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

Built to Fail

My wife looked at me like I was some weirdo. I’d just asked for a whisk for Christmas. To be fair, it’s not an unfamiliar look. I explained that I wanted one that wouldn't break. One that looked great. One that I would hand down as an heirloom one day. The not-unfamiliar look did not … Continue reading Built to Fail

A Climate Change Message for Us Adults

Lennox Crowe is an impressive young man. A Marlborough local, he used his summer holiday to conceive, script, film and edit a video sending a message to us adults: we're not moving fast enough to address climate change. Through the voices of his friends and siblings, he's sending the message on behalf of the generation … Continue reading A Climate Change Message for Us Adults

Sustainability Opportunities Prompted By My Cocktail

Aside from a wet Christmas Day and some high winds, we've enjoyed a cracking summer in Marlborough so far. For me that's meant time around the pool with friends and family. Even though it was taken a while ago, this picture captures the flavour of recent days: enjoying the heat, kids in the pool, and … Continue reading Sustainability Opportunities Prompted By My Cocktail

Intentionally Sustainable

Whether you're looking for a new toothbrush, some of those cool reusable straws, food covers, a razor, or food wraps, check out Intentionally Sustainable. They have a great range of products to replace single-useless plastics and other plastic products. The pricing seems reasonable and the products look great - I'm going to try out the … Continue reading Intentionally Sustainable

Thunderpants are Wonder Pants

Thunderpants may have started out with a couple of design students looking to develop "the ultimate comfy undie that wouldn't go up your bum" but it's grown to produce nearly 50,000 garments a year, ranging from kids' clothes, swimwear, yoga-wear and of course gruds. Looking at their website, aside from the colourful designs, and the apparent … Continue reading Thunderpants are Wonder Pants

10 Hotel Room Facepalms

There's probably only 2 reasons to read this: (1) if you're a hotel operator, or (2) if you want to contribute to my list of hotel room annoyances. I travel a lot with work and have stayed in hundreds of hotel rooms over the last 25 years, and these are 10 things that make me … Continue reading 10 Hotel Room Facepalms

Climate Change Response and Leadership

Rob Campbell's piece on stuff this week, supported the important role of business in making changes to address climate change.  As the Chairman of some of the country's highest profile companies, the fact that he is making the case for action and leadership on climate change is encouraging. It's also interesting to see him encouraging … Continue reading Climate Change Response and Leadership

Riches by Another Measure

I was intrigued to find an alternative rich list published by Škoda. While it’s clearly a nice piece of brand marketing, the profiles - rich-listers in terms of family, health and community - were a good read, and the concept of how we measure riches and success was interesting to think about. The profile of … Continue reading Riches by Another Measure