Staying Positive

Thinking about sustainability and making changes for a better world should be a positive thing. However I’ve had a few people recently say to me that they’ve had to take a break from their deep thinking about climate change and the environment for the sake of their own mental health. I understand what they mean. … Continue reading Staying Positive

Role for Science

There are no silver bullets to address climate change, and the damage we’re doing to the environment. It’s a total system we’re impacting and the necessary responses are equally broad. Consumers, businesses, regulators and governments all have a role to play. So does science. Picking on plastic - because that’s a favourite thing of mine … Continue reading Role for Science

Be the Change – It Matters

A major new European study reports that individuals have a major role to play in tackling climate change - as significant an impact as major corporations - but only if they can be encouraged to make significant lifestyle changes by effective government policies. Personal choices will get is so far - but government leadership will … Continue reading Be the Change – It Matters

Slow Food for the Planet

The Slow Food movement started in the 1980s in response to threats to local food cultures and traditions posed by globalization, corporatisation and industrialisation of food. While the movement has a large emphasis on taste and culture, the centrality of food in our lives (kind of important to life!) means changes in food culture and … Continue reading Slow Food for the Planet

Measure to Manage

Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying 'you can't manage what you don't manage'. And I guess I've just quoted him saying that one more time. Whether it’s tracking your email-newsletter opening rates, the time it takes to complete a 5km run, or your revenue and profitability, we must measure relevant metrics to track performance … Continue reading Measure to Manage

Wagging for the Planet

Should wagging (skipping school) to protest for more action to address climate change be punished with a detention?  Would facing a punishment like detention make the protest more meaningful? Interesting questions, but irrelevant in my view. Absolutely good on every student who participated in a protest for more action on climate change today.  The first … Continue reading Wagging for the Planet


When I saw a colourful display promoting #giveupthebottle I wasn't sure if it was a product for weaning toddlers or the tea-totalling equivalent of a quit-smoking product. Neither was of interest for me. On closer inspection, the eye-catching packaging contains hair and skin care products and the like - all in bar form and with … Continue reading #giveupthebottle

Pegs to Last

I’ve found the clothes-peg equivalent of my whisk. Check out these stainless steel pegs, available from Intentionally Sustainable. After I wrote about Intentionally Sustainable last month I bought some of these pegs to try, and will be buying some more soon! They work brilliantly and look equally good. I would be interested to know about the … Continue reading Pegs to Last

Comfortable in My Pool of Hypocrisy

I know. Having a pool is hardly illustrative of a sustainable lifestyle, right? As well as the power used for filtration, and chemical treatments, the pool does use water. And the land would have far more utility as a vegetable garden. I'm not pretending to live an exemplary lifestyle. I'm not perfect, but the choices … Continue reading Comfortable in My Pool of Hypocrisy

No Sausage

I was upset by the National Party’s video criticising the KiwiBuild initiative. As much as I think the housing crisis needs government action, I struggle to be a credible cheerleader for KiwiBuild. Still the video made me grumble. Not just because of the mansplaining, sexist approach. Nor, if you subscribe to the ‘grand unified theory … Continue reading No Sausage