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Pip Picks: Things We Like

PERMACULTURE DESIGN DECK

This creative card deck is designed to support your permaculture practice, learning, teaching, designing and consulting. This work is the culmination of 16 years of permaculture design study by Delvin Solkinson, sharing the largest collection of permaculture principles, strategies, attitudes, ethics and design methods, learned from permaculture’s greatest thinkers and educators including, Bill Mollison, Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Robin Clayfield, Starhawk and Looby Macnamara. Featuring permaculture illustrations by Brenna Quinlan

The cards are divided into five suits: Design Principles, Ethical Principles, Attitudinal Principles, Strategic Principles and Design Methods. There are three bonus sets that include; 7 Ways to Think Differently, Design Web and Grounded Gardening

Free download or $105 for hardcopy incl delivery www.visionarypermaculture.com/designdeck

UP ON THE ROOFTOP WATERPORT ™

The folks at Up On The Rooftop have put a modern twist on an ancient irrigation technique known as the Olla (pronounced Oy-yah) with their beautiful Waterpot™.

The Waterpot™ provides water to the roots of your plants without having to waste water on the surrounding soil or losing it to run-off and evaporation.

The Waterpot™ is an unglazed clay pot fired at a low temperature which allows the pot to remain porous. It is buried in the ground with the neck exposed and the lid in place. When filled with water the micro-pores of the clay pot allow water to seep into the surrounding soil.

Importantly, water seepage is regulated by the water needs of any nearby plant. When the plant’s water demands have been fulfilled and the soil is moist, the water seepage from the clay pot will stop. When the soil becomes dry, water seepage will begin again.

It’s automatic irrigation without timers or electronic sensors! The Waterpot™ will save you water, time and money. It is available in three styles and features a gorgeous Waterpot™ Bird lid. The smaller sizes can hold 1.25 L and the large can hold up to 3.25 L.

Prices start at $25 www.upontherooftop.com.au

THEOTHERSTRAW BAMBOO STRAWS

These straws are handmade from sustainably grown organic bamboo and are sourced from ethnic minority groups in Northern Vietnam, with a portion of their profits going towards protecting the world’s oceans and marine life.

The packaging uses recycled wrapping paper or other post-consumer recycled products. All their orders are posted plastic free. Sustainability is at the heart of this business and they try to keep their carbon footprint as small as possible.

Theotherstraw bamboo straws come in packs of 2, 5 or 10 reusable straws, a straw cleaning brush made from coconut fibre and a sustainable cotton pouch. Oh, and their straws come in different sizes too. So, whatever you’re sippin’ they will have a straw for you.

Packs starting from $10 – Free shipping www.theotherstraw.com

WOOLYKINS PLANT DYED ORGANIC WOOL AND SILK SOCKS

These limited edition plant dyed organic wool and silk socks are naturally dyed in Castlemaine, Victoria. This unique range of botanical dyed socks include colours from locally foraged flora and extracts of indigo, madder and weld.

Woollykins was founded by textile artist and wool loving mother of three, Brenna in 2012. She aims to support parents in their quest to tread lightly on the earth and nurture a love and respect of the environment.

Priced from $29. Available online from www.woollykins.com.au

LUNETTE MENSTRUAL CUPS

For those that haven’t already made the switch, menstrual cups are definitely worth considering. With the average women using approximately 120 tampons or pads a year, replacing them with one silicon cup can be an attractive alternative for both the hip pocket and the environment. They also only need changing once a day and can simply be washed out and reused, saving a lot of waste and trouble.

Lunette’s menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicon, are reusable, long-lasting and feature 100% plastic-free packaging. They come in two different sizes, in a series of fun and punchy colours.

Lunette wants to change our attitudes about periods. They champion education, opportunities and intelligent period care solutions for every menstruating person on the planet.

Priced at $55 www.lunette.com.au

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