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Here’s What Happens to Our Plastic Recycling When It Goes Offshore

Here’s What Happens to Our Plastic Recycling When It Goes Offshore

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Monique Retamal, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney; Elsa Dominish, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney; Le Xuan Thinh, Director, VNCPC; Nguyen, Anh Tuan, Senior researcher, Environment Science Institute, and Samantha Sharpe, Research Director, Institute for...

The ‘Sharing Economy’ Simply Dresses Up Our Consumerist Tendencies in a More Palatable Ideology

The ‘Sharing Economy’ Simply Dresses Up Our Consumerist Tendencies in a More Palatable Ideology

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Marianna Sigala, Professor of Tourism – Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management, University of South Australia The scope and scale of the so-called “sharing economy” has increased exponentially over the past decade, to the point where it affects almost every aspect of...

Recycling Is Not Enough. Zero-Packaging Stores Show We Can Kick Our Plastic Addiction

Recycling Is Not Enough. Zero-Packaging Stores Show We Can Kick Our Plastic Addiction

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Sabrina Chakori, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland and Ammar Abdul Aziz, Lecturer, The University of Queensland. Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable. The history of “packaging” goes back to the first...

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Tamara Wood, Centre Affiliate, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by sea face...

10 Feel Good Environment Stories You May Have Missed in 2018

10 Feel Good Environment Stories You May Have Missed in 2018

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michael Hopkin, Editor: Energy + Environment, The Conversation. Let’s be honest – environment news isn’t always the jolliest, and 2018 was no exception. From climate change, to recycling, to energy policy, at times it has felt like we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the...

Organic, Free-Range, Fairtrade or Vegan: How Ethical Consumption Got So Selective

Organic, Free-Range, Fairtrade or Vegan: How Ethical Consumption Got So Selective

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michal Carrington, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, University of Melbourne. Are you an organic shopper? Into fairtrade? A greenhouse gas warrior? All about free-range and animal welfare? Even if you said yes to all the above, the chances are that, when you shop, only a few...

Yes, Retailers Exploit Christmas, But Their Decorations Still Evoke Religious Spirit

Yes, Retailers Exploit Christmas, But Their Decorations Still Evoke Religious Spirit

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Joshua Newton, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. Christmas trees in the aisles. Baubles hanging from the ceiling. Carols playing on the in-store speakers. Tinsel around the cash register. Shops put a lot of effort into Christmas decorations. It’s in their interest...

The Suburbs Are The Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But They Also Hold The Key To a Better Future

The Suburbs Are The Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But They Also Hold The Key To a Better Future

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Samuel Alexander, Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne and Brendan Gleeson, Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne. Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should...

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Paul Redmond, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. It has taken years, but after votes in the Senate and House of Representatives last week, Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. It’ll take effect on January 1. But what difference will...

The Problem with Apu: Why We Need Better Portrayals of People of Colour on Television

The Problem with Apu: Why We Need Better Portrayals of People of Colour on Television

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Sukhmani Khorana, Senior Lecturer (Media and Culture), University of Wollongong. While giving a talk at a community arts organisation in Parramatta on why the stories of diverse areas like Western Sydney are not seen on mainstream screens, I was introduced to a screenwriter who had...

Why Covering The Environment Is One of The Most Dangerous Beats In Journalism

Why Covering The Environment Is One of The Most Dangerous Beats In Journalism

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Eric Freedman, Professor of Journalism and Chair, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University From the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi by Saudi agents to President Trump’s clashes with the White House press corps, attacks on reporters are in the news. This problem...

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Timothy J. Lynch, Associate Professor in American Politics, University of Melbourne. The good news if you don’t like US President Donald Trump: he has less than 24 months remaining in his first term in office. The bad news: he now looks to have a better...