Tracks of wisdom

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The film Tracks strips life to the bare essentials, leaving the clutter of civilisation behind, and reminds us of what is truly important with heartbreaking clarity.


Living with less

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Does your stuff own you, rather than the other way around? Reduce clutter and buy less for a healthier and happier life.


Making green mainstream

Monday, 26 November 2012

There’s something wrong with eco products on the market. Jon Dee says we shouldn’t have green products or choices, but that we should be greening up the entire market instead.

Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month 2012

The month of October

Buy Nothing New Month is a community driven event held each year to combat modern consumerism movements. It is a month long event that challenges society's way of thinking that we 'need' lots of material possessions to be happy, as well as raising awareness of the waste this lifestyle creates.

To take part, you simply pledge to buy nothing new for the month of October.

This event is good for your wallet, and good for your conscience as you acknowledge the impact your actions have on the planet and work to lessen them. Being a part of Buy Nothing New Month can also be fun; organise a clothes-swapping day with your friends or explore your local vintage stores and op shops for recycled goods.

This month is not about going without essentials. It is about thinking deeply about what we truly need in life and reducing the impact on finite resources.

Where: Australia, Netherlands and the US
When: The month of October, 2012
Cost: Free
Click here for more information

Buy nothing for Christmas

Monday, 19 December 2011

Don't panic about presents, extend overdrafts and apply for another credit card for Christmas. Why spend money you don't have on things your loved ones don't want or need -- things that usually end up in landfill? Before we start lets just stop. And think about alternative ways to show our love for each other and our planet with these adorable characters Chip and Bean.

Shopping trolley

To buy or not to buy

Friday, 11 March 2011

A question for every environmentally conscious shopper: can buying green save the planet?

PAPER WARS: Why is green procurement 101 still such a battlefield?

May 23 (Melbourne) & May 31 (Sydney), 2012

Even just deciding which printer paper to buy can be an incredibly complicated decision for supply chain managers and procurement people wanting better environmental and sustainability performance.
So what does this mean for all of the things a well-intentioned business has to source - IT, food and beverages, cleaning products, services, travel and much more? How do you balance the price and function imperatives with going green? What new developments in labelling and assessment are on the horizon?

Find out how Green Capital is tackling the challenge through their Buying Better project. You'll get an early look inside reviews of the environmental bona fides of some very big industries - not only paper, but also meat and dairy, electronics, cleaning products and packaging. These events will provide important take-away lessons for everyone seeking to make environmentally preferable purchasing decisions.

Where: May 23: Amora Hotel Jamison, Whiteley Ballroom, Level 2,11 Jamison St, Sydney.
May 31: The Arts Centre, ANZ Pavilion, Level 8, Spire Building, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
When: 7.45am for 8-10am, May 23 (Melbourne), & May 31 (Sydney), 2012
Cost: $230 for an individual, or $2000 for a table of ten.
Email for more information or click here.

Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month

1 - 31 October, 2011

Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never. It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are. It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need. Obviously, you'll need to buy necessities such as groceries, medication and hygiene products - just steer clear of new items such as CDs, home décor, presents or luxury goods. Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge overconsumption.

Where: Australia-wide.
When: 1 - 31 October, 2011.
Cost: Free to participate, and you'll save time and money too!
Click here for more information.


The end of shopping

Friday, 10 June 2011

The global economy is operating at about 150 per cent of capacity. Does it mean the end of shopping and consumerism? Are we witnessing end of the economic order and the beginning of a new one? Will business models have to change?

What’s Mine is Yours

Monday, 14 March 2011

Collaborative consumption is changing the world for the better by reinventing not only what but how we consume. This groundbreaking work explores how to shift our current economic landscape from passive consumption to something better than ownership.

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