Category Archives: Rethink

Inspiration to think creatively, resourcefully and mindfully to switch our everyday living with more sustainable choices.

Shop Local. Support Local. Buy Local

Shop Local. Support Local. Buy Local

Shop Local. Support Local. Buy Local. These simple sentences have had greater prominence in our lingo over the last couple of years. More so since the start of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020 when national and international supply and logistics were affected.  Backing our close-to-home businesses has community and environmental benefits that sit behind the […]

Why I Created these Handmade Unique Christmas Bon Bons

Handmade Unique Christmas Bon Bons handcrafted by sustainable living shop, French for Tuesday. Newcastle, Australia.

Christmas Day for us is about sharing a baked meal with family and friends. Before we tuck into this delicious feast, we crack our bon bons, share the corny jokes and wear the (compulsory) coloured hat. Every year without a doubt, the small plastic trinkets were tossed in the bin after the Christmas meal. Many […]

I Made this Practical & Affordable Reusable Shopping Bag

I Made this Practical & Affordable Reusable Shopping Bag

Captured by the design on this t-shirt, I made this practical & affordable reusable shopping bag by upcycling a t-shirt from the op shop. Old or cheap t-shirts can be comfy, but they can easily look scrappy and lose their shape. It’s so easy to toss them in the bin or donate them, which contributes […]

Green Simple Swaps – From Tissues to Hankies

Green Simple Swaps - From Tissues to Hankies

The most common response to swapping facial tissues to hankies is a squeamish looking facial expression combined with “ewww!” The ickiness of a wet, mucus laden hankie seems to scare people away more than a horror movie. With zero waste living as your goal, there are many environmental and health benefits for choosing hankies rather […]

The Scary Truth About Plastic

The Scary Truth About Plastic

The Real Horror at Halloween This is a guest post written by Charlie Thompson from The Clean Collective. Some links in this post are my affiliate partnership recommendations. If you choose to purchase from these links, I may receive a commission. Halloween is just around the corner, with its scary movies and trick or treat […]

Creative Repurposing with Blankets and Jumpers

Creative Repurposing with Blankets and Jumpers

Have you ever wondered what to do with those old fashioned, heavy wool blankets or the used jumper that’s beyond repair? It’s good to know that imaginative folks have brought their ideas to life in many ways for creative repurposing with blankets and jumpers. I’ve found and collated an amazing number of Australian creatives who […]

Creative Repurposing with Vintage Tea Towels

Creative Repurposing with Vintage Tea Towels

Have you ever wondered what to do with those old tea towels at the back of grandma’s cupboard? Did you know there’s more to vintage tea towels than meets the eye! Creative repurposing with vintage tea towels by these creative folks shows how quality upcycled fashion and homewares can take centre stage, again. The patterns […]

Daily Habits for Low Impact Living: Use What You Have

Your Daily Habits for Zero Waste Living: Use What You Have

Are you feeling overwhelmed on how and where to start your authentic, low impact living journey? Creating do-able daily habits for low impact living: use what you have weaves together the many elements of living more simply and sustainably. Using what you have is your top-of-mind approach for the first step in your journey towards […]

Giving More Sustainable Eco Friendly Gifts

Giving More Sustainable Eco Friendly Gifts

Annual celebrations like Christmas and birthdays, have traditionally been a time for giving and receiving gifts and presents. Streamlining and minimising your gift giving to your closest family members and friends gives you the freedom to make less decisions and spend less money. Most importantly, you can give more meaningful and thoughtful presents. You’ll feel […]

Cool Upcycling Ideas for Vintage Linens

Cool Upcycling Ideas for Vintage Linens

Some links in this post are my affiliate partnership recommendations. I may receive a commission when you make a purchase from these links. There’s more to vintage linens than their standard, original use. Creative folks have found unique, cool upcycling ideas for vintage linens to be repurposed into some usable and amazing fashion and homewares […]