Pip Picks: Things We Like

THE GOOD CAR COMPANY

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.

www.goodcar.co

From $19,000

LIFE IN A GARDEN: ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS FOR THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

By Ross Mars (Hawker Brownlow Education 2020)

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This beautifully designed and illustrated book will help primary students develop a deep appreciation for the natural world. In this practical handbook, permaculture expert Dr Ross Mars guides teachers through the basics of garden design and maintenance, while providing opportunities for students to explore and contribute to a thriving ecosystem.

The easy-to-implement investigations and hands-on projects included in this book allow students to observe and understand the dynamic processes that take place in the garden environment and encourage them to consider sustainable solutions to keep their plants healthy and productive.

It includes:

  • tips for effective garden design, including establishing basic garden beds and deciding on effective planting strategies;
  • advice for seasonal planting and harvesting produce;
  • sustainable solutions for managing common pests;
  • flexible activities aligned to the Australian curriculum.

www.hbe.com.au/hb9518.html

$39.95

BARANY NATURALS KITCHEN DISH SOAP

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Kitchen Dish Soap – Use this soap to wash your dirty dishes. Simply wet, then lather your sponge, washcloth or kitchen brush on the soap bar and wash your dishes, rinse with water and set to dry. Repeat with the next load.

Ingredients: Saponified oils (coconut oil, castor oil), essential oils (lemon, lime), Rosemary Oleoresin. Lemon and lime scented soap – 250 g bar.

www.baranynaturals.com.au

$12

PERMACULTURE ACTION CARDS

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The Permaculture Action Cards are a collaboration between permaculture artist, Brenna Quinlan, and Formidable Vegetable frontman, Charlie Mgee.

These cards have been helping teachers, educators, parents and home-school students around the world to increase children’s and adults’ understanding of permaculture in a fun and creative way. This versatile and vibrant resource has been designed to assist learning in a wide range of sustainability education, and to complement the school curriculum as well as the Permaculture Design Course syllabus.

The full-colour card deck contains 12 permaculture principles cards, three permaculture ethics cards and 46 illustrated action cards; each card with one of Brenna’s iconic illustrations on one side and a related Formidable Veg song lyric on the other.

These cards are printed on 100 percent post-consumer waste using vegetable inks, at a local low-waste printshop. Reducing the ecological impact of this resource has been a high consideration from source to sink.

www.music.formidablevegetable.com.au/merch

$40

MUNASH ORGANICS INDOOR PLANT SOIL FOOD

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The people behind Munash Organics have carefully crafted a natural mineral soil food made especially for indoor plants. The minerals gently nourish the soil to feed the plants with 67 life-giving minerals, giving new life to your indoor plants and helping them to thrive.

For happy indoor plants you need to give the soil nutrition. The soil acts like our gut and processes all the food for the plants. Munash Organics’ soil food is a slowrelease formula, which means it feeds little and often, keeping your plants happy and fed regularly. It will not wash out when you water the soil.

www.munashorganics.com.au

$14.99

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