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Get deep and a little dirty with Crockd's at-home clay kit
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Get deep and a little dirty with Crockd’s at-home clay kit

Despite being more connected than ever before, loneliness is on the rise and right now, in Australia one million adults are living with depression and over two million with anxiety (according to Beyond Blue). Rather than become statistics themselves, Burleigh Heads-locals Rosa-Clare Willis and Andrew Ford made the decision to get out of their heads and into their hands by dabbling in a little at-home pottery. The result was something unexpected – not only did they connect over a shared (sober) experience but there was a real sense of achievement having created something from nothing and just like that, the idea for Crockd was born. more

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Rest easy on deliciously soft (and sustainable) bamboo sheets from Ettitude
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Rest easy on deliciously soft (and sustainable) bamboo sheets from Ettitude

Let's talk about sleep deprivation for a moment – it's a very real and merciless form of torture that sadly, many us know all too well. Without a decent night's shut eye, it feels like you are existing in a state of permanent jet lag that no amount of green juice can remedy. If you are currently sipping your third latte for the day or feel like you're in desperate need of a really good sleep, it's time to ditch your current bedding and say hello to the life-changing benefits of CleanBamboo from Ettitude. more

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Sip brilliantly with LARQ's self-cleaning water bottle
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Sip brilliantly with LARQ’s self-cleaning water bottle

Reusable bottles are great – not only are they better for the environment than single-use plastic ones but if you carry one, you're ten times more likely to drink more water than if you weren't carrying one and are one thousand times more attractive (okay, we made those last two up but the point remains that reusable bottles are pretty darn great). In fact, the only real downside to reusable bottles is having to remember to actually clean it from time to time. If you've been known to be a bit lax on the old maintenance regime, say hello to LARQ. more

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No more crying over spilt milk – sustainable coffee caddy Stay tray is here to help you carry the weight
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No more crying over spilt milk – sustainable coffee caddy Stay tray is here to help you carry the weight

Whilst most of us have well and truly jumped on the reusable coffee cup and water bottle bandwagon, there's always new eco-friendly products popping up that we had never even given a second thought to when using its one-use, wasteful comparisons. One of these instances is when you've just recited a long, multi-coffee order to your local barista for your co-workers or friends. Whilst you may have brought along multiple reusable coffee cups, they still have to place these in a disposable tray for you to carefully transport back to the office. Enter Stay tray, a reusable drink tray made from made from 100 percent recycled materials and the answer to our eco-friendly pleas. more

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E tū is turning festival waste into everyday bags
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E tū is turning festival waste into everyday bags

It may be hard to believe but there was once a time when camp gear cost a pretty penny because it was made from rugged materials and built to last. These days, you can pick up a two person tent for as little as $12. The availability of low-cost camping equipment coupled with the rise in summer music festivals has created a perfect storm with a report from Green Music Australia revealing that one in five attendees at Falls Festival, Party in the Paddock and Unify purchased a new tent for the festival and that punters were four times more likely to abandon it if their friend did it too. While it's indeed a bleak scenario, there is a glimmer of hope – Melbourne's E tū is turning the tide on festival waste and transforming discarded tents into everyday bags. more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

Becky Morton
It’s all the little things that can add up to great change ... ~ Becky Morton more
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Gather around and listen to records on a sleek audio unit from Fort Kingsley
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Gather around and listen to records on a sleek audio unit from Fort Kingsley

There's something inherently special about sinking into a chair and listening to a record with a wine in hand. The unmistakable crackle of the vinyl, the mild inconvenience of having to get up to physically change sides, the feeling that time is somewhat superfluous – it becomes an experience rather than just background music. If you also possess an appreciation for the experience or have a keen eye for design, take a peek at Fort Kingsley's beautiful new take on the classic audio consoles of yesteryear. more

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Win the war on waste at your place with Zero Co cleaning products
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Win the war on waste at your place with Zero Co cleaning products

Unless you've been living under a gigantic rock for the last decade, it's pretty likely you're across the devastating impact single-use plastic is having on the world, from chocking our oceans to harming plants and wildlife. Something has to change and if you're on board and keen to rid your home of single-use plastic, say hello to Zero Co. The Australian-based start-up is calling on all Aussies to help fund the first production of a range of planet-friendly, plastic-busting household products. more

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Gold Coast Open House gives you the keys to the city
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Gold Coast Open House gives you the keys to the city

As locals, we're often so focussed on getting from A to B that we don’t stop and take in our surroundings to appreciate just how far this fabulous city has come. So, consider Gold Coast Open House your chance to slow down, enjoy and revel in the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast by getting a tour of some of the city’s most iconic spaces. The event, held on Saturday October 19, will see 56 interesting spaces – some of which are generally closed to the public – opened up for just one day for your viewing pleasure. more

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A new chapter – HOTA's main gallery closes to make way for the city's new home for visual arts
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A new chapter – HOTA’s main gallery closes to make way for the city’s new home for visual arts

After more than 33 years, HOTA's original art gallery, which has seen more than 1.24 million visitors through the doors and around 700 exhibitions, has closed its doors to the public, heralding a thrilling new chapter for the city's arts hub. The Main Gallery's closure is another step in the evolution of HOTA's spectacular new $60.5-million purpose-built six-level gallery, which is set to open in early 2021. more