Latest news and insights from various sources relating to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

A-Z OF EASY-TO-IMPLEMENT HOUSEHOLD SWAPS

Have you ever wanted to make a difference but not known where to start? You’re not alone. Thankfully, making a change through your everyday consumption, to reduce your impact and help the environment, is easier than you think. To give you some inspiration, we’ve created this quick A-Z reference guide on simple swaps that you can easily make in your everyday life. We’d love to hear if you’ve tried any!

Swap…

A – Aluminium foil for silicone baking mats

B – Body wash for a bar of soap. Often, these come package free!

Photo by Good Soul Shop on Unsplash

Photo by Good Soul Shop on Unsplash

C – (Takeaway) coffee cups for bringing your own mug or keep cup. Mason jars or insulated water bottles work well, too!

D – Diapers for cloth nappies

E – Electronics being on at the wall for 24 hours for electronics being switched off at the wall when you’re not using them

F – Food packaging for bulk foods. If you don’t live near a bulk foods store, purchasing (unpackaged) fresh fruit and veggies at your local market can also help you cut down on packaging.

G – Buying new gifts for considering regifting items that don’t suit you, and instead of buying gift wrap, try wrapping gifts using things you already have, like tote bags, scarves or newspapers.

H – Plastic hairbrushes or combs for wooden hairbrushes or combes

I – Paying too much for energy for insulating your home better

J – Buying jars to store food and other items for recycling jars you already have.

K – Your K-Cup coffee maker for a French press.

L – Your old lightbulbs for energy efficient bulbs and turn them off when you’re not using them

M – Conventional makeup for zero waste makeup. Here some recommendations.   

N – Chemical cleaning products for natural ones: make them or buy them, your choice.

O – Buying more for organising more – take inventory of what you already have and use it up before buying more.

Photo by Tracey Hocking on Unsplash

Photo by Tracey Hocking on Unsplash

P – Swap paper plates and plastic cutlery for real plates and real flatware next time you have a picnic

Q – Wondering about your carbon footprint for quantifying your carbon footprint. Here is an easy way to do it.

R – Plastic bottles for reusable ones

S – Single-use tea bags for tea strainers

T – Plastic toothbrushes for bamboo ones

U – Using everything once for reusing things that have served their original purpose. Here are some great ideas!

V – Meat for more veggies! Here are some ideas.

W – Throwaway plastic dish clothes for washable fabric ones

eat me first box from inhabitat.com

eat me first box from inhabitat.com

X – Food waste for checking eXpiry dates. Pay attention to them and put perishable fridge items in a triage box in your fridge.

Y – Plastic yoga mats for bamboo, hemp, jute, or natural rubber mats

Z – to a Zero Waste Lifestyle, make the change!

A LOVE FOR COUNTRY

It’s hard to remember what you were doing 15 years ago. You may have been travelling the world, starting on a new career path, or perhaps planning for retirement. What we do know, however, is that 15 years ago, the team at Kimberley Quest were achieving certification, and they have been a valued member of the Ecotourism Australia family ever since!

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Stemming from their recognition that travelers are seeking experiences beyond expectation, the Kimberley Quest team have worked to deliver exceptional experiences, time and time again. A Kimberley Quest expedition not only showcases the pristine wilderness of the Kimberley region, but gives you one of the most authentic Australian experiences you’ll ever find. The team has recently received an array of awards at the WA Tourism Awards for this exact reason, including Gold in the category of Tour and Transport Operator, silver for the Unique Accommodation category and bronze for Adventure Tourism. On top of that, along with mentioning the tours’ exceptional settings, Kimberley Quest’s reviews will consistently note the dedication of the crew and their absolute love for country that makes the experience second to none:

“All staff are world class. The group size and staff ratio to guests was spot on.  The delicate balance between safety and adventure was achieved. The willingness to share in a love of country was exceptional.  On top of all that, the meals were deliciously decadent without being pretentious.” (Nina H, June 2018)

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The Kimberley Quest experience captures and highlights significant environmental awareness through local expedition guides, who share the history, culture, flora, fauna and marine environment with their guests. Living and breathing the common principle of “take only photos, leave only footprints”, the whole Kimberley Quest crew enhances guests’ experiences through providing everlasting knowledge and tools that encourage respect for and protection of the natural environment and culture. It’s this strong team that Kimberley Quest sees as its biggest asset, and it seems that their guests could not agree more:

“A well oiled machine’ would describe your company!! You have a formula that is a winner so keep doing what you are. For us this has been the most magnificent, amazing, awesome experience with a group of people who love the Kimberley and have taught us so much. Also their friendliness and sense of humour made it that much better.” (Judy & Glenn S – May 2018)

Without the crew’s profound love and knowledge of country, the Kimberley Quest experience would not be able to be delivered so consistently. Team members work closely with local Aboriginal corporations, parks and wildlife rangers and Indigenous rangers to ensure cultural heritage is respected and presented to guests through storytelling.

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With business practices that align so well with certification criteria, it is no wonder Kimberley Quest have maintained Advanced Ecotourism certification for 15 years. We would like to congratulate them on their continuous work in providing exceptional experiences and sharing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Australia. We are so delighted to see people who are truly passionate about what they do and who hold such respect for their country and culture receive such success and acclaim in the industry.   

To find out more about Kimberley Quest visit their website or facebook

What do they offer? Take a look through their online brochure

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