Raw inspiration: Loving Earth raw foods

Made in Australia

The Loving Earth story begins in rural India not far from Mumbai, where founding director Scott Fry had been working with the local Adivasi people on an organic farming project.  Many local farmers were selling their topsoil to brickmakers, since agriculture was not a viable source of income for them any longer.

Finding a way to support these people meant commercialising their commodities in a manner that both honoured them and allowed them to do what they had been doing for thousands of years.  Scott went on to Mexico, working with an indigenous Mayan co-operative to help them find a market for their coffee and cacao.  It became apparent that the only real asset many of these communities had in the modern world were these crops that their ancestors had domesticated.  It was the Olmecs, the ancestors of the Mayan cooperative that Scott was working with in Izapa, who first domesticated cacao thousands of years ago.

Three years later Scott was back in Melbourne, broke and with a child on the way, but full of inspiration…Loving Earth began in 2007.  Wonderfully, the business took off quickly by finding people who were looking for products which could fulfill these values.  Loving Earth has been trying to keep up with demand ever since!  The current facility in Campbellfield, Victoria is a far cry from the humble beginnings, which saw them using a little bakery at night to make chocolate, operating the business from home, and hand wrapping chocolate bars in the kitchen.

Everything has come full circle for Loving Earth.  They’ve been able to go and work with the Aboriginal community of Nyul Nyul people up in the Kimberleys.  Now doing exactly what Scott envisioned back in India, taking the manufacturing of products back to indigenous communities.

Loving Earth’s range available at Biome includes: organic, raw and fair trade chocolate, Luvju superfood bar, dehydrated Kale Chips and raw organic cacao powder.   Please do visit and browse all the Loving Earth raw awesomeness.…

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Dindi Naturals good for you, good for our Planet

Meet the maker

The story behind Dindi Naturals…

Pip Guyatt, a mother of two, started experimenting with making homemade, natural soaps in order to reduce the skin irritations suffered by her eldest son. The results were brilliant, and soon Pip began receiving orders from family and friends, Pip eventually expanded to supplying retail outlets and the general public who were also passionate about natural skincare.

As a result, Dindi Naturals is now renowned for making natural soaps that contain NO toxic or synthetic chemicals; and that derive environmentally-friendly ingredients from areas of fair trade and sustainability.

The company is based in the mountainous north-east region of Victoria, Australia, known as the Murrindindi Shire – hence the name Dindi. The location is as natural as all the Dindi products, so when you use a cake of Pip’s soap, you feel the freshness of the Murrindindi, and the overall vitality of beautiful Australia.

Dindi Naturals range prides itself on not using palm oil or palm oil derived products in any of its natural skin and body care ranges.  Choosing palm oil free products avoids causing major habitat destruction and threatening many species in Indonesia and Malaysia, particularly the Orangutan population.

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The Redecker Company 75 years & growing

Meet the maker

For 75 years the Redecker Company has been family owned and operated, and is now in its third generation. The company was started by Friedrich Redecker who learnt the craft of brush making Soest School for the Blind after he lost his sight at only age four. Through his entrepreneurial spirit Friedrich built up a small company over time and was able to provide for his wife and three sons.

When Friedrich passed away at age 72, it seemed that that was the end of his small brush making company as none of his sons wished to carry on the tradition. His youngest son Gernot Redecker and his wife decided they would work off the remaining materials and sell the brushes at a local market stall. All the brushes were sold out during the first weekend of the market stall – more materials were ordered.  Soon the little company that none of the sons wished to continue was booming and the Redecker legacy lived on.

The company grew quickly and expanded out of the family cellar into a renovated barn and finally into new offices and warehouse space.  The Redecker Company was no longer just selling at small market stalls they were wholesaling internationally and exhibiting at the top trade fairs. Friedrich would never have thought his little brush making business would become so big.

Change and ongoing development have always been good company tradition at Redecker. In January 2009 Felix Redecker, one of the two children, joined the company. The continuation of the “Redecker family tradition” into the third generation has been secured.…

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Five tips that will reduce your energy bills in no time

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The We Live It team has put together five simple and helpful tips that will help you to reduce your next electricity bill. While you may not be able to acheive all five each small change makes a difference to your energy bill and the environment we all share.

1.   Convert your incandescent & halogen light bulbs to energy efficient LED light bulbs.

LED technology has a come a long way in recent years and now LED light bulbs can produce the same quality of light that premium halogens produce for about a fifth of the power.  We recommend the Brightgreen and Starlux ranges, both of which are very popular with our customers.

2.   Use energy meters to keep track of how much electricity you are using.

Using an energy meter to track how much electricity you are using helps you decide which energy hungry appliances need to take a break.  You’ll be amazed at just how much some non essential appliances are costing you.  Todae stocks the A+ Intelligent Power Meter which shows the user electricity usage in real time.

3.   Unplug appliances at the wall when possible.

While it might not be all that much a lot of appliances still use electricity while turned off and plugged in.  Appliances with ‘Stand-by’ mode are the biggest culprits; so when possible unplug the appliances that you aren’t using this minute.  It might not start as much but the savings will soon add up.

4.   When possible go without the Air-conditioner or Heater.

When you’re hot try finding a breeze and or use an electric fan over the air-conditioner and when it’s cold put on another layer of clothing before you crank up the heating.  But sometimes you need the air-con or heating and we get that, but hopefully this way you’ll enjoy the luxury even more.

5.   Switch to low consumption appliances.

Though the initial investment might seem a bit expensive, by switching to energy efficient appliances such as dryers, refrigerators, and washing machines you could save a lot of electricity and money in the long run.  All appliances sold in Australia should come with an energy rating out of 5 stars, try to aim for the highest star rating within your budget and specifications for the best return on investment.   

What do you do to save energy and lower your electricity bill?…

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Put a zing in your day with Zing Anything flavour infusers

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We’ve been selling reusable water bottles for years and we thought that every possible improvement and variation had been tried – but we were wrong.  Zing Anything water bottles offer flavour with a twist.

Zing Anything water bottles are equipped with a bottom-mounted grinder that pulps fresh fruit and vegetables so you can enjoy freshly infused water on the go. A fine-combed mesh screen allows pure extracted flavours to travel through and infuse the water.  All you need to do is add fresh ingredients, twist, and shake to enjoy a nutritious alternative to artificial sugary drinks.

Check out the Zing Anything range in action

The Zing Anything water bottles make it more convenient to create your own tasty drinks instead of buying sugar loaded softdrinks and ‘fruit juices’.  By extracting the essence of all the natural ingredients and allowing these flavours to infuse directly into your water you get the full flavour, aroma, plus the added vitamin, minerals, and nutrients of the fresh fruits and vegetables in your Zing Anything water bottle.

Zing Anything water bottles were developed to improve our daily diets – both in the food we eat and the beverages we drink.  Zing Anything water bottles are the perfect accessory to avoid unhealthy beverages without sacrificing flavour.  With the Zing Anything products, you can avoid refined sugars, artificial flavourings, preservatives, and colourings while opting for all natural ingredients.

Zing Anything water bottles are safe, durable, and eco-friendly bottles made from Eastman Tritan BPA/EA-free plastics and food-grade safe stainless steel.  Not only is this good for our planet, it’s good for our bodies.  BPA has been shown to exhibit hormone like properties that negatively impact our bodies.

There are not limits to the Zing Anything water bottles, let your imagination run wild and bring your fanciful ideas to life.  Make drinking water a healthy delight!…

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Goodbyn meet the maker

Meet the maker

Erin Franczyk and Rob Grennan wanted to reinvent the way kids ate lunch.  They wanted to make lunchtime easier, more inspiring and fun for kids and parents alike.  They knew the new lunchboxes had to be sustainable and have a long product life, unlike the disposable lunch bags and containers that have found their way into the school backpack.  From the beginning Erin and Rob decided to be as transparent as possible about their decisions as a company: how they would produce, ship and get their product to the market – Goodbyn was born.

Goodbyn researched kids’ eating habits so that the concept behind their lunchboxes could be brought to life.  They put together a team of people who had a unique background in research-driven, modern product design as well as an expertise and design aesthetic that meshed with Erin and Rob’s beliefs.  This team of talented people enabled Goodbyn to to make lunchtime smarter and more inspiring.

While they started small and have only been in business since 2008 they are now selling their smarter lunchboxes in over 25 countries.  Goodbyn was originally an American brand made in the USA, but as the company continues to devote itself to affordable sustainable solutions it decided to move its manufacturing overseas.  They are working with well established factories that maintain high-safety standards that are working towards sustainable practices. Goodbyn imports only the forecasted amounts that they will sell domestically in the USA – they ship on demand amounts directly to their distributors around the world from their factories – thereby actually lessening the carbon footprint.

Erin’s deep involvement in the disciplines of design research and visual design gave Goodbyn the product and consumer focused design principals that have helped it suceed. Her fluid understanding of human factors and technology provided her an unrivaled sense of what makes a product succeed and fail in today’s hyper-aware consumer markets. As a mother of three children, she has personally experienced the challenges of daily school lunch preparation and been frustrated by the inadequacies of the current products on the market. She also benefits from having her own “in-house” product testing team.

Rob’s history as a multi-disciplined designer of print, exhibit, wayfinding systems, interactive interfaces, coupled with his extensive experience with product research brought many vital skills to the beginnings of the Goodbyn design process. His broad understanding of visual systems and marketing channels provided Goodbyn an integral viewpoint on consumer markets. His ability to implement large-scale, multi-phase projects—with teams of graphic designers, product designers, architects and clients—gave him a bird’s eye perspective of every detail, from supply chains to product launches.…

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Neolid finds innovation in our daily problems

Latest discovery

Twizz is the brainchild of Neolid founder Nicolas Frolin. The company was started in 2012 with the innovative idea of leak proof, insulated and lidless travel mug. Neolid has taken the basic struggle we all deal with – trying to the find the lid that goes with the right container – and found an elegant and clever solution that goes above and beyond – Twizz.

 

The patented design uses a membrane to securely seal the Twizz preventing any leaks. The all in one travel mug is a unique invention that has already garnered this little company a lot of praise. Twizz’s innovative nature has earned it several awards this year at the Concours Lépine in Paris, and an swathe of awards in the Competition Lépine, which just ended in Strasbourg.

While Neolid may only be a young company it is certainly punching above its weight with Twizz replicas already appearing on the market. Though while imitation might be the greatest form of flattery to some Neolid believe theirs is still the only choice. “The closure system is not fully functional, we are currently, analyzing to see if these products contain bisphenol A, that we do not use, of course.”

Neolid is dedicated to finding the elegant and innovative solution to the common problems we all face day to day. They are a committed team of designers and thinkers who will no doubt come up with some just as revolutionary as Twizz in the near future.

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Interesting things to do in Sydney in April

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As a proud ex-Sydneysider, who grew up at iconic Bondi Beach, I am well qualified to let you know what goes down in Sydney in April.

However, Sydney is a place that everyone should visit, no matter what time of year. It is a vibrant city, that’s diverse and
multicultural. If you are looking for accommodation in Sydney, we recommend Fraser Suites.

Its natural beauty, evident by its beaches, Harbour and parks are second to none. Its iconic attractions are known worldwide; the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Botanical Gardens are well visited and have been landmarks for the city. The New Year’s Eve fireworks are recognised as the world’s best and bring visitors from all around the world.

Sydney In April

Sure summer is over but that doesn’t mean Sydney sleeps. April encompasses the Easter holiday period., and there are so many interesting things to do. The iconic Sydney Easter show is on, where “country comes to the city” and city siders can experience life out west.

There are also numerous arts and cultural festivals one can attend. These include the Sydney Writer’s Festival, where notables in the literary field come and speak for a week, offering insight and advice. The Sydney Comedy Festival brings “budding” and known comedians together to appreciative audiences. Having been to a couple, it really is an enjoyable experience.

Also not to be missed are music legends, Iggy Pop and Norah Jones who play dates at the Sydney Opera House and State Theatre respectively.. Yes i know, from opposite sides of the music spectrum but equally a blast. If you are “theatre head”, then you must see “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Rosyln Packer Theatre, It stars famous Ozzie actor Hugo Weaving and definately worth a look.

Sydney in April is big, bold and “ballsy”.. It is a time in Sydney, not to be missed.…

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