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Climate activism empowering youth worldwide
The world’s youth is arguably most at risk of the consequences of climate change, but they aren’t taking it lying down
Get ready for the Schools Recycle Right Challenge
National Recycling Week (November 11-17) is now just around the corner and we are happy to announce this year will once again feature the Schools Recycle Right Challenge.
You create the trash, you take it away
A selective girls’ school in Melbourne is taking the impressive step of banning all rubbish bins from campus, requiring students to pack reusable lunch containers and take any trash they generate home.
Recycling is not a con. Here's why
The waste and recycling industry has been under the spotlight recently causing Australians to ask "Should we keep recycling?" Planet Ark says yes, and this is why.
Consumers choose Planet Ark as Australia's most ethical and sustainable organisation
Australia's leading Consumer Trends Report focusing on sustainability and health (LOHAS 6) has found that Planet Ark is the brand most reputed to operate in a 'responsible, sustainable, environmentally friendly or ethical manner'.
Important green dates for the 2019 school calendar
2019 will be here before we know it, when planning for the coming school year get these dates on the calendar so your school doesn't miss out on doing its bit for the environment.
Brisbane Tool Library takes share economy to the next level
Do you need a drill or do you need a hole drilled? Brisbane's tool library encourages sharing tools in a new approach to consumption.
Are you a recycling guru?
Do you know what is the biggest mistake that residents make when recycling? What is the benefit of using aluminium coffee capsules? What used material is being recycled and added to road base? Challenge yourself with Planet Ark's Recycle Right Quiz and you could WIN 1 of 10 Biome Plastic Free Kits valued at $82 or 1 of 6 eWood Garden Bed Kits valued at $219!
4 things you didn't know about Tetra Pak cartons
There are so many different types of food and drink packaging on the shelves nowadays. One type, Tetra Pak cartons, was created way back in the early 1950s, starting with a triangular pyramid (tetrahedron) shaped cream carton. While the shape of packaging has continued to evolve, so has their impact on the planet. Here are four things you may not know about Tetra Paks that relate to their sustainability.
Reboot your perspective on recycling this National Recycling Week
New research commissioned by Planet Ark released for National Recycling Week. Check out how we are going to reboot recycling
Reflections on a Plastic Free July
Going a month without purchasing plastic is quite a challenge - but it can be surprisingly fun and encourage great new experiences.
War on Waste is back!
ABC's War on Waste, the landmark series that sparked action across the country to cut Australia's staggering waste levels, is returning to TV. In 2017 the program reached 4.3 million viewers across Australia and broke records on social media. Find out what host Craig Reucassel will be tackling in the new series.
Find out how Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is part of the solution to plastic pollution
It's World Environment Day so what better time to give you the good news? We're proud to announce that toner from printer cartridges collected via our Cartridges 4 Planet Ark (C4PA) recycling program around Australia can now be mixed with soft plastic and stockpiled glass to make a new road surface.
Win the war on waste at work!
Whether you're a barista or a brickie, we've launched 10 tools to win the war on waste at work.
New NT recycling education resources
Northern Territory residents now have improved access to container deposit scheme information via Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou website. In addition, councils and community groups can use new resources such as posters and graphics to promote the recycling scheme.
Our green resolutions
There's always more ways to be green. The team at Planet Ark share their environmental goals for 2018 and how we plan to stick to them.
National Recycling Week tips to help win the War on Waste
With National Recycling Week now over, how are you fairing with your War on Waste? Well here are our top tips for, just in time for ABC TV's War on Waste Episode 4 to be aired in just 2 weeks time on Sunday, 3 December.
Inspiring story: Making 3D printer parts from e-waste
The Sustainable Materials Research & Technology division at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT UNSW), led by Planet Ark ambassador Professor Veena Sahajwalla, focuses on research and development of green materials, made from rubbish. You'll be inspired by their innovative environmental solutions for some of the world's biggest waste challenges.
Inspiring story: Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics
As Australia's leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. And it's not just outdoor furniture that they make. Read on to find out what else is available.
Inspiring story: Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges
Close the Loop is Australia's biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark'. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to-landfill and innovation. Some of the recycled products to come out of this initiative will amaze!
There's still time for a Fling
On Friday 17 November, businesses, schools and councils all over Australia will be flinging their old files to get good quality paper back into the recycle cycle. All workplaces who register for a Friday File Fling will have 20 chances to win 5 cartons of Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper. There's still time to register...
The missing piece of the recycling puzzle
It's National Recycling Week (November 13-19). Find out why buying recycled matters...
Fight waste and get a bargain at the Big Aussie Swap
Planet Ark is calling on Australians to join the War on Waste and take part in the Big Aussie Swap during National Recycling Week from 13th - 19th November, as councils, community groups and individuals around the country get on board.
Does your school recycle right? Take the Challenge!
Schools around the country are invited to join the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, a National Recycling Week initiative.
Going plastic free: what does it take?
What does it take to go plastic free, even for a month, and what are some of the issues to consider? One of our staff member's has taken on the challenge for the month of July.
The Awful Truth About Nappies & Recycling
From the NSW Central Coast to Perth, thousands of used nappies make their way into the recycling system every day which, you have to admit, is a pretty awful thought. But it's even more disgusting when you realise that people hand-sort that recycling. Even if you don't have children read on and pass this message on to friends and family.
Inspiration is in Our Nature
Nature elevates the human spirit. It ignites passion, inspiration, creativity and purpose. And it's the driving force behind why a quarter of a million people participate in National Tree Day each year. There are few places on earth more beautiful and with a more outdoors lifestyle than Australia. Be inspired and become a site coordinator or participant.
14 Items You Can Recycle - But Probably Aren't (Part Two)
In the second part of this article we look at seven more items that most Australians could be recycling - but probably aren't
Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year!
Our mission is to help Australians take positive environmental actions, that's only possible thanks to our sponsors and partners
Flings Save Tonnes of Paper
For Planet Ark's National Recycling Week this year, organisations around the country participated in the Friday File Fling, recycling 14 tonnes of paper in total. From corporates to small businesses, schools to sports clubs, unused office paper was flung back into the recycle cycle. Check out the overall environmental benefits since the initiative began.
Schools Recycle Right Challenge Winners
The winners of the Naturale Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition have been announced! Entries were received from all over Australia and Planet Ark would like to say a big thank you to all the schools and students that entered. Find out who won and read some of the very original and imaginative winning entries.
Get Crafty this Christmas
Before you recycle this Christmas - why not re-use some every day items to make cards, wrapping paper, decorations and even a homemade Christmas tree! Planet Ark staffer Marty and his family give some easy craft tips for you to try at home.
How to Reduce Spending and Your Eco-Footprint This Christmas
With Australians spending over $1,000 at Christmas, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings for your wallet and eco-footprint.
Cleaning Up Confusion for National Recycling Week
A report released for National Recycling Week shows Australians are keen recyclers, but most are still making mistakes
Planet Ark Launches 100% Recycled Office Paper
Your choice in office paper matters and with the official launch of Planet Ark Paper on the 30th October 2016 your choice has been made easy. Planet Ark Paper has been produced to help make the use of recycled paper mainstream. Currently office paper has a recycling rate of about 70% but less than 18% of new reams have high-recycled content.
The Naturale Schools Recycle Right Challenge Kicks Off
The Naturale Schools Recycle Right Challenge is underway for 2016 as part of Planet Ark's National Recycling Week. Running until 11 November, the initiative provides free recycling activity guides, curriculum aligned lesson plans and Australian school event ideas for teachers and students. Find out how environmental awareness and recycling knowledge can be taught by doing and having fun!
It's Time For Another Fling
Last year more than 5,000 people had a Fling for National Recycling Week. A Friday File Fling that is! Whether you work in a large office, a school or even out of the front room at home, you're likely to have good quality paper sitting idle in a filing cabinet. That paper could be put back into the recycling stream and turned into brand new 100% recycled office paper or toilet tissue. We've collated information and resources to help you host a Fling in your workplace on or around 11 November. Register your whole workplace, your team or even just yourself.
Celebrate Cool Australia's Enviroweek
Cool Australia's Enviroweek (11 - 17 September) is a time to have fun, celebrate and engage Aussie kids in waste, gardening, energy and health projects. It's all about positive everyday choices for them, their school and our environment. And with over 318,000 kids taking action, there are so many ways your school can get involved.
Printage Cartrij? Printer cartres? Printer Cartridges?
Our new 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' TV Community Service Announcement stars some tongue-tied primary school students. However, that certainly doesn't dampen their enthusiasm for recycling. So why not sign up for a free 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box and encourage kids to reimagine rubbish.
Mother's Day green gift ideas
Is your mum over cliched, useless gifts? Here are some ideas that won't break the bank or the planet...
Reimagining Rubbish as a Resource
Necessity is driving the move towards a zero waste approach. To make the shift we need to innovate and think of waste materials as a resource.
Four Eyes For Recycling
You might see clearly with your frames on, but it's not always clear if glasses can be recycled or not. We've found some options so your old frames can have a new life and help those in need to get optimal optics.
Give Dumpers A Lesson
Despite Australia being known for it's natural beauty some people still choose to dump waste on the streets. There are now tools to help you report illegal dumping
Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner
Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you
'Appy' Christmas gift from Planet Ark
Check out the free smart phone app to answer all those tricky waste and recycling questions. A gift to use year-round
Make Recycling at Work, Work
Replacing a single recycling bin with desktop paper trays increased the recycling rate for paper from 28% to 94%. Simple actions can have a big impact at work.
Let the Flings Begin
All around Australia today people are having office Flings and it's not too late for you to join in. Put some time aside today, go though your drawers and fling you old, unwanted files. If you register today you'll also receive a carton of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.
Recycling Role Models
There is positive change happening in waste and recycling in some of Australia's best known companies. A pet food manufacturer has achieved zero waste to landfill and a wine maker made the switch to 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging. Find out how these high performers achieved these feats.
Test Your Recycling Knowledge!
How much of this skip bin can be recycled? Win prizes and test your knowledge with the Recycle Right Quiz
Getting Your Recycling Sorted
Even though Australians are good recyclers, there are many questions. National Recycling Week has the answers
New Label Makes Recycling Easy
Planet Ark is very proud to launch its new Australian Recycling Label, which has been designed to address both customer confusion and the desire for on-pack information.
Planet Ark Project - Answering Kid's Questions
We get lots of requests and emails from school students across Australia, who want to know more about Planet Ark for a project or just because they are passionate about the environment.
Declutter Your Office E-waste for FREE
Do you need to declutter the office of old electronics? Telstra have teamed up with ECOACTIV to offer an easy solution with an eCycle box scheme that can be picked up for free.
Growing a Garden Among the Cartridges
We all know how important an inspiring school can be for your kids. As part of the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and Officeworks Schools Competition, we asked 'Why is it important for your school to recycle printer cartridges?' We have some inspiring responses.
Wise Words From An Eleven-Year-Old
It's often said that kids are our future. Fortunately many of them are thinking creatively about how we can all live more sustainably.
The art of upcycling
Re-purposing discarded objects through art and design could inspire consumers to be more conscious and provide solutions to the world's waste problems.
Easter is a busy and fun time of year but it doesn't need to come with an Easter bunny shaped eco-footprint.
Food waste makes up over one-third of household waste and when it ends up in landfill it creates methane, which is a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured
In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia.
Turning Trash Into Treasure
Have you ever worn out or broken a prized possession; something that you're devastated to have to part with? Maybe a favourite mug, a gorgeous umbrella or comfortable old, t-shirt? With a little creative re-use or up-cycling you won't have to say good bye. So we thought we'd share some creative ways the Planet Ark team has given old items a new life; and they're so easy, you can do it too! Find out more...
Planet Ark Launches 100% Recycled Office Paper
Your choice in office paper matters and with the official launch of Planet Ark Paper your choice has been made easy. Planet Ark Paper has been produced to help make the use of recycled paper mainstream. Currently office paper has a recycling rate of about 70% but less than 18% of new reams have high-recycled content.
Fling Those Files for Free Recycled Paper
Paper is the largest contributor to solid waste generated by workplaces and although paper has a high recycling rate, there are literally thousands of tonnes of paper stored in folders, files and drawers that will never be used again. Schools can host a Friday File Fling on 14th November as an easy-to-organise, positive way to engage colleagues and students and to get good quality paper back into circulation. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free ream of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.
Last Days of Schools Guessing Competition
You have until midnight Friday 6th June to enter the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Schools Competition. A school from each state will win 80 cartons of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper valued at $2,800, provided by Australian Paper. Schools simply guess the number of toner cartridges it takes to make one kilometre of road from Tonerpave using the online competition form.
Win a Pallet of Recycled Paper
Even in this technological era, we know schools still need to print on paper. So Planet Ark is offering one school in every state the chance to win a pallet of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper, valued at $2,800. All you need to do is guess the number of used toner cartridges it takes to make one kilometre of TonerPave road and fill in online the entry form. The closest guess in each state wins! Find out more...
The Winning Schools Were...
The Schools Recycle Right Challenge winners have been announced for National Recycling Week 2013. Find out who won...
Who were the 2013 VIC ResourceSmart Schools winners?
Winners shared in $40,000 worth of cash and prizes at the Victorian ResourceSmart School Awards 2013. Find out who won...
New Recycling Week lesson plans by Cool Australia
Teachers will have an exciting new range of curriculum aligned lesson plans developed as part of National Recycling Week. Check out the range of lesson plans now to engage students about recycling and waste minimisation...
E-Waste Recycling World Record Attempt
Australians are world-leading recyclers - just look at the 21 million printer cartridges recycled by 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. And now, between the 20th and 28th April we can help TechCollect set a world record for the most TVs, computers and printers recycled. Find out how you can help and let your friends and family know. Read more...
Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition Winners Announced
The Tetra Pak Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition was a chance for students to show how well they recycle at home. Find out who the winners were.
The 12 Do's of Christmas
Christmas is a time of joy and festivities, but it is also the season when households generate extra waste. Aussies are tipped to spend an incredible $10 billion on food this December, but can you guess how much of that we actually ends up in landfill? To find out, and to learn more about Planet Ark's guide for a greener Christmas, read on...
Great cartridge pen giveaway winners announced
To celebrate National Recycling Week and to encourage schools to recycle as much as possible, Greenschools subcscribers were offered the chance to win one of 10 packs of 15 Enviroliner pens, made from recycled inkjet cartridges through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. Check out who won!
Second Nature - Recycling In Australia
For most Australians recycling the newspaper, aluminium cans and milk cartons they use at home has become second nature, but we're still throwing 22 million tonnes of waste into landfill each year. Planet Ark's new "Second Nature: Recycling in Australia" report details the current state of recycling, how we got there, and where we're heading.
Get your students recycling and be in to win...
Planet Ark's Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition is now open to help your students recycle right this National Recycling Week 2012. Find out how you can win some great environmental prizes...
Winners of the Wiggos Composting Pods announced
Winners of the Wiggos Composting Pods have been announced!
Schools recycle right for National Recycling Week
It's back! The popular Tetra Pak Schools Recycle Right Challenge has returned as part of National Recycling Week 2012 (12-18 November), and includes lots of fun events and activities that help kids understand the environmental winnings of re-using and recycling.
Winners of the Schools Recycle Right Schools Competition
The winners of the Tetra Pak 'Schools Recycle Right Challenge Schools Competition' have been chosen. Find out which schools have won some great prizes.
Competition closes this Friday
If you haven't already submitted an entry into the Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition, don't panic - there's still time! Entries close this Friday, 25th November.
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