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Classic Holmgren


David Holmgren’s book Permaculture: principles & pathways beyond sustainability (2002) is still in demand around the world. With editions now in ten languages, it is reaching more people than ever. The new e-book format allows people to carry it with them anywhere. Another advantage of this format is that the website links (and there are many) have been updated; with a web connected device you can look up the references instantly. And the footnotes are linked throughout the text. This e-book will enable people in countries where postage costs are prohibitive to finally get hold of David’s book at an affordable price.

The e-book is available in e-pub format for $19 from

We are also selling printed copies in our shop at

Who gives a crap?


who gives a crap. is toilet paper that builds toilets. The business was started in 2012 because ‘2.5 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that diarrhoea related diseases fill over half of sub- Saharan African hospital beds and kill 1400 children under 5 every day’.

To help combat this, they sell eco-friendly toilet paper online, and donate 50% of profits to ‘WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world’. They’ve already provided enough funding to give 46 500 people a year of access to a toilet … and they’re just getting started!

At $48 for 48 rolls, and 400 sheets per roll, who gives a crap. is better value than most supermarket brands. By using 100% post-consumer waste recycled fibres it is good for the environment and great for the world. They offer free, super-fast shipping to most capital cities and major urban centres, as well as affordable regional shipping.


Honeybee wraps


Add a splash of colour to your kitchen! Perfect for storing all types of fruit, vegies, snacks or lunches. Great for covering salad bowls, fermented food or platters at your next BBQ. The kitchen collection pack has many versatile sizes to use and they look fantastic in the fridge. All Honeybee wraps are made from 100% organic cotton infused with a special blend of local organic beeswax, certified organic coconut oil, jojoba oil and natural tree gum products which have antibacterial properties. They are washable and reusable.

Prices start from $12 for a single and $35 for a kitchen started pack. See or the Pip shop at 



One hundred per cent Natural SoapNuts, also known as wash nuts or soap berries, are ‘rich in saponins – nature’s soap – which acts as a natural surfactant, reducing surface tension of the water to free dirt, grime and oils from the fabric’. The only entirely natural cleaner that grows on trees.

SoapNuts grow on the Sapindus mukorossi tree in the Swat Valley area of Pakistan, in the Himalayan ranges, and are sourced directly from the community which wild-harvests them. The folks at SoapNuts: ‘believe that supporting the community is important. No middle man. No farming. Just the wild grown SoapNuts from one community to another’.

SoapNuts are free from nasty chemicals that you don’t want touching your skin, and multi-purpose! A 100 g packet of SoapNuts costs $6, plus postage and they are cheaper in bulk. ‘At an average of 5c per wash, SoapNuts are 50–70% cheaper than typical laundry detergent and they’re simple and easy to use.’



Ra-Ra Jewellery

Located in the beautiful hills of Toothdale, on the NSW South Coast, is the quaint Ra-Ra Jewellery Designs’ studio. You might recognise Ra-Ra jewellery by its fun, bold use of colour and trendy designs, but there is far more to this jewellery than meets the eye. Ra-Ra pendants are hand milled from reclaimed Australian hardwood with a story to tell. The wood comes from all over the area, and can be up to 100 years old. ’We are women who believe in not just “Australian Made”, but true Australian products. We implement this principle in every aspect of our design.’

Prices start from $30. See

Opinel Mushroom Knife


The autumn air is crisp. The scent of damp pine needles plays on your nose. Why not complete this pretty picture with the perfect mushrooming knife? The Opinel mushroom knife is not only practical and ergonomically designed, but is a thing of beauty. It has a handcarved beechwood handle, carbon steel blade (you could shave with this thing), and a wild boar-hair brush for cleaning up your bounty.

Available from phillip&lea in Trentham, Victoria for $46, or online from for $42.60 plus postage.


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