May 25, 2020

We are very excited to be partnering with Treasure Hunting, an online database of second hand shops around New Zealand. This is essentially what I wanted my second hand map to become but ran out of resources and time (and skills!) to make it happen. Stoked that Kirsten...

April 28, 2020

With the current Covid 19 situation it may be a few more weeks before second hand stores can reopen and when they do, they may have numerous challenges to overcome such as volunteer availability, dumping of goods and new health and safety procedures. Quite a few stores...

March 16, 2020

Almost all shop brought crackers come in plastic and often recipes contain flour and dairy. Here is a simple seed cracker recipe that can be made with bulk bin ingredients. 

Seedy Crackers
Vegan, Gluten Free and Nut Free

150g   Sunflower seeds
125g   Pumpkin seeds
75g...

March 9, 2020

Join the Fashion Revolution and start supporting slow fashion - avoid brands that exploit workers and damage the environment. 

What can we do as consumers?

1) Consider what we are buying

Thing about what it is made of, where has it come from and does the cost reflect...

June 12, 2019

As some of you may have noticed... I have been a little busy with other projects (namely, Remix Plastic) over the past 6 months. That is why I am now opening Eco Oikos up to guest writers to keep the second hand shopping and sustainability living buzz alive! 

I have wri...

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year everyone! 

The past 6 months has been quiet on my Eco Oikos second hand and zero waste blogs as I have been busy setting up my business and launching numerous projects.

To give you a bit of a run down, my business, Clever Green is an umbrella company for p...

November 5, 2018

Do you know about soap nuts? If not, you should! 

I learnt about them a while ago for use in washing machines in place of laundry detergent. I didn't need them as I use laundry liquid I make from laundry soap, but then later found out that you can use soap nuts for way...

July 22, 2018

This is possibly the most exciting project to date! Chocolate is one thing that I cannot find a way to go without... whenever I am upset and my most vulnerable to caving on my plastic free lifestyle, I end up buying a block of chocolate (not even Trade Aid compostable...

June 30, 2018

I am sure many of you will be well aware of Plastic Free July! For anyone that isn't familiar with this international event check out their website. It is a campaign to encourage people to reduce their plastic use for 1 month, with the main driver being that people wil...

May 6, 2018

Thanks to everyone that came along to the Plastic Free workshop in New Brighton. As some of you know, I had a stall with homemade cleaning products. I make what I can for our household and have found it is a lot cheaper than buying cleaners and saves on a lot of waste....

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