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Solar Citizens is a new community project bringing together existing and future solar owners to build a strong community voice for solar. It will ensure the rights of solar owners are protected and help see Australia put a panel on every rooftop.

Solar Citizens will work to ensure:

  • Every Australian is able to take up the benefits of solar in their home or in their community.
  • Solar owners are paid a fair price for the power they contribute to the grid.
  • Solar owners are able to connect to the grid.
  • Solar owners are not subject to unreasonable charges or tariffs.

If you want to ensure your rights as a solar owner are protected or if you believe in a solar future for all Australians, join Solar Citizens today: www.solarcitizens.org.au.

Solar Citizens is an initiative of 100% Renewable - a community organisation to help Australia move towards a renewable energy future. The project is non-partisan and independent of any political organisation or party.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 .

The electricity sector is the largest source of greenhouse emissions in Australia. Did you know that around 85% of our electricity still comes from coal and gas fired power stations; with the rest coming from renewables: mostly hydro and wind but also from rooftop solar. The big 3 power companies: AGL, Origin Energy, and EnergyAustralia dominate the market and, according to Greenpeace, have recently been arguing to undermine Australia’s Renewable Energy Target – a policy which aims to ensure 20 % of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.

To find out which Australian power companies are the most green – and which are at the opposite end of the spectrum, get the Green Electricity Guide from Greenpeace: http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/climate/The-Green-Electricity-Guide/?src=EM1

By choosing a power retailer who invests money in renewables rather than coal and gas you can help clean up our energy sector by reducing carbon pollution. And by...

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 .

Ideal for all your gift and product wrapping, craft, collages, window and ‘stained-glass’ projects and more. We now have large sheets of biodegradable Coloured Cellophane in packs of 25 assorted colours.  Colours are Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, Green, Clear, and Purple. Sheet size is Large - 900mm x 1000 mm.

This is REAL Cellophane, not plastic. All Cellophane made from cellulose derived from wood, cotton, hemp or other plants is biodegradable, just like paper. A standard test for Cellophane is the tear test: if you can tear it it's cellophane, if it stretches it's plastic.

Sometimes we all end up with ink, marker pen, crayon, or other inks on our clothes, shirt pockets, carpets and rugs, kitchen benches, floors, pillows, and more. When you need a safe and effective Ink Remover you can't go past Amodex, the top selling Ink and Stain remover in the US. Made by a family business for the past 60 years and endorsed or recommended by leading pen manufacturers. Featured on Martha Stewart Living and Good Morning America.

Available in a 30ml bottle pack or in a Box of 10 Sachets of Stain Remover Wipes.

Amodex has been removing ink, food stains, red wine stains, ‘mystery stains’ and more for over 60 years. It’s the No 1 best selling ink and stain remover in the US. The product is a lanolin based cream with a fresh scent, and contains no harmful solvents as are used in so many other commercial cleaning products. The Material Safety Data Sheet for Amodex states that it can be treated like liquid soap - ie rinsed off with water. So gentle it can even be...

Posted by on Jul 09, 2014 .

Did you know that in Western countries like Australia we use on average at least 200kg of paper each per year – 6 times the world average? (Resulting in our daily dose of packaging, junk mail, tissues and photocopying adding up to 2 or more tonnes of carbon emissions.) Or that up to 45% of all the photocopies and print-outs that we create each day end up in the bin before the day ends?

Facts like these inspired over 120 social and environmental groups from around the world to develop a powerful new Global Paper Vision to unify the challenge to the paper industry to adopt more sustainable practices.

The Global Paper Vision statement calls for the global paper industry, consumers, retailers, governments, investors and others to commit to urgent actions based on the following priorities, addressing the whole of the paper life-cycle:

• reduce global paper consumption and promote fair access to paper;

• maximise recycled fibre content;

• ensure social responsibility;

•...

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 .

What happens to all those printer cartridges in homes and offices after the ink or toner runs out?  Did you know that most of them are just thrown away after use? That’s more than 18 million cartridges and accessories in Australia each year! This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles, print heads, fax rolls and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill.

Printer cartridges (both ink and toner or ‘laser’ cartridges) are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and/or toner. Throwing them away means they end up in landfill which is a waste of resources and adds to the problem of electronic waste and groundwater pollution. By recycling your cartridges you are helping to reduce this waste and save water, energy and resources.

But with just a little effort you can make sure that your printer cartridges are reused, remanufactured or recycled:

  • Printer cartridges from...

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 .

In recent months we’ve been happy and able to support the following community and environment groups or programs with discounts, donations or donated green office products:

  • Green Cross Australia for their Green Lane Diary Awards 2014
  • Sea Shepherd for the Relentless Tour Raffle and for the Sea Shepherd office
  • An RMIT research study into Plastics in the Marine Environment

Being a relatively small business there’s a definite limit to what we can do, meaning that only some requests can be fulfilled. But we take pleasure and some pride in making a small difference where we can. So thanks for your support of our online shop  www.buyecogreen.com.au which makes it all possible.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 .

As well as encouraging green practices such as recycling among students, many schools around the world are now also greening their buildings and grounds and improving their energy, water and waste processes.

Studies have shown that children learn and perform better in green classrooms that provide more natural light, better acoustics, lower emissions and that involve non-toxic or volatile building materials in their construction.

Schools in France, Kenya, the US, Hong Kong and Australia demonstrate creative use of local materials, water conservation, renewable energy use, advanced LED lighting, green roofs, food gardens and more.

In Australia about 20 primary and secondary schools have achieved Green Star certification, with about another 120 working towards it. The biggest opportunities are of course in the design and construction of new buildings and facilities – the chance to get things right from the start. An example is the Harrison School in Canberra where the...