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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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Pulp – the green packaging alternative

By Lorrin Windahl. So I mentioned in a previous post that polystyrene foam, which has been used for many years as a good impact resistant packaging material, is slowly being outlawed worldwide due to its low sustainability credentials. So what…

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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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Life Cycle Assessment Part 3: Reduce Your Product’s Environmental Impact

By Giles Matthews. My last post stepped into some heavy territory – reducing your product’s negative social impact. This post we’ll grapple with the equally dense issue of reducing your product’s environmental impact.

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Designer Profile 3 – William McDonough

By Lucy Smith. William McDonough has been famed as a ‘hero for the planet’ by Time magazine. The American designer, architect and author is certainly a worthy recipient of the endowment as a globally recognised leader in sustainable development.

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Older people – the forgotten generation?

By Heather McInnes. Health care standards have significantly improved over the last few decades.  People are living longer and people with previously fatal injuries and illness are being saved. As a result of this, within developed countries, there are individuals…

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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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