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PET bottles in trashcan

Recycling message not getting through

Saturday, 11 July 2009

With 743,000 tonnes of drink containers in our landfill each year, you just know that the recycling message isn't getting through.

business suit

Green jobs and the carbon market

Friday, 10 July 2009

Carbon trading might create a whole lot of green jobs. But are they the kind of jobs we want? The carbon market is growing, but most of the jobs coming out of this appear to be in investment banks and accounting firms.

Decision time: breakfast packaging

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we're told. It was certainly the most difficult for me, as I stood there sleepily trying to make a decision about packaging types.

Apples on a tray, wrapped in plastic

New challenge: nude food

Saturday, 4 July 2009

The more you think about it, the more you realise how much we wrap things up in plastic and cardboard and glass. Obviously, some of it is necessary. I don't fancy trying to bring milk home without packaging! But then again, do my tomatoes really need a styrofoam tray and cling wrap?

Traffic jam

Challenge review: leave the car at home

Friday, 26 June 2009

Spending on public transport doesn't just help us tackle climate change, it also helps people in outer suburbs have better access to essential services, and is good for the economy too.

court gavel

Litigation and climate change

Friday, 26 June 2009

The big sleeper issue around climate change is litigation. Already there are signs that investors, communities and non government organisations will be taking companies to court over their claims on the environment. It is a growing trend

Pantry

Being more food-wise

Friday, 19 June 2009

Last year Bronwyn suggested we go through our pantries and freezers and use up the food there instead of buying new items every week. Since about 20% of the average Australian's food purchases end up in landfill, that seemed like a great challenge to me! Have you been keeping it up?

Lots of vegetables

Are you still eating vegetarian meals?

Friday, 19 June 2009

More people are going vegetarian part-time - Meatfree Mondays and Weekday Vegetarians are the new ways to try it out without having to go cold turkey.

Challenge review: no bottled water

Friday, 12 June 2009

How are we going on the 'switch to tap water' challenge? Remember, you're doing your bit to save the environment when you leave the bottle behind.

Coffee cup

Challenge review: no disposable coffee cups

Friday, 12 June 2009

Let's review how we've been doing on the older challenges - are you still keeping up your good habits? First up - giving up disposable cups when we get takeaway coffee.

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