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Household , Waste Reduction

Repair Cafes – What Are They And Where Can I Find Them?

The (almost) lost art of repairing broken objects is alive and kicking again in Western Australia thanks to the community-powered ‘repair cafés’ that are popping up around suburban Perth and regional centres. WHAT IS A REPAIR CAFÉ? Repair cafés (and labs) are grassroots community-based events helping to keep items out of landfill for longer. MENDING As the name suggests, the focus of these events is on repairing broken items. It costs nothing to use the service – all you need to do is bring along your broken item and an appetite to break up with waste. It could be anything...
Waste Reduction

Up For A Nudie Run?

Dude food is so 2018. Today it’s all about nude food. So what exactly is nude food? Well, it’s less to do with undressed salads and more about getting rid of excess packaging. HOW TO GET YOUR NUDE ON If you’re ready to embrace the nude food revolution, here are 5 tips to help you on your way. 1. BUY FOOD WITH LESS PACKAGING Whether you’re shopping at a big name supermarket, local provedore, weekend farmers’ market or speciality food shop – say no to the excessive packaging. Okay, no-one wants to put an unwrapped chicken in their shopping basket,...
Household , Recycling

Hazardous Waste – The Things You Just Can’t Bin

We use hazardous chemicals and materials in our homes every day – think batteries, paint, aerosol cans and gas cylinders – usually without thinking twice and without obvious risk to our health. But when these items (known as household hazardous waste or HHW) reach the end of their useful lives, we need to take special care to dispose of them. They’re often flammable, toxic, explosive or corrosive and can’t be disposed of in household bins. SO HOW DO YOU DISPOSE OF… Here’s a list of 5 common HHW you may need to dispose of and how you can do it....
Household , Waste Reduction

Taking-away The Recycling Confusion

Australians love the convenience of take-away food (we apparently spend around a third of our annual food budgets on it!). But convenience comes at a price – an abundance of plastic and cardboard containers. And even when we look to do the right thing and recycle those take-away items, we often get it wrong. So just what can and can’t be recycled once you’ve finished your take-away or grab-and-go snack? YOUR GUIDE TO TAKE-AWAY RECYCLING These on-the-go vessels and takeaway packaging should ALWAYS be placed in a recycling bin. ITEM EXTRA NOTES Plastic bottles Empty, lids off Glass bottles Empty, lids off Aluminium...
Recycling , Waste Reduction

How Wa’s Container Deposit Scheme Will Work

You might have heard that WA is getting its own container deposit scheme in 2020. From Tuesday 2 June, eligible containers will earn you a 10 cent refund if they are returned to one of more than 170 refund points around the state. This article shares what we know about the scheme right now, and what we can expect to learn closer to its launch. GOT QUESTIONS? WE’VE GOT ANSWERS! Q. WHAT IS A CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME? A container deposit scheme is a program designed to help divert recyclable waste from landfill and reduce litter. A small deposit is added...
Household , Recycling

Tips For Sustainable Living

Western Australians love a month-long challenge right (don’t forget the global movement Plastic Free July started here!)? So who’s up for embracing the next call to action – Sustainable September – with us? WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY? Let’s get back to basics – the Oxford Dictionary describes sustainability as the: “avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.” HOW CAN I BE MORE SUSTAINABLE? At the most simple level, to be more sustainable you will need to be more considered about everyday decisions – what you do, what you eat, what you buy (or don’t...
Household , Waste Reduction

The Buy Nothing Movement And How You Can Get Involved

The grassroots, volunteer-driven project has sparked a worldwide social movement with groups in 30 nations and around 150 active groups right here in Western Australia. HOW CAN I JOIN A BUY NOTHING GROUP? The only thing you need in order to join a Buy Nothing group is a Facebook account. The groups are hyper-local and you are only able to join a single group. The groups vary in size, depending on the number of participants, but in many instances they may just consist of people from a single suburb. The first thing you need to do is locate a group...
Household

5 Ways To Become An Impact-owning Dog Owner

Make no bones about it, us Western Australians LOVE our four-legged friends, in fact, around 40% of households own at least one dog. These canine friends rely on us for plenty of things – walks, food, grooming – but have you ever stopped to think that they also need their owners to make good decisions when it comes to the environment too? SO WHERE DO YOU START? Embedding a few good practices in your daily approach to pet ownership can make a sizeable dent in the amount of waste your pet produces. The good news is we’ve got 5 easy...
Waste Reduction

12 Ways To Reduce Waste This Christmas

Want to get through the festive season without feeling a sense of overconsumption? We don’t blame you! Did you know that the amount of waste produced by households grows by almost one third in during the Christmas and New Year period, largely thanks to all those gifts and celebratory events? In a single fortnight that’s around 17kg more waste being produced per Western Australian home. But it doesn’t need to be that way. In fact, with a few waste-savvy switches, careful gift choices and some space in the freezer you can make a significant dent in the amount of waste piling up...
Waste Reduction

Low Waste Parenting: How To Be Waste-wise When You Have A ‘mini Me’

Wondering how to keep your waste in check with a new baby? We can help! Today, having a kid often results in an avalanche of 'stuff' – nappies, wipes, bottles, sippy cups, clothes, bedding, bassinets, cots, baby capsules, car seats, carriers, prams, bouncers, toys… . And a lot of that stuff ultimately winds up in landfill, creating a lasting impact. But with a bit of 'green thinking', you can reduce your waste impact and also set your kids up to be the waste warriors of the future. HERE ARE 7 WAYS TO BE AN IMPACT-SAVVY PARENT: 1. EMBRACE PRE-LOVED A...