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A two-year contract extension signed between Veolia and Hunter Water is set to secure more than just high-quality water services for the region. As the country’s leading water experts, Veolia will deploy solutions involving innovative technology to deliver against enhanced wastewater targets and generate the highest-quality water the Lower Hunter has seen. While nurturing the next generation of water engineers, and driving low-carbon outputs, the contract will make new headway in combating climate change.

Hunter Water serves the needs of over 600,000 people living and working in the region. Veolia, Australia’s leader in ecological transformation and Hunter Water’s operation and maintenance contractor, delivers safe, high-quality drinking water, and treats millions of litres of wastewater across the region every day. Following almost eight successful years delivering water services, Veolia has now secured a two-year extension on its contract.

The extension will see new heights reached in water quality and wastewater treatment for the region. Working closely with Hunter Water, Veolia has already identified eight ways to enhance drinking water standards and a further 46 ways to improve its sewage treatment activities. These will ensure continued excellent water quality for the community and help to better preserve biodiversity.

In addition, new Energy Tracking (e-Tracking) technology developed by Veolia will monitor the energy performance of the treatment plants, delivering consumption efficiencies that reduce its carbon footprint. The e-Tracking system will also assess operational conditions and deliver real-time alerts to operators on energy performance, facilitating prompt action where necessary.

Led by a team of 20 water engineers and technical experts, Veolia will have trained nine graduate engineers, eight cadet engineers and eight electrical and mechanical apprentices by the end of its 10-year tenure.

Daniel Spiller, Chief Operating Officer for Veolia ANZ said:

“Veolia works with the brightest minds and uses the best technology available to meet the water needs of the Lower Hunter community, whilst protecting the waterways and wildlife that surround our operations. We’ve worked hard over the past seven years to innovate so that water quality standards continue to improve, whilst finding solutions that achieve decarbonisation — we call this ecological transformation.

“Our extended contract with Hunter Water will allow us to continue putting people and the environment at the heart of what we do. This remains a priority, as does our investment in young people through cadetships and apprenticeships, as they will be the next generation of water workers for the region.”

Executive Manager Customer Delivery, Clint Thomson from Hunter Water said:

“We’re pleased to award a contract extension to Veolia, who share in our vision for the future of water in the Lower Hunter. As custodians of the water cycle for our customers and communities, it is critical that we maintain safe, high-quality and efficient water services, protect our environment, and develop the next generation of water professionals. Building on the achievements of the partnership so far, we have clear service delivery targets and continuous improvement objectives, and we’re working hard to achieve our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.”

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Curtin University researchers claim to have identified a new, cheaper and more efficient electrocatalyst to make green hydrogen from water that could one day open new avenues for large-scale clean energy production.

Typically, scientists have been using precious metal catalysts, such as platinum, to accelerate the reaction to break water into hydrogen and oxygen. The Curtin researchers found that adding nickel and cobalt to cheaper, previously ineffective catalysts enhances their performance, which lowers the energy required to split the water and increases the yield of hydrogen.

“Our research essentially saw us take two-dimensional iron–sulfur nanocrystals, which don’t usually work as catalysts for the electricity-driven reaction that gets hydrogen from water, and add small amounts of nickel and cobalt ions,” said lead researcher Dr Guohua Jia. “When we did this, it completely transformed the poor-performing iron–sulfur into a viable and efficient catalyst.”

Dr Jia said this discovery, described in the journal Nano Energy, could have far-reaching implications for sustainable green fuel generation in the future.

“Using these more abundant materials is cheaper and more efficient than the current benchmark material, ruthenium oxide, which is derived from ruthenium element and is expensive,” he said.

“Our findings not only broaden the existing ‘palette’ of possible particle combinations, but also introduce a new, efficient catalyst that may be useful in other applications.

“It also opens new avenues for future research in the energy sector, putting Australia at the forefront of renewable and clean energy research and applications.”

Dr Jia said the next steps would be to expand and test the team’s work on a larger scale to test its commercial viability.

“Only 21% of energy is produced from renewables in the national energy market, which clearly indicates more efforts are required from Australia to make a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy,” he said.

“But this shift is only possible when the knowledge from the research sector gets translated into real-world solutions and applications in the energy sector.”

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Shades of Green Uses A Strict Evaluation System Before Adding Any Products to Their Sustainable Marketplace

While I’ve featured several stores on this blog with high standards for sustainable goods, I don’t think any place does it quite like Shades of Green. Their guidelines cover every aspect of a product’s life, so you can feel completely confident you are receiving a quality, lasting product that is kind to the planet and its people. 

A Little History of Shades of Green

Founded by Angela Wade, Shades of Green was created to bring design sensibility and brand trust to the sustainable marketplace. Starting at a young age, Angela has approached life from a holistic perspective after facing some health challenges. Her holistic lifestyle prompted the opening of Shades of Green with a proprietary Product Evaluation System. This system was her way to educate consumers who were shopping for sustainable products while helping support healthier lifestyles.

Aesthetics is Never Compromised for a Sustainable Product

An unfortunate stigma sustainable products have received a lot in the past is that they aren’t as beautiful as conventional products. These notions were a big reason I started Sustainably Chic. I wanted to show others sustainability & aesthetics can effortlessly intertwine. So naturally, it was very easy for me to gravitate towards Shades of Green. Not only are their products healthy and eco-friendly, but they are beautiful, too. Just a few seconds on their website, you can already tell how much thought is behind their curations. Presenting sustainability in this type of light makes it much more inviting. 

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What is their Product Evaluation System? 

I keep mentioning their Product Evaluation System, but I want to break it down for you so you can understand the complete picture. This system feels like the gold standard for allowing a product in a sustainable marketplace. 

Each product is evaluated on a scale from 1-5, with 1 being ‘healthier and greener than most mainstream products’ and a 5 ‘exceptional eco-friendly products that meet all our evaluation criteria and epitomize earth-friendly design, materials, manufacturing, and performance’. So know that all of their products are already very conscious and sustainable, and that sustainability is then scaled.

They created this system because they understand most consumers don’t have time to do research when purchasing a new product for their home. As someone who has written about sustainable brands for over seven years, I can tell you it truly does take a lot of work to figure out what brands are actually sustainable and which ones are greenwashing. You can read more about the topic of greenwashing and why it can make shopping so complicated. This is where online stores like Shades of Green come in handy. They do all the work for you and are as transparent as they can possibly be with the shopper. 

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The 5 Life Stages of a Product

Have you ever thought about the life stages of a product you’ve bought? The life stages start at the very beginning from when a product is created to the end of its life. 

These stages are 1) Sourcing, 2) Manufacturing, 3) Shipping, 4) Use & Performance, and 5) Lifecycle.I love how Shades of Green breaks down questions with each of these stages -

  • Sourcing: Where do the materials come from? Are any of them toxic to humans or the planet? How?

  • Manufacturing: Is the process for making the product safe for humans and the environment? Does the manufacturer have sustainable practices in place?

  • Shipping: How far does the product have to travel to get to the consumer? What kind of materials are used to package the product?

  • Use & Performance: Does the product perform as required or designed?Has it been designed for long-term use or simply one-time use?

  • Lifecycle: Was the product designed for recyclability? Can the product or its parts be reused as something else?

These are all the stages Shades of Green looks at when adding a new product to their site. By understanding each of these stages, you can make a better-educated purchasing decision when shopping sustainably. 

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Their Sustainable Product Categories 

Now that we have gone through their Product Evaluation System let’s talk about the actual products they have chosen to add to their marketplace. 

  • Shades of Green is broken down into 6 categories:

  • On the Go: Features zero-waste everyday items. 

  • Home Decor: Features sustainable goods like blankets, throw pillows, baskets.

  • Bed & Bath: Carries over from home decor but also features eco-friendly bed sheets. 

  • Indoor & Outdoor Living: Features products you can easily move in and out of the home. Great for outdoor entertaining. 

  • Kitchen & Dining: Features eco-friendly products like cookware, serving bowls & utensils, and dinnerware.

  • Wedding Gift Ideas: Features products from their other categories that would make the perfect sustainable wedding gift. 


Our Favorite Sustainable Products for the Home

Rechargeable Candle & Grill Lighter

I am all for adding as many zero-waste alternatives to our home as possible, and this rechargeable lighter is the perfect product for my candle-loving self. This lighter comes with a lithium-ion battery that can be charged by simply hooking up a USB to the computer. You’ll know it is completely charged up and ready to go once the green light disappears. The lighter uses plasma lighting technology, so you don’t have to refill it. Plus, it’s meant to last forever, and they are shipped in recyclable packaging. 

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Alpaca Indigo & Gold Throw

I love to get cozy on the couch with a super soft blanket, and this one looks luxurious! Alpaca is one of the best fibers to have in a blanket because they are hypoallergenic, smooth as silk, have moisture-wicking properties, and naturally insulating cores. This particular blanket is made from small batches of alpaca yarn sourced in the Highlands of Peru. They even repurpose yarns that are wasted during production!

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Beeswax Candles

Are you looking for classic taper candles for your home? These Greentree Home Candles found at Shades of Green are hand-poured from 100% pure North American beeswax and individually finished in central New York state without any added fragrance! As someone who loves candelabras, tapers are a staple in our home, and I trust Shades of Green to find the best quality there is! You can also find beeswax votive & tealight candle sets.

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Our Favorite Sustainable Products for Kitchen & Dining

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Cast Iron Skillet

This is a gorgeous cast iron skillet made from 40% recycled cast iron!! This food-safe, 10-inch skillet from Kana Lifestyle is sustainably considered from manufacturing to the consumer. This brand offers several cookware options and participates in 1% for the planet, and is currently going through the application process to become a B-Corp brand (you can find more information on this sustainable certification here).

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Palm Fiber Line Placemat

The aesthetic these placemats bring to the dinner table is just lovely. I love a natural-looking product because it feels like it brings nature into the home. These placemats are Handmade from Iraca palm fibers in Colombia, sourced locally by the artisans and families in the region. Myto (the brand who creates these placemats) combines cultural traditions and quality craftsmanship while creating local jobs and supporting the Colombian artisanal economy.

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Live Edge Cutting Board

Years ago, I learned the plastic cutting boards I used for years were not ideal for kitchen use. We all know the toxicity of plastic, but it’s especially important to stay away from it in the kitchen. This cutting board is what you should be using! Made from 100% upcycled wood and natural oils, this cutting board by Spencer Peterman is made to last. Sometimes words like ‘recycled’ and ‘upcycled’ can feel like a product doesn’t have the best materials, but that is definitely not the case here. This brand sources wastewood from local woodworkers in their town of Gill, Massachusetts, and hand-craft a beautiful range of kitchen goods.

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Shades of Green Also Offers Sustainable Design Services

Ellen Strickland is their LEED-accredited Chief Sustainability Officer and Co-Designer and is there to help you with your sustainable home designs. From just a simple update to a big home remodel, you can make an appointment - here - to start discussing your future plans!  

We look forward to chatting more with Shades of Green about sustainable interior design soon, and bringing back all the knowledge and great tips to you! 

The Rewards Program

Want to earn money to shop at Shades of Green? Click here to sign up to become a Rewards member. This program enables you to give your friends a $10 coupon to join Shades of Green Rewards. If they join and make a purchase, you'll get $10 added to your account for your next order! Such an easy way to save money on beautiful, sustainable products. 

Click - here - to shop Shades of Green's entire sustainable online marketplace and follow them on - Instagram - to stay up-to-date with beautiful new sustainable products.


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Affordable, Sustainable Gift IDeas

If you’re on a budget, have a lot of gifts to buy, or are looking for smaller gifts to use as stocking stuffers or send through the mail, this gift guide is for you. All of the eco-friendly and ethically-made gifts on this guide are under $100, and many of them are under $50. The joy of gift-giving doesn’t have to break the bank!

Why Affordability is Important to sustainability

Affordability and accessibility is a crucial part of true sustainability. If it’s not accessible to the majority, then “sustainability” is just another exclusive for the elites of our society. That’s why—while I also don’t believe that a $5 t-shirt can be truly sustainable either—I strive to recommend sustainable and ethical brands and products at lower price ranges as much as possible.

P.S. If you’re looking for more affordable and eco-friendly brand recommendations, check out our post on affordable sustainable clothing brands, or check out this article on the best places to buy and sell vintage and secondhand!


sustainable gifts Under $100:

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1) Undies Starter Set from Knickey

Price: $65

I absolutely love my Knickey’s undies and bralettes—they’re so comfortable but also cute.

With their Starter Set, you can try out all of their different styles, so you can get a range of rises and coverage. They’re all Fair Trade Certified and made out of 95% GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton, combined with 5% elastane for comfort and stretch. They come in a range of neutrals along with beautiful, limited-edition hues.

This Starter Set would pair great with Knickey’s bralettes!

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2) Self Care Gift Box from Om Matters

Price: $85-98

This is a perfect gift idea for someone in your life who needs a little help calming down and managing stress. This Self Care Gift Box comes with a Healing Crystal Kit, an OM Meditation Candle, and OM Matter’s signature 8 Limbs of Yoga + Meditation Practice Cards.

Together, all of these mindfulness tools help to inspire your loved one to cultivate inner peace, calmness, positive intentions, and happiness. You can read more about why I love OM Matters here and here!

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3) All Dai Shoe from Munjoi

Price: $98

This is seriously one of the most versatile sustainable shoes I’ve discovered yet. It can be worn four different ways, as a sandal, sneaker, or slip-on.

It’s made from vegan and plant-based materials like sugar cane, bloom algae, hemp, and cotton. Plus, it’s gender-neutral, breathable, super lightweight, machine-washable, and carbon-neutral!

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4) Striped Tote from Anchal

Price: $62

This canvas tote bag—which comes in bold yellow, blue, or red stripes—is as versatile as it is functional. Like all of Anchal’s products, it’s delicately hand-embroidered, yet incredibly durable, so it can hold up against daily errands to the grocery store, gym, school, picking the kids up, and more.

Made by an artisan in Ajmer, India, out of GOTS organic cotton, this bag is Fair Trade Verified and features a hand-stitched signature of the maker.

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5) Chalk Print Scarf from Obakki

Price: $72

This beautiful scarf from Obakki’s “Scarves for Water” collection benefits Mayual, South Sudan, a village of families that fled warfare. They now face extreme hunger and poverty as they struggle to create a new life from nothing, and a lack of water can stop progress before it starts. When Obakki sells 500 of these limited-edition scarves, 100% of net proceeds will go directly toward drilling a water well in Mayual, changing every life for the better. They have several different gorgeous patterns and bold colors to choose from!

You can read more about why I love Obakki here.

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6) Self Care & Growth Gift Box from Sam & Lance

Price: $95

This thoughtfully curated pre-made gift box is a great gift idea for your mom, BFF, or frontline worker friend. It comes with a Gratitude Journal, Apple Cinnamon Tea, Cocoa Oat Soak, Reusable Candle, and Organza Scrunchie.

This gift helps support women-owned businesses and a tree is planted with each purchase to help our Earth breathe easier.

To send as a personalized gift, just add your special message in the notes and it will be handwritten on a special card!

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7) Santorini Statement Roll-On® Bracelets from Aid Through Trade

Price: $45

Aid Through Trade (one of the founding members of the Fair Trade Federation!) is the original creator of the famous Roll-On® Bracelet. Now, the brand employs over 200 female artisans in Nepal.

All of their Roll-On® Bracelets are made with the highest quality glass beads and hand-dyed cotton thread and come with a lifetime guarantee. They fit most wrists and come in a variety of colors. I think this Santorini Statement Roll-On is perfect for a New Year’s celebration!

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8) Tushar (Frost) Socks from FAZL

Price: $24

These super cozy socks are hand-knit in the Himalayas of India using indigenous designs that have been passed down from mother to daughter.

Fair Trade and vegan, the socks are made from acrylic yarn which is super durable and long-lasting, and doesn’t come with the itch that a lot of winter socks do. Plus, every purchase gives back to an orphaned child in India.

code: CHIC15 for 15% off

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9) Organic Cotton T-shirt Hair Towels from Sunrise Bliss

Price: $20-38

Handmade from 100% GOTS certified organic knit cotton and low-impact dyes, these soft, absorbent t-shirt towels dry hair quickly while leaving you with less breakage, tangles, and frizz. They’re super lightweight, too, so they’re great for everyday use as well as travel. They come in three different sizes for various hair lengths.

You can read more about why I LOVE these towels here and here!

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10) Heart Gold Threader Earrings from Astor & Orion

Price: $45

These unique threader earrings can be worn with the charm close to the lobe, as a long dangle, or even threaded through multiple piercings!

They’re super lightweight and sustainably cast from recycled sterling silver and then coated with 18k gold. They’re designed with love in Seattle, ethically made in Thailand.

Being that they’re so lightweight and easy to ship, these would be a great gift idea for someone who lives far away from you!

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11) Infinity Scarf & Beret Gift Set from Maggie’s Organics

Price: $55

This luxuriously soft infinity scarf and slouchy beret gift set is the ideal cold-weather gift. It’s elegant, warm, cozy, and machine washable. Not only that, but it’s fully certified to both International Organic and Fair-Trade standards—just like most of Maggie’s Organics products!

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12) Variety 6-Pack of Lip Balm from Zambeezi

Price: $19

Zambeezi’s six organic and Fair Trade flavors will leave your loved one’s lips looking and feeling as luscious as ever!

The flavors include: gingery Lemongrass, tangy Tangerine, delightful Wild Rose, tantalizing Sweet Basil, naturally-protecting Suncare and moisturizing Honeybalm. Each purchase helps to regenerate communities and ecosystems.

code: SUSTAINABLYCHIC15 for 15% off entire order (one use per customer)

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13) Superwhisk & Matcha Kit from Golde

Price: $45

Golde’s Pure Matcha is made with 100% pure, shade-grown green tea leaves from Uji, Japan. It’s great for lattes, smoothies, and more. This kit comes with a Superwhisk, which is a USB-rechargeable whisk that instantly froths your favorite superfood lattes to perfection. It’s handheld and rechargeable, so it’s perfect for your caffeinated friend on the go.

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14) Champ Portable Charger from Shades of Green

This would be a great gift or stocking stuffer for your friend or family member who is always on their phone. Eco-friendly tech is still pretty difficult to find, so I’m always excited when I find tech accessories made from more sustainable materials.

This one from Shades of Green is made from recycled aluminum and plastic. It will work with both Apple and Android devices and you can get up to 80% charge in 30 minutes!

Price: $49.95

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15) Colorful Mini Porcelain Vase from Made Trade

Price: $22

How sweet are these vases?! These will add a cheery pop of color to a desk, windowsill, or countertop. They’re handcrafted by artisans in the ancient kiln city of Jingdezhen, China, out of clay porcelain. (Jingdezhen’s was a major kiln site in the 11th century — over 1,000 years ago!)

If you want a different size, color, or design, they carry an entire collection of gorgeous vases.

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The UNTHA ZR two shaft shredder is suitable for waste, wood and metal shredding. It has been engineered for multi-shift, continuous pre-shredding, even when handling difficult materials some would consider economically unshreddable.

The machine’s low speed, high torque drive means it can process severe-duty applications with ease, for a high level of plant availability. The modular, quick-change cutting table design presents versatility.

The ZR2400H, for example, has been engineered for the high throughput, rough shredding of bulky waste, C&I waste, waste wood, MSW, mattresses, carpets, railway sleepers, bales and rolled goods. Available as a static or mobile machine with crawler tracks, the goal for this model is volume reduction (90% <300mm), material breakdown for further treatment, and alternative fuel production. The cutting system is therefore suitable for cement plants, operators in the biomass and energy recovery industries, MRFs, sorting and waste disposal firms.

The ZR2400W is a metal scrap shredder that is also suitable for the processing of WEEE and large domestic appliances. Again, the goal is to achieve a rough material breakdown (90% <300mm) for downstream sorting, making this machine suitable for metal processors, recyclers and aluminium and metal manufacturers.

The ZR’s independent, bi-directional shaft rotation means the aggressive cutters grab, shear and liberate material in forward and reverse, for a machine action that always shreds.

Both pre-shredders are also supplied with the UNTHA Eco Power Drive with water-cooled synchronous motors — an energy-efficient concept which is designed to reduce energy consumption by up to 75%.

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The glittering golden jewel that crowns Billbergia’s 39-storey tower at Rhodes Central in Sydney’s Inner West is much more than an eye-catching architectural feature. The 27-m-high structure that crowns the building is a piece of world-leading technology that could place Australia firmly at the forefront of solar-related innovation.

The heliostat — from ‘helios’ meaning ‘sun’ in Greek and ‘stat’ as in stationary — has been designed and built for Rhodes to capture the sun’s light energy using a series of custom-made smart mirrors. Those mirrors or reflectors can autonomously shift and tilt towards the sun and then reflect the sunlight onto the previously overshadowed Union Square Plaza below.

While heliostat technology has been in existence for some time, it is mostly used to collect energy for solar electric power plants in remote places. Billbergia’s Rhodes Central heliostat is one of only two known structures in the world to sit atop a mixed-use, residential/retail development — the other is also in Sydney at One Central Park, built almost a decade ago.

“Traditionally you see heliostats in solar plants in the middle of the desert,” said Alex Lehmann, Research Scientist at Heliosystems and designer of the Rhodes Central heliostat.

“It’s only very recently that they’ve been adapted for this kind of architectural use, and we are only just beginning to understand what you can do with active and passive lighting in our cities.

“Buildings are getting taller and we have options as to where we can direct light to improve the amenity of public spaces on the ground. This latest generation technology heliostat showcases an exciting opportunity for developers to think about lighting in public spaces and to be more creative with how they use sunlight to change the urban environment.”

The Rhodes Central heliostat is made up of several complex parts. One key element is the large golden crown-like structure clearly visible on top of the building. Built to exacting standards, it uses high-quality structural steel that has been finished and wrapped in gold-coloured, solid aluminium panels.

The part invisible to passers-by is a network of sun-tracking motorised mirrors that follow the sun’s movement during the day. Sunlight is bounced from the mirrors on the roof of the building up to the second set of reflector mirrors in the golden crown that then direct the sunlight back down towards Union Square Plaza. Special plastic sheeting covers the reflective surface and filters out UV light so harmful UV rays are not directed into the Plaza below.

The heliostat is a collaboration between HeliostatSA, SJB Architecture, Inhabit Technical Design and Samaras Engineering.

“For us, the challenges were in solving the engineering details, such as how to make the optics work. To maximise the energy reflected down to the park, we worked hard to integrate a large heliostat collection area on the roof. However, the reflectors on the crown present a relatively smaller area, so we had to focus the sunlight slightly at the reflectors before it diverges again on the way down to the park,” Lehmann said.

“We’ve also installed a weather station on the roof that monitors wind and weather conditions, and the heliostat responds accordingly. The autonomous reflectors put themselves in a brace position if it’s windy and if it rains, they position themselves to get a wash. If it’s hailing, they tilt themselves into a position to minimise any hail damage.

“In designing this technology for Rhodes Central, there was also a level of integration to consider. We weren’t just kicking some stones away and putting a post in the desert sand. This heliostat has had to be integrated with other facilities in the building and it has to work well with other functions on the roof. All in all, coming up with the right design has been quite an intense process and a lot has been learned along the way.”

A set of internal stairs has been built into the structure that leads up to an external access platform to enable maintenance to be carried out as needed. Lehmann said periodic cleaning will ensure the optics keep working well.

The final touch to the Rhodes Central heliostat is a special ‘night glow’ feature that will showcase the structural design when the sun goes down.

“At night, the reflectors glow an interesting colour and people will see some interesting lighting displays happening,” Lehmann said.

“The heliostat is a feature of the Rhodes skyline now and as it becomes part of people’s living space, I hope they enjoy what it offers to the Rhodes community.”

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Veolia Northern Territory was looking for a low-maintenance, low-operator requirement, simple, cost-effective solution to provide a large amount of micro-sized air bubbles for the DAF system at its wastewater treatment facility at Berrimah, according to the company's Technical Services Engineer, Dion Meta.

The options

“An article by Sustainability Matters was published which outlined the benefits of the EDUR DAF pump. This then prompted me to look into the product as we needed something simple and reliable,” Meta said. In that article, Australian distributor for EDUR Pumps, Hydro Innovations, described how the single EDUR pump could replace not only the existing recycle pump, but also the air saturation vessel and the compressor.

How does the EDUR ‘multiphase’ pump work?

The EDUR multiphase pump has the unique ability to handle a gas/liquid mixture. This enables the pump to draw in atmospheric air when pumping recycled water from the DAF tank where it mixes the air with the water being simultaneously drawn from the DAF tank.

A discharge throttle valve puts the discharge air/water mix under pressure [approximately 6 bar], which ‘forces’ the air into solution with the water. When the solution reaches the DAF tank, the reduced pressure in the tank causes the air to come out of solution to form microscopic bubbles [30-70 microns] which then attach to fats, oils and grease, and floats them to the surface.

The results

“The results have been very good. We are producing a significant amount of dissolved air and our treatment results have improved (eg, reduction in sulphide, reduction in hydrocarbons),” Meta said.

Besides the simplicity of the system, asset owners can expect a reduction in running costs, according to Hydro Innovations. Although Veolia did not have a compressor previously, other DAF plant asset owners can cut the costs associated with running a compressor, cut the yearly certification costs of the air saturation vessel, and won’t need the more complicated control systems.

When asked what he expected from his new EDUR pump asset, Meta said “Long-term benefits are that our results continue to improve. I am also hopeful that the DAF pump will last a long period of time with little maintenance requirements.”

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Australia has a 74-million-tonne garbage problem and a whopping 40% ends up in landfill. At the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), a research team is developing a local solution to this $189 million problem.

Federal Minister for Education Alan Tudge has announced $2 million for the university-led ‘New Options for Waste and Saving the Environment’ (NO WASTE) precinct project, a Toowoomba- and Ipswich-based pilot to refresh recycling and upcycling processes. It will be funded through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s $40 million Strategic University Reform Fund, designed to help universities find innovative solutions for local communities.

USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor John Bell said the team would establish a precinct to work with local industries, governments and communities.

“This is a great opportunity to grow general waste reduction initiatives and to cement these into a strong research grouping in the region,” Prof Bell said.

“Using a regional test case, the project will help reform current methods into a more efficient industry that is scalable and transferrable to other local communities nationally and globally.”

Co-project lead Dr Polly Burey said the team would create a circular economy model to deal with waste such as mixed plastics, glass, fibre, waxed cardboard/paper and rubber (including foams).

“We’re pinpointing the best way to work together to make commercial and residential recycling and upcycling profitable, maximising returns to incentivise widespread participation,” Dr Burey said.

“Our partners represent key parts of the value chain when it comes to a circular economy — local retail entities (Grand Central Shopping Centre), manufacturing industries, technical specialists and education providers.”

Co-lead researcher Dr Tristan Shelley said the collaboration would utilise localised micro-processing capability for converting challenging waste streams into novel products.

“We aim to drive innovation in the circular economy by extending our knowledge in the field of waste materials from processing to final product engineering,” he said.

“This team is well-placed given the university’s existing expertise in advanced manufacturing, civil engineering and construction, accelerated processing of polymeric materials, sustainable energy, chemical and materials engineering, sensor technology, and entrepreneurship.”

Image caption: Researchers Dr Polly Burey and Dr Tristan Shelley with Grand Central Shopping Centre Operations Manager Simon Wilkinson.

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The Best Zero Waste Gifts

Do you have someone in your life who strives to be zero waste or are you wanting to help your friends start their own zero waste journey? This gift guide was created to make the holidays more sustainable, while still being able to have fun with giving gifts.

WHAT IS ‘ZERO WASTE’?

The ultimate goal of a zero waste lifestyle is to avoid sending anything to the landfill. However, this is not realistic for the majority of people, but the principles of using what you have and lessening your waste as much as possible is a bit more doable.

What is a zero waste gift?

Zero waste gifts have a very low impact on the environment and usually help facilitate a zero waste lifestyle. For example, you could gift a bar of soap instead of soap in a plastic bottle OR you could gift a book that gives tips on how to live a zero waste life.

A zero waste gift could also be made from waste in order for a brand to not send anything to a landfill. For example, a handbag brand can take all their scrap pieces from their collection and create a new bag.

p.s. make sure to learn how to wrap your gifts zero waste, too!

Now, our top picks for zero waste gifts:

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1) Natural Bar Soap Set from Obakki

These nourishing soaps are cold-pressed by hand in small batches using 100% all-natural and vegan ingredients. They don’t contain palm oils, artificial fragrances or colorants, parabens, sulfates, or animal products. Plus, each soap uses ingredients that create sustainable income for women entrepreneurs in Africa. The set comes packaged in compostable millboard boxes made from 100% recycled paper, so they're perfect for gifting. Read more about why I love Obakki here!

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2) 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg from EarthHero

Goodbye, Amazon — I only buy my books from small businesses like EarthHero! This one by my friend Kathryn Kellogg is a great book for beginner and intermediate zero wasters. It’s got SO many great tips for how to reduce the amount of waste in your home… and so many things I wouldn’t think of! And of course, it’s printed on FSC-Certified Paper and with soy-based inks.

Shop gifts like this and many more on EarthHero, an online marketplace for eco-friendly goods from over 200 brands. They even have a curated collection of zero waste goods.

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3) Bamboo Trio Makeup Palette from GreenEcoDream

This refillable makeup palette made by Elate and available at Green Eco Dream allows you to carry your favorite pressed eyeshadows anywhere you go. It can be refilled over and over again, and then at the end of its life, the bamboo can be crushed and commercially composted and the aluminum can be recycled. This is a great idea for a stocking stuffer, or as a part of a larger gift set filled with zero-waste makeup. All of Elate’s makeup is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and fair trade.

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4) The Perfect Bag from Nena & Co.

Nena & Co’s Zero Waste Collection is made from fabric scraps that are leftover from their other bags in order to reduce waste. as much as possible! And just like all of their other artisan-made bags and accessories, these are created on a small-batch scale, ensuring attention to detail and quality of the highest standard. This helps to create a sustainable form of income for the Guatemalan artisans they work with (all of whom, of course, are paid a fair and living wage for their beautiful work!)

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5) Rechargeable Candle Lighter from Shades of Green

Know someone who burns a lot of candles in their home? Here is a zero waste alternative to traditional butane lighters! This lighter comes with a lithium-ion battery that can be charged by simply hooking up a USB to the computer. You’ll know it is completely charged up and ready to go once the green light disappears. The lighter uses plasma lighting technology, so you don’t have to refill it. Plus, it’s meant to last forever, and they are shipped in recyclable packaging.

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6) Colorful Reusable Bags from Stasher

Stasher bags are one of the most versatile reusable items you can have in your kitchen. These bags are made from platinum silicone and are completely free of BPA, BPS, lead, latex, and phthalates. They come in many different sizes, and tons of gorgeous colors! I think any zero waster in your life wouldn’t mind owning a few more Stasher bags.

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7) Zero Waste Cleaning Kit from EcoRoots

A perfect zero waste starter kit with plastic-free cleaning products for the home & kitchen! This zero waste cleaning kit comes with dish soap, bamboo soap dish, and wooden cleaning brush. Everything is made from sustainable materials, organic & vegan ingredients, and is biodegradable. It even ships in plastic-free, recyclable packaging.

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8) DIY Composting from SubPod

Say goodbye to kitchen waste with this backyard composting system from SubPod!

Subpod is a below-ground vermicomposting option that has dual chambers, smell-proof, pest-proof and effective at creating and maintaining the perfect compost. The Subpod mission is to make composting part of daily life with their easy to use system and of course, their packaging is home compostable!

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9) Green Onion Regrower from UncommonGoods

How cool is this kitchen gadget?

One trip to the grocery yields weeks of green onions!

It’s easy - all you have to do is insert each of the unused end pieces into this kit's growing lid. It is lined with naturally absorbent coconut fiber so just add water. Your onions will continue regrowing up to 3" per week.

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10) Zero Waste Starter Kit from EarthHero

Perfect for the zero waste beginners!

This box contains: Solid rePETe Produce Bags (2pk), Silicone Stasher Sandwich Bag, EarthHero Bamboo Utensil Set, Stainless Steel Straw and cleaning brush, and an Adult Bamboo Toothbrush!

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Students from Monash University’s Department of Chemical Engineering have used the water treatment cycle found in nature as inspiration to develop a sustainable, standalone water treatment system that removes persistent organic pollutants from industrial wastewater.

Industrial wastewater is a global concern. Untreated wastewater from industrial sites can contain heavy metals, toxins and petroleum hydrocarbons which can have direct implications on aquatic ecosystems and subsequently impact food resources and water supply. Appropriate operational management practices are therefore needed to minimise the risk that industrial waste can have on the environment.

Developed by PhD students Mostafa Dehghani and Mahdi Naseri and undergraduate student Clare Carew, the Stand Alone Sunflow System (SASS) uses easily accessible and affordable materials to provide a standalone and sustainable water treatment option that will treat persistent organic contaminants of polluted water in small and medium industries.

The SASS design avoids using fossil fuel-based energy sources or chemicals that pose a hazard to human or environmental health, instead using a cellulose/zinc oxide catalyst activated by sunlight to break down organic pollutants in water circulated through a treatment tank. Mounted UV lights powered by solar panels are activated when insufficient sunlight is available, while a microcontroller manages the flow of water through the system. At the end of the treatment cycle, clean water is discharged from the system.

“The efficacy of the system was examined using a variety of organic pollutants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), dioxane solvents, industrial dyes and real wastewater samples until degradation to below health and environmental advised levels were achieved,” Naseri said.

Video courtesy Mostafa Dehghani via Vimeo.

Currently, there is a lack of sustainable and economical methods to treat persistent organic pollutants, especially for low-resource settings. The materials used in this particular system are from abundant sources, making the SASS a much more affordable alternative that should require less labour and maintenance compared to the traditional systems.

“According to recent figures from the United Nations, by 2030, half of the world, including many in low-resource areas, will face water scarcity,” Dehghani said. “This was our main motivation to design a water treatment system inspired by nature that takes advantage of sunlight, especially in areas with a high light intensity like Australia.

“The available systems currently in the market are either inefficient or produce a secondary pollutant that needs to be disposed of in the environment. Our prototype seeks to provide a sustainable treatment of persistent organic pollutants such as fluorinated compounds in low-resource settings.”

Through further advancements and research, the SASS technology will soon have the capability to be scaled up to accommodate the treatment of larger water streams. The students are looking to attract funding investment to improve the SASS and implement purpose-built microcontrollers to manage various sensors and control the flow of contaminated and treated water. Once finalised, the intention is to work with targeted industries such as breweries, textile, food and beverage, and printing companies to apply the SASS technology into their commercialisation processes.

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As the world works toward economically and environmentally friendly ways to power the devices that people use daily, two US researchers are investigating how food waste and its associated biomass can be converted into rechargeable batteries.

There is a heavy reliance on graphite — a limited resource — to make battery anodes, the negative terminals on batteries. Demand for reusable batteries is meanwhile skyrocketing, so there is a pressing need to reduce the environmental impacts of such batteries.

Virginia Tech researchers Haibo Huang and Feng Lin were playing a game of basketball when they were struck by an idea: why not convert food waste into battery materials? As noted by Huang, “Most of these wastes are put into garbage and then sent to landfills. We just need to solve the battery side.”

The researchers first tested different types of food waste material to see if any could be used to make batteries. Huang explained, “As a food processing engineer, I can modify the composition of the food. I could take the proteins and lipids out, along with some of the minerals, to see how it impacts battery performance.”

Based on their preliminary results, the researchers found that the fibre component in food waste — found in apple cores, spent grain and walnut shells, for example — was the key to develop advanced carbon materials that could be used as a battery anode. When certain compounds were removed from the equation, the essential compounds of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin after thermal treatment could sufficiently work for a battery.

“Our unique approach of using agricultural waste-derived carbon materials to host alkali metal, such as lithium and sodium, will bring major advances to agricultural waste processing and battery technology,” said Lin, the project’s principal investigator.

The team used highly tuneable, abundant and cost-effective raw materials to address energy storage needs. Using waste-derived carbon materials as the host for metal anodes should also significantly reduce alkali metal usage per battery.

The research is being funded through a three-year, $450,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture Foundational and Applied Science Program, running through to April 2023. In the final two years of the project, the researchers will further test their food-waste-turned-carbon, with feedback from the lab to optimise the battery science. The final step will be an economic analysis on the feasibility of implementing this technology to ensure usage when pushed to the market.

“This research could be a piece of the puzzle in solving the sustainable energy problems for rechargeable batteries,” Huang said.

The anticipated initial uses of the technology are for affordable energy storage solutions for data centres or other large energy storage facilities where the size of the battery is not a factor. As they progress, the researchers hope to be able to turn food waste into a carbon that lacks the impurities experienced today.

“We have the opportunity to solve two urgent issues in two different industries,” Huang said. “A lot of energy is already put into the production and transportation of food in the food supply chain. We must recover the value from food waste. This is the perfect opportunity, as battery production looks for different materials than the traditional carbon.”

Image caption: The research will advance the utilisation of agricultural wastes generated in agricultural systems for value-added carbon production and ultimately energy storage devices. Image credit: Max Esterhuizen for Virginia Tech.

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The Perfect Gifts for Environmentalists

Do you have planet-loving people in your life? Then this gift guide is for you! Each gift we pick to go on this list is entirely made with the planet in mind. 

WHAT MAKES THESE GIFTS SO GREAT FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS?

It’s important that before we add anything to these gift guides, we know the brands creating the products are doing their best to keep their carbon footprint low. We ask a series of questions for each product added to see if it fits the bill. They are as follows: 

1) What is the gift made out of? The gift we add must be made from eco-friendly materials that are easy on the planet. 2) Who made the gift? The maker behind the item is just as important and should be compensated fairly for their time. 3) Does the brand implement sustainability within its entire business? We don’t want surface-level eco-friendly products; we want brands who genuinely care about sustainability and enforce it throughout their business wherever they can - from shipping to giving back. 4) Is the gift practical & something they can use for many years? We’ve all been given gifts we could have done without, but we find every gift we add to these lists are practical and going to be loved for a very long time. 

When it comes to environmentalists' gifts, we want to make sure to only list the best materials - often recycled or organic - and gifts we know they can use for many years.  

Now, our favorite gifts for environmentalists:

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1) Bralette & Undie Set from Knickey

I absolutely love my Knickey and undies and bralettes. This is a great gift idea for environmentalists because these undergarments are super comfortable and breathable (environmentalists have things to do!), but also feel feminine and stylish. Good for the wearer and the planet, these are made from a variety of eco-friendly materials like GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton, TENCEL, and recycled nylon. Not only that, but they’re also Fair Trade Certified, which means everyone involved in the supply chain was treated fairly. They have a recycling program for old undies, too!

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2) Bee Charm from Washed Ashore

This versatile bee charm is meant to be a “symbol of unwavering devotion to one's purpose,’ while also paying tribute to our ever-valuable pollinator friends. You can add a pendant clip to seamlessly clip on the charm to any chain, necklace, or bracelet, so you can wear it any way you want. It’s made from 100% recycled metal and post-consumer upcycled stones. Washed Ashore uses low emissions and clean water manufacturing, and everything is shipped using carbon-neutral methods. You can read more about why we love Washed Ashore here!

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3) Wool Disco Blanket from Yabal Handicrafts

This blanket would make a beautiful addition to any environmentalist’s home—it can be used as a throw over the couch or to take on a picnic in the park. The wool for Yabal’s 100% wool blankets come from sheep on local- family-owned farms. The white, gray, and black colors are the three natural sheep’s wool tones, while the other colors are added using natural plant-based dyes like elderberry fruits, tree barks, plant leaves, cochineal insects, and indigo. Everything is ethically handmade from start to finish.

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4) Recycled Ceramic Tableware from LOIS THE STORE

This would be a great gift idea for the environmentalist in your life who enjoyed hosting loved ones in their home. In order to increase the circularity of ceramics, LOIS THE STORE makes plates, bowls, and lids (which come in a few different sizes) in Japan out of particularly recycled materials.We especially love how these dishes come with lids, which can seriously cut down on post-meal clean-up time and extra containers used to store leftovers!

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5) Tagua Disc Earrings from Arlokea

These earrings—which are available in four gorgeous colors—are made out of natural tagua nuts. Coming from a type of palm tree, the tagua nut is similar to ivory, but a better (and animal-free) alternative. I love the idea of wearing seeds as jewelry because it can be symbolic of the metaphorical seeds environmentalists plant in the lives of those around them as they work to make our world a more sustainable place. Plus, these are ethically made by artisans in Ecuador.

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6) Organic Sheet Set from Delilah Home

With the amount of eco-anxiety most environmentalists have to deal with, I’m sure they will appreciate any help they can get with some much-needed rest! Delilah Home carries bed sheet sets made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton or 100% GOTS certified hemp. They’re vegan.org certified and ethically made in a family-run factory in Portugal, too.

These sheets have earned lots of awards, too: 2021 Good Housekeeping Award Winner for Best Bedding, 2020 Wall Street Journal “Worth the Splurge” Bedsheets, 2021 Sleep Foundation Best Cooling Sheets

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7) Namu Salad Plates from Zungleboo

These gorgeous plates with a modern matte finish are lightweight, shatterproof, and designed for everyday use. I personally love how they’re aesthetically forward, yet kid-safe.

Completely free from melamine and BPA, they’re made from eco-friendly and plant-based materials like corn and bamboo. Plus, they’re dishwasher and microwave safe.

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8) Organic Socks that Protect the Planet from Conscious Step

Conscious Step’s entire supply chain is GOTS and Vegan certified. With each Conscious Step purchase, a portion of proceeds are donated to the charity associated with that pair of socks. From saving the ocean to planting trees, there is a cause any environmentalists can attach themselves to.

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9) Biodegradable Phone Case by Incipio

Billions of cell phones are sold every year to consumers, & I would say most of these phones are held in some type of protection case. There are already so many environmental issues with the actual phone itself, why create more waste with its outer shell?! Thanks to brands like Incipio, you can find an eco-friendly option that works, & avoid having to add more waste to the planet with a plastic one. This one is fully compostable and 100% plant-based!!

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10) Hat from TenTree

A hat that plants trees!

Every item you buy at TenTree plants 10 trees (hence the name) as part of their target to plant 1 billion trees by 2030.

Their hats are also a great price, and they have styles for both men and women. From festival hats like this one pictured to your basic ball cap, there is something for everyone.

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11) Gift Card to Shades of Green

Not only is this online marketplace showcasing gorgeous sustainable products, but they are educating us at the same time. Shades of Green’s carefully curated collection goes through a vigorous product evaluation so you can be confident you are buying a lasting, quality product that is easy on the planet. In addition, they believe in being as transparent as possible to make your shopping experience easy and trusting. Any environmentalist would appreciate this!

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