Eco Dictionary

You will hear a lot of words repeated in this blog that you may not be familiar with. Here are a few definitions to help you. If there are any others you are unsure of, please let us know by commenting below!


A prefix generally related to ecological or environmental terms (such as ‘eco bag’, ‘eco blog’ etc).

Eco is technically short for ‘ecology’ which is the scientific study of the relations and interactions between organisms with respect to each other and their environment. In other words – how we as humans interact with each other and other beings (animals) with respect to the environment we all share.


Sustainability is the ability to be sustained. From environmental science perspective sustainability is the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.


Relating to or dealing with morals, and pertaining to right and wrong in conduct. This ensures everybody and thing is treated fairly.


By definition, to ‘thrift’ is to be frugal with your money but Thrifting is also an artform – it’s about the treasure hunt to find interesting and unique objects that would have otherwise been thrown away. You would typically thrift at goodwill stores, garage sales, markets etc and you would not typically spend much money on them.


A stance against measuring personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions. Buying ‘things’ won’t make you happy, and buying something you don’t need is unnecessary.

All definitions were assisted by  or Wikipedia 


  1. Love all the blog posts here, they will certainly be a great inspiration when writing our own blog as we also champion reuse and recycle and like to think of ourselves as ethical and green🙂 Thank you.

  2. So happy to have found your blog. I am moving to Perth in March from a very eco-unfriendly Middle East! Looking forward to checking out some of your recommendations when I arrive in Perth.

  3. Hi Kat, great blog you have here, I really liked what you put in here about the dictionary and think if everyone else was reading this I think it would really help others get a better look on things as well. I’m trying to do the same for my own blog called k-blog, if you get a chance check it out🙂 were in Perth to bud, working on the same dream

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