SHOW ME THE MONEY – An Insider’s Guide to Garden Savings

When I started gardening, I thought it would be a great way to save money. I thought for sure that by growing my own vegetables and fruit I was certainly cutting out the middle man and that that would be reflected in my bank balance immediately. Don’t get me wrong, growing your own is going … Continue reading SHOW ME THE MONEY – An Insider’s Guide to Garden Savings

Save Our Soles – Ethical and Sustainable Footwear

We’ve covered ethical clothing and fast fashion, so now it makes sense to move on to the feet! Footwear is a tricky one. Quality, affordable shoes can be hard to find at the best of times. Add other criteria like sustainable, ethical, and vegan, and the pool starts getting pretty empty! This especially seems to … Continue reading Save Our Soles – Ethical and Sustainable Footwear

2016 – Make It Green!

Hello everybody and welcome back to Use Good Stuff for 2016! The new year is when a lot of us start setting new  goals - whether we stick to them or not, the intentions are good! If you still have room on your list for a few more resolutions, how about adding in some new … Continue reading 2016 – Make It Green!

This Time It’s Personal – Our 50th Post!

Woah, 50 posts! That's a cool little milestone and we are quite proud of it, so this week for our 50th post we thought we would do something a bit different. We are nearing the end of the year, and it's about this time that we find ourselves thinking and reflecting about the past 12 … Continue reading This Time It’s Personal – Our 50th Post!

More Than Meats The Eye – Environmental Vegetarianism

This month, I turned over a new leaf. A leaf that, prior to my going green journey, I genuinely never thought I would turn. Growing up in a typical small-town NZ household, there was no such thing as a vegetarian meal. We were meat and 3 veg most nights of the week, with a fish … Continue reading More Than Meats The Eye – Environmental Vegetarianism

Deforested

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

Overfished

With the daffodils bursting, blossoms lining the streets, and the ever-longer hours of sunshine, my anticipation for the beach in summer is rising. As with many New Zealanders, I couldn’t imagine life without being able to visit the beach regularly in summer. The sea almost feels like a second home. To the animals for which … Continue reading Overfished

Go Green Expo-erience

The Go Green Expo was on in Christchurch this past weekend, and of course the Use Good Stuff team were there prowling around. We started off the day running behind schedule, because E Cus gave me the incorrect car-pool-pick-up address. This isn't important information, I just wanted to tell everyone. We were at the expo just … Continue reading Go Green Expo-erience

July Round-Up

July has certainly been a bit cold and miserable here in Christchurch. I'm currently at my desk listening to a very blustery wind, eating some tasty soup, finishing off some red wine... Maybe it's not all bad 🙂 It's been another busy few weeks on the blog. We have had our first posts submitted from a … Continue reading July Round-Up