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Links & Resources

General help and advice on your journey to being more energy efficient and sustainable!

ATA (Alternative Technology Association)

The ATA is a not-for-profit organisation that enables, represents and inspires people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. The ATA provides expert, independent advice on sustainable solutions for the home.

The ATA also publishes two market-leading sustainable living magazinesSanctuary: modern green homes (www.sanctuarymagazine.org.au) and ReNew: technology for a sustainable future (www.renew.org.au)– well worth subscribing to if you want to keep up to date on all things to do with energy efficient and sustainable living

http://www.ata.org.au/

Story of Stuff

A heap of Award-winning animated movies all about how ‘stuff’ is causing issues with our planet. Great for kids and adults alike to get a feel for some of the issues we are facing and what we can do about it.

www.storyofstuff.org

Sustainability Victoria

Advice for individuals about sustainable living. Everything from building to renting, rubbish to recycling and the every day choices which make an impact.

http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/

Zero Waste Victoria

Their mission is to educate and inspire individuals to reduce their plastic consumption and cut back on household rubbish through everyday choices.

http://zerowastevictoria.org/

Ecosia

This is a search engine that can be added to Chrome but with a big difference - they use the profit they make from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most.

https://www.ecosia.org/

The Rogue Ginger

Erin (The Rogue Ginger) is on a mission to engage with individuals to redefine what is waste and how we can create less of it. She is a regular contributor on ABC Radio; shares skills and ideas to hundreds at workshops, talks and forums; helps organise and assist environmental action groups. Her webite & blog are just packed with information and tips about living more sustainably. She's great to follow on Facebook too.

http://www.therogueginger.com

Planet Ark

Heaps on information about recycling all manner of things as well as a handy guide on buying products made from recycled materials

https://recyclingweek.planetark.org/

One Million Women

1 Million Women have a really great Facebook presence, with loads of very practical, informative posts about a range of topics all focused around living a lower carbon lifestyle. It is very positive in feel and gives a sense of what we can do.

https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/

Finding products with better environmental credentials (includes building materials, appliances and general products)

Good Environmental Choice Australia

You can search the products database for products that meet their environmental criteria including appliances and building materials

http://www.geca.eco/product-finder/

Ecospecifier

Another tool allowing you to search for more environmentally friendly products including appliances and building materials

http://www.ecospecifier.com.au/products/

Fair Trade Directory Australia

An independent directory of businesses that supply and distribute Fair Trade products within Australia. Its focus is to assist with the promotion of Fair Trade products and suppliers in Australia.

http://fairtradedirectoryaustralia.com/ 

Solar PV, Solar hot water and Energy Efficient building and renovation

Clean Energy Council

Everything you need to know about Solar PV including a list of accredited solar PV installers, approved product listings, and guides for the householder

https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/technologies/solar-pv.html

Your Home Australia

An amazing and free guide to building, buying or renovating a home. This manual represents a long-standing effort by the Australian Government, in partnership with the building and design industry, to give comprehensive, expert and independent advice to everyone interested in building homes for a sustainable future. It shows how to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment – economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to your changing needs. NB: You can buy the book but you can also download any page from this website.

http://www.yourhome.gov.au/

VRES : Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard 

The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard is an Australian-first home energy rating program. The Scorecard gives you a star rating for your home, in the same way as a fridge or washing machine can get a star rating. The star rating represents the running cost of the fixed appliances in your home. You can use it as a guide to make home improvements efficiently and cost effectively.

Independent accredited assessors can be engaged to deliver Scorecard assessments for a fee. They use the government supported Scorecard webtool to rate the energy efficiency of your home's construction, fixed appliances and other key features such as solar PV energy production. The two page rating certificate also recommends upgrade options to improve your home's rating.

(Please note: Lucinda from Going Green Solutions is an accredited Scorecard Assessor - for more information look here)

Gardening & Greywater

Sustainable Gardening Australia

Advice about everything to do with gardening sustainably and growing your own

http://www.sgaonline.org.au/ 

Local Food Connect

This organisation is local to us in Melbourne, but it is an absolute fount of information that would be relevant to people everywhere! Their newsletter is outstanding too and free to subscribe to.

localfoodconnect.org.au

Lanfax Labs Greywater Testing

An independent grey and waste water testing and analysis organisation

http://www.lanfaxlabs.com.au/

Women's health

Sustainable Period Project

Teachers and health professionals who are keen to promote re-usable and sustainable menstrual products, the Sustainable Period Project is for you!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/sustainableperiodproject/posts/

Tampon Alert

A site alerting women to the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome

http://www.tamponalert.org.uk

Transport

The Driving Green homepage on this UK site has some interesting information if you are investigating purchasing a more eco-friendly car

Here is another useful calculator for calculating carbon emissions when driving, so that you can off-set them of course :-)

Baby and toddler

Australian Nappy Network A non profit organisation promoting the health, environmental and financial advantages of reusable nappies. Australian Nappy Network also promote Reusable Nappy Week each year.

The Eco Mum A fantastic website on which you'll find everything on green loving, green living, eco lifestyle choices, herbs & natropathy, juicing recipes, organic product reviews, recommendations and research, hints & tips to green up your life, ways to recycle & upcycle

Natured Kids outdoors playgroup in Mornington Peninsula An outdoors playgroup called 'Natured Kids' operating in Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula for families and their young ones 0-5 yrs.  Weekly visits to local parks, flora and fauna reserves, bushland, beaches, community parks and gardens, wetlands and

My Green Nappy My Green Nappy is a simple environmental initiative encouraging all families to have one green nappy for their baby to wear. It’s Simple: Start with ONE! Every time it is worn, a single use disposable is kept out of landfill.

Melbourne Playgrounds is a free on-line guide to thousands of Melbourne activities for the entire family!  Activities cover playgrounds (more than 2100 reviewed with photos), Play Centres, Aquatic Centres, Skate Parks, BMX tracks, miniature train rides and more

Sustainable Homes & Communities Program Some awesome links to help you work out how to stay (or go) green when that little one comes along!

A few aweome eco friendly businesses we like

The Good Brew Company - saving the world one beer at a time!

Dresscode Style advice for the environmentally conscious! Look great while reducing your fashion footprint. I’ll show you how. With friendly, practical and hands-on advice, these small-group workshops will give you the confidence you need to step out in style. And if that’s not tempting enough, they’re tax deductible!

Print Together Sustainable Printing is easy with this mob.

Black Rainbow Printing If you need sustainable printing, this is another great one-stop-shop! Great service too!

Ecomad - for Insulation, draught proofing and energy efficiency renovations

EcoMaster - for Insulation, draught proofing and energy efficiency renovations

Green Moves Australia - energy auditing, sustainability advising and education to both commercial and residential sectors

Conventional businesses everywhere are getting involved in the greener lifestyle movement - MoneyMag have mentioned us on their article about 'Going Green on a Budget', which is worth a read

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