Weekly Wrap | Ben & Jerry's, Polluted postcodes, UTS study, and Dissolvable makeup wipes
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Friday, May 20, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

We can't stop thinking about ice cream, now that Ben & Jerry's have decided to add seaweed to the diet of their dairy cows. Don't worry, it won't change the delicious taste but it will have some pretty big and positive outcomes when it comes to reducing methane gas emissions. 

The post polluted postcodes in Australia have been revealed thanks to a comprehensive study from the Australian Conservation Foundation. Mount Isa has taken the number one spot, but we run you through the top 10. 

And then we chat about a new, encouraging poll that showed up to 90% of people now believe climate change poses problems for our future. Plus, an Aussie beauty brand that's created the world's first dissolvable makeup wipe. And yes, before you ask, we'v already purchased a pack!

Get the full rundown:

Ben & Jerry’s put cows on a special diet to curb methane emissions (via Treehugger)

Australian Conservation Foundation names Mount Isa the most polluted postcode in the country (via The Guardian)

Pollution by postcode (via Australian Conservation Foundation)

Almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem - across all political persuasions (via The Conversation)

Say hello to the world’s first dissolving makeup wipes, so you can cleanse without waste (via Elle)

We’re also following…

The pink electric car that’s coming to Australia (via @ellyawesome)

‘Locally grown’ has a whole new meaning for one Sydney Woolworths (via News.com.au)

Josh Frydenbery says Australia has achieved a greater reduction in emission than New Zealand, Canada and the OECD. Is that correct? (via ABC News)


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Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

Executive producer: Andrew ‘Bag’ Sidwell

Producer: Luke Spano

Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise

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