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Ethical Paper Pledge: Seeking Signatories!

Posted in Movements, Policies, Visions by ethicalpaper on March 27th, 2013

Ethical Paper

Paper production is the main driver of native forest logging in Australia. Native forest logging destroys crucial habitat for our native wildlife, degrades water catchments and releases vast amounts of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

The main domestic purchaser of native forest pulp logs in Victoria is Australian Paper. Australian Paper produces Reflex brand office papers. Companies and individuals that have taken the Ethical Paper Pledge are making a commitment not to purchase Reflex papers until Australian Paper commits to moving out of irreplaceable native forests and into plantation resources. This will send a strong message to Australian Paper that it is time to move towards a sustainable future.

To sign the Ethical Paper Pledge or to find out more, please visit www.ethicalpaper.com.au or send an email to mail@ethicalpaper.com.au.


‘No Impact Man’ film screening

Posted in Movements, Uncategorized by EcoCentre on August 15th, 2012

Monday 20 August 2012, 6.30pm
Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

A guilty new york liberal decides to practice what he preaches for one year: turns off the electricity; stops making rubbish; gives up tv, taxis and take away and becomes a walking, bicycling, composting, tree-hugging, polar bear saving local food eating citizen!

After the screening, there’ll be a post film discussion and action planning for a No Impact Day in the Port Phillip Region. Come and share your ideas.

Delicious snacks available. Entry by gold coin donation.

Our film nights are becoming increasingly popular. Be sure of a spot and book (no payment required at booking/gold coin donation requested on the night)

http://www.trybooking.com/30789

Enquiries: 03 9534 0670 / 0425 728 922

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr. Blessington & Herbert St, St Kilda
(adjacent St Kilda Botanic Gardens)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Growers and Eaters Forum

Posted in Events by kdonati on March 27th, 2012

23 April , 2012

Photo: Shari Mcdonald

Some of us are growers, but all of us are eaters. And we all want to eat well. In the face of an uncertain economic and ecological future, what does a truly sustainable food system look like?

A collaboration between Cultivating Community and Slow Food Melbourne, the Growers and Eaters Forum will bring together farmers and food experts committed to healthy and resilient food systems for the future. Food cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, farmers markets, urban agriculture and poly-farming are all on the menu. The all-day event will celebrate innovative projects and initiatives that are creatively reshaping relations between growers and eaters, valuing the people and communities who produce our food.

Conference registration includes a long, slow lunch featuring produce and wine from the region.

Keynote speaker and US farmer and author Michael Ableman will address how we can feed the future and present his ideas for achieving real change in the food system. Other inspirational speakers include Les Cameron, Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative; Carol Vincent, South Australian Farmers Federation; Neil Barr, author of The House on the Hill and Rod May, Captain’s Creek Organic Farm.

Monday, 23rd April 2012, 8.30am-5.00pm

‘Gravel Hill’ Salvation Army Complex
65-71 Mundy Street, Bendigo VIC

For more information:
http://slowfoodmelbourne.com.au/events/growers-and-eaters-2012/


Ethical Consumer Guide to Christmas

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 20th, 2011


Recycled gift carton and photo by Urban Woodswalker via flickr CC

Don’t be naughty this Christmas, buy nice. Rather than doing your Christmas shopping at the local mega-mart, use gift giving and festive meals to exercise your commitment to ethical shopping. Our book makes a perfect Christmas gift, or there’s heaps of other ideas in the guide, at our online shop, and on our favourite gift ideas page. Christmas is an opportunity to shop ethically on a grand scale! This guide covers all the main things you might buy over Christmas, listed under the categories of food, gifts, and decorations.

http://www.ethical.org.au/christmas/


“The End Of The Line” foodie film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on October 6th, 2011

10 October , 2011
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

Imagine a world without fish, Imagine your meals without seafood…

Join us on Monday 10 October, 7.30 for 8pm screening of “The End Of The Line”, a film exploring the alarming consequences of global overfishing.  Guest speaker John Ford, Marine Scientist & Presenter on Triple R’s “Radio Marinara” will share his knowledge about local impacts and sustainable seafood.  Tickets $15 online http://slowdown.net.au/news.html or on the door (subject to availability) includes nibblies made from locally sourced produce & a glass of wine.

SLOWdown Cafe Bar Restaurant, 56 Acland St, St Kilda (opposite McDonalds), 8534 3030

Sustainable seafood pre-screening menu available.

Appetite for Insight foodie films are proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly restaurant & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.


The Ethical Christmas Resource Kit

Posted in Movements, Opinion, Research by Kate Archdeacon on December 13th, 2010

Source: Ethical Consumer Group


Do it differently this Christmas!

I buy. I wrap. I give. I get. I get caught up. It’s easy to become lost up in the busyness, anxiety and the frenzy of over-consumption at Christmas time.  So how do we reclaim the essence of Christmas? One that reframes relationships as being more important than possessions and quality time more significant than the rush. One that recognises that all our purchasing choices are connected to wider issues in the world and there is a story behind all the things we buy and receive.

This resource kit explores some things you can do to make a difference with the way you celebrate this Christmas. There are many positive choices you can make for the health of the planet, your community, and yourself.  It may be buying a ham that hasn’t travelled halfway around the globe to get to you, or choosing a non-factory farmed turkey. Perhaps you could choose coffee where the owner of the company has guaranteed a fair wage to the plantation workers, or seafood that has been fished in a sustainable manner. You can also avoid companies with a negative track record, and find good gift alternatives that minimise waste.

‘With every meal, we have the opportunity to support a different food production system – one based on producing vibrant, healthy food with the well-being of people, animals and the land at heart.’ from Beyond the Supermarket, page 5, the Guide 2011

There are options for better buys within the supermarket and department store. Yet at the same time, the real answers are in supporting alternatives beyond. We’ve tried to give you a sense of what to look for, but also outlined some resources to help you where to find local, free range, organic, sustainable and waste free options.  Remember to focus on one issue at a time. Your choices do make a difference, but at the same time it’s no use being overwhelmed. Do what you can with the resources available.

This resource kit divides information into three sections, covering food; gifts; and decorations, lights, trees. It is designed as a companion to the 2011 edition of the Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping and referenced throughout with links to the www.ethical.org.au website and the guide itself.  We recommend you grab some print copies of the guide to give to friends and family this Christmas. It’s a good way of speading the message and equipping people to make a difference in the preparation for Christmas.

All the best in having a great day and making it count this Christmas.

www.ethical.org.au/christmas/


Fair @ Square: Fair Trade & Ethical Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on December 10th, 2010

11 December , 2010
11:00 amto6:00 pm
12 December , 2010
11:00 amto6:00 pm

Source: Ethical Consumer Group


Celebrating ethical, socially responsible and environmentally aware businesses and services, Fair@Square fair-trade+ethical festival is a free event which offers something for everyone who has an interest in being part of a more sustainable future.  Fair@Square provides a culturally rich and diverse offering of workshops, talks, market stalls, live music, fashion and art, appealing to young and old. The festival inspires, entertains and educates attendees, offering information and activities to encourage participants to live more sustainably and effect positive change in their own lifestyles and those of fair trade producers.  Due to the success of the inaugural event in 2009, this year Fair@Square will extend to two days of activities and programs designed to demonstrate how dialogue, creativity, music and trade can be used as vehicles to attain a sustainable and culturally diverse future.

Federation Square, Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of December 2010 from 11.00 am to 6.00pm.

www.moralfairground.com.au


The End of the Line: Film Screening

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 6th, 2010

Ethical Consumer’s upcoming meal and movie night will be held at Wendy’s home in Blackburn. We’ll be screening The End of the Line, on Thursday 8th July.  ‘Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.’  See more at http://endoftheline.com

What you can do? Come see the movie of course – but also think about the seafood you buy. Four species that are considered a ‘better buy’ by the Australian Marine Conservation Society are Whiting, Bream, Flathead and Calamari. (Four – I can remember four).

Dinner: Thursday July 8, 6.30 – 7.30pm – byo ‘food and thoughts’ to share >> movie 8pm – 10.30pm.
RSVP nick@ethical.org.au or 0417 114 492

Upcoming nights – 12th August – screening Michael Moore’s Capitalism – A Love Story
Read more about Meal & Movie nights.


The 2009 edition of The Ethical Guide to Supermarket Shopping is out now.

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on February 17th, 2009

It is fully revised and updated with a new layout, new categories, more brands, updated company ratings, ownership changes and other cool improvements. Order your copy here. If you have a copy of the first edition (2008), check out our Update Your Print Guide page.

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