Update. January 2014

Sustainable Living Festival

You're invited to get on down and bust out your best moves for sustainability. Australia’s largest and oldest sustainability festival runs a diverse program to challenge, delight and inspire action throughout the two weeks of the 8th to 23rd. Including the Big Weekend at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne on the 14th to 16th February. More at slf.org.au.


Highlights include Chris Jordon Best known for his series Running with numbers, which turns powerful statistics about consumption and waste into large-scale photographic art. 15th February 1 - 2.30pm More

Check out the events we're involved in below.

Beyond the supermarket

An interactive session to demo the Open Food Network – an online marketplace for local food. Showcasing food hubs and farmers from across the State, we’ll provide an opportunity to connect with what’s happening in your region. Saturday 15th Feb 1 - 2.30pm More


Ethical Shopping Charades

A 'Shopping with a Conscience' workshop and tour with a difference. Find out how the products on your shopping list stack up for the planet. In the spirit of charades, there will be some ‘guess work’, but it’s not all hard work. You too can make a difference with your dollar. Tues 18th Feb 5.45 - 8.30pm More



A smartphone usually uses about 30 minerals, of which three are typically sourced from conflict areas: tin, tantalum and tungsten. Introducing Fairphone - a smartphone using no minerals from conflict zones. See promo vid and Guardian article. More about the Congo's copper belt and National Geoographic pics. > Send an email to existing electronic companies.

Corporate Rap Sheets

A great new source for us in finding the new cases of corporate misconduct —bribery, tax evasion, price-fixing, environmental violations, unfair labor practices and more. The Corporate Rap Sheets are dossiers summarising the most significant crimes, violations and other questionable activities of the world’s largest and most controversial companies. More

Quick bites ...  
  • T2, Australia's fastest-growing premium tea chain, has been sold to Unilever, the world's largest tea company. (9/9/13) BRW
  • Goodman Fielder is selling it's biscuit business to Green's Foods. Brands include Paradise, Cottage, Vive and Veri Deli. (23/12/13) SMH
  • Japanese beverage company Suntory Holdings is set to acquire Beam Inc, creating the world's third largest player in premium spirits. (15/1/14) Aus Food News
  • Canada's Saputo now has 77% stake in Warnambool Cheese and Butter after buying Bega cheese and Murray Goulburn's shares. (29/1/14) SMH
  • Shareholders at Monsanto's annual meeting voted against shareholder resolutions proposing to label and assess the costs of GM foods. (29/1/14) Bloomberg
  • Federal Cabinet rejects SPC Ardmona's bid for $25 million assistance. (SPC Ardmona parent company is Australian-owned Coca-Cola Amatil). (30/1/14) SMH
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