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Natural paint

Natural paint

I painted a mural with Bio Paint, a plant-based natural paint. it smelled like aromatherapy oils it was wonderful, felt like I could drink the stuff. It did not have a harsh feeling on the hands or smell. 

However, Bio Paint have gone out of business now. There are two other natural paints. Volvox, a clay-based natural paint and Livos, another plant-based natural paint. I have used Volvox it is easy to paint with drys quickly and easy to wash off. Clay paint absorbs moisture balancing humidity and getting rid of odours. Livos is known to be good for oils, varnishes and finishes etc.

I would recommend using natural paint any day.

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No toothpaste toothbrush

No toothpaste toothbrush

This is just my experience please get your own advice and do you own research to find out if this is good for you.

I have been using the hyG Ionic Toothbrush since 2011 it uses negative ions to loosen the bond between teeth and plague effectively making a toothbrush that can be used without toothpaste. The first time I used it I felt my teeth were cleaner than they have ever been. I tried not using toothpaste for 6 months, after my teeth still looked and felt completely clean except there did seem to be a little yellow tinge. I brush once with normal toothpaste and the yellow tinge went away. My dentist is amazed at the condition of my teeth. Although I have a very healthy diet too.

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Green tea

Green tea

I have been buying organic green leaf tea from New Internationalist Shop since the early 2000s. It has been produced in two places one in East Timor and now in Sri Lanka both have been superb. I find it really good quality and fresh. The green tea makes me feel healthy. Bagged or other green leaf teas have not done that for me.

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Swiss ball

Swiss ball

I have been on the ball for 10 years plus. I have been using the swiss ball as a desk chair since the early 2000s. It keeps you moving on the ball, realigning your posture and allows you to do exercises while at work.

I have gone through 3 balls. I have had one pop from under me in an open plan office, after a loud bang people saw my head slowly decrease behind the desk divider to the floor. I was quite impressed my employer bought me a new ball on that occasion (its generally cheaper than a desk chair). It gets sat on 8 hours plus per day with some exercises, not to mention the bouncing and playing around when friends and colleagues get hold of it, so I think 3 years plus is not bad for the price.

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Mitsubishi electric 4WD

Mitsubishi electric 4WD

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Hemp bag

Hemp bag

I got my first hemp laptop bag in the early 2000s. It was packed to the rim with heavy loads for long durations on countless business, camping and backpacking trips in all climates, for two years it was traveling 5 days a week inter-state. After more than 10 years it finally developed a hole in the top from being packed so tightly, but was still in a good condition for a friend to want it - it still lives on! The picture above is my new one.

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Thermomix

Thermomix

I have had the Thermomix since 2015. Amazing invention it can do everything except bake. You find you don't need to use the hot plate on the stove anymore, instead there is one thing that can do everything and there is less to clean up after.

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Birdy fold-up bike

Birdy fold-up bike

I have had my Birdy Anthracite fold-up bike since 2007. A Tour de France competitor built it and I bought it from him. Fold-ups bikes allow you to be more flexible and agile with your travel. For example: you can take it on a bus and then ride somewhere. The unique thing about Birdy fold-up bikes is the engineering, unlike others it folds at the wheels instead of the middle of the frame making it more sturdy. It is light and stealthy, it feels like you can nearly do instant 90 degree turns on it and I have a backpack that also unfolds into a bigger bag to fit the bike when I fold it. 

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Australian Ethical Investment

Australian Ethical Investment

I have had my super with Australian Ethical Investment (AEI) since 2006. They are a truly green fund. They pioneered the ethical positive/negative investment screen in Australia, see Australian Ethical Charter.

Through my work I have got to know them well. In my observations they have a good work ethic, with the high ethical standards but also practical and trying to ensure good returns for customers. If you want to know your funds are being invested in the best possible way, as practically as possible and with historically good performing funds, low and high risk options, AEI are the fund.

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People Decide

People Decide

I founded People Decide (PD) in 2013 to get participatory democracy into parliament and make a society where people are happier.

You can vote on bills being debated live in parliament through the PD website or mobile app. PD aims to get MPs and Senators elected who have signed a contract that they will vote with the majority of voters on bills in parliament. MPs and Senators only vote with the people when enough people participate and there are deliberative tools to help ensure people understand what they are voting on.

I developed the legal framework, IT structure and step-by-step plan with input from experts, past attempts and examples from around the world to make it work practically and the best possible chance of success in an Australian context. The PD team has reviewed this and is developing the IT system.

My website is KarelBoele.com

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