Canada is seen as leading the way in banning single-use plastics. But how comprehensive are these actions, and how realistic is the dream of a zero-waste future?
Humans generate a lot of trash, but there are cheaper and safer ways to handle it than loading it on rockets.
Apartments have lower waste recycling rates than houses, which means the growing numbers of apartment dwellers could add to Australia’s waste management crisis. But there are solutions to the problem.
Experimenting with low-waste living shows it’s not easy being green. But householders can help policymakers design better waste management systems.
Not everything needs to be Marie Kondo-ed just because it doesn’t ‘spark joy’. Ask yourself if there’s a less wasteful option.
Making it easier for people to refill containers is key to slowing the tide of packaging waste.
The inside of story of a pioneering programme to convert nitrogen into microalgae that can generate sustainable animal feed.
New Zealand plans to shift to a circular economy but planning is split between agencies, is inconsistent and and contradictory, and it perpetuates a business-as-usual approach.
Wasting food feeds climate change but relatively small changes can make a big difference. Here are 6 to try.
Life-cycle assessments of food packaging often omit the impact and possible toxicity of plastics leaking into the environment. Excluding these factors gives plastics an unjustified advantage.
Right to Repair laws make it easier for consumers, repairers and tinkerers to fix their broken goods. It’s an attractive alternative to the dangers of overflowing e-waste.
A new business is skipping recycling in favour of returning, washing and reusing sturdy containers for common groceries.
Australia’s recycling woes belong to everyone, from households to government to business. It’s time to stop pointing fingers and get to work on a solution.
Australia doesn’t want to deal with its own recycling waste, so why do we think other countries should do it for us?
Every year the US burns more than 34 million tons of garbage in incinerators. These plants are major pollution sources, and most are clustered in disadvantaged communities.
Recycling is a messy system at the moment. Here’s how we can clean up our act.
New types of biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative to conventional plastics. But they may be no better for the environment.
Ipswich Council has stopped recycling and it’s likely that others around Australia will follow suit.
Millions of tonnes of plastic garbage winds up in our oceans each year. Voluntary pledges haven’t worked. It’s time for Canada to advocate for an international plastics treaty.
The scale of fast fashion is so massive it can easily eclipse sustainability initiatives. We need investment in new technologies to revolutionise the industry.