Kia Ora from Kmart. Online shopping is here.

Article by: Eco Mailbox

Kmart fans you can now shop from the comfort of your home anywhere in the country.

Kmart New Zealand’s online store launched earlier today just days before its newest store opens in Petone.

Clothing can only be ‘viewed’ but to start you can shop homewares, toys, baby merchandise, sporting goods, electronics and pet merchandise.

Take a look at its new website. As always, there’s lots of great finds.

Kmart are offering nationwide delivery between two and four days, and 28 day returns on all goods.

We’re happy to see as a major retailer both here and in Australia, Kmart is committed to an ethical sourcing programme, scoring a ‘B’ on the Ethical Fashion Report 2017.

Read more about the ethical sourcing programme here.

Nice one Kmart.co.nz! Happy shopping.

Garden tips from Kings Plant Barn – Companion Plants

Article by: Eco Mailbox

Growing companion plants in and around your veggie garden is a great way to help keep your edible plants happy and healthy.

‘Repellent’ Plants

Plant them near your veggies to lesson the likelihood of pest incursions. These plants through various means (including smells and the secretion of chemicals into the soil) help ward off various insect pests.

Plants that help repel pests include: Chives, Marigolds, Leeks, Lemongrass, Onions, Garlic and Pyrethrum.

Top Companion Plants

Alliums (garlic, onions, leeks, etc.)

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Aside from being essential in the Kitchen, the plants of the allium family help repel/distract slugs, snails, aphids and carrot flies and are good to plant around fruit trees, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, brassicas and carrots.

Alyssum

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An attractive low growing honey scented plant. The white alyssum readily self seeds and fills up gaps in your garden. The plant draws in a wide range of beneficial insects including some that eat aphids.

Basil

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Acts as an attractant for butterflies when it flowers, repels/distracts flies and mosquitoes, and also tastes great. It is a great herb to plant next to tomatoes for not only do they compliment each other taste-wise, but it is also believed to helps repel a variety of pests and diseases and improve the flavour of the tomatoes grown nearby/

Read the full article here for more tips

Christmas on a budget! Gifts $30 and under for kids

Article by: Eco Mailbox

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NZ Blogger and Instagrammer Natasha from Wynter Designs has created a wish list of favourite children’s gifts that are $30 or under!

All by NZ brands we love. Visit the full article with her tips and recommendations and shop straight from her blog

Also take a peek at her beautiful collection at Wynter Designs

1.Mini Made 

Wooden Sling Shots ($30.00)

2. Arch and Co

Peggies retail from $15-20.

3. Thomas Pie

$14 each so you could get two pairs for under $30!

4. Hazy Prints Studio

They retail for $28.00.

5. Lapin and Wolf 

All prints are $10! Best time to stock up for gifts or just room decor – go check them out!

6. Fox + Lilly

Fox + Lilly have such a great range for children! They have so many items for under $30, like toy cameras ($22.00), leather crowns ($23.00), and of course the Snap Backs ($27.00).

7. Little Poppy P

These gorgeous feathers are my favorite and are just $30 each.

8. Jamie Kay

Each item is made out of a soft cotton/modal blend and they are all priced under $30.

9. Ecomonkey

Their “play dough” are Eco Friendly, and made with natural ingredients. Safe for the little ones in case they decide to eat it too!

Meet Paul from Oke Charity- Helping Grow Mighty Kids

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Meet Paul Dickson
I’m Paul Dickson, the Founder/Chief Go Getter at OKE Charity and I live in Papatoetoe, Auckland. Originally from Birmingham, England and probably my highlight of the last couple of weeks is getting up early on a Sunday morning with my little son and watching highlights of the English Premier League (although I support Birmingham City who are no longer in the top flight…sadface).
Top Tips on being a Sustainable Thinking Dad
1. Use cloth nappies as opposed to disposable – messier job but the landfill thanks you
2.Grow your own food, kids love it and teaches them so much good stuff
3. Don’t throw away your coffee cups, use them as plant pots
4.Get outside as much as possible and away from the TV
5.Invest in a worm bin, easiest form of composting
6.Cook your own ready meals (make a large batch and freeze meals)
7.Recently discovered you can make your own peanut butter…love it
8.Make sure those tyres on your car aren’t flat, it really does impact your petrol tank
9.Save money to travel with your kid, its the best education
10.Share stuff with your neighbours, yes, it does mean saying hello to them to start with.
More about Paul’s Work 
I started the OKE Charity because I see a real need to bring back old skool values, which includes much-needed life and social skills. Gardening is a great way to get kids to interact as well as learn life basic skills.
The master plan for OKE is to have kids up and down New Zealand getting stuck into their own school gardens and encouraging their parents to get gardening at home.
You can help support OKE Charity next month by signing up to register a team or simply donating to the awesome fundraisers supporting the cause. Learn more about their annual event Head2Head Walk here

 

Wasteless living with Candace Weir

Article by: Eco Mailbox

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Meet Candace Weir

I am a mother of three girls and I live in Glen Innes Auckland.
Getting informed about waste (recycling, organic waste and landfill) has made me rethink and re-evaluate my way of living. In effect this has enriched mine and my families’ life from reducing our living costs, improving our health and provided opportunities to give back to our community here in Tāmaki.
Any moment that I can spare you will find me in a garden (mine or the community garden) composting or reaping the rewards from my vege patch.
Top tips to wasteless living and doing better for our environment
  • compost food scraps
  • avoid where possible single use packaging
  • use reusable shopping bags
  • buy second hand
  • recycle
  • buy from bulk bins using own bags/containers
  • grow your own fruit and vegetables
  • join a community garden
  • eat real food
  • cook at home
  • bake or make something you would usually buy
  • use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning
  • use cloth wipes and cloth nappies

Check out Candace’s blog where you’ll find great home made recipes, DIY tricks and photos of her garden and finds.