Eating kangaroo for environmental reasons.

I haven’t eaten cow, pig or lamb in almost 10 years. Plus, I’ve hardly eaten any meat in the last couple of months. I’m practically vegetarian. I listen to my body and it rewards me when I feed it an occasional piece of quality meat. I’ll aim to eat anything that has a neutral-positive effect on the Australian environment but I still have much to learn. My approach comes with naive hope that Australia will:

  • Favour consumption of over-populated pests;
  • Build up the population of native wildlife through consumer demand; and
  • Reduce meat consumption overall.

No more binge eating 3-4 types of meat from animals that can’t withstand drought. No more “throw another shrimp on the barbie” or highly televised lamb advertisements in the lead up to Australia day. No more “you don’t make friends with salad”. Respect, diversity and control.

Introduced species such as rabbit, camel and water buffalo are over-populated and problematic for our native wildlife. If they were a popular meat, maybe our native flora and fauna would be slightly better off?

Australia has a lush selection of edible plants and tasty native meats such as emu, wallaby, kangaroo and crocodile. Cruelty aside, if we were farming more natives, surely that’s a better use of agricultural land compared to cattle, pig and sheep farming? It could reduce soil salinity, irrigation and land clearing. Maybe the cattle farmers would maintain employment. Maybe more of our land can be focused on re-wilding initiatives and greater biodiversity.

Supporting any form of monoculture (cow, cotton, soy, etc) can have detrimental effects on the environment. I’m not saying this approach is perfect. It’s just another way to look at conscious consumerism. 🙃

For Aussies: Kangaroo steak can be found at @colessupermarkets and @woolworths_au in the ‘Game meat’ section. Occasionally, we can find rabbit, duck and camel too. These are NOT sold package free. Markets and boutique butchers sometimes have alternative meats where you could try to byo container (still working up the courage to do this myself).

I believe that purchasing alternative food is a vote in favour of diversity. 🐄🐖🐑🐓

Minimalism and zero waste travel

This is face wash, make up remover, facial scrub, body scrub, shampoo, shaving cream & body wash in a teeny tiny little tobacco tin. The minimalism that comes from a zero waste mentality makes travel easy.

Summer solstice bug repellent

It’s Summer solstice in Australia! Time for beautifully warm nights under pink skies with a symphony of insects.

To avoid getting bitten: Old roll on deodorant container + a few drops of tea tree oil + water = a gentle antiseptic and mosquito repellent. Perfect for my husband when he changes his insulin cannula too. When we’re camping, we just take the essential oil without the convenience of a dispenser.

Note that this is not a hospital-grade sterile approach and should not be used if there is risk of infection. Keep upright to avoid leaking. Clean packaging thoroughly before refilling.

Zero waste snacks

I’ve learnt that zero waste snacking requires a totally different frame of mind. Instead of being drawn to the colourful, shiny plastic packets in the supermarket and checkout shelves, I now snack on fruit slices, nuts, dried fruit, popcorn, chocolate covered macadamias/almonds and these veggie chips. It’s like being on a diet, except I don’t really care that most of it happens to be good for me.

Peddling to work

Riding a bike feels like flying. If I was going to fly to work, I had to overcome my insecurities about appearances. Do I wear my work clothes and rough them up? How do I handle wet weather? Do I need to wear sports attire and get changed? Where would I change? Am I going to get all sweaty? Do I feel comfortable with colleagues seeing me before I’ve had a chance to change? Are there showers at work? Do I feel comfortable using the showers? Am I fit enough?

Whole watermelon

When plastic free demands that I buy the whole fruit, I’ve been trying to explore all the delicious options available. One whole watermelon = 2 x watermelon salads, a small jar of pickled watermelon rind, 1 litre of iced tea, multiple slices for snacks, a lunchbox full of sorbet, and a small container full of frozen cubes for hot days and smoothies.

All in one liquid soap

Living zero waste is so easy now that we know what we’re doing. This is hand wash, face wash and make up remover at the bathroom sink.

The next image is dish detergent and hand wash at the kitchen sink. It’s the same Castile soap mix. It just has different purposes depending on the context. This basic mix cleans us, our stuff, our house and our dog. Glass bottles were found in the community donation bin at @ceresbrunswick. Pumps were saved from @thankyouaus dispensers at the start of our transition.

What can 1 part castile soap : 7 parts water clean?

  • Us
    • Hands
    • Face
    • Body
    • Hair
  • Our stuff
    • Dishes
    • Clothes
    • Shoes
  • Our house
    • Carpet
    • Floorboards
    • Leather
    • Surfaces
  • Our dog
    • And all the mud he walks into the house…

By popular demand: Is Dr Bronner an evil Palm Oil supporting company?

I’ve reached out to Dr. Bronner directly and was satisfied with their answer on this topic – but I haven’t researched Palm Oil in detail, so my knowledge of this topic is largely based on gut feel, tv documentaries and here-say. In the interest of diversity, I’ll be trying different brands after our giant gallon of soap is used up. I’m always keen to learn more.

Dr bronners liquid castile soap

You’ll need 10-15 large handkerchiefs if you have a severe cold.

Much uses. Such versatile… These handkerchiefs have traveled far and wide. I’ve used them for neck/head scarves, bakery treat holders, fruit bags, wipes, leftovers and more recently… erm… snot rags. 🤧🙃

Now that I’ve been fully sick, I realise how understocked we are. You’ll need 10-15 large handkerchiefs if you have a severe cold. Unfold and wash on a warm cycle. If you don’t want to wash a set each night, get more. To avoid a red nose, favour silk or softer fabrics.

I found these way better than tissues because they are softer, don’t deteriorate and I no longer have a gross pile of tissues surrounding me at the end of a sick day. I don’t have as much of a red nose this time around.

I am a make-do cook.

I was craving a slice of vegetarian pizza. We had bread, sad looking vegetables, passata and herbs so I made this extremely satisfying vegan toast. It’s not quite pizza, but it was a delicious way to avoid food waste.


Fiery tingle tea for a sore throat.

This tea saves lives. Well sorta… As my illness has transformed from laryngitis to a chest infection, I’ve soothed my throat with my homemade lemon, ginger, honey, turmeric and chilli tea. Its fiery tingle has made it an effective substitute for cough drops, with the added health benefits that it has way less sugar and it’s kept me hydrated.

How to make:

A quarter of a lemon, one teaspoon of honey, 3 slices of ginger, half teaspoon of turmeric, half teaspoon of chilli and 2-3 cups of boiled water depending on how strong you like your tea. Being fresh, it will take a little longer to infuse – roughly 5-8 mins. Feel free to change the balance of the ingredients to suit your taste.