Update. June 2010

Join us for ... No Impact!

No Impact Man, screening at our next 'Meal & Movie' night, on Thursday 10th June, Yarraville.

No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption… no problem. Author Colin Beavan, a newly self-proclaimed environmentalist makes a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. And drags his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter along for the ride.

>> dinner 6.30 - 7.30pm - byo 'food and thoughts' to share >> movie 8pm - 10.30pm.
RSVP nick@ethical.org.au or 0417 114 492

Upcoming nights - 8th July - screening The End of the Line, focus on fish and seafood choices
- 12th August - screening Michael Moore's Capitalism - A Love Story

>>More about Meal & Movie nights

News ...

Greenpeace Kit-Kat campaign is successful as Nestlé commits to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction. Nestlé new policy commits to identify and exclude companies from its supply chain that own or manage 'high risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation'. This applys to supplier Sinar Mas, notorius for forest destruction, and also have implications for Cargill.

Over 1,5 million people have watched their 'Have a break?' Kit Kat ad spoof and over 300.000 people sent e-mails directly to Nestlé.
Find out more.

Researching behind a T ...

One kilogram of cotton, a fabric used in 40% of textiles, needs 11,000 litres of water to grow produce and dye. The water footprint of 1 cotton T-shirt is about 2,700 litres. www.waterfootprint.org

Of all insecticides used globally each year, the estimated amount used on traditional cotton is 25%. Five of the top nine pesticides used on cotton in the U.S. (cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifluralin) are known cancer-causing chemicals. www.ecochoices.com/1/cotton_statistics.html

Sweatshops, subsidies, pesticides, child labour... Are you interested to know more about the stories behind your clothes? We are!

We'll be putting together our 2011 print guide shortly which will focus on clothing. We're looking for people to help with research on the issues connected to clothing (see a snapshot here) , as well as the companies behind the big brands. If you'd like to be involved, contact Nick at nick@ethical.org.au

New trends in Transparency ...

When you buy clothes from New Zealand's Icebreaker, the world's largest producer of merino wool outerwear, there's a code on the label. Enter the "baa code" - on the company's website and you can find out which farmers grew the wool that went into your sweater, jacket or long underwear. You'll meet farmers, see what life is like on a sheep station in New Zealand's Southern Alps, or watch videos that take you to factories in Shanghai, China, where the wool is cleaned, spun and made into sportswear and undergarments.

Some great resources ...

Want to know what to plant when? Check out www.gardenate.com
(In June it's Broad beans, Cabbage, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onion/Shallots, Peas).

Are you looking to shop locally and reduce your transport footprint?
Find your closest eco-friendly products on The Saved Planet enviro directory, which groups listing according to location www.thesavedplanet.com.au

Upcoming workshops ...

Friday 4th June, 12pm & 1pm >>Maribrynong Green Lunch-box supermarket tour
Friday June 4, 5-8pm >> Tasy Choices - Sustainable food, St Kilda Town Hall
Saturday June 5, 9.30am -12noon >> Farmers market tour & workshop, Port Philip
Thursday 29 June, 6pm – 8.30pm >> Public workshop & Supermarket tour,
Saturday 21st August, 10am- 12.30pm >> Knox Library Supermarket tour, Knox City

Register online here . (download full text list here).

World Environment Day - 5th June

It amazes me that we can have one special day a year to acknowledge the environment.

"If human life is to survive on this planet, the old dualistic worldview, with people on one side and the environment on the other, must yield to a new vision that connects us with everything else and leads us to care for and take responsibility for it." - Huston Smith

I encourage you to take time on the day to reflect on this connection and what it may mean to the way we choose to live. (See some events being run over the weekend: Melbourne Canberra Brisbane Sydney ).


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