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a handy guide for families about sustainable living

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  • save moneysave the planet

    a handy guide

    for families about

    sustainable living

    by Phoenix St Childrens Centre

  • 2A Vietnamese version of this publication is also available at Phoenix Street Childrens Centre,80 Phoenix Street, North Sunshine 3020

    T: 9310 2929

    : Phoenix Street Childrens Centre

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  • a sustainable future

    This guide demonstrates the many ways that we can do our bit for the environment, such as: reducing your rubbish saving water keeping chickens planting your own fruit and vegies composting ideas, and; recycling in the home

    The more we understand the environment, the better we are able to care for it, and education is the first step the early childhood industry can take towards that.

    At Phoenix Street Childrens Centre we strive to empower children, families and the community with sustainable living principles.

    Children are our future, so teaching them about sustainability is essential to the well-being of our planet.

    We hope you find this guide useful;keep it close by for a handy reference.

    Narrelle Cahill,Director, Phoenix Street Childrens Centre

    Welcome to our user-friendly handbook with essential information about reducing household waste, and conserving water and energy in our local community.


  • Shop by looking for products with minimal packaging , or that are made from recycled materials or can be refilled, reused or recycled.

    Make gifts and cards for family and friends, rather than buying them.

    Maintain and repair clothes, toys, tools and appliances rather than replacing them with new ones.


    Hire, share and borrow items rather than buying new ones.

    Join a toy library, or swap toys with friends.Have a clothes swap party.

    Buy quality products that are durable, wont go out of fashion quickly, and that can be repaired.

    Buy rechargeable batteries so you can use them over and over again.

    Reduce simply means living more carefully so that you have less rubbish to get rid of later on(at the same time your savings will add up).


    your bin

    and save

    Did you know you can downsize your rubbish bin to an 80 litre size and pay a smaller fee? Contact Brimbank City Council for more information, or refer to the Waste and Recycling in Brimbank brochure available at the Council offices.

    Detox Your Home Centre

    Brimbank Council offers a drop off centre for a range of products which must not be placed into your house bins.

    Stadium Drive, Keilor ParkOpen Mon - Fri 9-41st Saturday of each month

    Accepted: All types of batteries, fluoro tubes, paint and motor oil, gas cylinders, TVs and computer monitors, computers, hard drives, printers, faxes, keyboards and modems.

    Q:what do I do with old batteries?

    A: take them to the detox centre


  • 5Grow your own vegetables and flowers.

    Buy food from bulk stores or markets. Take your own bags to be refilled.

    Buy fresh foods where possible and compost the scraps.

    Make foods at home instead of buying takeaways or convenience foods.

  • saving water at homeCutting back on your water usage means not only a happier environment but a lower water bill. Try these easy ways to conserve water at home. Avoid wasting drinking water from a running tap: collect it in a bottle or jug and store it in the fridge until it is cool enough to drink.

    Garbage-disposal units use about 6 litres of water per day. Put suitable food scraps into a composter or worm farm rather than down the kitchen sink.

    When you clean your fish tank, use the old nitrogen and phosphorous-rich water on your plants.

    Install a water tank to collect rainwater to water your garden.

    Cut down your shower time. Use a timer to keep your shower to less than four minutes, and save up to 90 litres per day. dishwasher tips

    Look for dishwashers that have a WELS label. The best water rating achieved by dishwashers is 6 stars.

    Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load.

    Use the rinse-hold setting on the dishwasher, if it has one, rather than rinsing dishes under the tap.

    Water saving tips WORKSHOP

    City West Water will provide information and samples of water

    saving resources.

    Contact Phoenix StreetChildrens Centre for more

    details on 9310 2929


  • tap tipsWhen washing dishes by hand, dont rinse them under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill the second one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water.

    Use washing-up liquid sparingly as this will reduce the amount of rinsing required when washing dishes by hand.

    Use a plugged sink or a pan of water. This saves running the tap continuously.

    When boiling vegetables, use enough water to cover them and keep the lid on the saucepan. Your vegetables will boil quicker and it will save you water, power, and preserve precious vitamins in the food.

    Flow-controlled aerators for taps are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%.

    Dont use running water to defrost frozen food. Ideally place food in refrigerator to defrost overnight.

    If you have a leaking tap, replace the washer or other components as required. Dripping taps can waste 30200 litres of water per day.


  • home grown eggs are tastier Shop bought eggs can be there for days or weeks. Air seeps into the porous eggshell and affects the nutrients, taste, and consistency of the eggs. Fresh eggs should have firmer whites and bright orange yolks.

    good for your compost Chicken poop is high in nitrogen which is great for your compost bin. You can even compost the used egg shells.

    they improve your garden They are natural foragers so free-range chickens will scratch the soil looking for bugs like earwigs; the same bugs that eat your summer fruits and veggies. Plus, as they turn the soil, itll aerate, break up vegetations, and accelerate the decomposing process.

    a great lesson for kids Its important that kids have a connection to their food and understand the farm-to-plate chain. They can participate in all chicken-related chores, especially egg collecting.

    why keep chickens?

    the average laying hen will produce about 300 eggs a year







    backyard chooks are healthier Factory farmed chickens are kept in confined areas and are often fed a diet with hormones and antibiotics to increase growth quickly and cheaply. The added stress of unhappy surroundings affects the taste and nutrients and the ampunts of eggs laid.

    home grown eggs are more nutritious In contrast to factory farm eggs, eggs from backyard chickens have 25 percent more vitamin E, a third more vitamin A, 75 percent more beta carotene and more omega-3 fatty acids.


  • planting guide

    Turn the page for a pull-out calendar with when to plant and harvest your own fruit and vegies.

    Stick it on your fridge for easy reference throughout the year.

    this guide is based on the weather for a temperate climate such as Melbourne



    PLANTLettuce, radish, silverbeetHARVEST

    Sweetcorn, zucchini, tomato



    Broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower


    Capsicum, eggplant, lettuce


    PLANTCelery, coriander, rocket, spinachHARVESTChilli, silverbeet, spring onion



    Broccoli, brussels sprouts, onion, peas


    Apple, apricot, beans, fig, pumpkin, radish, zucchini



    Fennel, fig, parsnip, swede


    Olive, turnip, cumquats


    Chilli, garlic, leek, turnipHARVEST

    Basil, cucumber, herbs, potato




    Beetroot, bok choy (pak choy), carrot


    Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach


    Herbs, potato, strawberry, sweet cornHARVEST

    Bok choy, cabbage, fennel, garlic, lemon, lime, orange


    Basil, capsicum, eggplant, spring onionHARVEST

    Asparagus, onion, plum, strawberry


    Asparagus, lemon, lime, olive, orange, passionfruit, rhubarbHARVEST

    Broad beans, brussels sprouts, celery, leek


    Apples, apricot, cherry, beans (French), silverbeet


    Coriander, peas, rocket


    Cucumber, pumpkin, tomato, zucchiniHARVESTArtichoke(globe), beetroot, carrot, passionfruit


  • Ingredients

    Olive oil1 brown onion, diced1 tsp cumin seeds1 tsp coriander seeds

    2 carrots, diced2 cups of pumpkin, chopped1 potato, diced1 tin tomatoes1/2 cup split red lentils

    Juice of 1/2 lemonA few coriander leaves


    Heat the oil in a soup pot over low heat. Stir in onions and saut until soft.

    Add the spices, salt and pepper and saut for a few minutes.

    Add the vegetables and lentils and enough water to just cover them. Pop the lid on and simmer until vegetables and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

    Blend with a handmixer in the pot if you want a smoother soup.

    Add lemon juice and coriander leaves just before serving.

    pumpkin, carrot & lentil soup


  • smart ways to live sustainably

    Set your thermostat to 1820C in winter.

    Set summer cooling temperatures at 26oC to maximise efficiency and save money.

    Keep your showers to less than four minutes. By