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Nicola Turner

Behaviour Changer

Nic is on a mission to normalise mindful consumption.
After a corporate career understanding shopper behaviour to get us to buy more, she’s now all about understanding human behaviour to get us to consume less. It’s better for our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet.

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Sustainable Baby Checklist

I remember walking into a baby store when I was pregnant with my first child. I had no idea why I was there...

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Plant powered

Living lightly on the planet isn’t about being perfect. It's about figuring out how to do a bit better, in ways that suit us.

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Green Wellbeing

A sustainable lifestyle has been better for the wellbeing of the planet, but it has been undeniably better for my own wellbeing in many ways

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Good Money

We can be blissfully unaware that our money is being used to invest in things with harmful consequences. The great news is...

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Navigating Gift Giving

When you really strip it back, giving gifts is all about showing love, appreciation and gratitude. It’s a beautiful act of human connection.

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Slow furniture

I love my second-hand couch. It’s at least 50 years old and built to last. I’ve had it recovered and repaired...

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Travelling lighter

Holiday, vacation, road-trip, mini-break – whatever you call it, there is something magical about getting away and exploring new places.

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Living lightly with Pets

I’ve learnt that ‘living a bit lighter on the planet’ isn’t a solo sport. We have the most impact when we bring others with us...

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Waste Reduction 101

Reducing the waste we throw away is a really tangible way to cut down on our environmental impact.

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I’m not really into labels, but when I heard the term ‘locavore’ it really resonated with me and my approach to food.

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My Little Green Book

I was recently asked if I had a ‘Little Green Book’ – a directory of all of my favourite resources.

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Pre-loved fashion

Most of my wardrobe is second-hand – I mean, why not? There are already enough clothes out there.

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Creating ripples of change

Sometimes on a Friday I get takeaway sushi for lunch. I always grab a plate from the office kitchen to take with me.

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Skip a trip

These days, supermarkets are open 7 days a week and sometimes even 24 hours a day.

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The repair buzz or feel good repairs

My six-year-old frequently has visible repairs on his clothing. Recently I watched on as another classmate started pointing and laughing...

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Climate Action

The term climate change can feel really difficult to reconcile on a personal level.

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Easing into Compost

Almost every sustainable living guide in existence will likely instruct you to start composting. And rightly so...

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Over and over again

A few years ago, the Collins Dictionary word of the year was ‘single use’ – which is a pretty big indication of how disposable we’ve become.

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Conscious celebrations

Celebrations are a wonderful part of being human. They bring us together, connect us, and offer a chance to reflect on the busyness of life.

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Eco-conscious kids

When it comes to living a bit lighter on the planet, I’ve realised that raising eco-conscious kids is a big part of what I can contribute.

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Nuturing nature

We have a kōwahi tree in our backyard. It grows on a weird angle, and when we first moved in I seriously contemplated pulling it out.

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It’s nice to share

A friend was talking about buying a sewing machine. When I suggested she borrow mine, she felt uncomfortable.

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Getting around

In New Zealand our car ownership rate is one of the highest in the OECD and each year, we drive a collective 49 billion kilometres.

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Taming packaging waste

Packets, pouches, pottles, bottles, bags, wrappers, tubes, containers… it’s easy for our rubbish and recycling bins to fill up...

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A Consciously Simple Christmas

Christmas creates a strange combination of joy and dread in me. For most of us it’s such a magical time of year...

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Benchtop Gardening

Growing your own food is amazing. It's super nutritious, no food miles or packaging waste, connects us with nature & builds soil health.

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We live in a time when we can have almost anything we want, any time we want, and even delivered to our doorstep if we choose.

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Clean & simple

Underneath my kitchen sink was once a cluttered apothecary of cleaning products. And was almost a different option for every room & surface.

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School lunches made simple

I’d love to say that school mornings in our house are some zen experience where I curate beautiful wholefood, waste-free lunchboxes...

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When you read some of the recent food waste statistics, it makes me feel like maybe we’ve lost our way a bit when it comes to our food.

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Clothing connection

When I was 8 years old, my Mum took me shopping for a new outfit to wear to the school disco...

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A lighter Easter

Easter is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me a bit. I know it’s coming, and look forward to a few extra days...

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