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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer
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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer

Nothing says summer like a huge power bill. In an attempt to beat the heat we often find ourselves pumping the air conditioning and spending more time indoors on our electrical devices. Wish you could stop your costs rising like the mercury on your thermostat? Us too, but it can be tough to know where to start. To help you keep your cool (physically and financially) we’ve done our research and put together seven tips for conserving energy on hot days. Plus as an added bonus, your reduced energy consumption will also benefit the environment. more

Shop for a cause – here's a bunch of homegrown labels and brands that are donating to bushfire relief
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Shop for a cause – here’s a bunch of homegrown labels and brands that are donating to bushfire relief

The ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires have left us all feeling helpless, but the overwhelming number of generous individuals and businesses stepping up to support the victims and our firefighters – whether it be by donating funds, spreading awareness, volunteer efforts or fundraising – is nothing short of an amazing feat. Through tough times such as these, our Aussie spirit of kindness and generosity never ceases to prevail. Here is a list of homegrown brands and labels that are donating part (or all) of their sales profits to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal and related charities. more

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The most effective ways you can support bushfire relief efforts
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The most effective ways you can support bushfire relief efforts

Our country is on fire. Every day our feeds are flooded with the news of conditions worsening and fires spreading and sadly, at this stage, there is no end in sight. Lives have tragically been lost. Homes have been lost. Acres upon acres of land has been destroyed. Millions of wildlife have perished. We are in a state of emergency. Australia's incredible firefighters and volunteers are working around the clock to help manage this crisis and – especially for those of us not directly affected – it's easy to feel helpless when you're not on the front line. One thing that is very apparent is that the affected communities and fire services need our support – but where should you start? There are a number of incredible charities and organisations that are focusing their resources on bushfire relief, assisting firefighters, refugees and wildlife by means of shelter, financial assistance,… more

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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People
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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People

Plant murder – it's a crime that many of us have unwittingly committed with either too much love or not nearly enough. But, in our defence, household varieties can be notoriously tricky creatures. Whilst some thrive on neglect, others are needier than your overly obsessed ex and even the slightest deviation can result in imminent death. It's a tough gig this plant parent thing but lucky for you, The Plant People are here to help. more

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Enjoy the benefits of a pool without the maintenance with Swimply
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Enjoy the benefits of a pool without the maintenance with Swimply

To be the most popular kid in primary school you pretty much just had to have a pool. Nowadays, things aren't always so simple and you can't just mooch your mates whenever you fancy a dip but fret not friend, Swimply is here to save you from your pool-free existence. The new service connects pool owners with want-to-be pool users, simply. It's so damn brilliant it makes us wonder why no one thought of this sooner. more

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Ditch the plastic and lather up with a bar of Shampoo With A Purpose
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Ditch the plastic and lather up with a bar of Shampoo With A Purpose

We all know that plastic isn't so fantastic but in Australia, 5.3 million consumers, that is 27.1-percent of the population, purchase single-use plastic bottles on a weekly basis. Most of which, let's be honest, are destined for landfill once it has fulfilled its original purpose where it can take between 20 and 1000 years to degrade. If that makes you feel all of the things, you're not alone – but together, we can make small changes that have a big impact. One of the easiest changes we can make is to switch to a shampoo bar from Shampoo With A Purpose once your current supply runs dry. more

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Unplug to unwind – QT Hotels & Resorts launch Power Down
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Unplug to unwind – QT Hotels & Resorts launch Power Down

Just like our smartphones, tablets, laptops and fitbits, we all need to recharge to function correctly. Unfortunately, our favourite devices are often the cause of our exhaustion – even in our designated down-time we struggle to put down the tech. With the growing popularity of smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa it’s starting to feel like there is no total escape. This is where the concept of Power Down originated, QT Hotels & Resorts’ new digital detox package. The holiday makers are offering to take charge of your devices while you enjoy a detoxing hotel escape – a rare chance to disconnect from tech and reconnect with yourself. more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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As he paddled off into the line-up, I stood up – and surfing changed my life ... ~ James McMillan more
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Put your best foot forward in a pair of Nelson Made’s sustainable shoes
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Put your best foot forward in a pair of Nelson Made’s sustainable shoes

Like most movements that originally set out to challenge the fashion system – punk, normcore, dadcore – sustainability has been turned into a trend itself. We’ve even invented a word for it – greenwashing. With big brands making big promises and adding leaves to their logos, it can be tricky to know who to trust. The answer? Turn to the experts. Designers like Jamie Nelson whose years of experience as a footwear designer in the fashion industry prompted her to start Nelson Made, the sustainable shoe brand that stands by its statements. more

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Mr Simple X Victoria Bitter – a collaboration we can all get behind
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Mr Simple X Victoria Bitter – a collaboration we can all get behind

Hovering high on the list of things we hold near and dear in this nation is beer -- and our lucky country has plenty of home-grown drops to appreciate. While every individual has a favourite brew they are enamoured to, you can't argue one of our most popular and iconic lagers is Victoria Bitter -- and do we have some exciting news involving our brewing buddies south of the border to share with you. more

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Bandsome is bringing menswear back to (sustainable) basics
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Bandsome is bringing menswear back to (sustainable) basics

It’s an exciting time for menswear – the once hard-and-fast rules of dapper dressing have been thrown out the window in favour of experimental style. But where do you turn to when your neon bum-bag and platform sneakers inevitably fall out of fashion? To basics. A good tee and a reliable pair of pants are the bread and butter of most men’s wardrobes no matter what they throw on top. Bandsome is a brand that understands this, so it’s dedicating itself to producing the best basics out there in sustainable style. more

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Stroll down virtual market stalls with The Finders Keepers new online marketplace
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Stroll down virtual market stalls with The Finders Keepers new online marketplace

There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with a local market find – ditching the retail racks and mass-produced items to stroll the stalls in search of something with that handcrafted touch. If you love that feeling, then you’re likely fans of Australia’s leading design and art marketplace, The Finders Keepers Markets, and wish they popped up more than twice a year. Well, dear readers, your wish may have just come true … more

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The only item you'll need to wear this summer is the new edition Ugly Xmas Rashie
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The only item you’ll need to wear this summer is the new edition Ugly Xmas Rashie

Queenslanders are familiar with a few strategic provisions when the weather warms up and the festive season rolls around. A fridge stocked with cold beverages, fresh seafood and backyard cricket coincide with regular trips to the beach, an activity that demands vital sun safety measures in our corner of the stratosphere. Luckily, the Cancer Council Queensland have all your Ultra Violet woes covered this summer, bringing back a new edition of the Ugly Xmas Rashie. more

Stow your stuff in a consciously crafted canvas bag from Celery The Label
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Stow your stuff in a consciously crafted canvas bag from Celery The Label

Truth, not all material is created equally. Fast fashion tends to favour low cost, low quality so while it may save you dosh in the short term, you end up buying twice as much (not to mention the lasting effect it has on the environment). If you're in need of a new carry-all, stow your stuff in a consciously created recycled canvas bag from Celery The Label. more

Picnic with Pickles the Pig or SUP with a pup with Airbnb's animal experiences
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Picnic with Pickles the Pig or SUP with a pup with Airbnb’s animal experiences

If hiking with penguin pals, downing a pint with a pupper or doing a little downward dog with a spot of goat yoga sound like your ideal holiday activities, you're going to love Airbnb's animal experiences. Going beyond the typical tours and classes, Airbnb's responsible animal experiences are designed and led by inspiring locals to immerse each guest in a unique world. more

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Ahoy, mates! Eco-friendly electric picnic boats by GoBoat to set sail on the Gold Coast this summer
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Ahoy, mates! Eco-friendly electric picnic boats by GoBoat to set sail on the Gold Coast this summer

If you've ever daydreamed about cruising through the waterways on your own private boat while grazing on cheese boards and sipping champagne, only to be abruptly catapulted back to reality when you realise that you don't actually own a boat, let alone have a licence to drive one, then we have news for you. A fleet of eco-friendly electric-powered picnic boats is launching on the Gold Coast this summer – no licence is required, and you can BYO snacks and sips. more

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Sport a pair of post-petroleum sneakers from French footwear company VEJA
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Sport a pair of post-petroleum sneakers from French footwear company VEJA

Did you know that the majority of running shoes on the market are made from a material that is 99-percent plastic, specifically, a polymer that is 99-percent petroleum? It doesn't take a scientist to know that doesn't bode particularly well for the future of our planet. The good news is that there's a cleaner alternative. Introducing The Condor, the first post-petroleum running shoe from French footwear company VEJA. more

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Going somewhere? Pack smarter and lighter with Tasi Travels
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Going somewhere? Pack smarter and lighter with Tasi Travels

Whether you're an intrepid traveller with an incurable case of wanderlust or you're just planning a getaway without loads of baggage, Tasi Travels has you covered (literally) with clothing designed for suitcases. The jet-set inspired collection has been consciously created for those times when you need versatile pieces that breathe and roll neatly into a backpack. more

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Spoil your pupper pal with a luxe lead from Topdog Boutique
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Spoil your pupper pal with a luxe lead from Topdog Boutique

If you go out of your way to pat a pooch, involuntarily let out a high-pitched squeal if a four-legged friend looks at you cutely or happily drop dosh on your (or someone else's) doggo, it's pretty likely you're a dog person. Don't worry, there's no judgement here, we too are proud dog people. If your hound deserves to be spoilt, look no further than Brisbane's Topdog Boutique – it's an online destination for designer and pretty things for your pet pal. more