Thursday, February 26, 2015

Consumers are willing to do the right thing - but are the large beverage corporations prepared to come to the party!

Thanks to Inside FMCG for this info!

Good onya, Soda Stream - but, at the risk of being seen to be cheeky, you would go for this wouldn't you.  Because, as far as I am aware, none of  your products come in cans or commercial soft drink bottles.

SodaStream supports recycling scheme

While beverage industry giants continue to remain silent in response to the weekend’s NSW Government election promise to introduce a state wide beverage container recycling scheme,SodaStream, has come forward in full support of the move.
“Not only is there overwhelming community support for the NSW Government’s recycling scheme there should be more support from the beverage industry to ensure that full responsibility is being taken for the products they place into consumer’s hands,” SodaStream’s MD for Australia, Myles Anceschi, said.
“It is great to hear that there have been significant discussions with the beverage industry in the lead up to the announcement of the proposed scheme and it would be even better to see individual brands within the sector publically showing their support to take responsibility for their products particularly as they have been so opposed to such a scheme for decades,”
The NSW government plans to put at least 800 reverse vending machines at popular beaches, parks, and public spaces by July 1, 2017.
The technology works by giving people a deposit, a slip of paper, when they put a container in the machine.
“Consumers are willing and ready to recycle and do the right thing, it’s time that some of the biggest brands in the beverage industry did more than just encourage recycling, but actually incentivise it,”Anceschi said.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Compost produces an elegant beauty

Cross-posted with The Trad Pad

My compost bin is, at the moment, half full. I sometimes leave the lid off to catch a bit of rain.  On my last visit to the bin, this is what I found.

My friend Alida said:  They're very pretty, but I do suggest your compost needs more nitrogenous material so bacteria grow as well. This seems to have too much carbohydrate in it. Add manures if you can, or fresh green waste. And turn it.

I said no to the manure.  A couple of inches below these beautiful things is a couple of inches of horse manure.  I did say yes to the turning. Will see to that.

My friend, Denis, of The Nature of Robertson has identified the fungi for me.  The elegant black and white mushrooms are Coprinus calyptratus.  The small white hooded ones are the young of the species.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Talina Edwards, Substainability Architect - Green Drinks at Mr Rede's - Knowledge Hub and Ballarat Bloggers

Last night was our monthly fix of Green Drinks.

Our speaker was Talina Edwards
who, to-morrow, is Mistress of Ceremonies
at the

Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Concern about chemicals. Is the concern only in relation to the bomb-making brigade? Do chemicals of environmental threat get the same concern from the Attorney-General?

We don't often talk about chemicals.  Well, we do talk about some chemicals - fluoride, vaccinations, safe consumer products.  There is tucked away in the Commonwealth Department of Health an agency with the cute name of NICNAS - the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme.

However, the Attorney-General has some concerns.

The Australian Attorney-General is Senator George Brandis.  It needs to be noted that George, a libertarian of some note, has not been travelling to well politically this week.

The Attorney-General -  well, his department actually - wants to receive submissions up to August 27, 2014. Please for here for details of what is required and how a submission can be made.   

I have no opinion on this because I don't know what the existing situation is. So I have no idea whether this matter can lead to an overreach or it might lead to sensible and necessary regulation.

I am concerned though - because George has background and form.

The Abbott Government of which George is a member seems to want over-reaching freedoms of a most dastardly kind for their friends such as employer organisations and wealthy institutions while cracking down in many ways on lesser mortals.  So until someone well-qualified  advises me otherwise, I am suspicious.

I am more concerned about the adverse impact on the environment and living species of manufactured chemicals.  I wonder if George shares my concern.  Again, a well-qualified adviser might like to enter into converse with me on this matter.

Travelling light in a world of increasing consumption

This has come to me from jonny baker's blog. I think it is wonderful.

If you don't own the latest thing,
it won't go out of date.
If you don't own much,
you won't have much to lose.
If you own next to nothing,
you won't worry about ending up with nothing.
If you own less than you want,
you will still have more than you need.
If you spend less money on things,
you can spend more time on you.
If you own less, you will value it more.
If you own only what you can carry,
you will carry less baggage around with you.
Travel light. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Art, Waste and Consumption

How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

If you're a human being who goes on the internet or wanders outdoors from time to time, you know this is a precarious time for planet Earth. While often the message is delivered in the forms of alarming headlines or dire infographics, we rarely see a call for conservation that looks as beautiful as this:

Brian Belott, Clooz
This colorful abstract image isn't your typical illustration of consumption and waste, but the mixed media assemblage of reused materials certainly strikes a chord. It offers no scolding, no morals, no parting principles. But something about the image sticks -- a suggestion of waste's beauty, of its potential and ours.
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