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Repair Cafe’s ‘most popular’ listing

| community, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga If Time can publicise its 100 most influential people, Cleo its 50 eligible bachelors and Forbes its rich list, we think it’s time for Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga to publish its 10 ‘most popular’. On the eve of our fourth birthday we’re revealing everything from our most popular item …

REDcycle your plastic

| waste

By Joy Grinham Recently the Border Mail reported on the collection of REDcycle plastics, naming a Lavington supermarket as having the lowest collection rate of recyclable plastics in the state. Three Wodonga supermarkets were in the top third, and the Albury store recycled 693kg of soft plastics. Shoppers were commended for being part of reducing …

Be careful what you drink

| health, nature, waste

By Alan Hewett Imagine you are walking through the bush, far from civilisation. It’s a hot day and you stumble onto a creek partly hidden by overhanging trees and flowing majestically over moss covered rocks. You kneel down and take deep, thirst quenching gulps. What could be better than drinking pure water in a pristine environment? Well, …

Good morning

| At home, At work, food, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke Looks like a nice day today. Time to get up, have a shower, brush teeth and start the car so it warms up. Now gather a few things for the day in the office and into the warm car to drive the few kilometers to work. Plenty of time to pop in …

Riding towards freedom

| transport, waste

By Chris McGorlick I think I’m becoming a materialist – I’m learning to love my material objects. I recently bought a bike. Let me be clear – I’m no consumerist. I got no thrill from the act of purchasing this bike. In fact, researching and finding a quality used model were excruciating. But as soon …

Act against litter with app

| community, nature, waste

By Richard Paschke Litter is everywhere. It moves with the wind and through our streams until it ends up in the oceans and becomes part of the global pollution that kills wildlife. Recently, a video went viral about a fisher using Mentos wrappers as bait. Two months ago, a dead baby whale beached in the …

Play your part for the platypus

| nature, waste

By Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy Do you want to monitor local platypus numbers as part of a new citizen science project that seeks to conserve this very special mammal? The Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC) has developed standardised visual monitoring techniques during the past decade that very effectively track how platypus populations vary through time. …

Cloth vs disposable nappies: Why the planet needs you to make the switch

| At home, money matters, waste

By Emma Avery, Founder & Owner of Cloth Baby Single-use plastics have become something of a taboo of late, and thanks to the ABC TV series War on Waste we are all adapting our behaviours. However, in spite of this growing awareness, there is a single-use plastic that is still increasing as our population grows – …

That which cannot be spoken about

| At home, community, health, waste

By Alan Hewett We don’t speak about it much, going to the toilet that is. We have even developed a lexicon to describe it. We go to the bathroom, the dunny, the john or the loo. The latter expression is particularly interesting. It evolved from the French, “regardez l’eau.” This was shouted by servants in …

Volunteers make green festival progress

| food, waste

By Doug Westland, Yackandandah Folk Festival Since its inception, a goal of the Yackandandah Folk Festival each March has been to achieve true sustainability in consumption of resources and energy through the work of its voluntary “Green Team”. This has led to many initiatives over the years, bringing the festival ever closer to a situation …