Category: Environment

Restoring Australia with Officeworks

Restoring Australia with Officeworks

Australia is one of the worst performing developed nations when it comes to habitat loss. According to a study published in the journal of Nature, Australia is in the top seven countries responsible for 60 percent of the world’s biodiversity loss between 1996 and 2008. This widespread habitat loss is a direct consequence of land...

7 Free Mobile Apps To Help You Recycle

7 Free Mobile Apps To Help You Recycle

Recycling is a simple way that everyone can reduce their overall impact on the environment. It helps to reduce demand for virgin materials and involves making use of what is already in existence. However, recycling can also be a complex activity particularly when we get past commonly known recyclables such as plastic bottles, glass jars, aluminium cans...

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University and Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Keele University. Theresa May’s new environment plan sets ambitious goals for plastic waste reduction. But there’s lots of room for slippage. One goal is to eradicate all “avoidable” plastic waste, though...

16 Everyday Items That You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Recycle or Compost

16 Everyday Items That You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Recycle or Compost

Editor’s note: We recommend reusing, repurposing and upcycling items before disposing of, discarding and recycling materials. In fact, we urge people to consume less as the initial course of action, and ditch disposables for reusables and choose plastic-free options where possible. When reading this post, please remember that kerbside recycling programs vary in each state and municipality....

Why Paper Isn’t The Solution To Our Plastic Crisis

Why Paper Isn’t The Solution To Our Plastic Crisis

In Kenya, selling plastic bags can get you four years in jail or a $38,000 fine. In Australia, Woolworths banned the plastic bag a week ago, introducing thicker bags costing five cents, and already a shopper has throttled an employee. People’s negative reactions to the Woolworths plastic bag ban is so pathetic, that the worldwide media...

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Alisa Bryce, Research Affiliate, University of Sydney; Alex McBratney, Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Science; Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture, University of Sydney; Budiman Minasny, Professor in Soil-Landscape Modelling, University of Sydney; Damien Field, Associate professor, and Stephen Cattle, Associate professor, University of Sydney Microplastics in the ocean,...

Must-Watch Documentary Films for Environmental Activists and Greenies

Must-Watch Documentary Films for Environmental Activists and Greenies

You’ve been protesting the Adani coal mine (or any other proposed mine), Arctic drilling, fracking, are protecting the oceans from plastic or fighting to stop other environmental injustices, and now you’re exhausted and suffering activist burnout, wondering whether anything you’re doing is actually making any bit of difference at all. It’s perfectly understandable that you...

Q&A with Louise Naïma Laing, Marine Biologist and Co-Founder of People4Ocean

Q&A with Louise Naïma Laing, Marine Biologist and Co-Founder of People4Ocean

Scientists play a crucial role in our understanding of climate change and environmental issues. We turn the spotlight to those on the front lines, to help you understand the work that scientists do and why they are instrumental in helping to build a sustainable future. Louise Naïma Laing is a marine biologist and co-founder of People4Ocean, a consultancy specialising...

The Good Solar Guide Australia: Lower Your Energy Bills in 7 Steps

The Good Solar Guide Australia: Lower Your Energy Bills in 7 Steps

According to Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2017 Residential Electricity Price Trends report, energy bills for Australian households rose by 10.8 percent between 2016 and 2017. With electricity costs rising and climate change dominating political discussions, people are taking matters into their own hands. Motivated by energy independence, self-sufficiency and concern for the environment, an increasing...