Top 5 things you didn’t know you could recycle

It’s Plastic Free July and what better time to talk about recycling. As Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, founder of Plastic Free July points out in her book Plastic free, only 9% of plastics ever get recycled. Let’s face it. Recycling can be complicated. Which thing goes in which bin? It’s also easy to think that something can’tContinue reading “Top 5 things you didn’t know you could recycle”

4 reasons to feel exuberance about the future

It can be a constant challenge to find and maintain any measure of cheerfulness in the face of a seemingly unstoppable avalanche of bad news when it comes to our little blue planet. I am often reminded of various apocalyptic movies where tortured weeping is the only human sound emitting from a scorched and scarredContinue reading “4 reasons to feel exuberance about the future”

Ideas to make you shout “SNAP!”

Thinking about environmentally conscious actions you take at home, and whether they are transferable and achievable in our GLAMs?   Here are just a few ideas to get you started, and to make you shout SNAP!, BINGO! or even EUREKA! if that’s your thing.  Recycling: the bare minimum – paper, cans and glass Have you ever considered removing the bins beside desks andContinue reading “Ideas to make you shout “SNAP!””

4 ways to turn your obsession with sustainability into a happy Easter

Easter, like Christmas, is a time of excess but this doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into an exercise in sustainability. We’ve got 4 tips for you to make Easter more sustainable and less indulgent. But don’t worry, we still allow for chocolate and hot cross buns! Recycle the foil from your Easter eggs DidContinue reading “4 ways to turn your obsession with sustainability into a happy Easter”

3 tips to maintain sustainability when life keeps changing

This has been a crazy 12 months. While we all collectively lived through the ongoing COVID pandemic, the additional life changes I personally experienced were changing my career trajectory (hello to everyone in the information world!), starting a new job, buying and moving into my first property, and now awaiting the birth of my firstContinue reading “3 tips to maintain sustainability when life keeps changing”

3 ways to remain true to your goals, like The Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA Westley) from The Princess Bride

Being tasked to write a sustainability BLOG post with the inspiration of ‘Pirate’ is unsusual.  I struggled with how to link pirates back to the goals of the ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group and to sustainability in general.  But then, inspiration struck via my favourite movie – The Princess Bride (apologies to those who have notContinue reading “3 ways to remain true to your goals, like The Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA Westley) from The Princess Bride”

4 ways to connect with your neighbours and help the planet

I must admit to being a bit spoilt when it comes to neighbours. My nearest one is the best part of a kilometre away. Even so, due to the hilly surrounds and travelling sound, I will sometimes receive a text message with a “Bless you” after I’ve had a sneezing fit. I have not alwaysContinue reading “4 ways to connect with your neighbours and help the planet”

5 sustainable gifts to lessen your waste this Christmas…

Tired of Christmas shopping? We ‘re here to help you out with some last minute Christmas gift ideas that won’t break the budget and are good for the environment too! Book an Aboriginal cultural tour or buy from Trading Blak: There are between 12 000 and 16 000 Indigenous owned businesses in Australia and ChristmasContinue reading “5 sustainable gifts to lessen your waste this Christmas…”

3 invalid excuses for not helping to save the world…

There’s so many excuses as to why we can’t do more to save the planet. You name it and I bet we’re all guilty of having thought that at some stage saving the planet was just a little bit too much effort. But here’s 3 excuses that are definitely invalid and which you need toContinue reading “3 invalid excuses for not helping to save the world…”

4 ways to avoid (or get over) failure

Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from achieving your sustainability goals for your library or organisation.  Listen to Oprah: “You can have it all.  Just not all at once’”.  Don’t try to bring about too many changes all at the same time.  Identify the most urgent or important goal and focus on thatContinue reading “4 ways to avoid (or get over) failure”

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