29 Jul 2014

Can we trust Adani with the Great Barrier Reef?

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has caved to the mining industry and approved Indian mining giant Adani's monstrous Carmichael Mine, threatnening the Great Barrier Reef. 

The coal mine will be the biggest in Australia. It will pollute our climate with massive CO2 emissions for decades. It will mean massive and continual dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and will fill the Reef with thousands of coal ships every year. 

The good news is that while Adani may have the approval, it still needs to find up to $10 billion before it can proceeed. This means the battle to protect the Reef from Adani is down to who can persuade investors, us or them. 

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15 Jul 2014

Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide is the first online sustainability guide for seafood consumers in Australia. 

It was developed in response to growing public concern about overfishing and its impact on our oceans and their wildlife. 

It is designed to help you make informed seafood choices and play a part in swelling the tide for sustainable seafood in Australia.
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9 Jul 2014

Avoid toxic furniture; Buy Australian

The dangers of buying imported furniture will be highlighted at the high profile Australian Furniture Association Conference in Melbourne tomorrow.

International expert in product safety, Stephan Pesch will outline the dangers that Australian families are facing from imported furniture that is commonly found in Australian homes.
Tests have revealed that the same harmful AZO dyes that sparked nationwide recalls from major Australian retailers, may be commonly found in imported household furniture items. Australian-made furniture, which is subject to some of the world’s most stringent safeguards, does not pose any risk to consumers.

Stephan Pesch heads the furniture division of TUV Rheinland China. TUV Rheinland are highly regarded experts in safety and security, with international experience in testing materials, products, plants and machinery.
Mr. Pesch says that in addition to the AZO dyes, carcinogenic flame-retardants and formaldehyde are commonly used in imported furniture. Buying these products is putting Australian families’ health at risk.

Stephan Pesch, will take to the stage at The AFA National Furniture Industry Conference at the Royal Exhibition Building tomorrow, 10 July, at 1.45p.m.  Mr. Pesch’s will detail the dangers associated with these chemicals and will take questions from the audience.

Formaldehyde exposure
Cheap Chinese furniture 'may poison you'
CHEAP imported furniture and shelving containing high levels of toxic chemicals may be endangering the health of Australian workers and families.
Tests by Australian furniture manufacturers have shown flat pack furniture and shelving imported from China may be emitting very high levels of formaldehyde, known to cause cancer.

4 Jul 2014

200,000 plastic bags dumped in landfill every hour

People who are still accepting plastic shopping bags in supermarkets should be ashamed of themselves! Is it that much to ask to bring your own bag? There are about a million alternatives when you go shopping like for example the handy small packed reusable bags made from PET bottles by local company Onya Innovations 

Plastic bags are one of the most obvious displays of our throw-away society. In Australia alone, we use over 4 billion single-use plastic bags every year, that’s over 10 million each day! Plus, the life of a plastic bag once it’s in the hand of a shopper can be counted in minutes, and because only 3% of them are currently being recycled, 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour, and they take between 15 and 1000 years to degrade.
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