Update. December 2010

Ethical Christmas Resource Kit ...

Use Christmas as an opportunity to make a real difference with the way you celebrate this festive season. Check out our Ethical Christmas Resource Kit for practical ways to make positive choices for the health of the planet, your community, and yourself this Christmas. Includes information on the meal, gifts, and decorations, lights & trees.

Also check out our 10 Top Gift ideas.

Find out who has been naughty and who has been nice ...

'The Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping - 2011' is now available!

Completely revised and updated. We’ve added 250 brands, 50 companies and five product types. Also included is a new section on global agribusiness - the hidden companies behind our food, and a new “what did you vote for today?” centrespread. I'm sure you know what it's all about. But do your friends and family? Let Santa slip one in their stockings this Christmas.

.To order, and see other great gift items, visit www.ethical.org.au/shop

No Impact November Challenge ...

Edible weeds, wood fired baths, soap nuts. The 7 day challenge is over. But will we ever be the same again? Check out the daily blog to find out how this bunch of everyday urban dwellers went in exploring alternatives ways of living, with an emphasis on consuming less, sharing more and moving to a life with less oil dependency. No Impact November.

This Thursday - Meal & Movie night ...

Special screening before the Christmas Shopapocalyse hits us.

What would Jesus Buy? - Thursday 9th December - Jo's place, Kingsville. Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping choir give a humours dose of evangelical activism. >> Dinner - byo 'food and thoughts' to share - 6.30pm
movie 7.30 - 9.30pm. RSVP to Nick nick@ethical.org.au or 0417 114 492

News ....

Australia to go sow stall free by 2017.
18th Nov 2010 — The Australian pig industry announced plans to phase out sow stalls by 2017. This follows Coles' announcement to phase out sow-stall pork products, including ham and bacon, from Australian and overseas suppliers by 2014. more
SunRice sold to Ebro Foods
30th Nov 2010 — Spanish food group Ebro Foods has purchased Australia-based Ricegrowers, which trades as SunRice, for A$600m. The deal is still subject to approval from SunRice shareholders and the Australian courts. more

Food Labelling recommendations not yet public
3rd Dec 2010 — The Food Regulation Ministerial Council received the Blewett report on national Food Labelling Law and Policy in Adelaide today but will not release it for public scrutiny. Gene Ethics calls for immediate publication and says a delay of many months is unacceptable. more

The Story of Electronics ...

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, The Story of Electronics introduces you to the design strategy that has us dumping our electronics every 18 months and rushing out to buy new ones: It's called Designed for the Dump, and it's a major problem for our planet and our wallets. This is the story where we challenge CEOs and the electronics industry to take back their products once we're done with them, offering a real solution to the growing problem of toxic e-waste. Be part of the smarter design movement and help spread the word at StoryofElectronics.org.

In Australia, electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing source of waste, growing three times faster than regular waste and guaranteed to increase with the switch from analogue to digital television. Presently only 3% of e-waste is recycled. Landfilling e-waste is hazardous to the environment and human health. Substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel have been associated with diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders.Our local e-waste isn’t just accumulating in our landfills, but is often shipped oversees to countries such as China, Nigeria and Indonesia, where it threatens the health of these communities. See more at www.ban.org

What can you do?

Upcoming Events ...

A culturally rich and diverse offering of workshops, talks, market stalls, music, fashion and art. more We will be present at the following sessions:
  • Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping (Workshop) 11:00am - 11:45am
  • Ethics of Eating (Forum) - 3:30pm - 4:30pm.



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