Tag Archives: sustainability

Victorian businesses prepare to ban the bag

New legislation was introduced to the Victorian state parliament this week which will ban all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less. This includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The new law will apply to all retailers and suppliers – regardless of …

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Coles’ appeal for SecondBite

Australians can join the fight against hunger this winter by supporting Coles’ national appeal for food rescue organisation, SecondBite. Over the next four weeks, Coles will launch a national fundraising appeal – $2 fundraising cards – to raise funds for SecondBite’s ongoing operating expenses: fuel, transport and refrigeration. Coles and …

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Green plastic that fertilises too

What do you get if you put the chemistry, agriculture and business expertise of some graduate students together: a zero waste, biodegradable and completely environmentally friendly solution to packaging that also fertilises soil. Carapac was born out of the University of Sydney’s ‘Inventing the Future’ program, which calls on highly …

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Woolworths to trial new 2D barcodes to cut food waste

Woolworths will become the first Australian supermarket to trial data-embedded (or 2D) barcodes from August. The supermarket says the new barcodes could reduce the millions of tonnes of food waste in Australia each year and eliminate the risk of customers buying expired products. They could also be useful in the …

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Coca-Cola Amatil joins Australian sustainability council

Coca-Cola Amatil has become the newest member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia). The beverages company says it has “a growing commitment to sustainability” and “a sustainability framework … embedded in the organisation”. It says it reports regularly on environmental performance and has set sustainability goals …

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Coles – you are beautiful, no matter what they say

Coles is cutting down on food waste by selling “unattractive” fruit and vegetables under a new banner, ‘I’m Perfect’. The supermarket calls the produce “flawed but adored”. Coles General Manager of Produce Brad Gorman says it’s one way Coles is working with suppliers to reduce food waste. “Our customers know …

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Happi days – new laundry liquid aims to cut plastic waste

Happi Earth certified organic laundry liquid uses paper pouches and a refillable bottle to cut plastic waste, says the manufacturer. Customers buy the liquid in 99-per-cent paper pouches and use them to refill a stainless-steel bottle. This system, claims the enterprise, “eliminates 13 plastic laundry bottles from our environment per …

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