Choose to refuse - single-use plasticMore than 6 out of 10 of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people's litter and avoiding buying bottled water. If you’ve ever wanted to reduce your reliance on harmful plastic products and reduce your plastic waste, then this is the month to do it. Register for the Plastic Free July challenge. See the Enviro Shop for items to help you reduce plastic use, and some Hints from Rose.
Big Banks - how ethical?What would the big four banks do with a 17 billion dollar tax cut if they got one? Perhaps more jobs and fairer (fatter) pay packets for employees. Given the recent Royal Commission, and continuing criticisms (including fossil fuel funding and foreign land grabs), "investing" in the big banks in this way may not be backing the most "ethical" horse. Check out these resources to find a bank that reflects your values. See Get Up!'s Brighter Banks campaign - partnering with 100% customer-owned Bank Australia.
The Kind guide - made with compassionThe fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, employing millions of people worldwide of which many are underpaid, overworked and enslaved. A new resource, The Kind guide, advocates for brands with strong ethics and are constantly asking who, where and how products are made. See their directory. Check out this vid from Citizen Wolf, one of the featured brands, explaining what they do. See more on clothing alternatives at Shop Ethical Clothing.
Be Inspired: towards a plant-based dietChange the world - one bite at a time! A plant-based diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds and limits meat, fish, dairy, eggs, cheese and other animal by-products. It differs largely from a vegan and vegetarian diet in that it promotes unprocessed foods. Yep, no tofurkey! This month's Be Inspired feature explores the benefits of a plant-based diet, including the "reducetarian" movement, empowering individuals to eat less meat in an easy and manageable way.
Cash for containers - it makes cents!April saw Boomerang Alliance hit the road with a 3 metre-long Coke Bottle on a mission to sway the Victorian government to implement a statewide 10 cents Container Deposit Scheme. Similar schemes have been hugely successful in NT, SA and NSW, and within the next six months, WA, QLD and ACT will introduce their own legislation, leaving Victorians, along with Tasmanians, unable to reap the rewards. Sign up to the Cash for Containers campaign and find out more about the Big Bottle Tour.
Quick BitesApple has been fined $9m for misleading Australia customers about their warranty rights by refusing to inspect or fix faulty devices without charge if they had been repaired by a third party. Guardian
Does you AFL footy team profit from pokies? Nine AFL clubs around Australia use pokies to fund their footy clubs. Sign the petition to help clubs get out of the pokies. Pokies Play You
McCafé is the largest producer of coffee cup waste in Australia, using over 84 million cups each year. Their plastic lining means that most are never recycled. Sign the petition. Sum of Us
The government has suspended the export licence of Emanuel Exports, the biggest live sheep trading exporter and the company responsible for the 2017 Awassi Express shipment. The Conversation
In a bid to reduce ocean pollution, Japan has passed a bill calling on companies to cease use of microplastics in their products (especially face washes and toothpastes). Global Cosmetics