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Earthship: a new way to live

Michael Reynolds is an American architect based  New Mexico known for the design and construction of eartship. He is a proponent of “radically sustainable living”. He has been a critic of the profession of architecture for its failure to deal

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Posted in community, energy, industrial ecology, sustainable buildings, sustainable living, sustainable technologies

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WATER RESTRICTIONS

Melbourne, and much of Australia, has experienced serious to critical water shortages in its recent history.  Most states experienced water restrictions in the past five years ranging from stage one up to a critical stage 7 in some parts of

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Posted in climate change, community, water

Sustainable Offices of the Future

I would like to share a new sustainability initiative the head office at Intrepid Travel has recently implemented. http://www.intrepidtravel.com A few months ago everyone in the office was exposed to a new waste management and recycling system. The new system will

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Waste management – Biffa proves it’s not simply a load of rubbish!

While considering the business case for sustainable development, I find the story of UK-based waste services company, Biffa, particularly interesting. Biffa began its life as a road haulage company before acquiring a landfill site and moving in to waste management.

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Posted in climate change, corporate sustainability, energy, pollution, sustainable development, sustainable technologies, Uncategorized

The Need for Supranational Governance

Regarding environmental constraints by governments affecting the micro-level, i.e. companies, one inherent problem is a country’s competitiveness. The higher constraints a government imposes, the higher cost structures and inferior flexibility for manufacturers result, while consumers have to pay greater prices.

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Corn Plastic (PLA)

PLA also known as Polylactic acid is a biodegradable, thermoplastic (polyester) based upon renewable resources and 100% recyclable. It can be used as a replacement for petroleum based plastics such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in the packaging industry. Although the

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Little changes are less overwhelming

Sustainable Development can be overwhelming for some people and I get cought up wondering what major change I can make in my life to make a difference. Making smaller changes both at work and at home is much easier and in

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