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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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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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How to create a robot from recycled parts

Have you ever wanted to try your hands at robotics but thought it might be too costly? Never fear - you can create robots out of recycled materials! Find out what kind of materials you might need to create a robot capable of movement and speech. Do you think you will be able to find these materials in recycling centres? ...

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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.

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What on earth is vermicast?

Do you know what vermicast is? It's worm manure! Worms produce vermicast after they've gobbled up our organic waste! Worms help to convert waste material that would otherwise go to landfill, into good, healthy soil. What are the benefits of this?

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

This learning sequence examines the waste management strategies of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

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Learn about carbon offsets with Dirt Girl

Do you know what a carbon footprint is? Join Dirt Girl, Scrap Boy and Costa to find out! In this video, carbon emissions are measured in balloons. The Sydney Opera House measured the carbon footprint of Dirt Girl's recent show. How many balloons worth of carbon did it produce? What did the Sydney Opera House do to offset ...

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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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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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Worm world: app for iPad

This is an iPad app of an animated worm composting system containing worms that must be fed appropriate food items in order to produce fertiliser to grow food and earn treats. The soil moisture and acidity levels must be managed and if the wrong food items get through, rodents may appear. This app includes sound that may ...

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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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Finding stuff out - iTunes app

Learn about structures, dinosaur teeth, recycling, plants, the sun and solids, liquids and gases through fun challenges. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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reSolve: What a Load of Rubbish

In this series of three lessons, students conduct an audit of the rubbish they find in their playground. They use a range of categories to sort, display and interpret the data and make simple inferences. They then reclassify the rubbish collected as to whether it can be recycled, composted or if it needs to go into the ...