Coral Bleaching

It’s happening, and it’s worse than a bleached…You know. But what exactly is it? What causes it? And why should we care? Coral and algae live a harmonious life together, like butter and bread. But when exposed to pollutants or extended periods of warmer (or cooler) ocean temperatures, the relationship can become toxic. More specifically, … Continue reading Coral Bleaching

Use Good Stuff Turns 1!

It's our first birthday!  Hello everyone, Blick here! Needless to say, this is a very special day for us. A whole year has passed since we launched this blog, and what an incredible time we've had. As we've continued our Use Good Stuff journey, we've been learning and sharing as much as we can about … Continue reading Use Good Stuff Turns 1!

What’s Wrong With Genetically Modified Organisms?

Are you bored with your ordinary goldfish? Is your fish tank feeling bland and boring? Then you need GloFish; a new and improved fish that comes in your choice of six exciting colours. Choose from galactic purple, electric green, and more! Buy the first genetically modified pet available for sale and liven up your fish … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Genetically Modified Organisms?


They are the lungs of the world, the repositories of life, and among the most wondrously beautiful places on the Earth, and we are cutting them down. Like most people, I knew deforestation was a major problem without knowing any substantial facts about it. So this is my attempt to rectify that. First of all, … Continue reading Deforested

Save The Bees!

Bees are incredible! During my research I have discovered so many amazing facts about bees that I had no idea about. There are 20,000 species of bee; the common honeybee is just one of them. They don’t all live in hives; some bees are a solitary species. They are also quite intelligent; honey bees perform … Continue reading Save The Bees!

Power To The People

A couple of months ago you may have heard of an announcement from a company called Tesla; the ‘Powerwall’! It’s a good name, it sounds like something Donald Trump would build his mansions out of. But in actuality, it is very large battery you can install in your own home. Your instant reaction may be … Continue reading Power To The People

Cheaper Than Talk

How is oil so cheap?! Really. Have you ever considered just how inexpensive it is? You can fill up your car, drive hundreds of kilometres in your own private bubble set at just the temperature you like, play your own personal soundtrack through your own personal sound system or, failing that, tune into the veritable … Continue reading Cheaper Than Talk

More Omnipresent Than God

Plastic. You can’t avoid it. You’re probably touching some right now. If you eat fish you could be digesting some right now. It’s everywhere! And there’s a reason for this; plastic is incredible. I love etymology, so it brings me great joy to tell you that the word plastic has its origins in the Greek … Continue reading More Omnipresent Than God

Introducing James van Dyk

Hello there! I’m James and I’ll be writing about the "why". That is, all the reasons you should Use Good Stuff backed up with logic, facts, and empirical evidence. I am a recent graduate from the University of Canterbury, receiving a BSc majoring in Mathematics and Physics, which may go some way towards explaining my … Continue reading Introducing James van Dyk