Coffee, coffee, coffee. The lifeblood that runs through the veins of the city. And most of mine. The always accessible IV-drip of flat whites and cappuccinos in Sydney has gripped hold of us with a vengeance, and will not be letting go.
But like all good material pleasures, it doesn’t miraculously appear and then vanish without a trace. We all know that coffee beans come from somewhere, and they go somewhere. I’m not talking about the sweet caffeine molecules binding to your adenosine receptors – I mean the used-up grounds. As the byproducts of things we love continue to clutter our bins (and sabotage any ill-fated attempts at minimalism), it’s important to know where we’re getting them from and what to do with the remains.
Billions of households across the world are abuzz with activity and excitement. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is just around the corner. And so are the elaborate preparations: shopping for new clothes, preparing sweets and savouries for family and friends, spring cleaning the house, and planning for all the fun and frolic this festival entails. But how can we celebrate more sustainably? Read on to find out.
The modern fridge may have spelt doom for the traditional kitchen larder for countless decades, but many of us now find ourselves seeking out the simple creative food legacies of the old-fashioned larder. In our series on Larder Love we hope you discover along your own journey.
Following on from our article on the Ancient Art of Pickling we brought you last month, we thought we’d step back in time to the historical food preservation method of dehydration.
On Tuesday October 9th, from 12 - 2pm, FoodFaith was proud to host Breaking bread - The Panel with the help of Good Food Month at Hyde Park Palms in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
The discussion, featuring a diverse panel of experts and a special video message from Indigenous historian Professor Bruce Pascoe, was an interesting and incredibly important discourse on bread, one of our first staple foods.
In today’s increasingly savvy society, consumers are becoming more aware that the products we purchase not only contribute to the wellbeing of us as individuals but to the wellbeing of the wider community and to the global environment. To get on board with the myriad of product labels out there, let’s take a closer look at some certifications you will come across in the Australian retail landscape.
Last month we started looking at the notion of larder love and what we can all learn from the old-school larder’s traditional techniques. Here we continue the series by exploring the ancient art of pickling.
Father’s Day is just around the corner. And if like every year you are going eeny, meeny, miny, mo between wallet, shaving kit, perfume, tie, or “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug as a gift for your dad, do your old man a favour. Stop right there. He might not tell it to your face but all he wants is “not” to get one of those gifts, for a change. Keep reading for some of our top tips and ideas.
Lately there has emerged a bit of a love affair with the idea of rediscovering our roots and reconnecting with lost traditions. When it comes to the culinary sphere, almost everyone has a story of the foods they grew up eating, of family traditions and of a simpler way of life. All of which ties perfectly into FoodFaith's daily mission not only of environmental sustainability but also social sustainability. Welcome to our new monthly series Larder Love.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, learning how to pay attention to the now instead of thinking ten steps ahead, behind or to the left at any given point. With history rooted in religious, cultural and secular practice many of us associate it with Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga but it can also be found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and has now made it's way into our secular daily life. It's a wonderful practice to begin and we literally say practice because not only will it take years to master, there is always room for improvement. To assist you in your ultimate app choice, here we shine a light on our pick of the three best meditation apps.
Some people get fearful when they hear the word sustainability, feeling that it’s too difficult, costly, and requires too much time. However, as we've shown in lots of previous articles, living sustainably doesn’t require huge amounts of money or even extreme diet changes, it simply requires a person to make small decisions to impact the planet in a meaningful way.
Yes, permaculture it is. The answer to all your environmentally-conscious existential worries. This is one word that sums up all activities you can take up to not only reduce your own ecological footprint, but also to help create sustainable human environments.
Roughly 374 kilometres south of Sydney, close to Twofold Bay, is the Garden of Eden. St. George’s Uniting Church set up the native garden in 2006 to enrich the community life in Eden NSW, a coastal town famous for its once legendary pod of killer whales. Today Eden is home not only to a thriving whale watching industry but also to an award-winning community garden where locals grow organic produce, attend permaculture workshops and hold movie nights.
It’s a busy time for Jews. The eight-day festival of Passover starts on March 30 and most Jewish households are already on an intensive search-and- destroy mission for any hidden bread crumbs in every nook and cranny of their house.
Easter is just round the corner, it’s a long-weekend, and you are happy as a bunny already. So, why not make Mother Earth happy too? If you are not sure how, just follow our tips below to enjoy this festive season in a way that’s good for us and good for the environment.
“The word ‘pest’ is thrown around a lot,” observes Dennis Collins, ranger at Sydney's Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. But, he says, you don’t need a “take no prisoners” approach to bugs. Spraying with broad-spectrum pesticides can harm more than just the insects and spiders in your garden and home – it can also affect the birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs in your neighbourhood. Read our guide to controlling insects without a spray!
Read our guide to growing Indigenous edible plants - on your balcony or in your garden. Well-known horticulturalist Narelle Happ provides top tips and some examples of what to grow and how to use them.
Question: How can you slow the growth of weeds in your garden and improve the texture of the soil without spending a lot of money on commercial products? Answer: Turn your household rubbish into compost. More than half of your domestic waste is compostable anyway. Click here for our "Composting 101 for Absolute Beginners".
Every year since 1996, Planet Ark has run National Recycling Week (NRW), making 2016 its 21st year (let’s make it a good one!). Planet Ark lists the aims of the event as ‘promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives’ and ‘giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school’.
Great day at the Lane Cove annual Sustainability Lane/Village Fair event on October 9th. The Fair was a celebration of Think Global, Act Local with many inspirational initiatives featured. Thousands attended and the event showcased how sustainability and enterprise can both benefit. The FoodFaith Sprouting Up kits, home-made potato stamps and ecobubbles were a hit - simple, home-grown wisdoms and techniques that we wish to reclaim and celebrate! For instructions on how to grow your own sprouts, see below.