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[122] Building a Sustainable Home In the Suburbs Part 2

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

Release Date: 08/31/2018

[149] 4 Alternatives to Single Use Plastic Bin Liners show art [149] 4 Alternatives to Single Use Plastic Bin Liners

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

Many households who are making an effort to reduce the volume of single-use plastics they consume have trouble replacing one item…..the humble rubbish bin liner. In this episode I’m sharing four alternatives to single use plastic bin liners.

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[148] How Farmers Are Uniting for Climate Action show art [148] How Farmers Are Uniting for Climate Action

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

Farmers and primary producers are experts in land management and meteorology. They need to be in order to survive. In this episode I am joined by Anika Molesworth, a recognised thought-leader of agro-ecological systems resilience. She is a director of Farmers for Climate Action, a movement that puts farmers on the front lines of climate change and at the front and centre of the solutions.

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[147] How Climate Change Is Fuelling Bushfires  show art [147] How Climate Change Is Fuelling Bushfires

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

In this Episode of Eco Chat I’m joined by former Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW Greg Mullins to unpack the angriest summer of fires in Australia. We discuss how climate change is impacting the frequency and intensity of bushfires and how communities can reduce their bushfire risk in a warming world.

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[146] Improving Kids Gut Health with Jessica Donovan show art [146] Improving Kids Gut Health with Jessica Donovan

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

Gut health is the foundation of good health and it's no different when it comes to our kids.

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[145] How to Clean with Eucalyptus Oil show art [145] How to Clean with Eucalyptus Oil

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural, effective and economical way to clean your home. In part three of the Spring Cleaning Series I share many applications for cleaning with essential oil.

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[144] How to Clean with White Vinegar show art [144] How to Clean with White Vinegar

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

White vinegar is a natural, safe and economical way to clean your home. In part two of the Spring Cleaning Series I share many applications for cleaning with white vinegar in your home.

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[143] How To Remove Mould Naturally show art [143] How To Remove Mould Naturally

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

In this first episode of my Spring Cleaning Series I share how to remove mould from your home naturally without using chlorine bleach.

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[142] Why are Councils Declaring a Climate Emergency? show art [142] Why are Councils Declaring a Climate Emergency?

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

Are you curious about what the Council Climate Emergency Declaration movement entails?

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[141] How to Enjoy a Sustainable Cup of Tea show art [141] How to Enjoy a Sustainable Cup of Tea

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

I’m a tea drinker and enjoy a wide variety of herbal teas throughout the day. In fact, I often joke that there’s a tea to match my every mood!

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[140] How to Save Water in Your Bathroom show art [140] How to Save Water in Your Bathroom

Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast

With much of Australia in the grip of drought, and rainfall patterns changing worldwide with climate change, water restrictions and increasing water prices are becoming the norm. It makes financial and environmental sense to reduce water consumption at the household level, and it makes even more sense to start in the bathroom where consumption is often the highest.

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Over the past two years my husband Paul and I have been building our very own sustainable home in the suburbs of Adelaide Australia.

In this episode, Paul joins me on Eco Chat to share our biggest learnings from the process.

From polystyrene construction materials to low VOC paints, we have it all covered in this episode. We share:

- what is the most sustainable floor covering

- how we tested the soil in our yard for metal contamination

- what not to do with your rainwater tank (hint: don't get it delivered until the very moment you want it installed)

- the no.1 choice you can make to reduce volative organic componds (VOCs) in your home

- the decisions you need to make up front to ensure your home is energy efficient (hint: it doesn't include installing solar)

There's been soooooooooo many learnings along the way that I thought I'd share them with you so if you're even in the position where you're building your own sustainable home, or adding sustainable features to your existing home, you can learn from some of the things that went right, and some of the things that went wrong, with our build.

Resources Mentioned:

Building a Sustainable Home in the Suburbs Part 1: Planning and Design

Cullector Water Saving Shower

Macquarie University VegeSafe Soil Metal Testing program