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Kambrook 'Axis' electric kettle, 1996

This is a grey and white plastic cylindrical 'Axis' cordless kettle on a detachable base, with handle and detachable lid. The base has a power cord for connecting to a wall socket. It was manufactured from plastic and metal by Kambrook, Melbourne. On the side of the kettle is the word 'Axis' in a red oval-shaped logo.


Ball made from rubber bands, 1989

This is a rubber-band ball made by Nerrida Colelough at the Children's Museum 'You're IT!' exhibition held in Melbourne in 1989. It is a replica of a rubber-band ball she made and played with about 1980 from rubber bands supplied by her uncle, a post-office worker. This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore ...


Halfpenny token from Robert Hyde and Co, 1857

This is a round copper halfpenny token dating from 1857. It features the name, location and business of the issuer, 'ROBERT HYDE AND CO. MELBOURNE, GENERAL MARINE STORE, SHIPPERS OF RAGS GLASS METALS etc'. The reverse side features a coat of arms flanked by an emu and a kangaroo, with the words 'PEACE AND PLENTY' above ...


Preliminary sketch for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a preliminary sketch of a water efficient, drought-tolerant domestic garden design. It was hand-drafted by Wendy van Dok in 1999. The sketch, like the final plan, is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 447 mm wide and 250 mm high.


'A message about our water' envelope published by the Victorian Government, 2003

This envelope and the letter inside it are educational material about saving water published by the Victorian Government in 2003. Text on the envelope reads: 'A message about Our Water from the Premier of Victoria'. At the top left is the Victorian Government crest, and at the bottom right is the 'Our water our future' ...


Leaflet - 'Great ways to save water in your home', Yarra Valley Water, 2002

This is a two-sided leaflet published by Yarra Valley Water in 2002 and distributed to householders with their water bill. The title of one side of the leaflet is 'Great ways to save water in your home'. This page discusses the main kinds of water use in a typical home, giving for usage type the usual yearly percentage ...


Brochure - 'Save water around your home and garden', Yarra Valley Water, 2001

This is a folded brochure published by Yarra Valley Water in 2001 and distributed to householders with their water bill. Its front page bears the title 'Save water around your home and garden', accompanied by a red, catalogue-style 'NEW! Water Efficiency Appraisal' banner. This item is part of the Water Smart Home Collection ...


'The little green book', 1995

This is a booklet titled 'The little green book: a kids handy guide to caring for the environment', published by Cadbury Australia. The front cover displays six of Cadbury's 'Yowie' characters. The booklet measures 210 mm by 148 mm.


'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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Banana waste into high-value products

Have you heard the expression 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'? Discover an innovative Australian technology that turns banana farm waste into high-value products that have generated worldwide interest. See what makes this waste product potentially useful to farmers in developing countries.

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Recycling whole buildings

You probably recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, but imagine recycling whole buildings that have outlived their usefulness. Explore how doing this can save a huge amount of energy, prevent unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions and address landfill issues.

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Recycling banana waste

Have you ever wondered what happens to the on-farm waste from our food crops? It's not all left to rot into the soil. Watch as an innovative farmer joins forces with a clever engineer to turn farm waste into a new product with unique properties.

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Creature sculptures rise from the scrap heap

Coolah sculptor David Sherlock brings scrap metal back to life in the form of amazing animals, birds and insects.

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Roo poo paper

Haven't got any elephant dung? Well what about roo poo? That's the unusual additive used in this clip to make decorative, handmade paper. See how it's used in the process of making paper using recycled paper.

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Twist, coil and stitch with Mary Barron

Mary Elizabeth Barron started her art career after raising her children, and the idea of family and of connections between people is central to her art. Using discarded clothing, she weaves together her passions: sustainability, recycling, and the essence of people.

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Turning rubbish into animals

Recycling can take many forms. Watch this video to discover how one artist in tropical north Queensland uses rubbish found on beaches to create beautiful and thought provoking artworks.

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Down to Earth: metals matter

Examine everyday things around a house to find out which metals they contain. For example, the inner part of a microwave oven contains aluminium, copper, iron and manganese. Investigate the properties of each metal to explain why they are suited to particular uses. Work out how much of each metal is needed to make a particular ...


Snobs – Episode 8, 2003: 'Turning the neighbourhood into a tip!'

This clip shows conflicting values about recycling between townspeople and a community of travellers. The opening scene shows a wealthy family intending to throw out household items, including their lawnmower. The mother phones the council to complain about the mess the travellers have made in collecting discarded waste ...


Reduce, reuse, recycle

This is a collection of 20 digital curriculum resources about environmental sustainability. The collection is organised into three sections - household actions; industry actions; and community actions. The resources explore strategies that reduce consumption of resources and energy. The primary focus is on the reduction ...


Recycled bookcase, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a bookcase that was designed and made by Australian manufacturer Visy. Made entirely from recycled cardboard and measuring 176 cm (height) x 75 cm (width) x 30 cm (depth), the bookcase was designed for use in temporary administration areas of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The rectangular bookcase has five horizontal ...