Resources

A is for Apples and Autumn Leaves

Apples Do you have an apple tree growing near you? If you live in Banyule then a wonderful day trip is to head out to Petty’s orchard. If you keep an eye out on their social media page you may even be notified when they are open to the public for taste testing their extensive…

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B is for Book Week, Bushwalking, Buy Nothing and Buy in Bulk

Book Week Do you want to enjoy Book Week but don’t want to add to your footprint? Start planning, sourcing and sewing/creating well in advance. Here are some ideas you can use to tread lightly during Book Week: Up-cycle what you already have in the house Buy pre-loved online or from your local op shop…

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C is for Celebration, Communication, Compost, Cooking from Scratch and Cultural Safety

Celebration We all love to celebrate and regardless of the occasion it is made all the more special when we consider how we can decrease our footprint while getting our party on. Reimagine birthdays by taking along a low waste picnic to a local park. An example is a birthday celebration that we organised at…

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D is for Dancing and Decluttering

Dancing Recently I participated in an international book group that discussed the book, ‘Surviving the future’ written by David Fleming. What was interesting about this book was the emphasis placed on celebration, ritual, music and dance. I began to wonder what is available locally here in Banyule? While I haven’t experienced her classes myself I…

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E is for Edible Gardens, Electricity and Earth Buildings

Edible Gardens Growing up I associated edible gardens with growing lettuce and carrots and other fresh produce that we find in the aisles of our local green grocer. However, as I attended Indigenous led workshops about food, my perception changed. I learnt that many of the common native plants that grow all around us also…

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F is for Fermented Foods, Local Food and Flowers

Fermented Foods Treading more lightly is supported by harnessing the power of bacteria and fungi to enhance the nutrition of foods. This is the ancient practice of fermentation. Fruit vinegar, kombucha and sauerkraut are easy ferments that everyone could make. They are a common starting point for many people’s exploration of traditional foods and reconnection…

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H is for Healing Country, Hard Waste and Housing

Heal Country This year’s NAIDOC week theme is ‘Heal Country’. Have you considered what we can do both as individuals and as a community to look after country here in Banyule. Local resident Megan has shared some of the everyday things that she does to responsibly look after country. One way to heal country is…

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L is for Lemons, ‘iridescence’, Listening and Learning

Lemons Reimagine Citrus Do you have a laden Citrus tree in your yard? Perhaps you’ve seen one in your neighbourhood during a walk and started thinking about how you could make use of the fruit. I have been passing a citrus tree in our street for sometime and am working up the courage to walk…

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M is for Meditation, Mending, Minimalism, Mushrooms and Music

Meditation “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” -Dalai Lama While this statement might oversimplify the challenges facing humanity, it does acknowledge the power of meditation to build health and happiness, and with as many variations on meditation techniques as there…

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N is for Nappies, Nature Play and Nature Strips

Nappies Choosing to use cloth nappies is a great way to tread more lightly with children. Learn: With Banyule resident Elana at local reusable nappy workshops www.clothnappyworkshopsmelbourne.com.au Banyule City Council runs online information sessions to help you become a familiar and confident Cloth Nappy user. www.banyule.vic.gov.au/…/Reusable-nappy… Attend the workshop and you get two modern cloth…

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R is for Repair, Repurposing, Reciprocity, Respect, Retrosuburbia

Repair Repair is about more than repairing something that’s broken. It’s about repairing ourselves and the world around us. A couple of years ago I attended a repair café run by Sustainable Watsonia. I went along with some broken earrings and was able to have them glued back together. Rubbish was being rescued from landfill…

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S is for Schools, Seed Libraries, Signage to Support Sharing and the 3 S's (Soak, Solarise and Submerge weeds!)

Schools When local resident Asha started at a new primary school she noticed that there were some simple changes that could take place to decrease the amount of waste that the school was producing. By engaging in a positive dialogue with the principal, teachers, students and school community, she was able to contribute towards the…

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Reimagine Easter

Reimagine Easter Swap #1 Hot cross buns Things to think about when buying hot cross buns (or any bread): Waste avoidance: Can I use my own reusable cloth bag or ask the person serving you “Would it be ok to put my order in these bags?” Where is my local bakery? #Banyule Micro Bakeries we know…

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