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20 Top Tips for a Sustainable Christmas

Struggling to find a ways to celebrate  a sustainable Christmas, without costing the earth, check out our top 20 tips for  sustainable Christmas.

  1. Reusable gifts over disposable, example a beautiful refillable fountain pen
  2. Experiences over stuff- Movie tickets, days to together
  3. Repurpose- household paper and fabric for gift wrapping
  4. Make it, bake it, grow it- gifts, decorations- fill recycled jars with edible gifts
  5. Think and shop local- coffee vouchers for local café
  6. Recycled content- look for gifts with high recycled content
  7. 100 Food Mile- source food within your local area, enjoy a meat free Christmas
  8. Give the gift of time- hire a cleaner for a loved one, to free up time for good stuff
  9. Quality design over poor design and quality- generally lasts longer and repairable
  10. Read recycling labels- ensure your waste goes in the right bin
  11. Refuse excess packaging- look for products with less packaging, if you can’t avoid it, rethink how to reuse the packaging
  12. Accept it when someone tells you “ I don’t want a gift for Christmas, time with you is the perfect gift”
  13. Offer a helping hand- Gift your time and skills to help someone
  14. Reduce food waste- plan, plan and plan your menu and portions
  15. Walk between Christmas functions- leave the car at home, walk, ride a bike or take public transport
  16. Collaborative Consumption- rather than buy tools and toys join your local tool library or toy library
  17. Less is More- put money towards a one big gift rather than small things which clutter your home example: family holiday
  18. Sustain yourself- delegate chores and food preparation
  19. Preloved and fair-trade gifts
  20. Ask what people would like for Christmas, if you are uncomfortable asking play the detective and snoop.

 

Bonus tip: Offset your Christmas carbon footprint, check out https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

Is there someone in your life that would benefit from a little decluttering and order, why not order a signed copy of our Tanya’s book STUFF OFF! Suffocated by clutter? Practical tips that won’t cost the earth to rid your life of clutter.

From all the team at Eco Organiser® we would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to bringing more tips, ideas, workshops and webinars to you in 2019

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Xmas declutter workshop

How to Ethically Declutter in Time for Christmas- The 10R’s

How do you feel when you hear Christmas carols playing in the stores already?

Do you kick up your heals and skip around the store filling your basket with stuff?

Or do you stick you head in a hole and try to forget about all the items that are about to invade your home?

A recent survey found that the average Australian family spent $963 per year on gifts. What is really scary, is that $620 worth of these gifts were considered “unwanted”, in other words clutter!

If you are look to declutter your home then this is the perfect workshop for you! Join our fun, interactive session and learn: Continue reading


Fix the Planet

Fixing the Planet One Repair at a Time- 12 things you must have in your repair kit

With International Repair Day on the 20th October, and you want to stop throwing stuff out that can be fixed if you had the tools; the question is what do you need in your repair kit or tool box?

Having a simple repair kit at hand saves time and money and when you have taught yourself how to fix something you feel like you can take on the world.

In this era of designed obsolesce and throwaway mentality a simple repair kit can extend the life of stuff we would normally throw away.

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Eco friendly home

An eco organised life with Tanya Lewis

A sneak peak into an eco organised home and life.

Long time friend and fellow professional organiser Tanya Lea of Declutterhome, finally persuaded founder of Eco Organiser Tanya Lewis to open the door to her  home and life and share her story and tell us a little about The 10R’s.

Full story : An eco organised life with Tanya Lewis

The10R’s

  1. Rethink

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Celebrate a Sustainable Mothers Day

How to Celebrate Mothers Day in a Sustainable Fashion

Looking for ways to celebrate Mothers Day in a sustainable fashion, without adding clutter?  Let’s face it; we are enticed to purchase more stuff, but how many fluffy slippers, dressing gowns, new toasters and frying pans to make the perfect scrambled eggs does she really need? Do we really need to ramp up our consumption of ‘stuff’ just because it’s Mothers Day, to let her know that we love her? Let’s take a step back from that traditional Mothers Day gift list and rethink.

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Declutter coming event soon

Melbourne Declutter Event Coming Soon

Melbourne declutter event coming your way soon.

Life is too short to be looking for stuff, why not start 2018 sorted and organised.

It’s all under wraps but you will be the first to know, so watch this space. Our popular DECLUTTER -Eco Organiser® workshops are popping up everywhere.

We are still finalising details, as soon as we are organised we will share the where and how to book your ticket.

Did you know the Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions are?

  1. Get Fit
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Get Organised

Tanya Lewis is a professional Eco Organiser® with an uncomplicated philosophy, borrowed from Gandhi.

“Living simply, so others can simply live”

And she is on a mission to divert waste from landfill and turn clutter into opportunities. Eco Organiser® blends traditional organising aims of creating order in our time and space, with an absolute passion for closing the loop.

From the bush to the boardrooms of Australia her educational tool The 10R’s™has been taught to over 5000+ people. Sharing her knowledge and expertise on how to declutter and simplify life, without costing the earth.

Founder of Eco Organiser® author of STUFF OFF! Suffocated by clutter? Practical tips that won’t cost the earth to rid your life of clutter, Sustainable Interior Designer, Organising Coach, blogger and visionary believes that being organised won’t cost the earth.

Learn

  • How to identify your clutter
  • How to honour and respect your treasures
  • How to declutter
  • How to eco organise your space without costing the earth
  • How to save money
  • How to save energy
  • How to let go

And have a lot of fun and laughs to rid your life of clutter, without costing the earth

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Sustainable Community

Boroondara Community Plan ~ Declutter and simplify life without costing the earth

Join us for a huge afternoon of free entertainment as we launch the Boroondara Community Plan, a guide for our City’s future!

Sunday 4 March 2018, 12pm to 4pm

Celebrate all that’s great about Boroondara at this fun-filled event with a range of workshops, activities and performances for all ages as we launch the Boroondara Community Plan.

Enjoy interactive sessions on topics including beekeeping, decluttering and growing your own food, as well as tours of the historic Hawthorn Arts Centre.

You can even take part in a full virtual reality experience!

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too, with a live performance from Peppa Pig, smoothie bikes, craft activities and much more.

Special Guest Speaker Eco Organiser® Tanya Lewis from 2.15pm to find out more detail 

Getting to the festival

The Boroondara Village Festival is being held on the same day as the Glenferrie Festival, so public parking will be limited in the area. Glenferrie Road will also be closed between Barkers and Burwood roads during the festival.

To avoid traffic congestion, we recommend you either take public transport or take advantage of our free bike valet service.

Public transport

Train – Alamein/ Belgrave/ Lilydale lines (Arrive at Glenferrie Station, walk 2 mins south along Glenferrie Rd then turn left into Burwood Rd.)

Tram 16 – Melbourne University to Kew (Alight at stop 52.)

Tram 70 – Docklands to Wattle Park (Alight at stop 32 and walk north on Glenferrie Rd for 5 mins until you get to Burwood Rd. Turn right and walk 1 min east along Burwood Rd.)

Tram 75 – City to Vermont South (Alight at stop 32 and walk north on Glenferrie Rd for 5 mins until you get to Burwood Rd. Turn right and walk 1 min east along Burwood Rd.)

Bike valet service

Ride your bike to the festival and park it for free in a secure area near the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

You’ll be issued with a ‘claim check’ in exchange for your bike and our staff will guard them in a secure corral. When you’re ready to leave, present your ‘claim check’ and get your bike back.

The bike valet service is located on Burwood Rd next to the Hawthorn Arts Centre. The service is available from 12 pm to 4 pm.


Sustainable Interior Design

Who said decorating your home in neutrals is dull and boring?

Decorating your home in neutrals can certainly be dull and boring, although with a little splash of colour here and there, neutrals can be turned into city glamour, beach-side shack, mountain high retreat, relaxed and comfortable home, appealing to both young and old.

Having recently attended Maison Objet 2018 in Paris, I am keen to share tips on how to work with neutrals, not against them.

In 2018 I have registered my new business Rethink Sustainable Interior Design, my aim is to show how to turn your home into your life’s vision through sustainable practices. (Website coming in 2018)

Rethinking and planning space, making responsible eco friendly choices, repairing, restyling, repurposing old to new, reusing , recycling and rewarding ourselves with beautiful spaces to live in

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Tips to declutter your car

4 simple steps to declutter your car of STUFF and reduce your carbon footprint

With holiday season only days away, does your  STUFF does not need a holiday or you?

In 4 simple steps you will declutter your car and reduce your carbon footprint

In our western society most people aspire to own and drive a car. The freedom of the open road, adventure, holidays, excitement…it sounds great.

For most the reality is this comes only a few times a year.

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