How industry argues that single-use plastics are ‘better’ for the environment

BFF zero waste expert Hannah Blumhardt recently co-authored this article in The Conversation, highlighting how industry is pushing back on proposals to phase out single-use plastics, citing life-cycle assessments. But as Hannah and her co-authors argue, this is based on an application of a LCA that does not take into account the full impact ofContinue reading “How industry argues that single-use plastics are ‘better’ for the environment”

‘Kiss the Ground’ documentary a must-watch

BFF’s Sally Faisandier has been watching the recently released documentary ‘Kiss the Ground’ (Netflix). It tells the stark story of land degradation as a result of industrialised or intensive farming in the United States and elsewhere. It also explains how regenerative farming can help restore the environment and even address climate change by ‘drawing down’Continue reading “‘Kiss the Ground’ documentary a must-watch”

Green Star Communities – coming soon to a neighbourhood near you?

After reading BFF’s earlier post on the 20 minute city concept, Brad Crowley got in touch with us from the New Zealand Green Building Council. Brad is Senior Manager, Buildings and Communities at NZGBC. He is passionate about their Green Star Communities programme and was keen to share this with the BFF community. Post-lockdown thereContinue reading “Green Star Communities – coming soon to a neighbourhood near you?”

Creating Paths for Pollinators – Andrea Reid

By Belinda Baxter Growing up in an ecologically-minded family in West Auckland, Andrea was immersed in nature. Her desire to share the beauty that she knew was possible – even in the most built-up urban environments – was a motivation for becoming a landscape architect. Her vision was to design urban spaces to be inContinue reading “Creating Paths for Pollinators – Andrea Reid”

What are Universal Basic Services – and could they work in Aotearoa?

Some of you may have listened in to the webinar co-hosted by BFF and the PSA, New Zealand’s largest union, which featured leading UBS expert Andrew Percy, from the Institute of Global Prosperity. If you missed it, you can watch it at the link above. In this article, Sally Faisandier reflects on what she learntContinue reading “What are Universal Basic Services – and could they work in Aotearoa?”

Want less plastic in Aotearoa? Let the government know!

The government has announced a proposal to phase out a range of hard-to-recycle and single-use plastic items, and is seeking public feedback. Better Futures Forum wants to see Aotearoa move towards zero waste and a circular economy, so we have teamed up with a number of other organisations to make a joint submission, which you canContinue reading “Want less plastic in Aotearoa? Let the government know!”

What are Universal Basic Services? Join our webinar to find out more

Universal Basic Services featured in our manifesto, released last month. Now, in association with the PSA’s Let’s Do Even Better campaign, Better Futures Forum is bringing you a free webinar with leading UBS expert Andrew Percy, beaming in to us direct from London. Live webinar: 7pm, Wednesday 16 September. Andrew is co-Director of the SocialContinue reading “What are Universal Basic Services? Join our webinar to find out more”

Our growing waste problem — is product stewardship the answer?

The Government’s recent announcement declaring six “priority products” (plastic packaging, tyres, electronic waste, agrichemicals and their containers, refrigerants, and farm plastics) will kick-start a long awaited move towards regulated product stewardship in New Zealand. The policy has the potential to reduce waste and increase job opportunities. According to Green MP, Eugenie Sage, “Regulated product stewardshipContinue reading “Our growing waste problem — is product stewardship the answer?”

Thinking global, acting local (…in Motueka)

by Jen Vella A local group in Motueka (located near the northern coast of the South Island) are demonstrating how we can “walk the talk” on carbon reduction in our homes and businesses. We spoke to Heather Spence, Steve Richards and Marion van Oeveren about a grassroots initiative to both educate the local community andContinue reading “Thinking global, acting local (…in Motueka)”