Our household waste increases A LOT around Christmas. Keep our planet happy and indulge this Christmas sustainably. Here are a few ideas on how you can do so!


1 – GO NATURAL

The fewer products you purchase that contain chemicals and nasty’s, the fewer chemicals go down the drain. By incorporating natural products into your day to day routine, you’re reducing the risk of water pollution and playing your part in keeping our environment thriving and happy. Give someone a gift that makes them feel good about themselves with natural products!

Our Lemon Myrtle Oil + Manuka Honey Castile Hand Wash is a perfect example with 100% naturally derived ingredients and proudly Australian made. We absolutely love the refreshing scent in every spurt; treat your loved one to this luxurious product and transform washing your hands into an experience.


2 – REDUCE YOUR FOOD WASTAGE

Did you know that the average food wastage bill in Australia sits at $20 billion a year? And as a nation, we waste 7.3 million tonnes of food each year? This makes Australia the world’s fourth highest food waster per capital (Ozharvest.com.au).

Food Wastage effects everything – Water, Land, Money, Labour and Energy. For Christmas this year we can not only show our friends and family love, but our planet too. 

 A few ways you can do this, is by:

  • Use up all your food in your freezer prior to Christmas, freeing up extra space for new leftovers
  • Shop with a list & Plan your meals – Christmas shopping can sometimes be overwhelming. Get your ideas onto paper and create yourself a meal planner or shopping list
  • Turn your leftovers into something yummy; if you’ve run out of ideas, go to Oz Harvest and check out to get some ‘Wasty Recipes’


3 – DONATE ANY UNWANTED GIFTS & FOOD:

Christmas is a time for giving and spending time with your loved ones. However, for those who are doing it tough, Christmas can be extremely isolating. This year in particular with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s more important than ever to look out for one another and support those who need it most. Why not this year, replace the traditional gift giving and donate your gifts to charity.

Have you been gifted something that just isn’t right for you? Have you got an excess of leftover food? Here are a few different charities playing their part, to help you play yours, to give back this year!!

  • The Salvation Army provides sources for donation of both gifts and food. Every year the Smith family donate 64,000 hampers and vouchers; as well as 160,000 meals to families and individuals in need. By contributing to this cause, you are enabling a family to experience a warmer and more fulfilled Christmas.
  • Another charity supporting this idea of Donating gifts this year is The Smith Family. ‘The Toy and Book’ appeal is your opportunity to bring Christmas to life and put a smile on those children who are disadvantaged. There are a number of ways you can do this- whether it be making a donation, purchasing a gift from their online Charity gift catalogue or volunteering your time.
  • World Vision are also on board, and recognise this importance of the festive season and giving back. Make your mark across the world and ensure children and youth have access to quality education or help to protect children affected by the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami crisis. Want to keep things local and in the country? Support Indigenous Australians with their literacy and numeracy- your $50 donation will go towards resources for children in playgroup sessions. 


4 – SUPPORT LOCAL AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES:

COVID-19 has impacted the entire world – it has changed up the way we live our day-to-day lives – not to mention how we celebrate with our family and friends. It’s been a tough year for small businesses with many having to close over the lockdown period losing countless sales and customers. This year for Christmas, why not explore the idea of supporting local Australian businesses to help them get back on their feet. The following are a few ways you can do so:

  • Feasting Locally: Support local Aussie farmers and source your fruit and veg for your Christmas lunch or dinner through local producers. This could be by going to your local butcher, farmers markets or sourcing Australian wines. 
  • Organise a Kris Kringle: whether that be with your family or between your friends – add the challenge of only gifting Australian made products. Set a centralised budget and you’re good to go!
  • Instead of a physical gift, gift an experience. Take the family down to the National Park or treat mum to a weekend away at an Australian Winery.
  • A gift for someone who already has everything: something for the garden. Make an outing out of it and head to your local nursery, go to your local farmers market or even a local arts and crafts centre and buy that special someone in your life; something they are able to nurture and watch grow over the Christmas period and beyond.

Sharing all these experiences and brands online through your socials media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is totally free of charge and an awesome way that you can continue to support and help local Aussie businesses thrive. If you have a great experience with a brand why not share it! This will not only be great exposure for the brand but will help other customers like you to find great Australian products!



5 – THINK SOLAR POWER:

Traditionally the house that was covered in the most Christmas lights, was considered to be the best and would draw the attention of families and crowds from the streets. However, times have changed, and with the cost of electricity continuously increasing – not only is it a waste of natural resources, but also impacts our environment tremendously.

This year, consider things such as: 

  • Reducing the size of your outdoor displays 
  • Set time limits to when you turn your Christmas lights on and off, as opposed to leaving them on all night and day
  • Use LED Lights: LED use up to 95% less energy than other traditional styled bulbs
  • Solar Powered Christmas lights are a good way of using natural sunlight to light up your house and save your electricity bills

We hope you enjoyed these helpful tips for enjoying Christmas sustainably! What changes will you make in your home?

Lots of love Freshwater Farm xx

Hi friends, how are we all keeping during these times? What are you doing to stay busy and healthy? We thought we would share with you how our beautiful Lemon Myrtle Oil is made, since so many of you have been LOVING it in our newest body bar, Lemon Myrtle Oil + Manuka Honey.

The first step of course is to gather the fresh Lemon Myrtle! Lemon Myrtle is actually called Backhousia Citriodora, this is the botanical name commonly used in ingredient lists or when referring to the therapeutic properties of the oil. We have an abundance of Lemon Myrtle plantations at our lovely farm on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. We just love the smell of Lemon Myrtle and knew it would be a perfect essential oil to include in our products.

The next step is where the distilling fun begins! Once the Lemon Myrtle has been harvested, it is placed into a large vessel. A second vessel, filled with water, is then heated to produce steam which travels into the vessel containing the Lemon Myrtle plants. The steam will extract the essential oils from the Lemon Myrtle and allow the essential oil molecules to rise to the top of the vessel.

The steam containing the essential oil molecules is then transferred through a cold “condenser.” This cooling will convert the steam back to water, which is moved to a final vessel containing floral water at the bottom and the essential oil at the top. Think of it like Rose Oil and Rosewater, the Rosewater is just less potent with the essential oil.

The Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is then transported back to our factory on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, to be made into soap for all of you lovely people! We highly recommend trying our Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey Body Bar, the smell is just gorgeous and not to mention Lemon Myrtle is extremely beneficial to the skin with antioxidants, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

We hope you enjoyed this little insight into how we craft our products! Do you have a favourite essential oil? Comment below!

Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo

Hello!! Shoutout to all of our eco friendly earth loving friends!

If you’re looking for a few tips to help you lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, this is the perfect article for you! These tips are simple and easy changes we can ALL make to our lives to help look after our planet.

LOOK FOR NATURALLY DERIVED PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Think about it, any chemicals or nasties in your personal care products end up flowing straight from your drain into the ocean. This is extremely harmful to marine eco systems and especially coral reefs which are the main provider of oxygen to our earth! Check out our Body Bars and Washes which are 100% naturally derived!

BE PACKAGING CONSCIOUS

Try look out for items with reusable or recyclable packaging. This is a small way you can reduce your impact on the earth by minimising the waste you leave. For example if you forget your water bottle and you have to buy one on the go, try opting for a cardboard or glass packaged water. Our Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are also a great way to do to reduce waste. They come in a fully biodegradable and recyclable packaging instead of a plastic bottle like a regular liquid shampoo. They are also made with around 68% less water than a liquid formula!

SWITCH OFF THE WATER WHILE YOU LATHER

Cut down on your water wastage by turning off the water in the shower whilst you lather soap on your body and apply shampoo or conditioner. Switching off the water flow for even a minute can make a world of difference.

CUT DOWN ON ANIMAL PRODUCTS

The animal farming industry is one of the largest contributors to water waste and green house gas emissions, in fact according to some studies it produces more green house gas than all the planes, cars, trucks and ships combined WORLDWIDE. Following a plant based lifestyle is not only better for our planet but better for your body and health. Eating a plant based diet will reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol significantly and improving your energy levels. We understand that changing to a completely Vegan diet can be challenging so even choosing a couple days a week to follow this diet can make a big difference. You can also opt for Vegan friendly skin and body care products. We have a large selection of Vegan products at Freshwater Farm.

BRING YOUR OWN

This one is super super easy to do but will have such a huge impact! Bring your own reusables when you are eating or drinking out to reduce the waste you create. This includes (but is of course not limited to) items such as metal straws, keep cups, wooden utensils and reusable shopping bags. You can find all of these items at a wide range of stores including Woolworths and Coles. Keep these items in your bag for use on the go and that way you can say no that plastic fork for your lunch or the paper cup for your morning coffee!

We hope these tips can help you to reduce your eco footprint. What changes have you made to your lifestyle to be more eco friendly? Share your top tips in the comments below!

Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo