Mastering The Soft Skills of Sustainability

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Mastering The Soft Skills Of Sustainability - The Urban Ecolife

I have something important to share with you.

It’s been weighing on my heart for some time.

It’s a feeling of guilt. A feeling of not being enough. Of not being the bigger, better person that I so desperately want to be…. now.  Of not speaking up enough about this cause that I am so passionately and whole-heartedly invested in – the cause to leave this planet, and my impact on this planet, better for tomorrow than I left it yesterday.

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6 Foods That Are Best To Eat Organic

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 6 Foods That Are Best To Eat Organic - The Urban Ecolife

It seems like all this talk of organic foods began only a few years back. Some may even consider it a passing trend like Pogo-sticks, The Spice Girls and Pokemon cards. But we know better don’t we? Step back in time a few decades ago, and everyone ate organic produce as compared to non-organic (conventional) foods now. There was only one way to grow and care for fruit and vegetables – the natural way. We didn’t care for economies of scale, maximizing profits and scaling operations to unmanageable levels where only a machine is fit to do the work.  Oh, such an idyllic life. Chemicals and synthetic pesticides to stave off pests and weeds was still a problem for future generations to conjure up and deal with.  Which brings us to the time NOW. Our increased use of unnatural ways of maintaining crops, as well as the effects these are having on the environment, have steered us back into the direction of organic goods. To a grassroots level of food production that sees us more concerned than ever about the health and environmental footprint these substances are leaving behind.

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Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke College Students (& the budget-inclined)

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Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke College Students (and The Budget-Inclined)

So I was posed with the question – what are some healthy cheap meals a college student can enjoy that doesn’t involve cheese sandwiches and 2-minute noodles? (not that they count as healthy OR environmentally friendly by any means).

 

I am the perfect person to answer this question. After all, I’ve been there and walked in your shoes. Both as a cash-strapped university student and a budget-inclined, poorly paid employee looking for healthy cheap meals that made me feel as good inside as they did when I looked at the balance of my bank account. I know what it’s like to try and spend as little as possible on food without starving yourself.

 

So if you’re a broke-ass college students living off some form of student allowance or working a less than stellar paying job to fill in the gaps to supplement the healthy cheap meals (not the drinking budget *cough cough*), then this is for you.

 

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Is It Time To Put Your Lifestyle On A Diet?

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Is it time to put your lifestyle on a diet? - The Urban Ecolife

We have a modern obsession with dieting. From Jenny Craig, to Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Diet Shakes, Bikini Boot Camps and Detox Teas.

 

It’s a $580 BILLION industry. 

 

There’s no denying that DIETING SELLS.

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Permaculture Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later

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Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later - The Urban Ecolife

This is one post I am so excited to share with you! If you remember, last year I had the privilege of helping one of my dear friends and her husband build a Biofilter Duck Pond. You can read more about those adventures in building the Biofilter Duck Pond in this blog post. It was a big learning experience for all of us and one I was thrilled to be part of. I recently had the pleasure of visiting them a whole year later and gees, was I in for a surprise! 

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My Latest Love List For The Month Of May

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My Latest Love List For the Month of May - The Urban Ecolife

It was about high time I shared with you a few things that I have fallen in love with of late. So I thought I’d bundle them all up into a love list. I enjoy reading these sort of posts from other bloggers because let’s face it, who doesn’t like to snoop into what other people are really digging, doing and totally gushing over? In a non-creepy way of course.

 

Considering we are nearing the end of May, (wait – WHAT?! We’re already there?!), it’s a perfect way to round out what has been another glorious month on planet earth.

 

Without further a-do, I present to you, my latest love list for the month of May 🙂

 

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Are You Ignoring The Benefits of Solar Energy? (and What To Consider Before You Get A Solar Installation)

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Are You Ignoring The Benefits of Solar Energy? (and What To Consider Before You Get A Solar Installation) - The Urban Ecolife

Australia is officially the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change policy and action. One word. Ouch!

It’s embarrassing. As an Aussie, I’m ashamed that this is how we are presenting to the world stage. Sun-loving beach bums aside, I believe we need to get a few things straightened… for our own sake more than anyone else’s.

 

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9 Common Leafy Greens You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

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9 Common Leafy Greens You Didn't Know You Could Eat from The Urban Ecolife

One thing that really bugs me these days (and yer, this may make you think I have no life but I’ll let that one slip), is when I walk by groceries stores and see all the vegetables with their leaves or tops chopped off. Dude, are you trying to rip me off! From this experience, my love for the farmers’ market only deepens where more often than not, they give you the WHOLE plant. Stepping it up a notch and better yet, growing my own where I decide the what and the how.

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