30 April 2014
The types of products you purchase make a statement about many things.
What you purchase sends a message to your family and friends about how you wish to be perceived, to yourself about your own self worth and to producers and companies on the types of products you wish to consume.
When you purchase an item, you generally have several options to choose from.
Take eggs for example.
You can purchase eggs laid by hens housed in cages, barns or free range hens fed an organic diet.
When you purchase cage eggs, you're simply sending a message to egg farms that you're happy for them to continue to provide cage eggs for your consumption. Likewise, if you choose organic, free-range eggs, you're telling the farmers of free range chickens to keep up their efforts in providing organic, free-range eggs.
When you buy organic, you're telling producers not to use chemicals, to care for our soils, animals and indeed workers involved in producing the product. You're telling the world just what kind of an ecoceptionalTM world you want.
This May we're eco challenging YOU to "Choose Life, Choose Organic" for your chance to WIN one of two Gaia Organic Cotton $100 gift vouchers to spend as you please in their online store.
Gaia Organic Cotton is Australia's original organic cotton baby and children's clothing company. Created 13 years ago by Director and Designer Annette Francis, the quality and philosophy of Gaia Organic Cotton remained unchanged over time.
Gaia Organic Cotton babywear and children's sleepwear garments feature soft, tactile fabrics with beautiful detail - frills, designer prints, satin trim and embroidery.
Keen to do the "Choose Life, Choose Organic" Eco Challenge? This is what you’ll need to do:
- Request to join our closed Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Facebook Group here. In this group you'll meet heaps of other like-minded ecoceptionalTM mums doing the eco challenges who can help you along the way.
- For the month of May make an effort to Choose Organic!
- If you'd like to be in the running for one of the two Gaia Organic Cotton $100 gift vouchers, you will need to tell us how you chose organic throughout May. You can either do this by (1) creating a video and posting the link on our Facebook page, (2) blogging about the Sustainababy May "Choose Life, Choose Organic" Eco Challenge on your personal or business Blog (and posting the link to our Facebook page) OR (3) emailing a short summary of your journey (500 words maximum) and supporting photographs with subject line "May Eco Challenge” to email@example.com before 5pm AEST Tuesday 10th June. Please ensure your summary is grammatically correct as the winning summary will be published word for word on the Sustainababy Blog.
The winner will be contacted by email and their summary will be published on our blog no later than 5pm AEDST Wednesday 11th June 2014. Our May Eco Challenge is open to Australian and International residents.
16 April 2014
Kristen Woodley completed the Sustainababy March Tupperware FOOD WASTE STINKS Eco Challenge and actively reduced her family's food waste throughout the month of March. Kristen’s winning submission is detailed below….
We’ve been trying to live more sustainably for the last 18 months. The Sustainababy Food Waste Stinks Eco Challenge helped me to refocus a little!
Throughout the month of March we made an effort to reduce our food waste by doing the following:
Before going to the market, I checked our food supplies and adjusted my purchases to reflect what we’re using, as well as taking into account what we still had on hand. Each week, after I’ve been to the market, I rotate the fruit and veg, to ensure that we’re eating the older produce first.
When we’ve had an excess of fresh fruit and veg, I’ve either frozen or preserved it. Frozen fruit is later used in either: baking, smoothies, sorbet or jam. Preserved fruit can be used later in the year in pies, mixed with yoghurt, or on top of cereal.
We have an apple tree that gives us a great crop. I stew these and preserve them for later use. I’ve already used some of these apples to make both tomato ketchup and strawberry and apple jam in the past month. We chop up excess capsicum and freeze it, and use it later in our cooking. Cucumbers are turned into bread & butter pickles, tomatoes into relish or sauce. Broccoli stems are chopped up and frozen, to be later used in stock. Preserves or jams are used throughout the year or given as gifts.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to adjust the volume of food I eat. I always seem to compare what I eat with my husband – and I just don’t need to eat that much. We’re also trying to have at least one meat free meal a week too.
We have a three container waste system for our food scraps – one for the chooks, one for the worms, and the other for roadside green waste collection. Basically, the only thing that goes into the green waste is citrus, bones and egg shells. We can also put paper towel and serviettes into the green waste. This is all made into compost instead of going to landfill. Things like coffee grinds, tea bags, banana peels, avocado skins and stones go to the worms, as the chooks don’t eat these. Our dog also gets some of our food scraps, and then I adjust her ‘dog food’ accordingly to ensure that she is not over fed too.
I’ve started to use a food wrap on our avocados and it’s keeping them from going brown. Plus we’re no longer using glad wrap to store them in the fridge.
Any leftover slices of bread/crusts that have gone a little dry are processed into breadcrumbs and frozen for later use and leftover cream is converted into butter & buttermilk, and frozen until it’s ready to be used.
Of course, I store the fruit n veg in the Tupperware containers that I have in the fridge, using fridgesmarts, and the original celery keeper. There’s Tupperware all throughout my pantry too to help maximise the shelf life of food.
Congratulations Kristen! You are a very deserving winner of the Food Waste Stinks Eco Challenge and for your ecoceptional efforts you have won a Tupperware VentSmart prize pack valued at $235.
If you would like to sponsor future Sustainababy Eco Challenges and introduce your product or brand to our large following of eco parents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 April 2014
Setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy eating can take considerable effort. To make the process easier for you, Sustainababy has teamed up with three other ecoceptional businesses, Toosh Coosh, Healthy Mums and Baby Bistro to offer a Healthy Mealtime Giveaway with total prize pool over $1120!
The giveaway coincides with the Melbourne Baby and Toddler Show this week, however the great news is you don't have to go to the Expo to enter!
For your chance to WIN over $1120 worth of prizes click here.