Monthly Archives: April 2013

Another Giving Up Disposable Products Post

I have had a little realisation that I’d like to share!

Through giving up meals in disposable packaging, it has forced me to ‘eat in’ far more than eating ‘on the go’. 

Not only has this been better for the environment, but actually better for my emotional health too. Instead of scoffing down something on the go in a paper bag or wrapped in plastic, I’ve been sitting down in the company of others and savour my food on a nice ceramic plate. I use metal knives and forks which is a much more enjoyable experience than plastic cutlery. I get to interact and share lunch with my friends, catch up in a relaxed environment and share a laugh over a glass latte instead of saving a few minutes by buying quicker options and dashing off on the train.

The content of ‘eat in’ food is usually far more quality than pre-packaged, processed meals which is also better for my physical health. 

This packaged, ‘on-the-go’, EAT NOW QUICK DOESN’T MATTER WHAT EFFECT IT HAS, sort of lifestyle is actually really bad and I really appreciate a good sit-down at a shop to either casually socialise with friends or do sketching in a book with my delicious pesto and roast veggie foccaccia next to me on a plate (Xpose Cafe on Glenhuntly Rd, guys, yum). 

Warped Image

Many people around the world have a very warped vision of themselves. This warped image is causing an estimate of 1 in every 250 people in developed countries to develop anorexia or another eating disorder.

The complex occurs when someone has an extremely distorted body image, refuses to maintain a healthy body weight, and has an irrational fear of gaining weight. Different methods are used to become anorexic, but all lead to an unhealthy life. The desire to be skinny consumes the person and causes the person to be unable to function in normal day-to-day life. To the typical anorexic, skinny is never skinny enough. This problem can be fatal for those who are not provided help as the body will shut down.

There’s no simple cause for anorexia, but instead is a complex combination of many factors. There maybe more pressure for some to look “perfect” like the people in magazines, others use anorexia to deal with other underlying pains, like strained relationships. For some it gives a sense of control in a very overwhelming world. Whatever the cause, anorexia is a very serious problem that affects millions around the world (over 1 million in Australia alone).

Foundations like the Butterfly Foundation encourage people to have a positive and healthy body image. Check out this link to find out more :

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
-Thomas Jefferson


A simple but great infographic on hydropacks. Inventions like these can save millions of lives.

Shackled: forty years ago, a shrewd theologian saw how needing more energy created less freedom.(THE ENERGY MATRIX)(Ivan Illich).

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Shackled: forty years ago, a shrewd theologian saw how needing more energy created less freedom.(THE ENERGY MATRIX)(Ivan Illich).


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IVAN ILLICH, the maverick Catholic theologian, spent most of his life dissecting modern society’s obsession with never-ending consumption. It was a thankless task that the Viennese-born cleric practiced with wit and grace.


Little escaped his critical eye. To Illich, modern compulsory schooling operated as a corrupt monopoly that bred conformity. In the mid-1970s, he famously documented that the medical establishment actually made people sick with all its drugs and pretense of care. He also observed that most modern institutions had grown so big that they had lost their conviviality. On and on he admonished, until cancer silenced his voice in 2002.

But Illich wrote about energy as well, and he did so most prophetically In a small essay published in Le Moride at…

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