Protect our Native forests - have your say

Protect our Native forests - have your say

For over twenty years the native forest logging industry has been exempt from national environment laws. These exemptions are granted through Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) which have allowed destruction of habitat for endangered wildlife with impunity from federal law. The government has announced a process to 'modernise' the agreements and is inviting the public to participate in a short survey to improve management of our forests. The Wilderness Society have put together a helpful guide for completing the survey. Please help protect our forests.

Australia's Animal Testing ban -  almost here

Australia's Animal Testing ban - almost here

Lipstick and foundation will be less likely to come at the expense of animal welfare, thanks to Commonwealth legislation that passed in recent weeks. The legislation, which will come into play on July 1, 2020, follows a commitment the Coalition government made during the 2016 election campaign to introduce a ban on cosmetic testing on animals, backed by strong public support. The RSPCA asserts 85% of Australians oppose testing cosmetics on animals. Discover how to make beautiful choices without a blemish on your conscience - at Choose Cruelty Free.

Victoria's Recycling plan -  ways forward

Victoria's Recycling plan - ways forward

Victorians are committed recyclers. We are great at it, but our recycling system is in crisis. Unsustainable levels of waste generation and market failure are the primary causes. The MAV have created an action plan setting out five key actions for each level of government. It identifies increased investment by governments, greater regulation of our recycling industry, and more responsibility placed on businesses to generate less waste. See it here and give feedback to government. Sign the petition to see a Container Deposit Scheme introduced.

India’s home-based garment sector

India’s home-based garment sector

Most consumers don’t think twice about the buttons on their shirt, or the sparkles on their dress. But these finishing touches are sewn by some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls. The new Tainted Garments report highlights the exploitative conditions facing millions of home-based garment workers in India. Research by the University of California, Berkeley found that women and girls from the most marginalised communities toiled for as little as 15 cents an hour in homes across India. Sign the petition to stop child labor in India's clothing industry.

The Big Apple

The Big Apple

In August last year Apple became the first U.S. public corporation to achieve a US$1 trillion valuation, making it the largest company in the world – by one measure at least. In the past, other yardsticks - such as number of employees - have been traditionally used to show relative corporate size. With about 123,000 employees globally, Apple is not even among the 50 largest employers in the U.S. This is more common today than in the past. In 1968, the top five biggest companies by market capitalisation employed nearly 2 million people in total. Today, the top five employ fewer than half that. Read more on mega companies and their 'true value' in the full article.

Quick Bites

image\ A US jury has found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases.       » Inside FMCG

image\ The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report reveals details of industry and government efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution - an important step towards greater transparency in today’s plastic system.       » Ellen MacArthur Foundation

image\ Procter & Gamble Company has joined the HSI campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics in all major global beauty markets by 2023. (PETA still list them as testing on animals).       » Humane Society International

image\ In November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed the Australian Modern Slavery Act. It has made us a world leader in fighting this hideous crime. Stop the Traffik are now running 'unmasking slavery' sessions for schools. Find out more.       » Stop the Traffik

image\ Support Colourful Collective, a Melbourne Social enterprise, with their crowd-sourcing campaign to responsibly recycling plastic waste into bespoke products and raise awareness through workshops and documentaries.       » Pozible

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