Curious Kids: how did the first person evolve?

Author: Ian Moffat
Date: August 7, 2020
How did the first person evolve? Mabel, age 7, Anglesea, Victoria. Hi Mabel, what a great question! We know humans haven’t always been around. After all, we wouldn’t have survived alongside meat-eating dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex. How the first person came about – and who their ances...

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

Author: Trisia Farrelly
Date: 19/3/19
A powerful marriage between the fossil fuel and plastic industries threatens to exacerbate the global plastic pollution crisis. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) estimates the next five years will see a 33-36% surge in global plastics production. This will undermine all current ...

Only half of packaging waste is recycled – here’s how to do better

Author: Nick Florin, Ben Madden
Date: 28/2/19
Almost half of Australia’s packaging waste is not being recovered for recycling, according to the first comprehensive study to track the fate of used packaging materials. Overall, 56% of packaging was recovered for recycling in 2017-18, according to our study, carried out at the UTS Institute fo...

Container deposit schemes work: so why is industry still opposed?

Author: Peter Bragge
Date: 8th of June 2016
Australians are serial wasters. For every 1,000 square metres (or about four tennis courts), Australians litter about 49 pieces of rubbish. The biggest culprits are drink containers, making up five of the top nine recorded pieces of litter by volume. One way to reduce this litter is to refund peopl...

Melbourne wastes 200 kg of food per person a year: it’s time to get serious.

Author: Seona Candy, Jennifer Sheridan and Rachel Carey
Date: 6th of June 2016
You know that feeling when you open the fridge and are met with something “on the nose”. We all know what food waste looks and smells like. But food waste stinks in more ways than one. It is expensive, costing the average household over $2,200 a year, and it undermines the resilience and sustai...

New plastic-munching bacteria could fuel a recycling revolution

Author: Mark Lorch
Date: 21st of March 2016
We manufacture over 300m tonnes of plastics each year for use in everything from packaging to clothing. Their resilience is great when you want a product to last. But once discarded, plastics linger in the environment, littering streets, fields and oceans alike. Every corner of our planet has be...