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Nyree Bekarian

Nyree Bekarian

Nyree Bekarian holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and has a background in cellular biology and immunology. Nyree’s focus is on bridging the gap between scientific data and consumer understanding.  She was drawn…

Nicole Bijlsma

Nicole Bijlsma

Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. She first became interested in building biology as a result of two events that occurred in her life: the first was when she began to notice…

Cate Burton

Cate Burton

Cate is a long term devotee of sustainable, chemical free living and to that end, set up Queen B Beeswax Candles over a decade ago. She is also a self-professed control freak.  And whilst there’s a lot that you can’t…

Joanna Cozens

Joanna Cozens

Joanna Cozens is one half of the duo behind www.dailyorganic.com.au. Up until a couple of years ago, she and her husband Dave were like many Australians and took the worn path to the supermarket, stuffed their trolley full of stuff…

Sonia Donaldson

Sonia Donaldson

Sonia Donaldson is a passionate mum on a mission.  She wants to change the world, one family at a time. ‘Healthy, Happy and Holistic’ is her catch phrase and goal in life. Sonia is the creator and writer at Natural…

Katy Farber

Katy Farber

Katy Farber is the author of Eat Non-Toxic: a manual for busy parents and blogs at Non-Toxic Kids, which she started in 2007 after the birth of her second daughter.  She was constantly reading about environmental health, green living, and…

Melissa Goodwin

Melissa Goodwin

Melissa Goodwin is the creator of the Australian website, Frugal and Thriving and author of the eBook, Plan Cook Save. “Frugal living started out as a necessity when I left home. As a student earning a casual income, I had…

Jo Hegerty

Jo Hegerty

Jo Hegerty has been a magazine editor, travel writer and brand manager. These days, you’re likely to find her mucking out the chicken coop, baking bread or overspending at her local tip’s treasure market. In addition to writing for wonderful…

Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is a Sydney-based journalist specialising in music, travel, arts and health and wellbeing. She has written for many major papers and publishers, including ABC online, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian UK, the Guardian Australia, The…

Tricia Hogbin

Tricia Hogbin

Through her work in threatened species conservation, Tricia has seen first-hand the destructive impact our consumer culture has on the environment. She’s passionate about living a life that is less about consumption and more about meaning, connection and happiness. “I’ve…

Katharine Koeppen

Katharine Koeppen

Katharine Koeppen, RA, LMT, NCTMB, is a nationally registered aromatherapist, seasoned clinician, author and educator with twenty years in aromatic practice.  In 2000, she founded Aromaceuticals®, a company dedicated to providing artisan-distilled essential oils for clinical professionals and aromatherapy enthusiasts.…

Dr. Teray Garchitorena Kunishi

Dr. Teray Garchitorena Kunishi

From doing energy work with Tibetan nuns in India, to volunteering for sustainable agriculture in the Philippines, to interning at a water fasting retreat center, Dr. Teray Garchitorena Kunishi has spent most of her life exploring what it means to…

Dr Sarah Lanzt

Dr Sarah Lanzt

Dr Sarah Lantz is a health writer, researcher, presenter, nutritionist, and all-round chemical conscious nut. She grew up on a farm where family holidays were scheduled around the timing of tree-ripened fruit. Rare was an evening when her family were…

Vanessa Layton

Vanessa Layton

After completing a degree in law, Vanessa grabbed a backpack and travelled the world, ending up in England. Food scares in the UK (mad cow disease, anyone?) got her thinking and researching ingredients and sources of products she was using.…

Kirsten McCulloch

Kirsten McCulloch

Kirsten McCulloch is both a contributor to and the editor of Less Toxic Living. Kirsten’s interest in living less toxically was first piqued when she was trying to get pregnant. Having been told in her early twenties that she might…

Andrea Muse

Andrea Muse is a Registered Nurse turned Frugally Sustainable Homemaker. She writes at Frugally Sustainable, which she describes as the story of her family’s ‘transition out of a consumer culture into the brave world of sustainability’. You can download her…

Alexx Stuart

Alexx Stuart

From luxury cosmetics to being a folk singer songwriter, famed cocktail bartender, training, consulting and running a boutique events business: you’d think that would be enough for some in the first 20 years of career. Well, there was still something…

Alicia Voorhies

Alicia Voorhies

Alicia’s journey toward safer living started in 2006 when Joanie, one of the Land sisters, moved to South Carolina with her husband and baby boy. She called home one morning after taking her son to their new pediatrician where she…

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is a journalist and TV presenter who writes about ‘how to make life better’. She describes herself as on a mission to find ways to make life bigger, more meaningful, nicer, smarter, healthier. Sarah is the author of…