Hello lovers!

Apologies for being a bit MIA, I’ve had a few weeks.

Last week I got married, ran a marathon, went interstate for work and had a birthday!

But I have been continuing my little experiment which bloody Netflix keeps corrupting by adding more and more documentaries. Are you kidding me? How am I meant to keep up with that?

I’ve been doing really well with my Keep Cup and carrying around my enviro bags for groceries and shopping in general.

I come unstuck a little bit with the coffee cups when I leave the house with only my phone. I have one of those phone cases that has the wallet section so it’s common place for me to just grab my phone and go. Who needs an entire hand bag full of enviro bags, keep cups and giant water bottles? So those impulsive purchases are the ones that let me down.

But hey a problem identified is learning opportunity right?

Plastic Free July is off and kicking. It’s actually not as hard as I thought. Although I am accumulating lots of light plastic next to my rubbish bin.

That’s probably the most inconvenient part of recycling. Having piles of rubbish everywhere. A bucket/bowl for compost, a rubbish bin, recyclables and the plastic.

Has any one worked out a system or do I need to go and buy four other bins for my kitchen?

Open for suggestions.

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Got my keep cup!

Hello enviro lovers!

Well I’m feeling quite a little bit impressed with myself.

Now when you open my over sized hand bag, not only to lip balm, credit cards and organizers fly out, but so do re-usable shopping bags, a re-usable coffee cup and a water bottle!

Everything but the kitchen sink.

It’s been working pretty well for me.

Since I watched episodes two and three (Yes I’m super behind, but you know Netflix just added more doco’s, #goodbyesociallife) of the War on Waste last week I made my purchases and have been carrying them around.

Confession: I’m usually pretty good with my re-usable shopping bags for the big shops, but when I stop in to the supermarket after work etc, that’s when I grab the shitty plastic one. #envirofail

So carrying them around has made a massive difference.

I already have a Thermos flask which I walk around with my instant coffee or my tea but admittedly, like most Melbournians, I purchased a couple of coffees a day as well.

My partner bought me a re-usuable mug by Earth Bottles and it’s super pretty. It’s faux wood and made of stainless steel. A bit expensive for a coffee cup but worth it.

The composting is still going well but I have to work out the general waste situation a bit better.

Will let you know how I go.

Until next time folks,

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Tackling the War on Waste

Don’t worry I’m not being slack, I haven’t disappeared or given up.

In a minor deviation from the Netflix documentaries, I started watching The War on Waste which has become some what of a phenomenon here in Australia over the past couple of weeks.

The first installment of the three part series, talked about food waste and the high supermarket standards put on farmers, resulting in a large proportion of perfectly great food being thrown out simply because it wasn’t pretty enough.

To be honest, I couldn’t actually believe what I was seeing. Tonnes and tonnes of bananas just being thrown out.

I felt anger and sadness and frustration all at the same time.

I understand the farmers are in a tough spot. They are isolated in far north Queensland and shipping bananas that aren’t going to sell costs a lot of money. So what are the options?

I felt pretty helpless.

I could start avoiding the supermarkets and shopping at grocers but that’s not going to help much. I live in metro Victoria, the bananas get shipped from Queensland to Victoria, we aren’t seeing any of the “ugly” ones at any stores, they are staying on the farms and getting turned into very expensive mulch.

I could stop eating bananas but again that isn’t going to help anyone.

It’s a difficult circumstance and I don’t know what the answer is.

Another feature of episode one, was household waste.

I didn’t think as a family of 2.5 (two adults, one part time child) that we were generating that much waste until I saw what much larger families were throwing out.

It really got me thinking about what I was putting in the bin and I realized that a lot of it could probably be composted or recycled and the rest was plastic.

Plastic around food items, plastic shopping bags, general plastic waste. It seemed to be everywhere.

Until I started having a closer look at my rubbish bin, I didn’t even know what could be recycled. It was all too hard. Only certain items, must all be washed out etc etc.

Too hard basket, into the waste, well not anymore.

A quick google search told me what I could and couldn’t put into the recycling bin and I was surprised at just how much, it wasn’t as strict as I thought.

Ok I can hear you all saying, yeah yeah you watched a show big deal what did you do about it?


  1. I haven’t taken a single plastic bag from any store since I watched it. I’m carrying around a folded re-usable bag in my hand bag
  2. The compost bin is back up and running
  3. The recycle bin actually has stuff in it other than the weekly pizza box!

I’m pretty happy and I feel like I’m making some sort of conscious contribution.

Can’t wait to watch the episode on coffee cups. I might need a new handbag by the time I add a re-usable coffee cup, a re-usable shopping bag, a re-usable drink bottle!

Until next time folks,

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Sustainable running gear review

So I have been a little MIA lately, but my challenge is still going.

The True Cost challenge was a great start for me. I’m sorry I was slack on the sharing end.

After my initial running gear audit, I had a look at the rest of my wardrobe and made a substantial donation to good will and put a few pieces for sale on Ebay and Facebook  Marketplace.

I successfully only purchased one item of clothing over the course of the month (my wedding dress). Personally, I think that’s pretty impressive. I am after all, a gainfully employed 32 year old female with no children!

Full disclosure though, I did receive a free shirt from Kusaga Athletic.

I was lucky enough to win a free Kusaga Run Tee from a competition in Run 4 Your Life Magazine.

I couldn’t believe my luck, especially since I had listed it as one of my brands to try in my last blog post.

It arrived express post a few days later, just in time to give it a test run at the Great Ocean Road Marathon.

I broke the number one race day rule of never wearing anything new on race day and gave it a go.

I was a bit worried at first because it was unseasonably warm at the start line. Great Ocean Road usually tortures runners with some insane “sea breezes” and sometimes even torrential rain.

Throughout the run, it was clear that my new top was a little bit big and the dark grey colour as opposed to black, highlighted sweat patches a little bit more than I would like.

But that being said it wicked away any moisture and cooled my skin when those breezes did eventually come through.

I didn’t experience any chaffing which is a first for me with race gear.

After the race, I promptly took of my new top and washed it when I got home. Just in the machine in cold water as I normally would.

I am stoked to say that there has been no after race smelly effects at all. Granted it’s usually the older tops that start smelling but I’ve been really impressed by this top.

I also wore it to the gym later in the week after my legs recovered.

I’ll definitely be looking for more sustainable options in the future when it comes to my running gear and my clothing in general. No more cheap K-mart fast fashion for me.

June’s challenge…. hmm I’ll have a look on Netflix tonight and let you know!

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The True Cost Challenge- Hurdle 1


My ‘True Cost’ challenge this month has really been about thinking more about where my clothes come from and the ‘true cost’ for humanity and for the environment of the choices that I was making.

Honestly I’m being doing really well.

I’m not going to lie and say that in the last 9 days I haven’t purchased anything. But I have done a lot of thinking about it first, rather than the impulse buy.

On Friday I hit my first really challenge, hurdle one. I went to see Green Day at Rod Laver Arena, here in Melbourne.

You guys don’t really know me much but one thing that I love almost as much as my dogs is Green Day.

So off I went with my brother and his wife to Green Day and the first thing I was faced with was the merchandise tent.

A few things came to mind.

  1. Bands make money from touring and merchandise, not record sales (hello justification for purchase!)
  2. You said you weren’t buying unnecessary stuff, do you really need this? Where did it come from?
  3. If you don’t buy something you like now, you won’t ever have another opportunity.

So I didn’t buy anything. I looked from a far and felt happy about my decision.

Until I woke up the next morning, after having one of the best nights ever, without my souvenir purchase.

So the following night (Green Day were playing two sold out shows), I went all the way back into town (1 hr drive + 1 hr walk) to buy my canvas Green Day tour bag. Satisfied and I kinda feel like I earned it and it wasn’t an impulse purchase.

Enter hurdle two.

Late last month, I purchased a dress which I was going to wear as a wedding dress. It cost me about $450 AU, which is a lot for a normal dress and not much at all for a wedding dress. I bought it having tried on a different size in the store and ordering in the right colour.

The rookie error, I hadn’t tried on the colour I liked in the size I needed. So I went back today when it had arrived in store only to find that it wasn’t really the wedding dress that I had in mind and that I couldn’t get a refund.

Knowing I would never wear a white dress for any other reason, I exchanged it for a grey one. It’s perfect for the next wedding I am going to but retrospectively I should have thought more about the purchase and just got it ordered in and not actually paid for it until I tried it on. The last wedding I went to I wore a dress that cost $35 from a discount outlet, now I’ll be rocking a $450 beauty. Safe to say I’ll be making sure I get my moneys worth on this one.

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The True Cost- Wardrobe Audit Part 1

Challenge: The True Cost

I’ve seen it now.

I can’t ignore it.

So what can I do about it?

I don’t subscribe to the theory that one person can’t make a difference. Commercial companies whether that be milk producers, juice bars or clothing brands are there to make money. So I vote with my dollar.

After watching ‘The True Cost” one of the first thoughts I had was “well this doesn’t apply to me, I don’t buy from those stores”.

But that’s a cop out.  I might not buy from H&M or own a shit load of clothing in general, but I have enough active wear to wear a different item every day for at least two weeks.

I also wear undies and socks.

I wear a uniform to work that is provided by my employer.

So what about everything else?

My initial plan was to do a full wardrobe audit but then I realized just how much stuff I actually have.

So I started with the active wear, actually just the short sleeved t-shirts and tanks in the active wear section.

Disclaimer: This also does not include the dirty laundry basket!

Here’s what I found out:

From 20 items

1x Made In Indonesia

1x Made in Vietnam

2x Made in Malaysia

6x Made in Thailand

1x Made in Bangladesh

9x Made in China


Not a single item Made in Australia.

75% of the ‘Made in China’ t-shirts were the “free” shirts that come with a marathon race entry. (Yes I still have them and yes I still wear them, waste not want not!)

100% were a polyester or polyester blended material.


My head started spinning.


Questions like “can I buy Made in Australia active wear?”, “Does ‘Made in China’ automatically equal bad factories, bad environmental policies?” and “Is polyester bad?” rumbled through my overwhelmed brain.

My solution, google, knowing full well that big companies lie and that you can literally find anything on the internet to support an argument.

Here’s just some of what I found out.


Polyester is a petroleum based material which is generally speak absolutely terrible for the environment. (Read all about it here)

But it’s not completely a lost cause. There are some pro’s and con’s.

  • It’s made from petroleum- NAY
  • It uses less water to produce than natural fibres- YAY
  • It can’t be dyed using natural or low impact dyes- NAY
  • It is recyclable!- YAY


So what can we do to make choices, well we can look around for recycled polyester active wear, we can purchase second hand when we can and we can research the companies we are giving our dollars to to establish how accountable and transparent they are being to their consumers about the factories they use.

Patagonia is the company that really sticks out when you research ethicially conscious active wear companies. They are transparent when it comes to the different  fibres they use and what is organic, what is recycled etc.

Granted you are going to pay a little bit more but I think it’s worth it to know where your garments come from.

Locally, I was stoked to find a couple of active wear companies that are pushing the limits and breaking barriers in the conscious active wear sphere.

Kusaga Athletic, based in Sydney, have created the World’s Greenest T-shirt, a t-shirt they claim uses the least amount of water of any other garment.

Vegan Athletic are a Melbourne based company who are making sustainable cycling gear.

I haven’t tried either of their products yet, but it’s super exciting that there are options out there if you are willing to look for them.

Looking forward to trying them out when I need new gear and really thinking about if I actually NEED it or just WANT it and the past and future life of that garment.

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May Challenge: ‘The True Cost’

#1- ‘The True Cost’

Day 1, Month 1, Challenge 1

Documentary: The True Cost


Admittedly, when I declared I was going to do this challenge and try to find a take-away nugget to improve my life from the hours of mindlessly consumed Netflix content I was devouring, it seemed like a win win.

My life will get better and I’ll still get to watch Netflix, Win Win, right?

Fast forward two weeks (I could write a novel about what I think about the ’13 Reasons Why’ and ‘GirlBoss’ that I’ve watched in those two weeks!) and I’ve opened Netflix and am browsing the documentary section.

Browsing, browsing, so many docos. I didn’t remember there being so many.

Let’s start small I say to myself, let’s not start with something too drastic, like changing your diet, throwing out all your stuff, or quitting your job to volunteer in Africa or to save the coral reef. Small.

Thing is, there is no small. Who spends millions of dollars and hours on a “small” issue! You idiot.

So I just picked one I hadn’t watched before, ‘The True Cost’.

‘The True Cost” is a documentary that focuses on the idea of fast fashion and how the fashion industry has evolved, how garments are made and the social and political impacts of the fast moving fashion industry. It touches on sweat shops, the environmental impacts of the fabrics and the production of the fabrics, to GMO’s and the people who are trying to change the money making machine.

Like director Andrew Morgan, I had never really thought twice about the clothes that I buy. With the exception of running clothes (chafe is no ones friend), my general clothing philosophy has always been the blacker and the cheaper the better. Hello teenage emo. It’s true, my “taste” in fashion hasn’t changed much since highschool. T-shirts, skinny jeans and Converse sneakers are pretty much the staples with a few random and not at all co-ordinated jewellery items scattered about.

I wear a Garmin running watch with bands that don’t match, my earrings often aren’t the same in each ear and there is a high probability that I will have yesterdays coffee on my shirt.

Don’t get me wrong, I could rock the latest ‘Fitspo’ outfit like the next Insta girl if I wanted to. My workout clothes, which I get substantial wear out of, comprise more than half of my wardrobe. But hey, unless I’m on a plane or have a marathon that week, I’m not wearing compression tights to the café or the shops. (I truly believe you get a free pass to wear compression the week before a marathon, every little bit helps folks!)

I’m the first to admit that I judge women who love fashion. Not the unique ‘I have my own style that I’m rockin’ women but the ones who buy the magazines and care about what the current style is. I judge the ones I’m sure are judging me for lack of fashion style.

So, what were my first thoughts as I watched ‘The True Cost’?

  1. Thank god I don’t buy a shit load of that fast fashion
  2. Where does the clothes I do buy come from?
  3. What are the options?
  4. What changes can I make in my own life to make this better for other people, for the environment and how will these changes effect my hip pocket and clothing needs (like no chafe!)?

This month’s goal: re-evaluate the things you buy, where you buy them from and what is the impact of purchasing that item.

This is not a ‘don’t buy anything’ for the month type of challenge.

It’s a ‘be a better global citizen’ challenge. Get educated and vote with your dollar, always.

Stay tuned, this might get interesting.Not only am I an avid consumer of sports wear but I’m also planning a wedding.

The plan:

  1. Wardrobe audit. What are you buying?
  2. Research and evaluation. What could you be buying? What are the options?
  3. Moving forward, what have I learned?

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The “Vegan” progression, The RRP & Cowspiracy

I’d love to be one of those people who say “I went fully vegan when I was 12 because I saw what they were doing to the animals…. I even threw out all my clothes and my couch and my car!”.

But I’m not.

It’s funny, when you tell someone you are vegan you immediately provoke a response. Usually a defensive one, sometimes a piss taking one (but this wouldn’t be Australia without that) but no matter the nature of the response one thing is true.

All of a sudden, everything that you are, how smart you are, how hard you work, how fit you are, how good at your job you are, how funny you are, all gets thrown out with window because now you’re “the vegan”.

I hate to admit it but that’s one of the main reasons it’s taken me 16 years of being a vegetarian to take the next step towards veganism.

My journey has been a slow progression.

Initially there were two main reasons why I went vegetarian.

  1. I thought it would make me skinny
  2. Every day on the way to school our school bus would pass sheep trucks crammed with animals with their little faces squished out the sides.

I don’t say I’m vegan because of the animals but I guess is some ways I am.

As with most things as a teenager, my vegetarianism was a bit of an experiment. At the time my parents were classic meat and three veg people so I just took out the meat. My dinners would be the potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower and the peas/corn/carrot combination.

Every once in a while I would “go back” and have a steak for dinner or try some fish. My family still give me shit about that but again, this is Australia.

At uni, my move away from animal products continued.

Don’t tell anyone, but I desperately wanted to be that cool hippie chick in fisherman’s pants who was Buddhist and meditated.

I chose the long skirts instead and made the switch to soy milk.

It would take another 12 or so years before going vegan would re-enter my life.

A keen runner, last year I started listening to audio books while I ran. Turns out the first few I listened to were ‘Born to Run’, ‘Finding Ultra’ and ‘Eat and Run’.

Replace “cool hippie chick in fisherman’s pants” with “vegan ultra endurance runner”.

I got onto the Rich Roll Podcast. I devoured it (oh my poor phone bill!). I was literally listening to multiple episodes per day. While running (1 hr +), while driving (2.5 hours) and every other time I was in the car, Rich Roll was coming through my speakers.

And the problem with the Rich Roll Podcast, every week there is another person to obsess over and his bloody show notes mean I’m using more data listening to a shit load more podcasts that I’d never heard of.

Enter Netflix.

I have a problem with Netflix also.

The same problem that I have with Facebook knowing what I searched on my phone and putting ads in my feed!

Once you watch one thing, hello Cowspiracy, they “recommend” another five!

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (1 & 2), Forks over Knives, Food Matters, Food Choices, Supersize Me, Food Inc.

And there’s still more!

All of a sudden I’m in a vegan centric wind tunnel and there’s no way out. Podcast, Netflix, Podcast, Netflix. It’s amazing I got anything else done.

So in September I decided to do a vegan challenge, just one month vegan, and I haven’t really looked back.

Like my vegetarianism, I went up and down. I’d have the occasional dairy ice cream, feel sick and swear never to do it again.

On January 1 2017, I decided to be vegan. I don’t call it that. In fact I don’t really call it anything. People just think I’m a bit of a health nut and if it comes up I just say that I don’t eat animal stuff for health reasons and leave it at that.

I figure I’m better off leading by example than shoving it down someone’s throat.

I honestly thought it would be harder to make the switch. I was one of those people who said “I could never give up cheese”. Well I did and it wasn’t that bad.

Eating out is the hardest part. I’m not super picky. I usually just order off the menu and ask to remove the animal part. Could it have a seasoning or salt substitute that’s derived from an animal, yeah, am I fussed about that, not really.

Maybe one day I will be, but for now I’m just taking it one step at a time, one podcast at a time, one documentary at a time.


The beginning… one doco at a time

How often do you read that technology is ruining humanity?

Seriously, from kids not being social to technology making us fat the list of ailments you can blame technology on if you want to is endless.

Just type in “technology makes us… “ into Google and see what comes up.

If you’d asked me yesterday about my relationship with technology I probably would have said “oh I’m not that bad” as another notification from Telstra comes through informing me of another “1GB of data for $10 for your enjoyment”.

Not that bad because I don’t consider myself a Facebook oversharer or an obnoxious tweeter or anything like that. I don’t use most of the trendy Apps like Tinder or Snapchat and I only really watch two TV shows per week.

Do I play with my phone instead of having conversations with people? Yep.

Do I pull out my phone in queues when the wait is only a minute? Yep.

Do I insta-stalk celebrities? Yep.

But with all that being said, my little pocket super computer has also had some pretty profound and life changing impacts on me.

Enter Strava, the multi sport app for cyclists, runners and swimmers keen to log every second of every activity and hopefully take away a crown for their favourite segment. Can you be “addicted”? Well the memes didn’t create themselves.

I’ve also developed a healthy love of the Podcast. I don’t see it as a negative to listen to interviews with fascinating people and learning from them during my daily commute.

And then there is Netflix.

Like I said, I don’t watch a lot of TV but I am guilty of the occasional binge watch ie watching more than five episodes of a show in a single sitting and like any other binge I tend to feel immense guilt and sadness and general patheticness afterwards.

But if I’m being truthful and not at all trendy, my real Netflix Achilles heel is the documentaries.

For the love of all things #vegan #savetheplanet #minimalism #I’mgoingtoruinyourconsumerlife

As if I don’t feel enough guilt in my life!

Since October’s perfect storm of discovering the Rich Roll Podcast and Netflix documentaries at the same time, I have gone vegan, dabbled in meditation, sold heaps of unwanted items on Ebay and still managed to maintain a full time job, train for a run a 102km ultramarathon and have a relatively healthy home life (or have I?).

I must admit , I watch a documentary, say Minimalism and I’ll ruminate about it for a couple of hours, do a quick clean out of my closet or tidy up (without throwing anything out) and “feel better” about my insane consumerist lifestyle.

So here’s my pledge, it’s currently April 2017 and for the rest of 2017, each month I’m going to watch a new documentary and actually put it into practice. I’ll document it here for all your voyeuristic pleasure.