Diane Greenwood

Thinking about…

MIA in the Daily Telegraph

Taken from the Daily Telegraph on Monday – 29th March 2010
Danny’s unusual commute

Kayaker Danny Blackwell has one of Sydney’s most unusual commutes to work where he kayaks from Fairlight to Walsh Bay. He will kayak from one side of Lake Victoria in Africa to the other in July to raise money for orphanages in Africa.

If you can support MIA in anyway visit them, look at the 10 for 10 projects … only $10 a month … come on peeps … $10 is 1 less bought drink a week – to make a difference.

reduce … reuse … recylce …

Someone recently asked me if they could recycle meat trays. Here is a brief look at recycling – or you can look here. that covers meat trays.

What can you put in your yellow bin?

Most councils recycle 1-3 and many recycle the full range. The materials that are accepted depends on the waste recycling contractor and facilities that the materials are taken to.  

PET   Polyethylene terephthalate – Fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays
   HDPE  High-density polyethylene – Bottles for milk and washing-up liquids.
   PVC  Polyvinyl chloride – Food trays, cling film, bottles for squash, mineral water and shampoo.
   LDPE  Low density polyethylene – Carrier bags and bin liners.
   PP  Polypropylene – Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays.
   PS  Polystyrene – Yoghurt pots, foam meat or fish trays, hamburger boxes and egg cartons, vending cups, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys.
   OTHER  Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories. – An example is melamine, which is often used in plastic plates and cups, nylon and acrylic.


One thing that had stood out to me while doing my PDC is that people today often use the 3-R’s to justify products in the consumer world. REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE! Which is great to do generally, but I think that society relies too heavily on Recycling and not a lot on Reuse or Reduce.

A word of encouragement – Reuse and Reduce, before you Recycle. GO GREENER!

Just a scary piece for you: The United Nations report: Contaminated water now kills more people than all forms of violence including wars http://on.cnn.com/doETH7


While I was in Uganda on the Permaculture Course my friend Kate mentioned her partner was on tour in Melbourne at the Arts Centre when I got home. So I made sure I caught him and I was NOT disappointed.

‘Mother India – 21st Century Remix’ performance piece. Written and produced by Alvin Seechurn (DJ Tigerstyle), Matt Constantine and David Shaw.

First of all, location. location and weather. The curve bar at the Arts Centre never has a dull performance and it is such a good spot to attract people and keep a crowd focused. Nestled between two buildings it made a perfect backdrop for the movie to adorn the National Gallery wall while the MI21 musicians sat on a stage in front. The weather was coming down from a 32 degree day and we grabbed a table early enough to be able to sit outside, with drink in hand, and enjoy the performance. 

The music was amazing and at times I struggled with picking to watch the musicians or the movie. Both were climatic at times and the music really does serve the contemporary crowd watching on. Ah a wonderful night, os much so that I am going back tonight in the hope for another great evening. 

Thanks MI21 and also thank you to Kate for the lovely card and your photo’s from Uganda. Hope to see you soon. xo

Me, Matt (the Cellist from MI21 – Kate’s partner) and Jan from Uganda

Matt playing the Chello

Although blurry – this shows all the people, in deck chairs, at the tables, standing.

Caboose + Coffee

Alright, so now that I am back from Africa I have decided to change a few things to help me mentally and socially get through some of the things that I learnt and experienced on my travels.

So number 1: Fairtrade Coffee. Ethically, yes, we bang on about this to everyone. Last year I was still surprised to be asked by one of my friends “what is fairtrade?”. We buy it at home and my office is very good as they have it and support the ethical nature behind it. Occasionally I am in need of a coffee fix and I just grab one where I can – this was a combination of rushing in and out of the office while focusing on my deadlines for work. No longer is the case. I have taken the time to do my fairtrade rounds and have found Caboose in City Square. When I need that hit I no longer go for ease, I go for a walk, get some air and take my friends with me to chat on the way.


Secondly: No more paper cups. Again, I would for convienience almost get one everytime I got a take away coffee. Not any more. I do not leave home without my keepcup and I have pulled out from the back of my cupboard my University of Waterloo stainless steel mug that sits in the car for the dire need of transit coffee. Also I try and get coffee have in when I can, not only does that not use paper, but it means I am not rushing here and there.

Lastly: Relax Time. So Russ gets into work at about 7.45-8am … I am not letting my life slip into work-a-holic mode again and so I come here and sit until about 8.55am adn then head into work. I sit and read the paper, read my book (currently reading Architects of Poverty), done a few sketches, spoken to some birds, enjoyed the sun and air and basically sat and had some time with God. It has only been a week and a half, some days it is hard to stay there, but I think that I could get used to this – the price of a ‘fairtrade coffee’ is small if it makes me relax and take the day in a lower gear.

Wow, I think that I like coffee!


that stands for Sustainable Living Festival. Which was grand!

I have not posted for a while, but I thought I would start with some links and inspiration from the festival last weekend.

Let’s start with the one that I have used every day since the festival – Shop Ethical (iPhone Ap) – which is basically the book as an application that links live to research and background data for the reason that it is either non-ethical or boycotted. Very good for that supermarke trip if you have to!


Other really good finds of the day were:

  • Social Studio – a non-profit, design and studio based clothing brand from a skilled young refugee community
  • Lopees – an environmental Reusable Envelope for business’
  • Rad-Pads – cloth menstrual pads (Great, great, great – I may seem too excited about these, but I have been looking for them for a while)
  • The Sharehood – neighbourhood sharing resources
  • Friends of the Earth – lots and lots of links and resources, political stance and great connections
  • Send me Seeds Pip – a seasonal seed subscription – WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR A GIFT!
  • Australian Ethical – Investment and Superannuation

Obviously this was not everything, but these were a few stand outs of the many that were there. You should come next year!

Also, my apples seem to be very ripe early this year – in fact there are none left on my tree, which is rather dissapointing. There could be a few other reasons – because Stanley was helping me eat them, the lorikeets were beautifully hanging and eating them (I couldn’t shew them away!) and we have also found a little mouse/rat thing (that we have named ‘ratatouille’ poking around). Stanley has now become a little obsessive complusive and sits and waits for ‘ratatouille’ each night at the tree – I think that he wanted all the apples.

Apples from the garden

Stanley helping me harvest the apples

Stanley still can’t believe that I am home!