Hello, I’m Brooke, the local coordinator for Boomerang Bags for Stanthorpe. This website page has been set up to advise local residents on what is happening with the program. There is also a private Facebook group for the local coordination of activities (contact me to join) and there is the full Boomerang Bags website here. WHAT IS BOOMERANG BAGS? Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative set to reduce reliance on plastic shopping bags. The community makes reusable bags to provide back to the community for free. This voluntary approach is a positive and proactive way communities can work towards tackling plastic pollution at a grassroots level and teach sewing skills in the process. Sounds awesome. How can I help? There are a few ways you can help – as a volunteer or a supporter. Volunteers We are looking for people to: Sew, cut, iron and generally help at sewing bees. This step is about making the bags. Those wishing to learn sewing skills are welcome. There are non-sewing jobs too. Attend market stalls to raise awareness, sell ‘keep’ bags and raise funds. Provide time and ideas. We have a local Facebook page for coordination of activities. Supporters Individuals can: […]
To celebrate my recent discovery of Boomerang Bags and to support Plastic Free July, we are running a promotion throughout the month of July where you can win a $100 voucher to spend at Apikali. Apikali is an eco-living store that has you covered for reusable baby and household products. How to enter Simply take a photo with your reusable bag in action and post it to the Eco Parents Facebook page or Instagram using hashtags #flashusyourbag #ecoparents #apikali Terms You may enter once per day throughout July 2016. A winner will be selected by Eco Parents Australia founder – Brooke Summerville. A winner will be selected based on creativity. In addition to the above terms, our standard competition terms and conditions apply.
I decided to make a chicken tunnel. Even though I have my main flock in a very large coop and run area I have a separate coop and undercover run set up as a nursery. The nursery is where I can isolate a broody hen and it’s a safe place for her to raise her chicks. Once she has finished teaching them how to feed, forage, scratch, roost and all the chickeny skills required she will be ready to merge back with the flock and start laying again. I wanted a tunnel system I could attach to the side of the nursery area for the mother hen and her chicks to get out into the grass in safety. My main goals were to provide access to grass and provide safety from birds of prey. I looked at what materials I had on hand and how much time I wanted to spend. I ended up using wire from various fencing projects. Here are my notes on how I made a wire chicken tunnel. Keep in mind that this is designed for day use only. I decide when they use the tunnel system by opening up a door on the main nursery […]
Having made a number of chicken related coops and runs over the last few years there are a few things I’ve learnt. Look online for inspiration. Make a note of the features that you like and will work for your situation. Draw a few sketches with dimensions. Leave them a few days and come back, review them and sketch a bit more. Make sure predator proofing is a key consideration. Think about the future and make allowances for egg laying, nesting, a broody hen and a nursery area if you think you might like to raise some of your own chickens. Keeping a coop clean with fresh bedding is important. Incorporate features that allow for ease of cleaning. Try to use materials you have on hand. Pallets make a great starting base but beware they also create hiding spaces for rodents. Try to fully enclose each pallet. Use it as an opportunity to practice basic building skills. Think about mobility. Do you need to move the structure around? Consider using an existing structure like a shed or fence to build your coop and run next to. Check with any council restrictions as some may have guidelines on how close to a […]
Some people call these bliss balls, I just call them date balls. Snack dates are the basis for them and other ingredients can be added to provide a little variety. I make these in batches and they form part of my kids daycare lunch boxes. They contain no processed sugar but dates provide a natural sweetness that is more than enough to class these as treats. Once made I keep them in the fridge and occasionally grab one myself for a bite sized delight. Although my method and recipe changes every time I make them I’ve included my notes from the latest batch. I never make these with nuts because 99% of them go to daycare. Makes approx 30 date balls Ingredients 23 medjool dates (aka a big handful) 3 tablespoons organic cacao powder Optional 1/4 cup fine shredded coconut or coconut flakes 1/4 cup dried cranberries finely chopped 1/4 cup bran sticks chopped 3 tablespoons chia seeds Extra dry ingredients for rolling (coconut, cacao powder, chia seeds, bran sticks). Method I leave the dates out of the fridge to soften and if needed put them on the windowsill. You could probably use a food processor but I just use a […]
The Australian Nappy Association (ANA) was formed in 2014 by a group of cloth nappy industry folks. The ANA is a collection of cloth nappy advocates that work collaboratively to grow the use of reusable nappies. Cloth nappies really opened my eyes to a whole world of reusable products and they act as the gateway reusable product for many new parents. Predominantly made up of retailers or manufacturers, there are also industry supporters, like me. You may think that the retailers are market competitors, and technically they are. But this advocacy groups acts in the interests of widening cloth nappy usage in Australia through education, research, guidance and the provision of practical information. There are a number of resources available to parents, the general public and industry professionals. Some of them include: Cloth nappy washing instructions Cloth nappy fitting tips Cloth in Childcare Ambassador pack with information for parents to talk to their daycare about cloth nappy use and information for the daycare centre staff. Get Into Cloth Kits made up of sample reusable nappy products to help midwives and other educators explain cloth nappy usage to staff, parents and the general public. Workshop Information Packs to assist people in […]