How long does the shopping buzz last when you buy something new? This recent Greenpeace report suggests that for over half of us, the initial excitement is lost within a day. This is often followed by the guilt of knowing we already own too much. Sound all-too-familiar? Follow these tips from Becoming Minimalist for some practical strategies to break the grip of consumerism. (... and see our Be Inspired segment below).
The ABC series War on Waste has the got the whole nation talking about waste reduction. No mean feat! We loved its focus on tangible actions people can take to make a difference. Find out what you can do about plastic bags, food waste, and fast fashion. Plus, solve your recycling dilemmas once-and-for-all! Continue the conversation with Craig Reucassel and Wendy Harmer in their ongoing podcasts series.
Australians love their coffee. So much so that over 3 billion takeaway cups and lids are wasted every year. Most are never recycled. However Responsible Cafes is connecting thoughtful cafes with conscious consumers by promoting cafes that offer a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups. Simple! Find cafe's near you with this great new mapping resource.
Many Australians are seeking to make food choices that exclude genetically modified (GM) ingredients. The GM-Free Australia Alliance has compiled a handy list of companies choosing to label their products GM-free or non-GM. Learn about the issues, and support GM-free farmers and producers by buying certified organic products and fruits and vegetables grown in Australia (all are GM-free).
Does money make us happy? Sometimes... and sometimes not (... this thoughtful article explores what's going on beneath our desire for money). Have you ever wondered if you could live without money, or even why you may want to? Here in our Be Inspired section this month we showcase some people who have experimented in living without money, and in the process, learned much about freedom, generosity and what is possible.
You can save money, help the environment, build your resilience to the stresses of modern life and enjoy everything more. How? The Art Of Frugal Hedonism! But don't just take our word for it.
â€œThe Art of Frugal Hedonism is an absolute joy. It is good-natured not pious, humane not self-righteous, and a guide to ethical living that makes the impossible possible.â€ - Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap.
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The Body Shop's rating has gone from an F to an A after L'Oreal sold the company to Brazil's Natura (owner of Aesop). » Inside Retail
ASOS and UNIQLO have joined the list of 10 major retailers in Australia that have come good on supply chain transparency since the Rana Plaza collapse. » Oxfam
Australia's largest meat processing company, Brazil's JBS, has been fined $5.4bn for corruption in Brazil. » Sydney Morning Herald
Tell the biggest canned tuna company in the world, Thai Union, to stand up for human rights and protect our oceans. » Greenpeace
Three-quarters of 18-24 year-olds say that sustainable and ethically sourced foods are important to their overall dining experience. » Food & Drink Business