Aren’t we living in interesting times? I mean this in context of the amazing outcome achieved at the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris that saw the Global Agreement gaining support from almost 200 countries! As we watch the dust settle over the new agreement, I wanted to help us all make our own pledge, starting this Christmas, to support this ambitious goal that has been set. It needs all of us to commit and take responsibility, particularly as they have agreed to maintaining the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels as opposed to the 2 degrees that has often been talked about.

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Reduce Waste

Recently I’ve been discovering innovative and clever ideas on how to reduce our growing waste problem. The concept Cradle to Cradle design to reduce waste is one of them.

There is the obvious one, which is to buy less. We can also put pressure on suppliers to take more responsibility for their packaging of products. Alternatively we can make choices about where we spend our money, choosing organisations that are leading the way in reducing their waste impact. One organisation doing just that is here in our town, Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co. Congratulations to them for their recent Sustainability Award for developing a recyclable keg that customers can re-use instead of sending to landfill.

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Low Carbon Living

Human beings are going to drown in their own waste. This is waste that has been accumulating over the past 50 years caused by our conversion to a lifestyle of convenience, consumerism and obsolescence.

We have adapted so comfortably to a ‘throw-away’ society that we can’t image living without ‘stuff’ – stuff that we often only use once. This conditioning has blinded us to the growing waste problem we have and the significant detriment it is having on our environment. To to help us change this, I offer you 5 sustainable solutions to save our disposable society.

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Creating lovely, edible, peaceful spaces through upcycling materials (creative reuse) is something BE Designs loves to do.

A recent project showcased what can be done without using new materials by recycling, upcycling and reusing existing items that just need a new lease of life. By approaching a new garden with this goal in mind, it gives you the satisfaction of creating something new from something old whilst reducing your footprint.

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