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TESLA POWERWALL 2

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The next generation of Tesla’s home battery system has just become available in Australia with limited numbers available as of February 2017. It has double the storage capacity and a lower cost. The Powerwall 2.0 is a complete lithium battery storage system with its own built-in inverter and the ability to hold up to 13.5kWh of energy. Power output is 7kW peak and 5kW continuous.

It can be installed in an off-grid or grid-connected solar system and provide backup power in the case of a grid failure. You can also charge from the mains grid via lower-priced off-peak power.

You can monitor your solar electricity use from your computer or hand-held device. 10 year warranty. Priced at $8400 plus installation starting at $2100. www.tesla.com/en_AU/powerwall

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TUMUT MILLET BROOMS

Handmade millet brooms have been made at the Tumut Broom Factory, the same way, since 1946. All brooms are handmade at the factory, using 100% millet and quality Tasmanian oak handles. These brooms are hard-wearing and will last. Visit the factory and see how the brooms are made. Buy at the factory – see www.tumutbroomfactory.com  – or buy online at www.shsproducts.com.au/tumut-broom. Prices start at $25.

LE SECATEUR: OPINEL’S NEW HAND PRUNER

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Opinel has recently added Le Secateur hand pruners to their range of quality products. The robust stainless steel blade has an optimised shape to reduce cutting force required and to give a sharp clean cut.

The three-position switch allows adjustment to different sizes, to fit the diameter of the branches and the size of the hand. The spring mechanism protects from clogging and pinching. The secateurs have a polished wood handle, with a polyamide guard for maximum comfort. They not only cut well but are beautiful to use.

See www.pipmagazine.com.au/shop/opinel-le-secateur-hand-pruner. $86.

UNISEX TRIBAL RINGS FROM RED PEG ECO STUDIO

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Made from 100% recycled sterling silver, these rings are roll printed with the dried foliage of native plants, and then handstamped for extra pattern and texture. They are unrefined and imperfect, designed to show the handcraftsmanship of the maker.

Gabrielle McGrath embraces the use of ethically-sourced materials with a minimal environmental impact. She recycles, up-cycles, salvages and uses natural alternatives to chemicals in the cleaning, polishing and oxidising processes.

All of the silver used is recycled from commercial and industrial enterprises. Gabrielle also melts down old scrap jewellery and fabricates it into usable pieces again. Buy online or visit the open studio and shop on the Far South Coast of NSW. See www.redpegecostudio.com. Ring prices range from $120–150.

MORA-IGRA’S UMBRELLAS

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Mora-Igra umbrellas are a buy-it-once item. With the market full of cheap throwaway umbrellas made in China, it’s great to have the option to buy one that is sturdy and well made. Spend a bit more and get a quality handmade umbrella that will last.

With a huge range of materials, frames and handles to choose from, each umbrella is truly unique. There is a huge range of umbrellas in stock, from sturdy all-weather, everyday umbrellas, gorgeous fashion creations and frilly lace umbrellas, to elegant men’s umbrellas. Or you can have one designed just for you. Mora-Igra’s umbrellas are available at the factory in Brendale on the north side of Brisbane, or you can order by phone or email. See the online range at www.moraigraumbrellas.com.au. Prices start at $69.

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