Sustainability > Waste

Salvos stores launch ‘shopping with a conscience’ month

19 January, 2011

From 20 January 2011, Australians will be able to access hundreds of one-off fashion and unique items from local Salvos Stores around the country thanks to the launch of Salvos Stores online, the first charity online shopping website of its kind in Australia.

Cardia sets up subsidiary to commercialise novel CO2 starch technology

17 January, 2011

Cardia Bioplastics has announced that it has established a 100% subsidiary - CO2Starch Pty Ltd - which will be used to commercialise the company’s patented novel CO2 polymer-starch blending technology.

Sustainable packaging: eco-friendly and unbreakable

17 January, 2011

Sustainability is steadily gaining in importance for consumers. They want ethically and ecologically impeccable products, packaged in a resource-conserving manner that nevertheless ensures their perfect condition when purchased. This is a major challenge to packaging producers, as the industry wants to save on materials without compromising the stability of the packaging in any way.

Innovia Films NatureFlex N913 cellulose-based packaging film

20 December, 2010 by

The NatureFlex N913 is the latest grade of NatureFlex cellulose-based packaging film. Derived from renewable resources, the film has a sealant layer for enhanced sealability and seal integrity. Other advantages of the product include providing a barrier to moisture, gases and aromas; and certified to meet the European EN 13432 and American ASTM D6400 composting norms.

SITA consolidates market position with the acquisition of WSN

17 December, 2010

SITA Environmental Solutions (SITA), a 60:40 Suez Environnement (France) and Sembcorp Industries (Singapore) joint venture, has announced the acquisition of the New South Wales Government's waste services firm, WSN Environmental Solutions (WSN).

Green accreditation for chute system

09 December, 2010

Wastech Engineering has achieved a Product Assessment Certificate from Ecospecifier for its Smoothtubes chute system. In addition, a GreenRate Green Building Scheme pre-assessment has been conducted and it was found that this product is likely to contribute to the achievement of Green Building rating tool credits.

Chemical building block from waste gases

30 September, 2010

LanzaTech has produced 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD), a key building block used to make polymers, plastics and hydrocarbon fuels, using its gas fermentation technology.

New China supply deal for Cardia Bioplastics

28 September, 2010

Australian manufacturer of sustainable packaging products and resins Cardia Bioplastics has struck a major agreement with a Chinese bag manufacturing company - its third China deal in three months.

A commitment to sustainable packaging

26 August, 2010 by Edward Cordner*

Since 2000, the National Packaging Covenant (Covenant) has been an innovative and unique national approach to dealing with packaging waste. It has engaged the packaging supply and recovery chains, governments and community groups. There was a specific target to divert high-embodied energy materials from landfill and through these activities contribute to a reduction in GHG emissions.

Inspiring smarter solutions

26 August, 2010

The Plastiki, a 60-foot (18.2 m) catamaran made from plastic bottles, sailed into Sydney Harbour on Monday 26 July. Designed to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste in the ocean and plant the seed in everyone’s mind to think about minimising waste and re-using materials intelligently, the Plastiki expedition is the creation of adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild and his organisation, Adventure Ecology.

Zenergy PWR waste to energy

02 August, 2010 by

The Plasma Waste Recycling (PWR) process uses high-temperature thermal plasma to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) to syngas, molten metal and vitreous slag - there is no ash. Air emissions are said to be lower than the combustion of natural gas and are within US EPA standards.

AIFST convention to discuss sustainabilty

17 June, 2010

Over 100 international and local experts from the world of food will converge on Melbourne in July for the 43rd annual Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Convention. Sustainability in food packaging will be discussed during the conference.

National Waste Report 2010 released

11 May, 2010

Australia's first comprehensive report on waste and resource recovery was released on Friday 7 May - the National Waste Report 2010.

Sewage gas providing green energy

20 April, 2010

Methane gas from Glenfield Sewage Treatment Plant is being converted to green energy under new technology being rolled out at sewage treatment plants across Greater Sydney, NSW Minister for Water, Phil Costa has announced.

Education is the key to environmental solutions

26 February, 2010

SITA Environmental Solutions opened its Elizabeth Drive Education Centre on 22 February.

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