How to win a political argument on the internetOK, maybe we can't show you how to win an argument online, but we can at least give you some tips on how to not lose. Whether you've kicked off a Twitter showdown with your pro-gay marriage tweet, or you've got a gripe about a friend's anti-refugees post on Facebook, there are a few things you can do to make digital debating less of a s---fight, and actually get your point across effectively. Read the full story »
Top 4 energy-saving appliances in the kitchenThis month’s Grow Challenge is “Cook Smart”, which is all about the kitchen and how to be more energy efficient. Some of the obvious methods include boiling water with the lid on, turning down the heat once the water starts boiling, and turning off the stove a few minutes before you finish cooking. But what about kitchen appliances? Here are four examples of energy-saving appliances, both for your energy bill and the climate. Read the full story »
Are microwaves bad for the environment?We've all heard the debate about whether or not microwave ovens are bad for our health, but are they bad for the planet too? A 'heated' argument (pardon the pun!) with my sister inspired me to investigate… Read the full story »
Energy-efficient cooking: The numbersWith a little common sense, it’s not too hard taking small steps to reduce the amount of energy we use to cook our favourite foods. To give you a rough idea of just how much energy is used, we’ve compiled a short list of typical meals we might create and the average energy it takes to make them. Read the full story »
MobileMusterIt’s estimated that there are roughly 23 million unused mobile phones currently stored in Australian homes. That equates to more than 48 tonnes of copper and 65 tonnes of plastic that could be recycled! Read the full story »
YouTubing for a causeZac Phillips wants you to help him raise money for charity simply by watching his YouTube clips, AND he wants you to help him decide where to donate it! The Aussie YouTuber says, "I have decided to donate all the advertisement revenue that I get from my YouTube videos to a charity. Recently I got my first cheque for $159 and I'm going to match that with my own money. I know it's not much but it is infinitely more than nothing. Read the full story »
Top 5 apps on sustainable foodWe’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite apps that can help you locate your local farmers, plus a few other choices that might help you kickstart your own small-scale 'farm'. By purchasing direct from the local farmer, you’re helping to take responsibility for where your produce comes from and contribute to the great community that helps make and keep food sustainable. Read the full story »
You'll Never Wear That Again!
Being shamed by an old photo on Facebook has taken on new meaning with the You'll Never Wear That Again app.
Developed by creative agency DBB for the homeless charity Stockholm Stadsmission, the app requests permission to access your tagged Facebook photos and trawls through each photo, giving you around 10 seconds to decide if you would wear the outfit again.Read the full story »
Publish What You Pay
It's hardly surprising to hear that big businesses often dodge tax bills, but the impact that "creative accounting" can have on the world's poor is something most of us don't often think about.
Publish What You Pay is a campaign calling for mining and oil and gas companies to be open with the public about their profits and tax bills, to keep them from ripping off the world's most vulnerable people.Read the full story »