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Greenfolk expands its urban jungle to a leafy new space in Burleigh Heads
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Greenfolk expands its urban jungle to a leafy new space in Burleigh Heads

When it comes to house plants, we firmly believe that you can never really have too many. In fact, on the contrary – the more the merrier! Adding pops of greenery to your abode is a arguably the easiest way to breathe some life into a space and a guaranteed way to lift your mood. Plants are also excellent at purifying the air, seriously – the only thing they can't do is look after themselves (if only!) and truth be told, some of them can be pretty needy. If you struggle to know how often to water or how much sunlight your seedlings need to survive – you need Greenfolk in your life. It's a happy place for green thumbs, plant nerds and lovers of homewares. more

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Trade in your old flat-pack furniture for shiny new things with IKEA's buy-back scheme
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Trade in your old flat-pack furniture for shiny new things with IKEA’s buy-back scheme

We are going to come right out and say it – we have a love/hate relationship with Gumtree and various other selling platforms. On the one hand, it's like getting free money when you sell something you no longer use but on the other, you have to endure low-ball offers and more ghosts than a haunted house. Thankfully, there is an alternative courtesy of IKEA's innovative buy-back scheme. more

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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

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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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The Weekend Series: help save the environment with these plastic-free essentials
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The Weekend Series: help save the environment with these plastic-free essentials

Look, we’re going to level with you. The planet is in a bad way, and it’s our fault. Non-biodegradable materials are clogging waterways and landfill in record amounts, which is playing havoc with our ecosystems and the environment at large. The high use of plastic is partially to blame, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Loads of companies across Australia and the world are fighting the good fight by creating plastic-free variants of regular household items. These reusable goods are functional and stylish, while also reducing the amount of plastic waste we produce. We’ve made a quick hit list of plastic-free essentials you should own to help do your part in saving the environment. more

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Treasure chest – Exclaimed Kate brings a timeless touch to your Valentine’s Day gifting
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Treasure chest – Exclaimed Kate brings a timeless touch to your Valentine’s Day gifting

When you think about some of your most treasured possessions, it makes sense that they deserve to be stored somewhere that is both safe and beautiful. Whether it’s an heirloom ring that was handed down, a little shell you brought home from a beautiful holiday or your favourite necklace, the sentimental pieces that we collect throughout our lives really should be kept with care – but that’s no reason to lock them away in a vault. Exclaimed Kate is a Brisbane-based brand that has just launched a stunning range of unique jewellery boxes designed to store your trinkets and treasures while looking damn good doing it. more

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Illuminate your dark side with cruelty free Nocturna candles
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Illuminate your dark side with cruelty free Nocturna candles

Let’s be honest – there’s something pretty damn seductive about the dark side. From the chic aesthetic to the mysterious aura that surrounds darkness, it is often its contrast to the light that makes it even more beautiful – it’s all about balance, right? Brisbane-based brand Nocturna has channelled this energy into its range of stunning luxury candles, using the beauty of nature and the mystery of night as its muse. more

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Get sliding on artist-designed women's surfboards from Nusa Indah
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Get sliding on artist-designed women’s surfboards from Nusa Indah

Summer is on its way, the water is warming up and it's time to get salty. If you're a lady slider looking to add to your quiver, then get your fine self acquainted with Nusa Indah and its dreamy collection of bespoke surfboards, which are designed to nail the balance between aesthetics, functionality and handcrafted quality.  more