Sustainability > Waste

Research says advertise your products' ethical credentials

19 May, 2016 by Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie, Director – Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark Australia & New Zealand

Many corporate sustainability advisers alike have experienced the dilemma of whether to proactively promote their sustainability credentials. Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie provides comments on what the research says.

Bags not! Finding the solution for Australia's plastic bags

05 April, 2016

It is pretty clear that there is finally a national appetite to address single-use plastic bags. Whether agreed or not, it is important that we get the transition right.

Food waste prevention better than biogas production

22 January, 2016

Norwegian researchers have been weighing up the benefits of recycling food waste versus preventing it, concluding that the latter is a more effective strategy for cutting emissions.

Microbeads and the need for a national ban

01 December, 2015 by Mike Ritchie, Director, MRA Consulting Group

Small bits of plastic like microbeads, found in common cosmetics such as face washes, exfoliants and toothpastes, have been wreaking havoc on waterways and soil systems across the world.

EPS — ban it, recycle it or price it?

19 November, 2015 by Mike Ritchie, Director, MRA Consulting Group

New York City's decision to ban single-use polystyrene foam containers and packaging was recently overturned by the Supreme Court. So did the Big Apple get it wrong, or was the idea of a ban just poorly implemented?

Printed electronics made of compostable materials

14 September, 2015

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology have developed printed electronics made of compostable natural materials and processes for industrial production.

Banana industry trials re-usable crate that reduces waste

02 September, 2015

Recent trials by CHEP Australia in the use of re-usable plastic crates as an alternative to cardboard cartons for the banana industry have returned positive results for growers and other members of the supply chain.

Why existing buildings are the Holy Grail of waste minimisation

03 August, 2015 by Tony Arnel, Global Director of Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young

If you're on the hunt for Australia's greenest buildings, start with the ones that already exist — says Tony Arnel, Global Director of Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young.

Plastics Project is a success thanks to citizen scientists

16 July, 2015

Since Australia Day, citizen scientists in Sydney's Sutherland Shire have been collecting plastic from the local beaches and waterways — and contributing to important research in the process.

Let's talk trash

20 May, 2015 by Nathan Lim*

Energy-from-Waste (EfW) is a progressive solution to Australia's growing waste management problem. Australian Ethical International Equities Portfolio Manager Nathan Lim explains.

Future trends for packaging and its role in sustainability

20 January, 2015

Packaging has an important role to play in sustainability as it functions to protect and reduce waste of products and raw materials as they move through the supply chains.

Bioplastics production capacities to grow by more than 400% by 2018

04 December, 2014

European Bioplastics has presented its annual market update at the 9th European Bioplastics Conference in Brussels. The update finds that there will be an extremely positive growth trend in global bioplastics production capacities.

Standard for manufacturing waste in the works

27 October, 2014

ASTM International has proposed a standard to help manufacturers address waste classification issues, providing definitions and methods to eliminate the confusion that currently exists.

RB achieves zero manufacturing waste to landfill in ENA

27 October, 2014

Health and hygiene company RB has achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill in Europe and North America (ENA). The achievement has now being realised by 31 of the company's factories around the world - over 60%.

Market analysis summaries for recovering resources

24 October, 2014

Between 2013 and 2014, Sustainability Victoria commissioned a series of market analysis reports covering a variety of waste materials identified as priorities for market development. The authority has now released summaries of these reports on its website.

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