Sustainability

Developing natural plastics in Australian sugarcane

11 May, 2007

American company Metabolix has signed a collaborative agreement with Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology (CRC SIIB) to research and develop natural plastics directly in sugarcane.


Most Americans don’t know plastic is made from oil

26 April, 2007

A nationwide survey in the US in April found that 72% of the American public does not know that conventional plastic is made from petroleum products and 40% believes it will biodegrade.


Heinz raises energy efficiency

29 March, 2007 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

It is claimed that a new energy centre for a UK Heinz factory will be 14% more efficient due to help from ABB drives


Oxo-degradable polystyrene foam containers produced

20 March, 2007

Cascades has launched Bioxo, the first product line of containers made from totally oxo-degradable polystyrene foam.


Who's responsible for litter?

12 March, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse

We have a great boss. Every year, for Clean Up Australia Day, he dresses us in flouro-coloured vests, supplies us with lunch and sends us off to clean a local road.


Australian students given opportunity to create sustainable future

30 January, 2007

A program launched by Nespresso Australia will see a local student travelling to Costa Rica to discover how to create a more sustainable future.


Pump drive saves energy

19 January, 2007 | Supplied by: Bonfiglioli Transmission Pty Ltd

Traditionally, pumps are started 'DOL' or direct on line. By that we mean when there is demand for (example) water, the operator throws a switch or closes a contactor and the pump turns on


Reducing energy use in an industrial tea drier

11 December, 2006 | Supplied by: FoodStream Pty Ltd

Drying is the major process used at the Nerada Tea Estates plant in North Queensland, the largest tea growing and processing enterprise in Australia, where green leaf tea is converted into dry black tea


Effluent discharge at chocolate factory

13 November, 2006 | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

RS Hydro has been granted a contract to install MCERTS approved flow monitoring equipment at a chocolate factory


PET recycling material certified as food-grade

07 July, 2006

KRONES has been offering a compact-size PET bottle-to-bottle recycling facility for bottlers and converters, designed to produce food-grade PET from used PET material.


Separating nutrients from waste

21 February, 2006

Together the University of Western Sydney's Centre for Advanced Food Research (CAFR) and Food Science Australia (FSA) have invented a way to separate and purify the nutrients contained in manufacturing waste.


Savings through refrigeration energy management control

06 February, 2006 | Supplied by: Sustainability Victoria

Businesses can benefit significantly by moving towards energy management practices. Energy management can be incorporated into existing business systems to provide an integrated approach to business sustainability


Creative market for waste product

14 December, 2005

Tropical fruit wine has found international approval and is now being exported to Singapore and Taiwan by a winner of the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award. Developed out of frustration with the 'excessive' wastage of tropical fruit in traditional markets, tropical fruit wine has rapidly developed into a new regional industry.


Protein-enriched food from winery waste

19 October, 2005

The wine industry is set to benefit from a technology being developed at the University of South Australia that enables winery wastewater to be turned into a protein-rich feed source for farm animals.


Soluble labels are not for food

11 October, 2005

A UK-based electronics manufacturer is nearing the end of trials testing a soluble label that decomposes to indicate whether the product inside has been exposed to damaging conditions.


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