Faculty of Science InScight magazine

Our research are being featured in the December 2020 edition of the Faculty of Science InScight magazine! Check out how we at the Centre for Green Chemical Science are finding new ways to make the food that we eat more sustainable – https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2020/11/25/greening-our-food-production-and-supply-chains.html

Green Magic by Nabangshu

Well done Nabangshu (with the help of Eva, Ryan and Praveen) for making this amazing video titled “Green Magic” to showcase his work in tackling water pollution from fast fashion. This video has been submitted to the Royal Society Te Apārangi ECR Video Competition. You can watch the video by following the link here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=X3fzp33WYlk

How long do shoes take to break down in landfills?

The throw-away culture is generating a lot of waste every year, for example, in the shoes/fashion industry. Ivan contributed to a news story for the TVNZ Seven Sharp programme. You can watch the report by following the link here.

Terminology about environmentally friendly plastics

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released a letter yesterday to urge the Government to clear up the confusion around environmentally friendly plastics. Ivan gave his comment about what steps consumers and retailers can take when recycling these different types of plastics. You can read the press release here.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

A pharmacy in Christchurch is starting to offer bisphenol A (BPA)-free receipts. Why is it important? Ivan gave his views in the following report. https://www.pharmacytoday.co.nz/article/news/christchurch-pharmacy-moves-offer-bpa-free-receipts  

Biodegradable plastics?

As major retailers in New Zealand are removing plastic bags at checkout, Ivan gave his opinion about the plastic pollution problem and alternative ‘biodegradable’ plastic bags. Link to New Zealand Herald article https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12056933 Link to Scoop article http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1805/S00070/smc-how-biodegradable-are-bags.htm Link to Science Media Centre article https://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2018/05/23/caution-urged-over-biodegradable-bags-expert-reaction/ Link to Chinese NZ Herald article http://www.chinesenzherald.co.nz/news/lifestyle/are-%27biodegradable%27-plastic-bags-any-better-for-the-planet/