A Backyard Education


As I walked along the verandah surrounding my home, I paused to avoid squishing the unfamiliar and prehistoric-looking insect that was standing utterly still on a wooden plank, perfectly conspicuous to potential predators. Curious, I picked up the insect, named him Frank, and grabbed my camera. Before placing Frank onto a nearby plant, I photographed the unflinching creature that would later inspire this article.

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Eco-living, Environment, Nature, Animals, Garden, Eco-system, Plants

My Journey To Green Beauty


Like many, my journey to a more natural beauty routine began with troubled skin. I had hormonal acne in high school and that soon became adult acne. Nothing I did really worked and it wasn't until I took a hard look at both my beauty habits and diet that I was able to pinpoint any particular reasons to why my skin was so inflamed all the time.

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Green, Eco-living, Environment, Beauty, Skin Care, Organic, Therapies and Remedies, Makeup, Cosmetics, Inspire, Health, Wellness

Beauty Of Less


A strange thing about being a material girl in a material world, is that you’re constantly being told you’re not enough.You don’t look fashionable enough, and you need new clothes.

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Organic, Natural Remedies, Skin, Positivity, Beauty, Inspire, Health, Wellness, Food

Colors In Nature


The occurrence of color in nature is timeless and takes place worldwide. The fact that green is the color of grass and that blue is the color of the ocean has been a reality since the beginning of time. There are different color mechanisms present in nature, all with their own reasons for occurring. Colors trigger psychological associations. This goes for just seeing one specific color, like the color red, which we associate with fear and danger. Also, the combination of colors triggers a specific psychological association, like the green and black arrow frog, which other animals and humans associate with being poisonous. Some animals use mechanisms that scare of predators; some creatures use color changing as a hiding mechanism.

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Eco-living, Philosophy, Nature, Knowledge, Positivity, Animals

Green, Fair and Sustainable: Spring Clean Your Wardrobe


Having studied fashion design for three years I’ve spent a great amount of time obsessing over trend and style, as well as production standards, exploitation and labor conditions in the textile industry – coming to terms that boycotting brands that are producing fashion under morally questionable social and environmental circumstances surely is a good start, but ultimately not enough. A beloved piece of clothing becomes part of our life; part of our identity and it’s important we get past the anonymity of a clean and tidy shopping mall and find out the real story behind our clothes.

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Eco-living, Organic, Environment, Inspire, Health, Beauty, Fashion, Knowledge

How To Create A Toxin Free Beauty Regime


To what extent are chemicals in skin care a problem? Most of us use cosmetics and other personal care items without a second thought, believing that none of the chemicals will affect us, however, studies suggest that our skin absorbs close to 60% of the topical products with which it comes into contact. It is claimed that women who are using make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 2 kilograms or 5 lb of chemicals per year into their bodies. Some studies suggest we may be wearing about 515 chemicals per day.

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Natural Remedies, Health, Nutrition, Organic

Not So Innocent Abroad


From where we sat the sun felt close. I watched the fresh cement crack in the heat. Below us, the setting concrete stretched down to the favelas. Through clouds I could see the stairs reach the hilltop. Every few steps sat an unlikely gathering of local Peruvians and Australian volunteers. We waited. The Australians had traveled the breadth of the Pacific Ocean for this purpose: three days of volunteer work in the favelas of Lima. We were assured that the stairs would provide access to healthcare, schooling and land rights. It was a good project. However, the longer we waited the clearer it became that it had a foundational flaw. That flaw was us.

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Wellness, Travel, Health, Inspire, Knowledge, Volunteer, Sustainable Travel, Eco-Tourism

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