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4 fun things to do in Hobart this Spring

With the weather heating up, we thought we'd share with you 4 fun things to do in Hobart this Spring. All activities are outdoors, but can also be enjoyed by less outdoorsy people too. Nothing too extreme, we promise.

 

1. Take your family to a farm

 There are so many lovely farms open to the public within a 1 hour drive of Hobart. You can take a free milking tour at Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery, say hello to the sheep and sample their artisanal sheep cheese and award winning spirits in the cafe. At Curringa Farm you can book a farm tour to see some sheep shearing and their farm dogs at work, enjoy the views and eat something tasty in their cafe. We also love Coal River Farm, where you can say hello to pigs and goats, pick fruit (in season) and enjoy some cheese and chocolate made on site. Yum!

 

2. Go cycling

Has your bike been on an adventure lately? Don't worry, we're not going to make you ride on the road! Greater Hobart Trails has put together a nifty list of bike tracks and trails around the greater Hobart area that can be enjoyed by scaredy cat cyclists (like me) and brave road-riders alike. Our favourite trails include the Newtown Rivulet Track, the Peter Murrell Reserves and the Kaoota Tramway.

 

3. Check out our local market scene

 There's our famous Salamanca Market held every Saturday with artisanal wares and food which is always a crowd pleaser. We've also got Farm Gate Market on Sunday mornings in the heart of Hobart. Come to Farm Gate for the best food stalls including the best brunch food stalls ever (it's a bold statement, but try and prove us wrong), local mushrooms, amazing sourdough bakeries, organic local milk and fresh vegetables that put supermarkets to shame. Don't want your pooch to miss out? Hobart Twilight Market is dog friendly! It's held every second Friday evening, boasting delicious food stalls, music and artisanal wares on Beach Road in Sandy Bay, or popping up at Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s waterfront on the last Friday of each month.

 

4. Pack a picnic

Need I say more? We've got mountains, beaches, forests and gardens galore, why not enjoy them whilst eating something delicious? There are so many beautiful picnic locales around Hobart and with the weather getting warmer, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy some food outside with your favourite people. 

Introducing Bahen and Co. Chocolate

Bahen & Co makes incredible chocolate. Founded by former winemaker Josh Bahen, you can tell where the company's obsession with preserving regional flavour came from. Nuanced and complex flavours of cacao are evident with each bite, affirmation of the meticulous attention that is given to each process.

 

image via Bahen & Co

 

So, how do they do it? Bahen & Co spend a lot of time searching for rare varieties of heritage cacao that produce the best chocolate, building relationships with their growers, dealing directly with the farmers and exceeding fair trade standards. After all, "Our chocolate can only be as good as the quality of the cacao we source." But that's only the beginning.

Bahen & Co take a slow and traditional approach to making chocolate. Cacao pods are split open, fermented, sun dried and hand sorted, before being slowly roasted at a low temperature by a restored roaster from the 1930's. The cacao is then winnowed by a vintage 1910 Guitard Melangeurto that separates cacao nibs from the husk.

Image via Bahen & Co

 Cacao nibs are combined with organic cane sugar and gently ground into a smooth paste before being polished between granite stones of a vintage Carle & Montanari conche. The chocolate is then left to age before being tempered and poured into moulds. 

Image via Bahen & Co

And the result? A truly delicious and different bar of chocolate.

We (obviously) love Bahen & Co chocolate and right now we have bars in Almond and Sea Salt 70% Cacao, House Blend 80% Cacao, Chilli & Salt 70% Cacao and Cracked Coffee 70% Cacao. Bahen & Co chocolate makes the perfect little add-on to a gift, a treat for yourself or works well as that small purchase to get you over the $50 line for free postage. We dare you not to fall in love.

 

One Seed Fragrance Notes and Ingredients

One Seed is committed to making  perfumes using materials that are pure, botanical and cruelty-free. Using all-natural ingredients with at least 80% organic content, they are gentle on both the skin and the environment - as they should be. 

From blends that are woody to floral, fresh to oriental, they’ve developed a range of nuanced fragrances that appeal to individual scent preferences.  

These natural fragrances have the ability to create complex scent profiles that change in depth and character when in contact with skin. This means that when you wear a ONE SEED perfume, you are experiencing a version of that fragrance that is completely individual to you, and we think that’s pretty special.

Bohemia - Both broody & playful; a bitter-sweet composition of alluring amber, smoked tea & dark chocolate set against luscious blood orange & vanilla tones, with a sensual sweet floral heart. Bohemia is for the gypsy, the rogue, the traveller and the free-thinker.

Notes: blood orange, pink grapefruit, jasmine, apricot, rose, cocoa, tonka, black tea, amber accord, vanilla.  You may also detect: smoke, spice

Devotion - a vintage-inspired fragrance featuring a classic soft floral heart of rose, iris and geranium, accented with a sweet and spicy top note and a gourmand-musky drydown. Devotion is an ode to nostalgia, to the beautiful aromas of childhood and youth, of nurturing and comfort and a free spirit. It is inspired by the things we treasure the most.

Notes: blood orange, black pepper, cardamom, iris, rose, ylang ylang, geranium, cocoa, amber, vanilla. You may also detect: cinnamon, black tea

Freedom - A wonderful blend of refreshing pink grapefruit and spiced pink peppercorn opening to a heart of Bulgarian and Moroccan rose, accented by a warming natural musk, ambrette seed. Freedom is inspired by the beauty found in simple things, and the light in your heart when you believe than anything is possible.

Notes: pink grapefruit, palmarosa, rosewood, magnolia, rose, peppercorn, Australian sandalwood, ambrette seed, benzoin. You may also detect: gardenia

Hope - One Seed's interpretation of a classic eau de cologne. A blend of creamy Australian sandalwood, cedar and dewy oakmoss, with a subtle undertone of green lavender and sunny citrus accents. Hope is inspired by the belief that all good things are worth waiting for.

Notes: bergamot, lime, cedarwood, lavender, Australian sandalwood, oakmoss, ambrette seed, tonka. You may also detect: lemon, grasses

Seeker - Seeker is a youthful scent created for the young and the young at heart. It is for endless adventures, for seeking truth in all things. Featuring fresh greens and delicate mossy notes entwined with milky coconut, vanilla and the scent of salt on damp skin.

Notes: coriander, coconut, vanilla, roasted basmati rice, oakmoss, ambrette seed. You may also detect: sea salt

Dreamer - A syrupy scent; burnt fig and heartwarming ginger. Orange blossoms unfurl their petals towards the sky, the quiet hours of morn, full of reverie. Almost edible, one for the gourmands. Round, dewy stone fruits in the height of summer. Sweet tangerine dreams.

Notes: Orange blossom, Ginger, Clary sage, Tangerine, Mimosa, Stone fruits, Pink pepper, Burnt fig

Synphony - A chorus in the fields, an orchestra of flowers. A crescendo of sweet spices, from places far and long remembered. Dappled sunlight on pale skin and the inhalation of warm mossy breeze. Life is in the air beneath the jasmine vine. The song of spring.

Notes: Jasmine, Cardamom, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Green mandarin

 

INGREDIENTS

Natural perfume is made with 100% natural ingredients, and may be in either an oil or
natural alcohol base. It may or may not include animal extracts such as
ambergris, beeswax, honey etc, but in modern day perfumery, natural perfume will not
include extracts from animals that are derived by harming an animal. ONE SEED perfumes do not contain any animal-derived ingredients and are cruelty-free.

Eau de parfum:  organic sugar cane ethanol, 100% natural fragrance (natural and organic plant extracts), purified water.

Oil-based roll on concentrate: organic jojoba oil, 100% natural fragrance (natural and organic plant extracts), vitamin E, rosemary extract.

Multipurpose elixirs: Avocado (Persea Gratissima) oil*, Camellia (Camellia Oleifera) oil*, olive (Olea Europaea) oil*, pomegranate (Punica Granatum) oil*, jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) oil*, grapeseed (Vitis Vinifera) oil*, hempseed (Cannabis Sativa) oil*,) meadowfoam (Limnanthes Alba) oil, sea buckthorn berries (Hippophae Rhamnoides) extract* , parfum (100% natural fragrance blend), natural vitamin E (tocopherol), rosemary(Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Rosmarinus Officinalis) extract. [+/- from  essential oils: benzyl alcohol, geraniol, farsenol, linalool, benzyl benzoate, citronellol, d- limonene]. *ingredients from organic farming

Staff picks: our favourite pieces for Spring

It's been a long time coming but the weather is definitely warming up and feeling positively spring-y! To celebrate finally being able to wear spring things, I've asked three ecoHaven to share their new-found favourites in store.

Larissa's fashion pick this spring is the David Husks Rice Dress by Kindling, a cute and fun dress that adds a pop of colour and pattern to any outfit. Her favourite skincare pick is our Mokosh Sesame and Frankincense Body Oil, which melts into the body so luxuriously and smells like a rose geranium and frankincense dream. Her Kester Black nail polish colour of choice is Frizzy Logic, a metallic gold showstopper.

Suzy has chosen the Untouched World Recycled Cotton Wrap as her fashion pick this spring. This wrap has been cleverly made from 100% pre-consumer cotton that is completely transparent and traceable. This cotton is made up of the pre-dyed scraps, rejects and trimmings from the textile industry, but you can't tell, it's such a beautiful, elegant design and feels so lovely on the body.  Suzy's accessories pick is the Double Drop Rock Pool Earrings made from 100% recycled sterling silver, which look amazing on her! Suzy's Kester Black nail polish colour of choice is Peony, a dusty rose shade with a hint of purple and more than a hint of sass.

 

 

Ruth has fallen in love with the Untouched World Organic Soy Bean Shirt this Spring, which feels so great on and practically floats on the body. Her Spring skincare item of choice is our Mokosh Rich Face Cream, although she's admitted to wearing it all year round. Ruth's Kester Black nail polish colour choice is Aquarius, a bright, bold springtime shade in purple. Or is it blue? Let's call it 'blurple'.

5 ways to recycle like a pro in Hobart

image by Alfonso Navarro from Unsplash

If you're from Hobart, I bet you're an ace recycler. The Hobart City Council says that only 2-3% of materials collected in their recycling bins have been unsuitably recycled. Although you're pretty good at it already, we thought we'd give you a few tips on how to level up your recycling strategy and reduce your waste.

Here are 4 ways to recycle like a pro in Hobart:

 

1. Recycle furniture, building materials and household goods

 

image by Ben Neale from Unsplash

Got some leftover materials from a building project or just updated your furniture? Lucky for you the Resource Work Cooperative provides a FREE reusable goods collection service for households and businesses in then greater Hobart area. You don't even need to leave your house to recycle your old furniture, doors, windows, clothing, timber, tools and other household goods. Head to their website for more information. 

 

2. Compost food scraps

A couple of weeks ago we talked about composting clothing, but composting your food scraps is also a great way to recycle your waste, feed your garden and divert food scraps out of landfill. The Hobart City Council teamed with Good Life Permaculture have put together some great tips on how to compost at home. Check it out.

 

3. Recycle soft plastics with REDcycle

We've talked about recycling soft plastics before, but we couldn't write about recycling without talking about REDcycle, a recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic. RED have partnered with major supermarkets and other outlets to make it easy to recycle plastic bags and soft plastics like food wrappers. Head to their website to suss out your closest drop-off point.

 

4. Recycle old paint with Paintback

Do you have some unused paint sitting in your garage? Paintback are the first company in the world that divert unwanted paint and packaging from ending up in landfill and waterways. With collection points around Australia and one conveniently located at McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre (South Hobart Tip), Paintback is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products.

 

5. Recycle the tricky things

To help you recycle the tricky things, Hobart City Council have placed a recycling unit located within the Hobart City Council foyer. This unit is equipped to recycle small household batteries, pens, mail satchels, small electronics, mobile phones and accessories, flourescent tubes and old light globes, x-rays, DVDs and CDs, cosmetic containers, toothbrush tubes and brushes. That's a lot of recycling potential!

 

Before you go

Every city council has a different set of recycling guideline, which can make it tricky when it comes to knowing what can and cannot be recycled. Do check with your local council to make sure you're recycling the right things and let them know if they can make recycling better for your area. 

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