Biodegradable Versus Compostable

Biodegradable versus compostable “plastics” – whats the difference? Compostable products are biodegradable materials that break down quickly and can support plant growth. A compostable product must meet specific criteria in terms of time, environmental conditions and quality of compost produced. An ideal composting environment is subject to certain heat, moisture, and oxygen conditions to assist the biological breakdown. Compostable products break down to carbon …

 

 

DIY Liquid Stain Remover

This stain remover works on practically every stain imaginable: food, grease, most grass stains, mud, coffee etc. I’ve found it’s more effective and easier to make than the magic stain ball recipe I shared a few weeks ago. Whip up a jar of stain remover and keep it handy in your laundry. Apply a little directly onto the stain, give the …

 

 

Flynn’s Compostable Poo Bags

A few weeks ago we were walking our dog Cruz along Takapuna Beach and came across a very industrious young man and his Dad raising awareness about compostable poo bags.  We were very impressed with the information they were sharing, and noticed they also sold the bags – so we decided to put them on our site at only $4.00 …

 

 

DIY Garden Bug Spray Concentrate

One of my absolute favourite groups on Facebook is the NZ Vege Gardeners page. There are so many innovative gardening ideas, fantastic recipes, advice, tips, pictures of homegrown crops and awesome Kiwi gardens, and every time I have a look it brings a big smile to my face. Some time ago there was a recipe for a natural bug spray …

 

 

Tomato And Zucchini Relish

This year my garden has yielded an excellent crop of tomatoes and zucchini; so excellent that they’re still coming and I’m busy inventing new ways to use them. One of my favourite condiments is tomato relish, especially when it’s homemade! This is my version with the addition of zucchini which blends into the relish perfectly and bulks it out without …

 

 

Gut Health Talks Are Back

The Gut Health Collective Team, Anita Kyle (mother of two children diagnosed with autism who no longer display symptoms), Louise Fawcett, and Derek Moffat will be speaking in Merivale, Timaru, and Rangiora in March. **These talks were cancelled due to the events in Christchurch** As soon as I get more information on the next shows I will update this post. This event is for anyone who suffers from any …

 

 

Natural Mosquito Solutions

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying, they can also spread certain illnesses like the Zika virus and Dengue fever, which has earned them the title of the second most dangerous animal in the world (after humans – sigh). Unlike humans, mosquitoes can be killed with a single swat. However, if you’d rather not be woken up in the middle of the night by …

 

 

Green Walkies With Lisa

The lovely Lisa from Lisa Said So has shared a fantastic new health concept with us this week in her guest blog. “Forget about drinking a daily green smoothie. Trade this habit in for a ‘Green Walkie’ instead. In my humble opinion, this will be much better for your health. By taking yourself off for a walk somewhere ‘green’, you’ll not …

 

 

Hand Wash Don’t Dry-clean

We all want to look after our clothes and often dry-clean fragile fabrics. Yet the process of dry-cleaning is a highly toxic one using a chemical called perchloroethylene which can cause damage to the liver, kidney and even to the reproductive system of a person with prolonged exposure to it. Many of us believe that if a label says “dry-clean …