We Need Better than a Plastics Ban

Ocean Plastic is driving calls for a ban on Single-Use Plastics

Last week the federal government announced a ban on single-use plastics, a first step in its goal to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. I think most of us would agree this is a laudable goal. We have all seen the pictures of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sperm whales dying with bellies full of plastic, and heard how literally every living thing is being poisoned toxic microplastics. Plastic is choking our rivers and streams, filling our landfills and polluting our communities. So, who wouldn’t want to see government taking action to solve these crises? Most of us are pretty dependent on plastic and have questions. What will be banned? How will we manage? Some may ask – does a ban even make sense?     

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Conflict Minerals – Intel’s “Less Bad” Intentions

This week the popular Corporate Sustainability communications group Triple Pundit published a rather saccharine piece, lauding Intel for achieving a supply chain free from Conflict Minerals. Wow. (Insert slow clap here). Well, sounds good, right? Well… yes… But does Intel really deserve all of the love?

If you follow social justice and/or Conflict_Mineralshigh-tech news, you’ve probably heard of Conflict Minerals by now. Tin, Tungsten, Tanatlum & Gold – all used in your favourite electronic devices, and all mined by slave labor in a black market minerals trade by DRC warlords. These minerals are the “blood diamonds” of the electronics industry. As part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, measures to restrict the movement of conflict minerals were introduced in 2010 under Section 1502. Since then, the issue of conflict minerals has received increasing attention. Read More