Easter has just gone, and all the chocolate has been eaten. You're left with the packaging and colourful foil. Unfortunately chocolate has a darker side that involves human trafficking and child labour in the cocoa farms of West Africa. In their 'A Matter of Taste' report, Stop The Traffik examine what the six biggest chocolate companies and three certifiers are doing to prevent this. Find out how you can make a difference and shop traffick-free.
Palm oil is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day. But palm oil has a dirty secret: forest destruction. Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and peatlands are being destroyed to make way for new palm oil plantations. This month our Be Inspired section features palm oil - the issues, alternatives and resources.
Palm oil is everywhere, but it's hard to find. It's most commonly labelled as ‘vegetable oil’. The great news is that in November 2016 the Victorian state government declared palm oil labelling a priority. This is a great step forward but the formal policy process to get palm oil on the label is still being negotiated. Use the Zoos Victoria petition to ask your reps to take action in the upcoming ministerial forum on April 28, 2017.
The average Australian generates 2.25 kg of waste every day, and just under half of this waste ends up in a landfill. While that single-use item or throw-away packaging feels convenient, disposable items have a terrible effect on the environment. Save money, and be kind to the planet, by switching to one of these reusable replacements.
These reusable straws are a fun and earth-friendly alternative to plastic straws. Made from food-grade stainless steel, they are 100% recyclable, BPA and Phthalate free. 8mm diameter, 21.5cm tall. Comes with bonus cleaning brush. Purchase online.
Other single-use food storage alternatives available include Fregie Sacks, Honeybee Wraps and KeepCups. Purchase online.
Samsung has announced plans to recycle their recalled Note 7 devices, reversing their initial pledge to dispose of the devices outright. » The Verge
In November Cadbury announced its withdrawal from Fairtrade. In Australia Dairy Milk chocolate will remain certified until 2018 when it moves to its own Cocoa Life scheme. » Food Magazine
Greenpeace has ranked Greenseas last In its latest canned tuna guide, for failing on key measures, including transparency, sustainability policies, fishing methods and human rights record. » SHM
New features on CHOICE's CluckAR app allow users to find free-range egg retailers that meet CSIRO's Model Code of Practice and add them to the map. » SBS
Sign the petition asking Darrell Lea to take steps in relation to its chocolate supply chains, to ensure child labour and human trafficking are addressed. » Stop The Traffik