The 2012 London Olympic Games made claims that it would be ‘the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, leaving a legacy far beyond the departure of the Olympic Flame.’ So with a day to go before the opening ceremony, I thought I’d find out a bit more about what that means and whether these aspirations have been achieved.
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A couple of lucky punters got the chance to trial the Odour Free Kitchen Compost Collector from Full Circle. This nifty tool provides an aerobic bench top scrap collector which, unlike sealed compost containers, allows oxygen to flow through the kitchen waste. This means that food decomposition is slower, drier and results in less mess, less odour, and the design keeps fruit flies at bay.
I felt like a bit of a scrooge this Christmas. Presents for my 2 year old consisted of things she needed, like a new toothbrush and a toddler cutlery set. However, when she spent most of the holidays playing with a cardboard box and bubble wrap, I realised that she would not be emotionally damaged from my meagre gift giving.
Did you know that burials have a greater long term environmental impact than cremations? Neither did we! And theres more… Centennial Park in South Australia, is up for an environmental award for its efforts towards achieving sustainability. It is also the first cemetery in the Australia, and possibly the world, to manage their entire greenhouse gas emissions with a carbon offset scheme.
Most households in Australia now have at least one computer and with the lifespan of a personal computer ranging from 2-5 years that is a significant amount of waste. After six years it was finally time to upgrade my laptop, so its time to see what can be done with the old one, which still works, albeit slowly. So it seems there are now more options for reuse and recycling of computers, so what are they?
Coffee addiction is becoming more widespread. Key signs of addiction include problems functioning without your morning coffee, being late due to detouring to visit a favourite coffee shop, a bin full of empty coffee cups. The KeepCup might help you feel better about your addiction. This refillable, sustainable, waste avoiding KeepCup, is the first barista standard reusable coffee cup. It is raved about by those we know that have them. Here’s why.
It’s a wonder how we managed to stay in touch before mobile phones. Now just about everybody has one, and usually at least another one or two old ones stashed in a drawer somewhere. It is estimated that there are 14.3 million unused handsets being stored in homes or at work (AMTA 2008), and with most people buying new phones every 12-24 months this number is set to increase. These old mobiles contain polluting materials as well as a goldmine of recyclable materials which can be transformed into jewellery, saucepans and even traffic cones. Digging out old mobiles and handing them in for recycling is becoming easier and easier, here’s how.