From tiny homes to grand festivals, find ways to live sustainably
Have you ever wanted to build a small eco-friendly backyard retreat or air bnb accommodation? If so, Tiny House, a flat pack home made by Tasmanian company Valley Workshop, may be just the thing for you. Tasmanian grown plantation eucalyptus hardwood and plywood materials are used in the construction of the home and their structurally insulated panels are filled with recycled bottles rather than polystyrene. Their flat pack homes are constructed here in Tasmania in their Westbury workshop and achieve a balance between affordability, intelligent design and environmental consideration.
Are you interested to know how sustainable you are relative to other people on the sustainability journey? Here is your chance to find out because we're giving each person who takes our short supporter survey a personalised report showing what they answered relative to all respondents. Thanks to those who have already taken the survey, we're really interested in your feedback on our work and how we can help you to take the next steps on your sustainability journey.
Looking around, it's easy to see how lucky we are. We breath fresh air, drink clean water, see smiling faces and share our land with unique animals and plants. Sustainable Living Tasmania works hard to ensure that future generations can experience this too. Over the next few years many challenges lay ahead but together can we build a bright future powered by sustainable means. We are devoted to building a stronger sustainable living movement in Tasmania to tackle the big urban sustainability issues and invite you to make a tax deductible donation before 30 June 2016.
EXHIBIT, PERFORM, VOLUNTEER
We are well under way to planning our Sustainable Living Festival for 2016. The Future Could Be Awesome is the theme for this year, so we'd love to hear from people with game-changing ideas, performances and projects to showcase at the festival. Each year around 10,000 people come to the Festival, so this really is a fantastic opportunity to show Tasmania just how awesome our future could be. Let us know if your business is interested in partnering with us or exhibiting at the Festival, or if you are personally interested in volunteering.
GROWING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
The joy of growing food is contagious. For most children (and adults) the journey from seed to edible plant is truly magical. We have been lucky enough to partner with Mission Australia and FiMBY to work with students and community members in Clarendon Vale and Rokeby to grow, cook and eat healthy food. Regular gardening workshops and seasonal cooking sessions were a great hit with students. Tassievore Pizza, Cheesy Bean and Veggie Nachos and a power-packed salad of microgreens were some of the favourites. High school students also loved creating afternoon tea for the teachers. It's really lovely to see students taking pride in their efforts, being adventurous in trying new foods and learning confidence in the kitchen and garden!
GET BILL SMART EVENT
Over the last three years we have successfully helped hundreds of low income households to "Get Bill Smart" and make changes to increase the warmth and energy efficiency of their homes.
We found that a combination of in-home education and energy efficiency upgrades (such as new shower heads and gap sealing) and community capacity building is the most effective for reducing energy bills and improving thermal comfort long-term. With the support of local champions, trained to share energy efficiency ideas through activities within their community, households were found to reduce their energy use (on average) by around 10% (2.8 kWh per day).
We will present our full findings at the Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre on Wed 29 June from 7-9pm. All are welcome.
DO YOU LOVE TASSIEVORE?
Did you take the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge this year? If so, we'd love to hear from you through a short survey. Your responses will help us plan for next year and improve.
A few of us from SLT are taking the Ration Challenge this year to understand better what it's like for refugees to survive on rations. From 19-25 June we will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee - just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick peas, oil and kidney beans. Would you like to join our team and be on rations with us? The Syrian situation has been pretty sad. In the past five years, 250,000 people have been killed and 4.8 million people have fled the country. Click on the link below, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Join us".