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Category: Thoughts + opinions


Flinders Street Station: Cutting edge design or green urban spaces

By Lorrin Windahl. The Victorian Government has alluded to the fact that they are interested in upgrading Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station. Although no budget has been allocated, or likely to be in the near future, they held an international design…

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The great debate: reusable vs disposable nappies

By Lorrin Windahl. I’ve recently had my first child and, being very aware of the impact I have on the environment, I have been faced with a dilemma – reusable or disposable nappies. And I thought the timing of this…

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3D printing – sustainable manufacturing?

By Lorrin Windahl. I came across this pretty cool use of 3D printing the other day – the Planter Brick. The idea behind the concept is that you can create a living wall with the planter bricks and because they…

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Design for obsolescence: Are we the throw-away generation?

By Lorrin Windahl. The phrase ‘planned obsolescence’ was apparently first coined back in the 1950s by fellow industrial designer Brooks Stevens. After 70 odd years you’d think we’d have come to our senses by now. But I think the notion…

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Philanthropy in Australia: Are the rich morally obliged to give?

By Lorrin Windahl. The other night I caught the ABC’s  Compass report entitled ‘Hey Big Spender’. It discussed the idea of philanthropy in Australia and looked at why the wealthy are reluctant patrons. As a whole we are a very…

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For a product to succeed, being “green” isn’t enough

By Alistair McCaskill (Guest contributor from The Switch Report). In the last couple of years I’ve interviewed the owners and managers of over 45 companies that are each contributing in some way to the move towards a more sustainable way…

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The dirty truth about recycling

By Lucy Smith. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told to recycle. As a child I recollect asking why I should do this and being told, ‘because it’s good for the environment’. Many years on when the…

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Saluting those that Salute the Reuser

By Lucy Smith. In my time I’ve had the good fortune of being able to travel far and wide. One of the first things I say to overseas friends or out-of-towners who ask me about Melbourne is; ‘coffee culture’. It’s…

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Cardboard coffins – an eco exit?

By Lorrin Windahl. A pretty morbid post I know but I’ve always been amazed at the elaborate and ‘over the top’ design of coffins when they are just put in the ground or, worse still, burnt. When you think about…

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I’m here now but what is this really all about?

Welcome to our first post, well technically it’s our second but who’s actually counting. We’re pretty excited to have developed this blog so we can spill out all the socially responsible thoughts that are running around our heads and our…

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