Plastic Paradise – June movie

The perfect movie to motivate us for Plastic Free July (and onwards). It takes us on a journey to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way, scientists, celebrities, legislators, and activists shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.

Plastic movie


Our 2nd 100 Mile Meal @ Kinfolk (local as!)

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND for one last outdoor gathering in the Kinfolk Cafe Gardens.

February’s 100 Mile Meal was our first attempt to socialise and collect new ideas with catering. It worked! One exciting outcome was an offer by Vera Ross to run a workshop to show people how to make their own natural skincare creams (booking details further down). Some people reportedly were disappointed there wasn’t more opportunity to mix & mingle so we’ve taken that feedback on board as well. Once again, $20 pp with meat or vegetarian options (and don’t forget, Kinfolk are always willing to cater for special dietary needs. Just contact them to make arrangements) BYO favourite drinks as well.

MENU  (coming soon)

Vegetarian OR Meat option (plus catering for special dietary needs by private arrangement)

BOOKINGS  (see Eventbrite RSVP link on right sidebar of page)

Knitting Nannas needed for crafty activism

Desperate times call for creative protests and it doesn’t get much more creative than knitting! Combine your craft and your passion against fracking, gas and greed (and get scones)

Anyone keen to be part of a Hills Loop? You don’t even need top be a Nanna – all ages can join the knit ins!

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What: KNAG (Knitting Nannas Against Gas … or fracking)  Perth Loop Inaugural Meeting
When: Sat 12th March, 10 am
Where: Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth – easy stroll from CIty West train station and there should be enough free parking available.

What else:
Bring a Name Tag if you have one, otherwise we’ll sticker.
Do invite interested friends, neighbours, church and craft group members and family members to come along.
If the weather is fine I suggest we roll over to the little park across the street and sit by the waterfall. Bring camping chair for that occasion if you have. I’ll bring a few extra.
Plan for the morning:
* Have fun
* Get to know each other and the skeletal plan to ‘knit over Perth’, or crochet, or quilt or embroider.
* Plot out how to proceed – e.g. NOR group, SOR group, or Northern, Central, Southern groups? & How to set up for all hands on deck opportunities such as the big LNG conference coming up in April
* Bring nibbles / drinks / crafting as desired
We are also working with local people on (re)establishing groups in the South West and in the Cervantes -> Moora area, so spread the word in those directions too.
Exciting. Hope many of you can make it!

100 Mile Meal – a very mellow evening

The inaugural 100 Mile Meal @ Kinfolk was a brilliant, relaxed success!

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Our very first free range gathering (ie. purely social, no agendas or even movies!!) It was a wonderful combination of great venue, great company, and a superb, balmy, summer evening. If there was a tiny agenda, it was to widen the conversation about what Hills people envision locally in the transition to a more sustainable, life-centred future. Big tick there!

So … lots of discussion and ideas for future local projects (and not too late to send in yours either).  Jenny invited people to join in the support team (along with having initial dialogue with Mundaring Shire about Divestment of funds from fossil fuels; Vera offered to show people how to make their own natural skincare creams (that one filled up fast!); Selene spoke about the gathering of Transition groups from around the Metro area; Amanda from Wasteless Pantry joined in and shared how much support locals have given to their bold packaging-free venture in Mundaring.

Possibly the best part of the evening: being able to come together to share ideas, good food, nice wine AND support businesses with similar values-based vision.

Especial Thanks to the amazing Kinfolk team JODIE, MARK & CHEF JIM who went above & beyond the original brief. Just look at all the amazing information they provided about the local food suppliers.

100 Mile Meal Kinfolks suppliers and ethos

Want to be part of a Garden & Produce Share?

On Wed 21 Oct – along with the Fair FOOD documentary – we’re testing out our first GARDEN & PRODUCE SHARE before launching a Sunday morn event. Bring along your surplus: plants, seeds, produce, garden mags, egg cartons, jars etc. All free to share (movie as usual by donation to support venue costs ) Discussion also after doco.

Garden & Produce Share

“Your Final Footprint” – summary


A brief summary of the August presentation to the Voluntary Simplicity group by Joy Thom

What is the most climate friendly way to dispose of our body once we have done with it? The evidence is not clear. Cremation uses a lot of energy since the temperature needs to remain high for a considerable time to ensure that the bones turn to ash. Also there are direct emissions from the burning during the process. On the other hand burial can involve expensive metal lined, high quality wood coffins, expensive headstones and on-going maintenance of the burial ground.
Two other body disposal techniques are available in other countries:

Promession – dissolving with liquid nitrogen and

Aquamation – dissolving in alkaline water. 

Both leave a non toxic substance suitable for the garden. Unfortunately they are not available in Perth.
In WA the best option currently available is natural burial. There are areas set aside at both Fremantle and Pinnaroo for this. For a natural burial the coffin must be made of an easily decomposable fibre such as  bamboo or banana skins.  There must be no metal in the coffin. Headstones are not allowed although there is a wall for remembrance plaques.  Flowers are not allowed.
For some options see: