In Your Backyard: Sustainability Tools and Online Resources
Further reading and additional online resources for our special edition Sustainability Through the Seasons.
Temperatures may be cooling but things are heating up in the kitchen and garden. In this chapter, learn how to prepare soil, minimize food waste, grow nutritious fruits and veggies and then turn them into delicious dishes sure to become family favourites.
More autumn gardening ideas
Additional autumn eco-ideas – Food waste
Useful links and further reading on compost and food waste:
See the Compost Collective’s bokashi page for further bokashi tips
The Share Waste website matches those who have scraps and lack compost, with others who have compost and need scraps.
Auckland’s commercial composting service We Compost
Further reading on food choices and carbon emissions:
Meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans: How much does diet impact the environment?
A study on the difference in dietary greenhouse gas emissions between self-selected meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK.
Further reading autumn Eco-travel
The New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment initiative spearheaded by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has eight goals and 14 commitments focusing on the economy, visitors, host community and the environment. More than 1000 tourism businesses had signed up by April 2019; however, the TIA’s goal is for all tourism operators to be on board by 2025. Find a full list of companies at sustainabletourism.nz
TIA is also one of seven organizations behind the Tiaki initiative, which asks travelers in New Zealand to be mindful of their surroundings. Other supporters include Tourism New Zealand, DOC and Air New Zealand. Travelers commit to: “Care for land, sea and nature, tread lightly and leave no trace; travel safely, show care and consideration for all, respect the culture and travel with an open heart and mind.” tiakinewzealand.com
Learn how to grow frost-resistant produce, reduce waste, improve the environment for birds and beat the chill with craft and flavoursome recipes.
More winter gardening ideas
Winter biodiversity ideas to help native birds
Winter rat and rodent catching tips
More winter eco-ideas
Winter craft ideas
How to cast on:
Winter eco-ideas: Sourdough making
Boost the health of bees and other beneficial insects, grow a variety of fruit and veggies, cook from the garden, spring clean the wardrobe and shop sustainably.
Spring gardening ideas
Spring eco-ideas further reading sustainable fashion
A good overview of the supply chain and challenges of the fashion industry
Tearfund’s ethical fashion guide rate’s NZ clothing brands on their sustainability
Information of fabric choices and the environment