Appreciate and Plant Trees – It is Worth It!

Appreciate and Plant Trees – It is Worth It! By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant – this is the article I wrote for our local Fraser Coast QLD magazine “The Beacon” website: www.permaculturehaven.com email: permaculturehaven@gmail.com Trees are beautiful. Trees are majestic and they are all different. There is an endless variety of shapes, textures and colours. No two are alike. Some people say that trees are spiritual creatures with feelings, but there are more reasons to admire and plant trees. Carbon storage– Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air as they need it to grow. A 2019 study from the Swiss Institute of Integrative Biology suggested that… Read More

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We Have a Food Waste Situation – Part Two

We Have a Food Waste Situation – Part Two This is the article I wrote for ‘The Beacon’ magazine, Issue #21 By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant Food waste is a huge topic. As mentioned in the last issue #20 (thebeacon.com.au),the average Australian household sends roughly 4.9 kilograms of food waste to landfill each week (foodbank.org.au) Home composting is a great way to decrease the numbers but even composting should be always the last resort. Knowing what to do with unwanted food is an important skill. Reducing food waste will save you lots of money and contribute to a sustainable future. Think more – buy less.… Read More

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Permaculture Gardening – Keyhole Garden

Permaculture Gardening – Keyhole Garden recommended by Ewa Bekiesch – certified Permaculture designer and educator, sustainable living consultant – Permaculture Haven An amazing all in one solution. Great for any size of garden. Perfect for small size backyard. The keyhole garden is a combination of a compost bin and a raised garden bed. The compost bin is functioning like any other compost bin and should be treated like that. However, no need to remove the compost Think about keeping the right balance of TWO parts of brown material : ONE part of greens. Worms and microorganisms will turn the garden waste into natural fertiliser and enrich soil in the the… Read More

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We have a Food Waste Situation – Sustainable Living Choices

We Have a Food Waste Situation – Sustainable Living Choices By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”― Bill Mollison Food Waste Globally ‘Food waste is a huge global problem. According to the United Nations Environment Program and their Food Waste Index Report 2021 ( unep.org) issued at the beginning of March 2021, the world wastes about 17% of all food produced. That is about one billion tons of food a year, which is over 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) pounds or about 931 billion (931,000,000,000) kilograms. More than half of food waste happens at home,… Read More

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Sustainable Development – What is it and why is it so Important

Sustainable Development – What is it and why is it so Important by Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Living Consultant What is sustainability? Most of us have heard about sustainability. Sustainable lifestyle, sustainable gardening, sustainable design, sustainable products – just to name a few. However, when it comes to describe the word sustainability, some people get confused. Sustainability has been defined in the World Commission on Environment and Development’s 1987 Brundtland report “Our Common Future” as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ (Brundtland, 1987, p.1). The definition and the concept are pretty straight forward… Read More

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Traditional and Family Focused – Sustainable Christmas

This is the article I wrote for our local magazine The Beacon 🙂 Christmas is all about traditions and enjoying the time with loved ones. Thinking about traditions brings stories and memories back. Celebrating like our ancestors will not only keep the traditions alive but also save you money and it helps the environment. Here are some tips on how to celebrate a sustainable Christmas. These are all ideas from the time where people didn’t have other options than to celebrate sustainably mostly because of the limited resources. Let’s get back in time and help save our planet. Christmas tree – Consider a living tree. Turn your houseplant into a Christmas tree… Read More

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Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe – Simple and Quick

Why would you do your own sweet chili sauce? because you have plenty of chilies in your garden or… you have read the ingredients on the sweet chili sauce bottle you bought at the supermarket Okay, I got lots of chilies that was the main reason for me to do the sauce but I also checked the ingredients on the bottle from the store bought one and I don’t like additives like flavours, colours and preservatives….! Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe – Simple and Quick 300-400g chilies 6-8 cloves garlic some ginger and or turmeric 2 cups of white vinegar 2 cups of raw sugar dash of salt Combine chili, garlic… Read More

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