Vic, Vic, Victory! Single-use, lightweight plastic bags will be banned in Victoria, bringing it in line with most other states (only NSW to go!). Have your say in the public consultation to determine what the ban covers and other actions needed on plastic pollution. Plastic bags are just the beginning. Call for urgent action on plastic microbeads (sign the "ban the bead" petition) and single-use plastic bottles (tell Coca-Cola to find other alternatives).
“More is better” remains the narrative of modern society, but for the most part it's actually happiness that we're after. Given that we're currently in Buy Nothing New Month, we wanted to share this great little video about all the excess stuff we own and why. Feeling inspired? Check out this article on buying less, our page on create, repair, reuse and this introduction to minimalism.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." (Alan Kay)
Oil, coal and gas currently provide the greater part of our electricity generation and transportation fuels. In this month's Be Inspired section however we focus on people and communities showing leadership in shaping a future beyond these finite and polluting fossil fuels. (Beyond Adani coal, beyond cheap gas, and beyond current energy policy).
The Victorian Government has proposed planning provisions that will place small-scale pig and poultry farmers in the same group as large-scale intensive farming operations. The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance suggest that this will render meat production prohibitive for farmers, and destroy local, small-scale agriculture. Sign the petition to Ministers and provide feedback on the reforms directly to government.
Looking for the perfect gift for the gardener in your life? The 2018 Permaculture Calendar is just the ticket! Filled with inspirational and thought provoking images that support and reinforce positive values every day of the year. Learn each of the 12 design principles over the course of a month. Includes a handy rainfall and moon planting chart. Buy now!
Also in stock: 3-in1 Reusable Wraps, Fregie Sacks, Art of Frugal Hedonism.
November is World Vegan Month - learn more about veganism and animal rights by checking out the events happening around Australia. » Vegan Australia
Shop Ethical! ratings for Cerebos Foods have dropped from B to F after they were sold to US giant Kraft Heinz. Brands affected include Fountain, Gravox and Asian Home Gourmet. » Shop Ethical!
CHOICE's annual awards name and shame the shonkiest products and companies taking advantage of Australian consumers. » CHOICE Shonky Awards
An independent poultry welfare report commissioned by the Victorian Government has found caged hens have five times more fractures than hens in other systems. » ABC News
ABC's Four Corners travelled to India to dig into the dubious business practices of Adani, the corporate giant planning to build Australia's biggest mine site - watch it on iView. » ABC iView