Life with Less Waste: Short film documents Tasmania-based family of five’s endeavours to live waste-free

Tasmania-based family of five, the Carters, have found ways to produce almost no rubbish – filling one small jar of waste in two years.

In a short film, Happen Films documents Lauren and Oberon Carter’s waste-free lifestyle as they bring up their three daughters in Hobart, Oberon.

In a quest to make sustainable living easy for families to integreate in to their daily lives, Lauren and Oberon Carter have written a book together, A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living. A practical and inspiring resource for anyone wanting to live more sustainably, A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living offers practical ways that families can eliminate waste in the home, at work, at school and while out and about.

The couple said: “We live with our three children near Hobart, Tasmania, slowly growing our permaculture dream on an average-sized suburban block. We run our home-based business by night and work, garden, learn and play by day, spending as much time in nature as possible. Our children are home-educated, and we aim to make the most of the beauty and positive learning experiences that Tasmania has to offer.”

In addition to running an online store specialising in environmentally-friendly products, Spiral Garden, the couple also run e-courses and mentoring in permaculture and waste-free living.

Spiral Garden

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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