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29th July 2020

July Member’s Monthly Blog: Lizzy’s Soap Opera

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You’ll go soapy for Lizzy’s Soap Opera 

Welcome to the July issue of our ‘Member of the Month’ blog, to show our appreciation by recognising our amazing business members, who they are and what they have to offer. This month we are focusing on Lizzy’s Soap Opera, a locally owned and operated business on our historic Burt Street in Boulder, since 2018! 

I got a chance to speak with Liz O’Donnell, the face and owner of Lizzy’s Soap Opera, to discuss her take on small business in the Goldfields, and what may be in store for the future…

Lizzy’s Soap Opera came from humble beginnings. When Liz moved back to Australia in 2014, herself and husband bought an old house in Piccadilly containing a roll top bath. Not having anywhere to purchase quality bath products at the time, Liz tried her hand at her own creations. “I had a go at making some bath bombs for myself. Turns out, I had a bit of a knack for it and I really enjoyed making them. Family and friends loved them, and my husband suggested I start selling them.” 

Liz began her journey selling ‘Lizzy’s Fizzy’s’, her own handcrafted bath bombs at Boulder Market Day back in February of 2015. As Liz began her mission to research and proactively create new products, and with some patience, the decision to open a shop front in 2018 turned her reality into her own ‘dream business’.

Liz runs the store independently, describing the premises as ‘a sensory delight packed with lots of gorgeous gift ideas and treats for the bath and body’. 

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Credit: Lizzy’s Soap Opera’s via Facebook page

Liz says that her best form of advertising has been through social media, however she adds: “Recently, I have been advertising on the radio and it has brought more customers in, which they all give feedback about it!”

She goes on to note from her personal experiences that although she’s no business expert; determination, hard work, low overheads and loving what you do have been the most vital steps for her in terms of creating a successful business.  

Being such a unique store, Liz finds she doesn’t have many competitors, however there are other factors that make operating a business in a regional city difficult. “Kalgoorlie presents a few different challenges, like social issues and freight costs. Worrying about continuing to be viable is a disadvantage of being in business.” 

Her great challenge so far has been setting up the shop itself. It was a trying effort as she was not only doing it on her own, Liz also sadly lost her mother around this time and had to jet back to New South Wales. Although, the positives have outweigh the negatives for Lizzy’s Soap Opera.  Liz comments on the greater moments in her business ventures, like being your own boss and being able to give back to the community, “There have been heaps of donations from the shop of gift hampers, that are either raffled off to raise money for organisations or as a prize.”

The most exciting part of the business for Liz has been seeing the reaction of customers. “Seeing the look of excitement and wonder when customers come into the shop for the first time.” 

We wanted to know the future for Lizzy’s Soap Opera, so we asked Liz: Where do you see the business in another 5 years time?
“It’s hard to forecast if I will still be in the shop on Burt Street in 5 years’ time as my husband’s future employment determines whether we will remain in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. In a different location, I would continue to make and sell my soaps and bath products, but in what capacity is unknown for now.”

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Credit: Lizzy’s Soap Opera Ad in We Love KB Lifestyle Magazine

Lizzy continues to experiment with different products and develop her range for the people of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to enjoy, as well as being proud in her advances to improve the retail options for the Goldfields. Offering an exclusive range of bath and body products, as well as special orders for gift hampers, weddings, baby showers or any other customisation requests.

Liz says it herself, the best way to get in touch? Come into the shop and experience the amazing array of smells and products available!

To find out more, visit the ‘Lizzy’s Soap Opera’ digital directory listing: https://welovekb.com/listing/lizzys-soap-opera/

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

 

 

 

22nd July 2020

Plastic Free July: Our Guide to Sustainable Living

Plastic Free July is just around the corner, urging millions of people to ‘be part of the solution to plastic pollution’. The global movement was initiated in 2011 from humble beginnings, urging our communities to clean up our act so we can inhabit cleaner streets, bush land and a more sustainable way of life – will you be taking part? 

plastic free july we love kb kalgoorlie boulderCredit: plasticfreejuly.org

To get our local community involved, I thought what better way than to create a sustainable living guide to help us start by taking steps at home, when out shopping and just day-to-day in order to reduce our carbon footprints. Let’s make our planet Earth smile, this July!


Choose Australian or WA-made products first

We not only want to live sustainably to help the environment, it’s also important to build a robust economy to support our everyday living. Buying goods from local traders where possible helps keep money in the Goldfields and allows a strengthened economy, all while reducing carbon emissions from minimised production and transportation factors.

Bulk food shopping

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Finding a loose and/or bulk store for dried and shelf items such as flour, pastas, nuts and cereals can help reduce plastic packets. Most places have paper bags you can fill up, or it’s BYO container. This option can be helpful as most people only do monthly shops for bulk items, and it often works out to be cheaper in the long run! PFD Foods is a great local option for buying in bulk at good prices.

When supermarket shopping, try to opt for fabric, cardboard and paper alternatives over plastic bags. I like to keep my reusable shopping bags in my car boot so I won’t forget them!

Reduce plastic packaging

This is probably the most difficult challenge, as most food or general items we buy these days are packaged in plastic. Zip lock bags, plastic wrap, single-use cutlery and coffee cups have all found their way into our daily routine. 

Ways to combat the plastic monster is finding eco-friendly alternatives like reusable mugs, bread and produce bags.
Don’t be afraid to say no to single-use cups, napkins, and cutlery.
Pre-packing your work lunch in containers will help too, and save you money in the long run!

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Disposing scrap foods

Of course, the simplest answer to minimising food wastage is to grow your own. But it’s not always that simple, and often we find ourselves unknowing of what to do with our scraps. 

  • A compost bin will decompose organic matter and create a rich soil which can be used to top up the garden. 
  • A worm farm is a little different, they feed off the bacteria in the decaying matter and produce castings which are amazing for fertilising plants and enhancing the soil quality. (Please note: Worms are sensitive to egg shells, citrus and onions.) 
  • Having chooks is another viable option, as they eat EVERYTHING in sight! 

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Credit: gardeningknowhow.com

Being energy efficient

Around 91% of Australia’s electricity is produced using fossil fuels. Switching off idle lights, power points and appliances not in use can reduce your electricity consumption (as well as your power bill). 

Switching to LED bulbs can use up to 75% less energy than halogen light bulbs, and last 5-10 times longer!

Bathroom habits

Being water wise

Living in Australia, especially the Goldfields, we know water preservation is vital. As the saying goes, ‘Water, it’s more precious than gold.’ Around 22% of household water is used in the shower. Four minutes is considered an ideal time for showering. You can even opt for a water efficient shower head, which saves up to 7,000 litres of water each year. 

Making a conscious effort to collect grey water (after a shower or washing dishes) can be used to water gardens or clean outdoor areas. 

(Be sure to only use grey water on gardens if it hasn’t been exposed to nasty chemicals!) 

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Credit: southeastwater.com.au

Being product-wise

Have you ever taken a minute to compile the products in your bathroom, whether it be face wash, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, anything. Now, how many of those items do you have re-purchased without needing? How many containers are half empty, with another container under the sink ready for replacement? 

By being conscious of the products in our home, we realise the unnecessary hoard of plastics that truly aren’t needed. Using refillable bottles or containers for liquid products is the perfect solution, and stops us bulking up on products we don’t need.

Consider a lower-waste alternative to menstrual products if you have the accessibility. Sanitary pads, liners and tampons create over 200,000 tonnes of waste every year!
Zero waste products such as menstrual cups, sea sponge tampons, washable pads and period panties are some of the best ways to reduce the use of plastic, and your bank account will thank you!

Reduce, reuse, RECYCLE – properly! 

Find a new home for items you no longer need – don’t just toss them at the tip! If it works, donate it. If it doesn’t, there’s many locals (particularly collectors or tinkerers) who love to restore or fix older/worn out goods. 

From what I’ve noticed, a lot of us try to recycle, but a lot of us don’t know how to. Or at least, we think we do, only to have half our recycling bin returned to the general landfill.
There are regulations put in place to ensure all recycling is done appropriately. Find out more in the info graphic below. 

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Credit: cleanaway.com.au

  • Place items loosely in your recycling bin
  • Rinse food containers before recycling
  • Do not tie recyclables in plastic bags or place plastic bags in your recycling bin
  • Remove lids from bottles, jars and containers. The lids can also be put in the recycling bin.

 

Ethical clothing consumption

Saying no to fast fashion brands can be hard for many of us – but that $5 shirt was definitely the product of labour exploitation. Not to mention, over consumption of clothing is ruining the planet by putting a strain on our natural resources. 

To combat the problem, shop for second hand clothing. This helps put money back into charities  like Vinnies, while reusing and recycling clothes that would otherwise go to the dump.
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Credit: e10list.com

 

The positives of this movement is that no matter where you are on your journey to sustainable living, there’s always more we can be doing to revive the planet. No matter how small that step may be, even if it’s just picking up loose rubbish as you pass by it, or cutting your shower down by 2 minutes, be proud that you are making a difference to improving quality of life here on our precious little planet.

Happy Plastic Free July!


Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

6th July 2020

UPRIGHT: the Realm of Tim Minchin

This week, we are delving into UPRIGHT, the critically-acclaimed eight-part series production, co-written and starring Tim Minchin. We will discuss the captivating cinematic features the show has produced; without any spoilers, of course! 

Follow on to discover the wonderful realm of Tim Minchin, and what really makes this piece just so special…

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Credit: Upright, Foxtel

Many have considered UPRIGHT to be the most groundbreaking piece of media Tim Minchin has created. While being known for his music, comedy and playwrights, this series he has created is unlike any other.
Winton won the AWGIE for Comedy – Situation or Narrative for his writing on ‘Day Eight’, the final episode of the televised series. He was executive producer for the show, and also wrote music including ‘Carry You’, performed and released by Missy Higgins at the start of 2020.

The program follows Lucky Flynn (Minchin), who hasn’t been in contact with his family for years. Soon after discovering that his mother is gravely ill, he sets off on his trek across the Australian outback, a 4,000 km drive to see her. His plans are abruptly met by Meg (Milly Alcock), a rogue teenager on her own quest of self-discovery. The two misfits are thrown together resulting from some pretty wild circumstances, and thus begin their journey to return Lucky’s precious family relic – an upright piano – and forge an unlikely friendship along the way.

The plot in UPRIGHT is so uniquely specific to just one person’s life, but is portrayed in such a surreal and raw manner that we, as an audience, are forced to empathise and connect to the situation like we have once faced it ourselves. This helps us to understand the struggles faced by the duo and subconsciously allows us to further affix ourselves to the story. 

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Credit: Upright, Foxtel

The rural settings of the Aussie outback captures the true essence of isolation, of being outcast. The barren plains of the countryside depict how Lucky and Meg have been treated, deserted by those closest to them. Ironically, the desolate landscape they are faced with is a cruel reminder of the abandonment and rejection they have faced to get to this point. 

Character development for both Lucky and Meg is prominent throughout the series. We are introduced to them in the pilot episode as misunderstood nobodies, who mask their insecurities with stubbornness and arrogance towards one another. As time progresses, the pair discover they are inevitably stuck together in the desert, and must face their own internal conflicts to find a united solution. 

The show has been able to rectify a believable and thought-provoking story with the use of dark comedy to relay the ever-changing events throughout, leaving us in suspense at the end of every episode. 

A feature of the show includes Lucky being sensitive to sounds around him, particularly in times of distress. Pen tapping, gum chewing, a child crying; these could be triggers which affect the way he thinks or reacts to a situation presented in the story. This element not only alludes to his paranoia and shame of fleeing the family home in Cottesloe, but also adds to the cinematic presentation and growing suspense.

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Credit: Upright

The overall acting in the series is perfected to the point where you almost feel like you’re watching a documentary on someone’s life…that has gone exceedingly wrong. Milly Alcock, illustrates her character, Meg, ultimately as a feisty, foul-mouthed juvenile on the run. Lucky, played by Minchin, is a willful soul in a desperate attempt to return his mother’s piano before time runs out. 

The oddball couple portray a quintessentially Australian attitude through the series, as well as our breathtaking landscapes adding to the mysteries of ‘Down Under’. Ultimately, they make an unseeingly duo but they certainly take the narrative beyond normality.

Lucky and Meg bumbling their way through the desert has definitely proved to be binge-worthy. This tale of redemption has married melancholy with macabre humour to create a suspenseful and dynamic story for the ages.
There have been moments of laughter, tears, questioning and heartache as the characters’ pasts’ and personalities slowly unravel. The energetic stage presence of Tim Minchin, as well as a great supporting cast, incredible direction, music and overall cinematography are what truly have made the piece come to life.

KB residents may feel another connection at a different level with some of the series being filmed in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and some of our locals were casted as extras! Can you spot who?

You can catch UPRIGHT on Foxtel or the Foxtel On-Demand app.

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer