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Can A Mattress Harm the Environment?

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When trying to be environmentally aware it can be nearly impossible to take everything into account. Quite often something like a bed may not be thought of as a potential environmental hazard as a bed can last for years in your house when compared to some daily expendable items like single use plastics.

A bed can inherit many toxic chemicals over the years including bacteria build up and microplastics. Most mattresses are made with foam or synthetic fibres, which are not always going to be biodegradable. On the other hand- many environmentally focused beddings materials are not going to be able to withstand the years of use that we bring upon our beds. This was a situation I found myself in when I bought this bed just before leaving Sydney.

This is where the importance of being personally responsible with how we dispose of our mattresses. Many local tips have the ability to make sure these materials are disposed of safely as to not end up in our waterways.

The good news is it is possible to recycle a mattress according to Planet Ark.

How do You Recycle a Mattress

A matrass can be recycled into three different compounds.

  1. Timber: This can be reduced into woodchips and be used for mulch, particle board and animal bedding
  2. Springs: Springs can be melted down and used in anything from vehicles, appliances and even building infrastructure
  3. Foam: Not many people are aware that foam can actually be recycled into carpet underlay. In some areas there is even a shortage of recycled goods for this process.

Where Should You Head to First When You get to Sydney

If you’re a traveler and you haven’t made your way to Sydney yet the it really is time to book that trip.  The largest city in Australia, the Harbour City really stands apart as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Sydney sees millions of tourists passing through every year taking advantage of all that Sydney has to offer.  So where should you head to first when you get to Sydney…let’s have a look.

The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House opened back in 1973 and it is more famous for being an architectural marvel rather than any of the performances here.  That being said if you have a chance to take in one of the many performance happening here you absolutely should the acoustics are amazing.  You can check out the performance schedule and grab some tickets right on their website.  If you don’t have the time to check out a performance you can go through on one of the walking tours.

The Taronga Zoo

Australia has a whole bunch of unique animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the world and one of the best places to see them is the Taronga Zoo.  Yes, you can see a cuddly koala up close not to mention catching a glimpse or two of the kangaroos that are all over the countryside.  At the Tarongo Zoo you can see animals from all over the globe not just the locals, some animals will include lions, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles and chimpanzees.  There are programs at the zoo that will show your kids around and teach them all about the animals.

The Royal Botanic Garden

Not only does Australia have unique animal life they also have some pretty unique plants and flowers and you can see them all here at the Royal Botanic Garden.  There are thousands of species of plants native to Australia and you can participate in one of the organized tours or you wander around on your own exploring.  Guided tours happen every day at noon.

If museums, zoo and gardens sound a little too boring for you then make sure you head to Bondi Beach for a day of sun and sand.  Sydney has some fantastic shopping around the area or all over Sydney.  The food is fantastic especially if you love seafood!  If you want to check out the nightlife you won’t be disappointed!  Sydney has plenty of happening clubs and bars where you can dance the night away.   Sydney really is a world class city where people of all ages can have a fantastic time.

What to Expect When Visiting Perth

Perth is hailed as one of the most isolated cities on earth, located on the very tip of southwestern Australia.  Despite being a bit “out of the way” the city of Perth is still a booming metropolis attracting millions of tourists every year.  The city has huge skyscrapers nestled alongside of miles of sandy beaches and there is always lots going on in Australia’s third largest city.

Visiting Perth

You can travel through Perth in style staying in the glittering five star hotels filled with luxury that compares to cities like Paris or London.  You can book a private luxury suite complete with butler service is that is what you wish for.  There are ballrooms and world class conference centers for the high end traveler.  You can also book personal trainers at the onsite fitness centers and then unwind in a spa.

For the Budget Minded Traveler

Some travelers just want the experience of Perth and not the trappings of wealth there are some mid-range hotels that do offer some luxuries without spending hundreds or even thousands a night.  There is also a flourishing backpacker culture in Perth and there are a number of cheap hotels and hostels for students and young travelers.  While this isn’t ideal for every tourist there are lots of students willing to trade off accommodations to make their travel budgets go a little further.  Even the cheaper hostels offer free Wi-Fi and they are great for meeting other travelers.


There is no shortage of things to do in Perth aside from hitting the beaches.  There is the Burswood Entertainment Complex is the epicenter of the Perth social scene.  Here you can find the casino along with a five star hotel, but if gambling is not really your thing that’s okay.  There are some impressive entertainment venues where you can catch live acts, Perth has one of the hottest music scenes in the country.  With Perth being so isolated there is a big focus on local acts, bigger acts don’t hit Perth as often as they do Sydney or Melbourne. Everybody should take in a football game at one of the football stadiums that are located around the city.

Perth is a little hard to get to but it is well worth the trip, whether you want to travel in style or you want to backpack around the world experiencing as much as you can, Perth has something for everyone.

Why Redcliffe’s Moreton Bay Requires Essential Protection

When people think of Australian beaches they are very quick about popular locations such as Bondi. There are, however literally hundreds of beaches all across Australia that may get less tourist attention, but certainly, deserve environmental attention.

Redcliffe: A former Dugong Refuge

For thousands of years, Redcliffe waters were home to one of the worlds largest populations of dugongs. The clear waters provided by Moreton island act as a perfect shield that allows for rapid growth of seagrass – the dugongs preferred diet. There are currently an estimated 10,000 dugongs left in Australian waters. 10% of this population exists in the small region of Moreton Bay between the Redcliffe Peninsula and Moreton Island. This is significantly lower than the population was pre- 1800s. Despite only having a population of around 50,000 humans Redcliffe Peninsula is by no means safe for the Dugongs. There are many threats to their survival that exist to this day.

Local Redcliffe Electrician Wolfelec has stated that some of the things local residents can do to reduce the strain we put on our oceans. Lifestyle habits such as solar power can reduce the coal burning, composting can assist with decomposing and going plastic-free can help keep our waterways clean.

Threats to the Dugong

Many of the causes of death include:

Hunting and Poaching

Dugongs have become a victim of hunting for their blubber, now an illegal practice. However, across the globe, this is a practice that still continues and has driven the dugong to extinction in many countries. Experts estimate that in order for hunting to be sustainable only 2% of the population may be hunted each year. Unfortunately, real-life figures are much higher.

Boat Related Incidents

Dugongs are unfortunately regular victims of boat strikes. Due to their large size (up to 600kg) Dugongs are slow moving when it comes to avoiding high-speed boats, unlike their much more agile mammal cousins the dolphin.

Food and Destruction of Habitat

The primary food source of the dugong is seagrass. Seagrass used to be found in abundance in the Moreton Bay region due to the low amount of ocean movement disturbing the ocean floor. These ‘fields’ of seagrass are now being damaged by fishing nets and ocean pollution.

Fishing Nets

Perhaps the most understated course of death for sea animals is fishing nets. ‘Bycatch’ refers to the accidental animals killed as a product of industrial fishing nets. Like dolphins, turtles & seals, more dugongs are killed as ‘bycatch’ then pollution, plastic, hunting and boats all combined. It is all well and good to avoid plastic straws, but the best way to save sea animals is to stop eating them.

What Can Redcliffe Do to Help?

Redcliffe is an unknown jewel of Queensland. It was the first settlement in Queensland. Many believe it was chosen due to the calm waters created by Moreton Island acting as a shield from ocean waves. Redcliffe also had a global influence on the world through The Bee Gees. Redcliffe is now home to a myriad of environmentally friendly forms of entertainment including a non-polluting light show (as opposed to fireworks).

Top 3 Must-Go Beaches in Sydney

Aside from the popular Sydney Opera House and Sydney Tower, this vibrant city is also known for its long shoreline, expanding from North to South of Harbour Beach.

Having over a hundred of fine beaches to choose from, probably the hardest problem a tourist will have is to decide which one is the best.

Well, problem solved! Here’s a list of Top 3 best beaches which will surely complete your Sydney experience!

Top 3: Manly Beach

This gold sand beach is easily the best choice for a lot of Sydney residents and frequenters for the main reason that it is less busy, more laid-back, and farther away from the flock of tourists but still allows you to experience the classic beach activities such as snorkeling and surfing.

Aside from its pristine water, Manly Beach also boasts of other fun activities to do such as the ferryride which passes by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, shoping and dining Sydney-style at The Corso, and of course the classic and scenic walk along the jagged coastline of Manly Beach.

If you don’t feel like joining the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s busy beaches, then Manly is the best choice for you. Not only is it beautiful but it also gives a unique Australian beach experience that is one for the books!  Here is a look at Manly Beach.

Top 2: Camp Cove Beach

This beach is probably not the most popular. However, it’s beginning to attract more tourists for being an excellent alternative to the more crowded areas in the eastern part.

Camp Cove is calm, quiet, and family-friendly. Not known to a lot of people, but it has the best view of the sunset in all Sydney. Just head to Watsons Bay and prepare to see the cityscape explode in sunset colors.

If you want to bring the whole family to enjoy some lovely beach time, having picnic in the sand and enjoying the long scenic coastline, Camp Cove is your place to be.

Top 1: Bondi Beach

While Bondi Beach is known for being a bit crowded and maybe a little too touristy for some, it is undeniable that it does have a lot of great qualities that made it to the list of must-go beaches in the world!

Probably one of the main reasons Bondi is a top favorite is because of the countless opportunities for socialization. It’s not just a beach but a venue of many festivals that are held all-year round. This includes beauty pageants, fun runs, skateboarding competitions and many more!

If you love your beach time with some new friends from all over the world, then this is the spot for you. You will love the scenery, the events, the people, and the mix of it all!


Where to Catch Some Waves in Perth

Perth, the capital of Australia, is the largest city in the country and hosts some of the best beaches for surfing–if you know where to find them. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, there’s a range of spots to choose from. Perth’s shorelines stretch from the North to the South and extending to Rottnest Island, giving optimal variation in surf conditions to suit every surfer. Here are the top 5 coolest surf spots in Perth.

  1. Scarborough Beach

Scarb’s stretch of golden shores gives way to a beautiful sandy bottom blue ocean. Located 2o minutes north of Perth, the proximity is perfect for Perth residents–and also because it’s convenient, it’s often crowded. To avoid crowds and get the friendly beginner waves, it’s best to go in early mornings or late afternoons.

  1. Leighton

This is a quieter and less crowded alternative. Just 25 minutes south of Perth, waves reach 1m heights here, friendly enough for beginners and a slow ride for those looking for a chill surf. Free parking is available and plenty of grassy area for some sunbathing after riding the waves.

  1. Cottesloe Beach

Cottesloe beach is located 9 km from Perth. It’s well known for its variety in sports activities and plenty of extra space for hanging out after a surf. The beach is well protected by break walls from the South West winds. The best breaks can be found on the south of the Arch monument.

  1. Trigg Beach

Trigg is just 14 km from Perth and it’s a surf location that offers consistent surf breaks. It’s got a number of surf schools in the area and more daring waves off the break for more advanced surfers. With waves breaking both left and right, surfers can enjoy the tide at all stages. Wintertime is the best time to surf at Trigg with winds coming from the east and the optimum swell angle coming from the west to the southwest. Because it’s a great spot, it’s often crowded! But hey, go make friends.

  1. Leighton Beach

Leighton carries a calm and relaxed feel, perfect for a weekend away from the bustle of the city. When swells are headed North West, the bank makes excellent right waves. Waves here hit an average of 1m and occasionally higher ones can be found up north past Mosman beach. During the winter months, surfers can take advantage of challenging winds or switch over to kitesurfing.

The friendly year �round weather is perfect for a surf. Always remember to check the forecast and safety updates before you head out.