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Salmon oil makes sustainable plastic

08 April, 2021

Researchers are investigating ways to develop safe, biodegradable plastic alternatives to polyurethanes, derived from fish waste including heads, bones, skin and guts.

Food waste's sustainability solution for farmed fish

06 April, 2021

A more sustainable global fish economy could be created by using food scraps to make high-quality food for farmed fish, according to a team of researchers at UWA.

Study to assess local advanced recycling industry

19 March, 2021

A joint feasibility study will determine the technical, economic and environmental benefits of a local advanced recycling industry.

Paper-based single-use tableware more sustainable than reusable, says report

12 March, 2021

The energy and water required to wash reusable tableware gives paper-based single-use products an advantage when it comes to environmental impact.

Green port plans for WA coast

09 March, 2021

Plans to build Australia's first 'green' port near Exmouth are underway, with Gascoyne Gateway progressing with the company's next round of community reference groups.

Circular economy hackathon delivers innovative goods

24 February, 2021

Teams of Australia and India's students and innovative start-ups turned their minds to solving global challenges at the inaugural India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon.

Face masks recycled for road base

04 February, 2021

RMIT University researchers have developed road-making material by using a mix of shredded single-use face masks and processed building rubble.

Waste to biofuel industry on cards for Collie

04 February, 2021

Renergi will design, build and operate a $9.4 million, 1.5 tonnes/hour demonstration-scale distributed energy-from-waste plant in Collie, WA.

3D concrete bio-inspired by lobsters

29 January, 2021

New research shows that patterns inspired by lobster shells can make 3D printed concrete stronger, to support more complex and creative architectural structures.

Roadmap release to support sustainable small business growth

29 January, 2021

The Banksia Foundation and Australia Post have released a white paper that will act as a practical roadmap for small business owners to sustain their operations in the current global climate.

Triple job creation with CSIRO circular economy roadmap

25 January, 2021

CSIRO has released the National Circular Economy Roadmap, detailing key strategies for creating jobs and reclaiming billions in economic value from resources currently going into landfill.

APCO reveals state of packaging in Australia

20 January, 2021

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has published a report that tracks Australia's progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Planet prognosis forecasts 'ghastly' future

15 January, 2021

A team of scientists has summarised the state of the natural world in stark form to help clarify the gravity of the human predicament.

Soft plastics become sustainable concrete for Coles carpark

12 January, 2021

RMIT engineers have partnered with Victorian recycling organisations Replas, RED Group and SR Engineering to develop a concrete material made from lightweight recycled plastic.

Researchers create metamaterial with multiple stable states

11 December, 2020

A team of researchers at Purdue University has developed a way for a material to store energy in its skin through invertible domes.

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