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Key climate language poorly understood by majority in UK, poll finds

Terms such as ‘green’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ understood only by minority, says studyThe British public has a worryingly low understanding of language around the climate crisis and environmental policies to reduce waste, according to the findings of a survey.Only a quarter of people questioned clearly understood the term “green”… 

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Australians should cut clothes shopping by 74% for the climate – here are three ways to get started

From buying nothing new to limiting yourself to five purchases a year, fashion challenge adherents share their methods for reducing consumptionTo combat global heating, people in wealthy countries need to stop buying so many clothes. Australians buy more cheap fashion than any other wealthy nation, according to the Berlin-based thinktank… 

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The disposable cup crisis: what’s the environmental impact of a to-go coffee?

It’s easy to forget about single-use cups the moment they leave our hands, but their slow decomposition can release microplastics and pollutantsNo matter how good your office’s coffee is, if you’re like millions of others, you’re probably popping out to a cafe at least once a week to treat yourself… 

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‘Oh my God, I can put a shoe on my head’: waste walks the runway at Sydney festival

Over the weekend, members of the public turned discarded clothes into performance art at House of Fast Fashun Over the weekend, a shed draped in 250 kilograms of clothing waste was constructed in Sydney’s Tumbalong Park, in the busy tourist precinct of Darling Harbour. Its walls were covered in T-shirts… 

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Pale, porous and 3D-printed: inside the weird and wonderful quest to make compostable shoes

Shoes are notoriously hard to recycle and the vast majority are sent to landfill. Can a new design help reduce the environmental impact of our footwear?The shoes may not immediately strike you as the future of mainstream fashion. Pale and porous, they resemble a cross between a beige Croc and… 

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Sellafield nuclear safety and security director to leave

Multiple safety and cybersecurity failings at nuclear waste site were revealed by Guardian last monthThe top director responsible for safety and security at Sellafield is to leave the vast nuclear waste dump in north-west England, it has emerged.Mark Neate, the Sellafield environment, safety and security director, is to leave the… 

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How digitally tracking clothes consumption is taking off online

Wardrobe-tracking trend includes making inventories of each fashion item and working out cost per wear We have become accustomed to tracking our daily step count, sleep cycles and how much time we spend glued to our phone screens. Now the totting-up trend is coming for our wardrobes, too.On social media,… 

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Too much stuff: can we solve our addiction to consumerism? – podcast

Alarmed by the rising tide of waste we are all creating, my family and I decided to try to make do with much less. But while individual behaviour is important, real change will require action on a far bigger scale Continue reading… 

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I used to hunt for the perfect magazine at my gran’s as a child – and the joy of rescuing rubbish has never left me | Nova Weetman

The only problem with being a refuse hunter is that once you start, it’s hard to stop – you could find a unicornWhen I was a child, the highlight of visiting my grandmother was being allowed to take her rubbish to the communal refuse room. The room had a chute… 

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Less beef, more leftovers: 21 food sustainability resolutions for 2024

From beginner tips to pro maneuvers, and solo moves to community undertakings, these changes will help you cut down on food waste this yearNobody wants to be told what to eat when food connects us to culture, heritage, family and identity. But the numbers are hard to ignore: beef has… 

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Get creative with your cast-offs: sustainable wrapping for food gifts

Forage at home for forgotten or discarded items, and you can present homemade food gifts in colourful, low-waste trappingsI love making food gifts – jam, biscuits, chocolates and the like – but how can I wrap them sustainably?Emily, Stroud“We love this time of year, but packaging waste does rear its… 

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‘It’s kind of gross but we can do it’: How a community learned to go zero waste

A pioneering city scheme is putting France’s ambitious waste-reduction policies into practice When Alexandre Garcin dreamed up Zero-Waste Roubaix, it wasn’t sustainability he wanted to tackle, but the litter problem that plagued his city. In the middle of his campaign to become a city councillor, Garcin’s brainwave was simple: rather… 

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