Green Living

Is the tiny house movement a ‘big lie’? []

Treehugger highlights an interesting article about the tiny house movement written by Erin Anderssen in The Globe and Mail: Teeny house, big lie: Why so many proponents of the tiny-house movement have decided to upsize Writes Anderssen: The ardour for tiny homes suggests it’s the next best trend in four walls. Certainly, the motivation is […]

Ecofest 2014 featuring Nelson Growables

Nelson Ecofest 2014

Nelson Ecofest combines the best of the Home and Garden show with a green conscience and practical solutions for people seeking a sustainable future.

Spring Salad Ideas from your own Garden

Spring salad ideas: Fennel, Parsley, Broad bean leaves, Chickweed

I’m a great believer in working with what you have. Often when you take a good look, it turns out there’s more close at hand than you thought. When it comes to spring salad ideas, you may be surprised at what’s already available in your garden! There’s nothing like a fresh salad straight from your […]

Koanga Institute would like your help to save the seeds [video]


Koanga Institute would like your help to save the seeds [video]

Waimarama Community Gardens – listing update and Art

Discovered some wonderful art on the new Waimarama Community Gardens new website: Painting of the Waimarama Community Gardens by Nelson artist Marilyn Andrews #gigatownnsn — Ecofind NZ (@ecofind) May 20, 2014

Country Calendar – Chaos Springs

Chaos Springs farm

Chaos Springs Screened April 5 2014 – Watch it on TVNZ Ondemand From New Zealander Jenny Erickson used to grow organic lettuce and herbs in the USA – but when she struggled to find good-quality compost, her business took an unexpected new direction. She went to a seminar on organic compost-making and realised her […]

Going Against the Grain!

The humble grain silo is turned into an innovative and eco-friendly nine unit serviced apartment complex in idyllic Little River!

Green Urban Living Autumn Challenge 2014

The Green Urban Living Autumn Challenge is all about making it easy for everyone to live a little greener in ways that suit them and helps the environment.

UNPACKIT Awards 2013 – Supermarkets take out Worst Packaging Award – Again!

For the second year running supermarkets have been voted as the worst packagers in the country – with the Unpackit Worst Packaging Award going to Countdown, owned by Progressive Enterprises. The Awards were decided by 15,632 votes. Rethink Reusable Fresh Produce bags took out the Best Packaging Award. One third of voters chose fruit and […]

Arsenic used in home-building materials

Kiwi homes are being wrapped with plywood containing an arsenic treatment banned in several overseas countries because of toxicity concerns. Bracing plywood treated with the preservative copper chromium arsenic (CCA) is increasingly being used for residential repairs and rebuilds in Canterbury. Both arsenic and chromium compounds pose a potential health hazard in certain conditions. Public […]

Smart phones can help reduce litter?

Here’s a link to a blog about Litterati: A Global Digital Landfill of Instagrammed Trash

Guide to safe plastics

If you must use plastic containers, here’s a good brief overview of what the various numbers mean