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Masks: Towards a circular economy

Face masks are part of our daily lives during the pandemic. Many are made from plastics and designed to be used just once, which means thousands of tonnes of extra waste going to landfill. Masks may help stop the spread of coronavirus. But if everyone in Australia used a single-use mask every day for a year, it would create 25,000 tonnes of contaminated waste and 22,000 tonnes of plastic packaging. Masks may also be a source of harmful microplastic fibres ...
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9 weeks until Christmas …

I know. Can you believe it either? But this isn’t going to be a very jolly post – in fact, this is going to quite a sobering one. As we start to think about going out and buying gifts … we need to be mindful of the impact it might be having. Waste at Christmas Each Australian increases their waste by about 30% on average at Christmas time. The main offenders are all that wrapping paper, packaging, and uneaten food. ...
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The War on Convenience

The war on waste has touched every level of influence: consumer, business, and government. But is it really just a war on waste? Perhaps it is a war on convenience as well. In the midst of all the doom and gloom about the environment—from floods in Queensland, to droughts in New South Wales, and scorching temperatures in South Australia—we like to look at all the positive change that is happening both locally and globally. From reusable bags enforced at supermarkets ...
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