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Environment, Health Mathew Bate
Bea Johnson: The Zero Waste Lifestyle

Bea Johnson is the fairy godmother of the modern zero waste movement; for the past several years her family’s entire yearly waste has fitted in a small glass jar. Her seminal book, ‘Zero Waste Home’, published in 2013, has inspired millions of people around the world to minimise their waste and is now printed in over 20 different languages. The Source Bulk Foods recently brought Bea out to Australia for a week of talks and presentations. She managed to speak to us just before she was due on stage about how zero waste works and how it’s given her a new sense of abundance, harmony and happiness.

Interview by Mathew Bate

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Environment, Design Mathew Bate
Garments For The Grave

Death. It’s a sensitive topic that often gets locked inside a box and buried underground. Dr. Pia Interlandi’s practice, ‘Garments For The Grave’, uses clothing as a tool to lift the taboo surrounding death. The designer works with terminally ill and dying clients to create biodegradable clothing which they are laid to rest in.

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Reground: Turning Waste Into A Resource

Reground turn coffee waste into a valuable and sustainable resource. We sat down with Reground’s co-director, Kaitlin Reid, who is so passionate about creating the circular economy that if it were up to her, there’d be compost bins on every street corner. As we eagerly emptied our coffee cups the conversation quickly moved from sustainable waste management to initiating large-scale behavioural change.

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Food, Environment Mathew Bate
Indigenous Foods: Swallowing Our History

Being able to learn from and understand Aboriginal culture, as well as process Australia’s unpalatable history, should come way before you learn how to correctly peel a bunya nut. “You can’t eat our food if you can’t swallow our history,” said Bruce at this year’s urban agriculture conference in Melbourne.

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Partnership, Environment Mathew Bate
Within Formal Cities

When we think of a city’s architecture, often we think about the tall buildings packed along a tight grid system rather than the vast network of informal/illegal housing developments that dot the fringes of developing urban landscapes. But in South America these informal shantytowns, known as favelas, are becoming the source for a new wave of architectural innovation.

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Food, Environment Lisa Cugnetto
Nemo’s Garden: Taking Farming Underwater

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that, by 2050, the world will need 50 per cent more food, feed and biofuel to sustain agriculture for a projected global population of 9.73 billion. As global initiatives attempt to tackle this predicted food crisis, one family have taken matters into their own hands and looked to the ocean for answers.
 

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Food, Environment Samantha Allemann
Ethical Protein: Does It Exist?

For the environmentally conscious among us eating meat often brings with it a side dish of ethical dilemma. As the consequences of being a carnivore become more apparent there are those who are trying alternative sources of protein in the form of insects and roadkill. Yes, roadkill.

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