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Pip Picks: Things We Like



If you like to drink your coffee with a clear conscience, it goes without saying that it’s worth buying fair trade. WithOneBean is a not for profit coffee roaster based in Melbourne. Their coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans which grow as wild coffee (as opposed to in plantations) and is picked by hand, wet-processed and sun-dried.

The workers are subsistence farmers in Timor-Leste who are paid a fair price for their coffee crops and labour. The money made from the business is also invested back into environmental and educational projects in Timor-Leste. And for every bag of coffee sold, a tree is planted in Timor-Leste. To find out more, make sure you read the WithOneBean article on page 80.

Coffee can be purchased from their online shop and delivers to all of Australia.

Coffee (250 g/500 g/1 kg) $11.50 to $34.50


There might not be much sunshine at this time of year, but it’s worth bottling what you do get. That’s where solar lanterns come in handy. They not only provide an eco-friendly light source but they’re also stylish and practical. As well as saving on electricity bills and batteries, they can be by your side when you’re snail hunting late at night in the garden, doing some bedside reading, or tiptoeing to the toilet without wanting to wake the rest of the house up. Also great for night feeds with babies.

Originally from South Africa, where this product has created jobs for previously unemployed locals, Suntoy have just launched the Consol Solar Jar in Australia. An hour of sunlight equals one hour of light, so if you place the jar outside during the day, it’ll be able to power the 4 built-in LEDs inside the jar come night time.

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We have six Consol Solar Jars to giveaway. Details in Pip July enewsletter. Sign up here:


Permaculture teacher Delvin Solkinson has come up with a crafty way of remembering the various permaculture design elements, with the creation of this beautiful deck of educational cards. They’re not only nice to look at but serve as a lesson or refresher in your learning.

You can use these cards as part of the design process (moving them around on a base map of your site is a great idea), to teach others about what’s involved with permaculture design, or simply enjoy the beautiful illustrations that are the work of numerous artists.

The Permaculture Design Elements Deck is available to download for free.


These clever 3 in 1 wraps are the brainchild of a Melbourne mum who became fed up with using potentially harmful and definitely wasteful grease-proof paper and foil. Perfect for baking, wrapping and sealing food, the wraps are made from 100% food grade silicone. They can be washed after use and hung up to dry, giving you years of usage if you look after them properly. Then when they come to the end of their life, they can be recycled (unlike baking paper).

Each pack contains four wraps, two small and two large sizes, with proceeds from each sale being donated to climate protection projects.

Agreena 3 in 1 wrap pack is $24.95, or you can buy two packs for $40.


Retyred Original are a furniture company with a difference. Designed in Australia, their products are made from used car tyres and manufactured by a small company in Indonesia. By extending the life of these tyres by reusing them in completely different forms, Retyred Original turns them into sleek-looking chairs, lounges, storage boxes and garden pots.

They create ‘something new made of something with experience—we see the great potential in things others don’t need any more. So somehow Retyred Original is a bit like reincarnation to an even better life than before.’

To check out Retyred’s catalogue and make an order, visit their website.


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