3things - We can change the world

3things is a movement for global goodness. We believe if each of us take small positive steps, together we can make some big changes.


So whether you've got 3 minutes, 3 weeks or more, you can do 3things to change the world...

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People power strikes again

By: 3things, posted in: Food Environment
29 Jul 2014.
After 2 months of campaigning, we are thrilled to announce that General Mills (the makers of Old El Paso and Latina past) who were once ranked last on climate change policies on our Behind the Brands scorecard has committed to become a true climate leader. How? By setting targets to reduce emissions, participate in real climate advocacy. And we have you to thank! Read the full story »

Symbolic? Yes. But Important Nonetheless

The Indigenous communities of Australia have come a long way since the 1967 Referendum, and yet much remains the same. They are more likely to be incarcerated, less likely to be well-educated or even literate, and turn to alcohol abuse in disproportionate numbers. We look at why constitutional recognition is much more than a bit of paper. Read the full story »

Op Shop Chic: How to bring clothes back from the brink (and look totally fab doing it).

By: Tegan Webb, posted in: Fashion Sustainability
22 Jul 2014.
Although Ethical Fashion month is well and truly over, you might have decided that fashion is how you're going to make a difference! First of all; Well done you! But what's next? On the back of the initiatives such as Buy Nothing New Month, buying second hand clothes is getting more and more positive exposure. But what about those special occasions, the ones that require something really fancy? Well, we here at 3things are willing to bet that you could find something to wear for any at your local op shop, so much so that, we're gonna go one better, and give you some examples, to prove that op-shopping isn't just about oversized knits and stretchy pants (not that either of these are bad things?) Read the full story »

Under paid and under recognised... wait women are what?

By: Felicity Wainwright, posted in: Politics 3things Gender Human Rights
18 Jul 2014.
In a world riddled with injustices and a history that contains too many large scale atrocities to count, I still find it so difficult to swallow that women aren't considered equal with men. No i'm not talking about ignoring science and objectivity and denying the undeniable differences between the two genders. I'm talking about equal pay for equal work and recognition of all work.... Read the full story »

Hey, G20 2014 - gender equality is kind of a big deal

By: Sarah McBride, posted in: Poverty Gender Human Rights
15 Jul 2014.
Did you know that female graduates will earn $5000 less in their first year out of university than their male counterparts? With the SAME DEGREE? And that Aussie women need to work an extra 64 days a year to earn the same as blokes doing the same job? Australia has presidency of the Group of Twenty in 2014 - and the Leaders Summit is being held in Brisbane. Sarah McBride, our gender champion blogger, explores why it's so important to urge leaders to address global gender inequality, and how this will actually reduce poverty and encourage development. Read the full story »

$10,000? Challenge Accepted.

You've heard of crowd funding before, and you know of its' capabilities, but have you heard of the Changemakers Festival Crowdfunding Challenge? It's pretty simple, place your great idea onto the StartSomeGood website and you could receive a share of $10,000 to really develop those thoughts. Challenge accepted? Read the full story »

Trailwalkers, it's Not Too Late!!

By: Lucy, posted in: Events Sport Community Poverty Volunteer Human Rights
10 Jul 2014.
Oxfam's Trailwalker is for everybody. Are your friends always questioning your fitness capabilities (you: 'I went for a ride this morning!' … them: 'on a bicycle or the back of a motorbike?')? Then sign up and show em' whatchyu got! And for those who when you take one of those 'what's your ideal weekend' quizzes your answers generate something like: you like to spend any spare time in the great outdoors catching fish with your bare hands, rock climbing with no equipment, and mountain biking with no helmet. Then Trailwalker is right up your alley. Read the full story »

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Taking shorter showers, using less electricity, eating less meat and dairy.-there's lots of little things you can do to reduce the impacts of Climate Change. Read on as Kate Roff suggests 5 small ways to make a big difference on the climate change scene... Read the full story »

The magic of combining beauty with social change

I can't get enough of Tim Tam slams - there's something so fantastic about combining a delicious Tim Tam with your favourite hot drink. That great feeling can also be achieved by coordinating two other wonderful things: your beauty products with the feeling you get by helping to bring about social change! Read the full story »

Fairphones: now that's clever technology.

By: Lucy, posted in: Sustainability
30 Jun 2014.
Would you pay $9 more for your smartphone if it guaranteed better working conditions for the person who made it? The Fairphone is an “ethical” phone in the sense that materials for its manufacture are obtained from sources that don’t contribute to the arms trade, it emphasizes reuse rather than disposability and establishes fair pricing for people involved in its production. Read the full story »

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