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We're bursting with ideas, events and activities to share with you for National Recycling Week

Date: 10-Nov-17
Author: Claire Bell
It's Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (13 - 19 November) and we have some exciting initiatives including: a brand new Recycled Products Directory; a new research guide: What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters; the Friday File Fling; plus Buy It Back Day. Accompanied by new resources and promotional materials, we've made it even easier for businesses and communities to get involved.

Flying Dutch claim victory for the 7th time in the World Solar Challenge

Date: 09-Nov-17
Author: Helen Nolan
Every two years the World Solar Challenge welcomes the greatest minds from all over the world to come to Australia for the 3000-kilometre (1,860 mile) solar car race. Roaring across Australia's outback from Darwin to Adelaide, these efficient electric vehicles challenge the norms by running on solar power charged up during the day.

Top Australian sustainability award winners announced

Date: 09-Nov-17
Author: Laura Chalk
It is award season here in Australia, and two awards have cast a spotlight on sustainability and the businesses, communities and individuals who are leading the way forward in this age of environmental awareness. The awards show the immense diversity of sustainability initiatives taking place in the country.

Doing well by doing good: a recipe for sustain-ability

Date: 09-Nov-17
Author: Billy Pringle
Standard prosthetic limbs made from virgin materials can cost thousands of dollars. A team of young Australians is aiming to reduce those costs and contribute to sustainable resource use at the same time.

Beyond plastic pollution: solutions for a small planet

Date: 09-Nov-17
Author: Rebecca Gilling
A three-day conference recently held in Sydney: Beyond Plastic Pollution - Pathways to Cleaner Oceans highlighted a large and growing global problem but also gave hope with some inspiring initiatives. Over the next few issues of Positive Environment News Planet Ark will bring you some of those good news stories.

UTAS Wood Project Wins the Built Environment Category in the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia

Date: 08-Nov-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Sustainability leaders from across Australia and New Zealand were on the edge of their seats on 2 November, as the winners of the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia were announced live from RMIT University's Storey hall in Melbourne. 35 finalists from 18 institutions held their breath as the President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), Leanne Denby, and Vice President, Corey Peterson, announced the winners.

Why buying it back is good for business and the environment

Date: 07-Nov-17
Author: Claire Bell
Your workplace is probably doing quite well when it comes to recycling. But if you're not buying recycled, you're only doing half the job. Having a sustainable procurement policy is a way to reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products, as well as demonstrate business leadership.

Mobile for a meal, recycling feeds those in need

Date: 07-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
MobileMuster and OzHarvest have teamed up to give Australians a great reason to recycle their mobile phones. This summer for every mobile recycled through MobileMuster they will deliver a meal to someone in need through OzHarvest.

Macquarie University Innovation Hub Wins Four Times in the 2017 Timber Design Awards

Date: 02-Nov-17
Author: David Rowlinson
The recently completed Macquarie University Innovation Hub won a total of four awards in the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards, which were announced on Wednesday 25th October at the Melbourne Museum. It won the award for Innovative Timber Design, Engineered Timber, Timber Panels and Timber Windows and Doors.

Timberlink Gains Dual Timber Sustainability Certification

Date: 31-Oct-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Timberlink believes in the legal, ethical and sustainable sourcing of timber and is a staunch supporter of the forestry certification schemes that provide assurance of this to the market. Timberlink's three mills have held certification since the business commenced operations and following further investment in its Australian mills now becomes the first major sawmilling business in Australia to hold dual certification.

Revolutionary eco-friendly furniture the way of the future

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Helen Nolan
Eco-friendly furniture has become a design trend in its own right with the green movement hitting the home decor world in a big way. Forward thinking companies are leading with green credentials in consideration of less waste, less impact and leaving a lower carbon footprint.

The calming effect of contact with nature

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Billy Pringle
Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers on New South Wales' mid-north coast are experiencing the benefits of exposure to natural materials and environments.


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