About & Contact

Portrait of Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley

I prefer to be behind the camera than in front 🙂

Professional photographer for over 25 years (www.sarhn.com).

However when it comes to this blog (GreenerMe), I prefer and enjoy using my smart phone.

** Interesting fact: the very first professional digital camera I used on a job was $16,000 (just body) but only 1 mega pixel.  My smart phone is 16 mega pixels and was free with the phone plan. **

Born in Canberra (Capital of Australia), raised in Brisbane and built my business in Sydney. Now residing in a semi rural town South of Sydney – yes a tree change but still close enough to Sydney (for family, friends and work).

My husband and I have a cheeky toddler and two naughty fluff balls (Mini and Cooper).

In 2006 I made a conscious decision that I no longer wanted to use the excuse of ‘being too busy’ to care for the environment, animal welfare and my community.

Today living a caring and sustainable life, isn’t just something I do in free time – it has become a lifestyle. What I eat, buy, do and even think (I call my sustainability thinking ‘A Green Psychology’).

Subjects discussed in GreenerMe

  • Gluten and dairy free cooking  (I am intolerant to both)
  • Vegetarian and vegan cooking (a compassionate diet for animals, the planet and my health)
  • Growing your own organic food
  • The psychology of a green lifestyle – how and why we act, react and think.  Focusing on finding balance, joy and purpose in a hectic modern world.
  • Raising children in a sustainable lifestyle
  • General tips and thoughts on running a sustainable home
  • Creative ideas on recycling, reusing, restoring and upcycling
  • Caring for ourselves, each other and our planet

Sustainability is a journey, I haven’t reached the destination yet but what a life changing trip so far……

Mini and Cooper - two cute and naughty fluff balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 thoughts on “About & Contact

  1. Sarhn-
    I am an architecture student at Iowa State University preparing a client profile for a mid-rise apartment project in the neighborhood of Soho, NY. I had stumbled upon your post on collective consumption. Part of our program of our residence requires commercial or mixed use on the street level. I am very convinced that something related to the business model you covered in your post would not only be sustainable for the neighborhood, but revitalize the one time artist inhabited neighborhood before gentrification occurred. Any suggestions for a type of commercial venture that may occupy this neighborhood?
    Rachel

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    • Hi Rachel,

      I am sorry for the long delay in responding to you (I have been in hospital for awhile).

      I’m really excited by what you are asking, however I don’t believe I am the best person to ask.

      May I suggest you contact the co-founder of Open Shed, Lisa Fox. Lisa is well known as a collective/collaborative consumption expert in Australia.

      Here is Open Shed’s Facebook page (a good way to contact Lisa) https://www.facebook.com/openshed?ref=ts&fref=ts

      Good Luck 🙂

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  2. Do you know that Ecocern has been supplying real 100% post-consumer recycled gray/brown copy paper for over 30 years, made only from local household and industrial paper scrap unbleached. Also stationery and packaging. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

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    • Hi Michael,

      Sorry for the delay in responding to you (I have been in hospital for awhile). Yes I did know about Ecocern and in fact have a number of their products in my office.

      All my posts have been written in regards to white office paper, which I believe Ecocern don’t produce (hence why Ecocern have not been mentioned).

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  3. Hi Sarhn,

    In partnership with the Sydney Festival, Unilever will be holding a panel discussion with international and national panellists to discuss the topic, Can Consumption Become Sustainable? This discussion will cover the hot topics of climate change, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water scarcity, farming and land use, and population. I have included a press release below with some additional information that may be of interest to your readers.

    I would like to welcome you to attend the panel discussion and also, to extend the invite on to your followers.

    Kind regards,
    Anna

    MEDIA RELEASE
    JANUARY 12, 2012

    FREE EVENT

    Can Consumption Become Sustainable?
    A panel discussion presented by
    Sydney Festival and Unilever

    City Recital Hall Angel Place, January 24, 6:30pm

    Hosted by Adam Spencer
    With panellists Dr Val Curtis, Gavin Neath, Jon Dee, Ingrid Just

    Sydney Festival is joining forces with Unilever to present a lively and thought-provoking panel discussion with international and national panellists to debate the topic, Can Consumption Become Sustainable? The event is free to the public, and will be held at City Recital Hall Angel Place at 6.30pm on Tuesday January 24.

    Billions of people around the world aspire to a better quality of life and to enjoy everyday products such as soap, shampoo and tea. But can we really consume more without going beyond the earth’s natural limits? The same question can be posed to events, major celebrations and general life in the city, which use large quantities of resources in power, transport and infrastructure.

    What can organisations like Sydney Festival and Unilever, as well as individuals, government and non-government organisations, do to make economic growth and consumption sustainable? Is it possible to use sustainable practices to increase the culture and lifestyle of a city, and our greater world?

    The discussion will be chaired by broadcaster, author and comedian Adam Spencer, with panellists:

    Dr Val Curtis, Director, Hygiene Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Jon Dee, Founder and Managing Director, Do Something! and 2010 NSW Australian of the Year
    Ingrid Just, Spokesperson/Head of Media, CHOICE
    Gavin Neath, Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Sustainability, Unilever

    The event follows Unilever’s global sustainability debate series across London, Rotterdam, Delhi and New York. The series was prompted by recent studies showing that while most people say they are concerned about sustainability issues and want to live sustainable lifestyles, there is still a gap between good intentions and taking action.

    Sebastian Lazell, Chairman of Unilever Australia and New Zealand said, “This event is a wonderful opportunity to bring together sustainability experts to engage in some healthy and thought-provoking debate and, in turn, to inspire festival-goers to take small actions that can help us all live more sustainably.”

    Sydney Festival has been actively working towards sustainable event production for some years, with Josephine Ridge, Executive Director, commenting, “With the 2012 Festival, we have made a commitment towards fully understanding our impact and to implementing policies and actions that will move Sydney Festival closer to its vision to be the most sustainable major performing arts festival in Australia. We are delighted to have found in Unilever a partner that shares our belief that we can all make a difference and we hope that debates such as this will serve to further inspire our audiences to support us in achieving our goal.”

    BIOGRAPHIES

    Adam Spencer
    Adam Spencer began his career in radio by winning the Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, Spencer co-hosted ABC Triple J’s breakfast time slot with Wil Anderson (1999-2004) and currently presents ABC 702 Breakfast. Spencer holds a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics and has an immense interest in science. These passions lead him to hosting the ABC programs, Quantum and FAQ from 1998 to 2001. Other television credits include hosting Hit & Run for Foxtel’s Comedy Channel; hosting Joker Poker for Channel Ten; two series of Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki for ABC TV; and team captain on ABC TV’s sports show The Trophy Room. Spencer’s book, Little Book Of Numbers, (Penguin, 2004) has been translated into many languages around the world, with his second book due for release in 2012.

    Jon Dee
    Founder and Managing Director, Do Something! and 2010 NSW Australian of the Year
    Jon Dee is one of Australia’s most influential figures on environmental issues. He was the 2010 NSW Australian of the Year and is the Founder and Managing Director of the Australian advocacy organisation, Do Something!. Dee initiated the lobbying campaign that led to Australia’s three year phase-out of incandescent globes and has been the driving force behind the campaigns to ban plastic bags and phosphates in laundry detergents. As an author, Dee’s Sustainable Growth has become the definitive sustainability guidebook for Australian business.

    Internationally, Jon is best known for co-founding Planet Ark with Pat Cash. He also founded National Tree Day with Olivia Newton-John, an event that has planted 16 million trees. He also instigated The 10% Challenge, DoSomethingNearYou.com.au, NationalCalendar.com.au, World Environment News, National Recycling Week and RecyclingNearYou.com.au.

    In 1989, Dee founded Rock Aid Armenia – a music fundraiser for which he recruited the help of rock bands including Pink Floyd, Queen and Bon Jovi. To recognise Dee’s ongoing work in the Armenian earthquake zone, the President of Armenia awarded him The Order of Honor in 2009, the highest honour that Armenia can bestow on a foreign citizen.

    Dr Val Curtis
    Director & Reader in Hygiene, The Hygiene Centre
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Dr Val Curtis is Reader in Hygiene and Director of the Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Trained in Engineering, Public Health and Anthropology she is one of the world’s leading experts on hygiene. She makes regular media appearances and has over 50 published papers. She helped to show that handwashing is one of the most effective means of saving lives and preventing disease in developing countries. Curtis helped found the Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap which every year organises Global Handwashing Day. She is currently writing a book about the evolution of Disgust.

    Gavin Neath
    Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Sustainability, Unilever
    Gavin Neath is the Senior Vice President for Global Communications and Sustainability at Unilever. As part of this role he is responsible for coordinating and driving the company’s sustainability targets and initiatives. Neath joined Unilever in 1977, working in the UK, France, Belgium and South Africa. From 1998-2004 he was Chairman of Unilever Foods UK, followed by Chairman of Unilever UK until 2006. He was also President of the Food and Drink Federation and a Member of the Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre. In 2007 Gavin was awarded the CBE for services to the UK food industry.

    Ingrid Just
    Spokesperson/Head of Media, CHOICE
    Recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship for journalism in 2007, Ingrid Just (pronounced Youst) has won numerous awards and recognition for excellence in journalism and communications.

    Just’s current role as the spokesperson and Head of Media for CHOICE, Australia’s consumer organisation, sees her making regular appearances on prime time television news programs across all networks as well as programs including Sunrise, Today, 7PM Project, The Morning Show, A Current Affair and Today Tonight. She features regularly in daily newspapers across the country and is a sought-after guest on radio talkback and news and current affairs programs throughout Australia.

    Just’s work also involves constant liaison with corporations together with government and other not-for-profit organisations. Additionally Ingrid is responsible for the development and implementation of CHOICE’s multi-channel media and communications strategy. Before working in media management/spokesperson roles, Just was a broadcaster for ABC radio, during which time she hosted national and state-wide talkback/interview programs on ABC’s Local Radio network.

    Unilever
    Unilever works to create a better future every day. The company helps people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. As one of the world’s leading fast-moving consumer goods companies, Unilever’s portfolio features some of the world’s best-known household names. In Australasia, their brands include Flora, Lipton, Bushells, Dove, Rexona, Vaseline, Omo, Surf, Continental, Chicken Tonight and Streets.

    Unilever is proud to support Sydney Festival on its sustainability journey, having recently launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan which is Unilever’s commitment to developing new ways of doing business that will halve its environmental impact whilst increasing its positive social impacts. For more information about Unilever’s global Sustainable Living Plan please visit http://www.sustainable-living.unilever.com

    http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/sustainability
    http://www.sustainable-living.unilever.com

    Where City Recital Hall, Sydney
    When Tuesday, January 24 at 6.30pm
    Duration 75 minutes
    Price FREE

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  4. Hi Emily,

    No worries about leaving a comment on the ‘Ask Sarhn’ page – that is what it is here for. 🙂

    Currently I am not looking for guest post writers as this blog is really about my personal ‘green’ journey.

    Thanks for asking 🙂
    Sarhn

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  5. Hi Sarhn, sorry to leave an unrelated comment, but I couldn’t find any contact info for you. I’m wondering if you’d be interested in having a guest post on your site. I’d love to hear your thoughts on some ideas I could pitch to you! Thanks, Emily

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  6. Hi Nerissa,

    Sorry for the late reply (I am been away on holidays with my family with very little Internet – needed for a relaxing holiday).

    I personally would be interested to hear about plans to go ‘greener’ for the Olympics. You mentioned the article that you recently wrote about this subject. Are you able to leave another comment with the link to your article?

    Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. 🙂

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  7. Sarhn,

    Seeing that you’re a green advocate (and bloggers) I wanted to reach out and see if you were interested in an article that I recently have written. It’s on the Olympics and the steps they’re taking to go green and decrease the environmental impact that it has. While sports is something far from the topic of your blog, I think that you will find it interesting and informative, and not overwhelming on the sports content, besides a few facts on the last Olympics, it is primarily about the Olympics going Green.

    I’m looking to spread awareness of the fact that even though the Olympic Games are fantastic and unifying, they are it’s quite a carbon-rich event and are not that environmentally sound. I think you and your readers of (https://greenerme.wordpress.com/) will find it a unique topic and a fun read.

    Please let me know about any advertising opportunities you may have at this time as well. I look forward to hearing back from you!

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  8. Hi Shaun, I flattered that you would like me to write for Wild Mob but would have to pass. I have my hands really full currently – thank you for asking.

    Hi Sirine, are the details of your competition on your website i.e. how to enter? Thank you for leaving a comment.

    Shaun & Sirine sorry for the late reply I have been moving & repairing my house and office after having a flash flood.

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  9. Hi Sarhn

    My name is Sirine, I am in charge of marketing for The Green Times (www.greentimes.com.au). The Green Times is Australia’s newest online green publication and directory for the green industry.

    To help raise awareness of environmental issues and promote Australian green businesses we’ve just launched a new competition.
    “In 25 words or less tell us what would you give up today to be greener and why?”

    Great eco-friendly prizes are for grab!
    First prize: A trip with an eco friendly car, 2 nights in an Eco-lodge, a wine hamper, organic chocolate gift basket.
    Runner ups: Organic wine bottles, waterless carwash packs, and more!

    I noticed that you are currently blogging about living greener and writing many articles on the topic of your personal initiatives. Considering that, I thought you might be interested in participating in our competition and tell your readers about it so they can enter and win great eco-friendly prizes!

    Let me know if you have any questions on the above. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind Regards

    Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail, http://www.greentimes.com.au
    The information in this email is confidential and may be privileged or subject to copyright. It is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not an addressee, please do not copy, distribute or otherwise act on the email. If you have received the email in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete the email. The unauthorized use of this email may result in liability for breach of confidentiality, privilege or copyright.

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  10. Hi Sarhn,

    I believe many of your readers would be interested in what we do…

    Wild Mob is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation providing volunteers for environmental conservation projects in remote and iconic Australian destinations.

    Wild Mob allows volunteers to visit beautiful Australian destinations and provides an opportunity for them to make a meaningful contribution to ensuring the preservation of the environment and wildlife.
    We know that there is usually an extensive amount of work & resources required to maintain and protect areas of environmental and wildlife importance and our aim is to fulfill these needs.

    What would it take for you to write something about us or 1 of our projects?

    If you require any more information on Wild Mob please feel free to contact me or visit our website @ http://www.wildmob.org

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Regards

    Shaun Andrews

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  11. Hi Evan, just had a quick look at your website. What an interesting concept i.e. EM microbes in the dog food. I think I would like to investigate this further. I appreciate you letting me know about this. Those muffins on your website home page look good enough for me to eat, let alone my dogs. Thanks again.
    Sarhn

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  12. I just read your article on using EM bokashi on your dog poo. I found a real interest within this article and the great use of the poo in potting soil. I personally own and run a dog food company that uses EM microbes in the production of the food. I have noticed that my dog’s poo does not smell and during the warmer months actually breaks down very fast from the beneficial microbes inhabiting the GI track. She is very healthy and happy! Take care and stay well.

    Evan

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  13. Hello,

    My name is Bill Hawthorne, and I represent maacenter.org, a leading web resource for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer information. Our organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of the terrible health consequences of asbestos exposure through the distribution of the best informational materials and public outreach efforts.

    I found your site through a search and decided to contact you because of its high environmental and green presence which is extremely important in our movement. Your viewers are extremely savvy and motivated. The promotion of how buildings should now be built using sustainable green products to avoid asbestos and mesothelioma as well as the awareness of past buildings and preventative steps in avoiding asbestos exposure are extremely important. My goal is to get a resource link on your site/blog or even to provide a guest posting to be placed.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to check out our website at http://www.maacenter.org. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Bill

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  14. Hi Sarhn,

    A big thanks for giving the Centre for Sustainability a free plug in the name of building a bridge towards a more sustainable future! Feel free to apply for this program as well!

    Cheers,

    Dianna

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  15. Hi there,

    My name is Dianna and I’m the marketing coordinator for the not-for profit organisation called the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

    I understand that your green blog site is a great reservoir of facts on sustainability and a interactive hub for sustainability-passionate individuals. Therefore, there are great synergies between our stakeholders and our vision for a greener world.

    Would it be possible for my organisation to utilise your blog as a platform for raising awareness of our Sustainability Leadership Development program? The text we would like to appear on the blog is as follows:

    BECOME AUSTRALIA’S NEXT EMERGING SUSTAINABILITY LEADER
    Are you someone who is passionate about sustainability and committed to make our future a better place to live and work? If you have answered yes, then the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program can help you realise your vision!
    The Fellowship Program is a seven-month program run annually by the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation with a unique vision for building a bridge to a more sustainable future by creating real and systematic change through sustainability leadership and innovation.

    We provide a cutting edge curriculum, open doors to unparalleled networks, and give participants access to leadership experience rarely available in the early stages of a career. Weekly workshops, group project activities, a mentorship program and residential retreats are key components of this dynamic leadership development program.

    We welcome people in any field to apply. Successful applicants will be joining an esteemed network, dedicated to making a difference that includes everyone from artists to engineers, lawyers to graphic designers, academics to accountants.
    The Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program is scholarship-based. The only cost to participants is a $2500 contribution cost (the full cost of us running program is approximately $15,000 per participant, funded by our generous sponsors and in-kind support). If an applicant cannot afford the $2,500 contribution cost there are a significant number of full scholarships available. No worthy applicant will miss out due to genuinely not being able to pay.

    To apply or find out more, visit http://www.csl.org.au or email info@csl.org.au. In addition, The Centre for Sustainability Leadership will be hosting the following information sessions:

    Sydney: 12th March, 6:30- 7:30pm, Location: Sydney CBD. Check website for details.
    Melbourne: 18th March, 6:30- 7:30pm, Location: EPA offices, HWT Tower, Ground Floor, 40 City Road, Southbank Victoria

    Applications are NOW open and close March 30.
    Thankyou for your time,

    Dianna

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  16. Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for your comment. Sorry for the delay, being a wedding photographer, over the weekend I am always out photographing.

    Good for you to be booked in the Sydney City Worm farm course. I took the half day course about two years ago and so glad I did. Our household now has no organic waste in our wheelie bin thanks to our wrorms and bokashi bin.

    In regards to your questions about solar hot water system I must confess that I am not an expert. I have another Aussie cyber blogging friend who I think will be better to assist you with your questions.

    His name is Gavin and I know he not only has hot water solar panels but electricity generating ones too.
    http://www.greeningofgavin.blogspot.com/

    I would very much love to hear what you decide to do and what you learn!

    Say hi to Gavin for me 🙂

    Sarhn

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  17. Hi,
    Just came across your website while finding where tomorrow’s Sydney City Worm Farm thing is (I’m booked).

    We have gas hot water and I’m wondering about replacing it. I don’t know whether to put solar on the roof and a new water storage tank (a lot of raw materials, but basically free hot water), or install two little instant gas heaters, or even two little instant electric heaters thinking that in the future we might get solar electric panels on the roof.

    Have you had any thoughts on this? Meanwhile I just ponder and do nothing!

    Bruce

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  18. Hi Raymond J !

    Thank you so much for dropping back and adding your ‘Part A’ of your comment.

    Very good timing on your part as I have been looking into these type of schemes for myself.

    Have a look at this post on this subject.

    https://greenerme.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/australian-carbon-credit-schemes/

    Interested in your thoughts.

    Sarhn
    P:S Thanks for your link on organic gardening. I had a quick look but will refer back to it later.

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  19. Hi Sarhn,
    Is it obvious that I am new to all this? }:0)

    In part A I mentioned that by checking out your blog I see you have an interest in what will come from the Carbon Trading Scheme.

    I guess what will come from the scheme will be a lot of planting of trees to offset the carbon that cannot be offset by normal business practices which I don’t have an issue with. What I think will be ignored is the vegie garden.

    Now I am not talking about distances your food travels to get to your plate which is also an interesting topic but how vegie gardens can reverse global warming quicker than planting trees. Vegie gardens also store the carbon back in the earth rather than in the tree trunk which is released back into the atmosphere when cut down or burnt.

    These are the sorts of things I don’t believe that you will hear from the Carbon Trading Scheme and instead we will be told to hold off watering our vegie patches because of water restrictions despite the numerous list of benefits.

    I am a believer that if you want something done then you don’t wait for the government to do it but you do it yourself.

    I was wondering if your readers also had a thought on the above topic.

    Here is a link which inspired this topic http://www.diggers.com.au/HowOrganicGardeningSolvesOurEviroProblems.htm

    Very good read

    Good luck with your Green Journey

    Raymond J

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  20. Hey Raymond,

    From the look of your comment, this was part ‘B’ of your comment.

    I am not sure what happened either to part ‘A’ of your comment.

    Do you mind leaving another comment as I am interested in the scheme you are referring too.

    Thanks for your encourgment on my blog.

    Sarhn 🙂

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  21. … continued. Not sure what happened there.

    But I was wondering what your readers thoughts on the matter and if it is something that will be ignored in the scheme.

    Did I mentioned that this is a great blog? No? Well it is.

    Well Done

    Raymond J

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