Nicola Saltman

Environmental sustainability and communications professional, Freelance writer at The Good Type, enthusiastic paddle-boarder

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A force for good in fashion: Interview with Sandra Capponi

Melbourne girl and co-founder of the global digital platform Good on You, Sandra Capponi is a pioneering force in the field of sustainable fashion.

She was crowned one of the world's top-50 "badass women" last year by America’s InStyle magazine, alongside pop star Rihanna, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg and Google CFO Ruth Porat. The list celebrates women from around the world who are driving change in fields such as science, social justice and politics.

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Plastic Free July - Free Online Event Series

Keen to reduce your waste, learn about sustainable fashion and give single-use plastics the flick from the comfort of your home?

Join us for our Plastic Free July online series. All activities are online and free, but bookings are essential (please click individual links below for details).

Meet author and passionate zero waste/plastic-free living advocate Lindsay Miles from Treading my Own Path. Whether you’re new to low waste living or a seasoned pro, you won’t want to miss this conversation with Lindsay.

In this online DIY workshop you’ll learn how to make simple toothpaste and deodorant recipes that won’t harm you or the environment.

The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution, its worldwide effects and how we can be part of the solution.

Join this fun and creative workshop and learn how to craft persuasive messages to MPs on recycled paper and handmade envelopes, asking for a ban on SUPS.

In this online demonstration and Q&A session you will learn everything you need to know about beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are a great way to reduce the use of plastic cling wrap to keep foods fresh.

Gather some mates and snacks, put your knowledge to test, have some laughs and win great prizes at our Plastic Free July trivia night.

Hear from the experts like Sandra Capponi (Good on You), Alex van Os (Op Shop to Runway), and Timothy Goh (The Social Outfit) with moderator Clare Press (Wardrobe Crisis), as they unpack the issues in our collective wardrobes and practical solutions to stylish and sustainable fashion.

Learn simple sewing mending techniques and make the clothes you love last longer. NO sewing machine necessary but there will be demonstrations of repairs done by machine as well as handsewing. 

  • DIY Ready to Sew reusable bag kit - All July

Make your own reusable bag with one of our 'Ready to Sew reusable bag' kits. You can pick up your FREE kit from the Customer Service Centre at Waverley Council (55 Spring St, Bondi Junction) or the Randwick's Lionel Bowen Library (669 -673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra).

This online series is part of this year's Plastic Free July celebrations by Seaside Scavenge, Plastic Free Bronte, Responsible Runners, Eastern Suburbs Boomerang Bags, Transition Bondi, The Wilderness Society, Protect Our 1 and Waverley Council.


July 01, 2020 at 6pm - July 31, 2020 at 6pm
published Making your money matter on climate change in Blog 2020-05-29 16:44:54 +1000

Making your money matter on climate change

Local resident, climate change expert and global activist Blair Palese is co-founder and former CEO of Australia and helped organise Australia’s national fossil fuel divestment campaign that’s been part of the global divestment movement to move money out of fossil fuels.

In this blog she shares her ideas on what you can do to make a difference with your cash and voice.

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Thanks for joining our Second Nature community for doing good in the ‘hood! 

Fill in the details and hit the button below to become a part of the local collective effort for looking after this awesome place we’re lucky to call home, in Sydney’s East.

You will receive free news, tips, programs and fun events to help you on the journey to make sustainability second nature.  


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Thanks for Signing Up!

Thanks for joining our Second Nature community for doing good in the ‘hood! 

Fill in the details and hit the button below to become a part of the local collective effort for looking after this awesome place we’re lucky to call home, in Sydney’s East.

You will receive free news, tips, programs and fun events to help you on the journey to make sustainability second nature.  


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Nicola Saltman

Take the Second Nature Pledge!


Thanks for ‘showing up’ and pledging to take action to help protect this awesome place we’re lucky to call home in Sydney’s East.

Every bit counts - no matter how small or big the change - in making sustainability second nature.

Taking this pledge makes you our newest Second Nature Champion! 

As a champion you will:

  • Receive tips on different ways to
    make change at home and at work
  • Be the first to know about any events,
    programs and special competitions
  • Get connected to like-minded
    local folks in our community


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Keen to help out at events or spread the good word about our program?

We'd be chuffed to have your support in getting more local folks on board. 

Sign up here as Second Nature Volunteer to do just that.

The more who join our growing community in taking small positive actions in their daily life to help the environment, the greater the chance we keep this place awesome for always! So thank you!

Our partner community groups are always looking for keen beans willing to lend a hand. Check them out here


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published Reusable coffee cups frankly make sense in Blog 2017-04-03 08:40:22 +1000

Reusable coffee cups frankly make sense

Interview with Benjamin Young from Frank Green  

We love coffee so much that we drink it by the bucket load, three million cups a day to be precise. The number of take away coffee cups that end up in landfill has been quoted as anything from 500 million to one billion a year.

So what is the deal with so many coffee cups ending up in landfill? And what are the solutions?

I caught up with Benjamin Young who has been on a journey to launch his reusable cup company Frank Green.

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published Six technologies for climate friendly living in Blog 2017-04-03 08:37:24 +1000

Six cost-saving technologies for climate friendly living

This March marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, a global initiative for raising awareness on climate change and ways to combat it.  While progress has been slow, climate-friendly living has never been easier and more cost-effective now with low-carbon home solutions on our doorstep.

Better yet, these cheaper technologies today also mean bigger dollar savings for people doing the right thing: "The beauty is that the desire for low bills and low environmental impact now lead to the same answer - energy efficiency and solar," says Damien Moyse, Energy Projects and Policy Manager at the Alternative Technology Association.

There is still huge potential to grab these benefits locally, since our homes are getting more energy-hungry. Electricity demand in our area climbed last year, according to recent Ausgrid data. Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs also has one of the lowest uptakes of rooftop solar power compared to other regions nationally.

So as Earth Hour asks populations worldwide to ‘switch off’, consider switching to these alternatives to shrink your carbon footprint and boost your bank balance over the long-term. Let’s make that second nature!

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published 10 easy ways to cut your home energy bills in Blog 2017-04-03 08:37:04 +1000

10 easy ways to cut your home energy bills (and help the planet)

Save hundreds of dollars off your home electricity bills (and help save the planet) with these 10 simple tips.

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published The A-Z guide to fewer recycling headaches in Blog 2016-11-07 11:52:27 +1100

The A-Z guide to fewer recycling headaches


Recycling is a no brainer, right? Well, kind of. It’s not always straightforward to know which what thing goes in what which bin (red garbage, or yellow and blue recycling), with trickier waste items causing confusion and making our heads hurt where do those. bloody Think takeaway coffee cups go? (ouch).

Throwing stuff in the wrong bin can cause problems at the processing plant, and can mean more rubbish in landfill. It’s probably part of the reason why, despite our best recycling intentions, we are not as good as other Aussies, recycling only 34% of unwanted items locally compared to 64% nationally.

Check out this A-Z guide of common curveballs to help you sort it out. Even better, stick this page to your fridge or bin lid. Knowing what goes where will become second nature in no time.

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