organic fabrics? Just sounded like a bit of a marketing strategy to me. But then I thought…

Happy Feet with nowhere to stand

It is funny how something as frustrating as taking a wrong turn can demonstrate so clearly the good and bad in people. If you haven’t heard, on Monday afternoon an Emperor Penguin from Antarctica managed to take a 7,000 kilometre detour and arrived on Peka Peka Beach in New Zealand. It is one of only…

The tips and tricks of avoiding Palm Oil

The first battle in the fight against unsustainable Palm Oil will be spear-headed today (23rd June 2011) in the Australian senate. The Truth in Labelling Act was first introduced by Nick Xenophon back in November 2009 and is calling for the mandatory labelling of Palm Oil in all food products on Australian shelves. Xenophons bill has not only…

Are you using dangerous chemicals in your home?

Think about the roles that the chemicals in things like cigarettes, drugs and pesticides play in the media. The general message is that they are extremely dangerous for our health and that we should avoid contact wherever possible. This is why it shocks a lot of people to discover that the greatest risk of exposure…

Ems 3things for Oxfam

Whether being green is something that consumes your life or it is a guilty after-thought… there are always changes you can make to tread lighter on the planet. That’s the great thing about sustainability… every step you take in the right direction is a good one. As Kat said in her gorgeous article 3things can…

Palm Oil: What the hell is it and why is it bad?

To me it seems that palm oil is my generations CFC (chlorofluorocarbon). Think about it, the eighties was the decade of big hair and what were people using to keep it looking so deliciously bouffant? They were using hair spray – unceremoniously – to the point that they even named a Broadway musical in its…