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Newcastle beginning the shift from coal, bioplastics made from fungi and algae, and Australia's first Living Building Challenge eco village approved

Newcastle, the world's largest coal port, has announced an urgent need to diversify the regional economy and the port's business away from coal; bioplastics made from fungi and

algae are being shown to be able to reduce our need for oil-based plastic as well as turning the manufacturing industry from a source of CO2 into a destroyer of the greenhouse gas; and the first Living Building Challenge eco village in Australia has been approved in Castlemaine. It has the goal of producing more energy than it uses and devoting 35 per cent of its area to food growing.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How the first Living Building Challenge eco village in Australia has been approved in Castlemaine. It has the goal of producing more energy than it uses and devoting 35 per cent of its area to food growing. Read more here

• How the Norwegian parliament has reportedly backed a move to decriminalise cannabis use and focus on drug rehabilitation as opposed to punishment. Read more here

• How the creators of an algae bioplastic believe it could replace oil-based plastic completely, potentially turning the manufacturing industry from a source of CO2 into a destroyer of the greenhouse gas. Read more here

• How fungi could hold the key to eradicating much of the world's waste by both replacing and decomposing plastics. Read more here

• How the Pedal Power Cooperative, which has been in business for 15 years, averages over 500 bike-powered trash pickups a week, emission-free services like grocery delivery and moving help, and yard care with push mowers, rakes and scythes. Read more here

• VIDEO: How old milk cartons are being turned into furniture and houses. View here

• How Newcastle, the world's largest coal port, has announced an urgent need to diversify the regional economy and the port's business away from coal. Read more here

 

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