The net energy of food

Food provides people with energy, but it also takes energy to gather, cultivate, process and prepare food. The difference between the energy consumed as food and the energy used to produce it, is the net energy of […]

Creative consumption is sustainable

A study done by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi showed that there was a negative relationship between energy con­sumed and happiness. The reason for this may suggest a new way of thinking about consuming, one that […]

Leave no trace

Recently there has been a lot of news about freedom campers and the damage they do to public areas. I suspect that most freedom campers are responsible and respectful, they are in camper vans with […]

12 Tips for Sustainable Christmas presents

It is that time of the year again. We have updated our list of sustainable present ideas which provide all the well-being of giving and receiving, at the same time as caring for the environment and other people.

Here […]

The LAW of good health

LAW stands for Light Air Water. These three things are essential for life. They are probably the most essential of all ‘nutrients’ but most people don’t factor them into their plans.

Light

You need adequate exposure to daylight […]

Sustainable savings

What is good for the environment is good for people. Being sustainable has many benefits that will increase peoples’ well-being. Anything you do to reduce your ecological footprint can save money, improve your health, and […]

The Humble Onion

There is nothing more humble than an onion. They are cheap, plentiful and easy to grow yourself.

Onions are a staple ingredient in the cuisine of many cultures worldwide. These savoury root bulbs are one of […]

Seven of the worst inventions

The following ‘inventions’ provide seven good reasons why society needs to use the precautionary principle. Invention throughout human history has been a process of trial and error. When an error was made it impacted very […]

Taking the cake

In The Transition Handbook the author Rob Hopkins talks about ‘the cake analogy’. In his analogy the cake is the fundamental goods that all people need for a life of well-being namely food, shelter, […]

Should there be an automation tax?

An article entitled “Robots could threaten up to half New Zealand’s jobs in next 20 years” highlights yet another problem with our economies. The problem is that workers are losing the ability to find jobs because […]