• Plastic bottle on beach
    Agriculture and Sustainability,  Waste

    How is Australia combating a 170% increase in waste?

    In 2014-15 Australia produced the equivalent of 565 kg per capita of municipal waste (Department of Environment and Energy, 2016). From 1996 to 2015 Australia’s population rose by 28%. Waste generation increased by 170% at a compound growth rate of 7.8% (MRA Consulting, 2016). How is Australia combating this growth? Recycling In 2014-15 Australia produced about 64 million tonnes of waste. Almost 60% of this was recycled (Department of Environment and Energy, 2016). Recycling rates are increasing which is fabulous! However, there are still multiple challenges. For example, almost one third of all recyclable items are placed in the garbage bin and end up in landfill (MRA Consulting, 2016).  Distance Recycling isn’t…

  • Drawing of reusable water bottle
    Agriculture and Sustainability,  Lifestyle,  Waste

    Reusable Water Bottles – Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Glass or Plastic?

    Alright, we all know single use plastic water bottles are the worst. Reusable water bottles are handy and make us look environmentally friendly, super kewl and fit (or maybe just the first one). But now that everyone has jumped on the reusable water bottle train, there are a million products out there! There is glass, aluminium, stainless steel, plastic (conventional, recycled and made from plants). But which one is the best?! Well, I can’t answer that, but I can provide you with some information on each material so you can make up your own mind!   Aluminium Stainless steel Glass Plastic Health Aluminium is reactive with acidic liquids so aluminium…

  • Agriculture and Sustainability

    Five reasons why livestock production isn’t sustainable

    Australian’s eat the most meat out of all the OECD countries eating 93kg per capita each year (OECD, FAO, 2014). That’s nearly 100kg a year and 250g a day per person. The federal government recommends you eat 65-195g of meat a day. We are eating too much, and it’s simply not sustainable. Why?  1. Climate Change This is scary stuff. Climate change is bad, and it’s happening. August 2017 was the second warmest year on record for the last 137 years (NASA, 2017). Already island nations like Tuvalu are quite literally going underwater. Climatologists have predicted multiple situations for the future based on various scenario’s. The best scenario will happen…