28 August 2013
This September, Sustainababy is eco challenging you to RID YOUR HOME OF CHEMICALS.
For just one month we're asking you to review your household chemical use and make a considerable effort to switch to greener options.
Many of us have been duped by advertising over the years to believe we need a separate cleaning product for every household task. This simply is not true and is not only expensive for the household budget, but is unhealthy for your family and our environment.
Chemicals commonly found in homes include laundry, bathroom and kitchen cleaning products, pest deterrents, gardening aids and even beauty products. This month you may choose to review one area or all of them! For some green cleaning tips, check our our pointers here. Alternatively you may even try fabric cleaning gloves - whatever it takes to reduce your chemical load!
Document your journey though the month for your chance to WIN a 1kg bag of Pure Revolution Soap Nuts.
Keen to do the Eco Challenge? This is what you’ll need to do:
- Request to join our closed Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Group here
- For the month of September make every effort to Rid Your Home of Chemicals.
- Write a short summary of your journey (500 words maximum) and email your summary and photographs with subject line “September Eco Challenge” to email@example.com before midday AEST Monday 7th October. Please ensure your summary is grammatically correct as the winning summary will be published word for word.
- The winner will be contacted by email and their summary will be published on our blog no later than 5pm AEST Friday 11th October 2013.
The winner will also receive a 1kg bag of Pure Revolution Soap Nuts valued at $44. Soap nuts are small outer shells of a berry grown on trees in the Himalayas. They contain saponin, a naturally foaming surfactant which acts like detergent when immersed in water, This creates a 100% safe, natural and chemical-free substitute for commercial detergents.
So, go on! Eco Challenge yourself!
23 August 2013
We all love the idea of Australian made. Buying local products makes us feel good. But do we love Australian made enough to pay a premium for these products?
Buying Australian made is not only important for our local, regional and national economies, it makes social and environmental sense. Goods are produced according to our ethical laws which ensure workers are of a minimum age and are paid award wages. The distance products travel from place of manufacture to consumer is also significantly minimised - which is great news for environmental emissions!
The current Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge is to buy Australian made products for an entire month. Sadly, this is providing difficult for our participants due to significant decline in locally produced goods in recent years. Which indicates that perhaps not enough of us love Australian made enough.
We here at Sustainababy strongly believe in supporting Australian made and make an effort to source locally produced environmentally-friendly baby products wherever possible. We have build up quite a collection of locally-produced eco baby goods so if you're after a special Australian-made baby item, be sure to browse our store.
To make your browse that bit easier, here are some of our Australian-made favourites
- Master & Miss Ava Dress - $49.95
- Kambamboo Journey Pillow Kookaburra - $39
- milk & masuki Onsie - Sleepy Fow $34.90
- Tetra Tea Tree Organic Baby and Toddler Pillows - from $29
- Econino Organic Cotton Change Table Cover - $34.95
- Jack n' Jill Natural Toothpaste - from $3.95
- uimi Indiana Merino Blanket Indigo - $169
- Billie Goat Soap Baby Cleansing Bars - $9.95
- ecochici Reusable Gift Wrap Heirloom - from $25
- Left Hand Make Small One Childrens Table and Chairs - from $380
8 August 2013
By: Ali Thompson
Little O playing with his "new" horse on the floor tiles
Ali Thompson undertook the July 2013 Sustainababy Eco Challenge to not buy anything new for an entire month. This is the story of her journey.......
I love shopping. I have a physiological response to the thrill of finding something that will flatter my figure, or look adorable on my son, or be oh-so-useful in the kitchen… A quickening of the heart, a warm buzz spreading through my head; there’s even a spring in my step. Oh yes, I have a problem. Often, I will justify a purchase because it’s second hand, so I’m not adding to the landfill caused by fast-fashion, or supporting giant corporations that use sweat shops. But regardless of how and where you get it, there comes a time when you simply have too much stuff.
The Sustainababy Eco Challenge was just what I needed. When you reluctantly admit that shopping is a hobby, and buy something most days, stopping for a month isn’t just a challenge: it’s a monumental undertaking; a shift in perspective and a complete behavioural change.
In the past my method of belt-tightening was simply to avoid the shops, but now that you can buy anything at any time online, I had to get tough. I unsubscribed from emails promising me bargains of a lifetime and backed out of our co-op group. I’m not going to lie: more than once I filled the “cart”, then shut my eyes and closed the window!
We’ve borrowed and traded things that we have needed (like a humidifier) and scored a few free things that I probably would have bought in August (such as foam tiles for the play area). When organising the laundry, I utilised what storage was at hand. It’s mismatched and looks a little odd, but it’s functional.
It isn’t just the “new” things I have avoided buying. I’ve been strict with myself about keeping on top of the nappy washing, allowing myself only one day this month where I used disposable nappies. Eating out has been reduced, with only two take-away meals and one birthday celebration. I now do big cook-ups on the weekend so the produce doesn’t have a chance to breed a new colony of micro-organisms in our fridge like it used to.
It hasn’t been a perfect month, though. I replaced my old slippers, and for Little O: pre-walkers (new), a big stuffed horse and a toy piano (both second hand). I spent some time going through my wardrobe, rediscovering old loves and altering others to satisfy my desire for new clothes. I did buy some birthday presents for people, but tried to give second hand items and experiences, such as a massage.
When shopping is your habit, your stress reliever, your secret love, cutting back to the basics is as challenging as it gets. The Sustainababy Eco Challenge forced me to take stock, reprioritise and think outside the square. I’m looking forward to keeping it going. The plan is to tidy up the study and get crafting on some presents for friends and family, and continue to reinvent my old clothes.
The funny thing is, now I get a little thrill when I don’t buy something.
Congratulations Ali! You have won an ecoChici Heirloom Reusable Gift Wrap for your efforts! Want to eco challenge yourself each month for your chance to win awesome eco prizes? Join the Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Facebook group here.
Thank you to ecoChici for sponsoring the July Sustainababy Eco Challenge. If you own an eco brand and would like to sponsor future Sustainababy Eco Challenges and introduce your product to our large following of eco parents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.