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Pip Picks: Things We Like


It’s estimated that 6 million tonnes of single-use plastics (such as cutlery) is thrown in to landfill every year. This reusable cutlery set, which includes a knife, fork and spoon, is made from bamboo. It comes in a handy canvas pouch to make for easy transporting — it can sit at the bottom of your bag and be with you when you’re eating on the go. You’ll never know when you’ll be in the mood for an impromptu picnic, so no more getting stuck without a plastic-free alternative!

Available in the Pip shop

$9.95 plus postage.


MFC Lunchbox Kits are made from compressed rice husk fibre. They are:

  • Non-toxic (FDA food grade approved & BPA free)
  • Freezer safe
  • Microwave safe
  • Durable, yet the rice husk bases will biodegrade once buried in earth
  • A safer sustainable option
  • Sealed with a quality silicone ring to prevent leakage

Each 8 piece kit includes a cloth drawstring snack bag and portable cutlery case.

$49.95 plus postage.


Milkwood: Real Skills For Down-to-Earth Living by Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar will get you inspired and started on living your own handmade, homegrown life. Do you want to learn how to grow your own vegetables? Or how to keep bees? How to forage for edible seaweed along the shoreline, or wild greens down by the stream? Maybe you’re curious about how to grow mushrooms or the perfect tomato. This new book from Milkwood invites you to make these skills your own. Designed to be read with a pot of tea and a notebook beside you, Milkwood draws on rich seams of knowledge and experience to bring the essence of these subjects to you in a friendly, let’s-get-going format.

Available in the Pip shop

$45 plus postage.


The 2019 Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar is back and better than ever. It contains lots of useful information to help you stay organised in the garden, with a beautiful pull-out ‘sow when’ poster showing when to plant what throughout the year for all six climates.

This year’s calendar also features a moon phases garden guide which will keep you on top of when to do what jobs in the garden as well. And of course it also contains our regular seasonal recipes and stunning photographs for each month of the year, with recipes by Holly Davis, Milkwood Permaculture, Stephanie Alexander, Paul West from River Cottage Australia and many more.

Available in the Pip shop, newsagents and selected stockists.

$14.95 plus postage.


The LIVIN farms Hive is the first tabletop farm that enables you to grow healthy, sustainable and protein-rich mealworms right in your kitchen. If you’re yet to read our article on eating insects (on page 44), you might be a bit freaked out by the idea of feasting on worms, but mealworms are nutritious and combine the best of meat and plantbased proteins. That’s because they have a similar protein content to red meats like beef and the beneficial amino acid profile of tofu. You can therefore substitute or replace the amount of protein that you’d otherwise consume in the same amount of meat or other protein rich foods.

Mealworms are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. They also help reduce your kitchen waste, feeding on your vegetable scraps.

$699 USD plus postage.


This high quality chicken feeder is 100% Australian made and owned by chicken lovers from way back who believe in sustainability. The design has been perfected over 15 years of use. This hopper style treadle feeder will save you money on feed and stop risk of contaminants from wild birds and rodents entering your feed. It is also waterproof, keeping your chook feed dry and safe.

The operation of the feeder can’t harm your chickens and is suitable for small bantam sizes through to larger birds. It requires little maintenance and also includes instructions on training.Make an investment for your flock. Choose from the 10 & 20 kg models.

From $215 plus postage.


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