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Olympics Architect Brings Wood Back to Tokyo's Concrete Jungle

Date: 02-Jun-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Using Japanese lumber for the centre-piece Olympic venue, architect Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime devastation. The design stems from his 'natural architecture' concept of making buildings part of a landscape.

World Environment Day - a Call to Connect with Nature

Date: 02-Jun-17
Author: Claire Bell
The theme of this year's World Environment Day, 'Connecting People to Nature', encourages everyone around the world to step outside and spend some time experiencing the beauty and inestimable value of the Earth we share.

What's the Deal with Coffee Cup Recycling?

Date: 29-May-17
Author: Brad Gray
Coffee cups. Recyclable or not? Well unfortunately it's not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer at the moment. Find out why the confusion exists and the best way to dispose of your disposable cups.

Planet Ark Pays Tribute to Former Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray

Date: 29-May-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Planet Ark News is all about the things you can do to help the environment. But today we look at one of the people who made that a reality, former Head of Campaigns Brad Gray, who has just finished at Planet Ark. We pay tribute to his role in making Planet Ark Australia's leading environmental behaviour change organisation.

Softwood Timber Structures to Feature in Vivid Sydney Festival 2017

Date: 25-May-17
Author: David Rowlinson
A group of talented young Brisbane Architects was commissioned by Destination NSW to create 'Twelve Tone', an interactive light and sound sculpture for the Vivid Sydney festival. The assorted pieces of softwood timber comprise 12 stacks corresponding to the 12 tones in a musical octave.

Shell Recycling - Big Gains From Small Things

Date: 25-May-17
Author: Elise Catterall
Australia's coastline has seen extensive losses in its shellfish reefs, which has many environmental impacts including fewer shellfish. But now dinner plate leftovers may be coming to the rescue.

Scientist Discover Massive New Forests

Date: 25-May-17
Author: Laura Chalk
A new global analysis has discovered 467 million hectares of previously unreported forests. This amounts to an area equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia.

Wriggly Solution To Plastic Pollution: The Caterpillar That Eats Plastic

Date: 24-May-17
Author: Elise Catterall
In the face of serious concerns that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our oceans than fish, scientists may have found a wriggly solution to the problem: a plastic-eating caterpillar.

Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) Industry Update

Date: 22-May-17
Author: Claire Bell
The Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) is pleased to invite you to the 2017 WCRA Industry Update.

World's Tallest Commercial Building Made of Engineered Timber Opens in Barangaroo

Date: 17-May-17
Author: David Rowlinson
The construction of Australia's first, and the world's tallest, engineered timber office building has been completed in Barangaroo to a design by architecture practice Tzannes. Six of the above-ground levels of International House Sydney are constructed entirely from cross laminated timber and glue laminated timber, supported by a conventional concrete structure at ground level.

How Do We Do Better With Our Food Waste?

Date: 16-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins
According to ABC TV's War On Waste series, each week the average Australian family throws out 20% of the food they buy. That's one in every five bags of groceries! This adds up to 3.3 million tonnes of food a year, enough to fill the MCG 6 times over. So what can we do to, basically, just do better?

Did Your Council or Workplace Make the Top Ten?

Date: 15-May-17
Author: Claire Bell
In 2016 the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling program celebrated its biggest year since it began 15 years ago. So we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped make that possible, especially to the top ten returners. Were you one of them?


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