The Truth About Recycling

October 9th, 2015
Human waste management and disposal is a massive global problem that needs to be constantly addressed. Recycling is often promoted as the ultimate solution, with programs available around the world to help save energy, reduce waste, and re-use important resources. While recycling is essentially good for the environment, it may not be as helpful as you think. The collection, transportation and recycling of waste materials requires a lot of energy, with the practice of recycling also widely criticized for providing a false sense of security.

In this day and age of environmental awareness, recycling is often seen as a magic solution. Various recycling schemes are available around the world, all of which aim to convert waste materials into new products. Glass, plastic, paper, metal, textiles and electronics can all be recycled, with these materials collected, cleaned and reprocessed into new materials before being introduced into the manufacturing process. While these schemes are all well-intentioned, according to some critics, the entire recycling process is problematic.

Most products today are not designed with recycling in mind, with a great deal of energy requ [...]

Not All Fats Are Made Equal

October 2nd, 2015

LDL cholesterol is considered "bad", with this form of cholesterol contributing to plague, clogging arteries, and increasing the chance of heart attack or stroke. HDL is the "good" cholesterol, with this substance essential for removing LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. In contrast to LDL, high levels of HDL cholesterol have actually been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. The healthy consumption of fat is all about regulating LDL and HDL levels in ord [...]

Water on Mars – What’s Next?

September 25th, 2015

The recent discovery of liquid water on Mars marks the start of a new relationship with the red planet. Findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have detected signatures of hydrated minerals that come and go with the seasons, with spectrometer observations showing signs of liquid salty water. People are already speculating about the implications of these findings, with microbial […]

Housing Affordability Improves

September 17th, 2015

According to the latest Housing Affordability Report by the Adelaide Bank and Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), housing affordability has improved during the June quarter. While discrepancies exist between Australian states and first home buyers are still struggling to get into the market, a rise in average family income and a drop in interest rates has helped to improve […]

Building Industry Expands

September 11th, 2015

The Australian building industry has expanded for the first time in ten months, with strong growth seen in residential construction and increasing demand for industrial assets. While a drop in mining-related investment continued to adversely affect the engineering construction sector, growth in apartment building, house building, and commercial construction were more than enough to make up the difference. With big […]

How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaners?

September 4th, 2015

Everyone likes the satisfaction they get from a freshly cleaned kitchen or a sparkling bathroom floor, but sometimes, cleaning the house can do you more harm than good. Toxic substances are common in cleaning products, including ingredients that have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, and neurotoxicity. While exposure to many of these substances is said to […]

Making Stress Work for You

August 28th, 2015

Stress is an everyday part of life, whether it’s due to financial pressures, long work hours, or interpersonal problems. While most people suffer under stress, letting it annoy them and beat them down, others see it as an exciting opportunity for growth. By learning how to manage and work with your stress, you can be more productive and less anxious […]

People Who Need Less Sleep

August 21st, 2015

Sleep is an essential element of life, with our downtime hours helping us to refresh, energise, and function more effectively during the day. While most of us need seven or eight solid hours of sleep every night just to feel normal, some people manage to get by on much less. Anyone who sleeps for less than five hours a night […]

Will the Aussie Dollar Keep Rising?

May 18th, 2015

After dropping into low US75c territory for the first time in six years, the Aussie dollar has had somewhat of a resurgence in recent weeks. The local currency reached a four-month high of US81.63c in recent days, and is now sitting just above US80c as it decides which way to turn next. Will the dollar continue to rise against the […]

Gardening During the Colder Months

May 18th, 2015

Gardening during winter can be challenging, with many plants – and gardeners – struggling with frosty mornings and cold overnight temperatures. The colder months can be an incredibly productive time, however, with lots of plants still active and plenty of preparation work to do before the warm weather kicks in. From vegetable and herb gardens through to flowering plants and […]

Australia's Most Affordable Suburbs

May 18th, 2015

Affordable property does exist in Australia’s capital cities, you just have to know where to look. While house prices continue to rise across the country and first home buyers are under more pressure than ever, there are affordable options available in every Australian state. CoreLogic RP Data recently analysed property prices around the country in April to reveal the cheapest […]