It's not just the politicians who have lost their way this last month. We have seen a new low in leadership in regards to environmental responsibility. It's "Down Down" for Coles, VicForests, Burberry and Monsanto. But don't let it get you down. We're moving into spring - time to warm up and get active!
Coles recent ‘Little Shop’ promotion - offering a free plastic toy-sized household product for shoppers spending $30 or more - has been slammed for deliberately exploiting children and undermining parents, and adding to plastic pollution, which itself makes a mockery of Coles recent ban (and back-flip-reflip) on single-use plastic bags. Check out this parody promo from SBS's The Feed. Take action: > Shop elsewhere (like here) > Give feedback to Coles > Sign the Parenthood petition.
It's National Threatened Species Day on 7th September. An ABC report revealed last month that VicForests has been conducting an experiment in which it logs the habitat of the threatened greater glider to measure if gliders can survive this process. Oxymoron??? ... Take action: > Sign the petition to stop the logging > Choose non-native forest copy paper at Ethical Paper > Find out about the Threatened Species Parliament event > Tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop the significant (and terrifying) proposed revisions to endangered species act!
Last month saw calls for an overhaul of the fashion industry after the upmarket British fashion label Burberry said it burned over $50 million of unsold clothes, accessories and perfume to protect its brand. This month's Be Inspired feature showcases initiatives that fly in the face of fast-fashion and emphasise quality and repair over convenience and the disposable. Including Buy Me Once, The Slow Clothing project, Nudie Jeans 'repair for life', and Patagonia's 'Worn Wear' repair scheme. Take action: question the culture of waste and choose to repair and reuse!
If you have eaten chocolate, drank tea, worn a cheap cotton shirt, or eaten seafood, the chances are you have taken part in slavery in raw material supply chains. See the Global Slavery Index's snapshot for Australia. The Federal government introduced a Modern Slavery Bill to parliament in June that requires large Australian businesses to publish annual statements on the steps taken to address slavery. Concerns have been raised that there are no penalties for companies who breach the Act. Take action: sign the Oxfam petition asking for a robust Modern Slavery Act for Australia.
After years of denial of the health effects of their chemicals, agribusiness giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay $US289 million ($396 million) to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, with a San Francisco jury saying the company's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Local councils across Australia have moved to reduce their reliance on Roundup, or trial alternatives. Take action: see non-chemical alternatives for weed control at Farmstyle, Gardening Australia, and the Pesticide Action Network's integrated weed management report.
Dick Smith Foods brand, set up to support Australian farmers and manufacturers, will close after 19 years in business. Dick Smith blames the meteoric rise of "extreme capitalism" and the success of Aldi supermarkets. » ABC news
Darrell Lea will buy the Life Savers confectionery brand from Nestlé, and move manufacturing of Life Savers from New Zealand to its Sydney factory. (Check out the 1989 Lifesavers commercial, at the bottom of the page). » AusFood news
Pepsi will buy household drink-machine maker SodaStream for $3.2bn as it battles for an edge in the health-conscious beverage market and a way to address consumer worries about the proliferation of disposable plastic. » Guardian
How does buying milk in returnable glass bottles sound? Schulz Organic Dairy (located in Timboon, Victoria) have just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to roll out glass to their retail outlets. » Pozible
Calling all change-makers, presenters, artists, performers, and creatives. Event applications are open for the 2019 National Sustainable Living Festival. Presenting over 300 events exploring climate change and sustainability. » SLF