Our so­ci­ety not sus­tain­able

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

MUR­DOCH Uni­ver­sity sus­tain­abil­ity lec­turer Cather­ine Bau­dains says Aus­tralia is a long way be­hind Euro­pean coun­tries in tak­ing ac­tion on con­ve­niencedriven waste.

“Our highly ma­te­ri­al­is­tic, con­sumerism-based so­ci­ety is not sus­tain­able,” Dr Bau­dains said.

She en­cour­aged peo­ple to do a bin au­dit to es­tab­lish their big­gest chal­lenge, and to visit web­sites like Earth Car­ers, WREN, Living Smart, Zero Waste and lo­cal gov­ern­ment web­sites for tips to re­duce waste.

She al­ways keeps re­us­able bags hooked on to her purse and in her work bag and en­cour­aged peo­ple not to have too much stocked in the pantry that may just go to waste.

“What we throw away is a valu­able re­source and takes en­ergy to pro­duce – we are lit­er­ally throw­ing money in the bin on a so­ci­etal scale. The av­er­age Aus­tralian house­hold throws away $1036 of food each year.”

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