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We need certainty on recycled plastics

We all want to do the right thing and put plastic in the correct recycling bin. But if there is no market for recycled plastic, funding the recycling process gets difficult. A sure market One way to improve recycling rates is for governments to buy more recycled materials. Australian Council of Recycling chief Pete Shmigel says governments could sell recycled materials to roads agencies that would use them. Another 100,000 tonnes of soft plastics could be used if two road ...
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Invisible plastic – what’s the problem?

In the plastic debate, public concerns and action often focus on items such as plastic bags and coffee cups. While these are hugely important – especially as they are often the items disappearing down drains and suffocating wildlife – many other sources of plastic pervade our lives without us even realising. These sources are often called invisible plastic. What is invisible plastic? Invisible plastic includes things such as household white goods, vehicles, textiles, electronics, and building products. These are not ...
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Mastering COVID sustainably: The Wilderness Chef

Talk about going green? Here’s one business that’s doing it! The catering business Anteloping creates quality restaurant dining experiences in unimaginable locations such as waterfalls, mountain tops, lookouts, sand dunes, ski fields, and deserts. Cooper Thomas (also known as The Wilderness Chef), the owner of Anteloping, is one of those who have had to re-orientate their whole business during COVID-19, and has factored sustainability in as he goes. Sustainability Cooper believes sustainability is important not only for the environment but ...
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What to do with e-waste

We often talk about how to dispose of plastic (especially our favourite, bioplastic) but there’s a whole other category out there that can be difficult to deal with at the end of its life – e-waste. E-waste, or electronic waste, includes everything from phones and computers to headphones and cables. You can throw them out like everything else – but they’ll end up in landfill where they (might, eventually) break down, probably releasing chemicals into the environment as they do ...
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I use plastic … but it’s ok because I recycle it

The short answer – no. Sorry to break it to you, but just because you recycle plastic does not mean it’s okay to use it in the first place. Why? Nurdles Nurdles are tiny (3-5mm) pieces of plastic that are used to make drink bottles, food containers, plastic bags, baby toys … you name it, if it’s plastic, it’s been made from nurdles. And nurdles end up everywhere. Simply because, if you’ve ever tried cooking with rice, you’ll know it’s ...
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4 things you didn’t realise CAN be recycled

We all want to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. However, there is often confusion over what can and can’t be recycled – and rather than run the risk of contaminating the recycling bin with a non-recyclable item, people will sometimes send recyclables to landfill if they’re not sure. Always check with your local council for what they accept in their recycling program. But, just to clear the air a bit, here we’ve got four things ...
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3 things you didn’t realise can’t be recycled

We all want to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. However, by putting a non-recyclable into the recycling bin, you contaminate the rest of the recycling and then none of it gets recycled. Always check with your local council for region-specific rules on what they do and don’t accept. However, here are three things that generally cannot be recycled, wherever you are. Paper towels and tissues So, paper can be recycled. However, paper towels and tissues ...
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Why sustainable packaging?

What is sustainable packaging? Sustainable packaging does no harm to the planet in any phase of its life cycle. It should: Come from recyclable, renewable sources – e.g. post-consumer recycled materials, materials not containing hazardous chemicals or carcinogens, and materials that are biodegradable. Avoid waste – including streamlining packaging so that it requires less material, and making plant operations more efficient. Take into account your product life cycle – implement green initiatives at every point in your product’s journey to ...
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