Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Organic Island Baby opens store in Devonport

Organic Island Baby has opened a store in Devonport (as close as they could get to Waiheke Island)

Shop 7, Devonport Wharf with amazing all day views of the ocean and ferry’s coming and going ...

They have organic ranges from Under The Nile and Disana, along with 2 styles of slings from Joanne's friend and neighbour on Waiheke, Vibeke at Dolce & Zoet.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tips to reduce climate change

The BIGGEST change you can make is to leave you car at home for trips less than 2km. Apparently this is one-third of all the car trips we make!

This would save 1710kg (of Co2) or $1200 per year for the average NZ family.

Buy a more fuel-efficent car - see our article on Greener Motoring.
Just switching to a car that uses 6 litre of fuel per 100km rather than 8 litres would save the average family 640kg Co2 or $450.

Also, turn off your car when idling for more than 10 seconds (Zoe-B Weekly)

Other tips include:
- reduce your use of electric heaters (with electricity prices most of us are doing that anyway!)
- take shorter showers and use an aerated flow showerhead
- wash clothes in cold water
- replace your five most used light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones
- put insulating wrap around your hwc
- turn off appliances (esp your computer) when not in use
- check the energy efficient ratings on appliances when you buy them
- buy local!

see if you would like a copy of their Pocket Guide.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

If you haven't seen "An Inconvenient Truth," which won an Academy Award earlier this year, you must!

Former Vice President Al Gore, is the newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday that global warming is the most dangerous challenge facing humanity. This film spells it out in black and white. (

Initially, I held back from seeing the film because I thought I might get too depressed! But Al Gore tells it like it is without getting hysterical and you realise, we can all play our part in the way we live and purchasing decisions we make.

The film title is so apt, we live in a society of convenience - fast foods, convenience meals, microwaves, cellphones, disposable nappies etc etc.

Likewise, Natural Parenting is not always "convenient", you have to go to extra effort to source purchases, grow or buy organic food but it has its' rewards!

I also attended an address yesterday by (Jeanette Fitzsimons, Green Party) on climate change. What the "Inconvenient Truth" and this address made me realise is that the world just isn't going to be around for our precious next generation, unless we all take drastic action NOW.

The Green Party have published a pocket guide on ways you can make a personal contribution to reduce Co2 emissions (see my next blog).

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Little Orchard

Little Orchard stock Lotte Franklin and Anknel and Burblets products; organic skin and haircare, baby-safe aromatherapy, blank greeting cards, photographic prints and limited edition bags, purses, and makeup and pencil cases. All our products are hand made in New Zealand.

Watch this space, new products for mums + babes and hands + feet coming mid October.

Organic Earth Mama Angel Baby

Check out Earth Mama Angel Baby®, the only line of 100% natural skin and body care products to support the entire birth process: pregnancy, labor, postpartum and c-section recovery, breastfeeding, baby care and even the loss of a baby. Pure, natural products and gifts for pure, natural mamas and babies!

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