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Home Living : May 15th 2012
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 MB SUSTAINABILITY MUMS SHARE THEIR TIPS SHOW HOW TO MAKE DIFFERENCE IN HOME Mum bloggers pin their ecological decorating ideas and sustainable tips in the home on Pinterest. Susan Redman MOST of us would like to introduce sustainable prac- tices to our domestic life, but new research shows that over half of us don't know where to start. A report commissioned by Kleenex Cottonelle, the toilet paper maker, polled more than 1200 Australian mums and discovered that nine in 10 of us highly rate a waste-not-want-not attitude, but conversely found that a lack of time hinders our plans to make a difference. In an effort to offer the community some quick-fix ideas that might lead to a change in behaviour, Kleenex execs looked to the internet and social media in particular. At an event hosted by green-fingered mother-of- two, television host Mel Doyle, mum bloggers were invited to share their ideas on a Pinterest board #Pin4Good. ''It's easy to think that making a positive environ- mental impact is hard,'' Doyle said, ''but it's often about making small changes or breaking daily habits. Our Pinterest boards show mums just how easy it can be to make a difference in the home.'' Bloggers shared dozens of domestic sustainability tips, many of them not just eco- sensitive but delightfully decorative. Here are some of our favourite pins: Grow herbs in a vertical garden made from used food tins tacked to an outdoor wall or fence. Create an iPad cover from recycled winter jum- pers or cotton fleece off-cuts. Recycle old jars and cans to make friendly robot toys for kids. Turn a cardboard box into a cubby or dolls' house. Recycle shipping crates into vintage drawers. Add your own knobs. Light a path with small tea lights cloched with large milk cartons with a hole cut out at base. TIP: Help protect forests by choosing FSC-labelled products when selecting furniture and timber items, or ask retailers to stock FSC-certified products. BEST WAY TO GET INTO HOT WATER Call Australian Hot Water on 13 21 13 or visit www.australianhotwater.com.au Australian Hot Water can help find the best system for you. ADVERTISING FEATURE THERE are many things to consider when installing a new hot water system in your home. Gas, electric or solar, run- ning costs, safety features, how many bedrooms, bath- rooms in the house and people living there will all help determine what works best. Australian Hot Water, a company that has special- ised in all types of hot water installation, sales and servicing for about 25 years, says it's also important to consider energy-efficient and ecologically friendly options. Then ask yourself: Do you wash your clothes with hot, cold or warm water? Is your dishwasher con- nected to the hot water? Do you have a spa bath? Do you have gas and/or electricity connected to your home? How many years do you think you will be in the home? An Australian Hot Water spokesman said anyone walking through their doors with information on what they want from their system would not be disappointed. Established 1994 More than just clean -- A COMPLETE OVEN DETAIL /VENS p 2ANGEHOODS p #OOKTOPS /6%.5 WWW OVENU COM AU #ALL NOW FOR AN OBLIGATION &2%% QUOTE $O YOU HATE CLEANING YOUR OVEN 2148204m 31/5 Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us today: For FREE measure and quote 1300 361 390 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au Beat the carbon tax get in before the prices rise July 1st Free Quotes: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS OPENING ROOF PERGOLA PERGOLA & DECK HIA MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUSTRAL IA NEW SOU TH WA LES L IBERTYPROCESS STABILITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our quality never before offered at these prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB Free measure and quote 515 Military Road Mosman 99602844 www.tempointeriors.com.au SALE CURTAINS . ROMAN BLINDS . ROLLER BLINDS . SHUTTERS Pleated Blinds . Awnings . External Rollers . Motorisation TEMPO INTERIORS 2196086 ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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