Author Archives: Hayley

About Hayley

Hayley is a community blogger on the ripple effect and an Environmental Science student at Deakin University.

Let’s Keep Winter Cool!

So I have been spending a lot of time not doing my University work which is really, really bad but there is something I only get to do a couple of months of the year, and I want to make the most of the time I can have with it. This “it” is snow. Oh how I love snow! My parents say the first time I visited the snow I cried. The second

Happy World Environment Day – think.eat.save!

Happy World Environment Day everyone! This year’s theme is think.eat.save. According to the UNEP website, think.eat.save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your footprint. Did you know that (according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted

Late Autumn, early Winter in the garden and Chinese Chicken

I think late autumn and early winter is truly is one of my favourite times of the year. I love the beautiful display nature puts on for us to admire and I love the crispness as the summer heat subsides. My favourite F’s are at the market – figs and fennel – fantastic! Even though it is getting cooler, there is still so much you can do in

Wishing You A Sustainable Easter

Hot Cross BunsI was time wasting on Facebook the other day when a photo of the ingredients of some hot cross buns came up from a large Australian supermarket chain. Alongside the photo was a description: “Avoid palm oil products this Easter!” I had given little thought to palm oil deforestation and Orang-utan habitat loss over my last

Waste not, want not

Plastics in landfillThis week I started back at University. One day as I was sitting down munching on my lunch purchased from a certain sandwich chain, my eyes fell upon the plastic bag and paper wrapping the sandwich had come in. These two items, although small and fairly insignificant, were only going to be used

An Elephant Getaway

Rumruay the elephantAcross Asia, there are less than 33,000 elephants remaining in the wild. Since the logging ban in Thailand in the 1980’s, elephants and their mahouts, or keeper, have had to struggle to survive. An elephant is expensive to feed (it costs over 600 baht a day to feed an elephant) and to care for, and if they are unable to make any money an elephant can become a financial burden on the mahout and his or her family.