How can we throw away less and do something for the planet?

WASTE NOT EVERYDAY by Erin Rhoads is a step-by-step guide with 365 easy changes that will not only influence what you throw out but also have a genuine impact on the future of our planet.

Split into four easy-to-follow parts, Waste Not Everyday features simple tips that will lead to a real shift in thinking and action and show you that a zero-waste lifestyle is actually achievable – for everyone, every budget and every schedule.

With tips ranging from actions and inspiration to recipes and resources, Erin Rhoads, well-known zero-waste advocate and author of Waste Not, takes you on a journey towards a life with less waste and more meaning. 5% of author profits are donated to Waste Aid Australia. 


Here are a handful of the topics the book talk about:

  • Setting up a plastic free challenge for yourself
  • the simple swaps and how to make new habits stick
  • how to conduct a bin audit and plastic audit
  • what you can do to reduce your kitchen waste
  • Growing food and composting
  • how to make safe and low waste cleaning products
  • Decluttering kindly
  • Caring, fixing and repairing
  • Tips for second hand shopping and extending the life of your clothes
  • How to make your own beauty products or find low waste options plus other personal care solutions
  • hosting and navigating events of your own and with family/friends
  • Preparing for children, nappies, kids parties, toys even pets
  • Eating out, travelling and being low waste in the office
  • The different ways to act your vision through activism

To order her books, visit Hardie Grant publishing website.

IWF Cornerstone International Conference in Helsinki

Every year, the International Women’s Forum (IWF) conducts a leadership conference that brings together women leaders from over 50 countries. The conference aims to educate, inform, and inspire these women leaders to be ahead of the change that is needed in the world. Locally IWF Australia prides itself on being a network that is more about our ‘net’ than our ‘work’. We connect as women. Grow as leaders. And shape leadership for the future.

Gillian Corban attended the recent conference held in Helsinki Finland along with 24 other Australian leaders.

Session Topics covered were Acting Differently: The Climate Imperative, Finnish Design: Form Function and the Culture of Thinking Differently, A View From the Border: The changing Security Landscape,  A Brave New World: The Transformation of the Global Diet,  An Elegantly Modelled Future: Quantum Computing, The How and Why of Happiness.

The content was informative meeting global members was inspirational. Corban & Blair were honoured to design and create gifts made in Australia.

Corban & Blair in collaboration with Indigenous artists Lucy Simpson and The Social Outfit designed and made the gifts given to speakers at this year’s conference.

Speakers gift made for the @iwfglobal Cornerstone Conference Helsinki 2023. Corban & Blair collaborated with @thesocialoutfit and First Nations artist Lucy Simpson (@gmiyay )to create this custom made pouch.

The Social Outfit is a fashion and textiles social enterprise based in Sydney, Australia. The organisation provides employment and training opportunities to refugees and new migrants and uses surplus and donated fabrics from local fashion houses to create high-quality, sustainable fashion products.

Lucy Simpson is a contemporary First Nations artist and designer from the Yuwaalaraay community in North Western New South Wales, Australia. Her design for the conference gift is inspired by the rivers of her country. The result is a unique design that reflects the beauty and diversity of Indigenous art and culture.

Notebooks made from carton boxes

Re-purposing fruit and wine carton boxes into notebooks

The Carton Notebook is an excellent choice for individuals who value unique and sustainable products. Each notebook is made from pre-used boxes that are collected locally, giving it a distinct character that sets it apart.

The notebook is filled with 100% recycled paper stock, and the covers are made from repurposed fruit and wine boxes that would otherwise contribute to landfill. The covers showcase unique branding designed to identify and sell produce of various kinds, making each notebook one-of-a-kind.

Fruit and wine boxes were collected from local businesses around Sydney. Boxes were sorted and hand cut to the correct size for front and back notebook covers.

View the entire range of carton notebooks. 

New Thomas Avery MAYAN in Navy

The Thomas Avery MAYAN range is a collection of work essentials that feature design by First Nations artist Thomas ‘Bagaay’ Avery.

The range includes a luggage tag, travel wallet, A5 journal, laptop sleeve, tech pouch, and cardholder, all available in a new navy colour. Perfect for professionals who want to add a touch of personality to their work accessories.

To view our new Thomas’s new MAYAN range click here.

2023 What will it bring?

2023 What will it bring? Who knows? – from my research among learned friends, the media, extensive reading, and many podcasts it suggests that having a meaningful purpose will be helpful guide for decision making.

Keep an open positive mind, check facts, care about what you do, and who you do it with.

Be kind to others and care for our environment and all that exists in it.

Mostly- be comfortable with being uncomfortable as the future is always unknown.

If you want to be inspired read The Book of Hope. Interviews and wisdom from Jane Goodall.

January 2023


Our team at Corban & Blair were just delighted to find that our new bookkeeper is another creative.


Her artistic practice is making small detailed crocheted items, mainly animals that are just gorgeous, detailed and funny.


“Crochet is a process of creating textiles by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning ‘hook’. Hooks can be made from a variety of materials, such as metal, wood, bamboo, or plastic”


A lovely piece is a small lemon with a smiley face for our work dog called LEMON. We are sure he is joying having it on his harness!


We thought the people who read our blog would also enjoy them.

Sunshine_Nikki Choi

Window gallery this week: Nikki Choi

window gallery Nikki Choi

Our Christmas exhibition is Korean born artist Nikki Choi

Nikki has a passion for two things: art and travel. The best of the two worlds come into one. Being an adventurer, and having travelled the world, what she sees, feels, and experiences in different cultures play into the canvas, whether it’s the Georgian mountains, Scottish high lands, Dutch flower fields, crystal clear turquoise waters of Tahiti, Italian Tuscany villages surrounded by vast vine yards, French medieval towns, Bali rice fields, or just the stunning beaches in Sydney! Reflecting her positive and upbeat personality, she loves happy paintings that bring your soul back in nature! Her paintings contain peaceful and vibrant abstract landscapes in beautiful compositions that will lighten up any home or business and add some spice to your life!

To learn more about Nikki, visit her website or her lovely Instagram page.

Sunshine_Nikki Choi


This artwork is an expression of the vivid urban green environment in Sydney, as if you are walking down the street on a sunshiny day. It captures the essence of beautiful Sydney with a feeling of watching the scenery on your walk including sailing boats, the Sydney harbor, rivers, buildings, parks and botanical gardens along the way.

Green Georgia

Inspired by the stunning mountain landscapes of the Caucuses Mountain ranges while traveling the amazing country of Georgia, these are my interpretation and expression of its beautiful green mountains and the melting glacier water in summer.

Consider thoughtful gifting this holiday

Giving to show you Care

After a busy and uncertain year, how we reward and acknowledge our friends & family really matters.

Is the gift useful, will it be appreciated, is it relevant, is it memorable, does it have a story, if it is an item does it provide its provenance, can it be recycled, can it be up-cycled.

The choices we make have an impact, especially on the environment.

We ask that we all choose gifting carefully, as we want to delight, while at the same time protect our environment.

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for your friends and family, here are some sustainable and thoughtful gifting ideas.

recycled leather journal with a book by Patrick Lindsay
Australian birds bookmark made from leather scraps
Australian made recycled leather luggage tag lucy simpson collaboration gaawaa miyay designs duality natural kraft natural black
Luggage tags made from recycled leather
Euraba artwork framed in carbon neutral frame
Refillable genuine leather journal made in Australia
Looped keyring made from off cut genuine leather

Meeting Place – a place of gathering for tribes

Meeting Place -a place of gathering for tribes.

Our new collaboration piece with Thomas is called Meeting Place. The design depicts a place of gathering for tribes. The lines indicate direction of significant features such as waterholes and sacred sites.

Designed in collaboration with Indigenous Artist Thomas Avery. Thomas ‘Bagaay’ Avery is a descendant of the Gamilaroi tribe in northern NSW. His personal totem is the blue tongue lizard. Thomas’s ancestors were born at Bohena Creek Aboriginal Reserve, Narrabri. Thomas is a painter, designer and filmmaker using his unique insights to communicate his culture.

Products include luggage tags and journals in 2 colours natural kraft and natural black. These items are made from quality recycled leather which combines 60% genuine leather fibres from the European shoe and handbag industry.

These items are all made in Australia by our local supplier.


To purchase Thomas’s new Meeting Place collection, click here.

Window Gallery this week: Katarina Hackman

Back by popular demand

A Feast of Fruit- A Still Life Exhibition by Katarina Hackman

Currently featuring in the Corban & Blair Window Gallery beside the station in Lewisham. In this selection of fruit themed Still Life acrylic art works painted on canvas, Katarina explores the power of colour combined with form. Simple objects are imbued with an otherness beyond their physical shape with uplifting and contrasting colours. Reflecting the energy of the subjects, shadows provide volume and intensity. In this way, Katarina’s art practice utilises a colourist perspective to seek out the beauty in everyday objects and provide restful contemplation for the viewer.

Corban & Blair have been supporting the creativity of local artists for the past 2 years in the Window Gallery. For more information about having an exhibition contact us at [email protected]

Artist contact details: [email protected] |  katarinahackmanart

Marvellous Mandarins 2022 Size: 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm Acrylic painting on canvas
Lovely Lemons 2022 Size: 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm Acrylic painting on canvas
Duo of Pears Size: 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm Acrylic painting on canvas
Fabulous Figs 2022 Size: 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm Acrylic painting on canvas
Kiwifruit Cocktail 2022 Size: 25 cm x 30 cm Acrylic painting on canvas
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