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First Australian Council Bans Plastic Bags

Date: 30-Jul-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Fremantle has reported strong business and community support for the ban of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags and will become the first local government in Australia to do so.

First Australian Council Bans Plastic Bags

Date: 29-Jul-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Fremantle has reported strong business and community support for the ban of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags and will become the first local government in Australia to do so.

Have a Dirty Weekend at Home

Date: 26-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
There are literally hundreds of National Tree Day events happening around the country this weekend. But if you can't make it along to one of them or can't find one in your area don't feel left out. You can take part at home!

Students Get Into Nature

Date: 25-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
Research released by Planet Ark for today's Schools Tree Day shows that parents value a green playground as highly as academic achievement when choosing their children's school.

Putting the Garden in Kindergarten

Date: 25-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
There are a host of famous faces ready to get dirty to help Planet Ark make National Tree Day a huge success. Find out why Wes Fleming, the winner of the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, has joined our much- loved team of ambassadors.

A Sky High Record For Perth

Date: 24-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
More than 2,200 students, teachers, businesses and members of the community are attempting to plant 100,000 seedlings in one hour at Whiteman Park in Perth!

You Care, They Care, We All Care For icare!

Date: 22-Jul-14
Author: Freya Paterson & Diane Mann
By choosing to use the Safe and icare brands of toilet paper Australians have helped divert 50,000 tonnes of reclaimed paper from landfill - that's equivalent to 850,000 wheelie bins of office paper - and saved enough water to fill more than 100,000 bath tubs

Re-Knitting - The New Yoga

Date: 22-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Once the preserve of grannies, knitting has become hip. In fact it is now being seen as the new yoga. Knitting can help calm the mind and requires a bit of practice and skill. But what it doesn't require is new wool. Old jumpers, scarves and hats can be unraveled and re-knitted (or recycled) into new items.

How Much Is Nature Worth?

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
How much money are Australian workers prepared to give up to have greater contact with nature at work? How do indoor plants affect productivity? What do they do for air quality? How many workers can't see the sky or a single potted plant from their workstation? All of these questions are answered in Planet Ark's new report titled Valuing Trees - What is Nature Worth? - launched in the run up to National Tree Day.

Aussie, Recycled and Certified

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Office paper is probably the most recycled material in Australian workplaces. But when it comes to using recycled office paper things aren't so good. Less than one in six reams of paper bought include any recycled content. There are three things for you, or your purchasing manager, should look for to make the right paper choice.

Recycling Contracts Cleared Up

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Workplaces come in all sizes so your waste and recycling service should fit your specific needs. A good contract can achieve some great outcomes like reducing costs, increasing recycling and improving amenity. Our waste and recycling contract guides will help you find the most appropriate service for your workplace.

Rotorua Council to Adopt NZ's first 'Wood First' policy

Date: 18-Jul-14
Author: Damian Dabrowski
Rotorua District Council (RDC) will be the first local authority in New Zealand to adopt a 'Wood First' Policy.