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Burgon & Ball

National Trust Pocket Knife

Burgon & Ball began manufacturing agricultural shears in the UK in 1730, so it knows a thing or two about gardening tools. Its National Trust folding pocket knife features a stainless-steel hook-shaped blade to ensure cuts are clean and made in one pass for better plant health. Boasting a seven-centimetre-long blade and an FSC-certified hardwood handle, the knife has an overall length of 18 centimetres and comes with a ten-year warranty.


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Dark Emu


Bruce Pascoe, Bunarong/Yuin man and author of Dark Emu, has released a dark lager brewed with Australian native grains grown and harvested on his property. Produced in collaboration with Sailors Grave Brewing in Orbost, Victoria and launched under Pascoe’s new Black Duck Foods banner, the smallbatch beer is available in 355 ml cans and has an alcohol content of 4.8 %. The can’s artwork was created by Yuin man Terry Hayes who helps Pascoe harvest the grains.


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Ecological footprints don’t get much lighter than those made by Etiko shoes. As well as using organic cotton, natural latex rubber soles, non-toxic dyes and zero animal glues, the box they come in is made from post-consumer waste. Handstitched by Faitrade employees, these Olive Hitops are 100-percent vegan and are just one option of a large range of mens, womens and kids footwear.


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A useful reference for anyone interested in growing vegetables at home using organic methods. Useful to apartment dwellers and backyard roamers alike, the book covers everything you need to know to get the most food out of your space.

This amended edition of the best-selling Australian gardening book covers everything from understanding soil, creating beds, successful composting and productive worm farms through to natural pest and disease management, and saving and sowing seeds.

Written by Melburnians Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember, this latest edition is a great start for anyone wanting to grow more food in their own backyard.

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The Good Car Company exists to de-carbonise transport by making electric cars affordable. By focusing on the import of quality secondhand electric cars from Japan and elsewhere, this company is delivering affordable, zero-emission transport, utilising vehicles that are in their ‘second life’.

In 2019, The Good Car Company delivered Australia’s first electric vehicle bulk-buy, and are partnering with communities around Australia to create a step-change in transport. Upcoming bulk-buys will be occurring in partnership with Hepburn Wind in Victoria and SEE-Change in the ACT.

Vehicles can be purchased individually or through a bulk-buy. The vehicle range is currently limited to late model Nissan Leaf sedans and the Nissan eNV200 electric van.

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Sleep in creature comfort with a breathable organic wool doona that is 100% natural and compostable. Enjoy the wool filling, sourced from sheep grown on Hollyburton Farm in Victoria, the organic, unbleached cotton casing and the 100% cotton or wool thread used to complete the doona. You won’t find these beauties in any landfill.

There’s a world of difference between a Hollyburton organic wool doona and a washable ‘natural’ wool doona that is treated with a polymer resin (a kind of plastic).

Summer doonas come in 400 gsm, with a double layer for a winter doona.

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Finally! We have milk being sold in reusable glass bottles. Milk from Shulz Organic Dairy is available from selected retailers and farmers’ markets across VIC, NSW, SA, WA and TAS. The full list of stockists can be found on their website.

The full-cream non-homogenised organic milk comes in onelitre glass bottles that have a $2 refundable deposit. Bottles can be returned to any retailer or farmers’ market stall where they are bought. Shulz did extensive research on the glass bottles and lid type, and estimates that 120 kg of plastic will be saved per week thanks to their 3000 glass bottles.

$6 (includes $2 refund on return of the bottle)