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7 Years of Detoxing the Clothing and Textile Sectors, Greenpeace Shows That Fashion Activism Can Work

7 Years of Detoxing the Clothing and Textile Sectors, Greenpeace Shows That Fashion Activism Can Work

When Greenpeace investigators sampled the effluent of two large textiles suppliers in China and found that its factories were discharging a wide range of hazardous chemicals including perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and alkylphenols – a chemical banned for use in textile manufacturing in Europe – into local rivers, detoxing the fashion industry became an organisational focus. Seven years...

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Paul Harvey, Researcher of Environmental Science, Macquarie University.  A Senate report this week recommended a ban on single-use plastics such as takeaway food containers and plastic-lined coffee cups by 2023. This week will see Australians take a significant step towards that plastic-free future, with major supermarkets turning their backs...

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...

Class, Status and Environment: How Social Perception Influences the Sustainability Movement

Class, Status and Environment: How Social Perception Influences the Sustainability Movement

Abuja, Nigeria: Man is a social being. In this age of social media, man has become even more social than ever. Now with this social nature comes the need for class and status; distinguishing ourselves from other members of society. This plays a huge role in the decisions we make regarding where we live, what we drive,...

Are Solar Panels A Middle-Class Purchase? This Survey Says Yes

Are Solar Panels A Middle-Class Purchase? This Survey Says Yes

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Adam McHugh, Honorary Research Associate, Murdoch University The rate of growth in residential rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) in Australia since 2008 has been nothing short of breathtaking. Our new research suggests that the households most likely to join in the solar spree are those that are affluent enough to...

Tracking The Battles For Environmental Justice: Here Are The World’s Top 10

Tracking The Battles For Environmental Justice: Here Are The World’s Top 10

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Julie Snorek, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Environmental Justice Atlas, Autonomous University of Barcelona Environmental justice activism is to this age what the workers’ movement was for the industrial age – one of the most influential social movements of its time. Yet, despite its consistent progress since the 1970s, environmental justice protests...

World Oceans Day Installation Shows 1,580kg Plastic Waste Dumped in Australia’s Oceans Every Hour

World Oceans Day Installation Shows 1,580kg Plastic Waste Dumped in Australia’s Oceans Every Hour

Brisbane, Australia: Everywhere we turn it seems another iconic business is jumping on board the plastic pollution bandwagon – but we’re not complaining. One such company is Corona. In partnership with oceans advocacy organisation Parley for the Oceans, Corona is hijacking iconic symbols of paradise to show the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans....