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Sydney’s experience suggests that having separate bins for paper and bottles leads to better recycling. AAP Image/Tracy Nearmy

A crisis too big to waste: China’s recycling ban calls for a long-term rethink in Australia

Both short- and long-term solutions are needed to solve Australia's recycling crisis. State and federal ministers are pursuing some promising avenues, but they need to cast the net much wider.
Evgeny Grishkovets in Farewell to Paper: a meditation on times past, the fears raised by the dizzying turnover of technologies and the importance of patience. Toni Wilkinson

Farewell to Paper presents an engaging double act on lost things

A engaging show at the Perth Festival is an homage to obsolete objects - pen knives, blotting paper, inkwells, the handwritten letter, telegrams - and a meditation on time.
Plant worker at Gorham Paper & Tissue, Gorham, New Hampshire, 2015. Erikabarker/Wikipedia

Is the paper industry getting greener? Five questions answered

Pulp and paper production is a major industry with a large environmental footprint. Recently, though, paper companies have worked to reduce pollution and promote sustainable forestry and recycling.
Achievement unlocked: Rewritable paper. Yadong Yin

Reprintable paper becomes a reality

Coating paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 times. That reduces both the cost and the environmental effects of paper use.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use. Plane image from www.shutterstock.com

Reducing energy use is a big winner for business and the climate

Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
You never know what you’ll find when you rifle through a box of war diaries. PA

Digital records take something precious from military history

Digital networks and databases appear to crush historical distance. Archives of war increasingly come to us. A simple YouTube search throws up a chaotic mix of official and unauthorised, user-generated…
By pulling out of deforestation activities, APP says it is responding to climate change concerns. Rainforest Action Network

Major forestry company stops Indonesian deforestation

Asia’s largest forestry, pulp and paper manufacturing company announced in Jakarta this week it has stopped all activities that lead to deforestation in Indonesia. In a rare public event, the Chairman…
Buying this will make you feel good, but should it? turkeychik

Explainer: is recycled paper really better for the environment?

For many years, individual consumers, industries and governments have all purchased printing and writing paper made with a high recycled-fibre content. Why? Because they believe it is the most responsible…

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