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National Recycling Week 2017

| At home, At work, community, waste

By Penny Collis, Halve Waste We love November! Aside from the much-improved weather (and let’s face it, associated mood), November is when two of our favourite events occur. Between Monday 13th November and Sunday 19th November, National Recycling Week is held and we will be busy hosting tours of the Albury Waste Management Centre and …

Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival

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By Jill Croome, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Wodonga Sustainability comes alive this month with more than 30 events over 30 days during the Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival features an array of activities across a variety of venues, most free of charge. The festival kicks off this …

Saving Energy

| At home, community, energy, money matters, nature, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer So much of what we do is automatic – jump in the car, switch on the air-con, pop clothes in the drier, but such habits hit the hip-pocket and harm the environment. What if we hopped on a bike, flicked on a fan and hung out the washing …

Shopping with a Conscience

| community, food, health, nature, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer How much would you reduce your household’s carbon pollution if your electricity was from renewable sources and you never used motorised transport? Many people assume around 80 per cent, but the answer is only 30 per cent. How so? Because on average, 30 per cent of our …

Reducing Waste

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By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer November marks the start of Albury-Wodonga’s popular Sustainable Living Festival, a month long calendar of events, including a free entry fair featuring a tiny house experience at Junction Square on Saturday, November 18. To celebrate this year’s festival, eight well-loved locals have agreed to share their living …

Wangaratta Sustainability Workshops Success

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By Jasen Smith, Wangaratta Library Recently in March Wangaratta Library held the program ‘March into Sustainability’, a series of workshops focused on sustainability and gardening. This program ran in conjunction with the Wangaratta Sustainability Network. Workshops covered various topics from worm farms, beekeeping, wicking beds and sustainability for busy people. Each of the events were well attended with …

Golden Yak Award

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By Kim McConchie, Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) Committee member Chris Horton & Karen Dods were awarded a Golden Yak by TRY (Totally Renewable Yackandandah) during the Earth Hour festival event, for their commitment to sustainability and renewable energy. You’d think a tornado taking out 300 trees might be a bit of a setback, but for Chris …

A Plastic Ocean – starts here in our towns

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By Nicki Munro, Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability Did you know that just 8.7 plastic checkout bags contain enough embodied petroleum energy to drive a car 1 kilometre? Or that by 2050 plastic items could outnumber fish in the ocean? Australians are the second highest producers of waste per person (after the US), with each …

Plastic Free July: More Ideas

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By Ann Brain, Wangaratta Sustainability Network Thank you to Wendy Baker for her suggested ways of avoiding single-use plastics (Living Lightly 21/6/17). Plastic Free July is a great way to get ideas and get motivated to reduce plastic in our everyday lives. The challenge is to avoid all single-use plastics or the top four; supermarket bags, …

Repair Cafe’s 1,000th item

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By Lizette Salmon, Coordinator Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga Speech pathology student Vanessa has been invited to an 18th birthday. The night before the party she opens her wardrobe, contemplating an outfit. A pretty floral dress catches her eye. But what’s this? It has a split seam. Vanessa doesn’t own a sewing machine. She’s been shown how …