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Australia's largest Residential Timber Building is an Affordable Housing Project

Date: 04-Dec-17
Author: David Rowlinson
An affordable housing development made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened in Campbelltown, making it the largest residential engineered timber building in Australia and the first in NSW, according to community housing provider BlueCHP.

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

Date: 04-Dec-17
Author: Claire Bell
The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions to reduce festive waste

How to Reduce Spending and Your Eco-Footprint This Christmas

Date: 30-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
With Australians spending over $1,000 at Christmas, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings for your wallet and eco-footprint.

Plastics inspiration: reasons for hope

Date: 23-Nov-17
Author: Rebecca Gilling
As part of the recent Beyond Plastic Pollution Conference in Sydney, attendees had the option to participate in a one-day Plasticity Sydney Forum, switching the focus from the daunting problems of marine plastic pollution to potential solutions.

Reconnaissance to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Date: 23-Nov-17
Author: Billy Pringle
A group of researchers including the 'Godfather of Coral' has launched a new study that aims to save the Great Barrier Reef from further damage.

Koalas found in national park after decades of absence

Date: 23-Nov-17
Author: Laura Chalk
After decades of no koala sightings, there have been reports of the marsupial once again inhabiting the Dharug National Park, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

National Recycling Week tips to help win the War on Waste

Date: 19-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
With National Recycling Week now over, how are you fairing with your War on Waste? Well here are our top tips for, just in time for ABC TV's War on Waste Episode 4 to be aired in just 2 weeks time on Sunday, 3 December.

Pay it forward and get a recycled bargain on Buy It Back Day

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Carol Warwick
The first ever Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 18 November! It will highlight the importance of closing the recycling loop and reducing waste by buying products made from recycled materials or buying reclaimed rather than new.

Inspiring story: "Charging" up local battery recycling

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Batteries are "charging" up the waste stream, that is, battery waste is growing fast. The sources of battery waste is increasing and come from a variety of industries such as electric and hybrid vehicles, power tools, domestic and industrial applications, power generation and renewable energy storage systems. One company is has started recycling these types of batteries right here in Australia.

Inspiring story: Making 3D printer parts from e-waste

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The Sustainable Materials Research & Technology division at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT UNSW), led by Planet Ark ambassador Professor Veena Sahajwalla, focuses on research and development of green materials, made from rubbish. You'll be inspired by their innovative environmental solutions for some of the world's biggest waste challenges.

Inspiring story: Building roads from cigarette butts

Date: 16-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia. Recently, RMIT University found a way to deal with the 1.2 million tonne problem that sees the release of toxic chemicals into the environment every year. Check out their brilliant solution.

Inspiring story: Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics

Date: 15-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
As Australia's leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. And it's not just outdoor furniture that they make. Read on to find out what else is available.

 

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