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  1. 10 tips for reducing rubbish with green gift-wrapping

    10 tips for reducing rubbish with green gift-wrapping

    Did you know that the average person wraps 20 gifts at Christmas? If just 3 of those were wrapped in reused paper or a paper alternative, the paper saved would cover 45,000 football fields.
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  2. Reduce waste: say no to paper towels and serviettes

    Reduce waste: say no to paper towels and serviettes

    Over the next few weeks I'll be writing about ways to reduce waste at home, based on the 5 R's - Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect. These are not meant to be hard and fast rules because it's hard to get it right all the time but hopefully you will find practical tips and ideas to use and it's good to remember that every little bit helps.
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  3. Which is greener, paper or cloth napkins

    Which is greener, paper or cloth napkins

    You might be wondering whether the energy used to make and wash a cloth napkin is higher than the energy it takes to manufacture a paper towel which is why I did some digging and found that if you use your cloth towels and napkins mindfully, then cloth is definitely the greener way to go.
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  4. 10 things you should keep away from your dishwasher

    10 things you should keep away from your dishwasher

    Did you know that dishwashers can not only save you time and give a much more efficient clean than washing by hand, they can also save you money and can even be more eco-friendly.
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  5. Organic gardening tips for Labour Weekend

    Organic gardening tips for Labour Weekend

    Labour day is a public holiday in New Zealand, celebrating the 8 hour working day. It falls on the last weekend in October when we're enjoying longer daylight hours and warmer weather which makes it a great weekend to get stuck in to the garden so I asked an experienced organic gardener (and my hubby) Malcolm Rands to share his tips for vegetable gardeners.
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  6. Melissa Carroll's tips for everyday wellness

    Melissa Carroll's tips for everyday wellness

    Wellness Retreats NZ founder Melissa Carroll has learned plenty during her recovery from chronic fatigue, and that journey has led to a business that arms others for a healthier lifestyle.
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  7. Yoga for busy mums

    Yoga for busy mums

    Do you dream of doing a regular yoga practice with a bunch of cool women, in a beautiful studio, but life gets in the way and it just never happens?
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  8. Perspectives on depression and pathways to mental wellness

    Perspectives on depression and pathways to mental wellness

    We recently had the privilege of hearing from two people with different experiences of depression - Kathleen Wills, an integrative health professional assisting people with a range of serious wellness issues, and Dan Drupsteen, who co-founded the mental health charity Live More Awesome
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  9. The essentials of a good nursery

    The essentials of a good nursery

    There are so many nursery equipment options these days, so it's hard to know what we actually need and what are the 'nice to haves'. With nearly 30 years' experience in baby care, Dorothy Waide has cast her expert eye over the choices and listed some important places to start.
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  10. Ideas for settling your newborn

    Ideas for settling your newborn

    Sleep is as vital to your baby's wellbeing as food. Some parents assume that their baby instinctively knows how to establish healthy sleep patterns, but in my experience newborns need guidance to learn how to self-settle, resettle and sleep soundly.
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