Despite the desire to behave in an environmentally-friendly way, it’s easy to feel restricted by the pressures of time, work and family commitments. Climate change, pollution and poverty are all issues that matter and are issues that many people feel helpless in regards to affecting change. However, there are simple ways to help the planet with little effort involved, according to Sarah Johnson, National Energy and Sustainability Programs Manager of the Australian Conservation Foundation. “People think they need to make Read More
Despite the pressures and demands on time that characterise modern life, eco living should be given top priority. As energy costs increase and social awareness is piqued, now is the perfect time to make your home and lifestyle more environmentally sound. Furnishings and homewares that are green and sustainable are becoming widely available and frequently used. Antiques and green homeware options can make wonderful interior design choices and can help to create a rustic or natural feel. By planting herbs, Read More
For many years, ‘disposable’ has been understood to mean ‘discarded after use’. Razors, nappies, utensils, cups, cameras and packaging have all been created and used in disposable forms. However, the popularity of ‘disposable’ as a marketing term is plummeting. The declining acceptability of ‘disposable’ is largely due to the fact that fossil fuels are used to make many disposable plastics, which often take centuries to decompose in landfill. As a result, initiatives to ban disposable shopping bags are gaining momentum. Read More
In 2003, the town of Coles Bay in Tasmania banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags. Now, the popular holiday town with a population of less than 300 citizens is calling on the federal government to institute a nationwide ban on the bags. Not-for-profit organisation DoSomething! estimates that at least 50 billion plastic bags have been used by Australians over the last decade. Although shoppers quickly adopted the use of green bags, politicians never put the promised national ban Read More
50 schools across the Hunter region are participating in a Binless Playground Day campaign, where all playground bins will be removed. The purpose is to reduce the amount of waste children produce each day with their school meals. Reusable containers for lunch and snacks, along with reusable drink bottles, are being encouraged instead of disposable ones. That means no more juice poppas or sandwiches in cling wrap. Maitland Public School is just one of the schools participating in the campaign, Read More
According to Mat Nott of Fraser Coast Chronicle, councillors who voted against proposed plans to ban plastic bags ‘need their heads read’. Nott expressed that the choice is a denial of the area’s environmental responsibility and that those councillors who voted against the idea are anti-environmental. Nott believes that councillors denied the proposal to ban plastic bags because it would cost local businesses too much. There were also arguments that it was too much change too close to the floods, Read More
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